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“Autism Is A World” – Academy Award Nominee

Sue had autism. She was diagnosed and treated and mentally retarded until the age of 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard. This Academy Award nominated documentary, co-produced with CNN Productions, takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her incredible world, and her obsessions. Created by Academy Award wining producer & director Gerardine Wurzburg.

“Lonliness”

“One More Day”

“Evening With Sue”

“The Human Spark” with Alan Alda – PBS

After countless years on this planet – a new human burst upon the scene, apparently unannounced.

It was us. What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did the Human Spark ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why?

In a three-part PBS series, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments – including the detailed examination of his own brain.

Opening Tease

“Ancient Skulls”

“Forest Primeval”

“Wandering”

The Everglades used to span from Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way down to Florida Bay. Now only 25% of the historic Everglades remains. The visitor’s center,and the film featured there, shows how incredibly precious this fading resource truly is.

“Everglades Energy”

“A Real Tour”

“Everglades Evening”

“Everglades Close”

The Power of Forgiveness is a dramatic documentary film for PBS that takes an honest look at the intensity of human anger and grief.It is a collection of seven short stories that profile some of the most dramatic transgressions imaginable, and explores the role forgiveness holds in various faith traditions and examines how the scientific community is now measuring the physical and mental benefits of letting go of grief and resentment.

“Vietnamese Monk”

“Ireland Rising”

“The Garden”

“Closing Credits”

Jazzy TV Spot for Emirates Airlines

“Korean War Stories” – PBS – National Emmy Winner

Hosted by Walter Cronkite, Korean War Stories allows veterans to share their memories of a very difficult and brutal war. Not only does it tell the story of the war and its effect on the men and women who fought, but it also shows how these veterans sacrificed and effort helped stabilize America and the world during the early years of the Cold War. This documentary won the Emmy for Best Historical Documentary.

Opening Theme

“Battle”

“Frozen War”

“Unbelievable Aftermath”

“Remembering”

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“Birth Of A Colony” – PBS

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“Birth Of A Colony” – PBS

This 90-minute PBS film highlights the beginnings of what is now the State of North Carolina, from the years when thousands of Native-Americans prospered, through the first visitors and the “Lost Colony,” early colonial development and growth in the 17th and 18th centuries, followed by the horrors of warfare against the once-powerful Tuscarora. It is truly the story of North Carolina’s -and America’s – beginnings. With an Emmy nominated score, click here to see the film.

“Indian Dawn”

“Fall Morning”

“Eve of Battle”

Click here to see the film.

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“Epilog”

“Epilog”

Summing up the amazing story of the British in the earliest days of World War II

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“Zinc Is More Than You May Think!”

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“Zinc Is More Than You May Think!”

Don’t laugh. An original piece for the Zinc Council (no kidding!), this job gave me a chance to write big band music, using 18 musicians from Air Force Airmen of Note, plus live strings. A lot of fun to compose and record!

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“Late Night Study”

“Late Night Study”

Harvard students and their determination. Piano, upright bass, cymbals

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“Confronting The Truth” – PBS

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“Confronting The Truth” – PBS

Confronting The Truth shows how countries which have experienced massive human rights violations have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions. Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries. This film tells the amazing story of what happens when human rights violators confront those they had abused. Composing this score gave me a real opportunity to delve into different ethnic styles, and use a ton of different ethnic instruments.

“Ethnic Heartbeat”

“The Wait for Home”

“Slow Flute Rising”

“Indonesia Awakes”

“Arabic Violin Waiting”

“Walking Towards Justice”

“Violin and Injustice”

“Another Evening”

“Solo Sad Wind”

“Justice Drums”

Aquarium of the Pacific – “A Journey With Giants”

Excerpts from full score

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“Real Progress”

“Real Progress”

Dramatic theme of starting to overcome true difficulties

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“Water’s Journey” – PBS Series

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“Water’s Journey” – PBS Series

That fabled wetland, the Florida Everglades is in trouble. For the past 150 years humankind has attempted to harness this enigmatic wilderness to serve its needs. Ironically, we have destroyed more than the beautiful natural habitat of a diverse flora and fauna. We have endangered ourselves.

The subject of the Everglades and its restoration is as vast and complex as the landscape itself.In this two-part episode of Water’s Journey, our scientists and explorers follow the path of the water from the headwaters just outside of Disney World in Orlando, to the Florida Keys. They learn about the history, the hydrology, the people who live and work on the land, its natural beauty and our efforts to restore and protect this great natural resource.

Opening Theme

“Quiet Swamp”

“This Thing Works!”

“Aquarius”

“Exotic Plants”

“Just One Left”

“Dramatic Dawn”

“Breathing”

“Moving at Last”

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“Battle”

“Battle”

Music for Battle Scene. This documentary won an Emmy Award for best Historical Documentary.

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“We Heard The Bells” – PBS

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“We Heard The Bells” – PBS

In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 – five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? A dramatic, evocative, and often heartbreaking score accompanies this revealing film.

“Opening Theme”

“Jewish Ghetto”

“Inuit Indians”

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“Rescue In The Philippines” – PBS

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“Rescue In The Philippines” – PBS

“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana, and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower – helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

“Philippine Morning”

“Clouds of War”

“Nylon Dreams”

“A Family At Last”

“Koto Clouds”

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“Gun Power” – Discovery Channel

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“Gun Power” – Discovery Channel

A Discovery Channel film that deals with the history of guns and arms, while looking at the successes and the damage caused by guns throughout history.

“Up The Hill”

“Sun In Your Eyes”

“Summer Realization”

“Distant Drums”

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“Wandering”

“Wandering”

Quiet start, ethereal, develops into mid-tempo theme

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“Organ Fugue”

“Organ Fugue”

Pipe organ fugue for Schweitzer’s time in Germany.

Albert Schweitzer: Called To Africa – PBS
The film tells the compelling story of a theologian, musician and philosopher who abandoned a life of fame and comfort in Europe at the age of 30 to dedicate his life to the medical care of Africans. Ultimately he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace and became one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. The price Schweitzer and his family paid was enormous. And his achievements are manifest in the Schweitzer Hospital that today continues to provide magnificent service to the people of West Africa.

Opening Theme

“Dark Slavery”

Cathedral Organ Fugue

“African Walk”

“Healed”

Finale

“Monumental Arizona” – PBS
One word may best describe Arizona – monumental. Arizona is home to more national monuments than any other state in America. Using spectacular high definition technology, Monumental Arizona takes you on a wondrous journey across the state to experience Arizona in ways you never expected.

“Wupatki Indians”

“Mystery”

“DeChelly”

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“Walter Cronkite” – PBS American Masters

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“Walter Cronkite” – PBS American Masters

He was the man who told us that President Kennedy had been shot, the man who told us that we had put a man on the moon, and the man who told us that we couldn’t win the war in Vietnam. During the 20 years he anchored the evening news on CBS, Walter Cronkite became a daily presence in the American home. The score reflects some great and tragic moments in our nation’s history. Click here for a video sample.

Opening Theme

“Remembrance”

“Man On The Moon”

“Kennedy Assassination”

Closing Theme

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“Exploring Space” – PBS

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“Exploring Space” – PBS

“Exploring Space” is a PBS feature 90-minute documentary that takes a closer look at the infinite universe around us.

“Galileos Struggle”

“Endless Abyss”

“Countdown”

A Force More Powerful – Video Game

A tense video game that is a companion piece to the film “A Force More Powerful”, this interactive game provides players with a chance to learn actual strategy than can be used when confronting oppressive regimes. A highly energetic and dramatic score.

Main Theme

“Before Dawn”

“Night Hunting”

“Racing Through Town”

“Victory”

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“The Other Holy Land” – PBS

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“The Other Holy Land” – PBS

This documentary explores the incredible history and growth of Christianity in Asia Minor, now the country of Turkey. Top scholars of archeology and history guide us through regions that played a major role in the transformation of a “cult” called Christianity into a world wide religion.

“Opening Theme”

“Ruins”

“Fire”

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“Pets: Part of the Family” – PBS Series

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“Pets: Part of the Family” – PBS Series

“Pets: Part of the Family” is a 13 part PBS series that focuses on the amazing world of pets. Narrated by M*A*S*H’s Gary Burghoff, the score is sometimes silly, sometimes goofy, sometimes sad, and even at times majestic.

“Bassett Hound”

“Platypus”

“Circus”

Frisbee Dogs”

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“The Secret Life of Whitetails” – PBS

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“The Secret Life of Whitetails” – PBS

There are nature films, and then there are incredible nature films. This is the latter. This film is full of stunning footage of the secret life of these majestic animals.

“The Gathering”

“Early Mist”

“Dawn”

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“The Retirement Revolution” – PBS

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“The Retirement Revolution” – PBS

Millions of Americans have had to change their retirement plans in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Retirement Revolution looks at the stories of everyday people who have found ways not only to survive but thrive in this new reality.

“Jazzy”

“Still Frozen”

“Too Tense”

“Industrial Revolution”

“Tentative Jazz”

Closing Theme

“Bonnhoeffer” – PBS Special
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of need and eventually joined a plot to kill Hitler. Extensive research in the U.S. and Europe brings to life this amazing story of moral courage. Extraordinary archival footage is interwoven with interviews with friends, family and students of Bonhoeffer, with historians and theologians, and the the words of Bonhoeffer himself, read by Klas Maria Brandauer. Winner of the Gabriel Award.

“Waiting for Her”

“On the March”

“Everything Gone but Hope”

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“Our Wings Have Caught The Wind”

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Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

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Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

This engaging 2-hour HD film walks the paths of Hamilton’s life, from the Caribbean islands where he was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, to Harlem, where he lived and died. We hear a Treasury Secretary, a Supreme Court Justice, publishers, warriors, pornographers, lawyers, calypso singers and urban gang members talk about money, rights, news, battle, sex and honor—all the themes that shaped Hamilton’s life, helped him make modern capitalist America, and led to his death in the most famous duel in American history.
Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton illuminates the life and accomplishments of one of the most brilliant yet least celebrated Founding Fathers.

“Whiskey Rebellion” Excerpt

“Lonely Night”Excerpt

“Waiting for Her” Excerpt

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“Rebuilding Iraq”

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“Rebuilding Iraq”

Rebuilding Iraq is a dramatic story of Iraqis, Americans, and others, working together to restore this war-torn country.

“Iraq – Opening Theme”

“Slowly, Slowly”

“Real Progress”

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“Concorde: Supersonic Dream” – PBS NOVA

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“Concorde: Supersonic Dream” – PBS NOVA

Between 1976 and 2003, the fastest, highest flying, and most elegant way to travel between Europe and the U.S. was aboard the British-French Concorde, a marvel of aircraft engineering that had to battle protestors, politicians, and nervous accountants to earn its place in aviation history and also win the hearts of an adoring public, including many who could never afford to fly it. In “Supersonic Dream,” NOVA explores the mystique of this technological wonder of the world.

“I Love The 70’s”

“The Roll Out”

“Morning On The Runway”

Closing Theme

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“The Last 600 Meters”

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“The Last 600 Meters”

The Last 600 Meters, a 90-minute documentary,takes a look at the two biggest battles of the Iraq war, Najaf and Fallujah, through the firsthand testimony of those who fought them. It offers perspectives on these battles, and lessons for warfare in the future.

“A Foreign Land”

“Night Drone”

“It’s Never Gonna’ End”

“Another Day in Hell”

“Light At The End of the Tunnel”

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“America’s Stone Age Explorers” – PBS NOVA

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“America’s Stone Age Explorers” – PBS NOVA

Ever since unusually ancient and deadly spear points were found near Clovis, New Mexico in the 1930s, many archeologists have believed that this type of weapon originated with the first settlers of the New World, who supposedly migrated from Asia at the end of the last ice age. In “America’s Stone Age Explorers,” NOVA reports new evidence that challenges this widely held view.

The hunt for clues takes NOVA to sites of stunning discoveries in western Pennsylvania and southern Chile; to southern France, where Stone Age artifacts have been found that resemble the famous Clovis points; to the high arctic to learn the techniques that may have been used to cross the ice-encrusted Atlantic 17,000 years before Columbus; and to a remarkable find in central Texas that may hold the key to who invented the Clovis technology.

“Through The Jungle”

“Eerie Strangers”

“Catch That Boar!”

“Gazing At The Universe”

“Stone Age Closing Theme”

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“The Adventists” – PBS

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“The Adventists” – PBS

A fascinating PBS documentary that explores the body-mind-spirit connections of Seventh-day Adventists. The film chronicles the history of the Adventist faith and investigates the reasons why Adventists are among the longest-living people in the world.

“Adventists – Opening Theme”

“Caring Always”

“The Flight Home”

This film aired on PBS, and also runs in abbreviated form at the Supreme Court visitors center every hour. The original score was recorded in Bratislava, Slovakia, using the Radio Slovak Orchestra.

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy liked the score so much, that he asked for his own CD of the music.

Opening Theme

Closing Theme

Global Focus – with Robert Redford


GLOBAL FOCUS is a half hour documentary narrated by Robert Redford, featuring intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated environmental activists from around the globe. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle authoritative governments, powerful corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution.

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Media General News Music Package

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Media General News Music Package

I was honored to develop a new news theme package for Media General, a company with dozens of televisions stations around the country. Over 30 themes were created – below are a few samples from this package.

Main Theme

Soft Theme

Tension Theme

Rock Theme

Patriotic Theme

Frenetic Theme

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“Code Blue: Lung Cancer” – PBS

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“Code Blue: Lung Cancer” – PBS

This powerful campaign spreads a life-saving message – that as a nation, we must do more about the number-one cancer killer – lung cancer. Created by Academy Award wining producer & director Gerardine Wurzburg.

“Piano Open”

“One More Breath”

“Open Wonder”

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“Zoofari!” – TV Series

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“Zoofari!” – TV Series

An original, live-action children’s wildlife conservation series filmed at the world’s premiere zoos and aquariums and in the wild. It is the only wildlife series to earn the unprecedented, written endorsement of the A.Z.A. (Association of Zoos and Aquariums).

Zoofari Opening Theme

“Tame Jungle?”

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A Force More Powerful

A Force More Powerful

Music: “Rise of the Nazi Machine”, courtesy: John Keltonic | copyright JDK Music | All Rights Reserved

“Making of The Leopard Son” – Discovery Channel

What does it take to make a feature film about a young leopard growing up in Serengeti bush? Director Holly Stadtler spent six weeks following renowned wildlife cinematographer Hugo van Lawick and his crew to present this fascinating behind-the-scenes portrait. THE MAKING OF THE LEOPARD SON captures the dedicated crew’s efforts to film wildlife from a glider, to record sound from a hot air balloon, and to film leopard behavior from a custom built Landrover.

“Leopard Son – Opening Theme”

“Serengeti Afternoon”

“Leopard Reprise”

“African Rhythms”

“The Hunt”

“African Flute Dance”

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“Over Alaska” – PBS

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“Over Alaska” – PBS

Explore Alaska like never before in Over Alaska in High Definition video. The film, shot by the world’s most experienced high-definition aerial production team, takes you over everything from bustling cities to ghost towns, and some of the most dramatic aerial footage ever taken. This film received numerous awards, including an Emmy for best music score.

“Landbridge”

“Ideterod”

“Inside Passage”

“Kenai Fords”

“Anchorage”

“Bush Pilot”

“Glacier Bay”

“Railroad”

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“Betty Ford: The Real Deal” – MacNeil-Lehrer

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“Betty Ford: The Real Deal” – MacNeil-Lehrer

Family, friends, historians and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse; an accidental and outspoken first lady; breast cancer survivor; and feminist pro-choice Republican in Betty Ford: The Real Deal.

“Betty Ford Open”

“Almost Deserted”

“The Diagnosis”

“Piano Push”

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PBS – Born Explorers Campaign

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“D-Day: Under The Waves” – Discovery Channel

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“D-Day: Under The Waves” – Discovery Channel

An amazing Discovery Channel documentary that features divers exploring off the coast of Normandy, France, and the discoveries that they make.

D-Day Opening Theme”

“Diving In Darkness”

“D-Day Battle”

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Mt. St. Helens Film “Eruption Of Life”

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Mt. St. Helens Film “Eruption Of Life”

Produced for the Mt.St. Helens Visitors Center, this film features a wide variety of orchestral cues, from dramatic to down-right goofy…

“Opening Theme”

“Goofy Gopher”

“Closing Theme”

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“The Bill of Rights” – National Archives Film

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“The Bill of Rights” – National Archives Film

Score for film that runs hourly in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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“Thumper” – Disney DVD

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“Thumper” – Disney DVD

Cute animated full-length cartoon DVD from Disney for small children. Fun children’s score.

“Just A’ Hoppin'”

“Morning Meeting”

“Down the Trail”

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U.S. Navy – “Flight” TV Spots

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U.S. Navy – “Flight” TV Spots

Music for TV spots for the U.S. Navy. Each spot has the identical opening, but different ending. Three samples below.

“Flight 1 – Launch”

“Flight 2 – Night”

“Flight 3 – Triumph”

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“Bringing Down A Dictator” – PBS

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“Bringing Down A Dictator” – PBS

Narrated by Martin Sheen, “Bringing Down A Dictator” documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October, 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience.

“Dictator Opening Theme”

“We Won’t Go Away”

“Nighttime is Best”

“Final Triumph”

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“The Blue Angels: In Pursuit of Excellence”

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“The Blue Angels: In Pursuit of Excellence”

The amazing story of the United States Navy Blue Angels, and what it takes to become a pilot that is truly “the best of the best”.

“Blue Angels – Power”

“Blue Angels – Strength”

“Blue Angels – Excellence”

“Blue Angels – Honor”