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Watch Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1pm and February 22, 2015 at 3pm on WMHT TV.

Acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick present the story of America's 'Great Experiment.' The three-part series traces the American populace from 'a nation of drunkards' in the mid-1800s to 'a nation of scofflaws' starting in 1920—when previously law-abiding citizens skirted the ban on alcohol—and finally to 'a nation of hypocrites' in the late 20s and early 30s, when it became clear that prohibition was a failure. With 'Prohibition,' Burns and Novick go beyond the tales of rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to reveal a complicated and divided nation of 'wets' and 'drys'—a nation that set out to guard against the harmful effects of alcohol abuse by weaving a faith-driven moral code into the Constitution, but that paradoxically caused millions of its citizens to redefine morality.

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