A “Gangster Night” primetime programming blockairs on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 7 pm on WILL-TV. The lineup features AL CAPONE: ICON, a profile of the celebrity gangster, and a new HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS episode that seeks to uncover Jimmy Hoffa’s killer.
Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer or both? His name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence, but why do Americans continue to be fascinated by this man? PBS examines Capone’s lasting legacy to determine why.
From his early days rising through the ranks of New York’s gangs, to his slow demise in the aftermath of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, AL CAPONE: ICON chronicles the complicated life of one of America’s favorite mob bosses. The special exposes Capone not only as a bootlegger, killer and gangster, but as the popular public figure who opened one of the nation’s first soup kitchens, fought for expiration dates on milk and wrote love songs to his wife from prison.
It’s been more than 80 years since the height of Capone’s power, yet his impact is still felt. In addition to Capone’s history, AL CAPONE: ICON unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organized crime, law enforcement, popular culture and even everyday life in Chicago.
Immediately following at 8 pm, HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS premieres Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? Hosted by veteran detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Wes Cowan and new host Kaiama Glover, the reformatted 11th season of HISTORY DETECTIVES explores controversial Teamsters president Hoffa’s final days and the multiple theories as to why he was killed and just who pulled the trigger. While others have concentrated on locating Hoffa’s body, the History Detectives are after the answer to the more important question: Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?
Part of the My Wild Affair series, this is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
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In a special developing report, Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders, the investigative team traces the U.S. role from the 2003 invasion to the current violence — exploring how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.
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