Aired Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Fifty years after the events that brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster, KUED offers two new special programs about the Cuban Missile Crisis on Tuesday, October 23. Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War, airing Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. reveals how three human beings grappled with the most dangerous two weeks in human history, when countless events outside their control threatened to ignite a nuclear holocaust that could have ended human civilization.
Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World, airing the same night at 8:00 p.m., reveals just how close to nuclear destruction the world really was during those dark October days and how a Russian submariner’s refusal to fire a nuclear missile saved us all.
“Some viewers will remember the days when schoolchildren practiced duck and cover drills because the threat of nuclear attack was imminent,” said John Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief TV Programming Executive. “Others have no idea that the world came so close to World War III and mutually assured destruction. As new details about this crisis have been declassified, the 50th anniversary is a great opportunity to explore why these events happened and how war was ultimately averted.”
On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases on the island of Cuba, 90 miles off the shores of Florida. The events of the next tension-filled 13 days, known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, struck fear across the globe as the world teetered on the edge of nuclear disaster. The fate of the planet ultimately lay in the hands of three powerful men: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War explores the roles the three iconic leaders played during some of the most dangerous moments in history, set against the human stories of ordinary men in the field, such as the first-ever interview with the Soviet soldier who shot down the U2 piloted by U.S. Air Force Major Rudolf Anderson on the worst day of the crisis.
The film features revealing interviews with key witnesses and experts including Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev; Ted Sorensen, former member of the renowned Executive Committee of the U.S. National Security Council; former KGB and CIA operatives, and Captain Jerry Coffee, the reconnaissance pilot who made a split second decision to veer off course in Cuba and photograph a new type of nuclear weapon which could have annihilated invading American forces, the import of which was not realized for over 30 years.
An edge-of-your-seat tale of espionage and intrigue at the highest level, Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War offers a fascinating perspective on one of the most harrowing times in modern history.
Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World is an intimate and intense film exploring the dramatic and little-known events that unfolded inside a Soviet B-59 submarine in the waters off the coast of Florida. While politicians desperately sought a solution to the standoff between Russia, the U.S. and Cuba, no one was aware of what was happening beneath the waves.
The story of Vasili Arkhipov, the man who refused to fire the nuclear missile, was hidden for decades, only emerging in Russia in recent years. With most of the action set in a claustrophobic submarine running out of air, The Man Who Saved the World combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about some of the most critical events in the Cold War.
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