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The Televisionist, Dec. 24

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MEN AND WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: DR. JOYCELYN ELDERS

9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28

AETN

Other than Bill and Hillary, it's hard to think of a Clinton administration figure that inspired more controversy than Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Born in the tiny town of Schall, Arkansas, in 1933, Elders rose from humble beginnings to lead the Arkansas Department of Health. In January 1993, after Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton became President Bill Clinton, he nominated her to the post of U.S. surgeon general, making her the first African American and only the second woman to ever hold the post. Outspoken from the start, Elders was a lightning rod on issues from drugs to sex education. A 1994 speech before the U.N. — mightily blown out of proportion — in which she said that masturbation might well be taught as an alternative to pre-marital sex sank her as surgeon general, and Clinton fired her in December of that year. Here, AETN presents a look at Elders' life and controversial career.

 

THREE STOOGES MARATHON

Starts 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

AMC

With the topic of fair and affordable health care reform on most everybody's lips these days, let us consider The Three Stooges. Never has pain and suffering been so funny. Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp and the oft-forgotten Curly Joe must have had insurance premiums out the wazoo, what with all the slapping, eye-poking, ear-pulling, pipe beating, cigar burning and monkey-wrench-nose-twisting going on. Now THOSE are dudes who needed something more than your average HMO could provide. Here, American Movie Classics presents an all-day, New Years' Eve marathon of the guys who took being stupid and made it into an American art form. Tune in for the slapstick, stay for the subtle, existentialist commentary on mortal man's place in an uncaring universe in the absence of a personal and loving God.   

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