Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his most resonant and famous line during his presidential inauguration speech of 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It was resonant because he was being defiant, and optimistic, in the face of the Great Depression — and it was famous because it was broadcast live, to the entire nation, on the relatively new medium of radio.

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The Roosevelt clan is explored in a new film series by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

"Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. There is no other family that has had more influence on other Americans than this family." - Ken Burns

The influential family's accolades were both political as well as humanitarian.

The two presidents among them held the highest office for 19 of the 20th century's first 45 years.

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The San Antonio Film Festival continues in the Alamo City.  I went to see one of their offerings Tuesday night, "Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper."

“The story is the death of a Texas icon," said Drew Rist, who edited and directed the indie film. We spoke at the Pearl Stables, where the film was screened.

“Since 1891, Dublin Bottling Works has been making Dublin Dr Pepper," Rist said. "Three years ago they got into a battle with corporate over if they could still make Dublin Dr Pepper. Corporate ended up shutting them down.”

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As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to control large parts of Iraq, the recognized government of the Iraqi state continues to be divided along ethnic lines. 

PBS' Frontline delves into recent history to capture the timeline of events that led us to here.

"Losing Iraq" airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on KLRN-TV, San Antonio.


For years studies have been pointing to the trend of diminishing diversity in public education. The word resegregation gets thrown around to describe the phenomena.