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Lehigh Valley PBS (WLVT-TV) will feature Donald L. Miller, the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette, in its popular news magazine program “Lehigh Valley TEMPO” at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 5.

Miller is lead scholar and on-air host of A Biography of America, a 26-part video series and telecourse currently airing on PBS stations throughout the country. Miller conceptualized and named the series and helped recruit the other nationally known historians who participated. He wrote 17 of the scripts, edited the others, and hosted on-air interviews with numerous historians and novelists.

Lehigh Valley PBS will air A Biography of America in prime time, with two half-hour shows back-to-back beginning at 10 p.m. each Friday. It debuts this Friday, October 6, with the first two programs in the series, “New World Encounters” and “English Settlement.” The Lehigh Valley TEMPO program featuring Miller will be repeated at 9 p.m. Friday, prior to the series debut.

A Biography of America covers the sweep of American history, from the pre-Columbian beginnings to the present. An innovative, highly interactive companion Web site (, featuring content developed by Miller and his team of historians for the series, enables the entire world to experience A Biography of America.

The Web site features content developed by Miller and the team of scholars he assembled for the series.

“The site will have many millions of visitors,” says David Pelizzari of Annenberg/CPB, which funded A Biography of America. “, where the Biography of America site is housed, is one of the most-visited educational sites on the Web, according to statistics published in the September 2000 issue of eSchool News.

“We’ve always been proud of the way was taken to heart and put to use by educators across the country — put to use at an average level recently of 1.5 million hits per month,” Pelizzari continues. “The recent eSchool News statistics show we’re up there with the White House, the Library of Congress, and NASA among the sites most used by K-12 educators.”

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