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The Legacy of the '70s

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Looking back at the decadent decade that was the 1970s, it seems like everyone was just stayin' alive in their own way. Then-President Richard Nixon was notoriously busted for his administration's involvement in the break-in of the Watergate Hotel—the Democratic National Convention's headquarters at the time. Infamous serial killer Ted Bundy throttled his lifetime of crime and murder spree, while The Beatles split to pursue solo careers. Although a somewhat politically and socially tumultuous time, the '70s did give way to some astoundingly significant events. In 1978, Louise Brown was born in Great Britain as the world's first ever successful in-vitro fertilized baby. In 1975, Saturday Night Live and Microsoft both found footing. And in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court returned their verdict on the Roe v Wade case—the same year the U.S. pulled troops out of Vietnam. Indeed, it was a decade of amazing highs and legendary lows.

Be it good or bad, the 1970s was certainly never boing. Travel back in time to when disco, Jane Fonda and The Brady Bunch were the latest trends. This playlist takes you through interviews, archival footage, some unforgettable commercials and more that marked the '70s as one of the grooviest decades yet.

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The painter compares the art world, then and now.
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Interested in the history of dance? Learn about the 1970s history of urban dance moves in this free online video. Expert: Blitz Mendez Bio: Blitz Freestyle Productions is an entertainment educational company in Austin, Texas. Filmmaker: kyle saylors
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To find 1970s clothing of high quality, search on the Internet, visit vintage boutiques that specialize in the era and rummage through Goodwill and other thrift shops for great finds. Shop for 1970s clothing, eBay being another great resource, with advice from a freelance fashion reporter in this free video on style. Expert: Rachel Youens Contact: www.austinstylewatch.com Bio: Rachel Youens operates AustinStyleWatch.com, a street fashion and culture site focused on the cutting-edge looks in Austin, Texas. Filmmaker: Todd Green
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The National Archives exhibit takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for the Federal photography project called DOCUMERICA (1971--1977), created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade's environmental awakening and produced striking photographs of many of that era's environmental problems and achievements. But it also captured the era's trends, fashions, faces, and cultural shifts. The result is an amazing archive and a fascinating portrait of America in the Seventies. The exhibit is located in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives in Washington, DC from March 8, 2013 through September 8, 2013. Gallery link: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/gallery.html Exhibit brochure: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/images/searching-for-the-70s-documerica.pdf
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5 Awesome TV Ads From 70s - as part of the ads series by GeoBeats.
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Drug addiction was a pervasive problem in 1970s New York City, and Lenny Kravitz says that many of his childhood friends' mothers got caught up in the epidemic. Watch as the rock star talks about the pill-popping culture amongst moms on the Upper East Side and how his own mother and grandfather were such excellent role models. For more on Oprah's Master Class, visit http://www.oprah.com/MasterClass Find OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN
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Watch more How to Do Water Aerobics videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/503647-How-to-Do-a-Disco-Walk-Dance-Move-Water-Aerobics Learn how to do a water aerobics disco arms dance move from Dancing with the Stars performer Aubree Marchione in this Howcast water workout video. Dancing is a great way to get some cardiovascular exercise in the pool. Zumba is becoming very popular in the pool right now. This is a move that I do in my Latin fusion classes for the water. It's called disco arms. You want to get your hips moving side to side in the water. You're going to add in your arms. So you're going to keep your arm in the water and we're going to go here and there. So this is disco arm. Get funky with it. It's great to have disco music to go along with your disco arms. Then we're going to switch. So we're going to do the other side. So that is disco arms. It's very easy to do and it's a great workout for your whole entire body.
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Nixon addresses the Watergate case and its presence in the media. He accepts full responsibility for the Watergate events, but also addresses his need to defend the integrity of the presidential office. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-nixon-address-watergate-48227.pdf CREATED BY U.S. Information Agency. (1982 - 10/01/1999 ) USE RESTRICTIONS SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS: Public Law 101-246 USE RESTRICTIONS NOTE: Issued February 6, 1990, this law provides for the domestic release and distribution of USIA motion pictures, films, videotapes, and other materials 12 years after initial dissemination overseas, or, if not disseminated, 12 years from the preparation of the material. ONLINE RESOURCES: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UWNT2E NOTE: A DVD of this film can be ordered from our partner, Amazon.com/NATIONALARCHIVES. A DVD of this film is ALSO available for viewing and copying free of charge in the NARA Research Room in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. SUBJECTS FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalDOSearch?searchExpression=48227
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A short biography of Elvis Presley. See what else happened on the day Elvis Presley married Priscilla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxi23SG1U0g Watch Ann Margaret's mini bio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPK5Htf0pv8
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A direct explanation of the 1973 Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion across the country without any of the politics, bias or controversy. www.youtube.com/hiphughes

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