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PBS to Air No-Holds Barred Steve Jobs Documentary: 'One Last Thing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:15AM
PBS has announced that it will air a new, "unflinching" documentary about the late Appple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died three weeks ago. 'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' will air Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of a night devoted to science and technology exploration.

In what's sure to stoke controversy in some quarters, PBS says 'One Last Thing' takes "an unflinching look at Jobs's difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?"

The documentary features interviews with Apple insiders Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and Dean Hovey, as well as Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father's garage and tinkered with electronics.

Others giving insights into Jobs' life and personality include Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money, Robert Palladino, Professor of Calligraphy at Reed College, whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac, and The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, whose 'I Gotta Feeling' currently ranks as the most downloaded iTunes song ever.

The title of the documentary pays homage to Jobs' signature catchphrase "Oh -- one more thing," and features never-before-aired footage from an interview he gave in 1994 in which he expounded on his philosophy of life. "You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you. ... Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."

'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' will air after the series premiere of 'NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos,' a four-part physics series with Columbia University professor, theoretical physicist and string theorist Brian Greene.

John F. Wilson, PBS Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive, said "From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology."

'NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos,' premieres Wednesday Nov. 2, 9PM ET on PBS.

'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' airs Wednesday Nov. 2, 10PM ET on PBS.


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