An hour-long retrospective--"A Shortcut Through 2008" celebrates this incredible year with an exciting, emotional blend of the sounds, music and historic events of the past twelve months, including looks at the collapse of Wall Street and the economy, the financial and political scandals, the wild fires, the ice storms, and our fragile ecology, the shifts in media and culture and one of most memorable political campaigns in history, ending with a personal tour of the White House conducted by past, present and future Presidents. Barack Obama-The Remix (works as a companion to this program).
Featuring commentary from Barack Obama, Studs Terkel, George Carlin, Hillary and Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tim Russert, Heath Ledger, David Letterman, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Al Franken & Tom Davis,Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Katie Couric, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Arthur C. Clark, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John Dean, Stephen Colbert, Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, Charles Gibson, Bernard Madoff, Michael Straham, James Taylor, Josh Brolin, Ted Kennedy, Brad Pitt, Mike Meyers, Bill Maher, Colin Powell, Jimmy Stewart, Chico & Groucho Marx, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, O.J. Simpson, Morgan Freeman, Don Pardo, John F. Kennedy and many others.
Music from Brazilian Girls, Coldplay, John Legend, N.E.R.D., Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Bruce Springsteen, The Real Tuesday Weld, Was (Not Was), Clint Mansell (The Wrestler), Quiet Village, Mr. Scruff, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, Neal Hefti, Jimi Hendrix & Mitch Mitchell, Barry Adamson, Danny Elfman (Milk), Peter Gabriel, Alexandre Desplat (Benjamin Button), Nina Simone, Alex Wurman, Malcolm Lockyer, Roy Budd and more.
Tributes to Odetta, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Paul Newman, Levi Stubbs(Four Tops), Charlton Heston, Miriam Makeba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Mitch Mitchell, Bettie Page, Yma Sumac, Eartha Kitt, Arthur C. Clarke, John Stewart & Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio), Jerry Wexler, Ira Tucker (Dixie Hummingbirds), Sydney Pollack, Richard Widmark, Ivan Dixon, Bobby Murcer, Utah Phillips, Harold Pinter, William F. Buckley Jr., Michael Crichton, Yves Saint Laurent, Lou Dorfsman, Tony Schwartz, Don LaFontaine, Jimmy McGriff, Lou Teicher (pianist), Cachao, Jimmy Giuffre, Walter (Killer) Kowalski, Eddy Arnold, Earl Palmer & Buddy Harman (legendary drummers), Earle Hagen (Andy Griffith Theme), Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Jim McKay, W. Mark Felt (Deep Throat) and many more.