Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away
Airs Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9:45 p.m. on KPBS TV
Dick Cheney forcefully defends the Bush administration’s War on Terror, both in the Middle East and on American soil. “Things change; time travels on,” he says. “It’s up to me and others who participated to explain what we did and why.”
This 90-minute documentary film tells the story of the man historians have dubbed the most powerful vice president in the history of the United States. Former Vice President Dick Cheney recounts the story in his own words, reflecting on his modest upbringing in Casper, Wyoming, his lifelong high-risk heart problems, and his assessment of the world leaders he dealt with. In intimate detail, he recalls the attack on Sept. 11, 2001 that shook the world, and reveals details of the crisis never told before.
Other voices lend perspective: Wyoming friends who have known Dick Cheney his entire life, journalists critical of his grip on the levers of power, and first-hand observers of his near half a century in politics and government. From this emerges a well-rounded portrait of one of the most powerful men of the last century, who escapes the world's scrutiny and controversy today the way he did as a young man: with a fly rod on a Wyoming river.
Produced by Wyoming PBS. Executive Producer is Ruby Calvert; Producer/Writer: Geoff O'Gara; Associate Producer: Virginia Moore; Director of Photography: Kyle Nicholoff; Additional Videography: Peter Mallamo; Editor: Kyle Nicholoff