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The First Angry Man

Stream now or tune in Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

A Critical Look Into Howard Jarvis’ “Anti-Government Crusade” that Put America on the Path Toward Historic Economic Inequality

If you ever wondered how the great public ambitions of postwar America collapsed into the bitter parsimony of the permanent tax revolt, look no further than Howard Jarvis, whose 1978 ballot initiative, Proposition 13, changed everything in California and beyond.

“The First Angry Man” unpacks the dramatic campaign, its quirky characters and the enduring consequences that continue to define our times. Narrated by actress Pamela Adlon.


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Bread and Butter Films in association with KCET and Catticus Corp. Produced by Camille Servan-Schreiber. Written and Directed by Jason Andrew Cohn. The documentary is part of a programming lineup focused on this election cycle, where PBS SoCal and KCET explore the past, present and future of democracy.