Brandeis Documentary Showing on PBS


"Louis Brandeis: The People's Attorney," a new documentary about Brandeis has been popping up on PBS stations across the country. The documentary was commissioned by the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts (aka SBLI) in honor of their 100th anniversary. Brandeis, among his many other accomplishments, created the system of savings bank life insurance in Massachusetts and was one of the founders of SBLI. The hour long documentary provides a good overview of Brandeis' life with a slight emphasis on his days in Boston. It is notable for having some rare moving image footage of Brandeis as well as having some local luminaries as talking heads, particularly Rabbi Joe Rapport and Laura Rothstein, former Dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. It will be shown in the Louisville area on KET1 on January 8 at 9:00 pm and on January 11 at 4:00 am, and on KET2 on January 14 at 10:00 pm.

SBLI has a 4 minute preview of the documentary here.


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It's an excellent documentary that concentrates more on LDB's development as an activist lawyer than his time on the court. Charles Stuart, a former ABC News producer who has created several Frontline films for PBS, has done a great job with a very fascinating story.