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TV Picks: 'Althea,' 'Longmire,' 'Experimenting With Megan Amram'

TV Picks: 'Althea,' 'Longmire,' 'Experimenting With Megan Amram'

American Masters: "Althea" (PBS, Friday). As someone who follows athletics not at all, but generally understands their appeal and is susceptible to their tropes, I am an exceptionally good audience for sports documentaries -- it's almost always fresh material to me. Though I may not know a gridiron from a five iron -- well, I do, apparently, since I made that joke -- I do appreciate sports for their metaphorical usefulness and historical significance and for the excellent framework they provide for stories of individual grit, team unity and community uplift. The story of Althea Gibson, not a minute of which I could have related yesterday -- I am somewhat chagrined to say -- is...

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