PBS will be premiering Steve Jobs – One Last Thing on Nov. 2, a documentary the network describes as taking an unflinching look at Jobs’s difficult, controlling disposition, and which seeks to learn how he became such an iconic, successful innovator in both business and technology.
One of the highlights is an interview from 1994, never previously broadcast, which captured Jobs sharing one of his philosophical breakthroughs: “You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
The also are interviews with people who knew him, such as: Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was in desperate need of funding; The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; and Robert Cringely, writer and host of the PBS series Triumph Of the Nerds: the Rise of Accidental Empires.
Some of the other people interviewed are less expected, like Robert Palladino, the calligraphy professor at Reed College whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography. Others who participate in the documentary include Bill Fernandez, an early colleague who introduced Jobs and Wozniak, and The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, whose I Gotta Feeling currently holds the status of being the most downloaded iTunes song.
PBS has scheduled One Last Thing for immediately after the premiere episode of Nova: The Fabric of the Cosmos, which features physicist Brian Greene sharing the amazing wonders on the frontiers of physics, exploring how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe.
“From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology,” said John F. Wilson, senior vice president and chief TV programming executive.
Steve Jobs – One Last Thing is a production of Pioneer Productions for Channel 4 (U.K.) and PBS. The film is funded by PBS, Channel 4 and Mentorn International.
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