Picks and Pans Review: Viewer's Choice
MTV UNPLUGGED IS THE SPAGO OF THE music business—the chic place to hang out and be noticed, with artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett and Nirvana even producing hit CDs based on the series. Unplugged begins its sixth season this week with an appearance at 10 p.m. ET on Mon., April 17, by Courtney Love and her band Hole, followed by an Unplugged retrospective at 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 18, and the Cranberries at 10 p.m. Best bet: Courtney Love showing off her quiet side.
Following Aaron through his quest to beat Babe Ruth's home-run record, the program spends a great deal of time exploring the racism that spurred him to greatness. Chasing the Dream links the rise of his career to the civil rights struggle. As we see Aaron closing in on Ruth, we also see him become a leader in that fight. The recent strike may have tarnished baseball's image, but this documentary lets you believe again that athletes really can be heroes.
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