Johnston, Iowa - While George Washington Carver's rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment has inspired millions, time has dulled the luster of his reputation, reducing him to the man who did something with peanuts. Iowa Public Television announced today the premiere of George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, which uncovers Carver's complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work. The program will premiere Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and will air again Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. George Washington Carver was a complex man who had many gifts, a Renaissance man. He was a scientist, teacher, humanitarian, environmentalist and an artist. He was a spiritual man, and a man of quiet perseverance. Born a slave, Carver defied the odds.  "George Washington Carver is an inspiration," said Laurel Bower, producer/director at Iowa Public Television. "That's why it's been a pleasure producing this documentary. His determination to achieve an education as a black man right after the Civil War and his life's work helping those who needed it the most, these are the reasons we are still talking about him 75 years after his death."  This documentary features footage and interviews from Iowa State University, Simpson College and Tuskegee University. With information uncovered at these institutions where Carver studied and worked,George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life seeks the true essence of Carver while assessing the real significance of his life and legacy. Support for George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life is provided by DuPont Pioneer, the Wallace Foundation, the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Des Moines Playhouse.  Learn more at For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or - 30 - Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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