LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dan Rather, whose fearless brand of reporting has made him a legend in broadcast journalism, returns to AXS TV with all new episodes of the multiple-Emmy® winning series DAN RATHER REPORTS. The new episodes kick off on Monday, Oct. 21 at 8-9 p.m. ET (5-6 p.m. PT) with "Gone To Pot," a comprehensive look at illegal marijuana growers in Northern California.
Illegal marijuana growing continues to expand in the Golden State and illicit activity could be the least of the problems. DAN RATHER REPORTS uncovers the challenges the plantings are causing for the state's delicate ecosystem. Water, as it often is in California, is the issue. Marijuana plants require large amounts of water and the state is suffering a drought. Rather and his team uncover information showing that these plants also require a tremendous amount of chemicals in the form of pesticides, fertilizers and rodenticides, and these chemicals could be causing serious health problems for those who use the drug.
"Dan Rather is an icon in the field of news reporting," said AXS Founder Mark Cuban. "We are proud of his award-winning work and are glad that we are able to provide him with the freedom to continue to report on the important stories as only he can."
Also ahead this season is Rather discussing his recollections of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This episode will be broadcast on November 18 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death on November 22, 1963. Rather was in Dallas at the time, and just beginning his storied career at CBS. He was the first to report the President's death and also the first to see, and describe, the Zapruder Film to his television audience. Rather will speak about the reason for Kennedy's trip to Dallas, his coverage of the Civil Rights movement leading up to the trip, and what happened with President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Civil Rights legislation.
ABOUT DAN RATHER REPORTS
Legendary newsman, Dan Rather presents hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces. Each story emphasizes the accuracy, fairness and guts that have been a hallmark of Rather's illustrious career, which has spanned more than six decades.
ABOUT AXS TV
Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances. "AXS TV Concerts," indicative of the network's dedication to music programming, crosses genres and international waters to deliver everything from stadium tours to club acts to some of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Stagecoach Festival in California and the British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival. A roster of diverse and unique talent is also a hallmark of the network with shows hosted by Dan Rather and Tom Green, performances by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Billy Joel as well as the top comics working the circuit on the signature "Gotham Comedy Live." Sports programming is led by "AXS TV Fights" which produces over 40 live mixed martial arts broadcasts a year in addition to the longest running weekly MMA news show on television, "Inside MMA." The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. The network is spearheaded by a partnership including Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.
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