January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

PBS (Wed., Jan. 22, 9 p.m. ET)

In 1998 three white men from Jasper, Texas, chained a black man named James Byrd Jr. to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him three miles to his death. This revealing P.O.V. documentary, taped during the killers’ separate trials in 1999, shows how the small town subtly divided along racial lines in viewing the infamous crime, despite public protestations that Jasper’s citizens were as one in condemning hatred. Following up on issues raised in the film, Ted Koppel will anchor a Nightline town meeting from Jasper, airing Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS and at 11:35 on ABC.

BOTTOM LINE: Provocative study

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