U.S. History

"A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown"

Julia Scheeres

About the Program

Julia Scheeres presents a history of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, a church that attracted hundreds to Guyana where 909 members died in a mass suicide and Congressmen Leo Ryan was assassinated on November 18, 1978.  Ms. Scheeres recounts Jim Jones' life, including his early progressive politics, his appointment as the chairman of San Francisco's Housing Authority by then Mayor George Mocscone, his psychological issues and drug use, and the final days at Jonestown, the church's compound in Guyana.  Julia Scheeres speaks at Books Inc. in Berkeley, California. 

About the Authors

Julia Scheeres

Julia Scheeres is the author of Jesus Land: A Memoir.  Her writing and reportage has appeared in several publications, including the New York Times and The Guardian.  For more information, visit juliascheeres.com.


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"A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, November 25th at 6pm (ET)
  • Sunday, December 25th at 11am (ET)
  • Saturday, December 24th at 11pm (ET)
  • Sunday, November 27th at 12:30am (ET)
  • Saturday, November 26th at 11am (ET)
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