This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen Kane' when it was released, and the Battle of the Bulge. In addition, its Scottsboro Boys film won an Emmy, and seven entries (including the Scottsboro and Kane films) earned Oscar nominations.
An account of an incident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., in 1980 that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The near-calamity was kicked off when a socket fell from the wrench of an airman performing maintenance in a Titan II silo and punctured the missile, releasing a stream of highly explosive rocket fuel. Included: first-person accounts of USAF personnel on the scene. (120 minutes)
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Ripley: Believe It or Not
A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV. (60 minutes)
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The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants. (60 minutes)
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Available Online Episodes
- S10 Ep1: The Presidents: Truman - Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
- S10 Ep6: The Presidents: Reagan - A biography from American Experience's collection of presidential portraits.
- S15 Ep1: The Presidents: Jimmy Carter - Part of the award-winning "The Presidents" collection.
- S20 Ep9: The Presidents: George H.W. Bush - Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
- S23 Ep11: Freedom Riders - The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.
- S24 Ep3: Clinton - One of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.
- S24 Ep6: Grand Coulee Dam - Grand Coulee Dam loomed large in America's imagination during the Great Depression.
- S26 Ep6: Freedom Summer - Shattering the foundations of white supremacy over 10 memorable weeks in 1964.
- S27 Ep3: Edison - By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Edison was one of the most famous men in the world.
- S27 Ep4: The Big Burn - In the summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies.
- S27 Ep5: The Forgotten Plague - Tuberculosis was once the deadliest killer in human history.
- S28 Ep2: The Mine Wars - Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century.
- S28 Ep4: Murder of a President - The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.
- S28 Ep6: Space Men - The United States Air Force brought men up 19 miles, testing the limits of human endurance
- S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3 - As the war ends, America is forever transformed by the violent and bloody conflict.
- S29 Ep11: The Race Underground - The dramatic story of the nation's first subway
- S29 Ep1: Command and Control, Full Film - A chilling nightmare at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980.
- S29 Ep3: Rachel Carson - “Rachel carson” premieres Jan. 24 at 8/7c on American Experience PBS.
- S29 Ep7: Tesla - Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.
- S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1 - American neutrality erodes as Wilson declares “the world must be made safe for democracy.”
- S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2 - As patriotism sweeps the nation, the country assembles its first mass conscripted army.
- S3 Ep2: The Presidents: Nixon - Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
- S4 Ep1: The Presidents: LBJ - Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
- S7 Ep1: The Presidents: FDR - Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
Episodes available on passport:
- American Comandante - The story of William Morgan, who went to Cuba and fought for Democracy.
- Bonnie & Clyde - Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie & Clyde
- Command and Control, Full Film - A chilling nightmare at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980.
- Klansville U.S.A. - The most progressive state in the South earned a new nickname in the 1960s: Klansville USA
- Last Days in Vietnam - Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out.
- Last Days in Vietnam, Vietnamese - This is the theatrical version of the documentary, with Vietnamese subtitles.
- My Lai - The 1968 My Lai massacre and its subsequent cover-up.
- Oklahoma City - The worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.
- Ruby Ridge - A riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia.
- S26 Ep7: Cold War Roadshow - In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America
- S27 Ep1: Ripley: Believe It or Not - The Wizard of Odd, who became one of the richest and most famous men in the world.
- The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln - The dramatic manhunt following the assassination of President Lincoln.
- The Battle of Chosin - Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts.
- The Boys of '36 - The story of nine young men from Washington who captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games.
- The Perfect Crime - After attempting to commit the perfect crime, would two boys get the death penalty?
- The Pilgrims - Explore the events that propelled a group of men and women across the Atlantic in 1620.
- Walt Disney - The complete biography of Walt Disney, premiering September 2015 on American Experience.
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