Published: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EDT
Last Build Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EDTCopyright: Copyright 2005 American Experience/WGBH Educational Foundation
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EDTHarvard historian Thomas Patterson looks at political participation and America's two-party system in presidential elections.
Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:00:00 EDTGeorge Mason University professor Rick Shenkman looks at presidential debates and their impact upon elections.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:00:00 EDTNPR news analyst Daniel Schorr and American University historian Allan Lichtman discuss the role of the party conventions in 2008.
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDTHarvard University sociologist Orlando Patterson places Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of Democratic Party history.
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:00:00 EDTAt the height of the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers were living on the road in America.
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDTHistorian Dan Carter places John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of the American conservative movement.
Thu, 29 May 2008 17:00:00 EDTMIT historian Meg Jacobs examines the impact of economic issues during election years.
Thu, 22 May 2008 17:00:00 EDTAfter eighty-two days as Vice-President, Harry Truman became the thirty-third President of the United States.
Thu, 8 May 2008 17:00:00 EDTIn March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office and gave hope to a nation in crisis.
Fri, 2 May 2008 14:00:00 EDTJohn Jay College historian Blanche Wiesen Cook looks back at Eleanor Roosevelt and discusses the role of the First Lady.
Fri, 2 May 2008 14:00:00 EDTFilmmakers Austin Hoyt and Callie Taintor Wiser discuss the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EDTFilmmaker Bernardo Ruiz discusses his biography of baseball's first Latino superstar.
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EDTNew York Yankees pitcher LaTroy Hawkins discusses the legacy of Roberto Clemente.
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:00:00 EDTContemporary writers and poets read excerpts from Walt Whitman's signature work, Leaves of Grass.
Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:00:00 ESTInternational relations professor Ernest May from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and history professor Kristin Hoganson from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign describe foreign policy, presidential leadership, and elections.
Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:40:00 ESTWhen Arctic explorer Robert Peary returned from Greenland in 1897, he brought with him a seven-year-old boy named Minik.
Fri, 17 Aug 2007 10:20:00 ESTFrom the day that a 14-year-old Ansel Adams first saw the transcendent beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was, in his words, "colored and modulated by the great earth-gesture of the Sierra." Nature and wilderness photographer Michael Frye describes following in Adams' footsteps, working in Yosemite.
Fri, 07 Mar 2008 17:00:00 ESTGeorgetown University historian Michael Kazin looks back at the 1968 presidential campaign and discusses the theory of "critical elections."
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:00:00 ESTIn the 1930s, Joe Louis crossed boxing's color line to become the most famous and influential black person in America.
Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:00:00 ESTAs the American frontier was disappearing, William Cody transformed himself into a master showman named Buffalo Bill.
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:10:00 ESTThe legendary trapper, scout and soldier was fluent in Spanish and five Indian languages. When the West was a mystery to most Americans, Kit Carson mastered it.
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:00:00 ESTBoston University historian Bruce Schulman, author of The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics, looks back at the 1976 presidential campaign and finds parallels to the 2008 campaign.
Thu, 17 Jan 2008 8:00:00 ESTWalter J. Freeman was an ambitious neurologist that invented a radical surgery to combat mental illness: the transorbital lobotomy. A patient of Doctor Freeman and families of lobotomy recipients describe how the procedure changed their lives.
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 8:45:00 ESTThe assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 left a psychic wound on America that is with us still today. Filmmaker Robert Stone discusses his deconstruction of the assassination and how this single event forever changed the face of American culture.
Thu, 15 Nov 2007 4:45:00 ESTExecutive producer Mark Samels and filmmaker Michael Epstein discuss an upcoming American Experience film on New York's Grand Central Station.
Fri, 2 Nov 2007 3:45:00 ESTIn 1975, the U.S. sponsored Operation Babylift, evacuating war orphans from Vietnam. Author Aimee Phan talks about the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE program DAUGHTER FROM DANANG, which tells the story of a Babylift evacuee's troubled reunion with her Vietnamese birth mother.
Thu, 18 Oct 2007 2:25:00 ESTMeet the men of the Black Lions battalion. Forty years ago, they walked into a Viet Cong ambush.
Thu, 04 Oct 2007 3:45:00 ESTOn October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. Roger Launius, curator at the National Air and Space Museum, describes Sputnik's impact on the Space Race.
Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:10:00 ESTWorld War II veterans describe the brutal conditions and deadly combat faced on the battlefronts of Europe and the Pacific.
Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:35:00 ESTIn the mid nineteenth century Chicago emerged as an industrial metropolis, fueled by a diverse work force. Historian Dominic Pacyga describes Chicago's prominence in the national labor movement and its reaction to the Labor Day holiday. Their organized efforts were emblematic of a growing national labor movement that was marked by century's end with a new national holiday: Labor Day.
Thu, 2 Aug 2007 22:00:00 ESTFormer Commissioner of Major League Baseball Fay Vincent talks about one of the greatest sports heroes ever. Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age.
Thu, 21 Jun 2007 18:00:00 ESTIn the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing.
Thu, 5 Apr 2007 17:00:00 ESTIn tape recordings from the 1970s, Jim Jones describes his church, the Peoples Temple.
Thu, 8 Feb 2007 18:30:00 ESTFilmmaker Stephen Ives details the challenges of making a documentary about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:30:00 ESTIn early 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt received an alarming intelligence report: Germany and Japan were developing biological weapons for potential offensive use. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program.
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:30:00 ESTA veteran pilot describes his experiences during the first battle of the Cold War and the largest humanitarian campaign the world had ever seen.
Thu, 2 Nov 2006 16:30:00 ESTFilmmaker Randall MacLowry brings to life the story of The Gold Rush in this American Experience film.
Thu, 26 Oct 2006 15:30:00 ESTThree physicians discuss the past and future of yellow fever, a disease that terrorized the United States for more than two hundred years, killing an estimated 100,000 in the nineteenth century alone.
Fri, 29 Sep 2006 15:30:00 ESTProduced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life.
Fri, 8 Sep 2006 18:00:00 ESTCarol Willis, the director of New York's Skyscraper Museum, reflects on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and plans for Ground Zero.
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 16:00:00 ESTFilmmaker Stephen Ives spent a year making a PBS documentary on the history of a unique American city New Orleans.
Thu, 17 Aug 2006 18:00:00 ESTRising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Wed, 2 Aug 2006 19:30:00 ESTMeet the daring workers and the temperamental artist who created the world's largest piece of sculpture, Mount Rushmore.
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 16:30:00 ESTAt the turn of the 20th century, a tiny spit of land at the foot of Brooklyn had become the most extravagant playground in America.
Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:00:00 ESTHistorians David McCullough and Joseph Ellis discuss the amazing circumstances surrounding the deaths of former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4th, 1826.
Thu, 8 Jun 2006 18:00:00 ESTAmerican Experience executive producer Mark Samels discusses viewer emails about two of the past season's most popular programs.
Thu, 18 May 2006 14:00:00 ESTAmerican Experience executive producer Mark Samels and German filmmaker Michael Kloft discuss "The Man Behind Hitler," a new documentary based on the 7,000-page diary kept by Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
Thu, 11 May 2006 15:00:00 ESTWorkers and historians describe the construction of the world's longest suspension bridge above the dangerously churning waters at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
Thu, 4 May 2006 21:00:00 ESTAnnie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting, a sport that was traditionally a male domain.
Mon, 1 May 2006 16:00:00 ESTA conflict in Texas pitted brother against brother and devastated the community.
Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:00:00 ESTIn the late 1960s, Native Alaskans sought a land claims settlement from Congress before work began on the Alaska Pipeline.
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 4:40:00 ESTThe San Francisco earthquake of 1906 remains a point of reference for earthquake science and building safety even today.
Thu, 6 Apr 2006 19:00:00 ESTCarol Anne Vetter Demaret, the mother of a boy born with severe immunodeficiency who was placed in a protective bubble, talks about the events leading up to her son David's birth.
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:00:00 ESTActor Christopher Plummer brings Eugene O'Neill's words to life in a new documentary on O'Neill, America's greatest playwright.
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 18:00:00 ESTIn 1906 Harry Thaw murdered Stanford White over the beautiful showgirl Evelyn Nesbit. The gripping New York society scandal was reported "to the ends of the civilized globe."
Thu, 09 Mar 2006 14:00:00 ESTExecutive producer Mark Samels previews two new programs coming to American Experience this spring, Monday nights at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Thu, 23 Feb 2006 14:00:00 ESTSeptember 6, 1970 gave birth to a new era of terrorism.
Fri, 17 Feb 2006 18:00:00 ESTAfter the Civil War, North and South had to reconcile. And four million former slaves had to be brought into the life of the nation. Kate Stone of Louisiana and Fan Butler of Georgia were two young women who found their family plantations in ruins.
Thu, 09 Feb 2006 17:00:00 ESTAfter the Civil War, North and South had to reconcile. And four million former slaves had to be brought into the life of the nation. John Roy Lynch, a former slave from Mississippi, was elected to Congress, where he challenged whites' deepest beliefs about race and class.
Thu, 02 Feb 2006 17:00:00 ESTA Confederate partisan of expansive ambition, unbending politics and surprising cunning, Jesse James helped invent his own legend.
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 17:00:00 ESTAt the end of World War II, the Allied victors tried Nazi war criminals for crimes against humanity. The trials set historic precedents for international law.
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 13:00:00 ESTThe letters of John and Abigail Adams provide us with an intimate account of the early days of the Republic. They also tell the story of a great American political and romantic partnership.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 12:00:00 ESTIn July 1940 Eleanor Roosevelt makes a compelling speech and unites the party at the Democratic National Convention.
Wed, 28 Dec 2005 16:00:00 ESTIn October 1986 President Ronald Reagan met Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev for a summit at Reykjavik. While no agreement was made, the summit was a historical breakthrough.
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 17:00:00 ESTIn 1966, when Ronald Reagan ran for governor of California, his opponent derided his lack of experience and Hollywood background.
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:30:00 ESTAmerican Experience executive producer Mark Samels and documentary filmmakers Elizabeth Deane and David Grubin discuss two of their presidential biographies, "John & Abigail Adams" and "LBJ."
Wed, 14 Dec 2005 18:30:00 ESTEvery year the historic events of April 19, 1775 are reenacted by a committed band of historical actors.
Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:30:00 ESTBook author David Margolick and documentary producer Barak Goodman discuss the process of working together on the same story.
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:30:00 ESTBite-sized nuggets of positive thinking from two post-war success stories: Earl Tupper, inventor of Tupperware, and Brownie Wise, home party sales genius.
Fri, 18 Nov 2005 14:30:00 ESTA deadly flu invades North America -- killing over 600,000 people in the worst epidemic in American history.
Tue, 15 Nov 2005 17:00:00 ESTAmerican Experience executive producer Mark Samels and documentary filmmakers Stephen Ives and Austin Hoyt discuss their work on city biographies of Las Vegas and Chicago.
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:00:00 ESTIn the 1960s, Las Vegas was a segregated city. But the color line was about to turn green: the color of money.
Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:00:00 ESTDuring the cold war, Las Vegas used nearby nuclear testing grounds as a tourist attraction.
Thu, 03 Nov 2005 18:30:00 ESTIn early 1945 Japan knows it cannot win World War II, but it will not surrender. The U.S. launches a major bombing campaign.
Thu, 27 Oct 2005 17:00:00 ESTApollo 8 was the first manned flight to the moon. The crew made many important visual observations, including mankind's first glance at the moon.
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:00:00 ESTAn Indiana University biology professor was an unlikely "revolutionary" in the field of human sexuality.
Wed, 19 Oct 2005 13:00:00 ESTExecutive producer Mark Samels and filmmaker Robert Kenner discuss viewer emails regarding Two Days in October.
Fri, 14 Oct 2005 20:00:00 ESTThe famed Black Lions of the Army's First Infantry Division are ambushed in the jungles of Vietnam.
Wed, 12 Oct 2005 16:00:00 ESTA peaceful student protest on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison descends into violence and brutality when town police are brought to intervene.
Wed, 05 Oct 2005 14:00:00 ESTExecutive producer Mark Samels previews the upcoming season of American Experience on PBS.
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:00:00 ESTThe story and music of the Carter Family: Sara, her husband A. P., and sister-in-law Maybelle.
Wed, 21 Sep 2005 08:00:00 ESTThe bizarre saga of heiress, kidnap victim, and sometime urban guerrilla Patricia Hearst.
Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:00:00 ESTA story of greed, power, and race during a terrible natural disaster.