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American Experience

American Experience
Praised as the "finest documentary series on television," AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

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The Rise and Fall of Penn Station Air date: 02-19-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365179328/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed. /episodes/get/11808 /episode/11808 American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station /episode-player/11808
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Air date: 02-12-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365166966/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In an era in which cold-blooded killers such as Jesse James and the Younger Brothers terrorized the American West, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their Wild Bunch gang took a smart and methodical approach to bank and train robbery. In the 1890s, their thrilling exploits robbing banks and... /episodes/get/11755 /episode/11755 American Experience: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid /episode-player/11755
1964 Air date: 01-15-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365150223/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and 3 civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater’s conservative... /episodes/get/11608 /episode/11608 American Experience: 1964 /episode-player/11608
The Poisoner's Handbook Air date: 01-08-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365142654/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. /episodes/get/11297 /episode/11297 American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook /episode-player/11297
War of the Worlds Air date: 10-30-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365108972/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others... /episodes/get/10740 /episode/10740 American Experience: War of the Worlds /episode-player/10740
Silicon Valley Air date: 02-06-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2332168287/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the... /episodes/get/6825 /episode/6825 American Experience: Silicon Valley /episode-player/6825
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The Donner Party
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada. The emigrants' fateful journey culminated in death and cannibalism.
Air date: 10/29/1992
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1401950336/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada. The emigrants' fateful journey culminated in death and cannibalism. /episodes/get/697 /episode/697 American Experience: The Donner Party /episode-player/697
The Rockefellers
John D. Rockefeller was the world's first billionaire and the most hated man in America. Watch the epic story of the man who monopolized oil. Broadcasting on many PBS stations February 12, 2013. Check your location listings.
Air date: 10/17/2000
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2334127894/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false John D. Rockefeller was the world's first billionaire and the most hated man in America. Watch the epic story of the man who monopolized oil. Broadcasting on many PBS stations February 12, 2013. Check your location listings. /episodes/get/8066 /episode/8066 American Experience: The Rockefellers /episode-player/8066
Mount Rushmore
An obsessed artist struggles against bankruptcy, public indifference, and a brutal terrain, to build the great American monument, Mount Rushmore. High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,...
Air date: 01/25/2002
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365034808/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false An obsessed artist struggles against bankruptcy, public indifference, and a brutal terrain, to build the great American monument, Mount Rushmore. High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,... /episodes/get/9681 /episode/9681 American Experience: Mount Rushmore /episode-player/9681
The Presidents: FDR
Franklin Delano Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II.
Air date: 05/12/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1049332797/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Franklin Delano Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. /episodes/get/703 /episode/703 American Experience: The Presidents: FDR /episode-player/703
The Presidents: LBJ
Sworn in after the assassination of JFK, Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs like the Civil Rights Act through Congress and won a term as president before the Vietnam War eroded his support.
Air date: 10/09/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1049331248/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Sworn in after the assassination of JFK, Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs like the Civil Rights Act through Congress and won a term as president before the Vietnam War eroded his support. /episodes/get/706 /episode/706 American Experience: The Presidents: LBJ /episode-player/706
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