American Experience

American Experience

All Past Episodes

Part Three: Magnificent Desolation

01:56:46 | #3105 | TV-PG

Experience the triumph of the first moon landing, witnessed by the largest TV audience in history. But dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.

Part Two: Earthrise

01:56:46 | #3104 | TV-PG

Discover what it took to beat the Soviet Union to the moon in the space race. In the turbulent and troubled '60s, the U.S. space program faced tragedy with Apollo 1 but made a triumphant comeback with Apollo 8.

Part One: A Place Beyond the Sky

01:56:46 | #3103 | TV-PG

Explore the early days of the space race, the struggle to catch up with the Soviet Union and the enormous stakes in the quest to reach the moon. This episode reveals both the breathtaking failures and successes of the developing U.S. space program.

Sealab: American Experience

56:46 | #3102 | TV-PG

Discover the mostly forgotten story of the U.S. Navy's daring and groundbreaking Sealab program, whose "Aquanauts" tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized our understanding of undersea exploration.

The Swamp: American Experience

01:56:46 | #3101 | TV-PG

The film tells the story of humanity's attempts to conquer the Florida Everglades, one of nature's most mysterious and unique ecosystems.

Eugenics Crusade: American Experience

01:56:46 | #3006 | TV-14

Learn the story of the unlikely campaign to breed a "better" American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.

Circus: American Experience

01:56:46 | #3008 | TV-PG

See how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey merged to create a circus of more than 1,100 people and 1,000 animals, only to limp through the Great Depression against competition from radio and movies. In 1956, the big top was pulled down for good.

Circus: American Experience

01:56:46 | #3007 | TV-PG

Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America's first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. The arrival of P. T. Barnum in 1871 transformed the trade, and the five Ringling brothers created a spectacle of their own.

Island Murder

54:06 | #3005 | TV-PG

Discover the truth behind the scandalous 1930s rape and murder case, involving a Navy wife, her society mother, Clarence Darrow and five nonwhite Hawaiians, that shook the island paradise and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

The Chinese Exclusion Act

01:56:46 | #2909 | TV-PG

Examine the origin, history, and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. It remained in force for more than 60 years.

The Bombing of Wall Street

56:46 | #3004 | TV-PG

Explore the story behind the mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation's financial center, which left 38 dead - a crime that launched the career of J. Edgar Hoover yet remains unsolved today.

Gilded Age

01:56:46 | #3003 | TV-PG

Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The vast disparities between them sparked debates still raging today.

Secret of Tuxedo Park

56:46 | #3002 | TV-PG

Explore the life of the unknown Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis, who led a double life as a scientist and whose secret lab in upstate New York helped develop the radar technology that would alter the course of history in World War II.

Into the Amazon

01:56:46 | #2908 | TV-14

In 1914, President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon made a perilous journey into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest to chart an unknown river in one of the wildest places on earth. What was anticipated to be relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character, claiming the lives of three men and almost killing the president.

Great War - Part 3

01:56:46 | #2907 | TV-PG

Discover how the violent and bloody conflict transformed the nation forever, as America enters World War I. But while many heralded the peace, others worried about democracy at home.

Great War - Part 2

01:56:46 | #2906 | TV-PG

Follow America's entry into the war as patriotism sweeps the nation, stifling free speech and dissent. A diverse group of men becomes the country's first mass conscripted army, while women continue to demand the vote.

Great War - Part 1

01:56:46 | #2905 | TV-PG

America's tortured, nearly three-year journey to war, is explored. Reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks on American ships erode neutrality, finally leading to Wilson's proclamation that "the world must be made safe for democracy."

Ruby Ridge

56:46 | #2904 | TV-PG

Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement through eyewitness accounts, including Randy Weaver's daughter and federal agents involved in the deadly confrontation.

Oklahoma City

01:56:46 | #3001 | TV-14

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history - the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City.

Race Underground

56:46 | #2903 | TV-PG

Learn how America's first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the interests of businessmen, and the fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.

Rachel Carson

01:56:46 | #2809 | TV-PG

Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson in this moving and intimate portrait.

Command and Control

01:56:46 | #2808 | TV-PG

Discover the terrifying truth behind one of America's most dangerous nuclear accidents -the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex.

Battle of Chosin

01:56:46 | #2902 | TV-PG

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants. A harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.


56:46 | #2901 | TV-G

The life of Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century, is examined. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla's vision that paved the way for today's wireless world.

Boys of '36

56:46 | #2807 | TV-PG

Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.

Space Men

56:46 | #2806 | TV-PG

Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.

The Perfect Crime

56:46 | #2805 | TV-14

The shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it, is re-examined. Their trial set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

Murder of a President

01:56:46 | #2804 | TV-PG

James Garfield's unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman, and its bizarre and tragic aftermath are explored. Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, the story follows the life of one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.

Mine Wars

01:56:46 | #2802 | TV-PG

Go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

Bonnie & Clyde

56:46 | #2803 | TV-14

The true story of the Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history.


01:56:46 | #2710 | TV-PG

Discover the harrowing and brutal truths behind the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World and the myths of Thanksgiving. Director Ric Burns explores the history of our nation's beginnings in this epic tale of converging forces.

American Comandante

56:46 | #2801 | TV-PG

Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution. His life had it all - adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters including J. Edgar Hoover, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro.

Walt Disney - Part Two

01:56:46 | #2709 | TV-PG

In the conclusion, Walt Disney's enduring legacy is explored with the production of the films Cinderella and Mary Poppins and his dream project, Disneyland.

Walt Disney - Part One

01:02:00 | #2708 | TV-PG

Explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the iconic filmmaker from his early days creating Mickey Mouse through the making of Snow White, the first full-length animated film.


56:46 | #2707 | TV-PG

A look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness.

Soundtrack for a Revolution

01:26:46 | #2310 | TV-PG

The story of the American civil rights movement as heard through its powerful music — the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.

Stonewall Uprising

01:26:46 | #2309 | TV-14

When gay bar Stonewall Inn was raided in 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As told by those present, the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and demonstrations, announcing that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Great Famine

56:46 | #2308 | TV-14

When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign. This documentary reveals the riveting story of America's engagement with a distant and desperate people.

Triangle Fire

56:46 | #2307 | TV-14

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Workers tried to make their way downstairs, but the doors on their floor were always locked and the fire escape soon crumpled. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Jimmy Carter

01:56:46 | #2306 | TV-PG

Traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Ga., to the Oval Office. Also, examines the failings of Jimmy Carter's political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s and explores the role religion played in his career.

The Greely Expedition

56:46 | #2305 | TV-PG

Reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions, and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.

Panama Canal

01:26:46 | #2304 | TV-PG

Using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers, and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal zone, this film unravels the story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.

Dinosaur Wars

56:46 | #2303 | TV-G

Two paleontologists uncovered the remains of 130 species of dinosaur and collected thousands of specimens, putting American science on the world stage in the late 1800s, but their professional rivalry left both men alone and almost penniless.

U.S. Grant

01:26:46 | #2302 | TV-PG

The greatest hero of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington. However, the strength of the Confederate resistance forced Grant into a hard war that destroyed the South and led to his being labeled "a butcher."

Robert E. Lee

01:26:46 | #2301 | TV-PG

Examines the life and reputation of Robert E. Lee, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.

Riding the Rails

56:46 | #1009 | TV-PG

During the Depression-era 1930s, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they found was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship, and loneliness.

Into the Deep, Whaling & the World

01:56:46 | #2208 | TV-PG

For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world — powering the start of the industrial revolution and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. This program looks at the history of the American whaling industry.

Roads to Memphis

56:46 | #2207 | TV-PG

Examine the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the turbulent forces that led these two men to their violent collision in Memphis in 1968.

My Lai

56:46 | #2206 | TV-14

Examines one of the darkest chapters of the Vietnam War - the 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities.

Earth Days

01:56:46 | #2205 | TV-G

Director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s.

Dolley Madison

01:26:46 | #2204 | TV-G

Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor and diplomat. These are the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison's wife, Dolley. Tony Award-winner Eve Best stars as America's "first First Lady" and Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays is James Madison.

The Bombing of Germany

56:46 | #2203 | TV-14

British and American bombing of Germany during WWII claimed the lives of nearly half a million civilians. The program is a haunting reminder of the dilemma imposed by war's civilian casualties. Joe Morton narrates.

Wyatt Earp

56:47 | #2202 | TV-PG

Documentary depicts the complexities and flaws of the Western lawman whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity on the American frontier.

Surviving the Dust Bowl

56:46 | #1008 | TV-PG

Beginning in 1930 dust storms ravaged America's overplowed southern plains, turning wheat fields into desert. Disease, hardship, and death followed, yet the majority of people stayed on, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and a way of life.

Civilian Conservation Corps

56:46 | #2201 | TV-G

Interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) veterans to tell the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments.

The Kennedys

02:56:46 | #2110 | TV-14

The Kennedy story is unlike any other – a saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty, and personal tragedy.

We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee

01:26:46 | #2109 | TV-PG

Examines the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the late 1960s, as well as the immediate events that triggered the takeover.

We Shall Remain: Geronimo

01:29:00 | #2108 | TV-PG

The life of Geronimo, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and war shaman. After his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures.

Trail of Tears

01:26:46 | #2107 | TV-PG

Despite decades of struggle to keep their land, in 1838 thousands of Cherokee were forced from their homes in the southeastern United States. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way.

We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision

01:26:46 | #2106 | TV-PG

Shawnee warrior Tecumseh and his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, organized an ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement. This is a story of strength, pride, and pronounced courage.

After the Mayflower

01:26:46 | #2105 | TV-PG

Explores the polar strategies — peaceful diplomacy and warfare — the Wampanoag people employed in their struggle to maintain their identity.

A Class Apart

56:46 | #2104 | TV-14

A landmark civil rights case forever changed the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Mexican-Americans.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

54:46 | #2103 | TV-14

This film recounts the story of America's first assassinated president and the hunt for the killer. At the heart of the story are two figures who define extremes of character: Lincoln, who had the strength to transform suffering into infinite compassion, and Booth, who allowed hatred to curdle into destruction.

The Polio Crusade

56:46 | #2102 | TV-PG

The story of the largest public health experiment in American history — the effort to eradicate polio, one of the 20th-century's most dreaded diseases.

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

01:56:46 | #2101 | TV-PG

A revealing portrait of the influential American scientist who led the development of the atomic bomb. Dramatic re-creations feature David Strathairn. Campbell Scott narrates.

LBJ - Part 2

01:56:46 | #402 | TV-PG

Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.

LBJ - Part 1

01:56:46 | #401 | TV-PG


02:56:46 | #302 | TV-PG

The complex life, political career, presidency, and resignation of Richard Nixon are examined.

Fdr: The Grandest Job in the World/The Juggler

02:26:46 | #702 | TV-PG

Reviews the first two terms of Roosevelt's presidency, his response to the massive problems of the Great Depression, and how his relationship with his wife affected both his personal and political lives. The second episode traces FDR's support for England, his management of World War II, his growing personal ties to Churchill, and his relationship with Stalin and the Soviet Union.

FDR: The Center of the World/Fear Itself

01:58:46 | #701 | TV-PG

Examines Franklin Delano Roosevelt's background and education, his years as assistant secretary of the navy, and his marriage to distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt. The second episode recounts FDR's bout with polio and the sequence of events that led to his landslide victory in the presidential election of 1932.

George H.W. Bush - Part 2

01:26:46 | #2010 | TV-PG

Examines the life and career of the 41st president, from his service in World War II and his early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office, first as vice president to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Entries from Bush's diaries and interviews with his closest advisers also explore his role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence resonates in modern American life.

George H.W. Bush - Part 1 and 2

02:56:46 | #2009 | TV-PG

Look back at the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II and his early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office, first as vice president to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War.

Roberto Clemente: American Experience

56:46 | #2007 | TV-PG

Roberto Clemente was more than a great baseball player. He was a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice.

Walt Whitman

01:56:46 | #2008 | TV-14

Traces poet Walt Whitman's working-class childhood in Long Island; his years as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn struggling to support his impoverished family; the writing of his masterwork, Leaves of Grass; and his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for his work.

Minik, The Lost Eskimo

56:46 | #2006 | TV-PG

Retraces the life journey of a young Eskimo named Minik to provide a thought-provoking look at the intersection of race, culture, and the nascent science of anthropology at the turn of the 20th century in America.

Buffalo Bill

56:46 | #2003 | TV-PG

Archival materials explore the man behind the legend of Buffalo Bill, revealing the complexity of William Cody's extraordinary life.

Kit Carson

01:21:30 | #2005 | TV-PG

Archival materials and re-creations bring legendary trapper, scout, and soldier Kit Carson to vivid life.

Grand Central

52:43 | #2004 | TV-G

The dramatic story of the construction of one of America's greatest architectural and technological monuments: New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

The Lobotomist

56:46 | #2002 | TV-14

Initially hailed as a breakthrough, the lobotomy is now seen as a cautionary tale of medical intervention gone horribly awry. Psychiatrists who worked with Walter J. Freeman, the ambitious neurologist who championed the procedure, and desperate family members who sought his help for their mentally ill relatives relive their experiences with the operation and its aftermath.

Oswald's Ghost

01:25:56 | #2001 | TV-PG

A look at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public's reaction to the tragedy, and how the subsequent government investigations led to a widespread loss of trust in the institutions that govern American society.

Alexander Hamilton

01:56:46 | #1913 | TV-PG

As America's first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the operations of the banking system and Wall Street. He also helped establish the principle that America would be an "opportunity society" in which talent and hard work, not birth, determine success.

Amelia Earhart

56:46 | #601 | TV-PG

In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world from east to west along the equator-despite warnings from friends that her preparations were hurried and even careless. Then her plane disappeared without a trace, and the "First Lady of the Air" was instantly transformed into an American legend.

Summer of Love: American Experience

56:46 | #1912 | TV-PG

A portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement. In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience. By 1968 the celebration of free love, music, and an alternative lifestyle had descended into a maelstrom of drug abuse, broken dreams, and occasional violence.

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

01:26:46 | #1911 | TV-14

A revealing portrait of cult leader Jim Jones, his People's Temple followers, and the events that led to their mass suicide in the Guyanese jungle, as told by Jonestown survivors, Temple defectors, relatives of the dead, and journalists.

Sister Aimee

56:46 | #1910 | TV-PG

The dramatic life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, the controversial, charismatic, wildly popular evangelist who was instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture and American politics.

New York Underground

56:46 | #907 | TV-PG

After the blizzard of 1888, the citizens of New York City decided that they needed an underground public transportation system. The first line of the IRT opened in 1904 and ran over 26 miles of track at the unheard-of speed of 35 mph—rapidly transforming the neighborhoods in its path.

New Orleans

01:56:36 | #1909 | TV-PG

The Living Weapon

57:00 | #1908 | TV-PG

Examines the international race to develop biological weapons in the 1940s and '50s, revealing the scientific and technical challenges scientists faced and the moral dilemmas posed by their eventual success.

The Berlin Airlift

56:46 | #1907 | TV-PG

On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked railroad and street access to West Berlin in an effort to take control of the city by starving the population and choking off commerce. But Allied forces responded by doing something that even the best military minds had considered impossible: supplying two million civilians and 20,000 soldiers entirely from the air for nearly a year.

The Gold Rush

01:56:20 | #1906 | TV-PG

Tracks the evolution of the Gold Rush from the easy riches of the first few months to the fierce competition for a few good claims. Michael Murphy narrates.

The Great Fever

54:59 | #1905 | TV-PG

In June 1900, Major Walter Reed, chief surgeon of the U.S. Army, led a medical team to Cuba on a mission to investigate Cuban doctor Carlos Finlay's radical theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes. Eventually, their discoveries—and experiments on themselves—enabled the U.S. to eradicate the disease among workers constructing the Panama Canal.

Test Tube Babies

56:46 | #1904 | TV-PG

The story of Louise Brown, the world's first successful test tube baby, born in Great Britain on July 25, 1978.

Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964/Bridge to Freedom 1965

01:55:38 | #1903 | TV-PG

Mississippi's grassroots civil rights movement becomes a nationwide concern when three college students travel south to help register black voters and are murdered. A decade's worth of lessons are applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.

Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961/No Easy Walk 1961-1963

01:55:38 | #1902 | TV-PG

Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. emerges as its most visible leader, the movement discovers the power of mass action.

Awakenings - 1954-1956/Fighting Back 1957-1962

01:55:38 | #1901 | TV-PG

Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights. States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the battle to integrate schools.

The Man Behind Hitler

01:26:46 | #1813 | TV-PG

Nazi propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels helped launch Hitler's rise to power and became the second most powerful man in the Third Reich. Kenneth Branagh reads from Goebbels' personal diaries, while rare historical footage from German archives traces his life, his initial attraction to the Nazi party, and his adoration of Hitler.

Annie Oakley

56:46 | #1812 | TV-G

How a young woman named Annie Oakley became the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats.

The Alaska Pipeline

56:46 | #1811 | TV-PG

Bringing Alaskan oil to market required one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. For more than three years, workers battled brutal Arctic weather to construct an 800-mile pipeline that would traverse three mountain ranges, 34 rivers, and 800 streams and withstand earthquakes and sub-zero temperatures. The men, machines, and money the pipeline brought to Alaska would forever transform what had long been regarded as America's last great wilderness.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

56:46 | #101 | TV-PG

In April 1906, San Francisco was destroyed by earthquake and fire. Thousands were killed, and tens of thousands were left homeless. But three years later, the city had been rebuilt from the ashes.

The Boy in the Bubble

56:46 | #1810 | TV-PG

When David Vetter died at age 12, he was already world-famous: He was the boy in the plastic bubble, mythologized as a plucky, handsome child who had defied the odds. But his life story is also a tragic tale that pits ambitious doctors against bewildered, frightened young parents and raises profound moral issues. Did doctors, in a rush to save a child, condemn the boy to a life not worth living? And did they, in the end, effectively decide how to kill him?

Eugene O'neill

01:56:46 | #1809 | TV-PG

In fewer than 25 years, Eugene O'Neill wrote 20 plays and won four Pulitzer Prizes. The triumphant author of such innovative works as The Iceman Cometh, A Touch of the Poet, and the autobiographical masterpiece Long Day's Journey Into Night once described writing as his "vacation from living." Award-winning director Ric Burns tells the playwright's own turbulent story, from his childhood through the ascendant years of his career to his lonely, painful death at age 65 in 1953. Christopher Plummer narrates.


56:46 | #1808 | TV-PG

In September 1970, members of a militant Palestinian group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, hijacked five commercial airplanes. To attract attention to its cause and secure the release of several comrades, the PFLP spectacularly blew up four of the planes. Award-winning producer Ilan Ziv revisits the events to examine how and when Middle East militants began to see civilians as legitimate pawns in the struggle for self-determination.

Jesse James

56:03 | #1807 | TV-PG

Compares the legend of Jesse James with the much less romantic reality. The "Western outlaw" never actually went west, "America's own Robin Hood" stole from the poor as well as the rich, and the famous "gunfighter" shot mostly unarmed victims. A member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the Civil War, James led a life steeped in violence and bloodshed, then met what was perhaps the most fitting end.

The Nuremberg Trials

56:46 | #1806 | TV-14

On November 20, 1945, the 22 surviving representatives of the Nazi elite stood before an international military tribunal at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, charged with the systematic murder of millions of people. The ensuing trial pitted U.S. Chief Prosecutor and Supreme Court Judge Robert Jackson against Hermann Goering, the former head of the Nazi air force. For Jackson, this trial would make the statement that crimes against humanity would never again go unpunished.

John and Abigail Adams

01:56:22 | #1805 | TV-G

Despite long separations and painful defeats, John and Abigail Adams formed one of the greatest political partnerships in American history and forged a marriage that sustained them throughout their lives. David Ogden Stiers narrates.

Influenza 1918

56:46 | #1005 | TV-PG

As the nation mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, influenza broke out in an army hospital in Kansas. The ensuing epidemic killed 600,000 people-more than the total number of Americans killed in all the wars of the 20th century-before disappearing as mysteriously as it had begun.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History - Part 2

01:21:32 | #1804 | TV-PG

Michael Murphy narrates a history of Las Vegas featuring the reminiscences and impressions of insiders and visitors alike.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (Part 1)

01:21:37 | #1803 | TV-PG

Traces the often surprising, endlessly entertaining history of the country's most outrageous playground. Interviews with Las Vegas insiders as well as everyday citizens in search of the American Dream chronicle how Las Vegas transformed itself from remote frontier way station into the Depression-era "Gateway to the Hoover Dam," then into the mid-century gangster metropolis known as "Sin City," and finally into a family vacation destination and the fastest-growing city in the United States. Michael Murphy narrates.

Race to The Moon

56:46 | #1802 | TV-PG

Apollo 8 was arguably America's riskiest and most important space mission: It united a nation divided by the war in Vietnam and racial strife at home and met the challenge to go to the moon set forth by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This look back at the 1968 mission features the firsthand recollections of astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and Bill Anders; Walter Cronkite, who covered the event for CBS News; members of Mission Control in Houston; Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon; and John Logsdon, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University.

Two Days In October

01:22:22 | #1801 | TV-PG

A chronicle of two turbulent days in October 1967: In Vietnam, a U.S. battalion marched into a Viet Cong trap, and 61 young men were killed, prompting some in power to wonder whether the war might be unwinnable. Half a world away, a demonstration against napalm manufacturer Dow Chemical at the University of Wisconsin spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a student war protest had turned violent. American and Viet Cong soldiers, police officers, relatives of men killed in battle, protesting students, members of a political mime troupe, and university administrators tell their stories of the two harrowing events in a film based on the book They Marched Into Sunlight by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.

Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

01:26:46 | #1712 | TV-PG

In 1974, militants from a radical political group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. As a media circus grew up around the search for the missing teenager, the story took an even more bizarre twist when Patty herself announced on an audiotape that she had converted to the SLA cause and would henceforth be known as Tania. First-ever interviews with former members of the SLA and archival footage rescued from a dumpster behind a San Francisco television station examine the inside story of a strange saga that dominated headlines worldwide for months.

The Carter Family: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

55:55 | #1711 | TV-G

Explores the lives of country music pioneers A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter.

Victory in the Pacific

01:56:46 | #1710 | TV-PG

The Fall of Saigon

56:46 | #1709 | TV-PG

This final episode of "Vietnam: A Television History" recounts the aggressive, lightning-fast attack that brought an end to the war and led to Hanoi's victory—30 years after the North Vietnamese launched their struggle for national independence.

The Massie Affair

56:46 | #1708 | TV-PG

In 1931, the U.S. Navy dominated Hawaii, and Americans thought of the islands as their private paradise in the Pacific. But then a sensational rape trial that ended in a hung jury, the subsequent murder of one of the defendants, and the trial of a Kentucky sailor and his mother for the killing shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

The Great Transatlantic Cable

56:18 | #1707 | TV-G

Until the first transatlantic cable was laid, communication between North America and Europe took at least a week. The long and grueling process of manufacturing a cable long enough to span the continents and then laying it across the ocean floor, an exciting adventure in itself, also changed communications forever.

Mary Pickford

01:25:45 | #1706 | TV-PG

Born Gladys Smith, Mary Pickford climbed from stage actress to international film stardom as "America's Sweetheart" to production executive at United Artists—a company she founded. In true Hollywood style, she also married leading man Douglas Fairbanks, who presented her with an 18-acre estate, Pickfair, in Beverly Hills.

Malcolm X - Make It Plain

02:26:46 | #606 | TV-PG

A film biography of the controversial and charismatic civil rights leader who expressed the anger felt by many African Americans as well as their insistence on dignity and freedom. Interviews with associates and family members, including Malcolm's brothers and sisters and his wife, Betty Shabazz, trace the intellectual journey of a complex man whose ideas continue to resonate.


01:26:46 | #1705 | TV-MA

A profile of controversial 1950s sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, whose findings blew the lid off sexuality in America.

Building The Alaska Highway

56:46 | #1704 | TV-PG

In May 1942, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken. For eight months, they endured ice, snow, and bitter cold; battled mud, muskeg, and mosquitoes; bridged raging rivers; graded lofty peaks; and cut pathways through primeval forests to push a 1,520-mile road across the rugged sub-Arctic wilderness of Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory—one of the world's harshest landscapes.

Fidel Castro

01:56:46 | #1703 | TV-PG

For the leader of a small Caribbean nation, Fidel Castro has had an inordinate impact on world history. The controversial, charismatic dictator has confounded American presidents from Eisenhower to Bush while surviving a CIA-backed invasion, countless assassination plots, an economic embargo, and even the collapse of his benefactor, the Soviet Union. This new profile by filmmaker Adriana Bosch acknowledges both Castro's accomplishments and his failures.

The Crash of 1929

56:46 | #308 | TV-G

Throughout most of 1929, the stock market was rising steadily, and few critics could be found. It was a "new era" when anyone could get rich. But in truth, only a small group of bankers, brokers, and speculators grew fabulously wealthy by manipulating the stock market. The unbounded optimism of the age gave way to shock and despair when reality finally hit on October 29th.

The Fight

01:26:46 | #1702 | TV-PG

Tells the intertwined stories of boxers Max Schmeling of Germany and Joe Louis of the United States, culminating in what was arguably the most politicized sporting event in history: the 1938 heavyweight championship of the world.


01:55:30 | #1701 | TV-PG

Chronicles the pivotal role Robert Kennedy played in many of the major events of the 1960s.

Golden Gate Bridge

56:35 | #1609

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was the life mission of Joseph Strauss, an ambitious engineer who had never before designed or overseen the building of a suspension bridge. A visionary and a relentless promoter, he set his sights on achieving the impossible.

Patriots Day

55:48 | #1608 | TV-PG

Everyday Americans gather for an annual re-creation of the famous Revolutionary battles of Lexington and Concord.

Emma Goldman

56:46 | #1607 | TV-PG

For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her attacks on government, big business, and war. Explore the controversial life of the notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and publisher.


56:46 | #1606 | TV-G

Charts the origins of the small plastics company that became a surprising cultural phenomenon and reveals the secret behind Tupperware's success: the women of all backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. Kathy Bates narrates.

Remember The Alamo

56:46 | #1605 | TV-PG

Long before the Alamo made heroes of Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett and spawned the well-known battle cry, Jose Antonio Navarro and a group of Tejanos—Mexicans of Texas who had lived there for generations—started the battle for Texas. Hector Elizondo narrates an exploration of the life of the famed Tejano leader and his efforts to protect the sovereignty of his homeland as it passed through the hands of multiple governments.

Citizen King

01:56:31 | #1604 | TV-PG

Personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, civil rights movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians reconstruct the last five years in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—from his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 to his assassination in 1968.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Part 2: Retreat

01:26:32 | #1603 | TV-PG

As white resistance to Radical Reconstruction flares into violence across the South, the national commitment to Reconstruction wanes, and a white Southern view of the "lost cause" begins to capture the Northern imagination. By 1877, Reconstruction is over, but it has laid the groundwork for the great civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War - Part 1: Revolution

01:26:34 | #1602 | TV-PG

In the chaos following the Civil War, former slaves move to take control of their lives, setting up their own communities, churches, and schools. Southern whites, deeply threatened, resist—often violently. Congress finally acts to stem the violence and safeguard blacks' rights by passing Radical Reconstruction, imposing military rule on the South and giving African-American men the vote.

"The Center of the World" (New York, Episode 8)

02:56:46 | #1601 | TV-PG

The final episode of Ric Burns' award-winning miniseries examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center: its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, its controversial construction in the 1960s and '70s, its tragic demise in the fall of 2001, and the extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

The Donner Party

01:26:46 | #503 | TV-PG

In 1846, the 87 men, women, and children of the Donner Party began a journey westward. Their attempt to take a shortcut through the High Sierras turned into a nightmare of death, madness, and cannibalism.

Murder of the Century

55:36 | #801 | TV-PG

At the turn of the 20th century, architect Stanford White was shot to death by eccentric millionaire Harry Thaw as a result of a long struggle between the men over Thaw's beautiful young wife, Evelyn Nesbit. The "yellow" press of the time exploited the case, gaining enormous circulation as a result.

Murder at Harvard

56:46 | #1513 | TV-PG

In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, suddenly disappeared. He had last been seen walking toward the Harvard Medical College, and many suspected that he had been robbed and murdered by a poor Irish immigrant. But the medical school's janitor thought differently. He spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath a basement laboratory looking for clues, and what he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history.


55:41 | #608 | TV-PG

Examines the experiences of the men who were a part of D-Day, the World War II Allied invasion of Europe through Normandy.

Bataan Rescue

56:46 | #1512 | TV-PG

As World War II neared its end in the Pacific, 500 American and Filipino soldiers who had survived the Bataan Death March three years earlier were still being held at the Cabanatuan camp in the Philippines. Fearing the prisoners would be executed, an elite Ranger battalion sneaked 30 miles behind enemy lines and, with the help of Filipino resistance fighters, pulled off an astonishing rescue.


56:46 | #1511 | TV-G

Despite his boxy build, stumpy legs, scraggly tail, and ungainly gait, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. His fabulously wealthy owner, Charles Howard; his famously silent and stubborn trainer, Tom Smith; and the two gifted jockeys who rode him to glory turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. Based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand.

Daughter from Danang

01:22:21 | #1510 | TV-PG

A Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter are joyously reunited after 22 years—but their illusions are quickly shattered as the reality of cultural differences and years of separation sets in. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category.

The Pill

56:46 | #1509 | TV-PG

In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a birth control pill that arguably has had a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history.

Partners of the Heart

56:26 | #1508 | TV-PG

The improbable alliance of black medical genius Vivien Thomas and white surgeon Alfred Blalock began in Depression-era Nashville. Their work led to one of the century's signal medical breakthroughs: the pioneering of daring heart operations that saved thousands of children afflicted with a congenital heart defect called "blue baby syndrome."

Transcontinental Railroad

01:51:25 | #1507 | TV-PG

On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, UT, a boisterous crowd gathered to witness the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the transcontinental railroad. The electrifying moment marked the culmination of six years of grueling work.

The Murder of Emmett Till

56:46 | #1506 | TV-PG

In August 1955, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Mississippi. Emmett Till didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South. Three days later, two white men dragged him from his bed, beat him brutally, and shot him. After being acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury, his killers sold a detailed account of how they murdered Till to the press. The story horrified the nation and the world and helped mobilize the civil rights movement: Three months after Till's body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

Chicago: City of the Century: Battle for Chicago

01:26:45 | #1505 | TV-PG

Chicago develops the world's first skyscraper downtown, in a unique American architectural style. In its shadows are gambling, prostitution, corruption, poverty, and disease. But in 1893, the city's business elite hosts a World's Fair, proudly showing 27 million visitors a glistening, sanitized "city of the future."

Chicago: City of the Century: The Revolution Has Begun

01:26:45 | #1504 | TV-PG

From the railroads to Marshall Field's department store to Cyrus McCormick's reaper factory to the stockyards, workers struggle for their share of a new industrial capitalism. The Haymarket Affair becomes the most sensational labor incident of the 19th century.

Chicago: City of the Century: Mudhole to Metropolis

01:26:45 | #1503 | TV-PG

Explores the humble beginnings of this Midwestern town and its rise to become one of America's largest, busiest cities. During the 19th century, Chicago's location at the end of a canal that links the Mississippi to New York makes it attractive to Yankee speculators as well as Irish canal diggers. In just a few decades, the remote fur trading post explodes into the metropolis of the West. Not even the great fire of 1871 can slow the city's development.

Jimmy Carter (Part 2)

01:26:46 | #1502 | TV-PG

In the years since leaving office, Carter has struggled to bring peace to war-torn countries, fought for the eradication of life-threatening diseases, and dedicated himself to housing America's poorest citizens.

Jimmy Carter (Part 1): Jimmy Who?

01:26:46 | #1501 | TV-PG

Traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Ga. to the Oval Office. Carter's inexperience with Washington politics resulted in an ineffectual and fractured administration. Inflation, recession, and a humbling hostage crisis blew his presidency dramatically off course.

Battle of the Bulge

00:00 | #705 | TV-PG

The single biggest and bloodiest battle American soldiers ever fought took place in the waning days of World War II amid the rolling hills of Belgium and Luxembourg, in freezing temperatures and snow that tested the courage and endurance of Allied troops as much as their German adversaries did.

Ulysses S. Grant: The President

00:00 | #1412 | TV-PG

The greatest Union hero of the Civil War is swept into the White House in 1868. He presides over a tumultuous era, struggling to mend a broken nation and protect freed African Americans even as repeated scandals shadow his administration. Returning to private life, he is fleeced by a Wall Street swindler. In a heroic effort to provide for his family, Grant races to finish his memoirs even as he is consumed by throat cancer. Yet at his death in 1885, the largest funeral in New York history proves he is still a hero to a grateful nation.

Ulysses S. Grant: The Warrior

00:00 | #1411 | TV-PG

After a series of business failures and an early army career cut short by whiskey, U.S. Grant gets another chance when the Civil War breaks out. His demand for "unconditional surrender" at Fort Donelson earns him a nickname and the Union its first victory. Though he wins again at Shiloh, Grant is called a "butcher" and sidelined when the carnage is revealed. But his daring capture of the Confederate river fortress at Vicksburg changes the course of the war and propels him into a long and bloody campaign against Robert E. Lee, ending in Lee's dramatic surrender at Appomattox.

A Brilliant Madness

56:46 | #1410 | TV-PG

John Nash, a stunningly original and famously eccentric MIT mathematician, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and spent the next 30 years in and out of mental hospitals, all but forgotten. During that time, a proof he had written at the age of 20 became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994, Nash was awarded a Nobel Prize in economics.

Ansel Adams

01:26:31 | #1409 | TV-G

Explores the great themes that absorbed the landscape photographer throughout his career: the beauty and fragility of "the American earth," the unbreakable bond between man and nature, and the moral obligation of the present to the future.

The Hurricane of '38

56:46 | #604 | TV-PG

In September 1938, one of North America's most devastating storms ripped through New England. The program tracks several fishermen, Shinnecock Indians, and vacationers who were caught in the natural disaster, which ultimately killed more than 600 people and destroyed more than 8,000 homes.

Public Enemy #1

56:46 | #1408 | TV-PG

John Dillinger is a desperado, a bank robber, a bad man no jail can hold. But J. Edgar Hoover, the new director of the FBI, sees the outlaw's celebrity as a chance to burnish the reputation of his national law enforcement agency.

Monkey Trial

01:26:46 | #1407 | TV-PG

John Scopes is arrested in Tennessee in 1925 for teaching evolution in defiance of state law. His trial becomes an all-out duel between science and religion and one of the epic legal battles of the 20th century.

Zoot Suit Riots

56:46 | #1406 | TV-PG

In 1942, simmering racial tensions in Los Angeles boiled over after the murder of José Diaz, a 22-year-old Mexican American. In the aftermath of a highly publicized trial, the city erupted in violent riots that scarred race relations for decades to come.

Miss America

01:42:12 | #1405 | TV-PG

Tracks America's oldest beauty pageant from its inception in 1921, painting a vivid picture of an intrinsically American institution. At its core, this is a human story—inspiring, infuriating, poignant, and funny. Sherry Jones narrates.

Mount Rushmore

56:46 | #1404 | TV-PG

A temperamental artist's determination propelled the largest sculptural project in history. Gutzon Borglum directed dozens of ordinary Americans who carved the faces of four presidents onto a mountainside in the Black Hills of South Dakota—a creation that some called a monstrosity and others a masterpiece. Michael Murphy narrates.

Woodrow Wilson (Part 2): The Redemption of the World

01:26:46 | #1403 | TV-PG

President Wilson leads America through World War I, then brokers its peace treaty. His vision of world peace through the League of Nations is struck down at home, and his health suffers so seriously that his wife becomes de facto chief executive.

Woodrow Wilson (Part 1): A Passionate Man

01:23:45 | #1402 | TV-PG

Wilson rises from a Civil War boyhood in Georgia to become president of Princeton University and an outspoken champion of progressive reform. He is elected governor of New Jersey, then narrowly wins the presidency, accomplishing a remarkable agenda of reform in his first two years. Linda Hunt narrates.

War Letters

56:46 | #1401 | TV-PG

A collection of personal correspondence from soldiers, covering the American Revolution to the Gulf War, brings to life the deepest, most human side of war.


00:00 | #301 | TV-PG

A penetrating and surprising look at Lindbergh's life, from his early days as a stunt pilot to his flirtation with Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II, exploring the contradictions in a man who is still described as one of America's greatest heroes.

Fly Girls

00:00 | #1110 | TV-G

A remembrance of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who ferried planes and test-piloted aircraft, logging more than 60 million air miles. Thirty-eight women died in service.

MacArthur (Part 2 of 2)

00:00 | #1109 | TV-PG

Throughout Gen. Douglas MacArthur's last battles in World War II, his rehabilitation of Japan from ashes, and his war against the North Koreans and Chinese, there was the constant din of another battle—with Washington. It was one he finally lost.

MacArthur (Part 1 of 2)

00:00 | #1108 | TV-PG

Gen. Douglas MacArthur had been America's most distinguished soldier when he resigned from the army four years before World War II began. Recalled by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fight the Japanese, he also battled imagined enemies in Washington as he struggled to live up to the MacArthur family name.

Truman (Part 2 of 2)

01:56:46 | #1002 | TV-PG

Under machine boss Tom Pendergast, Harry Truman rose from county office to the U.S. Senate. In 1944, he was drafted as a vice presidential candidate. After becoming president on the death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, he faced decisions on the use of the atomic bomb, rebuilding Western Europe, sending troops to Korea, and recognizing the state of Israel. In 1948, he won reelection over opponent Thomas Dewey in one of history's most famous upsets.

Truman (Part 1 of 2)

02:26:46 | #1001 | TV-PG

In 1917, Harry S Truman left the family farm in Missouri and joined the U.S. Army. He rose to the rank of captain and was sent to France in command of the notorious Company D, which he led from a trap without a single casualty. Returning to Independence, he went into the haberdashery business and went bankrupt, then turned to politics. Jason Robards narrates.

Stephen Foster

56:46 | #1312 | TV-PG

The first great American songwriter, Foster created melodies that are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes—including, of course, "My Old Kentucky Home." Though he virtually invented popular music as it is recognized today, Foster's personal life was tragic and riddled with contradiction. He died at age 37, a nearly penniless alcoholic, on the Bowery in New York.

Fatal Flood

54:59 | #1311 | TV-PG

In the spring of 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from Cairo, IL to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as 1,000 people, and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, MS, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys—and the Percys against one another.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

00:00 | #1310 | TV-PG

In March 1931, two white women in Paint Rock, AL charged nine black teenagers with rape. The trial of the falsely accused teens would yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and help give birth to the civil rights movement.

Meltdown at Three Mile Island

56:46 | #1106 | TV-PG

Traces the events and tension surrounding a near-catastrophe in the nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, PA on March 28, 1979.

Race for the Superbomb

00:00 | #1102 | TV-PG

At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union both began top-secret programs to build weapons even more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue, and deception marked the race to develop the hydrogen bomb—a weapon that would change the world.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part 3 of 3)

01:55:39 | #1309 | TV-PG

The last months of war heighten the couple's political differences: Lincoln is dedicated to bringing the South back into the Union, but Mary speaks privately of revenge. Lincoln's assassination exacts a terrible toll on a war-torn nation and his emotionally fragile wife.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part 2 of 3)

01:55:39 | #1308 | TV-PG

During the Civil War, as Lincoln leads a confused and frightened people through the most terrible conflict in their history, disaster strikes his own home: Son Willie dies, and Mary, tormented by grief, fights to maintain her sanity.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part 1 of 3)

01:55:39 | #1307 | TV-PG

The story of the couple's childhoods—his in a remote backwoods log cabin, hers in a wealthy Kentucky home—and their tempestuous courtship and marriage.

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

00:00 | #1306 | TV-PG

Garvey's attempt to create an independent black nation made him both powerful and hated. Rival black leaders denounced him as a lunatic and traitor to his race, but Garvey forever changed the way black Americans look at themselves and the world.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

56:46 | #1305 | TV-G

The Streamliner train cars revolutionized railroading with their long, sleek look and compact diesel engines. But within two decades of their 1934 introduction, the era of these supertrains was over, dozens of routes were discontinued, and the cars were sold off to Canada and Japan.

Lost in the Grand Canyon

56:46 | #1107 | TV-PG

In the summer of 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, led an epic journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, the last important exploration within the contiguous states of the Union.

Return with Honor

00:00 | #1304 | TV-PG

The story of American fighter pilots shot down over North Vietnam: their long periods of solitary confinement, bouts of excruciating torture, harrowing loneliness, and determination to return home with honor and dignity.

Secrets of a Master Builder

56:46 | #1303 | TV-PG

The life of one of America's greatest engineers, James Buchanan Eads, was inextricably linked with the nation's most important waterway, the Mississippi River. Eads built the world's first steel bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis and deepened the river at its mouth, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.

The Rockefellers (Part 2)

00:00 | #1302 | TV-PG

Three generations of Rockefellers struggle with the burden of redeeming their family name and with the power that comes with great wealth.

The Rockefellers (Part 1)

00:00 | #1301 | TV-PG

John D. Rockefeller creates an oil monopoly, becoming the world's first billionaire in the process. He then gives much of his fortune away—earning a reputation as both a ruthless capitalist and a great philanthropist.

Reagan - An American Crusade

01:56:46 | #1007 | TV-PG

In 1989, after two terms in office, Reagan left the White House as one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century-and one of the most controversial.

Reagan - Lifeguard

01:56:46 | #1006 | TV-PG

When Ronald Reagan's Hollywood career began to wane, he turned to politics. One by one, his opponents underestimated him; and one by one, he surprised them, rising to become a president who preferred to see America as a "shining city on a hill."

Edison's Miracle of Light

00:00 | #802 | TV-PG

In the late 1870s, Thomas Edison produced an electric light bulb and set up a plant in lower Manhattan. But he made several critical errors, which were quickly exploited by his competitors—Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. As electrification of America became a reality, Edison was caught in a web of expensive personal, patent, and corporate battles.

The Wizard of Photography

00:00 | #1210 | TV-PG

A brilliant innovator and entrepreneur, George Eastman revolutionized the photographic industry by making the camera available to everyone.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

00:00 | #1209 | TV-PG

One of the greatest sports heroes ever, DiMaggio the man is even more compelling—and much more complex—than the legend. While uncomfortable with the constant scrutiny of celebrity, the baseball superstar and one-time husband of Marilyn Monroe also became a careful and businesslike manager of his own image.

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

56:46 | #1208 | TV-PG

Following the Civil War, a group of young ex-slaves from Fisk University traveled throughout the United States and Europe bringing the power of spirituals and religious anthems to new audiences.

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (Part 2 of 2)

00:00 | #1207 | TV-PG

After an attempt is made on his life, Wallace embarks on a quest for forgiveness.

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (Part 1 of 2)

00:00 | #1206 | TV-PG

Four-time governor of Alabama and four-time candidate for president, Wallace was feared as a racist demagogue and admired as a politician who spoke his mind.

Around the World in 72 Days

00:00 | #909 | TV-PG

At the age of 19, Nellie Bly talked her way into a job as a reporter on a newspaper. To expose abuse of the mentally ill, she had herself committed. When she traveled around the world, beating Jules Verne's fictional escapade, she turned herself into a world celebrity.

John Brown's Holy War

01:26:46 | #1205 | TV-PG

John Brown's crusade against slavery, though based on religious faith, was carried out with shocking violence and eventually led to his own execution at Harpers Ferry.

The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie

00:00 | #903 | TV-PG

Carnegie arrived in America a poor immigrant boy, amassed a fortune in the steel industry by crushing his competitors and exploiting his workers, and then systematically gave away $350 million in 10 years. Among other philanthropies, he donated more than 3,000 public libraries to communities around the world.

The Duel

00:00 | #1204 | TV-PG

In 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met in a duel that killed Hamilton, destroyed Burr's career, and changed the course of history.

Hoover Dam

56:46 | #1103 | TV-PG

Tells the story of one of the greatest engineering works in history, when men who were desperate for work struggled against brutal heat, choking dust, perilous heights, and the mighty Colorado River to build a dam that would bring electricity and water to millions.

Nixon's China Game

00:00 | #1203 | TV-G

In February 1972, President Richard Nixon traveled to Beijing for a historic encounter with Chairman Mao Tse-tung, shocking both America's allies and its enemies, in what Nixon called "the week that changed the world."


56:46 | #1202 | TV-PG

Throughout his rise from Hungarian immigrant to international star, magician Harry Houdini confronted humanity's greatest fears—entrapment, pain, death—and emerged victorious.

Rescue at Sea

00:00 | #1105 | TV-PG

On a foggy night in 1909, two ships collided off Nantucket Island. The new technology of the wireless telegraph and the courage and ingenuity of a 26-year-old operator led to the rescue of 1,500 people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

02:24:06 | #1201 | TV-PG

Going beyond Eleanor Roosevelt's public achievements, this intimate biography explores the secretive and surprising private life of a controversial American figure.

America 1900

00:00 | #1101 | TV-PG

Chronicles a year in the life of America, seen through the lives of famous public figures and ordinary citizens, and examines the forces of change that would come to shape the 20th century.

The Kennedys (Part 2)

01:56:46 | #502 | TV-PG

The Kennedy family's extraordinary political activities have been marked by both achievement and tragedy.

The Kennedys (Part 1)

01:56:46 | #501 | TV-PG

Traces the lives of Joe and Rose Kennedy and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward.


Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces during World War II, emerged from the war as the world's most beloved figure. During his first term as president, he settled the conflict in Korea; but in his second term, his image was tarnished by criticism for his indecision, his unwillingness to support school desegregation, and the U-2 crisis that cost him his dream of lasting accord with the Soviets.

The Quiz Show Scandal

As television became a national obsession in the mid-1950s, a new breed of hero appeared on the American scene: contestants on the big-money quiz shows. As revered as movie stars and baseball heroes, the big winners became household legends. But then, slowly and painfully, a congressional investigation revealed that the shows were fixed and the outcomes scripted in advance—leaving fans feeling angry and betrayed.

Hawaii's Last Queen

Liliu'okalani, who ruled Hawaii in the late 1800s, was caught between her people and the powerful American business community as it moved to gain control of what was then an independent island nation.

The Telephone

Introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876, the telephone was seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen. But it soon transformed American life with telephone poles replacing trees and operators known as "hello girls."

Big Dream, Small Screen

Philo T. Farnsworth was a 14-year-old Utah farm boy when he sketched out his idea for electronic television. He insisted on maintaining control over his invention and eventually developed a working television system, but his small company faded into obscurity as giant corporations took control of the medium.

TR, the Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part 1 of 2)

Roosevelt was a cowboy, a soldier, an explorer, a scientist, a world authority on large mammals and small birds, an author, and president of the United States by the age of 42. Jason Robards narrates.

TR, the Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part 2 of 2)

An examination of Roosevelt's presidency explores how he was influenced by the major issues and events of his age and how he, in turn, shaped the course of American history.

Gold Fever

In the 1890s, a depression brought bank and business failures and forced millions from their jobs. When gold was discovered in the Yukon, a frozen no-man's-land between Canada and Alaska, 100,000 people made the treacherous journey in search of riches.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern

In the late 1980s, Iowa farmers Russ and Mary Jane Jordan faced a $70,000 debt. Then a multi-state corporation bought out their local bank. As foreclosures swept the nation, the Jordans came up with a solution to hold on to the land their family had farmed for four generations.

A Midwife's Tale

Chronicles the life of a midwife, mother, and healer in the wilds of Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning story by Martha Ballard.

Mr. Miami Beach

Master promoter Carl Fisher created a tropical paradise of sand and palm trees on a swampland near Miami—until his dazzling sales campaign was brought to an abrupt halt by a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929.

Alone on the Ice

In June 1934, Richard Byrd lay alone and near death in an ice shelter in Antarctica. His ill-fated expedition to cross the Antarctic winter nearly cost him his life.

Endeavour Season 5 - Muse

Past and present collide in Oxford as the auction of a priceless Faberge Egg gets underway at Lonsdale College, inciting a burglary attempt. Then, Morse and Thursday search for a serial killer. Morse struggles to mentor a young detective constable.

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