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America's Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


For well over a decade after 9/11, America pursued three very different and difficult campaigns in Afghanistan. The CIA waged a war in the shadows to dismantle Al Qaeda, the U.S. military battled Taliban, and the State Department led efforts to establish a legitimate government and repair their war-torn country. Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011. Continue


Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie): Trailer

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POV
PBS


In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Continue


First Peoples: Asia

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First Peoples
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Discover the ancient humans living across Asia when Homo sapiens arrived. Our ancestors mated with them and their genes found a home within our DNA. More than that, they’ve helped us face down extinction. Continue


Why we Made Blackout

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American Experience
PBS


"The civilization that was New York came unglued for 24 hours, and that's what our story is about." American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels talks about why we made Blackout. Continue


American History Quiz

A Capitol Fourth
PBS


Who was the first president to live in the White House? Think you know, test your knowledge here! Continue


The History of the National Mall

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A Capitol Fourth
PBS


Learn interesting historical facts about the reasons behind the development of the National Mall and of the efforts to restore what is the most visited National Park in America. Continue


History of the American Flag

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A Capitol Fourth
PBS


Learn interesting facts and customs relating to the American Flag. Continue


Where did Brooklyn go? From Blackout

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American Experience
PBS


Watch the first three minutes of Blackout, premiering July 14 at 9/8c on PBS, about the 1977 blackout that swept New York City. Continue


StoryCorps Shorts: A More Perfect Union: Behind the Scenes

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POV
PBS


A look behind the scenes as StoryCorps animation team the Rauch Brothers meet the real live Theresa Burroughs and create A More Perfect Union. Continue


First Peoples: Americas

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First Peoples
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As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that the first Americans were Clovis people, who arrived 13,000 years ago. But an underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived earlier — coming by boat, not on foot. Continue


Thomas Jefferson Then and Now

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Aspen Ideas Festival
PBS


The author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” explores Jefferson’s complicated legacy and suggests how we might reclaim the Jeffersonian insistence that political leaders be conversant with the philosophical and cultural currents of their time. Continue


The Backstory: 10 Years of The Roberts Court

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Washington Week
PBS


As the Supreme Court wrapped up its term this week with major decisions on the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, the death penalty and Congressional redistricting, Chief Justice John Roberts also marked 10 years as the leader of the nine justices. How has Roberts left his mark on the Court in his first decade? Continue


First Peoples: Australia

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First Peoples
PBS


When humans arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between early Australians and modern-day Aborigines; here the ancient and modern story intersect as nowhere else. Continue


Full Episode

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1913: Seeds of Conflict
PBS


Explore an overlooked moment in pre-WWI Palestine when people’s identities overlap and Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities intermingle freely, yet few can contemplate the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century. Continue


Celebrate 35 years of A Capitol Fourth!

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A Capitol Fourth
PBS


It's been 35 years since the very first A Capitol Fourth concert. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane! Continue


Who is John Philip Sousa?

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PBS


John Philip Sousa, also known as the "March King", was considered a musical legend. Read all about his life and contributions. Continue


The History of Indepedence Day

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The first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. Learn more about the history of Independence Day. Continue


No Police to Stop Them, from Blackout

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American Experience
PBS


Shop owners describe watching locals loot their store during the NYC blackout of 1977. "Blackout" premieres July 14 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience. Continue


First Peoples: Africa

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First Peoples
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200,000 years ago Homo sapiens appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. Now, DNA reveals that our ancestors continued meeting, mating and hybridizing with other human type — creating ever greater diversity within us. Continue


The Amazing Barnacle Penis

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Gross Science
PBS


Well-endowed barnacles can change the size and shape of their penises. Continue


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