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Summit Tunnel

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In the fall of 1866, as the Central Pacific completed its track to Cisco, 92 miles east of Sacramento, Chinese work gangs were hurried to Donner Summit, where seven separate tunnels had to be dug. The most difficult was number six, the Summit Tunnel, 1,659 feet long and through some of the hardest rock in North America. Forty-four snow storms hit the summit that season.

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Command and Control, Full Film

A chilling nightmare at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980.

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Command and Control, Full Film

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American Experience

Tesla

Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.

53:25

Tesla

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American Experience

Space Men

The United States Air Force brought men up 19 miles, testing the limits of human endurance

51:46

Space Men

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American Experience

Murder of a President

The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.

1:51:46

Murder of a President

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American Experience

The Race Underground, Chapter 1

The dramatic story of the nation's first subway, chapter 1.

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The Race Underground, Chapter 1

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American Experience

Malaria and the Silent Spring

In 1963, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring sparked a government investigation into pesticides

12:30

Malaria and the Silent Spring

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American Experience

Rachel Carson, Chapter 1

First chapter, “Rachel carson” premieres Jan. 24 at 8/7c on American Experience PBS.

8:59

Rachel Carson, Chapter 1

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American Experience

Command and Control The Socket

Director Robert Kenner breaks down the scene for The Socket.

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Command and Control The Socket

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American Experience

Command and Control, Chapter 1

A chilling nightmare at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980.

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Command and Control, Chapter 1

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American Experience

Command and Control, Goldsboro 1961

Sometimes all that stands between the world and nuclear disaster is the flip of a switch.

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Command and Control, Goldsboro 1961

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American Experience

The Great War promo

The Great War promo

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The Great War promo

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American Experience

The Great War trailer

The Great War tells the rich and complex story of World War I.

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The Great War trailer

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American Experience

Oklahoma City trailer

The worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

2:49

Oklahoma City trailer

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American Experience

The Race Underground promo

The dramatic story of the nation's first subway.

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The Race Underground promo

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