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Engineering in the Late 19th Century

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Engineer William Parsons wrote, "Of all human activities, engineering is the one that enters most into our lives." Parsons was the Interborough Rapid Transit’s chief engineer. His 21-mile route for the IRT ran up the east side of Manhattan to Grand Central Station, then continued across 42nd Street and proceeded north, dividing into two branches heading under the river into the Bronx.

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American Experience

Space Men

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

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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.

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Murder of a President

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American Experience

The Mine Wars

Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century.

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The Mine Wars

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American Experience

The Forgotten Plague

Tuberculosis was once the deadliest killer in human history.

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The Forgotten Plague

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American Experience

Coming in Fall 2016

Executive Producer Mark Samels previews our fall lineup.

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Coming in Fall 2016

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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36: Rowing for Gold

American Experience

The Boys of '36: Rowing for Gold

The US men's rowing team emerged as the unexpected winner in 1936 Olympic Games.

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The Boys of '36: Rowing for Gold

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American Experience

Behind the Scenes: The Boys of '36

Go behind the scenes of the recreations in "The Boys of '36." Premieres 8/2 on PBS.

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Behind the Scenes: The Boys of '36

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American Experience

The Boys of '36, Chapter 1

The story of nine boys who rowed for gold at the 1936 Olympics. Premieres Aug. 2 on PBS.

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The Boys of '36, Chapter 1

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American Experience

The Boys of '36: The National Championships

Washington’s exercised patience at the National Championships. Premieres 8/2 on PBS.

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The Boys of '36: The National Championships

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American Experience

The Boys of '36: The Olympic Trials

The 1936 Olympic trials were held in Princeton, NJ. Premieres Aug. 2 at 9/8c on PBS.

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The Boys of '36: The Olympic Trials

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American Experience

The Boys of '36: The Opening Ceremony

On August 1, 1936 Adolf Hitler opened the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Premieres Aug. 2.

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The Boys of '36: The Opening Ceremony

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American Experience

The Boys of '36: The SS Manhattan

In July 1936 more than 300 athletes left for Berlin aboard the SS Manhattan. Premieres 8/2

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The Boys of '36: The SS Manhattan

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American Experience

Tesla Preview

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

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Tesla Preview

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American Experience

The Presidents 2016: HW Bush

H.W. Bush airs on August 18 at 8/7c on PBS American Experience

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The Presidents 2016: HW Bush

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American Experience

The Presidents 2016: Reagan

Reagan airs on August 16 and 17 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.

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The Presidents 2016: Reagan

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American Experience

The Presidents 2016: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter airs on August 15 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.

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The Presidents 2016: Jimmy Carter

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