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Powering New York's Subway System

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Running the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) required the most powerful electrical plant in the world. The central powerhouse generated alternating current, which could be sent over long distances. Rotary converters were then built to change the alternating current into direct current needed to run the trains. These rotary converters were placed in substations scattered throughout the city.

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Episodes of American Experience24

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The Perfect Crime

After attempting to commit the perfect crime, would two boys get the death penalty? Feb 9

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Murder of a President

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

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The Mine Wars

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

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Bonnie & Clyde

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie & Clyde

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The Perfect Crime Chapter 1

The murder of Bobby Franks shocked the nation in 1924. Premieres February 9 at 9/8c.

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Space Men Preview

Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.

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Coming in 2016

Executive Producer Mark Samels on what's coming to American Experience this Feb. & March.

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The Perfect Crime Preview

The story of Richard Leopold, Nathan Loeb & their shocking crime. Premiering Feb. 9, 2016

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Murder of a President Preview

A heartbreaking story of romance, madness, and medicine. Premieres Feb. 2, 2016 on PBS.

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