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Henry Ford's Experiments with Auto Design

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In early 1907, Henry Ford walled off a corner of his Piquette Avenue factory to be used for automotive development. Ford thought nothing of joining his workers on the factory floor to experiment with new engine ignition designs or suspension systems. Every few months, Ford released another automobile in his alphabet line, each improving upon the last.

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Henry Ford

Henry Ford

The biography of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of th...

The Model T

The Model T

In October of 1908, Henry Ford introduced the newest addition to his alphabet line—the Model T. It had a fo...

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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36

American Experience

The Boys of '36

The story of nine young men from Washington who captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games.

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The Boys of '36

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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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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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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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Video thumbnail: American Experience Behind the Scenes: The Boys of '36

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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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36: The National Championships

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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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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36: The Olympic Trials

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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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36: The Opening Ceremony

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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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Boys of '36: The SS Manhattan

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

The Boys of '36: UW's Secret Weapon

The University of Washington stroke oar Don Hume was special. Premieres 8/2 on PBS.

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The Boys of '36: UW's Secret Weapon

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American Experience

A New Frontier

Since 1783 balloonists risked their lives attempting ever-higher altitudes. Premieres 3/1.

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A New Frontier

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Video thumbnail: American Experience The Presidents 2016: HW Bush

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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: 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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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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The Presidents 2016: Nixon

Nixon airs on August 11 at 8/7c on PBS American Experience.

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The Presidents 2016: Nixon

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