What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
In 1960, the U.S. Forest Service started keeping detailed records of damage caused by wildfires. During the first 40 years of record keeping, between 1960 and 1999, wildfires destroyed nearly 141 million acres of land in the United States. Between 2000 and 2013, nearly 161 million acres were consumed by wildfires -- more in 13 years than in the previous 40 years, combined. Changes in Forest Service policy and an increase in the number of American homes built in or near wild lands offer insight into this upward trend in wildfire occurrence and damage.
My American Experience
Have you survived a wildfire, a hurricane, or another disastrous force of nature? Tell us your story.
Mark Samels, Executive Producer of American Experience, has wanted to make a biographical documentary of Walt Disney for many years. As Samels says, the iconic animator's pervasive influence on American culture made him "a perfect subject for American Experience."