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It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
They were the first to brave the unknown.
August 25, 2016
Recently dubbed the “patron saint of geeks,” Nikola Tesla has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet and a lunar crater named after him. His exhilarating sense of the future has inspired renewed interest in the man, as his once scoffed-at vision of a world connected by wireless technology has become a reality. Written and produced by David Grubin and executive produced by Mark Samels, Tesla premieres on American Experience Tuesday, October, 18, 2016, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.
Rowing, commonly known as crew, has been a part of American sport since the early 19th century. Though the athletes are a crucial part in determining a crew team’s success, the boat is equally as important. A skilled oarsman or woman needs to become one with the boat and understand how it moves. "Looked at one way, a racing shell is a machine with a narrowly defined purpose: to enable a number of large men or women to propel themselves over an expanse of water as quickly and efficiently as possible," says Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat. "Looked at another way, it is a work of art, an expression of the human spirit with its unbounded hunger for the ideal, for beauty, for purity, for grace."
What do the 1930s mean to you? We invite you to tell us your own stories — whether you lived through the tumultuous decade or learned about it from a relative, a book or a movie. Comment on the decade as a whole, or on any of our 1930s film subjects: