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Get a sneak peek of American Experience PBS’ The Great War


Join AMERICAN EXPERIENCE for special preview screenings of the upcoming miniseries The Great War! Each event includes a screening of an excerpt from the film, followed by a panel discussion with special guests and the film’s directors. All screenings are free – reserve your seats now!


Announcing #WarLetterWednesday!


On Wednesday, March 8, American Experience is kicking off #WarLetterWednesday, a weekly social media challenge to showcase stories of wartime correspondence. We hope that you'll join us in sharing your own collections as we commemorate the many ways that soldiers, nurses, volunteers, journalists and others documented their wartime experiences for those back home. Read on for more information on the campaign and how you can participate!


When Did the Environment Become a Partisan Issue?


When it comes to the environment, it seems that political divisions in America only grow wider. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 90 percent of Democrats believe that the “country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment,” compared with 52 percent of Republicans.

But it wasn’t always that way. American Experience spoke with environmental historian Naomi Oreskes, author of the book Merchants of Doubt, about the early days of environmental activism, and how it gained — and then lost — broad bipartisan support.


Witnessing the Peaceful Transfer of Power


Historian Peter Onuf has described Inauguration Day as a rare opportunity for Americans “to look to the past in order to know what obligations we have to the future.” With that in mind, American Experience spoke with Steve Kerrigan, who acted as chief planner for President Obama’s 2009 and 2013 inaugurations. Kerrigan currently serves as president of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, which provides support to the families of fallen soldiers.


January Films Look at the Impact of Technology


The 2017 season premieres on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, with the critically acclaimed film Command and Control, a chilling, minute-by-minute account of the long-hidden story behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents — the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex. Next is an intimate new portrait of Rachel Carson (January 24), which illuminates the life of the scientist whose writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world, and The Race Underground (January 31), the story of America’s first subway.