Series Blog

Winter-Spring 2017 Schedule Announced


Today, American Experience announced its new season lineup for Winter-Spring 2017. The 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. Other January premieres include a 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.


First Look at The Great War


Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.


The History of American Fear


David J. Skal is a horror historian and the author of ''The Monster Show'' and ''Hollywood Gothic.'' His most recent book, ''Something in the Blood,'' explores ''Dracula'' creator Bram Stoker. American Experience spoke to him about the history of American horror films, the allure of gore, and what zombies symbolize in the modern mind.


Coming this Fall and 2017


Coming this fall, American Experience has two new documentaries premiering on PBS. Tesla, about the genius engineer and tireless inventor Nikola Tesla whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century, will premiere on October 18 at 9/8c. The Battle of Chosin, the story of a pivotal Korean War battle told through eyewitness accounts of bloody combat and heroism, will premiere on November 1 at 9/8c. Looking ahead to April 2017, a six-hour mini-series tells the story of The Great War from a variety of American viewpoints. Watch this synopsis with commentary from American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels, and check out the individual film descriptions below.


Rachel Carson To Premiere January 2017


PBS and American Experience announced today that Rachel Carson, a new two-hour documentary on the influential writer and scientist, will premiere April 2017 on PBS stations. Inspired by recent scholarship, the film illuminates the public and private life of the woman whose writings revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world. Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker lends her talents as the voice of Rachel Carson.