Series Blog

Rhetoric Revisited: FDR's "Infamy" Speech

Really, he'd hoped to spend that afternoon up in the second floor study, magnifying glass in hand, working on the stamp collection that since boyhood had taught him about the world. But FDR was President, with work to do. He was talking policy with one of his aides when Navy Secretary Frank Knox called.

Oklahoma City will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

American Experience’s upcoming documentary Oklahoma City, directed by Barak Goodman (Clinton, My Lai) and executive produced by Mark Samels, will have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! This new documentary explores the intertwined narratives of the worst domestic terrorist attack in the U.S. and the anti-government movement that inspired the actions of Timothy McVeigh, including two standoffs with law enforcement with tragic outcomes -- Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

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Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the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.