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Coming Soon: The Boys of 36


American Experience announced today that The Boys of '36, a new one-hour documentary inspired by Daniel James Brown's critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, will premiere Tuesday, August, 2, 2016, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS.


TV Presidents: A World of Frank Underwoods and Josiah Bartlets


As primary season continues to offer equal parts drama and suspense - and even a few moments of comic relief - the race for the White House will continue to dominate our airwaves right through to this fall’s general election. But it’s not just in news and public affairs programs where the presidency takes center stage. Television dramas featuring fictional Oval Office power players are looming large on the small screen, too.

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John Paul Stapp and the Ghosts that Never Happened


In 1954, Dr. John Paul Stapp--then a brash, celebrity lieutenant-colonel in the United States Air Force--was perusing air crew fatality records when something dawned on him: far more pilots were dying in car crashes on Air Force bases than in airplane crashes. For nearly a decade, Stapp had been conducting exotic and dangerous research into the capacities of human beings to endure extreme dynamic force.

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Coming in 2016


In February and March 2016, American Experience has three new documentaries premiering on PBS. The newest addition to our award-winning Presidents Collection, Murder of a President, premieres on February 2 at 9/8c. The following week, on February 9, our documentary about the infamous 1924 trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, The Perfect Crime, will premiere at 9/8c. On March 1 at 9/8c, Space Men dives into the story of the first Americans to explore the outer reaches of our atmosphere -- by balloon. Watch this synopsis with commentary from Executive Producer Mark Samels.


The Front Porch Campaign of 1880


In 1880, the “surprise” presidential nomination of Ohioan James A. Garfield by the Republicans resulted in a campaign that, unlike any before it, regularly brought citizens and the candidate face-to-face. It was conducted on the front porch of Garfield's home.

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