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This Season on American Experience


Watch a short video about our 2012 shows, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. We hope you enjoy our upcoming season, which kicks off with our "Wild West Collection" on your local PBS station January 10 at 9/8C.

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January 10, 9pm: Billy the Kid
A fascinating look at the boy behind the myth,
Billy the Kid is part of a month-long salute to the Wild West that also includes the premiere of Custer's Last Stand (January 17) and encore broadcasts of Wyatt Earp (January 24, 8pm), Geronimo (January 24, 9pm), Annie Oakley (January 31, 8pm), and Jesse James (January 31, 9pm).

January 17, 8pm: Custer's Last Stand
Like everything else about General George Custer, his martyrdom was shrouded in controversy and contradictions. In the end, his death would launch one of the greatest myths in American history.

February 7, 8pm: Freedom Riders (repeat)
A courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

February 14, 8pm: Tupperware! (repeat)
The plastic food container that became a phenomenally successful business -- and an American cultural icon.

February 20, 9pm: Clinton, Part 1
February 21, 8pm:
Clinton, Part 2
In
Clinton, the latest installment in The Presidents collection, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

February 28, 8pm: The Amish
The first documentary to deeply penetrate and explore this profoundly attention-averse group,
The Amish answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 500-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century.

March 20, 8pm: Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World (repeat)
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.

March 27, 9pm: Triangle Fire (repeat)
The deadliest workplace accident in New York City's history.

April 3, 8pm: Grand Coulee Dam
Featuring the men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee in the wake of the Great Depression and the Native people whose lives were changed alongside historians and engineers, this film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project's legacy.

April 3, 9:30pm: Panama Canal (repeat)
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.

April 17, 9pm: Hoover Dam (repeat)
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.

April 24, 8pm: Crash of 1929 (repeat)
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression.

May 1, 8pm: Jesse Owens
Despite Jesse Owens' remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.

May 8, 8pm ET: Clinton, Part 1 (repeat)

May 15, 8pm ET: Clinton, Part 2 (repeat)


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