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Coming in January!

Check out what's coming up in January 2014 on American Experience. Watch this three-minute video in which our Executive Producer Mark Samels details our new films premiering in January, and read the synopses below. (Our Coming in February video is coming soon!) 

The Poisoner's Handbook - Premiering January 7
Based on Deborah Blum's bestselling book of the same title, The Poisoner's Handbook looks back at the early 20th century, when the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes committed with these materials lagged behind until 1918. New York City's first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science and set the standards for the rest of the country. Solve real life Tales From the Poisoner's Handbook with our interactive graphic novel, and watch the preview

1964 - Premiering January 14
It was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater’s conservative revolution took over the Republican Party. In myriad ways, 1964 was the year when Americans faced choices: between the liberalism of Lyndon Johnson or Barry Goldwater’sgrassroots conservatism, between support or opposition to the civil rights movement, between an embrace of the emerging counterculture or a defense of traditional values. Watch the preview!

War Letters - Broadcasting January 21
Originally premiering in 2001, this documentary tells the story of American wars from the viewpoint of the men and women on the front lines. In every American war from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of warfare by writing letters home. The website features a gallery of WWII cartoons, an interview with Andy Carroll, founder and director of The Legacy Project, and the full streaming film.  

The Amish - Broadcasting January 28
Originally broadcast in 2012, The Amish is a pre-cursor to our February 2014 premiere of The Amish: Shunned. This documentary is an extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life; the film questions why and how the Amish, an insistently separatist and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. It asks what our fascination with the Amish says about deep American values. And The Amish looks at what the future holds for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past. The website features a gallery of archival images of the Amish, a timeline of the Amish in America, FAQ, and the full streaming film.

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