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Memorial Day: A War in Bloom


They bloomed out of bloodbath, but what they came to represent was a retelling of the soldiers' lives who gave them life.

On the fields of Flanders in WWI, colonel John McCrae wrote a poem which would eventually make its way into the Ladies Home Journal in 1918. He observed that among the chaos of the dead and dying, red poppies had sprung to life in erratic lines among the rows of crosses. 

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Victoria Woodhull's Radical Run for President


American Experience intern, Tayla Wilson, did a lot of research on presidential history this semester. Here, she weighs in on her favorite female presidential candidate in U.S. history.

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The Women Behind the Woman Who Inspired the Environmental Movement


Nestled beside an ad for mayonnaise in the July 1956 edition of the Woman's Home Companion, ecologist Rachel Carson pens an appeal to mothers to foster an interest of the natural world in their children. She reassures even the most skeptical matriarch that "exploring nature with your child is largely a matter of becoming receptive to what lies all around you." 


Command and Control will Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday


Command and Control, the new American Experience documentary, directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same title by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), makes its world premiere this Sunday, 4/17, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.


American Experience Documentaries Named Peabody Award Finalists


Two American Experience documentaries: Last Days in Vietnam and Walt Disney have been named 2015 Peabody Awards Finalists. For the first time in its 75-year history, the Peabody Awards' Board of Jurors has named 60 Finalists for 2015. From these finalists, a selection of 30 winning programs will be chosen and honored at the 75th anniversary Peabody ceremony on May 21 in New York.