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"The Great War" to premiere April 2017


The six-hour documentary, which premieres in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917, explores how World War I forever changed America and the world.


Traveling in Style to the 1936 Olympic Games


The American Olympians could not just hop on a plane to Berlin; instead, they boarded the luxury cruise liner S.S. Manhattan for an eight-day journey that provided plenty of headlines, beginning with the New York Times’s declaration on July 17 that "Athletes Give Pledge to Keep Fit as Officials Warn Against Making Trip a Joy Ride."


Breakfast of Champions: The Evolution of an Olympian’s Diet


Diet is an essential part of being an Olympian. While the average human being like myself attempts to make conscientious efforts to eat healthy, an Olympian must carefully calculate and measure all of his or her caloric consumption. When you think about what it means to eat like an Olympian, you would think it involves strict regulation of sugar and fat with large servings of fruits and vegetables. But what if your trainer gave you a beefsteak and a custard pudding for dinner? How would your stomach react if you found out Olympian Michael Phelps eats three fried-egg sandwiches, two cups of coffee, one five-egg omelet, one bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes all in one breakfast?


Celebrating the Boys of '36


American Experience rolled out the red white and blue carpet last night for a special screening of our upcoming documentaryThe Boys of '36, about the U.S. men's rowing team who took gold at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Not only were we joined by our exclusive corporate funder Liberty Mutual, but we also had several former and current U.S. Olympians attend with our engagement partner, USRowing. Some of them even brought their gold medals!


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.


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.