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Coming this Fall and 2017

Coming this fall, American Experience has two new documentaries premiering on PBS. Tesla, about the genius engineer and tireless inventor Nikola Tesla whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century, will premiere on October 18 at 9/8c. The Battle of Chosin, the story of a pivotal Korean War battle told through eyewitness accounts of bloody combat and heroism, will premiere on November 1 at 9/8c. Looking ahead to April 2017, a six-hour mini-series tells the story of The Great War from a variety of American viewpoints. Watch this synopsis with commentary from American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels, and check out the individual film descriptions below.

Rachel Carson To Premiere April 2017

PBS and American Experience Announce Rachel Carson, New Two-Hour Film on the Author and Scientist, To Premiere April 2017.

Tesla will premiere October 18 on PBS

Recently dubbed the “patron saint of geeks,” Nikola Tesla has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet and a lunar crater named after him. His exhilarating sense of the future has inspired renewed interest in the man, as his once scoffed-at vision of a world connected by wireless technology has become a reality. Written and produced by David Grubin and executive produced by Mark Samels, Tesla premieres on American Experience Tuesday, October, 18, 2016, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.

"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?