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Winter-Spring 2017 Schedule Announced


Today, American Experience announced its new season lineup for Winter-Spring 2017. The season premieres on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, with the critically acclaimed film Command and Control, a chilling, minute-by-minute account of the long-hidden story behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents — the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex. Other January premieres include a new portrait of Rachel Carson (January 24), which illuminates the life of the scientist whose writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world, and The Race Underground (January 31), the story of America’s first subway.


First Look at The Great War


Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.


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 January 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.