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The Making of an AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Film


Just as the weather starts heating up, many offices start slowing down, but not here at AMERICAN EXPERIENCE! With five hours of new programming, including our epic two-part documentary on JFK premiering in the fall, our staff has been hard at work. In June alone we have already had five screenings for various films in different levels of production. While this has become old hat to everyone here on staff, we realize that our viewers may not always be aware of the process our films go through before they air.


This Winter on American Experience


Watch a short video about our upcoming Winter shows, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. We hope you enjoy our upcoming Winter schedule, which kicks off with "The Abolitionists" on your local PBS station as a three night event January 8, 15, and 22 at 9/8C. 

Jan 8, 9pm: The Abolitionists, Part 1
Jan 15, 9pm: The Abolitionists, Part 2
Jan 22, 9pm: The Abolitionists, Part 3
Jan 29, 9pm: Henry Ford
Feb 5, 9pm: Andrew Carnegie (repeat)
Feb 12, 8pm: John D. Rockefeller (repeat)
Feb 19, 8pm: Silicon Valley


Pin Drive Contest


Got old photos? Win our Pin Drive Contest by putting them on our Abolitionist Map of America for a free Abolitionists DVD!


Michael Dobbs on the Cuban Missile Crisis


Author and Journalist Michael Dobbs spoke with American Experience about the Cuban missile crisis, which began 50 years ago today, for our upcoming biography of JFK. Read his quotes about what President Kennedy knew and didn't know as the crisis unfolded.


The Abolitionists - Coming in 2013


Watch a preview of The Abolitionists, coming February 2013 - the story of abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké who turned a fringe movement against slavery into a force that changed a nation.


The Season in Review


Our editor Glenn created this video for PBS' Annual Meeting, held May 14 this year in Denver. When we were there, we wanted to show off some of our successes from last year and get people excited about what's to come next year. Now, we can't show you anything for next year quite yet, (check back with us in a couple of months!) but here's our minute-long recap from last season.

Watch the video