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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.


John Paul Stapp and the Ghosts that Never Happened


In 1954, Dr. John Paul Stapp--then a brash, celebrity lieutenant-colonel in the United States Air Force--was perusing air crew fatality records when something dawned on him: far more pilots were dying in car crashes on Air Force bases than in airplane crashes. For nearly a decade, Stapp had been conducting exotic and dangerous research into the capacities of human beings to endure extreme dynamic force.

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Coming in 2016


In February and March 2016, American Experience has three new documentaries premiering on PBS. The newest addition to our award-winning Presidents Collection, Murder of a President, premieres on February 2 at 9/8c. The following week, on February 9, our documentary about the infamous 1924 trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, The Perfect Crime, will premiere at 9/8c. On March 1 at 9/8c, Space Men dives into the story of the first Americans to explore the outer reaches of our atmosphere -- by balloon. Watch this synopsis with commentary from Executive Producer Mark Samels.