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This Season on American Experience


Watch a short video about our 2012 shows, with a message from Executive Producer Mark Samels. We hope you enjoy our upcoming season, which kicks off with our "Wild West Collection" on your local PBS station January 10 at 9/8C. 

January 10, 9pm: Billy the Kid
January 17, 8pm: Custer's Last Stand
February 7, 8pm: Freedom Riders (repeat)
February 14, 8pm: Tupperware! (repeat)
February 20, 9pm: Clinton, Part 1
February 21, 8pm: Clinton, Part 2
February 28, 8pm: The Amish
March 20, 8pm: Into the Deep (repeat)
March 27, 9pm: Triangle Fire (repeat)
April 3, 8pm: Grand Coulee Dam
April 3. 9:30pm: Panama Canal (repeat)
April 17, 9pm: Hoover Dam (repeat)
April 24, 8pm: Crash of 1929 (repeat)
May 1, 8pm: Jesse Owens


New on American Experience online


Today, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE re-launches one of our most ambitious online collections -- The Presidents -- with more than 30 hours of streaming video, 250 primary source documents, and dozens of biographies, articles, timelines, and photo galleries. You can watch full-length documentaries on seven U.S. presidents, or sample any of our short videos on topics ranging from "What About the Economy?" to "When is it OK to Lie?"


What’s coming this year on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE?


Every year AMERICAN EXPERIENCE works to bring our viewers a line up of films that reflect a wide swath of American history, from little known stories that inform contemporary America to biographies on American icons and fresh perspectives on familiar events. This year is no exception. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s 2011 line up examines events from across two centuries of American history, exploring pivotal moments in science, engineering, Civil Rights, labor movement, and America’s first foray into international disaster relief. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in the works for 2011...


AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Picks Up Another International Prize


This week the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE staff received word that Earth Days had been awarded the Maeda Prize in theJapan Prize awards honoring international educational media. You can visit the awards website here. Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Japan’s national public broadcaster, hosts the Japan Prize awards, which have been held annually since 1965.

This isn’t our first film in the past year to gain international acclaim. In November, The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer will vie for a Grierson Award for “Best Science Documentary.” The documentary was broadcast in the UK on BBC 4 in 2009, shortly after it aired on PBS. Similarly, other AMERICAN EXPERIENCE programs have enjoyed extensive exposure overseas airing on the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, RTE in Ireland, Arte in France and Germany, the ARD and Spiegel TV in Germany,Sveriges Television in Sweden, NRK Norway, YLE Finland, DR in Denmark, RAI in Italy, TVE and TV3 in Spain, NHK in Japan,EBS in Korea, SBS and ABC in Australia to name a few. So what explains AMERICAN EXPERIENCE appeal to overseas audiences?

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Environmental Pioneer and former Secretary Stewart Udall dies at 90


The Associated Press reported in the New York Times Saturday on the passing of former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. Udall was 90 years old. 


Welcome to the Inside American Experience Blog


Welcome to Inside American Experience, a new blog from the makers of PBS's flagship history series. Over 22 years on the air, we've brought you more than 200 films and explored a range of subjects as diverse as the American experience itself. 

Now, we'll take you behind the scenes and give you an inside look at our upcoming projects and examine today's headlines through a historical lens. You'll hear from our filmmakers, historians and scholars, staffers, and from audience members like you