Premiering on PBS May 1, 2012. The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
The black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
Author, soldier, scientist, outdoorsman and caring father, he was the youngest man to become president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa.