"I thought I was joining for life. I thought this is what I'm going to do." Watch more of Jan's story, and others who have left the Amish community, in "The Amish: Shunned," premiering February 4th, 2014 on PBS.
A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.