"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.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
An updated look at the Alabama tenant farmer families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.