On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, just a few years earlier, the French had failed disastrously. But the U.S. paid a price for victory: more than a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars—the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time – and the loss of more than 5,000 lives.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
An updated look at the Alabama tenant farmer families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.