Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.
Silicon Valley premieres February 19 on PBS.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.