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  • The Circus

    Premieres October 8, 2018 | 3 hrs 36 min

    The Circus explores the colorful history of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time.

  • The Eugenics Crusade

    Premieres October 16, 2018 | 120 min

    The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.

  • Chasing the Moon

    Nearly 50 years ago, we took one small step. In 2019, join American Experience and PBS to relive the journey that defined a generation.

  • The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Aired May 29, 2018 | 120 min

    The 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.

  • The Bombing of Wall Street

    Aired February 13, 2018 | 60 min

    The story behind a mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center that left 38 dead and remains unsolved today.

  • The Gilded Age

    Aired February 6, 2018 | 120 min

    Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The vast disparities between them sparked debates still raging today.

  • The Secret of Tuxedo Park

    Aired January 16, 2018 | 60 min

    Meet Wall Street tycoon Alfred Lee Loomis, who led a double life as a scientist and whose secret lab in upstate New York developed radar technology that altered the course of World War II.

  • Into the Amazon

    Aired January 9, 2018 | 120 min

    Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.

  • The Great War

    Aired July 3, 2018 | 5 hrs 42 min

    Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of those whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.

  • Ruby Ridge

    Aired August 24, 2017 | 53 min

    A riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.

  • Oklahoma City

    Aired August 24, 2017 | 113 min

    Explores how a series of deadly encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement — including the standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco — led to the the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

  • The Race Underground

    Aired January 31, 2017 | 53 min

    Learn how Boston overcame a litany of challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to create America’s first subway.