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  • George H.W. Bush

    Aired December 4, 2018 | 3 hrs 10 min

    The life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II to the Oval Office, and his role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.

  • Tesla

    Airs December 26, 2018 | 53 min

    Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century.

  • The Swamp

    Premieres January 15, 2019 | 114 min

    The history of the Everglades is a dramatic yet little known story of humanity’s attempt to conquer nature. The Swamp, told through the lives of a handful of colorful and resolute characters, explores the repeated efforts to reclaim, control and transform what was seen as a vast wasteland into an agricultural and urban paradise, and, ultimately, the drive to preserve America’s greatest wetland.

  • Sealab

    Premieres February 5, 2019 | 60 min

    In 1969 off the California coast, a US Navy crane carefully lowered a massive tubular structure into the waters. It was an audacious feat of engineering — a pressurized underwater habitat, designed for an elite group of divers to spend days or even months at a stretch living and working on the ocean floor.Sealab tells the little-known story of the daring program that tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized undersea exploration.

  • 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 Eugenics Crusade

    Aired October 16, 2018 | 114 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.

  • The Circus

    Aired October 9, 2018 | 3 hrs 48 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 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.