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  • Roads to Memphis

    Airs February 26, 2019 | 53 min

    On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King. This is the fateful narrative of the killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society.

  • Amelia Earhart

    Airs May 7, 2019 | 53 min

    The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.

  • Annie Oakley

    Airs May 14, 2019 | 53 min

    As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats.

  • Emma Goldman

    Airs May 21, 2019 | 53 min

    A notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and merciless publisher, Goldman was one of the most controversial women in America. 

  • Rachel Carson

    Airs May 28, 2019 | 113 min

    An intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world and launched the modern environmental movement.

  • 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.

  • Sealab

    Aired February 12, 2019 | 53 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.

  • The Swamp

    Aired 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.

  • 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.