Films: Technology

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.


The Alaska Pipeline

Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.


Alone on the Ice

In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.


America 1900

Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.


Big Dream, Small Screen

A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.


The Boy in the Bubble

The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.


Building the Alaska Highway

Building the Alaska Highway

The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.


Coney Island

The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.


Edison's Miracle of Light

"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.


Fly Girls

During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.


Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge : 1 hr

After 18 years of struggles, the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937.


grand central

Grand Central : 1 hr

A marvel of engineering, architecture, and vision, the story of the Beaux Arts structure on 42nd street that forever changed midtown Manhattan.


Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.


American Experience

The Great Air Race of 1924 : 1 hr

The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.


The Great Fever

Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.


The Great Transatlantic Cable

The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.


Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam : 1 hr

During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.


Influenza 1918

Influenza 1918 : 1 hr

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.


The Iron Road

Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.


The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.


The Lobotomist

The Lobotomist : 1 hr

A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.


Meltdown at Three Mile Island

Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.


New York Underground

Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.


New York

New York: The Center of the World

Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.


Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.


Partners of the Heart

At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.


The Pill

The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.


poisoner's handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook : 2 hrs

The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.


The Polio Crusade

The Polio Crusade : 1 hr

The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.


Race for the Superbomb

The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.


Race to the Moon

The historic journey of Apollo 8 captivated the world in 1968 -- a bright spot in a year marked by political assassinations, race riots, and the Vietnam War.





Producer Picks

jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

The latest addition to our Peabody Award-winning Presidents collection, JFK is a four-hour biopic of our 35th president.


Relevant Now

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War