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 Polio Crusade : 1 hr
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.
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.
Radio Bikini : 1 hr
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The Satellite Sky : 1 hr
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Silicon Valley : 90 mins
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Space Men : 1 hr
They were the first to brave the unknown.
Spy in the Sky : 1 hr
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
Tesla : 1 hr
Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.
Test Tube Babies : 1 hr
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
Triangle Fire : 1 hr
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
The World That Moses Built : 1 hr
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
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