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.

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.

The Race Underground

The Race Underground : 1 hr

The dramatic story of the nation's first subway

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.

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson : 2 hrs

She set out to save a species… us.

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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.

Rescue at Sea

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.

penn station

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station : 1 hr

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.

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The Satellite Sky : 1 hr

A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.

Secrets of a Master Builder

Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.

silicon valley

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.

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Spy in the Sky : 1 hr

In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.


Streamliners: America's Lost Trains : 1 hr

The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.

The Telephone

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

Test Tube Babies : 1 hr

The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.

Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad

The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer : 2 hrs

A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern

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.

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Wildcatter - A Story of Texas Oil : 1 hr

The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.

The Wizard of Photography

George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.

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The World That Moses Built : 1 hr

Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.

The Wright Stuff

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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Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.

Relevant Now


JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.