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.


Tesla : 1 hr

Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.


Space Men : 1 hr

They were the first to brave the unknown.

The Forgotten Plague

The Forgotten Plague : 1 hr

The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.


Edison : 2 hrs

Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

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

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.

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

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

poisoner's handbook

The Poisoner's Handbook : 2 hrs

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

silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam : 1 hr

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

Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

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

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.

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 Lobotomist

The Lobotomist : 1 hr

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

The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

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

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