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.
Command and Control : 2 hrs
How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The Race Underground : 1 hr
The dramatic story of the nation's first subway
Rachel Carson : 2 hrs
She set out to save a species… us.
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 : 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 : 1 hr
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The Poisoner's Handbook : 2 hrs
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
Silicon Valley : 90 mins
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Hoover Dam : 1 hr
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Panama Canal : 90 mins
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
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 : 1 hr
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
The Living Weapon : 1 hr
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.