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American Experience airs on Tuesday nights on most PBS stations.

boys of 36
Aug 2, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The Boys of '36: 1 hr

The thrilling true story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany in 1936.

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Aug 8, 2016 - 9:00 PM

JFK: 4 hrs

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

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Lyndon B. Johnson
Aug 10, 2016 - 9:00 PM

LBJ: 4 hrs

Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

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Richard Nixon
Aug 11, 2016 - 9:00 PM


Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

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Jimmy Carter
Aug 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Jimmy Carter: 2 hrs

A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

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Ronald Reagan
Aug 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Reagan: 270 mins

The life of the president who saw himself as the heroic defender of the "shining city on a hill." Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

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George H.W. Bush
Aug 18, 2016 - 9:00 PM

George H. W. Bush: 3 hrs

A biography of the 41st U.S. president, from his service in WWII to his days in the Oval Office. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

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The Big Burn

The Big Burn: 1 hr

It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.

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Space Men: 1 hr

They were the first to brave the unknown.

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The Perfect Crime

The Perfect Crime: 1 hr

The shocking story of Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924.

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murder of a president

Murder of a President: 2 hrs

The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, and his assassination by a deluded madman.

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The Mine Wars

The Mine Wars: 2 hrs

The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde: 1 hr

The true story behind the most romanticized, infamous outlaw couple in U.S. history and their gang.

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The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims: 2 hrs

The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.

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american comandante

American Comandante: 1 hr

American comandante William Morgan went to Cuba to help Fidel Castro return the country to a democracy. Instead, four years later, he was executed.

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