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American Experience airs on Tuesday nights on most PBS stations.

The Great War
Apr 10, 2017

The Great War: 6 hrs

A nation comes of age.

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Grand Coulee Dam
Apr 18, 2017

Grand Coulee Dam: 90 mins

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

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Command and Control
Apr 25, 2017

Command and Control: 2 hrs

How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

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Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge: 1 hr

A riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.

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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City : 2 hrs

A cautionary tale of hate in America.

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The Race Underground

The Race Underground: 1 hr

The dramatic story of the nation's first subway

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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson: 2 hrs

She set out to save a species… us.

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The Battle of Chosin

The Battle of Chosin: 2 hrs

Insurmountable odds. Unforgiving conditions. Unyielding courage.

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Tesla: 1 hr

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

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George H.W. Bush

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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Ronald Reagan

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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