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American Experience has moved to Tuesday nights on most PBS stations.

The Big Burn
Feb 3, 2015 - 9:00 PM

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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The Forgotten Plague
Feb 10, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The Forgotten Plague: 1 hr

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

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My Lai
Apr 21, 2015 - 9:00 PM

My Lai: 90 mins

Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.

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Last Days in Vietnam
Apr 28, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Last Days in Vietnam: 2 hrs

With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?

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Edison: 2 hrs

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

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war of the worlds

War of the Worlds: 1 hr

Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.

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klansville usa

Klansville U.S.A.: 1 hr

During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.

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Ripley: Believe It or Not: 1 hr

Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.

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Cold War Roadshow

Cold War Roadshow : 1 hr

In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.

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freedom summer

Freedom Summer: 2 hrs

A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

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Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders: 2 hrs

A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

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death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War: 2 hrs

The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.

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