American Experience

The Codebreaker

Season 33 Episode 1 | 52m 23s  | Video has closed captioning.  | Video has audio description

Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

Aired: 12/28/21

Expired: 01/10/24

Rating: TV-PG

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

Corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Carlisle Companies. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Support provided by:

American Experience.

Explore Free Resources
(Trans)formation: Christine Jorgensen

Clip

(Trans)formation: Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen was one of the first people to successfully undergo gender affirmation surgery.

Watch