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  • The Big Burn

    Airs January 22, 2019 | 53 min

    In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. It was the largest fire in American history.

  • Surviving the Dust Bowl

    Airs January 29, 2019 | 53 min

    The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.

  • Sealab

    Premieres February 5, 2019 | 53 min

    In 1969 off the California coast, a US Navy crane carefully lowered a massive tubular structure into the waters. It was an audacious feat of engineering — a pressurized underwater habitat, designed for an elite group of divers to spend days or even months at a stretch living and working on the ocean floor.Sealab tells the little-known story of the daring program that tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized undersea exploration.

  • The Greely Expedition

    Airs February 12, 2019 | 53 min

    In 1881, 25 men led by Adolphus Greely set sail from Newfoundland to Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world’s surface that had been described as a "sheer blank." Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. 

  • Roads to Memphis

    Airs February 26, 2019 | 53 min

    On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King. This is the fateful narrative of the killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society.

  • Amelia Earhart

    Airs May 7, 2019 | 53 min

    The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.

  • Annie Oakley

    Airs May 14, 2019 | 53 min

    As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats.

  • Emma Goldman

    Airs May 21, 2019 | 53 min

    A notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and merciless publisher, Goldman was one of the most controversial women in America. 

  • Rachel Carson

    Airs May 28, 2019 | 113 min

    An intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world and launched the modern environmental movement.

  • Chasing the Moon

    Nearly 50 years ago, we took one small step. In 2019, join American Experience and PBS to relive the journey that defined a generation.

  • The Swamp

    Aired January 15, 2019 | 114 min

    The history of the Everglades is a dramatic yet little known story of humanity’s attempt to conquer nature. The Swamp, told through the lives of a handful of colorful and resolute characters, explores the repeated efforts to reclaim, control and transform what was seen as a vast wasteland into an agricultural and urban paradise, and, ultimately, the drive to preserve America’s greatest wetland.

  • The Eugenics Crusade

    Aired October 16, 2018 | 114 min

    The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.