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  • Sealab

    Aired February 12, 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 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.

  • The Circus

    Aired October 9, 2018 | 3 hrs 48 min

    The Circus explores the colorful history of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time.

  • The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Aired May 29, 2018 | 120 min

    The 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.

  • Space Men

    Aired July 9, 2019 | 52 min

    Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and ingenuity in this lethal realm.

  • The Pilgrims

    Aired November 19, 2020 | 114 min

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

  • The Big Burn

    Aired 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.

  • Freedom Summer

    Aired June 24, 2014 | 112 min

    A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

  • Clinton

    Aired July 28, 2020 | 3 hrs 46 min

    A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

  • Freedom Riders

    Aired May 16, 2011 | 113 min

    The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.

  • Stonewall Uprising

    Aired June 9, 2020 | 92 min

    In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.