American Experience

#1 - Jimmy Carter (1): Jimmy Who?

Season 15 - Episode 1

The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.

#2 - Surviving the Dust Bowl

Season 10 - Episode 20

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.

#3 - New York (6): The City of Tomorrow

Season 14 - Episode 1

In little more than ten years, immense new forces were unleashed in New York, from the Depression itself to the New Deal, which permanently altered the city and the country. Along the way, two of the most remarkable New Yorkers of all time came to the fore: Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and master builder Robert Moses, both of whom attempted to create, in the darkest of times, a bold new city of the future. The episode examines their careers in detail, as well as the immense public works that transformed the city in the '30s. Also explored are the demise of Mayor Jimmy Walker, the coming of the New Deal, the fate of Harlem during the Depression, and the increasingly complex impact of the automobile on the city.

#4 - Truman (1): An Accident of Democracy

Season 10 - Episode 1

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.

#5 - New York (8): The Center of the World

Season 16 - Episode 1

The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

#6 - T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (1): The Long Campaign

Season 9 - Episode 1

The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.

#7 - The Kennedys (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

The life of Kennedy patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy is the subject of this episode.

#8 - The Rockefellers (1)

Season 13 - Episode 1

Biography of the family through four generations and their changing ideas on the use of money and power in America.

#9 - Two Days in October

Season 18 - Episode 1

Discord in two different places - a withering ambush of US troops by the Viet Cong 40 miles west of Saigon and a student protest that turns violent at the University of Wisconsin.

#10 - The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Season 21 - Episode 1

The career of America's most famous and controversial nuclear physicist and his fall from grace during the Cold War.

#11 - God in America: A New Adam (1) & A New Eden (2)

Season 23 - Episode 1

#12 - The Poisoner's Handbook

Season 26 - Episode 1

The story of New York City's first medical examiner, Charles Norris (1867-1935), and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler (1883-1968), who pioneered the use of forensic science to explain violent and suspicious deaths. Included: remarks from renowned medical examiners Marcella Fierro and Michael Baden; and author Deborah Blum ("The Poisoner's Handbook"). Oliver Platt narrates.

#13 - Bonnie & Clyde

Season 28 - Episode 1

Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including nine law enforcement officers, as well as numerous robberies and kidnappings. Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie and Clyde.

#14 - Radio Bikini

Season 1 - Episode 2

The story of atomic bomb research after World War II and how above-ground testing led to the evacuation of a previously-populated atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

#15 - Journey to America

Season 3 - Episode 2

Documentary on the great influx of immigrants between 1890 and the 1920s.

#16 - Eyes on the Prize (1 & 2): Awakenings/Fighting Back

Season 19 - Episode 1

Awakenings (1954-1956) Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Fighting Back (1957-1962) States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts -- and integration is carried out.

#17 - Edison's Miracle of Light

Season 8 - Episode 2

Inventor Thomas A. Edison experiments with electricity, long-burning filaments, and glass bulbs to give America an alternative to gas lights.

#18 - New York (2): Order and Disorder

Season 12 - Episode 2

Already established as America's premier port, New York City swelled into the nation's greatest industrial metropolis as a massive wave of German and Irish immigration turned the city into one of the world's most complex urban environments, bringing with it a host of new social problems. Episode Two reveals how the city's artists, innovators and leaders, from poet Walt Whitman to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (the designers of Central Park) grappled with the city's growing conflicts -- which culminated in the catastrophic Civil War Draft Riots of 1863.

#19 - Jimmy Carter (2): Hostage

Season 15 - Episode 2

The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.

#20 - RFK (2): The Awful Grace of God

Season 17 - Episode 2

Robert Kennedy's career in public service, his work in his brother's administration, and his presidential aspirations at the time of his assassination.

#21 - Eyes on the Prize (3 & 4): Ain't Scared of Your Jails/No Easy Walk

Season 19 - Episode 2

American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc. Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel. No Easy Walk (1961-1963) The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King's leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

#22 - The Polio Crusade

Season 21 - Episode 2

The human story behind the massive American effort to eliminate the debilitating effects of the polio virus and the truly untested nature of Salk's original vaccine.

#23 - Custer's Last Stand

Season 24 - Episode 2

A profile of Gen. George Armstrong Custer (1839-76), nicknamed "the boy general" for his Civil War exploits, who died with many other members of the 7th Cavalry while battling the Cheyenne and Lakota along the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. The documentary details his time at West Point, where he became infamous for his rebellious nature; his relationship with his wife Libbie; his year-long suspension from the service; and the campaign against the Cheyenne that led to his death.

#24 - America 1900 (2): Change Is in the Air

Season 11 - Episode 2

An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century − unforeseen opportunities and unplanned-for challenges.

#25 - Truman (2): The Moon, the Stars and All the Planets

Season 10 - Episode 2

Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.