The BEST episodes directed by Stephen Ives

New Orleans
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#1 - New Orleans

American Experience - Season 19 - Episode 12

The historical, social, and geographic factors that shaped one of America's most uniquely individual cities.

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The Big Burn
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#2 - The Big Burn

American Experience - Season 27 - Episode 4

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.

The Great War (1)
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#3 - The Great War (1)

American Experience - Season 29 - Episode 6

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

Panama Canal
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#4 - Panama Canal

American Experience - Season 23 - Episode 6

The 1904-1914 construction of the Panama Canal, the 50-mile link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is recalled via archival footage, photos and interviews with workers, as well as insights from historians. The undertaking cost the U.S. about $375 million and 5609 workers (out of 56,307), who perished from both accidents and disease. The documentary also explores what life was like for the workers, who were a mix of Americans, Europeans and West Indians. On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, fifteen years earlier, the French had failed disastrously. But the U.S. paid a price for victory: a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars -- the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time -- and the loss of more than 5,000 lives. Along the way, Central America witnessed the brazen overthrow of a sovereign government, the influx of over 55,000 workers from around the globe, the removal of hundreds of millions of tons of earth, and engineering innovation on an unprecedented scale. The construction of the Canal was the epitome of man’s mastery over nature and signaled the beginning of America’s domination of world affairs. The second half of the 19th century was a time of expansion and great technological advancement. Americans built the Brooklyn Bridge and completed the Transcontinental Railroad. The French had constructed the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1869 and set their sights on a canal through the Panamanian Isthmus. But after eight years of earthquakes, floods and disease-stunted progress, the French returned home bankrupt. The canal project would lay abandoned for nearly 15 years. When President Theodore Roosevelt came to office in 1901, he saw the creation and control of the canal as the key to America projecting itself as a world powe

Custer's Last Stand
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#5 - Custer's Last Stand

American Experience - 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.

Roads to Memphis
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#6 - Roads to Memphis

American Experience - Season 22 - Episode 7

A treatment of the assassination of Martin Luther King by James Earl Ray from the perspective of the actual lives of the two men.

Lindbergh
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#7 - Lindbergh

American Experience - Season 3 - Episode 1

After his famous flight, Charles Lindbergh becomes known to all the world but struggles with life in the limelight.

Seabiscuit
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#8 - Seabiscuit

American Experience - Season 15 - Episode 11

He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten, a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait, but though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (1): Sin City
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#9 - Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (1): Sin City

American Experience - Season 18 - Episode 3

The story of the circumstances that led to the founding of what would become a huge tourist destination in the desert.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (2): American Mecca
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#10 - Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (2): American Mecca

American Experience - Season 18 - Episode 4

The story of the circumstances that led to the founding of what would become a huge tourist destination in the desert.

Kit Carson
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#11 - Kit Carson

American Experience - Season 20 - Episode 10

The true story behind the mountain man whose unique abilities were critical to America's westward expansion.

Grand Coulee Dam
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#12 - Grand Coulee Dam

American Experience - Season 24 - Episode 6

Featuring the men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee in the wake of the Great Depression and the Native people whose lives were changed alongside historians and engineers, this film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project's legacy.