American Experience Season 1
S01 E01Oct 5, 1988
The Great San Francisco Earthquake Oct 5, 1988 From Enrico Caruso to the ordinary San Franciscan, this film presents vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying event of 1906. Four hundred eighty square blocks were reduced to rubble; thousands were killed, tens of thousands left homeless. Then the heroic struggle to rebuild a city from the ashes began.
S01 E01Sep 27, 2021
Episode 1 Sep 27, 2021 After taking control of the San Francisco Examiner in 1887, William Randolph Hearst was eager to try his luck in New York. Hearst bought the failing Journal in 1895 and turned it into a sensation. He earned the loyalty of the city's population of newly arrived immigrants by railing against monopolistic businesses and championing the working class, using the medium to increase his influence.
S01 E02Jul 8, 2019
Earthrise Jul 8, 2019 Earthrise covers 1964-1968, four heady, dangerous years in the history of the space race, focusing on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions.
S01 E02Sep 28, 2021
Episode 2 Sep 28, 2021 Hearst began producing newsreels and serialized dramas, and he reigned over Hollywood society. One of his films starred a young actress named Marion Davies, and Hearst was instantly smitten. In the 1930s as the Depression devastated the country, Hearst's politics evolved, and he became out of touch with readers. Circulation numbers dropped and Hearst found himself $78 million in debt.
S01 E02Oct 12, 1988
Radio Bikini Oct 12, 1988 While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing two highly-publicized nuclear tests. Seven hundred fifty cameras were shipped to Bikini to be used for a major propaganda film. Bikinians had no say about turning their idyllic island into an atomic test site. Forty years later, their home would still be too contaminated to support human life.
S01 E03Oct 19, 1988
Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo Oct 19, 1988 As a child in 1899, Angie Debo was taken to Oklahoma in a covered wagon. She would become her state's most controversial historian -- her career threatened when she uncovered a cache of documents which proved a widespread conspiracy to cheat Native Americans out of oil-rich lands.
S01 E04Oct 26, 1988
Eric Sevareid's Not So Wild A Dream Oct 26, 1988 A touching memoir beginning with life in a small Minnesota town and taking us through a young man's early days as pacifist. Reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe, Sevareid, as a young CBS reporter, would change his belief. Based on Sevareid's best-selling book of the same title.
S01 E05Nov 2, 1988
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Nov 2, 1988 An original look through newsreels, war department films, posters and interviews with five, real-life "Rosies" about the reality of working in the defense plants during WWII, and their reactions to having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.
S01 E06Nov 9, 1988
Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys? Nov 9, 1988 A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families who have lived in Big Piney for six generations. Although very much the same as it was one hundred years ago -- tough, lonely, but still romantic -- ranching is now a threatened way of life.
S01 E07Nov 16, 1988
Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close Nov 16, 1988 An intimate portrait of the Kennedy brothers and their confrontation with Alabama Governor George Wallace when he defied the courts by refusing to integrate the University in 1963. The film offers unprecedented access to the Oval Office as well as to strategy meetings held by Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
S01 E08Nov 23, 1988
Geronimo and the Apache Resistance Nov 23, 1988 The story of a tragic collision of two civilizations, each with startlingly different views of one another. In 1886, 5,000 U.S. troops mobilized to capture this one man and his band of followers, who by refusing to move onto a reservation, defied and eluded federal authorities.
S01 E09Nov 30, 1988
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Revisited Nov 30, 1988 An updated look at the Alabama tenant families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, an American classic.
S01 E10Dec 7, 1988
That Rhythm... Those Blues Dec 7, 1988 The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, from the 1940s into the 50s, with contemporary performances by both.
S01 E11Dec 14, 1988
The Radio Priest Dec 14, 1988 Father Charles Coughlin, a Roman Catholic priest from Michigan, uses the new power of radio to become one of the first media stars; every Sunday he would broadcast his message railing against the nation's economic and social system to millions of listeners caught in the grip of the Depression.
S01 E12Dec 21, 1988
Hearts and Hands Dec 21, 1988 The design and art of quilting yields intimate clues about the lives of 19th century women, who stitched their personal and political stories into these artifacts of history.
S01 E13Dec 28, 1988
Views of a Vanishing Frontier Dec 28, 1988 The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-34, meticulously documenting in paintings and journals the landscape, plants and life of Native Americans.
S01 E14Jan 4, 1989
Eudora Welty: One Writer's Beginnings Jan 4, 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eudora Welty narrates the story of her own Southern childhood and early artistic development in Jackson, Mississippi. Based on her best-selling book of the same title.
S01 E15Jan 11, 1989
The World That Moses Built Jan 11, 1989 From the late 1920s through the 1960s, Robert Moses held almost total power over the landscape of New York. He built bridges, highways, Jones Beach, Lincoln Center and the United Nations, some of the most ambitious public works ever conceived, and some of the most controversial.
S01 E16Jan 18, 1989
Sins of Our Mothers Jan 18, 1989 A Gothic tale of sin and redemption in 19th century New England. A small town in Maine reacts to the unconventional behavior of one of its young residents, a woman named Emeline Gurney. A fascinating examination of small town mores.
S01 E17Feb 24, 1998
Reagan (Part 4) Feb 24, 1998 Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited Moscow in 1988, but his dream of ending the Soviet Union came after retirement in 1989. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is the fourth of four parts.