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Season 11, Episode 01 America 1900 (1)

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Nov 19, 1998
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America 1900 (1) Nov 19, 1998 Over one hundred years ago, Americans looked forward to the uncertainty of a new century with a mixture of confidence, optimism and anxiety. Following a range of characters from famous public figures to ordinary citizens, this chronicle of a year in the life of America examines the forces of change that would come to shape the twentieth century.

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Season 11, Episode 02 America 1900 (2): Change Is in the Air

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Nov 19, 1998
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America 1900 (2): Change Is in the Air Nov 19, 1998 Over one hundred years ago, Americans looked forward to the uncertainty of a new century with a mixture of confidence, optimism and anxiety. Following a range of characters from famous public figures to ordinary citizens, this chronicle of a year in the life of America examines the forces of change that would come to shape the twentieth century.

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Season 11, Episode 03 America 1900 (3): A Great Civilized Power

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Nov 26, 1998
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America 1900 (3): A Great Civilized Power Nov 26, 1998 Over one hundred years ago, Americans looked forward to the uncertainty of a new century with a mixture of confidence, optimism and anxiety. Following a range of characters from famous public figures to ordinary citizens, this chronicle of a year in the life of America examines the forces of change that would come to shape the twentieth century.

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Season 11, Episode 04 America 1900 (4): Anything Seemed Possible

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Nov 26, 1998
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America 1900 (4): Anything Seemed Possible Nov 26, 1998 Over one hundred years ago, Americans looked forward to the uncertainty of a new century with a mixture of confidence, optimism and anxiety. Following a range of characters from famous public figures to ordinary citizens, this chronicle of a year in the life of America examines the forces of change that would come to shape the twentieth century.

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Season 11, Episode 05 Race for the Super Bomb

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Jan 12, 1999
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Race for the Super Bomb Jan 12, 1999 At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Japan. A world away, on the frozen steppes of Siberia, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue and deception marked the race to develop the hydrogen bomb, a weapon that would change the world.

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Season 11, Episode 06 Hoover Dam

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Jan 19, 1999
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Hoover Dam Jan 19, 1999 Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression, drew men desperate for work to a remote and rugged canyon near Las Vegas. There they struggled against heat, choking dust and perilous heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and water to millions and transformed the American Southwest.

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Season 11, Episode 07 Alone on the Ice

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Feb 9, 1999
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Alone on the Ice Feb 9, 1999 In June 1934, Richard Byrd lay alone in a small hut within the polar ice, hovering near death. No one before Byrd had ever experienced winter in the interior of the Antarctic. In an age of heroes, he was one of America's greatest. An explorer, aviation pioneer and scientist, Byrd was also an egotist, a risk-taker, and, his critics claim, a fraud who sometimes took credit for the accomplishments of others.

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Season 11, Episode 08 Rescue at Sea

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Feb 16, 1999
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Rescue at Sea Feb 16, 1999 On January 23, 1909, two ships -- one carrying Italian immigrants to New York City, the other, American tourists to Europe -- collided in dense fog off Nantucket Island. In a moment, more than 1,500 lives became dependent on a new technology, wireless telegraphy, and on Jack Binns, a twenty-six-year-old wireless operator on board one of the ships. A story of courage, luck, and heroism at sea.

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Season 11, Episode 09 Meltdown at Three Mile Island

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Feb 23, 1999
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Meltdown at Three Mile Island Feb 23, 1999 At 4:00am on March 28, 1979, a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania suddenly overheated, releasing radioactive gasses. During the ensuing tension-packed week, scientists scrambled to prevent the nightmare of a meltdown, officials rushed in to calm public fears, and thousands of residents fled to emergency shelters. Equipment failure, human error, and bad luck would conspire to create America's worst nuclear accident.

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Season 11, Episode 10 Lost in the Grand Canyon

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May 18, 1999
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Lost in the Grand Canyon May 18, 1999 In the summer of 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran led the first expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown established the Grand Canyon as a national landmark, and made him a hero. But when he used his fame to argue against the overdevelopment of the West, Powell was attacked.

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Season 11, Episode 11 Riding the Rails

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Apr 13, 1999
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Riding the Rails Apr 13, 1999 During the Depression-era 1930's, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they found was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship and loneliness. The evocative stories of teen hoboes crisscrossing America during tough times.

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Season 11, Episode 12 Fly Girls

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May 11, 1999
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Fly Girls May 11, 1999 During WWII, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logged 60 million miles in the air. Thirty-eight women died in service. But the opportunity to play a critical role in the war effort was abruptly canceled by politics and resentment, and it would be 30 years before women would again break the sex barrier in the skies.

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Season 11, Episode 13 MacArthur (1): Destiny

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May 18, 1999
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MacArthur (1): Destiny May 18, 1999 Part 1 of a two-part biography of Douglas MacArthur takes "America's first soldier" from his brilliant WWI service into WWII, when his knack for alienating superiors hindered his "return" to the Philippines. Interviewed: biographer Geoffrey Perret; historian Stephen Ambrose; Gen. Vernon Walters (USA Ret.).

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Season 11, Episode 14 MacArthur (2): The Politics of War

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May 25, 1999
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MacArthur (2): The Politics of War May 25, 1999 The conclusion of "MacArthur" focuses on his "return" to the Philippines in 1944, his years as Supreme Allied Commander in Japan after the war and his controversial command in Korea. Interviewed: onetime MacArthur aide Alexander Haig; historian David McCullough

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