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Season 24, Episode 01 Billy the Kid

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Jan 10, 2011
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Billy the Kid Jan 10, 2011 On April 28, 1881, just days from being hanged for murder, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the last in a long line of daring escapes.

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Season 24, Episode 02 Custer's Last Stand

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Jan 17, 2012
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Custer's Last Stand Jan 17, 2012 Follow General George Armstrong Custer from his memorable, wild charge at Gettysburg to his lonely, untimely death on the windswept Plains of the West. On June 26, 1876, Custer, a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage ordered his soldiers to drive back a large army of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. By day's end, Custer and nearly a third of his army were dead.

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Season 24, Episode 03 Clinton, Part 1

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Feb 20, 2012
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Clinton, Part 1 Feb 20, 2012 Hour 1 follows their bumpy road to the 1992 presidential victory, an amazing triumph over repeated scandals and setbacks. Although they have won the presidency, the Clintons have not yet won the country. In their moment of triumph, the first couple has no way of imagining the turmoil that lies ahead.

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Season 24, Episode 04 Clinton, Part 2

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Feb 21, 2012
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Clinton, Part 2 Feb 21, 2012 Clinton wins the 1996 election in a landslide, pulling off one of the greatest turnarounds in political history. But events have been set in motion that will soon divide the country and nearly destroy Clinton's presidency.

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Season 24, Episode 05 The Amish

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Feb 28, 2012
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The Amish Feb 28, 2012 Lyrical and meditative, The Amish answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to five hundred year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century. With unprecedented access to the Amish built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to deeply penetrate and explore this profoundly attention-averse group. In doing so, it paints an extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. It questions why and how the Amish, an insistently closed and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth.

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Season 24, Episode 06 Grand Coulee Dam

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Apr 3, 2012
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Grand Coulee Dam Apr 3, 2012 When Grand Coulee Dam was being built during the depths of the Great Depression, everything about it--generators, powerhouses, pumps--was the biggest in the world. Grand Coulee was more than a dam; it was a proclamation: America could still do great things. The mile-long behemoth was the largest hydroelectric power-producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941--just in time to power the nation's defense plants and the atomic reactors for the Manhattan Project.

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Season 24, Episode 07 Jesse Owens

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May 1, 2012
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Jesse Owens May 1, 2012 On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of letting himself be distracted, the young athlete channeled his raw emotions into one of the most remarkable achievements in athletic history: four gold medals in two days.

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Season 24, Episode 08 Death and the Civil War

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Sep 19, 2012
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Death and the Civil War Sep 19, 2012 With the coming of the Civil War, and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before -- permanently altering the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people. Contending with death on an unprecedented scale posed challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began. Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, and new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale.

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Season 24, Episode 09 Jesse Owens

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May 2, 2012
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Jesse Owens May 2, 2012 Despite Jesse Owens' remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.

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Season 24, Episode 10 Death and the Civil War

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Sep 19, 2012
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Death and the Civil War Sep 19, 2012 With the coming of the Civil War, and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before -- permanently altering the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people. Contending with death on an unprecedented scale posed challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began. Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, and new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale.

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Season 24, Episode 11 The Abolitionists: 1854-Emancipation and Victory

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Jan 22, 2013
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The Abolitionists: 1854-Emancipation and Victory Jan 22, 2013 Examine the forces leading to war and to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

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Season 24, Episode 12 Henry Ford

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Jan 29, 2013
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Henry Ford Jan 29, 2013 An absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility.

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Season 24, Episode 13 Silicon Valley

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Feb 5, 2013
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Silicon Valley Feb 5, 2013 Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.

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Season 24, Episode 14
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