American Experience Season 30
S30 E01Jan 10, 2018
Into the Amazon Jan 10, 2018 The remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.
S30 E02Jan 17, 2018
The Secret of Tuxedo Park Jan 17, 2018 In the fall of 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his country’s most valuable military secret — a revolutionary radar component — to a Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis. Using his connections, his money, and his brilliant scientific mind, Loomis and his team of scientists developed radar technology that played a more decisive role than any other weapon in World War II.
S30 E03Feb 7, 2018
The Gilded Age Feb 7, 2018 Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The vast disparities between them sparked debates still raging today.
S30 E04Feb 14, 2018
The Bombing of Wall Street Feb 14, 2018 Explore the story behind the first terrorist attack in the U.S., a mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center that left 38 dead – a crime that remains unsolved today.
S30 E05Apr 18, 2018
The Chinese Exclusion Act Apr 18, 2018 The origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already there to become U.S. citizens.
S30 E06Apr 18, 2018
The Circus (Part 1) Apr 18, 2018 Explore the early days of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment during an era when master showmen P.T. Barnum, James Bailey and the Ringling Brothers transformed the nation’s popular culture.
S30 E07May 29, 2018
The Chinese Exclusion Act May 29, 2018 The Chinese Exclusion Act
S30 E07Oct 9, 2018
The Circus (Part 2) Oct 9, 2018 Revisit the heyday of this distinctly American form of entertainment when former rivals Barnum, Bailey and the Ringling Brothers joined forces to present the “greatest show on earth” in big cities and small towns across the country.
S30 E08Oct 10, 2018
The Eugenics Crusade Oct 10, 2018 The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.
S30 E09Oct 17, 2018
The Circus (1) Oct 17, 2018 The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– campaign to breed a “better” American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, The Eugenics Crusade is an often revelatory portrait of an America at once strange and eerily familiar.
S30 E10Jun 6, 2018
The Circus (2) Jun 6, 2018 When an assassin took his brother's life, Robert Kennedy was bereft of someone he loved, and of a role that had given his life meaning. As he began to move beyond the shadow of his brother, he, too, was assassinated.
S30 E11Oct 9, 2018
The Eugenics Crusade Oct 9, 2018 The Circus explores the history of this popular and American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time. The Circus brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town, its stars were among the most famous people in the country, and multitudes gathered to see the improbable and the impossible, the exotic and the spectacular.