American Experience

American Experience

American Experience, television's most-watched history series, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form our nation. Get stories to go in this podcast, or tune in to PBS Monday nights. American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston.


Latest Episodes

The Presidents: The Two-Party System and Political Participation | American Experience

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EDT

Ever since a record number of Americans cast votes in the 1960 election, voter turnout has diminished. Harvard historian Thomas Patterson looks at political participation and America's two-party system in presidential elections. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Thomas Patterson, historian Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival), president Dorothy Height, National Council of Negro Women William Leuchtenburg, historian Richard M. Nixon (archival), Republican presidential candidate Walter Cronkite, CBS News journalist Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: The Debates | American Experience

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:00:00 EDT

Televised debates have resulted in defining moments for presidential candidates. George Mason University professor Rick Shenkman looks at presidential debates and their impact upon elections. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Rick Shenkman, historian Ted Rogers, Nixon television advisor John F. Kennedy (archival), senator, Democratic presidential candidate Richard Nixon (archival), vice-president, Republican presidential candidate Gerald Ford (archival), president Walter Mondale, vice-president Herbert Parmet, biographer John Robert Greene, presidential historian Jimmy Carter (archival), president Ronald Reagan (archival), Republican presidential candidate Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: The Conventions | American Experience

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:00:00 EDT

Major party political conventions have been the sites of memorable moments during presidential campaigns. NPR news analyst Daniel Schorr and American University historian Allan Lichtman discuss the role of the party conventions in 2008. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Daniel Schorr, journalist Allan Lichtman, historian Eliot Janeway, economist John Connally, LBJ campaign aide John F. Kennedy (archival), Democratic presidential candidate George H.W. Bush (archival), Republican presidential candidate Nicholas Brady, George H.W. Bush campaign aide Richard Darman, George H.W. Bush campaign aide John Robert Greene, presidential historian Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival), candidate for governor of New York Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: The Democratic Party and Expanding Opportunity | American Experience

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT

In the 1960s, African Americans switched their allegiances to the Democratic Party when it led the way in addressing racial inequality and poverty and expanding opportunity in America. Sociologist Orlando Patterson places Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of Democratic Party history. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Orlando Patterson, sociologist Lyndon Johnson (archival), president Gerald Ford (archival), president Bert Lance, former budget director Jimmy Carter (archival), Democratic presidential candidate Betty Glad, political scientist Herb Kaplow, NBC News Herb Klein, Nixon press secretary Richard Nixon (archival), Republican presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (archival), Democratic presidential candidate Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Riding the Rails | American Experience

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:00:00 EDT

At the height of the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers were living on the road in America. Several Depression-era teenage hobos provide a glimpse of their transient lives, interspersed with excerpts from songs that chronicle hobo life. http://www.pbs.org/amex/rails Voices: James San Jule Jim Mitchell Rene Champion Clarence Lee John Fawcett Peggy De Hart Miles Neff, narrator Music: "I Rode Southern" sung by Merle Lovell "The Highway Hobo" sung by Noel Westbrook "Stevensville Blues" performed by Lum Wilson "Bill" Jackson and A. W. Mullins "Loveless CCC" sung by Tommy Rhoades Songs courtesy of "Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941," American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: American Conservativism | American Experience

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

With the presidential candidacy of Republican Barry Goldwater in 1964, the conservative movement achieved national prominence. Historian Dan Carter places John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign in the context of the American conservative movement. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Dan T. Carter, historian Ronald Reagan (archival), Republican Party spokesman Edmund Morris, Ronald Reagan biographer Richard Norton Smith, former director, Reagan Library George F. Will, columnnist Pat Buchanan (archival), Republican presidential candidate John Robert Greene, presidential historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: The Economy | American Experience

Thu, 29 May 2008 17:00:00 EDT

In dire economic times, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan won the White House by painting their incumbent opponents as being out of touch. MIT historian Meg Jacobs examines the impact of economic issues during election years by looking at both the 1992 and 1980 contests. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Meg Jacobs, historian Bill Clinton (archival), presidential candidate Richard Norton Smith, historian Ronald Reagan (archival), presidential candidate Edwin Meese, chief of staff to Governor Reagan, 1969-74 Jimmy Carter (archival), president Walter Mondale, vice-president Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Truman | American Experience

Thu, 22 May 2008 17:00:00 EDT

After eighty-two days as Vice-President Harry Truman became the thirty-third President of the United States. Americans everywhere warmed to this seemingly simple, straightforward man from Missouri. With the nation at war, Truman would soon face one of the most momentous decisions of the 20th century. http://www.pbs.org/presidents Voices: David McCullough, biographer Alonzo Hamby, biographer Patricia Hannegan, daughter of Democratic Party chairman Harry Byrd, senator Sam Rayburn (archival), Speaker of the House Harry Truman (archival), President Robert Jay Lifton, biographer Marshall D. Shulman, assistant to the Secretary of State Robert Donovan, journalist Rex Scouten, Secret Service Walter LaFeber, historian George Elsey, administrative assistant to the President Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


FDR | American Experience

Thu, 8 May 2008 17:00:00 EDT

In March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office and gave hope to a nation in crisis. The Great Depression had battered the nation for more than three long and painful years. Roosevelt did something that had never been done before -- intervene on a massive scale with the power of the federal government. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Chalmers Roberts, journalist Eli Ginzberg, FDR administrator William Leuchtenburg, historian Franklin Delano Roosevelt, president David Ginsburg, FDR administration Alistair Cooke, journalist Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: First Ladies | American Experience

Fri, 2 May 2008 14:00:00 EDT

John Jay College historian Blanche Wiesen Cook looks back at Eleanor Roosevelt and discusses the role of the First Lady in the context of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Blanche Wiesen Cook, historian Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of Eleanor Roosevelt Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian Chalmers Roberts, journalist Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


George H.W. Bush: At Kennebunkport | American Experience

Fri, 2 May 2008 14:00:00 EDT

Filmmakers Austin Hoyt and Callie Taintor Wiser discuss the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. In August 1990, although Saddam Hussein had precipitated a world crisis by invading Kuwait, Bush took a working vacation in Maine. He had vacationed there every summer of his life except once during World War II. http://www.pbs.org/amex/bush41 Voices: Austin Hoyt, writer/director/producer Callie Taintor Wiser, producer George H. W. Bush (archival), President Jeb Bush, son Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Roberto Clemente: Filmmaker Interview | American Experience

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EDT

Roberto Clemente was more than an exceptional baseball player. He was also a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice. Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz discusses his biography of baseball's first Latino superstar. http://www.pbs.org/amex/clemente Voices: Samuel O. Regalado, historian Bernardo Ruiz, writer/director/producer, ROBERTO CLEMENTE David Maraniss, biographer Juan Gonzalez, writer George Will, writer Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Roberto Clemente: Legacy | American Experience

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EDT

Roberto Clemente was more than an exceptional baseball player. He was also a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice. New York Yankees pitcher LaTroy Hawkins discusses the legacy of baseball's first Latino superstar. http://www.pbs.org/amex/clemente Voices: Robert Ruck, historian LaTroy Hawkins, baseball player David Maraniss, biographer Juan Gonzalez, writer Al Oliver, teammate of Roberto Clemente Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Walt Whitman | American Experience

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:00:00 EDT

Walt Whitman was America's first great poet. Novelist Allan Gurganus and poets Martin Espada and Billy Collins read excerpts from his signature work, Leaves of Grass. http://www.pbs.org/amex/whitman Voices: Allan Gurganus, novelist Martin Espada, poet Billy Collins, poet Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: Foreign Policy Leadership | American Experience

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:00:00 EST

Foreign policy, past experience, and war are perennial Presidential campaign issues. International relations professor Ernest May from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and history professor Kristen Hoganson from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign describe historical and contemporary foreign policy, presidential leadership, and elections. http://www.pbs.org/presidents/2008 Voices: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, president Kristin Hoganson, historian Ernest May, historian Robert Dallek, historian Walter Mondale, vice president Richard Wirthlin, pollster Robert Donovan, journalist Vernon Walters, U.S. Army general Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Minik, The Lost Eskimo | American Experience

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:40:00 EST

When Arctic explorer Robert Peary returned from Greenland in 1897, he brought with him five Eskimos, causing a sensation. Within months, however, four of the Eskimos had died, leaving a seven-year-old boy named Minik alone in a foreign land. http://www.pbs.org/amex/minik Voices: Ira Jacknis, anthropologist Bruce Henderson, author David Hurst Thomas, curator, American Museum of Natural History Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels Major funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film | American Experience

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 10:20:00 EST

From the day that a 14-year-old Ansel Adams first saw the transcendent beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was, in his words, "colored and modulated by the great earth-gesture of the Sierra." Adams helped transform the meaning of wilderness in America; his greatest images of the American West changed forever what Americans thought about their own land. Nature and wilderness photographer Michael Frye describes following in Adams' footsteps, working in Yosemite. http://www.pbs.org/amex/ansel Voices: William Turnage, Ansel Adams Trust Michael Frye, photographer, The Ansel Adams Gallery Andrea Gray Stillman, Editor & Assistant to Ansel Adams Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Presidents: Critical Elections | American Experience

Fri, 07 Mar 2008 17:00:00 EST

In the tumultuous presidential election year 1968, an unpopular war and the decision of Lyndon Johnson not to seek another term led to a wide-open race, dramatic shifts in the attitudes of American voters, and the ultimate election of Richard Nixon to the nation's highest office. Georgetown University historian Michael Kazin discusses the theory of "critical elections" and considers whether the 2008 election will be one. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: Lyndon Johnson, President Michael Kazin, historian Richard Nixon, President Hubert Humphrey, Vice-President Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Fight | American Experience

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:00:00 EST

In the 1930s, Joe Louis crossed boxing's color line to become an American hero. He was the first heavyweight contender since the controversial Jack Johnson held the title in the early part of the century. In his quest to win the heavyweight championship, Louis entered the ring against Hitler's favorite boxer, Max Schmeling. His success would make him the most famous and influential black person in America. http://www.pbs.org/amex/fight Voices: Jeffrey Sammons, historian Don Majeski, boxing promoter Jack Newfield, writer Leon Litwack, historian Vernon Jarrett, writer Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Buffalo Bill | American Experience

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:00:00 EST

As the American frontier was disappearing, William Cody transformed himself into a master showman, creating and starring in a world-famous traveling show that brought the "real" Wild West to life. Part circus, part history, Buffalo Bill's Wild West toured for three decades, playing to enthusiastic crowds across the United States and Europe. http://www.pbs.org/amex/cody Voices: Paul Fees, historian Charles Scoggin, writer Louis Warren, biographer Bobby Bridger, writer Patricia Nelson Limerick, historian Juti Winchester, historian L.G. Moses, historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Kit Carson | American Experience

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:10:00 EST

The legendary trapper, scout and soldier was fluent in Spanish and five Indian languages. He twice married Native American women, yet led a brutal war against the Navajo. When the West was a mystery to most Americans, Kit Carson mastered it, and his expertise made him famous. Eventually, by helping to spur a migration that would change the West forever, he unwittingly became an agent in the destruction of the life he loved. http://www.pbs.org/amex/carson Voices: Paul Hutton, historian Sally Denton, writer Hampton Sides, author N. Scott Momaday, poet David Roberts, writer Dayton Duncan, writer John M. Carson, great-grandson of Kit Carson Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Presidents: Campaigning and the Primary System | American Experience

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:00:00 EST

In the aftermath of the Watergate Scandal, Americans were ready for change. A relatively unknown southern governor promised honesty and decency in his campaign for the Democratic nomination. A former California governor and actor challenged the incumbant Gerald Ford, forcing the Republican nomination to the convention. Boston University historian Bruce Schulman, author of The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics, looks back at the 1976 presidential campaign and finds parallels to the 2008 campaign. http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Voices: John Farrell, journalist Michael Deaver Bruce Schulman, historian Doug Brinkley, Jimmy Carter biographer Jimmy Carter, President Chip Carter, son of Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Carter, First Lady Jody Powell, press secretary Dan Carter, historian Betty Glad, political scientist Martin Anderson, aide to Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan, President Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Lobotomist | American Experience

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 8:00:00 EST

Walter J. Freeman was an ambitious neurologist that invented a radical surgery to combat mental illness: the transorbital lobotomy. By the end of his career, Walter Freeman had personally lobotomized more than 2,900 patients in 23 states, including nineteen children under the age of eighteen. A patient of Doctor Freeman and families of lobotomy recipients describe how the procedure changed their lives. http://www.pbs.org/amex/lobotomist Voices: Angelene Forester, daughter of a former patient Howard Dully, former patient Walter Freeman III, son of Walter Freeman Edward Shorter, medical historian Jack El-Hai, writer Janice Jones-Thomson, daughter of a former patient Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Oswald's Ghost | American Experience

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 8:45:00 EST

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 left a psychic wound on America that is with us still today. Few Americans then or now accept that a lone, inconsequential gunman could bring down a president and alter history. In that breach, a culture of conspiracy has arisen that points to sinister forces at work in the shadows. Filmmaker Robert Stone discusses his deconstruction of the assassination and how this single event forever changed the face of American culture. http://www.pbs.org/amex/oswald Voices: Robert Dallek, historian Robert Stone, producer, writer, director, Oswald's Ghost Dan Rather, reporter Walter Cronkite, reporter (archival) Edward Jay Epstein, journalist Priscilla Johnson McMillan, historian Norman Mailer, novelist Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Grand Central Preview | American Experience

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 4:45:00 EST

Executive producer Mark Samels and filmmaker Michael Epstein discuss an upcoming American Experience film on Grand Central Station. Epstein describes his approach in telling the history of the Manhattan landmark. http://www.pbs.org/amex/grandcentral Voices: Paul Goldberger, architecture critic Mark Samels, Executive Producer, American Experience Michael Epstein, Producer/Director, Grand Central Mike Wallace, historian John Belle, architect Prima Soemijantoro Wilson, Grand Central commuter Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Daughter from Danang | American Experience

Fri, 2 Nov 2007 3:45:00 EST

In 1975, a Vietnamese girl, Hiep, was evacuated to America as part of the U.S. sponsored Operation Babylift, and renamed Heidi. In 1997, after learning she was not an orphan, she returned to Vietnam to meet her birth mother. They discovered that the gulf between them was much larger than either imagined. Aimee Phan, author of a collection of stories that examine the consequences of Operation Babylift, shares her thoughts on the Babylift's legacy and about the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE program that tells Heidi's story, DAUGHTER FROM DANANG. http://www.pbs.org/amex/daughter Voices: President Gerald Ford Heidi Bub Royce Hughes, Girl Scout leader Aimee Phan, author, We Should Never Meet Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels Special thanks to DAUGHTER FROM DANANG producers Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco. American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Black Lions Remember Vietnam | American Experience

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 2:25:00 EST

In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. Survivors of the Black Lions battalion recall the Vietnam War and reflect on what it was like to return home from battle to a nation divided. http://www.pbs.org/amex/twodays Voices: Ernie Buentiempo, Private, U.S. Army Tom Hinger, Medic, U.S. Army Joe Costello, Private, U.S. Army Mike Troyer, Private, U.S. Army Clark Welch, Commander of Delta Company, U.S. Army Mike Arias, Private, U.S. Army Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Space Race | American Experience

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 3:45:00 EST

On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. Americans feared the implications of the first man-made satellite orbiting above the Earth. Roger Launius, curator at the National Air and Space Museum, describes Sputnik's impact on the Space Race. http://www.pbs.org/amex/moon Voices: Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Miles Neff, podcast narration Audio of Sputnik 1 telemetry courtesy of NASA Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


World War II Memories | American Experience

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:10:00 EST

During World War II, over eleven million American military personnel served abroad. World War II veterans describe the brutal conditions and deadly combat faced on the battlefronts of Europe and the Pacific. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/nuremberg/sfeature/sf_ww2.html Voices: Ed Stewart, Sergeant, 84th Infantry, from the film Battle of the Bulge Robert Body, U.S. Army, from the film Bataan Rescue Roger Rutland, First Sergeant, 106th Infantry, from the film Battle of the Bulge Jerome Connolly, U.S. Army Medic, from the film Victory in the Pacific Al Turnbull, U.S. Navy, from the film Victory in the Pacific Bart Hagerman, Private, 17th Airborne, from the film Battle of the Bulge Edward "Tommie" Thomas, Prisoner of War, from the film Bataan Rescue Unknown American soldier, from the film D-Day George Niland, 6th Marine Division, from the film Victory in the Pacific John Richardson, 6th Ranger Battalion, from the film Bataan Rescue James Hildebrand, U.S. Army, from the film Bataan Rescue Unknown American soldier, from the film D-Day Bob Conroy, Private, 75th Infantry, from the film Battle of the Bulge Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Chicago: City of the Century | American Experience

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:35:00 EST

In the mid nineteenth century Chicago emerged as an industrial metropolis, fueled by a diverse work force. Their organized efforts were emblematic of a growing national labor movement that was marked by century's end with a new national holiday: Labor Day. Historian Dominic Pacyga describes Chicago's prominence in the national labor movement and its reaction to the holiday. http://www.pbs.org/amex/chicago Voices: Nancy Koehn, historian Dominic Pacyga, historian William Cronon, historian Donald L. Miller, author Perry Duis, historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life | American Experience

Thu, 2 Aug 2007 22:00:00 EST

Former Commissioner of Major League Baseball Fay Vincent talks about one of the greatest sports heroes ever. Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age. He was graceful, elegant, and inspiring; his 56-game hitting streak electrified the nation. http://www.pbs.org/amex/dimaggio Voices: Maury Allen, biographer Frank "Spec" Shea, New York Yankee pitcher, 1946-1951 Fay Vincent, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1989-1992 Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Summer of Love | American Experience

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 18:00:00 EST

In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing. Now in their fifties and sixties, a few people who were in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district in the summer of 1967 look back at how the Summer of Love affected their lives. http://www.pbs.org/amex/love Voices: Mary Kaspar, 1967: hippie; later: artisan Sandi Stein, 1967: hippie; later: Ph.D. Phil Morningstar, 1967 and later: hippie Claudia King Yunker, 1967: hippie and civil rights activist; later: community organizer Charles Perry, 1967: hippie; later: author, The Haight Ashbury: A History Joel Selvin, author, The Summer of Love, music critic Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple | American Experience

Thu, 5 Apr 2007 17:00:00 EST

In tape recordings from the 1970s, Jim Jones describes his church, the Peoples Temple. Jones refers to historical events like the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X, and shares his views on "revolutionary suicide." http://www.pbs.org/amex/jonestown ---- This podcast offers excerpts from the following audio tapes, recovered by the FBI after the Peoples Temple mass suicide/murder at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978: Tape Q 1059-1, San Francisco, Spring 1973 Tape Q 953, Los Angeles, May 1974 Tape Q 384, Jonestown, October 1978 Tape Q 833, Jonestown, March 1978 Source tapes courtesy of the Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple Web site. http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/ For more information on the historical topics Jones mentions, visit these American Experience Web pages: Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/ John F. Kennedy http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kennedys/ Robert Kennedy http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rfk/ Malcolm X http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/malcolmx/ W.E.B. DuBois http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/garvey/peopleevents/p_dubois.html Voices: Jim Jones, preacher Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


New Orleans | American Experience

Thu, 8 Feb 2007 18:30:00 EST

Filmmaker Stephen Ives details the challenges of making a documentary about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Amidst shattered lives, Ives and his production team found enduring elements of the city's vibrant culture. http://www.pbs.org/amex/neworleans Voices: Stephen Ives, filmmaker Miles Neff, narrator Produced and Edited by: Glenn Fukushima Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Living Weapon | American Experience

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:30:00 EST

In early 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt received an alarming intelligence report: Germany and Japan were developing biological weapons for potential offensive use. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the effort. Filmmakers John Rubin and James Donald discuss the research and production behind the film The Living Weapon. http://www.pbs.org/amex/weapon Voices: John Rubin, producer, writer, director James Donald, co-producer Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Berlin Airlift | American Experience

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:30:00 EST

On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked railroad and street access to West Berlin, starving the population and choking commerce. The subsequent allied airlift of supplies into Berlin was the first battle of the Cold War and the largest humanitarian campaign the world had ever seen. Edwin Gere, author of The Unheralded Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift, describes his experiences as a pilot during the Berlin airlift. http://www.pbs.org/amex/airlift Voices: Edwin Gere, veteran pilot Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Nancy Farrell and Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Gold Rush | American Experience

Thu, 2 Nov 2006 16:30:00 EST

Randall MacLowry explains how the Gold Rush was a way for people to get rich quick -- a way to reinvent themselves. He chose to include stories from a diverse group of individuals to help tell the history of the Gold Rush, and he touches upon the desperation and violence that affected those in mining camps and towns. http://www.pbs.org/amex/goldrush/ Voices: Randall MacLowry, filmmaker Miles Neff, narrator Produced and edited by: Vanessa Ruiz and Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Great Fever | American Experience

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 15:30:00 EST

Three physicians discuss the past and future of yellow fever, a disease that terrorized the United States for more than two hundred years, killing an estimated 100,000 in the nineteenth century alone. The discussion covers the science of transmission, the possibility of a new outbreak, and the use of yellow fever as a biological weapon. http://www.pbs.org/amex/fever/ Voices: Margaret Humphreys, MD Thomas Monath, MD John R. Pierce, MD Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Glenn Fukushima and Jack Cheng Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Eyes on the Prize | American Experience

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 15:30:00 EST

Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Judi Hampton, president of Blackside and sister of the late Henry Hampton, the creator of Eyes on the Prize, speaks with series senior producer Judith Vecchione about the landmark series. http://www.pbs.org/amex/eyesontheprize/ Voices: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Theme Music Judi Hampton, President, Blackside Judith Vecchione, Eyes on the Prize Series Senior Producer Frederick Leonard, Freedom Rider Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Glenn Fukushima and Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


The Center Of The World: New York: A Documentary Film | American Experience

Fri, 8 Sep 2006 18:00:00 EST

Carol Willis, director of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City, reflects on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the rise of the World Trade Center, urban development in the Seventies and now, and plans for Ground Zero. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/newyork/ Voices: Carol Willis, Director of the Skyscraper Museum Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


A preview of New Orleans | American Experience

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 16:00:00 EST

Stephen Ives explains why New Orleans is such an important part of American History. He recounts the obstacles he faced and the inspirational people he met during production. http://www.pbs.org/amex/neworleans Voices: John Biguenet, writer Stephen Ives, filmmaker Leah Chase, owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant Miles Neff, narrator Produced: Vanessa Ezersky Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Hoover Dam | American Experience

Thu, 17 Aug 2006 18:00:00 EST

Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Tour guide Joni MacLaine takes listeners on a virtual road trip to Hoover Dam. http://www.pbs.org/amex/hoover Voices: Joni MacLaine, tour guide Richard Guy Wilson, architectural historian Blaine Hamman, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Winthrop A. Davis, photographer Miles Neff, narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Mount Rushmore | American Experience

Wed, 2 Aug 2006 19:30:00 EST

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Meet the daring workers and the temperamental artist who created the world's largest piece of sculpture, Mount Rushmore. http://www.pbs.org/amex/rushmore Voices: Glenn Bradford Gutzon Borglum Rex Allen Smith Nick Clifford Miles Neff, narrator Brian Keane, composer Produced by: Glenn Fukushima Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Coney Island | American Experience

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 16:30:00 EST

Aaron Beebe, curator at the Coney Island Museum, discusses the history of one of America's favorite amusement parks. http://www.pbs.org/amex/coney Voices: Richard Snow, Editor, American Heritage Aaron Beebe, Curator, Coney Island Museum Frederick Fried, Archivist Miles Neff, narrator Produced by: Vanessa Ezersky Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Fourth of July 1826 | American Experience

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:00:00 EST

On July 4, 1826, a day when America was celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed away within hours of each other. Historians comment on this remarkable coincidence. http://www.pbs.org/amex/adams Voices: David McCullough, historian Joseph Ellis, historian Miles Neff, narration Produced by: Greg Shea Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Behind the Scenes: Season 18 viewer mail | American Experience

Thu, 8 Jun 2006 18:00:00 EST

American Experience executive producer Mark Samels discusses viewer emails with production coordinator Vanessa Ruiz, describing production and editorial decisions on two of the season's most popular programs, John and Abigail Adams and The Boy in the Bubble. They also discuss upcoming shows slated for 2006-07, airing Monday nights on PBS. http://www.pbs.org/amex/ Voices: Mark Samels, executive producer Vanessa Ruiz, production coordinator Simon Russell Beale, actor (John Adams) Linda Emond, actress (Abigail Adams) Elaine Potts, nutritionist Carol Ann Vetter Demaret, David Vetter's mother Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Behind the Scenes: The Man Behind Hitler | American Experience

Thu, 18 May 2006 14:00:00 EST

Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses the making of "The Man Behind Hitler" with German producer Michael Kloft. Kloft explains how Nazi Joseph Goebbels' diary came to light, describes how the production team found rare historical footage, and explains how Goebbels' words and archival film footage of the Nazis were unified onscreen. Kloft and Samels also talk about Goebbels' personality, his propaganda success, his eventual downfall, and the reception of the documentary in Germany and the U.S. http://www.pbs.org/amex/goebbels Miles Neff, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Golden Gate Bridge | American Experience

Thu, 11 May 2006 15:00:00 EST

On May 27, 1937, 200,000 people thronged to the newly-completed Golden Gate bridge and walked, climbed, roller-skated or cycled across. After 18 years of struggles to complete the bridge, San Francisco's jubilance was unrestrained. Chief engineer Joseph Strauss spent 13 years fighting political and design battles before he could break ground. The bridge's construction was a model of safety -- until a terrible accident took ten lives in February 1937. By the time the bridge was complete, Strauss, his team of designers and his construction crews had built what has since been called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." http://www.pbs.org/amex/goldengate Voices: Walter Vestnys, iron worker Skip Lambert, son of Slim Lambert Richard Dillon, author Stephen Cassady, author Miles Neff, narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Annie Oakley | American Experience

Thu, 4 May 2006 21:00:00 EST

Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting, a sport that was traditionally a male domain. Her life spanned years of tremendous change for American women. Program interviewees explore Annie Oakley's attitude toward women's issues. http://www.pbs.org/amex/oakley Voices: Mary Zeiss Stange, professor of women's studies R.L. Wilson, firearms historian Virginia Scharff, historian Shirl Kasper, biographer Elliott West, historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Remember the Alamo | American Experience

Mon, 1 May 2006 16:00:00 EST

In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration, were prepared to fight hard to keep the province under their control. Caught in the middle were the area's 4,000 Mexican Texans or Tejanos. With war on the horizon, the Tejanos had to pick a side. http://www.pbs.org/amex/alamo Voices: Andres Tijerina, historian Jesus F. De La Teja, historian Gregg Cantrell, historian James E. Crisp, historian Harry Watson, historian Anastacio Bueno, historian Miles Neff, narration Produced by: Vanessa Ezersky Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Alaska Pipeline | American Experience

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:00:00 EST

In the late 1960s, Native Alaskans sought a land claims settlement from Congress before work began on the Alaska Pipeline. William Hensley, a key player in the land claims movement, describes what the pipeline meant to Native Alaskans and the legacy of the 1971 Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act. http://www.pbs.org/amex/pipeline Voices: William Hensley, co-founder, Alaska Federation of Natives Howard Weaver, journalist Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Ravi Jain Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Great San Francisco Earthquake | American Experience

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 4:40:00 EST

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 remains a point of reference for earthquake science and building safety even today. Chris Poland, chair of a conference of earthquake professionals marking the 100th anniversary of the quake, responds to the film "The Great San Francisco Earthquake" and describes what could happen if a similar quake were to occur near San Francisco today. http://www.pbs.org/amex/earthquake Voices: Dorthea Klahn, earthquake eyewitness Sam Faix, earthquake eyewitness Cora Luchetti, earthquake eyewitness Alice Sue Fun, earthquake eyewitness F. Murray Abraham, narration William Randolph Hearst (archival) Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Boy in the Bubble | American Experience

Thu, 6 Apr 2006 19:00:00 EST

When Carol Anne and David Vetter lost their son David Joseph to Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, in 1970, the field of immunology was in its infancy, and not much was known about the devastating disease. But it created a dilemma for couples like the Vetters: in trying to create a family, would they be running a genetic risk? http://www.pbs.org/amex/bubble Voices: Carol Anne Vetter Demeret, David's mother Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Eugene O'Neill | American Experience

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:00:00 EST

For his documentary on playwright Eugene O'Neill, filmmaker Ric Burns found A-list stage and screen talent to bring O'Neill's characters to life. Reknowned actor Christopher Plummer performs a monologue as the character James Tyrone from "A Long Day's Journey Into Night." http://www.pbs.org/amex/oneill Voices: Christopher Plummer, actor Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Murder of the Century | American Experience

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 18:00:00 EST

The 1906 murder of New York architect Stanford White by Harry Thaw, heir to a Pittsburgh railroad fortune, was a story that had everything: money, power, class, love, rage, and revenge. In the middle of the love triangle was an object of endless public fascination: the beautiful showgirl Evelyn Nesbit. For author Brendan Gill, the story shed light on the particular decadence of New York's gilded age. http://www.pbs.org/amex/century Voices: Brendan Gill, author Benjamen Walker, podcast narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


A preview of American Experience's spring programs on PBS | American Experience

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 14:00:00 EST

Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses two films coming to the series on PBS this spring: Ric Burns' Eugene O'Neill, and The Boy in the Bubble from Barak Goodman. http://www.pbs.org/amex/oneill http://www.pbs.org/amex/bubble Voices: Robert Sean Leonard, performing the role of Edmund from "Long Day's Journey Into Night" Al Pacino, performing the role of Hickey from "The Iceman Cometh" Patricia M. Bealmear, Ph.D. Raphael Wilson, Ph.D. Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Hijacked | American Experience

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 14:00:00 EST

Wanting to attract attention to the Palestinian cause and secure the release of several of their comrades, members of a militant Palestinian group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, hijacked five commercial airplanes in September 1970, then spectacularly blew four of them up. http://www.pbs.org/amex/hijacked Voices: Rudi Swinkels, purser Rivke Berkowitz, passenger Walter Cronkite, journalist (archival) Marvin Kalb, journalist Talcott Seelye, State Department John Sheehan, CBC reporter (archival) Unidentified reporter (archival) Unidentified terrorist (archival) Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Reconstruction: The Second Civil War: Plantations in Ruins | American Experience

Fri, 17 Feb 2006 18:00:00 EST

Some Americans saw Reconstruction as a chance to build a new nation out of the ashes of war and slavery. Others vowed to wage a new war to protect their way of life, and a racial order they believed ordained by God. Bitter enemies, North and South, had to be reconciled. And four million former slaves had to be brought into the life of a nation that had ignored them for centuries. In some ways, it was harder than winning the war. Kate Stone of Louisiana and Fan Butler of Georgia were born into privilege, but returned after the war to find their family plantations in ruins. Watch the full program online! http://www.pbs.org/amex/reconstruction Voices: Karen MacDonald, voice of Kate Stone and Fan Butler Drew Gilpin Faust, historian Edward L. Ayers, historian Nell Irvin Painter, historian Dana D. Nelson, historian David W. Blight, historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual and The Scotts Company. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


Reconstruction: The Second Civil War: Civil Rights | American Experience

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 17:00:00 EST

Some Americans saw Reconstruction as a chance to build a new nation out of the ashes of war and slavery. Others vowed to wage a new war to protect their way of life, and a racial order they believed ordained by God. Bitter enemies, North and South, had to be reconciled. And four million former slaves had to be brought into the life of a nation that had ignored them for centuries. In some ways, it was harder than winning the war. John Roy Lynch, a former slave from Mississippi, was elected to Congress, where he challenged whites' deepest beliefs about race and class. Watch the full program online! http://www.pbs.org/amex/reconstruction Voices: W. Kemp Harris, voice of John Roy Lynch Eric Foner, historian Nell Irvin Painter, historian Edward L. Ayers, historian David W. Blight, historian Clarence E. Walker, historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels.


Jesse James | American Experience

Thu, 02 Feb 2006 17:00:00 EST

The story of Jesse James remains one of America's most cherished myths... and one of its most wrong-headed. Less heroic than brutal, James was a product of the American Civil War. A Confederate partisan of expansive ambition, unbending politics and surprising cunning, he helped invent his own legend. http://www.pbs.org/amex/james Voices: Deb Goodrich, publisher, Kansas Journal of Military History Phil Stewart, local historian Tom Goodrich, author T.J. Stiles, author Fred Chiaventone, author Michael Gooch, local historian Miles Neff, podcast narration Produced by: Glenn Fukushima Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Nuremberg Trials | American Experience

Wed, 25 Jan 2006 17:00:00 EST

At the end of World War II, the Allied victors tried Nazi war criminals for crimes against humanity, setting historic precedents for international law. Professor Martha Minow of Harvard Law School describes the successful prosecution led by U.S. chief prosecutor Robert Jackson and talks about the legacy of Nuremberg today. http://www.pbs.org/amex/nuremberg Voices: Robert Jackson, chief prosecutor at Nuremberg and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Martha Minow, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard University Benjamen Walker, podcast narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels


John and Abigail Adams | American Experience

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 13:00:00 EST

The letters of John and Abigail Adams provide us with an intimate account of the early days of the Republic. From the Continental Congresses, the American Revolution and on through John Adams' defeat to Thomas Jefferson in the contentious election of 1800 -- the letters of John and Abigail Adams are more than just history. They tell the story of a great American political and romantic partnership. http://www.pbs.org/amex/adams Voices: David McCullough, historian Joseph Ellis, historian Simon Russell Beale, voice of John Adams Linda Emond, voice of Abigail Adams Benjamen Walker, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Eleanor Roosevelt | American Experience

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 12:00:00 EST

In July 1940 Eleanor Roosevelt addresses the Democratic convention about the controversy surrounding her husband's choice of vice president for his fourth term. She successfully quells dissent and unites the party, displaying the character that has made her one of the world's most admired women. http://www.pbs.org/amex/eleanor Voices: Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady Trude Lash, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt Mary Bain, National Youth Administration Alfre Woodard, narration Benjamen Walker, podcast narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Reagan: Summit at Reykjavik | American Experience

Wed, 28 Dec 2005 16:00:00 EST

In October 1986 Reagan met Gorbachev for a summit at Reykjavik, Iceland. Reagan and Gorbachev were unwilling to come to terms on Reagan's proposed "Star Wars" space based weapons program, but the summit was still a historical breakthrough. http://www.pbs.org/amex/reagan Voices: Lyn Nofziger, press secratary George Shultz, secretary of state Richard Perle, assistant secretary of defense Don Regan, chief of staff Sergei Tarasenko, soviet foreign ministry Lou Cannon, journalist Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Reagan: From Acting to Politics | American Experience

Thu, 22 Dec 2005 17:00:00 EST

In 1966 when Ronald Reagan ran for governor of California, his opponent derided his lack of experience and Hollywood background, but Reagan proved he was not a man to be underestimated and his over whelming victory was only the beginning. Voices: Lyn Nofziger, press secratary Lou Cannon, journalist Stu Spencer, political advisor Ronald Reagan, president Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Behind the Scenes: Presidential Biographies | American Experience

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:30:00 EST

Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses the making of the latest installment in the Presidents series, "John and Abigail Adams," with filmmaker Elizabeth Deane, and brings "LBJ" filmmaker David Grubin into a behind the scenes discussion about how they approach biographies of presidents. http://www.pbs.org/amex/adams http://www.pbs.org/amex/presidents Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Patriots Day | American Experience

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 18:30:00 EST

On April 19, 1775, the opening shots of the American Revolution were fired at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Each spring, the historic event is reenacted on the Green in Lexington, Massachusetts. http://www.pbs.org/amex/patriotsday Andrew Russell, narration Director of New Media: Maria Daniels


The Fight: Behind the Scenes: Authors and Filmmakers | American Experience

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:30:00 EST

When authors and documentary filmmakers work together, is it collaboration or contention? David Margolick is the author of the book "Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink." Barak Goodman's film "The Fight" covers the same story, about the historic boxing matches between African American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling on the eve of World War II. In this podcast, the two discuss the process of working together. http://www.pbs.org/amex/fight Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Tupperware! | American Experience

Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:30:00 EST

In the post-World War II era, Earl Tupper and Brownie Wise made Tupperware into one of the most successful consumer products of the century. The two giant personalities were both fond of distilling their wisdom into tiny aphorisms, or Tupperisms. Listen in on some Fifties-style positive thinking. http://www.pbs.org/amex/tupperware Will LeBow, voice of Earl Tupper Karen MacDonald, voice of Brownie Wise Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Influenza 1918 | American Experience

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 14:30:00 EST

Experts explain what happened during the disastrous influenza outbreak of 1918 -- casket shortages, bodies left in gutters or disposed of by truck -- and a public health official compares it to the threat of an avian flu outbreak today. http://www.pbs.org/amex/influenza Voices: Carla Morrissey, relative of an influenza nurse Dr. Anita Barry, Boston public health authority Dr. Alfred Crosby, author Dr. Shirley Fannin, epidemiologist William Sardo, eyewitness Daniel Tonkel, eyewitness Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Behind the Scenes: City Biographies | American Experience

Tue, 15 Nov 2005 17:00:00 EST

The day after "Las Vegas: An Unconventional History's" PBS premiere, Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses the making of the program with filmmaker Stephen Ives, and brings "Chicago: City of the Century" filmmaker Austin Hoyt into a behind-the-scenes discussion about how they approach city biographies. http://www.pbs.org/amex/lasvegas http://www.pbs.org/amex/chicago Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Las Vegas: An Unconventional History: The Color Line | American Experience

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:00:00 EST

In the 1960s, Las Vegas was a segregated city. Jim Crow laws made it impossible for African American audiences to attend the concerts of star African American performers like Sammy Davis, Jr. Civil rights activists successfully challenged the establishment -- and the color line turned green: the color of money. This podcast is an excerpt from a radio version of the Las Vegas documentary produced in conjunction with American Radio Works. This podcast is excerpted from a radio version of American Experience's documentary, "Las Vegas: An Unconventional History." The radio version was produced in conjunction with American Radio Works. Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Las Vegas: An Unconventional History: Atomic City, U.S.A. | American Experience

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:00:00 EST

Las Vegas has been called many things, including "Atomic City, USA." In the 1950s the American public witnessed above-ground nuclear bomb blasts just 65 miles from Las Vegas during the Cold War. Learn how Vegas turned atomic testing into a tourist attraction, and how the government downplayed the possible dangers of the tests. This podcast is excerpted from a radio version of American Experience's documentary, "Las Vegas: An Unconventional History." The radio version was produced in conjunction with American Radio Works. Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Victory in the Pacific | American Experience

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 18:30:00 EST

In early 1945 Japan will not surrender, even though it has all but lost the war. Under the leadership of General Curtis LeMay, the 21st Bomber Command, a fleet of B-29s, firebombs Tokyo, a deadly prelude to the bombs that will soon fall on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Voices: Toshi Hasegawa, historian Conrad Crane, historian Harry George, B-29 Co-pilot Donald Miller, historian Richard Frank, historian Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Race To The Moon | American Experience

Thu, 27 Oct 2005 17:00:00 EST

The crew of Apollo 8 attempted the most daring, dangerous mission in the history of exploration: a journey from the earth to the moon. If they succeeded, they would realize a dream that had captured people's imaginations since time began. If they failed, the United States would be forced to cede technological dominance to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Voices: Andrew Chaikin, writer Bill Anders, astronaut Frank Borman, astronaut Jim Lovell, astronaut Walter Cronkite, journalist Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Kinsey | American Experience

Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:00:00 EST

The man behind the inflammatory, best-selling Kinsey Reports was an unlikely "revolutionary." Alfred Kinsey's exhaustive interview techniques and controversial research into human sexual behavior were a watershed in 20th-century America. They up-ended established ideas about American sexual practices, and served as an implicit plea for greater tolerance. Voices: Julia Ericksen, sociologist John Bancroft, sex researcher Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, biographer Paul Gebhard, sex researcher John Tebbel, biographer Edward Laumann, sociologist John Gagnon, sex researcher Tony Roach, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Viewer response to Two Days in October | American Experience

Wed, 19 Oct 2005 13:00:00 EST

The day after Two Days in October's PBS premiere on American Experience, Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses viewer responses to the program with the filmmaker Robert Kenner. Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Two Days in October: Vietnam | American Experience

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 20:00:00 EST

On October 17th, 1967, the Black Lions were ambushed in Vietnam. Of the 142 Americans who marched into battle, 64 were killed. Everyone else was wounded. For company commander Clark Welch, this day changed everything. Tony Roach, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Two Days in October: America | American Experience

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 16:00:00 EST

On October 18, 1967, a group of students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison staged a peaceful protest over the administration's decision to allow Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, to recruit on campus. For first-year student Jane Brotman, this day would change everything. Tony Roach, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


A preview of American Experience's fall TV season on PBS | American Experience

Wed, 05 Oct 2005 14:00:00 EST

Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience, discusses three films from the upcoming fall television season: Two Days in October, Race to the Moon, and Las Vegas. Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


The Carter Family: Will The Circle Be Unbroken | American Experience

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:00:00 EST

The music of the Carter Family captured the joys and tragedies of everyday life: loves won and lost, dreams attained and shattered, separations and reunions. Their original sound, first heard 75 years ago in a makeshift recording studio in Bristol, Tennessee, continues to resonate throughout America. Voices: Gillian Welch, musician Bill Clifton, musician and A. P. Carter's friend Rita Forrester, granddaughter of A. P. and Sara Carter Mark Zwonitzer, author Barry Mazor, senior editor, No Depression Magazine Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst | American Experience

Wed, 21 Sep 2005 08:00:00 EST

In 1974, a militant, fringe political group kidnapped teenage newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley apartment. In the months that followed, Hearst, the Symbionese Liberation army (S.L.A.), and their constant, paramilitary audio messages dominated headlines globally. These recordings document Hearst's bizarre saga. Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.


Fatal Flood | American Experience

Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:00:00 EST

In spring 1927, after weeks of rain, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. Voices: John Barry, historian Mildred Commodore, resident John Tigrett, resident Maurice Sisson, resident David Cober, resident Pete Daniel, historian Andrew Russell, narration Produced by: Benjamen Walker Director of New Media: Maria Daniels American Experience is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for American Experience is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.