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American Experience

Season 11 1998 - 1999
TV-PG

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  • 1998-11-19T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 12 hours, 46 mins (14 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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14 episodes

11x01 America 1900

  • Season Premiere

    1998-11-19T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

America in 1900 is explored. Examined are "emblematic events of the year," says producer David Grubin, including the mine disaster in Scofield, Utah; the rebellion in the Philippines against occupying American troops; and the murders of American missionaries in China during the Boxer Rebellion. David McCullough narrates.

11x02 Race for the Super Bomb

  • 1999-01-12T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The United States and the Soviet Union work on weapons even more powerful than the earlier atomic bomb during the height of the Cold War.

11x03 Hoover Dam

  • 1999-01-19T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The story behind building one of the greatest Depression-era projects, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

11x04 Alone on the Ice

  • 1999-02-09T02:00:00Z — 51 mins

An account of Robert Byrd's adventures at the poles and his trials in Antarctica.

11x05 Rescue at Sea

  • 1999-02-16T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The collision of two large ocean-going vessels in 1909 puts the new wireless telegraph to the test.

11x06 Meltdown at Three Mile Island

  • 1999-02-23T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

An account of the causes of the partial core meltdown at the Pennsylvania nuclear power plant in 1979 and the reactions of staff and the public.

11x07 Lost in the Grand Canyon

  • 1999-04-06T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell undertakes a dangerous water trip down the Colorado River with a crew of adventure-seekers.

11x08 MacArthur (1): Destiny

  • 1999-05-18T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Part 1 of a two-part biography of Douglas MacArthur takes "America's first soldier" from his brilliant WWI service into WWII, when his knack for alienating superiors hindered his "return" to the Philippines.

The conclusion of MacArthur focuses on his "return" to the Philippines in 1944, his years as Supreme Allied Commander in Japan after the war and his controversial command in Korea.

11x10 MacArthur (1): Destiny

  • 1999-05-18T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Part 1 of a two-part biography of Douglas MacArthur takes "America's first soldier" from his brilliant WWI service into WWII, when his knack for alienating superiors hindered his "return" to the Philippines.

11x11 Riding the Rails

  • 1999-04-13T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The subculture of young hobos that sprang up during the Great Depression.

11x12 Fly Girls

  • 1999-05-11T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The lives of the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) and their flying exploits within the US during World War II.

11x13 MacArthur (1): Destiny

  • 1999-05-18T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Part 1 of a two-part biography of Douglas MacArthur takes "America's first soldier" from his brilliant WWI service into WWII, when his knack for alienating superiors hindered his "return" to the Philippines.

The conclusion of MacArthur focuses on his "return" to the Philippines in 1944, his years as Supreme Allied Commander in Japan after the war and his controversial command in Korea.

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