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American Experience

Season 17 2004 - 2005
TV-PG

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  • 2004-10-05T01:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 11 hours, 55 mins (13 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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13 episodes

17x01 RFK (1): The Garish Sun

  • Season Premiere

    2004-10-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Robert Kennedy's career in public service, his work in his brother's administration, and his presidential aspirations at the time of his assassination.

17x02 The Fight

  • 2005-01-25T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The 1938 fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and the political and social ideologies the world thought were represented by the boxers.

17x03 Fidel Castro

  • 2005-02-01T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The rise of communist rule in Cuba and Castro's long era of leadership.

17x04 Building the Alaska Highway

  • 2005-02-08T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Worries over a possible Japanese invasion of Alaska prompt the construction of a road to connect the territory to the 48 states.

17x05 Kinsey

  • 2005-02-15T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The startling and controversial findings of a biologist who sought to understand the range of human sexual relations.

17x06 Mary Pickford

  • 2005-04-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The life and career of one of the first "superstars" of the American screen.

17x07 The Great Transatlantic Cable

  • 2005-04-12T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

America lays a telegraph cable across the Atlantic and enables almost-instant communication with Europe for the first time in history.

17x08 The Massie Affair

  • 2005-07-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Racial anger erupts in Hawaii after five non-White men are wrongly accused of raping a Navy wife in the early 1930s.

17x09 Victory in the Pacific

  • 2005-05-10T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

How the end of World War II in the Pacific Theater affected Americans and Japanese.

The genesis of one of America's most influential performing families and the struggles to keep the group together in the face of personal problems.

The kidnapping of the heiress and her later sympathies to the cause of her captors.

17x12 The Massie Affair

  • 2005-07-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Racial anger erupts in Hawaii after five non-White men are wrongly accused of raping a Navy wife in the early 1930s.

17x13 The Massie Affair

  • 2005-07-05T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Racial anger erupts in Hawaii after five non-White men are wrongly accused of raping a Navy wife in the early 1930s.

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