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American Experience

Season 28 2016
TV-PG

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  • 2016-01-20T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 8 hours, 58 mins (8 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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8 episodes

28x01 Bonnie & Clyde

  • Season Premiere

    2016-01-20T02:00:00Z — 51 mins

Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including nine law enforcement officers, as well as numerous robberies and kidnappings. Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie and Clyde.

28x02 The Mine Wars

  • 2016-01-27T02:00:00Z — 111 mins

Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

28x03 Murder of a President

  • 2016-02-03T02:00:00Z — 111 mins

The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, and his assassination by a deluded madman named Charles Guiteau. Follow Garfield's unprecedented rise to power, his shooting only four months into his presidency, and its bizarre and heartbreaking aftermath.

28x04 The Perfect Crime

  • 2016-02-10T02:00:00Z — 51 mins

The shocking story of Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it. Their trial, with famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe, set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

28x05 Space Men

  • 2016-03-02T02:00:00Z — 51 mins

In the 1950s and early '60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA's acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm.

28x06 The Boys of '36

  • 2016-08-03T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

A group of working-class boys from the University of Washington, in the United States, surprise a nation when they capture the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

28x07 Tesla

  • 2016-10-19T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

A profile of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the genius engineer who developed a way to distribute electricity over vast distances; and who envisioned a world linked by wireless technology.

28x08 The Battle of Chosin

  • 2016-11-02T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants. A harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.

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