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American Experience

Season 29 2017
TV-PG

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  • 2017-01-11T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 14 hours, 24 mins (12 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, History
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12 episodes

29x01 Command and Control

  • Season Premiere

    2017-01-11T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster.

29x02 Rachel Carson

  • 2017-01-25T02:00:00Z — 113 mins

She set out to save a species...us. An intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

29x03 The Race Underground

  • 2017-02-01T02:00:00Z — 91 mins

The dramatic story of the country's first subway in late-19th-century Boston, Massachusetts.

29x04 Oklahoma City

  • 2017-02-08T02:00:00Z — 113 mins

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right, parked a Ryder truck with a five-ton fertilizer bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed and 675 were injured in the blast. Oklahoma City traces the events — including the deadly encounters between American citizens and law enforcement at Ruby Ridge and Waco — that led McVeigh to commit the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

29x05 Ruby Ridge

  • 2017-02-15T02:00:00Z — 53 mins

A riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.

29x06 The Great War (1)

  • 2017-04-11T01:00:00Z — 113 mins

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

29x07 The Great War (2)

  • 2017-04-12T01:00:00Z — 53 mins

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

29x08 The Great War (3)

  • 2017-04-13T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

29x09 The Great War (2)

  • 2017-04-12T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

29x10 The Great War (3)

  • 2017-04-13T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world.

29x11 Summer of Love

  • 2017-07-26T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

In January 1967, San Francisco youth descended on Golden Gate Park for a Human Be-In. The media flocked to the event, offering a window into the world of Haight-Ashbury and inspiring even more young people to join. Summer of Love is a striking picture of the summer of 1967 — from the utopian beginnings, when peace and love prevailed, to the chaos and drug use that ultimately signaled the end.

29x12 Summer of Love

  • 2017-07-26T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

In January 1967, San Francisco youth descended on Golden Gate Park for a Human Be-In. The media flocked to the event, offering a window into the world of Haight-Ashbury and inspiring even more young people to join. Summer of Love is a striking picture of the summer of 1967 — from the utopian beginnings, when peace and love prevailed, to the chaos and drug use that ultimately signaled the end.

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