American Experience 1988 | TV Show

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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 13, Episode 16 Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

First Aired: August 5, 2001

Recalling the stainless steel trains that crisscrossed the country in high style (and at speeds of greater than 100 mph) during the 1930s and '40s. The streamliners---most notably the Union Pacific's “Little Zip” and the Burlington Railroad's Zephyr---increased railroad ridership (and profits) dramatically, led to a sleek-is-chic design revolution and even offered a measure of psychological uplift during the Depression. But then came World War II, suburbs, jets and Interstates, which signaled the end of the line for the streamliners. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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