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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 22, Episode 8 Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

First Aired: May 10, 2010

A history of American whaling. The documentary recalls an 1820 incident in which the whaleship Essex sank after being rammed by a sperm whale that was as large as the ship itself. Also detailed is the 1840s expedition of the Acushnet, whose crew included Herman Melville. He was inspired to write "Moby Dick" after meeting the son of an Essex survivor. Included: remarks from historians, Nathaniel Philbrick ("In the Heart of the Sea") and New Bedford (Mass.) Whaling Museum curator Stuart Frank.

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