American Experience

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VIDEO: The American Experience: The Poisoner'

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The American Experience: The Poisoner'
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Posted: 9/30/2014

In the early 20th century*the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. There was radioactive radium in health tonics*thallium in depilatory creams*and morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased*the scientific knowledge (and the political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged behind. All this changed in 1918*when New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner Charles Norris. Over the course of a decade and a half*Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist*Alexander Gettler*would turn forensic chemistry into a formidable science*sending many a murderer to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt. watch

VIDEO: The American Experience: The Amish: Sh

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Length: 01:59
Posted: 9/30/2014

Filmed over the course of twelve months*The Amish: Shunned follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States. Estranged from family*the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience*the strong ties that bind their communities together*and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away. watch

VIDEO: The American Experience: The Massachus

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The American Experience: The Massachus
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Length: 01:14
Posted: 9/29/2014

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Tuesday TV: Not Just the Olympics

I'm beginning to hear in my mailbag from those whose reaction to slaloms, snowboarding and skating isn't so much "Oh my!" as "Oh no!" (And we're not talking Apolo.) Personally, I love dipping in and out of the Winter Games, and NBC is giving us plenty of opportunity — not just in the network's prime-time package, but with live online streaming and selected live events (in decidedly not prime-time hours) on cable outlets including NBCSN.

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Video: PBS's American Experience Looks at 1964: The Beatles, Cassius Clay, LBJ and More

Their timing was as perfect as their music. The Beatles' first trip to America in February 1964, just a few weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, brought a devastated nation some desperately needed joy and excitement — and that's just one of the many seismic events in the new American Experience documentary 1964, premiering Tuesday on PBS (8/7c, check local listings).

What a year. President Lyndon Johnson spearheaded the landmark Civil Rights Act and launched a war on poverty, students at U.C. Berkeley were rising up in revolt, millions flocked to the futuristic New York World's Fair, Betty Friedan was triggering a feminist firestorm with The Feminine Mystique and Bob Dylan told us — as if we needed further proof — that The Times They Are a-Changin'.

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Peter Bogdanovich on the Night Orson Welles Punk'd America

Were we really that naive? The PBS American Experience documentary War of the Worlds (Tuesday, Oct. 29) commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio play The War of the Worlds, a tale of a deadly Martian attack on the U.S. that panicked many thousands ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

The Bachelor
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Madison and her fangs might be gone, but Michelle, who keeps threatening to use her fists on any of the 13 other remaining bachelorettes who get in her way, is still very much alive. So keep your dukes up, ladies. But now Michelle has a problem she can't blame on her competitors: She must rappel down the side of a skyscraper, and she's afraid of heights. And Chantal, who's afraid of water, gets to go skin diving. Dates? Or torture? (And don't forget Emily and planes last week.) The group date is an appearance on Loveline with Mike & Dr. Drew, and when the dust settles 11 gals remain. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of College Basketball, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, RuPaul's Drag Race and American Experience. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

The Bachelor
8/7c ABC
In the annals of Bachelor history, no villain has been more hissable than Brad Womack (Booooooooooo!!!), the Austin saloonkeeper who spurned both Jenni and DeAnna in 2007. Brad says that has paid dearly for his sins ("I hit rock bottom"), and that therapy has made him more kissable. He hopes. We'll see, beginning tonight, when he meets the 30 gals he'll be sifting through over the next two months. A dentist, an undertaker and a "manscaper" are among them. But first there's an encounter with Jenni and DeAnna. Then the first gal out of the limousine slaps him. Hard. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of the Orange Bowl, The Closer, American Experience, Greek, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle. read more

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Season 25, Episode 9
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Season 25, Episode 3
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Premiered: October 04, 1988, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: 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 Kane' when it was released, and the Battle of the Bulge. In addition, its Scottsboro Boys film won an Emmy, and seven entries (including the Scottsboro and Kane films) earned Oscar nominations.

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