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American Experience

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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The Boys of '36: American ExperienceNew(Season 28, Episode 8) PBS

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The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • 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… (more)

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