American Experience

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VIDEO: The American Experience: The Massachus

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The American Experience: The Massachus
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VIDEO: The American Experience: Alexander Ham

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One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal, and tragedy. He had one of the most notorious love affairs of any public figure in American history, and met his death in a startling act of political violence-the famous duel with Aaron Burr. But his contributions as a statesman survive. As first Secretary of the Treasury during the tumultuous early years of the republic, Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into a commercial and industrial powerhouse. He was the one founder who had a vision, not of what America was, but of what it could become. This two-hour AMERICAN EXPERIENCE tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy-including the banking system, Wall Street, and an "opportunity society" in which talent and hard work, not birth, determined success. watch

VIDEO: The American Experience: Into The Deep

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The American Experience: Into The Deep
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For nearly 400 years, few aspects of the American experience have struck more deeply into the imagination of the American people-or resonated more profoundly with the deepest American hopes, fears, and dreams-than the savagely primal, unfathomably limit-testing experience of whaling. From the dawn of the 17th century-when the first sea-weary pilgrims looked on in wonder as teeming pods of whales breached the waters off Cape Cod-to the eve of the Civil War-when more than 700 of the 900 ships in the world wide whaling fleet hailed from American ports, and American whalemen dominated the globe-the epic story of the commercial pursuit of the largest creature on earth would be intimately bound up with the story of America, in strange and telling ways: as a dark and shining parable of American capitalism on the rise; as a riveting case study in maritime culture at its most extreme; and as an allegory for the American, and the human experience-long before a restless sometime-whaleman and would-be writer named Herman Melville ever went to sea. At one a fantastic sea-adventure, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature, this thrilling, epic film tells the amazing story of three centuries of American whaling, interweaving along the way the riveting tale of the doomed whaleship Essex, which set sail from Nantucket in the summer of 1819, and the deeply moving story of a young Herman Melville-whose own real life and imaginative voyage into the deep would give rise to one of the greatest works of literature ever created by an American. watch

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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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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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