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American Experience Season 28 Episodes

8 Episodes 2015 - 2016

Episode 1

Episode 1

Tue, Nov 17, 2015 60 mins

The story of William Morgan (1928-61), who joined the effort to topple Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1957; and rose to the rank of "comandante" while fighting with the Second National Front, a guerrilla group in the Escambray Mountains. After the defeat of Batista, he believed Fidel Castro would return Cuba to democracy; and, as a result, helped fend off a 1959 coup. His trust was misplaced, however; and within two years he was executed for fomenting opposition to the Cuban leader.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Tue, Nov 24, 2015 120 mins

The story of the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth Colony in what's now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, is told via insights from historians and dramatic re-creations.

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Episode 3

Bonnie & Clyde

Tue, Jan 19, 2016 60 mins

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Episode 4

The Mine Wars

Tue, Jan 26, 2016 120 mins

The fight to unionise coal miners in West Virginia during the early 20th century is recalled in this documentary, which features insights from historians as well as archival footage, including of the aftermath of the Battle of Blair Mountain (the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War).

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Episode 5

Episode 5

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 120 mins

A profile of the 20th U.S. president, James A. Garfield (1831-81). He's considered one of the most accomplished men to become president and, though in office only a short time, he accomplished quite a bit. He's mostly remembered for his death, however. On July 2nd, 1881, four months after taking office, he was shot twice by a madman. If the wounds themselves didn't kill him, the care he received—including archaic and unsanitary measures—certainly did. He died 79 days later.

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Episode 6

Episode 6

Tue, Feb 9, 2016 60 mins

The Leopold and Loeb case is recalled. In 1924, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb murdered a 14-year-old boy in an attempt to prove that they could get away with it. They didn't; and the trial that followed set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

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Episode 7

Space Men: American Experience

Tue, Mar 1, 2016 60 mins

America's early space missions are recalled, including Project Manhigh, which saw USAF Major David Simons float 101,000 feet above Earth in a balloon gondola in 1957; and Project Excelsior, in which Captain Joseph Kittinger parachuted from various heights. In 1960, Kittinger survived the longest free fall and longest parachute jump in history when he jumped from 102,800 feet above Earth.

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Episode 8

Episode 8

Tue, Aug 2, 2016 60 mins

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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