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American Experience Season 3 Episodes

13 Episodes 1990 - 1991

Episode 1

Lindbergh

Mon, Oct 1, 1990 60 mins

A 1990 profile of avaiator Charles Lindbergh (1902-74), whose transatlantic flight in 1927 made history. Included: interviews with family members, friends, historians. Narrated by Stacy Keach.

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Episode 2

Nixon

Mon, Oct 8, 1990 60 mins

Part 1 of 3. A profile of Richard Nixon, from his childhood to his resignation from the presidency. Included: comments from John D. Ehrlichman, John Dean, Charles Colson and Elliot Richardson; archival footage and stills.

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Episode 3

Nixon

Mon, Oct 15, 1990 60 mins

Part 2 of 3. A profile of Richard Nixon, from his childhood to his resignation from the presidency. Included: comments from John D. Ehrlichman, John Dean, Charles Colson and Elliot Richardson; archival footage and stills.

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Episode 4

Nixon

Mon, Oct 15, 1990 60 mins

Conclusion. A profile of Richard Nixon, from his childhood to his resignation from the presidency. Included: comments from John D. Ehrlichman, John Dean, Charles Colson and Elliot Richardson; archival footage and stills.

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Episode 5

The Crash of 1929

Mon, Nov 12, 1990 60 mins

An examination of the 1929 stock market crash reveals how "the stock market was controlled by a handful of men" and what precipitated the disaster. Included: the aftermath of the crash and its impact on bankers and speculators. Also: comments by John Kenneth Galbraith and Wall Street critics.

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Episode 6

The Iron Road

Mon, Nov 26, 1990 60 mins

Chronicling the construction of the transcontinental railroad that tied East to West immediately after the Civil War. Included: profiles of the founders, financiers and workers who built the rail.

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Episode 7

Satellite Sky

Mon, Dec 3, 1990 60 mins

Filmmaker Robert Stone's "The Satellite Sky" wryly recalls the dawn of the "space race" via archival footage and film clips. Included: the 1957 Sputnik 2 launch; the 1959 "Kitchen Debate" between Nixon and Khrushchev.

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Episode 8

Insanity on Trial

Mon, Dec 17, 1990 60 mins

Featured: a docudrama based on the 1881 case of Charles Guiteau (Ron Vawter), who killed President Garfield, claiming that God had instructed him to do it.

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Episode 9

After the Crash

Mon, Jan 7, 1991 60 mins

Recalling how unemployment led WWI vets to form the "Bonus Army" to collect Government "bonus" money in 1932. Included: archival clips; comments from participants and their relatives.

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Episode 10

Los Mineros

Mon, Jan 28, 1991 60 mins

The story of the labor struggle of Mexican-American copper miners working in Arizona in the first half of the 20th century. Included: harsh living and working conditions; early attempts to unionize; the effects of the Depression and WWII. Luis Valdez narrates.

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Episode 11

Coney Island

Mon, Feb 4, 1991 60 mins

A history of Brooklyn's Coney Island that blends archival footage and readings by Eli Wallach, George Plimpton, Frances Sternhagen and others. Narrated by Philip Bosco. Directed by Ric Burns.

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Episode 12

Journey to America

Mon, Apr 22, 1991 60 mins

A photo essay on the voyage to America taken between 1890 and 1920 by some 18 million Europeans. Written, directed and narrated by Charles Guggenheim.

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Episode 13

Orphans of the Storm

Mon, May 6, 1991 60 mins

Studying the evacuation of some 10,000 British children to the U.S. and Canada during World War II. Narrator: Sada Thompson.

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