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American Experience Season 30 Episodes

9 Episodes 2018 - 2018

Episode 1

Episode 1

Tue, Jan 9, 2018 120 mins

The story of Theodore Roosevelt's 1913-14 expedition into the Amazon rainforest to chart an unknown river with Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon. What was anticipated to be a relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character, claiming the lives of three men and almost killing the former president.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Tue, Jan 16, 2018 60 mins

A profile of Wall Street tycoon Alfred Lee Loomis (1887-1975), who led a double life as a scientist. His secret lab in upstate New York helped develop the radar technology that would alter the course of history in World War II.

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Episode 3

The Gilded Age

Tue, Feb 6, 2018 120 mins

The titans and barons of the glittering late-19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them, are remembered. The vast disparities between the rich and poor sparked debates still raging today.

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Episode 4

The Bombing of Wall Street

Tue, Feb 13, 2018 60 mins

The story behind the mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation's financial center, which left 38 dead—a crime that launched the career of J. Edgar Hoover yet remains unsolved today.

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Episode 5

Episode 5

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 60 mins

The truth behind the scandalous 1930s rape and murder case involving a Navy wife, her society mother, Clarence Darrow and five nonwhite Hawaiians that shook the island paradise and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

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Episode 6

The Chinese Exclusion Act

Tue, May 29, 2018 120 mins

The origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years.

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Episode 7

The Circus

Mon, Oct 8, 2018 120 mins

Part 1 of 2. The colorful history of this popular and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time.

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Episode 8

The Circus

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 120 mins

Conclusion. The colorful history of this popular and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time.

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Episode 9

The Eugenics Crusade

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 120 mins

The story of the unlikely and largely unknown campaign to breed a "better" American race.

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