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American Experience Season 9 Episodes

9 Episodes 1996 - 1997

Episode 1

TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Sun, Oct 6, 1996 120 mins

A look at the life of Theodore Roosevelt begins by recalling how he dealt with his first wife's death; his efforts to overcome the limitations of severe asthma. Also: TR's leadership of the "Rough Riders" during the Spanish-American War; and, in 1901, his rise to the Presidency (at age 42, he was the youngest in U.S. history). Jason Robards narrates.

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Episode 2

TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Mon, Oct 7, 1996 120 mins

The conclusion of "TR" recalls the "frenzied quality" with which Roosevelt led the country during his second term in office; and his unsuccessful 1912 run for the Presidency under the Progressive party. Jason Robards narrates.

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Episode 3

The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie

Mon, Jan 20, 1997 120 mins

Profiling steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Examined: his childhood poverty; his fateful partnership with industrialist Henry Clay Frick; his role in the tragic 1892 Homestead labor dispute. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers.

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Episode 4

Hawaii's Last Queen

Mon, Jan 27, 1997 60 mins

Chronicling the life of Hawaii's last queen, Liliuokalani (1838-1917), whose reign ended after American settlers rallied against her attempts to restore the monarchy. Considered: the influence of her American education; her overthrow in 1893. Narrator: Anna Deavere Smith.

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Episode 5

The Telephone

Mon, Feb 3, 1997 60 mins

Studying Alexander Graham Bell's 1876 invention of the telephone. Included: the relationship between Bell and assistant Thomas Watson; Bell's legal battles to retain rights to his patent. Narrated by Morley Safer.

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Episode 6

Big Dream, Small Screen

Mon, Feb 10, 1997 60 mins

Profiling television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth. Included: Farnsworth's early work in Los Angeles with wife Pem; his legal battles with the RCA corporation; and the impact of his work on his personal life. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

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Episode 7

New York Underground

Mon, Feb 17, 1997 60 mins

Tracking the history of New York City's transit system. Archival footage chronicles the mismanagement that kept 19th-century New York from having an efficient mass-transit system; the influx of immigrants and businesses.

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Episode 8

Around the World in 72 Days

Mon, Apr 28, 1997 60 mins

Chronicling the career of Victorian-era journalist Nellie Bly. Included: her undercover assignments for the New York World; and her 1889-90 feat of circling the globe in 72 days, less time than it took Jules Verne's literary character Phileas Fogg. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers.

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Episode 9

Gold Fever

Mon, May 12, 1997 60 mins

Chronicling the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, during which, spurred by harsh economic conditions, fortune seekers traveled to Canada's Yukon territory, only to encounter con artists and frigid weather conditions, as well as an avalanche and typhoid. Narrated by Harris Yulin.

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