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American Experience

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Tuesday, October 2 2012

'Death and the Civil War' Is an Excellent Account of How America Learned to Handle Death

A vivid adaptation of Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book This Republic of Suffering, this nearly two-hour documentary is among the best of its kind.


Monday, March 9 2009

American Experience: The Polio Crusade

An insidious virus, a race for a vaccine, human experimentation -- the subgenre this documentary brings to mind is the increasingly popular bio-thriller.


Thursday, March 5 2009

American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer’s inability to influence people would come to haunt him, and shape the nuclear policy of the world in ways that still reverberate through today’s headlines.


Sunday, February 8 2009

American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln tracks the converging paths of the president and his killer, then tracks and draws connections between their last journeys, in the forms of Lincoln's funeral train route and Booth's desperate efforts to escape.


Sunday, April 20 2008

American Experience: Roberto Clemente

Clemente was a brilliant ballplayer, but also conflicted and complicated, as demonstrated in Bernardo Ruiz's documentary, Roberto Clemente.


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