American Experience - Season 15

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Monday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Oct 04, 1988 In Season

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  • Jimmy Carter
    Jimmy Carter
    Episode 10.06.08
    11/11/02
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    Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role religion played in his career. Carter ran for president as an outsider. He rode into power on the post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But his inexperience resulted in an ineffectual and fractured administration. Inflation, recession, and a humbling hostage crisis blew his presidency dramatically off course. The crowning achievement of his one term in office, the Camp David Accords, which established a framework for peace in the Middle East, was the inspiration for his life after the White House. In the years since, Carter has recast himself as a giant of moral leadership. He has struggled to bring peace to war-torn countries; fought for the eradication of life-threatening diseases; and dedicated himself to housing America's poorest citizens. The film features interviews with many close to the Carter administration, including his wife Rosalynn, son Chip, Press Secretary Jody Powell and Vice President Walter Mondale.moreless
  • Murder at Harvard
    Murder at Harvard
    Episode 13
    7/14/03
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    A modern re-creation of the possible events behind the sensational murder of Dr. George Parkman in 1849 Boston.
  • Bataan Rescue
    Bataan Rescue
    Episode 12
    7/7/03
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    The daring rescue by US Army Rangers of American POWs captured on Bataan as World War II came to a close.
  • Seabiscuit
    Episode 11
    4/14/03
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    The story of the under-sized race horse that outperformed all expectations.
  • Daughter from Danang
    4/7/03
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    The story of the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American naval officer as she grows up in the United States.
  • The Pill
    The Pill
    Episode 9
    2/17/03
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    The discoveries that led to the birth control pill and its subsequent impact on the lives of American women.
  • Partners of the Heart
    2/10/03
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    A tale of the partnership between a white doctor and a young African-American in pioneering cardiac surgical procedures during the World War II era.
  • The Murder of Emmett Till
    1/20/03
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    An examination of race relations in 1950s Mississippi and the brutal murder of a visiting boy from Chicago who was unfamiliar with the "rules" of segregation.
  • Transcontinental Railroad
    1/27/03
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    The combination of ambition, money, and power that led to the completion of the famous railway that spanned America's west.
  • Chicago: City of the Century (Part III)
    A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
  • Chicago: City of the Century (Part II)
    A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
  • Chicago: City of the Century (Part I)
    A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
  • Jimmy Carter (Part II)
    11/12/02
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    The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.
  • Jimmy Carter (Part I)
    11/11/02
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    The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.
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