American Experience - Season 20

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

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  • George H. W. Bush
    George H. W. Bush
    Episode 05.05.08
    5/5/08
    0.0
    The latest in American Experience's series of award-winning and critically-acclaimed presidential portraits, this two-part biography examines the life and career of the 41st president, from his service in World War II and his early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office, first as vice president to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush's personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.moreless
  • Eyes on the Prize - Power! / The Promised Land
    2/10/08
    0.0
    The first clip is of people singing. Footage follows of Martin Luther King arriving in Selma and speaking in a church. The next clip shows state troopers attacking marchers and tear gas in the air during the bloody assault at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • George H.W. Bush (Part II)
    5/6/08
    8.5
    A detailed chronicle of the Bush family and the life of the 41st President of the United States - from World War II to the Gulf War and beyond.
  • George H.W. Bush (Part I)
    5/5/08
    8.3
    A detailed chronicle of the Bush family and the life of the 41st President of the United States - from World War II to the Gulf War and beyond.
  • Roberto Clemente
    Roberto Clemente
    Episode 12
    4/21/08
    8.5
    An examination of the athletic career and cultural background of the acknowledged baseball star of the 60s and earliest 70s.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    Episode 11
    4/14/08
    8.1
    A chronicle of the poetry of Whitman through the lens of his personality and background - with a discussion of both the literary praise and criticism of his work.
  • Minik, the Lost Eskimo
    3/31/08
    6.8
    A documentary of a young Greenland Inuit who experiences New York City at the end of the 19th century.
  • Buffalo Bill
    Buffalo Bill
    Episode 9
    2/25/08
    7.8
    The varied career of William Cody - from western legend to even greater fame in representing the frontier culture and mystique through his "Wild West" shows.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts VII & VIII): The Keys to the Kingdom, Back to the Movement
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts VII & VIII): The Keys to the Kingdom, Back to the Movement
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • Kit Carson
    Kit Carson
    Episode 7
    2/18/08
    8.8
    The true story behind the mountain man whose unique abilities were critical to America's westward expansion.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts V & VI): Ain't Gonna' Shuffle No More, A Nation of Law?
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts V & VI): Ain't Gonna' Shuffle No More, A Nation of Law?
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts III & IV): Power!, The Promised Land
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • Grand Central
    Episode 4
    2/4/08
    7.0
    The story of the origins of New York's re-imagined Grand Central Station in the early 20th century, proclaimed in its time as the most majestic and advanced train terminal of all.
  • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts I & II): The Time Has Come, Two Societies
    Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
  • The Lobotomist
    Episode 2
    1/21/08
    8.9
    A look at the controversial work of Walter Freeman, a neurosurgeon who sought to alleviate severe mental disorder by permanently disabling the brain's frontal lobes.
  • Oswald's Ghost
    Oswald's Ghost
    Episode 1
    1/14/08
    7.0
    A re-examination of the JFK assassination and the subsequent investigations that led to a mistrust of the government's explanations of the act.