American Experience, Vol. 1: Season 22 SelectionsClosed Captioning
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Television's most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoGrand Central||On January 8, 1902, a commuter train traveling through a tunnel in New York City's Grand Central Depot ran into another train, killing 17 people. An engineer's innovative response to the crisis gave birth to one of America's greatest establishments: Grand Central Terminal. By 1947, over 65 million people had traveled through the station. Today, it is one of New York's most famous spaces and a living monument to the nation's great railway age.||50:43||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Polio Crusade||This film interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists raced to eradicate this dreaded disease. The Polio Crusade features interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors, and the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine, Julius Youngner.||53:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer||J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life and legacy are inextricably linked to America’s most famous top-secret initiative - the Manhattan Project. But after World War II, this brilliant and intense scientist fell from the innermost circles of American science, and at the height of the Red Scare, the veil of suspicion fell over Oppenheimer. This biography presents a complex and revealing portrait of one of America’s most influential scientists.||1:50:41||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoWyatt Earp||He has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows by some of Hollywood's greatest actors, including Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and, more recently, Kevin Costner, but these popular fictions belie the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity on the American frontier. As a young man, Wyatt Earp was a caricature of the Western lawman, spending his days drinking in saloons, gambling, visiting brothels and gaining notoriety as the legendary gunman in the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Shortly after his death in 1929, distressed Americans down on their luck transformed Wyatt Earp into a folk hero: a central figure in the American narrative of how the West was won, a man who took control of his own destiny.||52:42||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Bombing of Germany||On September 1, 1939 -- the first day of World War II in Europe -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealed to the warring nations to "under no circumstances undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations." Just six years later, British and American Allied forces had carried out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany's cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians. From International Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning producer Zvi Dor-Ner (Israel's Next War, House of Saud) comes "The Bombing of Germany" a film that examines the defining moments of the offensive that led the U.S. across a moral divide. Weaving together interviews with WWII pilots and historians, and archival footage of the bombing and its aftermath, the film is a reminder of the dilemma imposed by war's civilian casualties, a topic that continues to resonate as America enters the eighth year of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.||51:24||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoDolley Madison||Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern democracy in the world. She was nicknamed “Queen Dolley,” and when she died in 1849 at the age of 81 — one of the last remaining members of the founding generation — Washington City honored her with the largest state funeral the capital had ever seen for a woman.||1:24:15||$3.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoRoads to Memphis||This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. The film will explore the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of Ray and King to create a complex, engaging and thought-provoking portrait of America in the crisis-laden year of 1968.||1:21:48||$3.99||View in iTunes|
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This is perhaps one of the best shows on PBS if not TV, so It's about time. Thanks I-Tunes!
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The American Experience has been one of the most interesting, compelling, professional, and inspiring documentary series ever produced.
My first question is: Why aren't there more of these on iTunes? There are hundreds of episodes of AE on many topics. The productions are top notch. They are partially funded by the American People through taxes and donations. I won't argue that they should be free and I'm glad they're available, but why not put ALL of them up for rental?
I asked people from PBS and CPB and received very strange answers. Things like "We can't release the older ones because we're not allowed to" And other mysterious answers. If these are funded by PBS which is funded by CPB which is funded by the American People, then I don't understand why these are not more available?
As to the content, I cannot say enough good things. It is simply my favorite documentary series. But why there are only EIGHT episodes out of the hundreds that have been produced, is a real mystery and quite confounding. It's not like we're not willing to rent or buy. If PBS had any sense they'd put them all up for rent and rake in the cash and use it to make more great shows. OK, that sounds harsh. I just don't understand PBS/CPB. It should NOT be that complicated!! The charter of the CPB is fairly simple!
Apple, why don't you ask PBS to post all of their shows and see what they say?
American Experience is terrific and I want to own every show, or at least, rent every one. VERY Highly Recommended!
Please make more available!