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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE : Ruthless: Monopoly's Secret History

Premieres Monday, February 20, 2023, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

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Ep Main_AMEX Monopoly
Discover the fascinating and unexpected history behind Monopoly, America’s favorite board game.
  • Airdate(s): 2/20/2023, 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET
  • AMEX #: 3503
  • Original Broadcast: 2/20/23

Episode Description

For generations, Monopoly has been America’s favorite board game, a love letter to unbridled capitalism and — for better or worse — the impulses that make our free-market society tick. But behind the myth of the game’s creation is an untold tale of theft, obsession and corporate double-dealing. Part detective story, part sharp social commentary and part pop-culture celebration, Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History presents the fascinating true story of the game and those who created it. Directed by Stephen Ives.


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  • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History Premieres Monday, February 20, 2023, on PBS and Streaming on PBS.org

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