Upcoming Episodes

Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at the Love Canal Revisit the story of the 1970s Love Canal disaster, one of the most notorious environmental and public health disasters in US history. The battle for justice, led mostly by women, created the basis for the landmark federal Superfund program.
  • Airdate Monday, April 22, 2024 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Original4/22/2024
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The Riot Report Revisit 1967, when inner cities across America erupted in violence. LBJ appointed the Kerner Commission to investigate and the Commission’s final report would offer a shockingly unvarnished assessment of race relations that still resonates today.
  • Airdate Tuesday, May 21, 2024 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Original5/21/2024
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Zoot Suit Riots Revisit 1940s L.A., when racial tensions between Mexican Americans and sailors led to violence.
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Goin’ Back to T-Town Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation.
  • Original3/1/1993
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The Murder of Emmett Till

In August of 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. His inadvertent violation of a sacred code of the South cost him his life.

  • Original1/20/2003
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Test Tube Babies The story of Louise Brown, the world's first successful test tube baby, born in Great Britain on July 25, 1978.
  • Original10/23/2006
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The Polio Crusade Discover the story of the disease that gripped the nation in fear and a crusader's fight against it.
  • Original2/2/2009
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The Great Famine When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign.
  • Original4/11/2011
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FREEDOM RIDERS

Find inspiration in the story of a courageous band of young civil-rights activists who journeyed through the Deep South in 1961.

  • Original5/16/2011
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Freedom Summer

Relive 1964's Freedom Summer and the dramatic struggle for equality in Mississippi.

  • Original6/24/2014
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The Big Burn Explore the massive 1910 wildfire that defined the U.S. Forest Service and the nation’s fire policy.
  • Original2/3/2015
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Rachel Carson

Meet a scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

  • Original1/24/2017
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The Man Who Tried to Feed the World Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger.
  • Original4/21/2020
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The Codebreaker Meet Elizebeth Friedman, the pioneering cryptanalyst who took down Al Capone and a Nazi spy ring.
  • Original1/11/2021
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Voice of Freedom Voice of Freedom interweaves Marian Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul.
  • Original1/15/2021
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Sandra Day O’Connor: The First Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, she was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.
  • Original9/13/2021
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Riveted: The History of Jeans Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
  • Original2/7/2022
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The American Diplomat Explore how three Black diplomats broke racial barriers at the State Department during the Cold War.
  • Original2/15/2022
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Flood in the Desert Explore the 1928 Los Angeles dam collapse, a colossal and deadly engineering failure.
  • Original5/3/2022
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Plague at the Golden Gate Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco.
  • Original5/24/2022
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Part One Explore how America’s complex involvement in the Middle East led to the Iran hostage crisis.
  • Original11/14/2022
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Part Two Eyewitness accounts reveal how Iranian students held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
  • Original11/15/2022
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The Lie Detector Discover the story of the polygraph, the controversial device that transformed modern justice.
  • Original1/3/2023
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Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space Meet the influential author and anthropologist whose work reclaimed and honored Black life.
  • Original1/17/2023
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Ruthless: Monopoly's Secret History Discover the fascinating and unexpected history behind Monopoly, America’s favorite board game.
  • Original2/20/2023
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The Movement and the "Madman" Explore how two brilliantly orchestrated antiwar protests in the fall of 1969 — the largest the country had ever seen — pressured President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam, including a threat to use nuclear weapons. At the time, protestors had no idea how influential they would be and how many lives they may have saved. Told through remarkable archival footage and firsthand accounts from movement leaders, Nixon administration officials, historians and others, the film reveals how the leaders of the antiwar movement mobilized disparate groups from coast to coast to create two massive protests that changed history.
  • Original3/28/2023
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The Sun Queen Learn about inventor Mária Telkes, who spent her career exploring how to harness the sun’s power.
  • Original4/4/2023
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The Busing Battleground Revisit 1970s Boston, when court-mandated school integration unleashed racial unrest throughout the city.
  • Original9/11/2023
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The Harvest Explore what happened when a small Mississippi town integrated its public schools in 1970.
  • Original9/12/2023
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The War on Disco Explore the cultural movement that gave rise to disco, and the backlash that tried to destroy it.
  • Original10/30/2023
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Nazi Town, USA Explore the rise of the German American Bund, an organization of American Nazis in the 1930s.
  • Original1/23/2024
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Fly with Me Meet the pioneering women who changed the world while flying it. Maligned as feminist sellouts, “stewardesses,” as they were called, knew different: they were on the frontlines of a battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace.
  • Original2/20/2024
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The Cancer Detectives Discover the story of the fight against cervical cancer and the three fascinating figures — a Greek immigrant doctor, a Japanese-American illustrator, and a Black woman OBGYN — whose work slashed death rates from the disease by over 60 percent.
  • Original3/26/2024
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Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at the Love Canal Revisit the story of the 1970s Love Canal disaster, one of the most notorious environmental and public health disasters in US history. The battle for justice, led mostly by women, created the basis for the landmark federal Superfund program.
  • Airdate Monday, April 22, 2024 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Original4/22/2024
  • AMEX3604
The Riot Report Revisit 1967, when inner cities across America erupted in violence. LBJ appointed the Kerner Commission to investigate and the Commission’s final report would offer a shockingly unvarnished assessment of race relations that still resonates today.
  • Airdate Tuesday, May 21, 2024 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Original5/21/2024
  • AMEX3605