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American Experience

This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time.

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Fri., July 28, 2017
1:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Summer of Love  

'Summer of Love' recalls how, in 1967, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district became a mecca for young people seeking free music, free love and cosmic oneness, but quickly became home to rampant drug abuse, food shortages and STDs. Included: the cultural and social forces that spurred people to migrate to the Haight; and comments from music critic Joel Selvin, actor Peter Coyote and former mayor Willie Brown.

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Fri., July 28, 2017
1:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Summer of Love  

'Summer of Love' recalls how, in 1967, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district became a mecca for young people seeking free music, free love and cosmic oneness, but quickly became home to rampant drug abuse, food shortages and STDs. Included: the cultural and social forces that spurred people to migrate to the Haight; and comments from music critic Joel Selvin, actor Peter Coyote and former mayor Willie Brown.

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Tue., August 1, 2017
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Tue., August 1, 2017
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Wed., August 2, 2017
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Wed., August 2, 2017
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Wed., August 2, 2017
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Wed., August 2, 2017
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Thu., August 3, 2017
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Thu., August 3, 2017
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Thu., August 3, 2017
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

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Thu., August 3, 2017
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who beat the odds and captured the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, defeating Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers.

Full Episodes

S29 Ep12: Summer of Love

S29 Ep12: Summer of Love

The utopian beginnings of peace and love prevailed, and ended in chaos.

S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

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As the war ends, America is forever transformed by the violent and bloody conflict.

S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2

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As patriotism sweeps the nation, the country assembles its first mass conscripted army.

S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1

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American neutrality erodes as Wilson declares “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

Clips

The Hippie Tour

The Hippie Tour

1967, a tour bus on Haight Street claimed to be the only foreign tour in the domestic U.S.

Summer of Love: Chapter 1

Summer of Love: Chapter 1

Watch the opening scene of Summer of Love.

Free Love & Free Stuff

Free Love & Free Stuff

1967, young people flooded into San Francisco to find what one described as “wonderland.”

From the Vault | Amelia Earhart

From the Vault | Amelia Earhart

At age 23, Amelia Earhart took her first ride in an airplane and knew she had to fly.

Previews

Summer of Love

Summer of Love

A portrait of the Haight Ashbury district at the height of the hippie movement.

The Great War, Part 3: Trailer

The Great War, Part 3: Trailer

The climactic struggle and ensuing peace that forever changed a president and a nation.