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The Great War: American Experience

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

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Sat., April 29, 2017
2:00 pm
(120 minutes)

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An account of an incident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., in 1980 that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The near-calamity was kicked off when a socket fell from the wrench of an airman performing maintenance in a Titan II silo and punctured the missile, releasing a stream of highly explosive rocket fuel. Included: first-person accounts of USAF personnel on the scene.

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Sun., April 30, 2017
2:30 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

Conclusion. The fall of 1918 is recalled, including a major American offensive that Gen. Pershing thought could bring a swift end to the war; a lost U.S. battalion that was surrounded by German forces; and, on the homefront, a deadly flu epidemic.

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Sun., April 30, 2017
2:30 pm
(120 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

Conclusion. The fall of 1918 is recalled, including a major American offensive that Gen. Pershing thought could bring a swift end to the war; a lost U.S. battalion that was surrounded by German forces; and, on the homefront, a deadly flu epidemic.

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Tue., May 2, 2017
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Tue., May 2, 2017
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Wed., May 3, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Wed., May 3, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Wed., May 3, 2017
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Wed., May 3, 2017
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Thu., May 4, 2017
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Thu., May 4, 2017
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Thu., May 4, 2017
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Thu., May 4, 2017
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Thu., May 4, 2017
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Sun., May 7, 2017
4:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Sun., May 7, 2017
4:00 am
(60 minutes)

Ripley: Believe It or Not  

A profile of Leroy Robert Ripley (1890-1949), aka Robert L. Ripley, the man behind the famed "Believe It or Not!" franchise, which began as a comic strip before expanding into radio, film and TV.

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Tue., May 9, 2017
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Tue., May 9, 2017
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Wed., May 10, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Wed., May 10, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Wed., May 10, 2017
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Wed., May 10, 2017
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Thu., May 11, 2017
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Thu., May 11, 2017
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

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Thu., May 11, 2017
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Great War: American Experience  

The story of infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were little known until photos of the couple were found at an abandoned hideout in 1933. Included: remarks from cultural historians and pair's descendants.

Full Episodes

S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

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

S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2

S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2

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

S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1

S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1

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

S29 Ep6: Ruby Ridge

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A riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia.

Clips

S29 Ep8: Mr. Pilates

S29 Ep8: Mr. Pilates

There is no such thing as “Mr. Yoga,” but there was a “Mr. Pilates.”

S29 Ep8: Boot Camp

S29 Ep8: Boot Camp

A composer's research process and the challenges he faced in creating music for the film.

Eddie Rickenbacker: The Ace

Eddie Rickenbacker: The Ace

How a race-car driver came to be one of the most famous fighters of the Great War.

The Great War: Chapter 1

The Great War: Chapter 1

After more than two years, thousands of American soldiers boarded ships bound for France.

Previews

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.

The Great War, Part 2: Trailer

The Great War, Part 2: Trailer

Follow America’s entry into the conflict.