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American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

Billy Graham

1h 51m

Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, he built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

Episodes

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish

    S33 E42 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • The Codebreaker, Spanish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker, Spanish

    S33 E41 - 52m 51s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

  • Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 1h 51m

    Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, he built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Oz

    S33 E4 - 1h 52m

    Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum never lost his childlike sense of wonder and eventually crafted his observations into a magical tale of survival, adventure and self-discovery, reinterpreted through the generations in films, books and musicals.

  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 1h 52m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Voice of Freedom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Voice of Freedom

    S33 E2 - 1h 40m

    On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.”

  • Goin' Back to T-Town: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Goin' Back to T-Town

    S33 E2 - 53m 28s

    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. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

  • The Codebreaker: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Codebreaker

    S33 E1 - 52m 49s

    Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

Extras + Features

  • Billy Graham: American Evangelist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham: American Evangelist

    S33 E5 - 1m 14s

    William Franklin Graham, Jr., an American evangelist and preacher was born on November 7, 1918 in rural North Carolina. In 1934, Graham attended a traveling revival meeting and had a religious experience.

  • Billy Graham Crusades: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Billy Graham Crusades

    S33 E5 - 1m 14s

    The first Billy Graham crusade was held in 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By some estimates, Graham reached more than 210 million people in over 185 countries.

  • Chapter 1 | Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chapter 1 | Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 9m 58s

    Billy Graham explores the life and career of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century.

  • Extended Trailer | Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 2m 8s

    An international celebrity by age 30, Billy Graham built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • Trailer | Billy Graham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | Billy Graham

    S33 E5 - 30s

    Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, Billy Graham built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.

  • Extended Trailer | American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | American Oz

    S33 E4 - 1m 50s

    Explore the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives. By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.

  • L. Frank Baum: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    L. Frank Baum

    S33 E4 - 1m 15s

    L. Frank Baum was an American actor, businessman and writer. He published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 that became a best-seller, a theater smash hit and a film classic.

  • Trailer | American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer | American Oz

    S33 E4 - 30s

    By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, L. Frank Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.

  • Matilda Joslyn Gage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

    S33 E4 - 1m 15s

    Matilda Joslyn Gage cofounded the National Woman Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony. Matilda’s daughter, Maud Gage married L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • Chapter 1 | American Oz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chapter 1 | American Oz

    S33 E4 - 9m 40s

    By 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, L. Frank Baum was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of success.

  • Extended Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer | Blinding of Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 2m

    In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind.

  • Isaac Woodard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Isaac Woodard

    S33 E3 - 1m 4s

    Isaac Woodard entered the military in 1942 and served in the 429th Port Battalion as a longshoreman. After the war, he was honorably discharged on February 12, 1946 and headed home.

Schedule

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    McCarthy

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    2 Hours

    The rise and fall of Joe McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin who led a Cold War crusade against Communists.
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    American OZ

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    2 Hours

    The life of author L. Frank Baum, creator of the classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has inspired films, books and musicals.
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    Voice of Freedom

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    2 Hours

    Contralto Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Easter Sunday in 1939 after being barred from singing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
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    The Man Who Tried to Feed the World

    Monday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour

    Plant breeder Norman Borlaug solves India's famine problem and leads a "Green Revolution" of agriculture programs around the world, saving 1 billion lives and winning a 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
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    The Vote

    Monday
    Jun 28

    1 Hour

    The campaign waged by American women for the right to vote results in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
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    The Vote

    Tuesday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    The campaign waged by American women for the right to vote results in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
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    The Vote

    Tuesday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    The campaign waged by American women for the right to vote results in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
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    The Vote

    Tuesday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    The campaign waged by American women for the right to vote results in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
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    Mr. Tornado

    Tuesday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    Japanese American researcher Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, created the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage and is credited with advancing modern understanding of severe weather phenomena.
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    Mr. Tornado

    Tuesday
    Jun 29

    1 Hour

    Japanese American researcher Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, created the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage and is credited with advancing modern understanding of severe weather phenomena.
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    Mr. Tornado

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour

    Japanese American researcher Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, created the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage and is credited with advancing modern understanding of severe weather phenomena.
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    American Experience

    Mr. Tornado

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    1 Hour

    Japanese American researcher Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, created the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage and is credited with advancing modern understanding of severe weather phenomena.
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    McCarthy

    Wednesday
    Jun 30

    2 Hours

    The rise and fall of Joe McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin who led a Cold War crusade against Communists.
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    American Experience

    Mr. Tornado

    Sunday
    Jul 4

    1 Hour

    Japanese American researcher Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, created the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage and is credited with advancing modern understanding of severe weather phenomena.
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    Surviving the Dust Bowl

    Tuesday
    Jul 6

    1 Hour

    Dust bowl turns wheat fields into desert and provides hardships for farmers.

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