American Experience

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the compelling stories from our past!


  • Flood in the Desert

    Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.
  • Zoot Suit Riots

    In June 1943, Los Angeles erupted into the worst race riots in the city to date.
  • The American Diplomat

    Three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the State Department during Cold War.
  • Riveted: The History of Jeans

    Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
  • The Codebreaker

    The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.
  • Voice of Freedom

    The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Part 2 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

    William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood.
  • Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

    The life of William Randolph Hearst, who transformed the media’s role in American life.


  • Plague at the Golden gate (español)

    Descubra cómo la peste bubónica desató miedo y sentir antiasiático en San Francisco.
  • Flood in the Desert (español)

    Explore el derrumbe de la represa en 1928, el segundo desastre más mortal en California.
  • Zoot Suit Riots (español)

    En 1943, se desataron en LA, los peores disturbios raciales en la ciudad hasta la fecha.
  • The American Diplomat (español)

    Tres diplomáticos negros que rompieron las barreras raciales en el Dpto. de Estado.
  • Riveted: The History of Jeans (español)

    Descubra la fascinante historia de esta icónica prenda de vestir norteamericana.
  • Roberto Clemente (español)

    La excepcional vida y carrera de la estrella puertorriqueña del beisbol Roberto Clemente.
  • PBS Previews: Chasing the Moon

    Go behind the scenes with the production team to get a sneak peek of Chasing the Moon.
  • Annie Oakley (español)

    Annie Oakley ganó fama y fortuna como la pequeña dama que nunca fallaba un tiro.

About American Experience

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.