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American Experience

CultureZohn: Walt Disney: Myth and Reality

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

The American Experience tries to get at the heart and soul of the brilliant entertainment innovator who became a brand. Walt was able to encourage innovative technology and marry it to art in a truly groundbreaking way. If it was also a backbreaking way for his staff, well, that is the high price we often pay for genius. "Why would I want to be president?" Walt said, "I'm the King of Disneyland." What makes this documentary oh so very special is that American Experience was allowed into the Disney archives. See EXCLUSIVE footage from the documentary which airs on PBS tonight and Tuesday 9/14 and 9/15.

When the Lights Went Out in New York: A Tale of Two Nights

Phillip Martin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Phillip Martin

Thirty-eight years ago this week, the lights went out in New York City. Chaos ensued. But the nature of the disruption was far from simple. This week, PBS's American Experience chronicles and deconstructs that intense 1977 experience.

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The Strange But True Life Of Robert Ripley

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 01.01.2015 | Weird News

In the world of weird news, perhaps, no one stands taller than Robert Ripley, the creator of Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley started out as a sp...

Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Melanie Chartoff

Michael Rose's excavation of a court case brought against Henry Ford, long buried by the assembly line of unkosher baloney that kept that great American icon squeaky clean, has me sleepless and him on fire. I sat down with him to talk about the film he's working on that will bring this story to light.

Public Miseducation: WGBH and David Koch

D. R. Tucker | Posted 12.10.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

When David Koch joined the WGBH Board of Trustees, the extent of this enterprise was not known to the general public. But now, the facts are in, and the political science is as settled as the climate science.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Prophetic Engine

Joan D. Hedrick | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Joan D. Hedrick

The fact that Christian ministers maintained a timid silence in face of the Fugitive Slave Law both infuriated Stowe and propelled her to speak out.

The Fight Against A 'National Sin'

Sharon Grimberg | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sharon Grimberg

Clergymen urged caution, warning that action against slavery might enrage Southerners. Their timidity made Garrison livid.

Letter From a Vietnamese to an Iraqi Refugee

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Andrew Lam

As a Vietnamese refugee who became an American writer, I can tell you that you matter, that your sadness matters, the story of how you survived and triumphed matters. For every story that belongs to you, in time, belongs to America.

What Does 'The American Experience' Mean To You?

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2012 | Teen

This spring, HuffPost Teen published a series of editorials written by students at Oakton High School in Virginia that answered the question, "What is...

Quantum Mechanics and the American Experience

Drew Sandler | Posted 08.19.2012 | Teen
Drew Sandler

This necessity to improve, and the competitive nature instilled in traditional American values, promote American progressivism.

The Unamerican States of America

Imren Johar | Posted 08.18.2012 | Teen
Imren Johar

Our history is riddled with glaring inconsistencies as our actions fail to reflect the supposed "American spirit."

Diversified American Leadership

Rayna Rossini | Posted 08.18.2012 | Teen
Rayna Rossini

Without these essential leaders, America would not be at its current state. Leadership is George Washington, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Michelle Obama. Leadership is being courageous

Will We Ever Have Enough?

Marcela Hawkins | Posted 08.15.2012 | Teen
Marcela Hawkins

It is essential that we as Americans reevaluate our priorities by moving our focus from materialism and a constantly indulging mentality to the morals this country was founded upon.

Slut Talk

Lorelei Christie | Posted 08.15.2012 | Teen
Lorelei Christie

What is more American than fighting for a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" through our right to peacefully assemble and petition the government?

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

America's Biggest Lie

Kyra Nyman-Aggarwal | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Kyra Nyman-Aggarwal

Americans are not "indivisible" by any means. If you were to look at American history as if it were a story, one motif crops up repeatedly: Division is always present and defines the American people.

Ego-Inflated Nation

Sofia Crutchfield | Posted 08.13.2012 | Teen
Sofia Crutchfield

Politicians are us: They are the symbols of America, the essence of our societal disposition. And they are polluted by egocentrism.

With Arrogance and Destruction for All

Giuliana Macaluso | Posted 08.13.2012 | Teen
Giuliana Macaluso

America is not the "land of opportunity," and Americans are not a hopeful people living lives centered around hard work and family values.

Expecting Expectations

Erin Desbiens | Posted 08.12.2012 | Teen
Erin Desbiens

The relentless desires to achieve the American dream and be accepted into society have created expectations that shape the way we as Americans go about our everyday lives.

Greed: The American Experience

Will Savino | Posted 08.12.2012 | Teen
Will Savino

The golden arches of McDonalds have joined the American flag and the bald eagle as a distinctive symbol of America.

Endless Cycle of Inequality

Han Bin Lee | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Han Bin Lee

As an immigrant, I remember the intense discrimination faced by non-white individuals after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Clouds of fear, hatred and injustice overshadowed the U.S.

The Elusive American Experience

Nathan Chen | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Nathan Chen

The American experience is the pursuit of personal freedom -- a free and just life without oppression or prejudice. Personal freedom is what we, as Americans, have been fighting for.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Pollution of American Consciousness

Sepehr Zomorodi | Posted 08.08.2012 | Teen
Sepehr Zomorodi

Even some of the greatest minds of science stand behind the theory of Social Darwinism. Remarkably, what is often overlooked is the tactic used by the "strong" in order to "survive."

Our America, Our Adventure

Karli Gillespie | Posted 08.08.2012 | Teen
Karli Gillespie

It's a risk. It's a challenging journey. It's something out of the ordinary. It's adventure. The spirit of adventure is a value that has never escaped our hearts as Americans.