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American Experience

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.

Would I Lie To You?

Joanna Ro | Posted 08.07.2012 | Teen
Joanna Ro

When the people who are responsible for leading the United States and ensuring its well-being are so comfortable with deceiving its citizens, how does that reflect upon our country?

Conflict Controls this Country

Emma Olson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Teen
Emma Olson

Conflict is to America as air is to the Earth. It's everywhere. We've all seen it or experienced it: a bully picking on smaller kids and the kids standing up to the bully.

The Nation that Always Perseveres

Brooks Henne | Posted 08.06.2012 | Teen
Brooks Henne

Americans have had to face tumultuous times throughout the history of their country. But Americans have overcome each of these struggles, despite how difficult they may have been.

United We Stand?

Madlin Mekelburg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Teen
Madlin Mekelburg

This concept of individual supremacy and advancement in America has infiltrated even the most basic parts of our society, and is constantly enforced at every age level.

Let's Be Honest, Now

Miran Youn | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Miran Youn

I would suggest that today's melting pot is frozen into clumps of clay balls with different colors unable to mix into one another. Such disunity is the result of ethnocentrism.

The American Experience: Comfort Above All Else

Hailey Yook | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Hailey Yook

The importance of human and environmental health is constantly preached in the U.S., yet it is disregarded every day for convenience and ease.


Stephen Bushey | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Stephen Bushey

Though some may say that Americans are faced with limited opportunity set by social and economic barriers, Americans have and always will share the experience of limitless opportunity.

The Country of Successful Failures

Marilyn Yang | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Marilyn Yang

In America, success isn't necessarily acquiring an initial goal. Oftentimes, success does not even appear to be success; failure is sometimes the catalyst of success or even success itself.

WATCH: Understanding The Radically Forgiving Faith Of The Amish

Callie Taintor Wiser | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion

On Oct. 2, 2006, the Amish were catapulted into the national spotlight when a non-Amish man entered a one-room schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Penn., and...

The PBS Clinton Series' Lack of Proportionality

Lanny Davis | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The PBS presentation spent 75 percent of the four hours reporting on 25 percent of the story, the issue of "scandal," omitting the substance and policy achievements of the Clinton presidency, issues that affected the lives of most Americans and that they care about most.

Clinton: 'Liberal' PBS Smear

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This nearly four-hour documentary by Barak Goodman, a long-time "American Experience" producer and director, is a smear job, though more the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach than a straight-ahead takedown.

Wonderful British Shows Are Returning To PBS

Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK -- There's good news for fans of Sherlock Holmes and "Downton Abbey": They're both coming back to PB...

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World Is Definitely a Ric Burns Documentary

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

In this two hour documentary you will learn more about whales and whaling than you would ever hope or want to know.

Vijay Iyer's Life in Music: "Striving is the Backstory..." (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Vijay Iyer brings rare stuff to jazz piano, starting with a Brahmin Indian name and heritage, and a Yale degree in physics. Gujarati stick dances and ...