American Experience (season 28)

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American Experience (season 28)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Original networkPBS
Original releaseJanuary 19 (2016-01-19) –
November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)
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List of American Experience episodes

Season twenty-eight of the television program American Experience aired on the PBS network in the United States on January 19, 2016 and concluded on November 1, 2016. The season contained eight new episodes and began with the film Bonnie & Clyde.


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3111"Bonnie & Clyde"[3]John MaggioBiographies, Popular CultureJanuary 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)
A documentary about the origins, notoriety, and demise of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, members of a Depression era criminal group known as the Barrow Gang. After undeveloped film of the couple was discovered by the police and circulated by the media, the couples crime spree and playful images captured the attention of the American public.[1][2]
3122"The Mine Wars"[5]Randall MacLowryPopular Culture, The Natural EnvironmentJanuary 26, 2016 (2016-01-26)
A chronicle of coal mine workers in southern West Virginia and their efforts to form a labor union during the West Virginia coal wars. The film is in part based on the book, The Devil Is Here in These Hills, by James Green.[4]
3133"Murder of a President"[7]Rob RapleyBiographies, PresidentsFebruary 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)
The film chronicles the life and death of President James A. Garfield, the fourth President to die while in office. He was shot twice by Charles J. Guiteau due to a delusional belief he could secure a patronage position from Garfields' successor Vice President Chester A. Arthur. Garfield died two months later from infected wounds and poor medical care by physician Doctor Willard Bliss. The film is in part based on the book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard.[6]
3144"The Perfect Crime"[11]Cathleen O'ConnellPopular CultureFebruary 9, 2016 (2016-02-09)
A film about Jazz Age murderers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, their defense attorney Clarence Darrow, and the "trial of the century". The two 19-year-old men met while attending the University of Chicago and discovered they possessed similar backgrounds and experiences. Both young men were intelligent, of Jewish descent, and born into wealthy families that resided in the affluent Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Influenced by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his concept of supermen (Übermenschen), they kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Bobby Frank for the thrill of the kill in 1924. After mounting clues began to implicate them, the two young men confessed their entire plot to State's Attorney Robert E. Crowe. In court, the trial became a debate between Crowe and Darrow about the death penalty. Among the American public, the high profile case became a debate about human nature.[8][9][10]
3155"Space Men"[15]Amanda PollakTechnologyMarch 1, 2016 (2016-03-01)
A chronicle of the pre-human spaceflight research in the United States prior to the well publicized work of NASA and Mercury 7 during the early development of the US space program.[12][13][14]
3166"The Boys of ’36"[18]Margaret GrossiPolitics, Popular CultureAugust 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)
A documentary about the working class eight-oared varsity crew from the University of Washington that represented the United States during the 1936 Summer Olympics. They narrowly defeated crews from Italy and Germany to win the gold medal in Nazi Germany. The team's coach was Al Ulbrickson; the cocswain was Robert Moch; and the shell builder was George Yeoman Pocock. The film is in part based on the book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown.[16][17]
3177"Tesla"[21]David GrubinBiographies, TechnologyOctober 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)
A film about the inventions and inventiveness of Serbian-born American engineer Nikola Tesla.[19][20]
3188"The Battle of Chosin"[23]Randall MacLowryPolitics, WarNovember 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)
A chronicle of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a 17-day battle during the Korean War in 1950.[22]


  1. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 14, 2016). "'American Experience' Looks Back at Bonnie and Clyde". New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Keough, Peter (January 16, 2016). "Meet the Real Bonnie and Clyde". Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "American Experience | Bonnie & Clyde". PBS. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Feeney, Mark (January 26, 2016). "'The Mine Wars' Looks at Labor Strife a Century Ago". Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ "American Experience | The Mine Wars". PBS. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 29, 2016). "Review: 'American Experience' Traces President Garfield's Assassination". New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. ^ "American Experience | Murder of a President". PBS. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (February 8, 2016). "TV Review: Frontline's 'The Fantasy Sports Gamble,' American Experience's 'The Perfect Crime'". Variety. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ Rothman, Lily (February 9, 2016). "The 'Affluenza' Defense Is Older Than You Think". Time. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  10. ^ Metz, Nina (February 8, 2016). "PBS' 'American Experience' Puts Chicago's Teen Killers Leopold and Loeb Under Examination". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  11. ^ "American Experience | The Perfect Crime". PBS. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  12. ^ Emspak, Jesse (February 29, 2016). "'Space Men': Documentary Shows How Balloon Tests Paved Way to Space". Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  13. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (February 25, 2016). "'Space Men:' Ascending to Earth's Deadliest Frontier". Discovery. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  14. ^ Boedeker, Hal (February 26, 2016). "Before NASA, Joe Kittinger and Space Men Soared". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "American Experience | Space Men". PBS. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Ziv, Stav (August 2, 2016). "New Film Shows How a U.S. Rowing Team Beat Hitler at the Berlin Olympics (Exclusive Clip)". Newsweek. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  17. ^ Wiegand, David (July 28, 2016). "Story of 1936 Olympics Rowers is Truly an 'American Experience'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  18. ^ "American Experience | The Boys of '36". PBS. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  19. ^ Calore, Michael (October 17, 2016). "Watch an Exclusive Clip From PBS's Nikola Tesla Documentary". Wired. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  20. ^ Boyle, Alan (October 18, 2016). "PBS Documentary Shines a Light on Nikola Tesla as the Hero of a Geek Tragedy". GeekWire. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  21. ^ "American Experience | Tesla". PBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  22. ^ BWW News Desk (November 1, 2016). "PBS's American Experience to Revisit 'The Battle of Chosin', Today". Broad Way World. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  23. ^ "American Experience | The Battle of Chosin". PBS. Retrieved November 1, 2016.