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The American Experience

The American Experience

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  • Premiered: 
    October 4, 1988
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Peter McGhee 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is an historical documentary series that chronicles the lives, accomplishments and impact of incredible people, as well as epic stories about historic events, that have shaped America's past and present.
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On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9pm (check local listings), PBS premiered the 29th season of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, featuring a one-hour biopic about Nikola Tesla, who has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet and a lunar crater named after him. During his lifetime, he gained international fame for his invention of a system of alternating current that made possible the distribution of electricity over vast distances and is the basis for the electrical grid that powers 21st century life. But the visionary Tesla imagined much more -- robots, radio, radar, remote control, the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and harnessing the wind and sun to provide free energy to all -- but he was eclipsed by contemporaries such as Edison and Marconi. Participants in the film include: Marc Seifer, internationally recognized as an expert on Nikola Tesla; Peter Fisher, a professor in the Physics Department at MIT; Jill Jonnes, an author whose books include :Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World"; John Staudenmaier, an historian at the University of Detroit Mercy; Samantha Hunt, an author whose works include the novel "The Invention of Everything Else"; Harold Clark, director of STEM Educators at the Liberty Science Center; and Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

Other Titles

  • Previously known as: The American Experience

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by WGBH Boston

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • April 11, 2010: First time a major broadcaster debuts a full-length film on the Facebook platform.