American Experience

Command and Control, Full Film

COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo.

Air Date 1/10/17

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Praised as the "finest documentary series on television," AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #2809 — Rachel Carson: American Experience |
    New Tuesday, Jan 24 at 7pm TPT 2
  • #2809 — Rachel Carson: American Experience |
    Wednesday, Jan 25 at 1am TPT 2
  • #2307 — Triangle Fire: American Experience |
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 6pm TPT LIFE
  • #3001 — Oklahoma City: American Experience |
    New Tuesday, Feb 7 at 8pm TPT 2
  • #3001 — Oklahoma City: American Experience |
    Wednesday, Feb 8 at 2am TPT 2
  • #2307 — Triangle Fire: American Experience
    On March 25th, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. The blaze ripped through the congested loft; huge piles of trimmings fed the flames. Petrified workers desperately tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the 9th floor locked and the woefully inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers arrived just in time to see young men and women jumping from the windows. By the time the fire had burned itself out, 146 people were dead. Less than two years earlier, the workers of the factory had been leaders in an industry-wide strike to protest dismal wages and dangerous working conditions. Despite unlikely support from some of the wealthiest women in the city, including Anne Morgan, most of the workers returned to the their shops without having their demands met. It took the tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage to force government action. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 6pm TPT LIFE
  • #2803 — Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience
    Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.
    Tuesday, Feb 14 at 7pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Feb 15 at 1am TPT 2
    Wednesday, Feb 15 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Feb 16 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #2807 — Boys of '36: American Experience
    Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold.
    Thursday, Feb 23 at 8pm TPT 2
    Friday, Feb 24 at 2am TPT 2
  • #2809 — Rachel Carson: American Experience
    Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson in this moving and intimate portrait.
    New Tuesday, Jan 24 at 7pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Jan 25 at 1am TPT 2
  • #2901 — Tesla: American Experience
    Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla's vision that paved the way for today's wireless world.
    Thursday, Mar 2 at 8pm TPT 2
    Friday, Mar 3 at 2am TPT 2
  • #3001 — Oklahoma City: American Experience
    Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City.
    New Tuesday, Feb 7 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Feb 8 at 2am TPT 2
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