American Experience

Space Men

In the 1950s and early ’60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA’s acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm.

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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.
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  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience |
    Tuesday, Dec 20 at 8pm TPT 2
  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience |
    Wednesday, Dec 21 at 2am TPT 2
  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience |
    Sunday, Dec 25 at 6pm TPT LIFE
  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience |
    Tuesday, Dec 27 at 11am TPT LIFE
  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience |
    Tuesday, Dec 27 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience
    Robert Ripley's obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Over three decades, his Believe It or Not franchise grew into an entertainment empire, and the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity.
    Tuesday, Dec 20 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Dec 21 at 2am TPT 2
    Sunday, Dec 25 at 6pm TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Dec 27 at 11am TPT LIFE
    Tuesday, Dec 27 at 4pm TPT LIFE
  • #2804 — Murder of a President: American Experience
    Explore James Garfield's unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath. Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, the story follows the life of one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.
    Thursday, Jan 5 at 8pm TPT 2
    Friday, Jan 6 at 2am TPT 2
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