Blackout

First responders, journalists, shop owners, those inside the pressure-packed control center of Con Edison on West End Avenue, and other New Yorkers tell what happened when the lights went out on July 13, 1977.

Air Date 7/14/15

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
  • Jimi Hendrix: American Masters |
    Sunday, Oct 1 at 10pm TPT 2
  • Jimi Hendrix: American Masters |
    Monday, Oct 2 at 4am TPT 2
  • Death and the Civil War: American Experience |
    Sunday, Oct 29 at 3pm TPT 2
  • Jimi Hendrix: American Masters
    This documentary unveils previously unseen performance footage such as the 1968 Miami Pop Festival -and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him. The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village, and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27. A pioneering electric guitarist, Hendrix had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy. Directed by two-time Grammy-winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express).
    Sunday, Oct 1 at 10pm TPT 2
    Monday, Oct 2 at 4am TPT 2
  • Death and the Civil War: American Experience
    From filmmaker Ric Burns, "Death and the Civil War" explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before -- permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people. The work of contending with death on an unprecedented scale propelled extraordinary changes in the inner and outer life of Americans-- posing challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began -- challenges that called forth remarkable and eventually heroic efforts as Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale. Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's groundbreaking book, This Republic of Suffering -- and broadcast in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history -- the film tracks the increasingly lethal arc of the war, from all but bloodless opening, through the chaos of Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg -- down through the struggle, in the war's aftermath, to cope with an American landscape littered with the bodies of hundreds of thousands of soldiers, many unburied, most unidentified.
    Sunday, Oct 29 at 3pm TPT 2

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