Flood in the Desert
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal engineering failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland, who had ensured the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via aqueduct.
American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.
American Experience Episodes
S34 Ep4 | 1h 52m 39s
Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco
S34 Ep2 | 52m 43s
Three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the State Department during Cold War.
S34 Ep1 | 52m 39s
Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
S33 Ep44 | 1h 52m 4s
William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood.
S33 Ep43 | 1h 50m 14s
The life of William Randolph Hearst, who transformed the media’s role in American life.
S33 Ep6 | 1h 51m 33s
Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice - Sandra Day O'Connor.
S33 Ep5 | 1h 51m 41s
One of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century.
S33 Ep4 | 1h 52m 52s
The life and times of L. Frank Baum, creator of the beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
S33 Ep3 | 1h 52m 49s
How a horrific incident of racial violence became catalyst for the civil rights movement.
S33 Ep2 | 1h 40m 16s
The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial
S33 Ep1 | 52m 49s
The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.
S24 Ep4 | 1h 48m 56s
Watch part two of Clinton.
S15 Ep12 | 53m 1s
Emmett Till's murder and the acquittal of his killers mobilized the Civil Rights Movement.
S32 Ep10 | 1h 52m 58s
Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategies and reveals the pervasive racism.
S32 Ep9 | 1h 52m 53s
The fiery campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.
S23 Ep9 | 1h 21m 4s
The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
S32 Ep8 | 52m 50s
The story of Ted Fujita's groundbreaking work to understand the deadliest storms.
S32 Ep5 | 1h 53m 20s
Watch part two of the life and presidency of George W. Bush.
S32 Ep4 | 1h 52m 3s
The life and presidency of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.
S32 Ep3 | 52m 27s
Story of the man who would go on to lead a “Green Revolution” of worldwide agriculture.
American Experience Extras
S34 Ep4 | 3m 58s
Word spreads of a bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
S34 Ep4 | 8m 50s
Watch a preview of Plague at the Golden Gate.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
Ng Poon Chew was a writer, a publisher and an advocate for Chinese American civil rights.
S34 Ep4 | 5m 36s
On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
In 1901, Rupert Blue launched a health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague.
S34 Ep4 | 1m 41s
The war against rats helped end the bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco.
S34 Ep4 | 44s
Dr. Joseph Kinyoun was a leader in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.
S34 Ep4 | 1m 46s
How the bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco.
S34 Ep3 | 10m 34s
Watch a preview of Flood in the Desert.
S34 Ep3 | 1m 48s
Beginning in the 1930s, large dams were built on important watersheds.
S34 Ep3 | 55s
The Paiute people built sophisticated irrigation canals to channel water in California.
S34 Ep3 | 52s
In 1922, Mulholland began building the St. Francis Dam to meet the needs of Los Angeles.
S34 Ep3 | 1m 51s
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.
S34 Ep2 | 10m 49s
Watch a preview of The American Diplomat.
S34 Ep2 | 9m 47s
President Johnson tasked Carl Rowan to oversee the documentary on March on Washington.
S34 Ep2 | 1m 46s
Explores the lives and legacies of three African American ambassadors.
S34 Ep2 | 53s
Terence Todman's diplomatic career achieved him the prestigious rank of career ambassador.
S34 Ep2 | 52s
Carl Rowan: One of the highest ranking African Americans in the State Department.
S34 Ep2 | 45s
Appointed as a minister to Liberia in 1948, Edward Dudley became an ambassador 1949.
S34 Ep1 | 6m 39s
The real cowboys were (and still are) way more diverse than what people saw in the movies.