Discover new incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, “American Experience,” returns to Arizona PBS Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. throughout the winter with a mixture of new stories and some of the “Best of” programs from recent years.
Jan. 15: The Swamp
New — Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland. A tale of greed, hubris and destruction, the film chronicles the repeated efforts to conquer what was once seen as a useless wasteland and the passionate efforts to preserve it. Watch online.
Jan. 22: Big Burn
In August 1910, a massive wildfire swept across the Northern Rockies, devouring more than three million acres in 36 hours. The catastrophe would define the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation’s fire policy for much of the 20th century.
Feb. 5: Sealab
New — Discover the mostly forgotten story of the U.S. Navy’s daring and groundbreaking Sealab program, whose “Aquanauts” tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized our understanding of underseas exploration.
Feb. 12: Greeley Expedition
Lieutenant Adolphus Greely and 25 men sailed from the harbor of St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1881. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world’s surface that had been described by a British admiral as a “sheer blank.” Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism in this documentary that includes scientific accounts, diaries, photographs and letters.
Feb. 26: Roads to Memphis
From Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives, this film tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis on April 4, 1968. It features eyewitness testimony from King’s inner circle and the officials involved in Ray’s capture and prosecution.