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American Experience, The Presidents
Command and Control

Command and Control

Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m.

The long-hidden story of a deadly 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., “Command and Control” exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Featuring the minute-by-minute accounts of those who were on the scene, the film reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States.



The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m.

This film recounts a great American drama: two tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the heartache of assassination. At the heart of the story are two figures who define the extremes of character: Lincoln, who had the strength to transform suffering into infinite compassion, and Booth, who allowed hatred to curdle into destruction.


Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 2 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.

Inspired by recent scholarship, this film illuminates the public and private life of Rachel Carson, whose writings revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world. Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker lends her talents as the voice of Rachel Carson.

When Carson’s seminal book “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, the United States was the world’s leading superpower and industrial powerhouse. A warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book became a phenomenon, influencing President John F. Kennedy to launch an investigation into the public health effects. In the end, “Silent Spring” effectively launched the modern environmental movement.



The Race Underground

The Race Underground

Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m.

In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer and more efficient form of transportation.

Ultimately, it was Boston—a city of so many firsts—that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed nonfiction book of the same name, “The Race Underground” tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions.



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