PBS’ New Tesla Profile Is An “Electrifying” New Episode Of ‘American Experience”

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Nikola Tesla is one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.  It was thanks to his genius that the world enjoys the benefits of alternating current every single day.  That was his greatest accomplishment and certainly not his only accomplishment.  He was a brilliant person.  There is no doubt about that. But for all of his brilliance, he was also a troubled man, as is revealed in a recently released episode of PBS’ hit biography-based program American Experience.  PBS Distribution released American Experience: Tesla on DVD late last month.  The program follows the rise and eventual fall of one of the modern world’s greatest minds.  That story is the most important of the program’s elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information presented throughout the program is just as important to note as the program itself.  The interviews used alongside the story’s information round out the most important of the program’s elements.  That is because they further illustrate Tesla’s story even more richly.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, American Experience: Tesla proves to be one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Tesla is one more of this year’s top new documentaries.  That should come as no surprise being that it is a product of PBS.  Quality programming is exactly what PBS is known for producing, and this program is no exception to that rule.  That is proven in part through its story.  The story takes audiences deeper into Tesla’s life and career than most have likely ever been.  It presents Tesla as the great mind that everyone has come to know him as being through their history classes at every level.  It also presents another side of Tesla that likely few have ever known or been taught about.  That side of Tesla is a man who was extremely naïve.  If he hadn’t torn up his royalty contract with George Westinghouse, he might have been remembered in a much different light today than he is remembered.  At the same time, though that might not be the case.  That is because, as is revealed in this new biography, he apparently suffered from at least one major mental disability—obsessive compulsive disorder—if not others that went undiagnosed.  It’s anyone’s guess if his many obsessive tendencies ultimately played into his downfall.  But considering how many tendencies he had, one can’t help but wonder if there might have been a connection between those tendencies and his ultimate failure.  Those tendencies will be discussed later in the discussion on the program’s information.  Connection or not, the story presented in this episode of AE is one that likely few have ever learned about one of America’s (and the world’s) most important figures.

The story that is presented at the center of American Experience: Tesla is a fully engaging presentation for audiences of all types.  It will interest anyone studying the history of electricity and electrical appliances.  It will also interest students and teachers from middle school on through college level classes as well as history buffs in general.  That is because it shows a side of Tesla that is rarely taught at any level.  While the story itself is so important to the overall presentation of this episode of AE, it is not the program’s only important element.  The information that is presented throughout the hour-long program is just as important to note as the story itself.  That’s because the information presented in the story is what keeps the story interesting.  One of the most interesting pieces of information presented in this story is the revelation of how Tesla first became interested in electricity. The program reveals that Tesla first became interested in electricity as a child one day as he was petting his cat.  That story in itself is certain to surprise audiences.  Just as surprising is the revelation of Tesla’s naivety.  Viewers will learn here that Tesla died penniless of his own doing.  This is despite his genius.  Tesla allegedly, in his short sight, tore up a contract for royalties for his AC patent that could have made him rich beyond belief.  But because of that immaturity and naivety, he would eventually enter a downward spiral from which he would never escape.  Also of interest is the revelation that Tesla suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder.  He didn’t suffer from just one obsessive tendency, either.  Those tendencies included things like staying only in rooms divisible by three when he stayed at hotels (no, that’s not a joke), avoiding human touch and having issues with germs among other issues.  There is no way to definitively connect that issue to his eventual downfall.  Though, making claims late in his life that he had received communication from Mars likely didn’t help any.  It also might have pointed to other potential mental issues along with things like sending packages to Mark Twain after Twain’s death and something having to do with feeding pigeons (yes, feeding pigeons).  Taking all of this into consideration, one still might not be able to definitively connect his obvious mental issues with his downfall.  But it definitely gives ground to a theory that there could have been a connection between his mental issues and his downfall.  One has to wonder at the same time, if OCD had been officially diagnosed during Tesla’s life, and that aside, what could have potentially led to those problems.  Those are definitely matters for another episode of AE that could focus on Tesla.  Hopefully the people at PBS will take that less than subtle hint and look into doing just that.  That aside, it should be clear by now just how important the information presented in American Experience: Tesla is to its story.  It paints a picture in this story, of a man that few people know about or about which few have ever known.  Even with that in mind, it should be clear why this program’s story and its information are both so important to its presentation.  They are just two of its key elements to note, too.  The interviews included in the story add even more insight to the program, and in turn depth and enjoyment.

The story at the center of American Experience: Tesla and the information presented therein are both important in their own right to the program’s overall presentation.  That is because both by themselves and collectively, they present a picture of Tesla that is and has been rarely presented at any level.  They combine to present Tesla both as a brilliant figure, but also as a man with a troubled mind.  It is very possible that troubled mind could have played a part in Tesla’s downfall.  While it can’t be definitely proven, the number of tendencies that he presented in his adult life form a solid base for a theoretical connection between those tendencies and his downfall.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story presented in American Experience: Tesla and its information are both clearly important to its presentation.  However, they are not its only important elements.  The interviews included in the program are just as important as the program’s story and its information.  That is due to the extra depth that they add to the story.  Viewers get to hear from academics and scientists who have deep knowledge of Tesla and his life throughout the program.  Their personal insight into Tesla and his legacy is so important because they explain much of what is in the program in layman’s terms.  This makes the noted information more accessible, and in turn enjoyable, to everyday audiences.  That accessibility is the finishing touch to a program that is already interesting just because it presents one of the world’s greatest minds in a rarely presented portrait.  When this added, easily accessible insight is joined alongside the program’s story and its information, the end result is a program that for many will prove both engaging and shocking (bad pun fully intended).  They also collectively support the statement that this episode of AE is one of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Tesla is one of 2016’s top new documentaries.  It is also more proof of why PBS remains the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.  That is evidenced primarily through the program’s story.  It is not the standard Tesla story with which most audiences might be familiar.  It presents Tesla both as a man with a brilliant mind and a troubled mind.  Considering all of the information about that troubled mind—which is another one of the program’s key elements—it can at least be theorized that his troubled mind could have played a part in his downfall.  While the story presented in this episode of AE and its information are both key to the program’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The interviews included in the program are just as important to note.  That is because they make the program more accessible for everyday audiences through their layman’s explanations of the story’s information.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, American Experience: Tesla proves to be one of 2016’s top new documentaries and a truly “shocking” presentation.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Uncovers A Little Known Piece Of American History In A New Episode Of AmEx

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On January 10, 2017, PBS Distribution will take viewers 36 years into the past to a date that while insignificant to most, is much more important to a select few in a new episode of American Experience.

PBS Distribution will release American Experience: Command and Control on Tuesday, January 10. The film follows the events of September 18, 1980, when America almost suffered one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in its history.

It was on that date that a Titan II ballistic missile housed at a complex in Damascus, Arkansas almost caused what would have been one of the nation’s worst nuclear disasters.  The events began when maintenance on the rocket by two men when horribly wrong after a socket from one of the men’s wrenches fell 70 feet down the silo and punctured the missile.

When the rocket was punctured, highly flammable rocket fuel leaked from the missile.  The fuel filled the silo, and over the next eight hours, officials worked to keep the missile, which had a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, from exploding inside the silo and causing potentially unheard of damage.

The missile was powerful enough to destroy much of Arkansas and spread radioactive fallout across the East Coast.  Being that nothing of that caliber had ever happened before then, the Air Force had no procedures in place to handle the situation.

The two-hour program mixes into its central story the secondary story of America’s nuclear weapons program from WWII through the Cold War.  It is based largely on recently declassified documents.  In turns it asks some very powerful and important questions, making audiences really think about the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

American Experience: Command and Control will be released Tuesday, January 10.  It runs two hours and will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  It is also available there in a combo pack that includes author Eric Schlosser’s book on which the program is based.

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PBS Presents Tesla Bio In New Episode of ‘AE’ This Fall

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PBS Distribution has announced it will release another new episode of its hit bio series American Experience this fall.

American Experience: Tesla will be released Tuesday, November 22nd.  The new episode of the hit series examines the life of genius Nikola Tesla.  Tesla is revered today as one of the great minds of the 20th Century.  What few people know, though is that Tesla died penniless and unknown.  This new episode of American Experience discusses that and much more throughout its hour-long run time.

Tesla originally rose to fame for creating what would eventually become the basis for the world’s major power grids.  But what few people know of Tesla is that he didn’t stop there.  As this episode of American Experience reveals, he had much more that he wanted to address including the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and utilizing renewable energy sources among so much more.

For all of his ideas, that were obviously ages ahead of his time, Tesla never received the fame nor fortune that he so rightly deserved.  That is all discussed in this new episode of American Experience, from his fallout with Edison to losing out on countless millions due to a deal gone bad.

American Experience: Tesla will be available on Tuesday, November 22.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of American Experience online now here.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.

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American Experience: Space Men Reaches Its Own Great Heights

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Neil Armstrong.  Buzz Aldrin. Virgil “Gus” Grissom.  Every American knows their names.  Their names are taught from childhood up through adulthood.  That is because of their accomplishments during their time as astronauts with NASA.  They are just a few of the names that put the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the map over the course of its now nearly sixty years in operation.  For all of the history that has been taught about NASA and its famed astronauts through the years, one part of NASA’s history that hasn’t been so widely taught at any level is its very roots.  Thanks to PBS, though audiences recently received a healthy introduction to NASA’s roots in a new episode of its series American Experience titled Space Men.  This new episode of American Experience delves into NASA’s earliest roots, explaining the men and the tests that helped form the foundation of today’s space exploration efforts.  It will be available next Tuesday, April 19th on DVD.  For those that were not lucky enough to catch it in its initial broadcast on their local PBS stations, there is plenty to appreciate about this episode of American Experience beginning with its story.  The story, as already noted, focuses not so much on NASA’s more commonly discussed era but its earliest roots.  This will be discussed shortly.  As with so many other PBS presentations the interviews, pictures, and footage that are used to advance the story and better illustrate it add even more to its presentation.  This will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note is the program’s pacing and overall organization.  The two elements work in partnership with one another.  Together with the program’s central story and its overall content, each of the elements combine with one another to make American ExperienceSpace Men mandatory viewing for history buffs and space history buffs alike whether in the home or in the classroom.

American ExperienceSpace Men is mandatory viewing for history buffs and more specifically space history buffs alike.  This applies just as much in a home setting as in a classroom setting.  The main reason for this is the program’s story.  Rather than present the all too commonly discussed topic of the “Space Race” this program instead focuses on NASA’s earliest roots. Ironically though, it is noted early in the program’s roughly hour-long run time that even in NASA’s infancy it was in fact engaged in a space race of sorts with the Russians.  However in that time the race in question was quite different as it was just to see who could get a balloon higher into the stratosphere.  That is just one of the interesting tidbits that are revealed about NASA’s early life in this program.  Audiences also learn that if not for the concerted efforts of certain parties, America’s efforts to reach space might not have progressed beyond that original record setting balloon journey.  That is because more than once, government officials though that what would go on to be called the “Man High Project” wasn’t worth the funding.  That’s not all that audiences learn about.  They learn about the men that made everything happen, beginning with the man called “The fastest man on earth”–thanks to the tests that he underwent–Dr. John P. Stapp.  His dedication to keeping America’s earliest astronauts safe was truly laudable, as audiences will learn in watching this story.  There are also profiles of Joseph Kittinger, Davis Simons, and Clifton McClure, the men that piloted the aptly titled Man High Project in each of its flights.  This and s much more is presented in American ExperienceSpace Men’s central story.  Altogether it is more than enough reason for history buffs and space history buffs alike to watch this new episode of PBS’ history-based series.  It’s just one part of the program that makes it well worth the watch, too. The interviews, pictures, and vintage footage that are incorporated into the program add to its presentation.

The story at the center of American Experience: Space Men is in itself plenty of reason for history buffs and space history specialists alike to check out this program.  It’s just one part of what makes the documentary worth the watch.  The combined interviews, pictures, and footage that are incorporated into the episode are just as important to it as its story.  The interviews are so important to the episode because they help tell the story both from a third person perspective at times and at others from a first hand perspective.  In other words it is told collectively and wholly from the point of people who are very knowledgeable about the story and whose passion for the story is just as obvious.  The footage of the Man High project and the projects that preceded them will take viewers right back to those early days of NASA’s attempts to reach space.  The pictures that work alongside that footage add even more interest to the story and help to advance it even more.  Both of those elements, when set against the program’s interviews, will keep viewers just as engaged and entertained as the movie’s story being that they tell the program’s story.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story and its overall content are not the only important and notable of the program’s elements.  Its collective pacing and organization are just as important as its story and associated content.

There is plenty to say to the positive about American Experience: Space Men as has already been noted in the discussions about the program’s story and its overall content.  As important as both elements are to the whole of the program they are not the episode’s only important, notable elements.  The program’s collective pacing and organization are just as important to the episode’s presentation as its story and associated material.  Being that it has so much ground to cover its pacing is relatively solid from beginning to end.  Audiences will agree in watching through the program it never short-changes viewers at any point or even spends too much time on one subject or another.  Each moment in the story receives just enough attention to the end that audiences will never feel lost or bored.  In the same vein the program’s organization will keep viewers just as engaged.  The whole thing starts at the story’s end in order to set it all up.  From there, it rewinds back to the story’s beginning and sets the stage for the achievements to come.  Again through it all, no one moment receives too much or too little time.  The end result is a roughly hour-long program that is loaded with little known history and that in turn is certain to introduce many audiences to a whole new part of NASA’s history.  That is especially the case when the program’s pacing and organization are set against the episode’s story and its associated content.  All things considered American Experience: Space Men proves in the end to be a presentation that, once again, proves to be well worth the watch among history buffs and space history specialists.  It is yet more proof of why PBS remains today the last remaining bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.

American Experience: Space Men is another edition of PBS’ history-based series that is well worth the watch by its specific audience and history buffs in general.  This is thanks in part to the episode’s story.  It tells a part of NASA’s story that is rare (if ever) taught at any level of education and even known by audiences.  To that end it will keep audiences engaged and entertained.  The program’s content is just as certain to keep viewers engaged.  The program’s combined pacing and organization rounds out its most notable elements.  All things considered these elements work together to make American Experience: Space Men a program that reaches its own *ahem* heights for history buffs and space history specialists alike.  It will be available next Tuesday, April 19th and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=89071786&cp=&sr=1&kw=american+experience+space+men&origkw=american+experience+space+men&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

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PBS Reaches For The Stars In New AE Episode

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Next month PBS and PBS Distribution will reach for the stars when they release another new episode of American Experience to DVD.

PBS and PBS Distribution will release the new American Experience episode Space Men on Tuesday, April 19th.  The hour-long program focuses on the men that formed NASA’s foundation—John Paul Stapp, Cpt. Joseph Kittinger, Dr. David Simons, and others—and their impact on the agency’s future.  The story starts with Stapp’s experiments on g-force at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1940s and progresses to Project Manhigh (Man – High), which Stapp conducted alongside Dr. Simons.  From there, the story goes into even more depth as the years pass, explaining agency’s literal and figurative highs and lows.  There is even a discussion of the agency’s efforts in regards to the early days of the so-called “Space Race” in the program.  There is far more for audiences to take in over the course of the program.  It can all be taken in when the program is released on DVD on Tuesday, April 19th.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode online now via the American Experience YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK4-elKF9Z8.

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American Experience: Space Men will be released on Tuesday, April 19th.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=89071786&cp=&sr=1&kw=american+experience+space+men&origkw=american+experience+space+men&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

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PBS’ New “AE” Episode Is A Brief But In-Depth Portrait Of Bonnie & Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde are two of the most mythical figures in America’s war on crime. While not the only figures that led to the creation of the FBI in America’s first great crime wave, the duo is one of the most talked about and well-known from that period. Numerous books have been penned about the pair and just as many movies have been centered on them. And last month PBS added to that mix when it feature the pair in an episode of its hit historically based series American Experience. That episode, American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde, will be released Tuesday, February 16th. Regardless of viewers’ familiarity with the history of the infamous outlaw duo any viewer with any interest in real crime will find plenty to appreciate about this episode of American Experience beginning with its story. The story follows the lives of Bonnie and Clyde from their meager upbringings to their almost celebrity status as adults in Depression-era America. The interviews, pictures, and footage that are used to tell the story are collectively another important and notable element of the episode’s presentation. Last but hardly least of note of this DVD is its pacing and editing. It rounds out the program’s presentation. And together with the program’s central story all three elements together make American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde a good piece for any high school history class or above and just as good of a piece for anyone with any interest in America’s real crime history.

American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde is hardly the first ever profile of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. There is no getting around that. Yet even with all of the documentaries, books, movies, and more that have been churned out about the duo throughout the years, this piece still holds its own among that crowd. The main reason for that is its central story. The story focuses on the lives of Bonnie and Clyde and what continues to make them such polarizing figures even today, decades after they made their way across the country’s Southwest. It all begins with the couple’s own meager upbringings. It reveals that both Parker and Barrow grew up in less than outstanding settings. It affected both figures differently with Barrow going to a life of crime early on and Parker basically dreaming of being swept away by her own sort of prince charming. Of course that prince charming turned out to be Barrow. Just as interesting along the way is the revelation that Barrow actually did try to get Bonnie to leave him and his gang, telling her that the authorities were hunting him not her. This was well after she had already badly injured her leg in a car crash that was the result of another police pursuit. Audiences are also presented with the story of how Bonnie and Clyde broke out some friends from jail to make up his gang and even the story about the pair’s meeting with another infamous group of outlaws. As if all of that isn’t enough, the story notes as it reaches the pair’s death the despicable (in this critic’s own view) behavior of those that were near the final showdown between police and Bonnie and Clyde. It notes how after the pair was killed by police, people swarmed in like a bunch of hyenas and tried to take pieces of clothing from the pair, body parts–one person allegedly took Barrow’s trigger finger as a trophy according to the presented story, which is somewhat disturbing in all reality–and even Bonnie’s wedding ring. It makes one stop and ask one’s self who was worse, Bonnie and Clyde or the opportunistic people who just wanted a piece of the pair both figuratively and literally? These are just some of the highlights of the story presented in American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde. They are hardly the only notable moments presented in the program, too. There is much more for audiences to take in here. And they will be able to do so when they order the DVD for themselves.

The story at the center of American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde is in itself more than enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD. It is just one of the program’s important and notable elements. The collective interviews, pictures, and footage that are used to tell the story of the infamous outlaw duo. Throughout the course of the program’s near hour-long run time extended members of Bonnie and Clyde’s family are interviewed, as are academics an historians. The extended family members give first-hand stories that were passed down to them about the duo’s deeds. And it goes without saying that they add quite a bit of interest to the story. There are even additional pieces of the story added by relatives of the police that chased Bonnie and Clyde alongside insights offered by historians and academics on the importance of the events that unfolded in the search for Bonnie and Clyde and even the cultural impact of the pair’s actions on American culture. Author Bryan Burrough, who penned the nonfiction history of America’s first great crime wave Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, is also interviewed for the program. For those that have yet to read Burrough’s book, it is one of the most concise crime histories crafted by any author in recent memory. It is a wonderful companion to this program and vice versa. Getting back on topic, Bonnie and Clyde were almost idolized by Americans to a point because of the story of their meager beginnings and what they were doing. It’s very much along the same lines as that of Dillinger. He, too was seen as a hero of sorts by Americans. But that is a story for another time. The interviews are just one part of what is used to tell the story of Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree. Pictures of the pair are presented along the way alongside original newsreel footage recorded during the search for the duo. Watching the footage is like opening a long-closed time capsule and looking back to that era. It is something that must be seen to be fully appreciated. On a related note, one of the pictures receives a special mention. It is noted that the picture in question was one that Bonnie had not wanted published originally. Yet somehow it managed to be published regardless. And it would be the beginning of a profile of Bonnie and Clyde that ironically would help establish the pair’s reputation among Americans. It adds even more depth to the history behind the story of Bonnie and Clyde and in turn shows even more why the elements used to tell Parker and Barrow’s story are just as important to this program as the story itself. Both elements together show with great clarity just what makes this episode of American Experience such an interesting viewing experience both for history buffs and crime history buffs alike. Of course they are only two of the program’s important elements. The program’s collective editing and pacing round out the program.

The story that lies at the center of American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde, and the elements used to tell the program’s story are both key to its overall presentation in their own right. The story tells a brief but concise story of the outlaw duo’s short lives and what continues to make them such polarizing figures to this very day. The interviews, pictures, and footage that are used to tell the story give it even more depth even in its slightly less than sixty-minute run time. While both elements prove to be of equal importance in the overall presentation of this program, they are only part of the program’s whole. The program’s collective editing and pacing are just as key to the program as the previously noted items. The program’s editing seamlessly ties together the elements used to tell the story with the story itself to present a story that while brief (in the grand scheme) still paints a rich picture of Bonnie and Clyde and their importance in America’s history to this very day. By direct connection, the editing creates a pacing that will keep viewers just as engaged. No one part of the story receives more attention than another, thus keeping the story moving, but not so fast that it loses audiences at any point. Being that it doesn’t lose audiences, and keeps them interested (thanks in part to the program’s editing) viewers will be even more certain to remain engaged and in turn agree that the program’s other noted elements work with these elements to make American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde yet another episode of PBS’ hit historically based series that is just as valuable in the classroom as it is in the living room and to history buffs as it is to crime history buffs. Simply put, it is yet more proof of why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television today.

American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde is not the first portrait of the infamous outlaw pair to ever be presented to audiences. Numerous movies and books have been crafted about the pair. Yet even with that in mind, this latest profile of the infamous criminal duo easily holds its own against those creations. While brief its story gives a concise history of Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree and influence on America. The interviews, footage, and pictures incorporated into the story add an extra level of interest to the story, making it feel even more in-depth than the story alone proves to be. The program’s collective editing and pacing round out the program’s most notable elements. They work together and with the aforementioned elements to keep viewers engaged. This is regardless of viewers’ familiarity with Bonnie and Clyde and their history. Each element noted here proves in to be hugely important to the program in its own right. Altogether they make this program one that crime history buffs and history buffs in general will each appreciate equally. Because of this, they make it yet more proof as to why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television. It will be available February 16th and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=85258136&cp=&kw=american+experience+bonnie+and+clyde&origkw=American+Experience+bonnie+and+clyde&sr=1 for $19.99. That is a big price break from the MSRP of $24.99. More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

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PBS Delves Into America’s Crime History In New Episode Of American Experience

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This winter PBS and PBS Distribution will take audiences into the lives of two of America’s most notorious criminals when they release American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde.

American Experience: Bonnie and Clyde will be released on Tuesday, February 16th. It will be available exclusively on DVD. The approximately hour-long program follows the lives of the infamous duo both before its meeting and during its time together. It seeks to discover what continues to make Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow such polarizing figures even today. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99. However, audiences can pre-order it now online at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store at

http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=85258136&cp=&kw=american+experience+bonnie+and+clyde&origkw=American+Experience+bonnie+and+clyde&sr=1. Audiences can check out a preview of this episode of American Experience online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1_NZFZERvc.

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperience

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