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American Experience

The Codebreaker

Season 33 Episode 1

Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government.

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Flood in the Desert
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Flood in the Desert

Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.
Season 34 Episode 3
The American Diplomat
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The American Diplomat

Three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the State Department during Cold War.
Season 34 Episode 2
Riveted: The History of Jeans
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Riveted: The History of Jeans

Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.
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Part 2 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience
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Part 2 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

William Randolph Hearst continued his rise to power and expansion into Hollywood.
Season 33 Episode 44
Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience
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Part 1 |Citizen Hearst | American Experience

The life of William Randolph Hearst, who transformed the media’s role in American life.
Season 33 Episode 43
The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish
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1:52:49
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The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Spanish

The Blinding of Isaac Woodard with Spanish subtitles.
Season 33 Episode 42