Tag Archives: American Experience

The Great Famine

Watch American Experience: The Great Famine at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 11 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Considered one of the worst natural disasters in Europe, the Russian famine of 1921 is a prime example of the American tradition to help people. For two years Americans fed millions of people in Soviet Russia to save them from Starvation.  Nearly a century later we continue this trend by helping people in countries all over the world recover from natural disasters – yet another reason I’m proud to be an American.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Watch American Experience: Triangle Fire at 8:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Triangle FireI have always assumed that current workplace standards and policies were created over the years based on a combination of long-term realizations of necessity and major events.  However, I had never heard of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that occurred in New York City in March of 1911.  This one tragic event that occurred 100 years ago not only left New York with a whole new set of workplace regulations, but laid the path for our entire country to make employee safety a primary concern.   It’s amazing to think back to how things used to work and compare them to now.  I still find random tornado and fire drills annoying, but I am happy to live in a time where tragedies such as this are few and far between.

The Life of Robert E. Lee

Watch American Experience: Robert E. Lee at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Some hated him, others considered him a god.  Even a century and a half after his death, his life has continued to amaze people.  Find out why a military general serving during the bloodiest years in American history is celebrated with statues in countless cities and featured on two postage stamps.  American Experience covers the life and reputation of Robert E. Lee in this can’t-miss documentary.  I’ve attached a brief preview below, note this is not for WPT and you should ignore the January 3rd air date.

A Genius Within

Watch American Masters: Genius Within, The Inner Life of Glenn Gould at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.

There are some artists who seem to appear from nowhere and are obviously ahead of their time. In the case of the talented Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, he arrived in the public consciousness just as quickly as he left this world too soon. An enigmatic performer with a unique style that threw a wrench in the classical music world, Gould was a force of nature who gave up live performance in favor of capturing his work in recordings. When he died at the age of 50, he left a lifetime of work that is still appreciated by musicians all over the world. Enjoy the trailer for this interesting film of Gould’s life story and then watch the documentary on Wisconsin Public Television.