American History TV Schedule

Week of August 5 through August 12

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, August 8
8:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.Reel America "The Spirit of Hiroshima" - 1996This documentary looks at the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan through the ... This documentary looks at the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan through the stories of several survivors. The film also features a young family in Hiroshima, born after the bombing, who are trying to make sense of the tragedy during the 50th anniversary. This independent film was produced and directed by Geoffrey Poister has been restored and updated to mark the 75th anniversary. 8:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Oral Histories Eugene DiSabatinoWorld War II Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, ... World War II Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, which included being stationed at Los Alamos and accompanying the second bomb to Japan. This interview was recorded in 2012 by the National World War II Museum. 10:00 AM EDTApprox. 35 min.American Artifacts Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb ExhibitPeter Kuznick gave a tour of an exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima ... Peter Kuznick gave a tour of an exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, American University Museum marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing of those cities with an exhibit. The exhibit included artifacts from the ruins, photographs, drawings by surviving children, and six large folding screen paintings by Japanese artists Ira and Toshi Maruki.
10:35 AM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America President of the United States" - 1948This biographical film on the life of President Harry Truman was made during his first term and ... This biographical film on the life of President Harry Truman was made during his first term and includes a visit to his hometown in Missouri, scenes in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco during the conference that founded the United Nations. 11:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Baseball & American CitiesAuthor Paul Goldberger discussed his book "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City." He explored ... Author Paul Goldberger discussed his book "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City." He explored the relationship between American cities and the growth of baseball, looking at the changing architecture and locations of ballparks over the years and what those reveal about society and culture at-large. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video. 12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency Portraying Abraham LincolnThis was a conversation about portraying Abraham Lincoln on the stage. Ford's Theatre director ... This was a conversation about portraying Abraham Lincoln on the stage. Ford's Theatre director Paul Tetreault talked with playwright Richard Hellesen who wrote "Necessary Sacrifices" -- a Ford's commissioned play about two meetings between Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They were joined by actors David Selby and Craig Wallace who played Lincoln and Douglass, respectively. Ford's Theatre provided this video.
1:00 PM EDTApprox. 54 min.Researching the USS IndianapolisThis program was about the critical World War II role -- and ultimately tragic story -- of the USS ... This program was about the critical World War II role -- and ultimately tragic story -- of the USS Indianapolis, which sank in shark-infested waters after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. The ship had just completed a secret mission delivering parts used in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, co-authors of "Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man," spoke at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 1:54 PM EDTApprox. 2 hr. 6 min.Oral Histories Joan Trumpauer MulhollandJoan Trumpauer Mulholland recalled participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides, attending Tougaloo ... Joan Trumpauer Mulholland recalled participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides, attending Tougaloo College and serving time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary with other civil rights activists. This interview was part of an oral history project on the civil rights movement initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 4:00 PM EDTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf Johanna Neuman, "Gilded Suffragists"Johanna Neuman talks about her book, Gilded Suffragists, with Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour. She ... Johanna Neuman talks about her book, Gilded Suffragists, with Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour. She discusses the women of New York's social elite who joined the suffrage movement in the early 20th century. C-SPAN recorded this event in October 2017.
4:55 PM EDTApprox. 5 min.Reel America August 11, 1960 Universal NewsreelThis 1960 Universal Newsreel contains the following stories: President Eisenhower holds a press ... This 1960 Universal Newsreel contains the following stories: President Eisenhower holds a press conference; military training in the Congo; Fidel Castro's government nationalizes the Cuban Telephone Company, and a young Prince Charles makes his first trip to Wales. 5:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.U.S. Immigration Policy Since 1924 LawAuthor Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the ... Author Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the evolution of U.S. policy since the Immigration Act of 1924. Ms. Yang examined the racial, economic and moral debates leading up to the passage of that law, and how those factors influenced immigration legislation throughout the 20th century. This event took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth provided the video. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Harold Holzer on Civil War ObjectsHistorian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about ... Historian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about artifacts featured in their joint publication, "The Civil War in 50 Objects." In this program, they discussed art created during and after the war including paintings of Abraham Lincoln, the Irish Brigade and battle scenes. This conversation took place online and the New-York Historical Society provided the video.
6:45 PM EDTApprox. 4 min.Reel America Universal Newsreel September 19, 1967This Universal Newsreel includes segements on a hurricane flooding the east coast, President ... This Universal Newsreel includes segements on a hurricane flooding the east coast, President Johnson visits Truman in Missouri, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations holds conference in Florida, and Carrier Forrestal returns home. 6:49 PM EDTApprox. 5 min.Bush Family GravesiteWarren Finch, Director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, took a walk to the ... Warren Finch, Director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, took a walk to the burial site of President George H.W. Bush at his Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. The 41st President was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara, and their daughter Robin. 6:54 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.Life of Hollywood Artist Milicent PatrickAuthor and filmmaker Mallory O'Meara discussed her book, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: ... Author and filmmaker Mallory O'Meara discussed her book, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick," which explores the life of the Disney animator, actor, and make-up artist who designed the iconic "Creature from the Black Lagoon" costume. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video.
8:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.Lectures in History Polio Epidemic in the United StatesDavidson College professor Sally McMillen talked about the polio epidemic in the United States in ... Davidson College professor Sally McMillen talked about the polio epidemic in the United States in the early to mid-20th century. Fear of contracting polio grew following a series of outbreaks, including one in 1916 that started in Brooklyn, New York, and eventually killed more than 6,000 people. She also spoke about the efforts of President Franklin Roosevelt to help find a cure, in part by starting the March of Dimes organization. 9:10 PM EDTApprox. 50 min.Life & Legacy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren BurgerNew York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the ... New York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. Mr. Sexton served as law clerk to Justice Burger in 1980-81. The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted this event at the Supreme Court. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.Reel America "Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki"Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives ... Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives documenting the aftermath of the atomic bombs of August, 1945. Some of the films were shot by Japanese newsreel teams, then confiscated by the U.S. military and hidden from the public for decades. Another set of color films were shot by Japanese and American teams, then were classified as well. Clips of the films are shown as Mr. Mitchell discusses their history. Greg Mitchell is the author of "Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made." This program includes scenes of atomic bomb victims that some viewers may find disturbing.
10:31 PM EDTApprox. 24 min.Reel America "A Thousand Cranes - The Children of Hiroshima" - 1962Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make ... Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make this film after learning that cancer from radiation continued to affect atomic bomb survivors and their children. The film documents the origins of Hiroshima's Peace Park, and tells the story of how hand-made paper cranes became a symbol of peace and remembrance for the victims of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. 10:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Oral Histories World War II Veteran Harlan TwibleU.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it ... U.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk in shark-infested waters by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew had just delivered atomic bomb parts to Tinian island for the weapon that would be used on the city of Hiroshima. Surviving crew members - only 317 out of 1,196 -- were not rescued for several days. The National World War II Museum recorded this interview.
Sunday, August 9
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.Lectures in History Polio Epidemic in the United StatesDavidson College professor Sally McMillen talked about the polio epidemic in the United States in ... Davidson College professor Sally McMillen talked about the polio epidemic in the United States in the early to mid-20th century. Fear of contracting polio grew following a series of outbreaks, including one in 1916 that started in Brooklyn, New York, and eventually killed more than 6,000 people. She also spoke about the efforts of President Franklin Roosevelt to help find a cure, in part by starting the March of Dimes organization. 1:09 AM EDTApprox. 51 min.Life & Legacy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren BurgerNew York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the ... New York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. Mr. Sexton served as law clerk to Justice Burger in 1980-81. The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted this event at the Supreme Court. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf Johanna Neuman, "Gilded Suffragists"Johanna Neuman talks about her book, Gilded Suffragists, with Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour. She ... Johanna Neuman talks about her book, Gilded Suffragists, with Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour. She discusses the women of New York's social elite who joined the suffrage movement in the early 20th century. C-SPAN recorded this event in October 2017.
2:55 AM EDTApprox. 5 min.Reel America August 18, 1960 Universal NewsreelThis newsreel includes stories about the trial of U-2 spy pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot ... This newsreel includes stories about the trial of U-2 spy pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. Scenes of the trial are followed by President Eisenhower commenting at a news conference. An Air Force balloonist who performed a record setting flight and jump is also featured. 3:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.U.S. Immigration Policy Since 1924 LawAuthor Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the ... Author Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the evolution of U.S. policy since the Immigration Act of 1924. Ms. Yang examined the racial, economic and moral debates leading up to the passage of that law, and how those factors influenced immigration legislation throughout the 20th century. This event took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth provided the video. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Harold Holzer on Civil War ObjectsHistorian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about ... Historian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about artifacts featured in their joint publication, "The Civil War in 50 Objects." In this program, they discussed art created during and after the war including paintings of Abraham Lincoln, the Irish Brigade and battle scenes. This conversation took place online and the New-York Historical Society provided the video.
4:45 AM EDTApprox. 4 min.Reel America Universal Newsreel September 19, 1967This Universal Newsreel includes segements on a hurricane flooding the east coast, President ... This Universal Newsreel includes segements on a hurricane flooding the east coast, President Johnson visits Truman in Missouri, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations holds conference in Florida, and Carrier Forrestal returns home. 4:49 AM EDTApprox. 6 min.Congressman David Price D-4thRep. David Price (D-NC-4th District) discussed his district's history and economy. Rep. David Price (D-NC-4th District) discussed his district's history and economy. 4:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Life of Hollywood Artist Milicent PatrickAuthor and filmmaker Mallory O'Meara discussed her book, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: ... Author and filmmaker Mallory O'Meara discussed her book, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick," which explores the life of the Disney animator, actor, and make-up artist who designed the iconic "Creature from the Black Lagoon" costume. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video.
5:55 AM EDTApprox. 5 min.Reel America August 22, 1960 Universal NewsreelThis newsreel features stories about a NASA space capsule, a replica of Liberty Bell arriving in ... This newsreel features stories about a NASA space capsule, a replica of Liberty Bell arriving in Houston, and athletes arriving in Rome for the 1960 Olympic Games. 6:00 AM EDTApprox. 2 hr. 5 min.Oral Histories Joan Trumpauer MulhollandJoan Trumpauer Mulholland recalled participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides, attending Tougaloo ... Joan Trumpauer Mulholland recalled participating in the 1961 Freedom Rides, attending Tougaloo College and serving time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary with other civil rights activists. This interview was part of an oral history project on the civil rights movement initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 8:05 AM EDTApprox. 17 min.Reel America "Combat Bulletin No. 65" - July 1945This World War II Combat Bulletin for military personnel covers the July-August 1945 Potsdam ... This World War II Combat Bulletin for military personnel covers the July-August 1945 Potsdam Conference meeting of President Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill. Other stories include fighting in Asia near Borneo and several reports about the aftermath of the invasion of the Pacific island of Okinawa. The U.S. War Department used these "restricted" newsreels to distribute combat developments to their officers and enlisted men.
8:22 AM EDTApprox. 8 min.George H.W. Bush Memorial ExhibitAfter the passing of President George H.W. Bush in 2018, his Presidential Library and Museum ... After the passing of President George H.W. Bush in 2018, his Presidential Library and Museum opened an exhibit honoring the 41st President displaying items from his memorial services. Warren Finch, Director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, gave a tour of the exhibit. 8:30 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America "A Thousand Cranes - The Children of Hiroshima" - 1962Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make ... Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make this film after learning that cancer from radiation continued to affect atomic bomb survivors and their children. The film documents the origins of Hiroshima's Peace Park, and tells the story of how hand-made paper cranes became a symbol of peace and remembrance for the victims of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. 9:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.American History TVPeople and events that help document the American Story. People and events that help document the American Story.
10:00 AM EDTApprox. 31 min.Reel America "Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki"Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives ... Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives documenting the aftermath of the atomic bombs of August, 1945. Some of the films were shot by Japanese newsreel teams, then confiscated by the U.S. military and hidden from the public for decades. Another set of color films were shot by Japanese and American teams, then were classified as well. Clips of the films are shown as Mr. Mitchell discusses their history. Greg Mitchell is the author of "Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made." This program includes scenes of atomic bomb victims that some viewers may find disturbing. 10:31 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 29 min.Oral Histories World War II Veteran Ben BedersonIn this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson ... In this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos and working on the ignition switches of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. 12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.Lectures in History 1920s Culture & SocietyMichael Kazin talked about culture and society in the 1920s. He spoke about Prohibition and the ... Michael Kazin talked about culture and society in the 1920s. He spoke about Prohibition and the exploits of the gangster Al Capone, who eventually went to prison on tax evasion charges, the motion picture industry and the new production codes that sought to reduce sexuality in films, and the 1925 State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial, in which a high school teacher faced charges of unlawfully teaching evolution in a state-funded school.
1:20 PM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Harold Holzer on Civil War ObjectsHistorian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about ... Historian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society talked about artifacts featured in their joint publication "The Civil War in 50 Objects." In this program, they discussed objects related soldiers' uniforms and accoutrements. This conversation took place online and the New-York Historical Society provided the video. 2:05 PM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America President of the United States" - 1948This biographical film on the life of President Harry Truman was made during his first term and ... This biographical film on the life of President Harry Truman was made during his first term and includes a visit to his hometown in Missouri, scenes in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco during the conference that founded the United Nations. 2:30 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.Oral Histories World War II Veteran Ben BedersonIn this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson ... In this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos and working on the ignition switches of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
4:00 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.Reel America "Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki"Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives ... Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives documenting the aftermath of the atomic bombs of August, 1945. Some of the films were shot by Japanese newsreel teams, then confiscated by the U.S. military and hidden from the public for decades. Another set of color films were shot by Japanese and American teams, then were classified as well. Clips of the films are shown as Mr. Mitchell discusses their history. Greg Mitchell is the author of "Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made." This program includes scenes of atomic bomb victims that some viewers may find disturbing. 4:31 PM EDTApprox. 24 min.Reel America "A Thousand Cranes - The Children of Hiroshima" - 1962Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make ... Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make this film after learning that cancer from radiation continued to affect atomic bomb survivors and their children. The film documents the origins of Hiroshima's Peace Park, and tells the story of how hand-made paper cranes became a symbol of peace and remembrance for the victims of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. 4:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 1 min.Oral Histories World War II Veteran Harlan TwibleU.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it ... U.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk in shark-infested waters by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew had just delivered atomic bomb parts to Tinian island for the weapon that would be used on the city of Hiroshima. Surviving crew members - only 317 out of 1,196 -- were not rescued for several days. The National World War II Museum recorded this interview.
5:56 PM EDTApprox. 4 min.Tour of San Antonio's Pearl DistrictRichard Oliver of Visit San Antonio explained the history of the city's Pearl District and the ... Richard Oliver of Visit San Antonio explained the history of the city's Pearl District and the influence of German immigrants 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 29 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color PhotographsDuring the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images. 6:29 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color Photographs Part 2During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
7:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 1 min.Hiroshima, Nagasaki and End of World War IIAugust 9 marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, devastating the city ... August 9 marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, devastating the city of Nagasaki three days after the first attack on Hiroshima. Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945, with the formal surrender ceremony taking place on September 2 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal were LIVE on this morning of the Nagasaki anniversary to examine President Harry Truman's decision to use the new weapon and the legacy of these atomic attacks. Guests included Richard Frank, author of "Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire," and Peter Kuznick, director of American University's Nuclear Studies Institute. 8:01 PM EDTApprox. 58 min.The Presidency Potsdam Conference 75th AnniversaryMichael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the ... Michael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the personalities and stakes involved at the 1945 Potsdam Conference convened near the end of World War II. President Truman had just assumed office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he met with Britian's Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Josef Stalin. It was during these meetings from July 17 to August 2 that Mr. Truman informed his Soviet counterpart about the new U.S. "super" weapon -- it would soon be unleashed on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Truman Library Institute provided this video. 8:59 PM EDTApprox. 56 min.The Presidency President Truman & the Atomic BombEducation director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum ... Education director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman's decision to use atomic bombs, including White House documents and a sketch of a test explosion. He also featured Mr. Truman's recorded announcement of the Hiroshima bomb and footage of him explaining years later why he used the new weapon. The Truman Library Institute provided this video.
9:55 PM EDTApprox. 5 min.Reel America August 1945 Universal NewsreelThis 1945 Universal Newsreel includes stories about the Potsdam Declaration of Joseph Stalin, ... This 1945 Universal Newsreel includes stories about the Potsdam Declaration of Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and President Harry Truman, the science behind the atom bomb, and Truman's speech announcing the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color PhotographsDuring the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images. 10:30 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color Photographs Part 2During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
11:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 2 min.Hiroshima, Nagasaki and End of World War IIAugust 9 marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, devastating the city ... August 9 marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, devastating the city of Nagasaki three days after the first attack on Hiroshima. Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945, with the formal surrender ceremony taking place on September 2 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal were LIVE on this morning of the Nagasaki anniversary to examine President Harry Truman's decision to use the new weapon and the legacy of these atomic attacks. Guests included Richard Frank, author of "Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire," and Peter Kuznick, director of American University's Nuclear Studies Institute.
Monday, August 10
12:02 AM EDTApprox. 58 min.The Presidency Potsdam Conference 75th AnniversaryMichael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the ... Michael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the personalities and stakes involved at the 1945 Potsdam Conference convened near the end of World War II. President Truman had just assumed office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he met with Britian's Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Josef Stalin. It was during these meetings from July 17 to August 2 that Mr. Truman informed his Soviet counterpart about the new U.S. "super" weapon -- it would soon be unleashed on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Truman Library Institute provided this video. 1:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.The Presidency President Truman & the Atomic BombEducation director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum ... Education director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman's decision to use atomic bombs, including White House documents and a sketch of a test explosion. He also featured Mr. Truman's recorded announcement of the Hiroshima bomb and footage of him explaining years later why he used the new weapon. The Truman Library Institute provided this video. 1:55 AM EDTApprox. 5 min.San Antonio River WalkThe San Antonio River Walk is a major attraction for the city. Historian Lewis Fisher talked about ... The San Antonio River Walk is a major attraction for the city. Historian Lewis Fisher talked about how this depression era project became an oasis in the in the heart of the city's downtown.
2:00 AM EDTApprox. 31 min.Reel America "Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki"Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives ... Author and historian Greg Mitchell discusses a collection of films from the U.S. National Archives documenting the aftermath of the atomic bombs of August, 1945. Some of the films were shot by Japanese newsreel teams, then confiscated by the U.S. military and hidden from the public for decades. Another set of color films were shot by Japanese and American teams, then were classified as well. Clips of the films are shown as Mr. Mitchell discusses their history. Greg Mitchell is the author of "Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made." This program includes scenes of atomic bomb victims that some viewers may find disturbing. 2:31 AM EDTApprox. 24 min.Reel America "A Thousand Cranes - The Children of Hiroshima" - 1962Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make ... Living in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 1962, American Betty Jean Lifton was inspired to make this film after learning that cancer from radiation continued to affect atomic bomb survivors and their children. The film documents the origins of Hiroshima's Peace Park, and tells the story of how hand-made paper cranes became a symbol of peace and remembrance for the victims of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. 2:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 1 min.Oral Histories World War II Veteran Harlan TwibleU.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it ... U.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk in shark-infested waters by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew had just delivered atomic bomb parts to Tinian island for the weapon that would be used on the city of Hiroshima. Surviving crew members - only 317 out of 1,196 -- were not rescued for several days. The National World War II Museum recorded this interview.
3:56 AM EDTApprox. 4 min.Reel America August 15, 1960 Universal NewsreelThis newsreel from the National Archives contains the following stories: Earth-orbiting satellite ... This newsreel from the National Archives contains the following stories: Earth-orbiting satellite Discoverer 13 returns to Earth; Echo I communications satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral; and an X-15 rocket plane reaches record high altitude. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 29 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color PhotographsDuring the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images. 4:29 AM EDTApprox. 31 min.American Artifacts 1930s-40s Color Photographs Part 2During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
5:00 AM EDTApprox. 51 min.Life & Legacy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren BurgerNew York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the ... New York University law school professor and NYU President Emeritus John Sexton talks about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. Mr. Sexton served as law clerk to Justice Burger in 1980-81. The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted this event at the Supreme Court. 5:51 AM EDTApprox. 9 min.Catherine Clinton, "Confederate Statues and Memorialization"Author Catherine Clinton talked about her book, "Confederate Statues and Memorialization". Author Catherine Clinton talked about her book, "Confederate Statues and Memorialization". 6:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency Potsdam Conference 75th AnniversaryMichael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the ... Michael Neiberg -- war studies chair at the U.S. Army War College -- talked about the personalities and stakes involved at the 1945 Potsdam Conference convened near the end of World War II. President Truman had just assumed office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he met with Britian's Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Josef Stalin. It was during these meetings from July 17 to August 2 that Mr. Truman informed his Soviet counterpart about the new U.S. "super" weapon -- it would soon be unleashed on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Truman Library Institute provided this video.
7:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency President Truman & the Atomic BombEducation director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum ... Education director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman's decision to use atomic bombs, including White House documents and a sketch of a test explosion. He also featured Mr. Truman's recorded announcement of the Hiroshima bomb and footage of him explaining years later why he used the new weapon. The Truman Library Institute provided this video.