American Experience (season 25)

Season twenty-five of the television program American Experience originally aired on the PBS network in the United States on January 8, 2013 and concluded on November 12, 2013. The show celebrated its 25th anniversary. The season contained eight new episodes and began with the first part of The Abolitionists film, "From Courage to Freedom".[1]

American Experience
Season 25
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Original networkPBS
Original releaseJanuary 8 (2013-01-08) –
November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)
Season chronology
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List of episodes


No. in
TitleDirected byCategoriesOriginal air date
2851"The Abolitionists (Part 1)"[2]Rob RapleyBiographies, Civil RightsJanuary 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)

  • Part 1: "From Courage to Freedom"
2862"The Abolitionists (Part 2)"Rob RapleyBiographies, Civil RightsJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)

  • Part 2: "Before Brother Fought Brother"
2873"The Abolitionists (Part 3)"Rob RapleyBiographies, Civil RightsJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)

  • Part 3: "A House Dividing"
2884"Henry Ford"[3]Sarah ColtBiographies, Popular CultureJanuary 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)
2895"Silicon Valley"[4]Randall MacLowryBiographies, Popular Culture, TechnologyFebruary 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
2906"War of the Worlds"[6]Cathleen O'ConnellPopular CultureOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Recounts and examines the impact of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) airing of the radio episode, "The War of the Worlds" on October 30, 1938 and its presenter Orson Welles. The radio episode was based on the science fiction novel of the same name by English author H. G. Wells. The radio series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, broadcast a mock news report that claimed there was an alien invasion by Martians. The broadcast produced numerous news reports of listeners responding with panic and mass hysteria.[5]
2917"JFK (Part 1)"[8]Susan BellowsBiographies, Politics, PresidentsNovember 11, 2013 (2013-11-11)
Chronicles the life, presidency, and murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and the eighth President to die while in office. The film aired to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination that occurred on November 22, 1963.[7]
2928"JFK (Part 2)"Susan BellowsBiographies, Politics, PresidentsNovember 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)
Part two of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy biopic. The film aired to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination that occurred on November 22, 1963.


  1. ^ "Series Overview". American Experience. WGBH Educational Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  2. ^ "American Experience | The Abolitionists". PBS. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "American Experience | Henry Ford". PBS. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "American Experience | Silicon Valley". PBS. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Kehr, Dave (October 24, 2013). "Disturbing Aliens, Some From Space". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  6. ^ "American Experience | War of the Worlds". PBS. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  7. ^ McNamara, Mary (November 11, 2013). "Review: PBS' 'American Experience: JFK' is the Kennedy Special to See". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  8. ^ "American Experience | JFK". PBS. Retrieved October 31, 2013.