A Window to the World

PBS has a strong legacy of offering renowned historical programs that help viewers better understand our nation and the world around them. These include groundbreaking documentaries by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., such as THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS and AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, and Stanley Nelson’s lauded filmography, including THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION and FREEDOM RIDERS.

In addition, for nearly three decades, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television's most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as "peerless" (The Wall Street Journal), "the most consistently enriching program on television" (Chicago Tribune) and "a beacon of intelligence and purpose" (Houston Chronicle).

PBS is also the broadcast home of Ken Burns's acclaimed body of work, which includes over 100 hours of landmark documentary programming. Since his first film, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, aired on PBS in 1981, Mr. Burns has delivered groundbreaking programs that teach Americans about our nation’s history, while uncovering the rich cultural tapestry that is intertwined across issues of politics, race, persistence and hope.