Featured this Month


From John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, PBS presents a special encore broadcast of The Presidents, the Peabody Award-winning series of biographies from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. As part of its lineup of programming tied to the presidential election, PBS has scheduled encore broadcasts of six AMERICAN EXPERIENCE biographies from the Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents. The special series begins on Monday, August 8 with a two-night special on JFK, and concludes Thursday, August 18 with George H. W. Bush.

“These films offer a chance for Americans to explore the lives of the leaders who shaped our country and see how each dealt with many of the same issues we face today — war, poverty, healthcare, immigration, and education,” said Mark Samels, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer. “Each was shaped by the times in which they governed, as well as by their personalities and character. As we choose our next leader, these films provide an invaluable look back at the qualities that make an effective president and shape a legacy.”

The six films feature insight and commentary from America’s leading presidential historians including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali, and Douglas Brinkley, and interviews with world leaders, family members, and political insiders from Nancy Reagan to Colin Powell, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barbara Bush.

August Highlights

  • POV: Iris
  • The Boys of '36: American Experience
  • Brazil with Michael Palin
  • Katrina Ten Years After
  • Inside Poldark
  • The Songs of the Mamas and the Papas
  • I Miss Downton Abbey

Full WPBT2 Schedule

(Print out a pdf version of our monthly primetime schedule here)