WGBH Educational Foundation

To support the production of four prime time American Experience documentary films about the role of science and technology in history

  • Amount $2,000,000
  • City Boston, MA
  • Investigator Mark Samels
  • Year 2017
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Television

This grant provides funds to the popular television history series American Experience for the production of four new shows for a total of eight hours of new, prime time science programming over the next two years. Supported shows include one two-hour series on the history of the eugenics movement (“Eugenics on Trial”) and one four-hour series about the decade-long U.S. effort to reach the moon (“Chasing the Moon”). The other two shows include a one-hour documentary about Alfred Loomis and the team of scientists who helped develop radar and the atomic bomb during World War II (“Tuxedo Park”), and a one-hour special  about advances in the science of deep sea exploration and rescue (“SeaLab”).

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