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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

4 October 1988
An account of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent effort to rebuild.

F. Murray Abraham ... Himself / Narrator

Season 1, Episode 2: Radio Bikini

10 June 1988
It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test. Shows great footage from these times and tells the story of the US Navy Sailors who were exposed to radioactive fallout. One interviewed sailor suffered grotesquely swollen limbs and he is shown being interviewed with enormous left arm and hand.
Kilon Bauno ... Himself - Chief of the Bikinians
John Smitherman ... Himself - Veteran of nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946
Warren Austin ... Himself - US Delegate to UN (archive footage)
Bernard Baruch ... Himself (archive footage)
W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral William H.P. Blandy)

Albert Einstein ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
James Forrestal ... Himself (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow P. Swancutt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Woodrow Swancutt)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold Urey ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
Lee Van Atta ... Himself - Radio Reporter (archive sound) (voice)
William E. Kepner ... Himself - Delivering Motivation Address (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 3: Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo

18 October 1988
A profile of historian Angie Debo and her exposure of the governmental conspiracy to steal mineral-rich lands from their tribal owners.

Nancy Allen ... Herself
Rhonda Coullet ... Narrator
Angie Debo ... Herself

Season 1, Episode 4: Eric Sevareid's Not So Wild a Dream

25 October 1988
Journalist Eric Sevareid recounts his experiences growing up during the Great Depression and World War II.
Eric Sevareid ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 5: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

1 November 1988

Season 1, Episode 6: Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?

8 November 1988
A look at modern-day cowboys in the Wyoming Rockies.

Glenn Close ... Herself - Narrator (voice)

Robert Redford ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 7: Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close

15 November 1988
Filmmaker Robert Drew updates his 1963 documentary Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) which followed the confrontation between President Kennedy and Alabama governor George Wallace.
Nicholas Katzenbach ... Himself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
George Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 8: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

22 November 1988
The life of Geronimo, as told by the Chiricahua Apaches.

Season 1, Episode 9: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Revisited

29 November 1988
Writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans revisit the Alabama tenant system depicted in their 1936 book "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men".
James Agee ... Himself (archive footage)
Walker Evans ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 10: That Rhythm... Those Blues

6 December 1988

Season 1, Episode 11: The Radio Priest

13 December 1988
The story of Father Charles Coughlin who, during the Depression, used the radio to protest against what he saw as society's ills.
Irv Drasnin ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 12: Hearts and Hands

20 December 1988
The historical events of nineteenth-century America as depicted in the quilts of the country's women.

Season 1, Episode 13: Views of a Vanishing Frontier

27 December 1988
An exploration of the Native Americans of 1830s western America, as seen through the eyes of European travelers Prince Maximilian of Bavaria and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer.
George P. Horse Capture ... Himself

Werner Klemperer ... Prince Maximilian of Bavaria (voice)

Sam Waterston ... Narrator (voice)

Season 1, Episode 14: Eudora Welty: One Writer's Beginnings

3 January 1989
A profile on American writer Eudora Welty.

Eudora Welty ... Herself

Season 1, Episode 15: The World That Moses Built

10 January 1989

Robert Moses ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 16: Sins of Our Mothers

17 January 1989
The story of Emeline Bachelder, an early 19th-century New Englander who married a younger man - only to discover that he was the son she had give up when she was fourteen.
Nettie Mitchell ... Herself

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Great Air Race of 1924

3 October 1989
Follows the 1924 attempt by four U.S. Army Air Corps biplanes to circumnavigate the globe.

Season 2, Episode 2: Demon Rum

10 October 1989
The spread of Prohibition from Henry Ford's Detroit factories nationwide

Season 2, Episode 3: A Family Gathering

17 October 1989
Lise Yasui explores three generations of her Japanese-American family - from their immigration to Oregon in the early 1900s through their imprisonment in internment camps during World War Two.

Season 2, Episode 4: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

24 October 1989

Season 2, Episode 5: The Great War: 1918

31 October 1989
America's experiences in France during World War I.

Season 2, Episode 6: Forever Baseball

7 November 1989

Season 2, Episode 7: Adam Clayton Powell

14 November 1989

Season 2, Episode 8: Mr. Sears' Catalogue

21 November 1989

Season 2, Episode 9: Battle for Wilderness

5 December 1989

Season 2, Episode 10: Ballad of a Mountain Man

12 December 1989

Season 2, Episode 11: Forbidden City, USA

19 December 1989

Season 2, Episode 12: Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil

8 January 1990

Season 2, Episode 13: Roots of Resistance: The Story of the Underground Railroad

15 January 1990


Ruby Dee ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 14: Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven

29 January 1990

Season 2, Episode 15: God Bless America and Poland, Too

12 February 1990


Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Lindbergh

August 1990

Arnold Forster ... Himself
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Stacy Keach ... Himself (voice)
Max Lerner ... Himself
Anne Morrow Lindbergh ... Herself
Charles A. Lindbergh ... Himself (archive footage)
Jon Lindbergh ... Himself
Reeve Lindbergh ... Herself
Ed Morrow ... Himself
James Newton ... Himself

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. ... Himself (as Arthur Schlesinger)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 2: Nixon: Part I

8 October 1990
Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, and then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, from a meteoric rise to Congress to the presidency and the morass of Watergate, unfold in three parts: The Quest, Triumph, and The Fall. This is the first of three parts.
Helen Gahagan ... Herself (archive footage) (as Helen gahagan Douglas)

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 3, Episode 3: Richard Nixon: Part II

15 October 1990
Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, and then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, from a meteoric rise to Congress to the presidency and the morass of Watergate, unfold in three parts: The Quest, Triumph, and The Fall. This is the second of three parts.

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 4: Nixon: Part III

22 October 1990
Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, and then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, from a meteoric rise to Congress to the presidency and the morass of Watergate, unfold in three parts: The Quest, Triumph, and The Fall. This is the third of three parts.

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 3, Episode 5: The Crash of 1929

19 November 1990
Examines the stock market crash of 1929 with interviews from descendants of several Wall Street insiders.

Philip Bosco ... Narrator
Reuben L. Cain ... Himself - Stock Salesman, 1929
Calvin Coolidge ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Rita Mitchell Cushman ... Herself - Daughter of Charles E. Mitchell
William C. Durant ... Himself - Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors (archive footage)

Thomas A. Edison ... Himself - Inventor (archive footage)
Henry Ford ... Himself - Former CEO of The Ford Motor Car Company (archive footage)
John Kenneth Galbraith ... Himself - Economist
Manly P. Hall ... Himself - Founder, Philosophical Research Society
Herbert Hoover ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Ben Karol ... Himself - Newpaper Delivery Boy, 1929
Edward Lamont ... Himself - Grandson of Thomas W. Lamont
Patricia Livermore ... Herself - Daughter-In-Law of Jesse Livermore
Arthur Marx ... Himself - Son of Groucho Marx
Tom McCormick ... Himself - Stock Sales Clerk, 1929
Craig Mitchell ... Himself - Son of of Charles E. Mitchell
J.P. Morgan ... Himself - President of J.P. Morgan Bank (archive footage)
Michael Nesbitt ... Himself - Grandson of Michael J. Meehan

Babe Ruth ... Himself - Yankees #3 (archive footage)
Aristo Scrobogna ... Himself - Secretary to William C. Durant
Horace Silverstone ... Himself - Nyse Telephone Clerk, 1929
Robert Sobel ... Himself - Historian
William Howard Taft ... Himself - Chief Justice of the United States (archive footage)
Jimmy Walker ... Himself - Mayor of New York City (archive footage)

Season 3, Episode 6: The Iron Road

26 November 1990
The building of the railroad between Sacramento, California and Omaha, Nebraska.

Season 3, Episode 7: The Satellite Sky

3 December 1990

Season 3, Episode 8: Insanity on Trial

17 December 1990
The assassination of President James Garfield in 1880 by Charles Guiteau, who believed his actions were ordained by God, resulted in a trial where the plea "innocent by reason of insanity" was used for the first time.

Kyle MacLachlan ... Narrator
Ron Vawter ... Charles Guiteau
Bart Whiteman ... James Garfield
Robert Fields ... George Scoville
Adolph Mall ... Judge Cox

Marty McDonough ... District Attorney Cockhill

Kevin Murray ... Mr Jocelyn
Scott Edson ... Mr Phelps
Ted McAdams ... Dr. Spitzka
Paul Anderson ... Dr. Gray
Bob Appleton ... Mr Gorham
Beverly Brigham
Richard Kirstel ... Garfield's Physician
Ernest McClure
Karl Otter ... Police Stenographer
Faith Potts
Irwin Ziff ... Guard
Irv Ziff ... Guard

Season 3, Episode 9: After the Crash

7 January 1991

Season 3, Episode 10: Los Mineros

28 January 1991

Season 3, Episode 11: Coney Island

4 February 1991
The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

Philip Bosco ... Narrator

Andrei Codrescu ... (voice)

Vincent Gardenia ... Himself

Judd Hirsch ... (voice)

Nathan Lane ... (voice)

Al Lewis ... Himself

John Mahoney ... (voice)

Jerry Orbach ... (voice)

George Plimpton ... (voice)

Lois Smith ... (voice)

Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)

Eli Wallach ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 12: Journey to America

22 April 1991

Season 3, Episode 13: Orphans of the Storm

6 May 1991


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: LBJ: Part 1 - Beautiful Texas

30 September 1991
Award winning filmmaker David Grubin profiles one of the most controversial U.S. presidents, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who rose from obscurity to the pinnacle of power, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat. Witness the events that brought LBJ from Texas to Washington, the White House, and a landslide election in 1964. Follow his triumphs in passing a wave of social legislation then his downward spiral which ends in withdrawal from politics. This is the first of two parts.
David McCullough ... Narrator
Joe Cervetto ... Himself / Christopher Columbus (archive footage)
John Connally ... Himself (also archive footage)
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Homer Dean ... Himself
Ronnie Dugger ... Himself
Lewis Gould ... Himself
Lady Bird Johnson ... Herself (also archive footage)
Luci Baines Johnson ... Herself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Wilbert Lee O'Daniel ... Himself (archive footage)
James Jarrell Pickle ... Himself
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb ... Herself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Coke Robert Stevenson ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 4, Episode 2: LBJ: Part 2 - My Fellow Americans

1 October 1991
Award winning filmmaker David Grubin profiles one of the most controversial U.S. presidents, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who rose from obscurity to the pinnacle of power, only to suffer disillusionment and defeat. Witness the events that brought LBJ from Texas to Washington, the White House, and a landslide election in 1964. Follow his triumphs in passing a wave of social legislation then his downward spiral which ends in withdrawal from politics. This is the second of two parts.

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
George Ball ... Himself
Larry Berman ... Himself
William Bundy ... Himself

Stokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
S. Douglas Carter ... Himself
Clark Clifford ... Himself
John Connally ... Himself
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Rebecca Doggert ... Herself
Ronnie Dugger ... Himself
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself
James Farmer ... Himself
Michael Fitzmaurice ... Himself (archive footage)

Barry Goldwater ... Himself (archive footage)

Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself
Richard Goodwin ... Himself
Ed Herlihy ... Himself (archive sound)
Chi Minh Ho ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)
Eliot Janeway ... Himself
Lady Bird Johnson ... Herself (also archive footage)
Luci Baines Johnson ... Herself
Nicholas Katzenbach ... Himself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Malafronte ... Himself
John W. McCormack ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Robert McNamara ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry McPherson ... Himself
James Jarrell Pickle ... Himself
George Reedy ... Himself
Dean Rusk ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard B. Russell ... Himself (archive footage)

Morley Safer ... Himself (archive footage)
Sargent Shriver ... Himself
James Thomson ... Himself
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Valenti ... Himself (also archive footage)
Roger Wilkins ... Himself
Andrew Young ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 3: The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

7 October 1991


Rocky Carroll ... James Gooding (voice)

Laurence Fishburne ... Martin Delany (voice)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)

Carl Lumbly ... Frederick Douglass

Kevin Rock ... Thomas Ampey (voice)

Blair Underwood ... Lewis Douglass

Season 4, Episode 4: Barnum's Big Top

14 October 1991
Story of P.T. Barnum and his role in developing the American Circus into a large business and a cultural force.

Robert Lansing ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Season 4, Episode 5: Scandalous Mayor

28 October 1991

Season 4, Episode 6: Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance

11 November 1991

Season 4, Episode 7: G-Men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover

18 November 1991

David McCullough ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 8: Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo

9 December 1991

Julian Bond ... Narrator (voice)

Duke Ellington ... Himself (archive footage)
Mercer Ellington ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 9: The Quiz Show Scandal

6 January 1992
America's love affair with the quiz show is dealt a blow when it's revealed that the games are fixed.

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 4, Episode 10: Love in the Cold War

13 January 1992

Season 4, Episode 11: Wild by Law

10 February 1992

Season 4, Episode 12: In the White Man's Image

17 February 1992
In 1875, Captain Richard Pratt escorted 72 Indian warriors suspected of murdering white settlers to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. Once there, Pratt began an ambitious experiment which involved teaching the Indians to read and write, English, putting them in uniforms and drilling them like soldiers. "Kill the Indian and the save the man," was Pratt's motto. A film about the experiment by Richard Pratt to change acculturate Native Americans into mainstream, white culture with the creation of the Carlise School for Indians in 1879. Pratt's school, and others like it, all begun in the most noble of humanistic intentions lasted well into the late 1930s. The schools were an outgrowth of the last westward expansion in the 1880s.

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: The Kennedys (Part 1): the Father, 1900-61

20 September 1992

Season 5, Episode 2: The Kennedys: Part 2 - The Sons, 1961-80

21 September 1992


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 5, Episode 3: The Donner Party

28 October 1992
Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival. The Donner Party's nightmarish journey penetrated to the very heart of the American Dream at a crucial phase of the nation's "manifest destiny. Touching some of the most powerful social, economic and political currents of the time, this extraordinary narrative remains one of the most compelling and enduring episodes to come out of the West.
David McCullough ... Narrator (voice)

J.D. Cannon ... (voice)

Timothy Hutton ... (voice)

Gene Jones ... (voice)

Amy Madigan ... (voice)

Donal McCann ... (voice)

George Plimpton ... (voice)
Paul Roebling ... (voice)

Lois Smith ... (voice)

Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)

Eli Wallach ... George McKinstry (voice)

Season 5, Episode 4: The Johnstown Flood

4 November 1992
Exploding dam kills thousands in massive flood catastrophe in Pennsylvania in 1889.

Richard Dreyfuss ... Narrator

Patrick Jordan ... Johnstown Flood survivor
Jennifer Lee Dake ... Anna Fenn, survivor
Charles King ... The old railroader
Matt Hutchinson ... Johnstown Flood Survivor

Season 5, Episode 5: Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II

11 November 1992

Season 5, Episode 6: George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King

18 November 1992

William Martin ... Narrator
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Season 5, Episode 7: Last Stand at Little Big Horn

25 November 1992

Season 5, Episode 8: Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian

2 December 1992

Season 5, Episode 9: If You Knew Sousa

11 January 1993

Charles Kuralt ... Himself - Narrator
David McCullough ... Himself - Host
Loras Schissel ... Himself
John Philip Sousa ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 5, Episode 10: Simple Justice

18 January 1993
The story of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP's effort to integrate public schools in the south, Simple Justice, based closely on Richard Kluger's book of the same name, recounts the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court's decision not only struck down segregated schools on the basis of race, but announced finally that America had begun to face the consequences of its dehumanizing social practice. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that racial segregation along "separate but equal" terms was constitutional. Thirty years later, Charles Hamilton Houston took over Howard University's run-down segregated law school with the idea of training a cadre of elite African American lawyers who would wipe out the legal basis for segregation once and for all. Houston shaped the minds and the strategy that would triumph over segregation, but he wouldn't live to see the victory. It would be left to his brilliant student, Thurgood Marshall, to finish the work that Houston began.
Michael Burgess ... Horace Durham

Peter Francis James ... Thurgood Marshall
Donald Chambers ... Archer Felder

Scott Whitehurst ... Oliver Hill

James Avery ... Charles Hamilton Houston
Denise Burse ... Buster Marshall (as Denise Burse-Mickelbury)
Wayne Dehart ... Rev Rovey
Dale Wright ... Mrs. Moody
Cleveland Troy Simmons III ... Small Boy
Ralph Wilcox ... Townsend
Donald Johnson Sr. ... Poore
Terence Alexander ... Walter White (as Terry Alexander)

General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Donald Murray
Bob Burchette ... Roger Howell
Marilyn M. Matheus ... Henrietta Houston
William Neely ... Hugo Black
Norman Shore ... Stanley Reed
Bud Stewart ... Judge Eugene O'Dunne

Andre Braugher ... Robert Carter
Roy Lind ... Chief Justice Vinson
Sam Gray ... Felix Frankfurter
Charles McLawhorn ... Robert Jackson
Tom Stechschulte ... William O. Douglas
Don Mack ... Harold Burton
Dan Wargo ... Tom Clark
Joe Viviani ... Sherman Minton
Braxton Brown III ... Bo Houston
Scott Wentworth ... Jack Greenberg
Rodney Williams ... Harold Boulware
Thomas Martell Brimm ... Rev. J.A. Delaine
Bill Nelson ... Levi Pearson
Ashanti Nailah Blaize ... Eloise Pearson
Greg Leevy ... Harry Briggs
Charles Cash ... Supt. McCord
Don Bland ... Bailiff
Tommy Hull ... Judge Egerton Fowler
David McIntyre ... Ragin
Maxine Barnett ... Maisie Solomon
Jake L. Johnson III ... Oliver Brown
Angela Hines ... Barbara Johns
Sandi Freeman ... Miss Richardson

William Allen Young ... William Coleman

Giancarlo Esposito ... Dr. Kenneth Clark

Samuel L. Jackson ... The Steward
Andina Baker ... Ginny
Joe Wilcots Jr. ... Boy
Dominic Marino ... Judge John J. Parker
James Martaugh ... Robert Figg

Diana Scarwid ... Louisa Holt
Dick Olsen ... Judge Walter A. Huxman

Tom Ligon ... T. Justin Moore
Tom Mason ... Judge Armistad Dobie
Lonnie Price ... Isidor Chein
Roger Serabagi ... Dr. Henry Garrett
Annie Rose Murray ... Marion Frankfurter (as Annie Murray)
George Grizzard ... John W. Davis

Matthew Arkin ... Alexander Bickel
Michael Hunter ... Alfred Kelley

Pat Hingle ... Earl Warren
Richard Springle ... C. Vann Woodward
Derrick Parker ... John Hope Franklin

Danny M. Gray ... Courtroom

John E. Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Scott Mactavish ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Joe West ... Young News Reporter (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 11: Sit Down and Fight

1 February 1993

Victor Reuther ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 12: Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish

8 February 1993

Season 5, Episode 13: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

15 February 1993

Season 5, Episode 14: French Dance Tonight

22 February 1993

Season 5, Episode 15: Goin' Back to T-Town

1 March 1993


Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Ike (Part I)

20 September 1993

Season 6, Episode 2: Ike: Part II

27 September 1993

Season 6, Episode 3: Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage

11 October 1993


Kathy Bates ... Narrator
Sally Chapman ... Herself
Amelia Earhart ... Herself (archive footage)
George Palmer Putnam ... Himself (archive footage)
Doris L. Rich ... Herself
Elinor Smith ... Herself
Bobbi Trout ... Herself

Gore Vidal ... Himself
Susan Ware ... Herself
Brad Washburn ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 4: The Hunt for Pancho Villa

8 November 1993


Linda Hunt ... Narrator

Season 6, Episode 5: Malcolm X: Make It Plain

26 January 1994


Alfre Woodard ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Sharon 10X ... Herself - Nation of Islam
Benjamin 2X ... Himself - Nation of Islam
Mohmaed Al-Faysal ... Himself - Prince of Saudi Arabia

Maya Angelou ... Herself - Author
Peter Bailey ... Himself - Harlem Resident
John Henrik Clarke ... Himself - Friend and Historian (as John Henrick Clarke)
Ella Collins ... Herself - Half Sister

Ossie Davis ... Himself - Harlem Resident (also archive footage)
William DeFossett ... Himself - NYC Patrolman
Peter Goldman ... Himself - Journalist
Alex Haley ... Himself - Biographer
Malcolm 'Shorty' Jarvis ... Himself - Friend
Yvonne Jones ... Herself - Youngest Sister (as Yvonne Little)
Yuri Kochiyama ... Herself - Harlem Activist (as Mary Kochiyama)
Robert Mangum ... Himself - Deputy Commissioner: NYC Police
Cyril McGuire ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Wallace D. Muhammad ... Himself - Son of Elijah Muhammad
Ahmed Osman ... Himself - Dartmouth College Student

Gordon Parks ... Himself - LIFE Photographer
Gloria Richardson ... Herself - Southern Civil Rights Leader
Gene Roberts ... Himself - Bodyguard and Undercover Policeman (also archive footage)
Sonia Sanchez ... Herself - Harlem Activist
Attallah Shabazz ... Herself - Daughter
Betty Shabazz ... Herself - Wife (also archive footage)
Yusuf Shah ... Himself - Harlem Fruit of Islam (also archive footage) (as Captain Joseph X)

Mike Wallace ... Himself - NYC Anchorman (also archive footage)
Philbert X ... Himself - Brother (also archive footage) (as Philbert Little)
Wilfred X ... Himself - Eldest Brother (also archive footage) (as Wilfred Little)
John Ali ... Himself - National Secretary: Nation of Islam (archive footage) (uncredited)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (with Malcolm X) (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Baldwin ... Himself - Author (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julian Bond ... Himself (in crowd during March On Washington) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kenneth Clarke ... Himself - Interviews Malcolm X (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene 'Bull' Connor ... Himself (directs Birmingham police) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Louis Farrakhan ... Himself - Introduces Elijah Muhammad, Sings (uncredited)
Marcus Garvey ... Himself - Passenger in Car (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (with King during March On Washington) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jomo Kenyatta ... Himself (at OAU conference) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (with RFK during March On Washington) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sonny Liston ... Himself - Fights Cassius Clay (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lewis H. Michaux ... Himself - Harlem Activist (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elijah Muhammad ... Himself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage) (uncredited)
A. Philip Randolph ... Himself - Marches with Roy Wilkins (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Reuther ... Himself (with RFK and King) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Esther Rolle ... Herself - Harlem Street Performance 1962 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Haile Selassie ... Himself - OAU Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Shabazz ... Himself - Spokesman: Muslim Mosque Inc. (archive footage) (uncredited)
U Thant ... Himself - OAU Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donald L. Weese ... Himself - LA Patrolman at Coroner's Inquest (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Wilkins ... Himself - Opposes Black Muslim Bigotry (archive footage) (uncredited)
Malcolm X ... Himself - Speeches, Lies in State (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Yorty ... Himself - Mayor: Los Angeles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 6: America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference

6 April 1994


Hal Linden ... Narrator (voice)

Season 6, Episode 7: D-Day Remembered

25 May 1994
An award-winning documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, using rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. The narrator provides the overall continuity, but the voices of over 50 participants who were involved in the staging of the invasion in Britain or were on the beaches of France bring the images to life.
David McCullough ... Narrator
Edward A. Askew ... Himself (voice)
John C. Ausland ... Himself (voice)
Joe Bacile ... Himself (voice)
Geoffrey S. Barkway ... Himself (voice)
Sid Berger ... Himself (voice)
Ralph Bennett ... Himself (voice)
Bill Bowdidge ... Himself (voice)
Felix P. Branham ... Himself (voice)
George Buckley ... Himself (voice)
Ted Eaglen ... Himself (voice)
Roger A. Freeman ... Himself (voice)
William Friedman ... Himself (voice)
Curt Fromm ... Himself (voice)
John Golley ... Himself (voice)
Grant A. Gullickson ... Himself (voice)
Ian Hammerton ... Himself (voice)
Chet Hansen ... Himself (voice)
W. Owen Harris ... Himself (voice)
Earl Hedlund ... Himself (voice)
Klaus Herrig ... Himself (voice)
David Holbrook ... Himself (voice)
Rastus Holcomb ... Himself (voice)
Alan B. Jacobs ... Himself (voice)
Alan Jefferson ... Himself (voice)
W. K. ... Himself (voice)
Robert B. Kay ... Himself (voice)
Owen F. Keeler ... Himself (voice)
Taylor B. Kessler ... Himself (voice)
George W. Knapp ... Himself (voice)
Herbert Kreter ... Himself (voice)
George Lane ... Himself (voice)
Eric Levison ... Himself (voice)
David T. Lewis ... Himself (voice)
Helmut Liebeskind ... Himself (voice)
Leonard G. Lomell ... Himself (voice)
Bill Lord ... Himself (voice)
James J. Malloy ... Himself (voice)
Peter Masters ... Himself (voice)
Bill Millin ... Himself (voice)
Fred B. Morgan Jr. ... Himself (voice)
Robert M. Murphy ... Himself (voice)
William O'Brien ... Himself (voice)
T.B.H. Otway ... Himself (voice)
Hans Pfar ... Himself (voice)
Horst Pfeiffer ... Himself (voice)
Mattie A. Pinette ... Herself (voice)
Forrest C. Pogue ... Himself (voice)
P.A. Porteous ... Himself (voice)
Bill Preston ... Himself (voice)
G.V. Deane Ransome ... Himself (voice)
J. Milnor Roberts ... Himself (voice)
Robert G. Salley ... Himself (voice)
Sidney A. Salomon ... Himself (voice)
Joel F. Thomason ... Himself (voice)
Paul W. Thompson ... Himself (voice)
Mary Verrier ... Herself (voice)
Hans von Luck ... Himself (voice)
Richard D. Winters ... Himself (voice)
Jack Verlander Brown ... Himself (voice)
Napier Crookenden ... Himself (voice)
Louis G. Mendez Jr. ... Himself (voice)
Benjamin R. Nesmith ... Himself (voice)
Charles Richardson ... Himself (voice)
Joseph Earhart Sardo III ... Himself (voice)
Logan Scott-Bowden ... Himself (voice)
David I. Strangeways ... Himself (voice)
Benjamin B. Talley ... Himself (voice)
Bernard 'Billy' L. Weil ... Himself (voice)

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: FDR: Part I

12 October 1994
Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency. A film by award winning filmmaker David Grubin. This is the second of four parts.

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Narrator

Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey C. Ward ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 2: FDR: Part II

13 October 1994
Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency. A film by award winning filmmaker David Grubin. This is the third of four parts.

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
King George V ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself / Narrator
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage)

Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 7, Episode 3: Telegrams from the Dead

19 October 1994
Nineteenth-century Spiritualism. Life after death proved by "science."

Kevin Murray ... William Mummler

Season 7, Episode 4: Midnight Ramble

26 October 1994

Toni Cade Bambara ... Commentator (author)
Robert Hall ... Commentator (historian)
Elton Fax ... Commentator (illustrator)
Pearl Bowser ... Commentator (archivist)
Carlton Moss ... Commentator (filmmaker)
Frances E. Williams ... Commentator (actress)
Dorothy Delfs ... Commentator
Olive Delfs ... Commentator
Shingzie Howard ... Commentator (actress) (as Shingzie Howard McClane)
St. Claire Bourne Sr. ... Commentator (journalist)

Herb Jeffries ... Commentator (actor) (as Herb Jefferies)
Edna Mae Harris ... Commentator (actress)

James Avery ... Narrator

Season 7, Episode 5: The Battle of the Bulge: World War II's Deadliest Battle

9 November 1994
Documentary chronicling the history of World War II's "Battle of the Bulge", when the German army launched a major surprise counteroffensive against the American forces that caught them almost completely off-guard, sweeping away major portions of the front line, pushing deep into the rear areas and causing tens of thousands of casualties before it was finally halted.
David McCullough ... Narrator
Guy Franz Arend ... Himself
Clyde Burkholder ... Himself
Bob Conroy ... Himself
Robert Dunning ... Himself
Chet Hansen ... Himself
Ben Kimmelman ... Himself
Harry Kinnard ... Himself
Marguerite Lindenmeyer ... Herself
Jannye Marx ... Herself
Oliver Patton ... Himself
Norm Plumb ... Himself
Roger Rutland ... Himself
Josef Scheer ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 6: Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern

16 January 1995
Struggling to keep the family farm in the family.
Bob Blankenship ... Himself - Auctioneer
Dean Eilts ... Himself - Auctioneer
Marge Harold ... Herself
James Jordan Jr. ... Himself
Gini Jordan ... Herself
Grace Jordan ... Herself

Jeanne Jordan ... Herself
Jesse Jordan ... Herself
Jiggs Jordan ... Himself
Joe Jordan ... Himself
Jon Jordan ... Himself
Kim Jordan ... Herself
Mary Jane Jordan ... Herself
Pam Jordan ... Herself
Russel Jordan ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself - Host
Allen Smalley ... Himself - Auctioneer
Tim Wolf ... Himself - Bank Officer

Season 7, Episode 7: One Woman, One Vote

15 February 1995

Season 7, Episode 8: The Way West: Part I

8 May 1995

Season 7, Episode 9: The Way West: Part II

9 May 1995


Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: Murder of the Century

16 October 1995
A documentary chronicling the events surrounding the murder of famed architect Stanford White by millionaire Harry Thaw over the affections of showgirl Evelyn Nesbitt in New York in 1906.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator
Brendan Gill ... Commentator
David Lowe ... Commentator - Architectural Historian
Suzannah Lessard ... Commentator - Author / Great-granddaughter of Stanford White
Paula Uruburu ... Commentator / Author

Blair Brown ... Evelyn Nesbit (voice)

Lynn-Jane Foreman ... The Caring Woman

Season 8, Episode 2: Edison's Miracle of Light

23 October 1995
The story of Thomas Edison's creation of a safe electric light system.

Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)

Season 8, Episode 3: Chicago 1968

13 November 1995

David McCullough ... Himself - Host
William Stanley Merwin ... Himself / Narrator

Season 8, Episode 4: The Orphan Trains

27 November 1995


Stacy Keach ... Narrator
Charles Loring Brace IV ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Matt Carlson ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Dan Desmond ... Voice Actor - multiple roles

Moira Driscoll ... Voice Actor - multiple roles

Anthony Fusco ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Susan Gordon-Clark ... Voice Actor - multiple roles

Rachel Miner ... Voice Actor - multiple roles

Amber Scott ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Larry Keith ... Singer

Season 8, Episode 5: Freedom on My Mind

15 January 1996

Claude 'Pappy' Allen ... Herself
Heather Booth ... Herself
L.C. Dorsey ... Herself
Len Edwards ... Himself
Marshall Ganz ... Himself

Victoria Gray ... Herself
Curtis Hayes ... Himself
Endesha Ida Mae Holland ... Herself
Bob Moses ... Himself
Steve Most ... Himself / Additional Narration
Cleveland Sellers ... Himself
Ronnie Washington ... Himself / Narrator

Season 8, Episode 6: Daley: The Last Boss

22 January 1996

Richard Barnett ... Himself
George Bell ... Himself
Timuel Black ... Himself
Earl Bush ... Himself
William Daley ... Himself
Eleanor Daly ... Herself
Leon Despres ... Himself
George Dunne ... Himself
Tom Foranin ... Himself
Bill Gleason ... Himself
Paul Green ... Himself
Neil Hartigan ... Himself
James Harvey ... Himself
John Hoellen ... Himself

Hal Holbrook ... Himself / Narrator
Vernon Jarrett ... Himself
Anna Langford ... Herself
Nicholas Lemann ... Himself
Ed Marciniak ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself - Host
Bernard Neisten ... Himself
Frank O'Grady ... Himself
Jorga English Palmer ... Herself
George Reedy ... Himself
James Rochford ... Himself
Don Rose ... Himself
Dan Rostenkowski ... Himself
Loretta Russo
John Schultz ... Himself
Paul Sequeira ... Himself
Daniel Sheehan ... Himself
Guy Spizziri ... Himself
Frank Sullivan ... Himself
Richard Wade ... Himself
Andrew Young ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 7: The Battle Over Citizen Kane

29 January 1996
Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.
William Alland ... Himself
Thomas Anderson ... Himself

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Jimmy Breslin ... Himself
Richard Ben Cramer ... Narrator (voice)

Marion Davies ... Herself (archive footage)
Leonard de Paur ... Himself

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself
Richard France ... Himself
William Randolph Hearst ... Himself (archive footage)
William Herz ... Himself
Sam Leve ... Himself

Norman Lloyd ... Himself
Nancy Loe ... Herself
Frank Mankiewicz ... Himself
David Nasaw ... Himself
Louetta Santucci ... Herself
John Tebbel ... Himself

Ruth Warrick ... Herself

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
Vern Whaley ... Himself
Gloria Widelock ... Herself

Robert Wise ... Himself
Jack Carter ... Himself, Macbeth (uncredited)
Maurice Ellis ... Himself, Macduff (uncredited)

Season 8, Episode 8: The Wright Stuff

12 February 1996


Garrison Keillor ... Narrator (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Season 8, Episode 9: Spy in the Sky

26 February 1996
The story of America's high-altitude U-2 spy plane.
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Roy Scheider ... Narrator (voice)

Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I)

6 October 1996

John Morton Blum ... Himself
John Milton Cooper ... Himself
Edith Derby Williams ... Herself
John Gable ... Himself
William Harbaugh ... Himself
Nancy Jackson ... Herself
Walter LaFeber ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself

Jason Robards ... Narrator
Theodore Roosevelt IV ... Himself
Kermit Roosevelt ... Himself
P. James Roosevelt ... Himself

Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
Tweed Roosevelt ... Himself
Jean Strouse ... Herself
William Howard Taft ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 9, Episode 2: T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part II)

7 October 1996


Jason Robards ... Himself / Narrator

Season 9, Episode 3: The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie

20 January 1997

David McCullough ... Himself - Host

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 4: Hawaii's Last Queen

27 January 1997

David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Anna Deavere Smith ... Narrator (voice)
H.J. Bartels ... Himself - Curator, 'Iolani Palace
Thelma Bugbee ... Herself - Commentator
Malcolm Naea Chun ... Himself - Cultural Specialist
Glen Grant ... Himself - Historial Researcher
Patricia Grimsaw ... Herself - Historian
Aaron Mahi ... Himself - Conductor, Royal Hawaiian Band
Davianna McGregor ... Herself - Historian
Tennant Mcwilliams ... Himself - Historian (as Tennant McWilliams)
Thurston Twigg Smith ... Himself - Grandson, Lorrin Thurston

Season 9, Episode 5: The Telephone

3 February 1997
The telephone was first introduced at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and was an instant success. Although first rented only to "persons of good breeding" and seen as an expensive luxury for doctors and businessmen, the telephone soon transformed American life. Trees gave way to telephone poles as operators known as "hello girls" began to connect a sprawling continent.

Spalding Gray ... (voice)

Julianne Moore ... (voice)

Morley Safer ... Narrator (voice)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... (voice) (as Kurt Vonnegut)

Frank Whaley ... (voice)

Season 9, Episode 6: Big Dream, Small Screen

10 February 1997
A biography of Philo Farnsworth, an inventor of the television.
Philo T. Farnsworth ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 9, Episode 7: New York Underground

17 February 1997
Follows the construction of the New York City subway system in the early 1900s.

Len Cariou ... Narrator (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Season 9, Episode 8: Around the World in 72 Days

28 April 1997
The story of the female investigative reporter, Nellie Bly and her race around the world in less than 80 days.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 9, Episode 9: Gold Fever

12 May 1997


Jodi Benson ... Luella Day

Dan Finnerty ... Clarence McNeil

David Lascher ... Fred Dewey

George Newbern ... Patterson, Will

Harris Yulin ... Narrator

Season 10


Season 10, Episode 1: Truman: Part I

5 October 1997
Biography of U.S. President Harry S Truman.
Charles Babcock ... Himself

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Farren ... Young Truman
Mike Fennelly
Sue Gentry ... Herself

Ruth Gruber ... Herself
Alonzo Hamby ... Himself
Vernon Jarrett ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Pendergast ... Himself (archive footage)
Victor Reuther ... Himself

Jason Robards ... Narrator
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bess Truman ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Truman ... Herself (archive footage)
McKinley Wooden ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 2: Truman: Part II

6 October 1997


Jason Robards ... Himself / Narrator

Season 10, Episode 3: Vietnam: Parts I & II - Roots of War/America's Mandarin

13 October 1997


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 4: Vietnam: Parts III & IV - LBJ Goes to War/America Takes Charge

20 October 1997


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 5: Vietnam: Parts V & VI - America's Enemy/Tet 1968

27 October 1997

Stanley Karnow ... Himself / Correspondent

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 6: Vietnam: Parts VII & VIII - Vietnamizing the War/Cambodia and Laos

2 December 1997

Stanley Karnow ... Himself / Correspondent

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 7: Vietnam: Parts IX & X - Peace Is at Hand/Homefront USA

9 December 1997

Stanley Karnow ... Himself / Correspondent

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 8: A Midwife's Tale

19 January 1998
A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The movie intercuts between reenactments of Ballard doing her Maine midwifery and related tasks, and Ulrich in her eight years of research on her book; in the end, clear comparisons are made between the work of the two women.

Season 10, Episode 9: Mr. Miami Beach

2 February 1998
The story of Carl Graham Fisher, an Indiana entrepreneur who created Miami Beach out of the Florida swamps.
Melinda Mullins ... Jane Fisher (voice)

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 10, Episode 10: Influenza 1918

9 February 1998
The great influenza pandemic of 1918 - the worst epidemic ever seen in the United States.
Alfred Crosby ... Himself (as Dr. Alfred Crosby)
John De Lano ... Himself
Shirley Fannin ... Herself (as Dr. Shirley Fannin)
Cathryn Guyler ... Herself

Linda Hunt ... Narrator
William Maxwell ... Himself
Anna Milani ... Herself
Porter Reading ... Himself
Lee Reay ... Himself
Barbara Rosencrantz ... Herself (as Dr. Barbara Rosencrantz)
William Sardo ... Himself
Daniel Tonkel ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 11: Reagan: Part I

23 February 1998
When he left the White House in 1989, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century. A former Hollywood star and seemingly simple man, Reagan was consistently underestimated by his opponents. One by one, he overcame them all. Incorporating interviews with key political insiders, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and members of the Reagan family, "Reagan" explores the man who saw America as a "shining city on a hill" and himself as its heroic defender. The program follows Reagan's life from his itinerant boyhood in Illinois to his battle with "communist agitators" in the Screen Actors Guild and his dramatic 1980 victory over Jimmy Carter. Only 70 days into his presidency, a would-be assassin's bullet left him more debilitated than anyone knew. Reagan's massive military buildup and bold challenges to the Soviet Union caused his critics to portray him as a trigger-happy cowboy. But he negotiated deep cuts in nuclear weapons and resolved to end the Cold War. Five years after leaving office, Reagan announced he had Alzheimer's disease and dropped from public view. [info from DVD container]

David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator
James Baker III ... Himself
Helen Caldicott ... Herself
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Patti Davis ... Herself
Michael Deaver ... Himself

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself
Ed Meese ... Himself
Edmund Morris ... Himself
Lyn Nofziger ... Himself
Maureen Reagan ... Herself

Nancy Reagan ... Herself
Ron Reagan ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Regan ... Himself
Ed Rollins ... Himself
George Shultz ... Himself

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself
George Will ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 12: Reagan: Part II

24 February 1998
Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited Moscow in 1988, but his dream of ending the Soviet Union came after retirement in 1989. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is the third of four parts.

David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator

Season 10, Episode 13: Surviving the Dust Bowl

2 March 1998
In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains--the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the "Dust Bowl." This American Experience film presents the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease--even death--for nearly a decade. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the Dust Bowlers who stayed overcame an almost unbelievable series of calamities and disasters.

Matthew Modine ... Lawrence Svobida (voice)

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: America 1900

18 November 1998
Exploration of life in America in the first year of the 20th century, using archive film footage and photographs.
David McCullough ... Narrator

Season 11, Episode 2: Race for the Superbomb

11 January 1999
History of the American and Soviet development of the H-bomb.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Hans Bethe ... Himself

Peter Haydu ... Russian voices (voice)
Curtis LeMay ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself - Host
Richard Rhodes ... Himself

Edward Teller ... Himself

Season 11, Episode 3: Hoover Dam

18 January 1999
Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. The Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression, drew men desperate for work to a remote and rugged canyon near Las Vegas. There they struggled against heat, choking dust and perilous heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and water to millions and transformed the American Southwest.

Peter Coyote ... Himself / Narrator

Season 11, Episode 4: Alone on the Ice

8 February 1999
Commander Richard Byrd's winter at the South Pole.

Season 11, Episode 5: Rescue at Sea

15 February 1999


Matthew Broderick ... (voice)
Stephanie Castellarin ... (voice)

Paul Guilfoyle ... (voice)
David McCullough ... Narrator (voice)

Season 11, Episode 6: Meltdown at Three Mile Island

22 February 1999
The worst nuclear-power-plant accident in U.S. history.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 11, Episode 7: Lost in the Grand Canyon

5 April 1999

Season 11, Episode 8: Riding the Rails

12 April 1999


Richard Thomas ... Himself / Narrator

Season 11, Episode 9: Fly Girls

10 May 1999
The story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in World War II.

Mary McDonnell ... Narrator (voice)

Kath Soucie ... Cornelia Fort (voice)
Paul Tibbets ... Himself

Season 11, Episode 10: MacArthur

17 May 1999
Biography of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur.
Stephen Ambrose ... Himself
Leon Beck ... Himself
Herbert Bix ... Himself
Faubion Bowers ... Himself
Omar N. Bradley ... Himself (archive footage) (as Omar Bradley)
Tanya Brooks ... Herself
Alfred X. Burgos ... Himself
Charles Canada Jr. ... Himself
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Roger Dingman ... Himself
John W. Dower ... Himself
Robert Eichelberger ... Himself (archive footage)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Finn ... Himself
Richard B. Finn ... Himself
Carol Gluck ... Herself
Beate Sirota Gordon ... Herself
Richard M. Gordon ... Himself
Alexander Haig ... Himself
Averell Harriman ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph C. Harsch ... Himself
Hirohito ... Himself (archive footage)
Gustavo Ingles ... Himself
Alan Jackson ... Himself (voice)
Chen Jian ... Himself
Stanley Karnow ... Himself
Ernest J. King ... Himself (archive footage)
Hal Lamar ... Himself
Robert W. Love ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean MacArthur ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry J. Maihofer ... Himself
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
George C. Marshall ... Himself (archive footage)
David McCullough ... Himself
Chester W. Nimitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Merrill Pasco ... Himself
Geoffrey Perret ... Himself
Carol Petillo ... Himself
Zenaida Quezon-Avanceña ... Herself
Manuel Quezón ... Himself (archive footage)
Edwin Ramsey ... Himself
Beth Day Romulo ... Herself

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Frank Sackton ... Himself
Michael Schaller ... Himself
Donald Showers ... Himself
Edwin H. Simmons ... Himself

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Mark Stoler ... Himself
Stephen R. Taaffe ... Himself
Frank Tremaine ... Himself
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Vernon Walters ... Himself
Yutaka Yoshida ... Himself
Kenneth R. Young ... Himself

Season 12


Season 12, Episode 1: New York: Part I - The Country and the City

14 November 1999
Episode one begins in 1609 and chronicles the arrival of the Dutch.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Thomas Bender ... Himself
Carol Berkin ... Herself
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Caleb Carr ... Himself
E.L. Doctorow ... Himself
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself
Nancy Groce ... Voice
Nancy Grose ... Herself
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Margo Jefferson ... Herself

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
Philip Lopate ... Himself
Phillip Lopate ... Voice
David McCullough ... Himself
Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Himself
Peter Quinn ... Himself
Luc Sante ... Himself
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ... Herself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 2: New York: Part II - Order and Disorder

15 November 1999
Episode two looks at New York's rise as a burgeoning cultural center and multi-ethnic port.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Ruth Abram ... (voice)

Joan Allen ... (voice)
Thomas Bender ... Himself
Carol Berkin ... (voice)
Marshall Berman ... Himself

Philip Bosco ... (voice)
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Robert A. Caro ... (voice)
Caleb Carr ... (voice)

Andrei Codrescu ... (voice)
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself

Keith David ... (voice)
Keith David ... (voice)
E.L. Doctorow ... (voice)
Ann Douglas ... (voice)
Joshua Freeman ... (voice)

Janeane Garofalo ... (voice)

Paul Giamatti ... (voice)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself

Spalding Gray ... (voice)
Pete Hamill ... Himself
James Hazeldine ... (voice)
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself

Gene Jones ... (voice)
Frederic Kimball ... (voice)

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself

Robert Sean Leonard ... (voice)
Philip Lopate ... Himself

David Margulies ... (voice)

Frank McCourt ... (voice)
Patrick McGrath ... (voice)

Joe Morton ... (voice)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Himself

George Plimpton ... (voice)
Peter Quinn ... Himself
Luc Sante ... Himself
Isaiah Sheffer ... (voice)

Ron Silver ... (voice)
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ... Herself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself

Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)
John Kuo Wei Tchen ... Himself

Callie Thorne ... (voice)
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)

Eli Wallach ... (voice)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself

Harris Yulin ... (voice)

Season 12, Episode 3: New York: Part III - Sunshine and Shadow

16 November 1999
Episode three turns the spotlight on greed and wealth.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Ruth J. Abram ... Herself

Philip Bosco ... Himself (voice)
Robert A. Caro ... Himself
Caleb Carr ... Himself
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself

Paul Giamatti ... Himself (voice)
Brendan Gill ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
James Hazeldine ... Himself (voice)
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Alfred Kazin ... Himself
Frederic Kimball ... Himself (voice)

Tony Kushner ... Himself

Robert Sean Leonard ... Himself (voice)
Philip Lopate ... Himself

David Margulies ... Himself (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself

George Plimpton ... Himself (voice)
Peter Quinn ... Himself
Luc Sante ... Himself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself

Frances Sternhagen ... Herself (voice)
Jean Strouse ... Herself
John Kuo Wei Tchen ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)

Eli Wallach ... Himself (voice)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself

Harris Yulin ... Himself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 4: New York: Part IV - The Power and the People

17 November 1999
Episode four follows New York into a new century.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Ruth J. Abram ... Herself

Joan Allen ... (voice)
Marshall Berman ... Himself

Philip Bosco ... (voice)
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Robert A. Caro ... (voice)
Caleb Carr ... Himself

Andrei Codrescu ... (voice)
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself
Joshua Freeman ... Himself

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself (voice)
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... (voice)
Pete Hamill ... Himself
James Hazeldine ... (voice)
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Alfred Kazin ... Himself

Robert Sean Leonard ... (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself
Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Himself
Kathy Peiss ... Herself
Peter Quinn ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Ron Silver ... (voice)
Christine Stansell ... Herself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself

Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)

Callie Thorne ... (voice)

Donald Trump ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)

Eli Wallach ... (voice)

Harris Yulin ... (voice)

Season 12, Episode 5: New York: Part V - Cosmopolis

18 November 1999
Episode five tells the African-American experience and the birth of the new media industries.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Ruth Abram ... (voice)

Joan Allen ... (voice)
Thomas Bender ... Himself
Carol Berkin ... Herself
Marshall Berman ... Himself

Philip Bosco ... (voice)
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Robert A. Caro ... (voice)
Caleb Carr ... Himself

Andrei Codrescu ... (voice)
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself

Keith David ... (voice)
E.L. Doctorow ... Himself
Ann Douglas ... Herself
Ann Douglas ... (voice)
Joshua Freeman ... (voice)

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself (voice)

Paul Giamatti ... Narrator (voice)
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself

Spalding Gray ... (voice)
Nancy Grose ... Herself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
Josh Hamilton ... (voice)
James Hazeldine ... (voice)
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Margo Jefferson ... Herself

Gene Jones ... (voice)
Alfred Kazin ... Himself
Frederic Kimball ... (voice)

Tony Kushner ... Himself

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself

Robert Sean Leonard ... (voice)
David Levering Lewis ... Himself
Philip Lopate ... Himself

David Margulies ... (voice)

Frank McCourt ... (voice)
David McCullough ... Himself
Patrick McGrath ... (voice)

Joe Morton ... Narrator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Himself

Albert Murray ... Himself
Kathy Peiss ... Herself

George Plimpton ... (voice)
Peter Quinn ... Himself
Luc Sante ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Isaiah Sheffer ... (voice)

Ron Silver ... (voice)
Joel Silverman ... Himself
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ... Herself
Christine Stansell ... Herself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself

Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)
Jean Strouse ... Herself
John Kuo Wei Tchen ... Himself

Callie Thorne ... (voice)
George W.S. Trow ... Himself

Donald Trump ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)

Eli Wallach ... (voice)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself
Carol Willis ... Herself

Harris Yulin ... (voice)

Season 12, Episode 6: Eleanor Roosevelt

10 January 2000
For more than thirty years, Eleanor Roosevelt was America's most powerful woman. Millions adored her, but her FBI file was thicker than a stack of phone books. She spoke out fearlessly for civil rights, and the KKK put a price on her head. She helped Franklin D. Roosevelt rise to power and was one of his most valuable political assets, but the media satirized her as an ugly busybody. Drawing on interviews with her closest relatives, friends, and biographers, as well as rare home movie footage, the film reveals the hidden dimensions of one of the century's most influential women. She was born to wealth and power but orphaned at the age of 10. Her private life was marked by tragedy, infidelity, and a never-ending search for intimacy. Yet she persevered, fighting tirelessly for social justice for all and taking a lead role in the United Nations landmark Declaration of Human Rights.
David McCullough ... Himself - Host

Alfre Woodard ... Herself - Narrator

Season 12, Episode 7: Nixon's China Game

1 February 2000

Bill Lattanzi ... Narrator

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 12, Episode 8: Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

8 February 2000

Naheem Allah ... (voice)

Rosalyn Coleman ... (voice)
Alvin Epstein ... (voice)
Karen Francis ... (voice)
Dion Graham ... Narrator (voice)
Kemp Harris ... (voice)

Noel Johansen ... (voice)

Tamara Tunie ... (voice)
Angela Wiggins ... (voice)

Season 12, Episode 9: The Duel

15 February 2000

Season 12, Episode 10: John Brown's Holy War

28 February 2000


Rene Auberjonois ... (voice)
Melendy Britt ... (voice)

Scott Cleverdon ... (voice)

Richard Doyle ... (voice)

Barry Shabaka Henley ... (voice)

Joe Morton ... Narrator (voice)

Harris Yulin ... (voice)

Season 12, Episode 11: Houdini

7 March 2000

Season 12, Episode 12: George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire - Part I

24 April 2000


Randy Quaid ... Himself / Narrator

Season 12, Episode 13: George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire - Part II

25 April 2000


Randy Quaid ... Himself / Narrator

Season 12, Episode 14: Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

8 May 2000

Richard Ben Cramer ... Narrator (voice)

Season 12, Episode 15: George Eastman: The Wizard of Photography

23 May 2000


Season 13


Season 13, Episode 1: The Rockefellers: Part 1

16 October 2000


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 13, Episode 2: The Rockefellers: Part 2

23 October 2000


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 13, Episode 3: Secrets of a Master Builder: The Story of James B. Eads

30 October 2000

Season 13, Episode 4: Return with Honor

14 November 2000

Everett Alvarez ... Himself
Ron Bliss ... Himself
Fred Cherry ... Himself
George Day ... Himself
Jeremiah Denton ... Himself
Jerry Denton ... Himself
Paul Galanti ... Himself

Tom Hanks ... Himself / Narrator
Douglas Hegdahl ... Himself
Sam Johnson ... Himself
Tom Madison ... Himself

John McCain ... Himself
John McGrath ... Himself
George McKnight ... Himself
Kevin McManus ... Himself
Tom McNish ... Himself
Ed Mechenbier ... Himself
Douglas Peterson ... Himself
Pete Peterson ... Himself
Robbie Risner ... Himself
Robert H. Shumaker ... Himself (as Bob Shumaker)
Jim Stockdale ... Himself
Richard Stratton ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 5: The Hurricane of '38

2001

David McCullough ... Narrator

Season 13, Episode 6: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

19 January 2001
Life story of the controversial African-American leader Marcus Garvey.

Season 13, Episode 7: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition

19 February 2001


David Morse ... Abraham Lincoln (voice)

Holly Hunter ... Mary Lincoln (voice)
David McCullough ... Narrator (voice)
Jean Harvey Baker ... Herself
David Herbert Donald ... Himself

Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself (interviewee)

Kevin R. Hershberger ... Union Infantryman (as Kevin Hershberger)
David E. Long ... Himself
Donald Miller ... Himself
Mary Genevieve Murphy ... Herself
Mark E. Neely Jr. ... Himself
Tim L. Smith ... Union Infantryman (as Timothy Smith)
Charles B. Strozier ... Himself
Linda Levitt Turner ... Herself
Margaret Washington ... Herself
Frank J. Williams ... Himself (as Judge Frank J. Williams)
Douglas L. Wilson ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 8: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Part 2 - We Are Elected

20 February 2001

Jean Harvey Baker ... Herself
David Herbert Donald ... Himself

Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself

Kevin R. Hershberger ... Union Infantryman (as Kevin Hershberger)

Holly Hunter ... Mary Lincoln (voice)
David E. Long ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself / Narrator
Donald Miller ... Himself

David Morse ... Abraham Lincoln
Mary Genevieve Murphy ... Herself
Mark E. Neely Jr. ... Himself
Tim L. Smith ... Union Infantryman
Charles B. Strozier ... Himself
Linda Levitt Turner ... Herself
Margaret Washington ... Herself
Frank J. Williams ... Himself (as Judge Frank J. Williams)
Douglas L. Wilson ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 9: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Part 3 - Shattered

21 February 2001

Season 13, Episode 10: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, a House Divided Part 4 - The Dearest of All Things

21 February 2001

Season 13, Episode 11: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 5 - This Frightful War

23 February 2001

Season 13, Episode 12: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 6 - Blind with Weeping

24 February 2001

Season 13, Episode 13: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

2 April 2001


Nesbitt Blaisdell ... (voice)

Andre Braugher ... Himself / Narrator

Sam Catlin ... (voice)

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Reporter, Sylacauga News (voice)
Conrad Lynn ... (voice)

Frances McDormand ... Victoria Price (voice)

Daver Morrison ... Haywood Patterson (voice)

Stanley Tucci ... Samuel Liebowitz (voice)

Lee Wilkof ... (voice)

Harris Yulin ... Reporter, New York Times (voice)

Season 13, Episode 14: Fatal Flood

16 April 2001


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 13, Episode 15: Stephen Foster

23 April 2001

Michael Christie ... Reenactor
Glenn Daniels ... Reenactor
Jesse Daniels ... Reenactor
Shonté Daniels ... Reenactor
Jessica Latrice ... Reenactor
Eric Mansilla ... Reenactor

Joe Morton ... Narrator

Season 13, Episode 16: Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

30 April 2001


Season 14


Season 14, Episode 1: New York: Part 6 - The City of Tomorrow

1999
Episode six reveals the immense new forces were unleashed in New York.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Bella Abzug ... Herself
Marshall Berman ... Himself

Philip Bosco ... (voice)
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Robert A. Caro ... Himself

Keith David ... (voice)

Paul Giamatti ... (voice)
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself
Frances Golden ... Herself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself

Spalding Gray ... Himself
Cheryl Greenberg ... Herself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
Josh Hamilson ... (voice)
Ada Louise Huxtable ... Herself
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Alfred Kazin ... Himself

Ed Koch ... Himself

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
David Levering Lewis ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself

Frank Pellegrino ... Himself

George Plimpton ... (voice)
Anna Quindlen ... Herself
Luc Sante ... Himself

Susan Sarandon ... (voice)
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself
Ray Suarez ... Himself

Callie Thorne ... Voice

Donald Trump ... Himself

Mike Wallace ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself
Carol Willis ... Herself

Season 14, Episode 2: New York: Part 7 - The City and the World

1999
Episode seven chronicles the history of New York from the end of the Second World War to the present.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Bella Abzug ... Herself
Marshall Berman ... Himself

Philip Bosco ... (voice)
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself (as Rev. Calvin O. Butts III)
Robert A. Caro ... Himself

Keith David ... (voice)
Joshua Freeman ... Himself

Paul Giamatti ... (voice)
Brendan Gill ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself
Frances Golden ... Himself
John Steele Gordon ... Himself

Spalding Gray ... Himself
Cheryl Greenberg ... Himself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
Josh Hamilton ... (voice)
Ada Louise Huxtable ... Herself
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself
Alfred Kazin ... Himself

Ed Koch ... Himself

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
David Levering Lewis ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself

Frank Pellegrino ... Himself

George Plimpton ... (voice)
Anna Quindlen ... Herself
Luc Sante ... Himself

Susan Sarandon ... (voice)
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself
Ray Suarez ... Himself

Callie Thorne ... Voice

Donald Trump ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself (historian)

Eli Wallach ... (voice)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself
Carol Willis ... Herself

Season 14, Episode 3: War Letters

11 November 2001
A documentary based on the book "War Letters; Extraordinary Correspondence From American Wars" by Andrew Carroll.

Joan Allen ... Herself - Reader (voice)

Jordan Bridges ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Christopher Gehrman ... Himself - Reader (voice)
Michael Hagiwara ... Himself - Reader (voice)

David Hyde Pierce ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Gerald McRaney ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Esai Morales ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Edward Norton ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Bill Paxton ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Giovanni Ribisi ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Kyra Sedgwick ... Herself - Reader (voice)

Kevin Spacey ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Eric Stoltz ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Lawrence Turner ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Courtney B. Vance ... Himself - Reader (voice)

Season 14, Episode 4: Woodrow Wilson: Episode One - A Passionate Man

6 January 2002

Sharon Alsina

Rene Auberjonois ... (voice)

Ray Baker ... (voice)

Blair Brown ... (voice)

Jude Ciccolella ... Himself / Narrator
Caroline Conway
Teresa Della Vall

Linda Hunt ... Herself / Narrator
Jackson Kent

Laura Linney ... (voice)
Peter Parks

Eric Stoltz ... (voice)
Ellen Wilson ... (voice)
Joseph Wilson ... (voice)

Nell Wilson ... (voice)
Woodrow Wilson ... (voice)
Dan Woren ... (voice)

Season 14, Episode 5: Woodrow Wilson: Episode Two - The Redemption of the World

13 January 2002


Rene Auberjonois ... (voice)

Ray Baker ... (voice)
Wally Burr ... (voice)

Jude Ciccolella ... Himself / Narrator
Ginnine Cocuzza
William Hartston
Ike Hoover ... (voice)

Linda Hunt ... Herself / Narrator
Steve Kramer
Kurt McCortney
Peter Parks

Marion Ross ... (voice)

Charles Sammarco

Eric Stoltz ... (voice)
Ellen Wilson ... (voice)
Woodrow Wilson ... (voice)

Season 14, Episode 6: Mount Rushmore

20 January 2002


Michael Murphy ... Narrator (voice)

Season 14, Episode 7: Miss America

27 January 2002


Cherry Jones ... Narrator (voice)
Julia Álvarez ... Herself
Sarah Banet-Weiser ... Herself

Margaret Cho ... Herself
Kimberly Clarice Aiken ... Herself - Miss America 1994 (as Kimberly Aiken Cockerman)
Ric Ferentz ... Himself

William Goldman ... Himself
Vicki Gold Levi ... Herself
Leonard Horn ... Himself

Lee Meriwether ... Herself - Miss America 1955

Isaac Mizrahi ... Himself

Mary Ann Mobley ... Herself - Miss America 1959
Robin Morgan ... Herself
Kathy Peiss ... Herself
Tricia Rose ... Herself

Kate Shindle ... Herself - Miss America 1998

Gloria Steinem ... Herself
Bert Parks ... Original Host (archive footage)
Margaret Gorman ... Miss America 1921 (archive footage)
Norma Smallwood ... Miss America 1926 (archive footage)
Marion Bergeron ... Herself - Miss America 1933 (archive footage) (as Marion Bergeron Setzer)
Henrietta Leaver ... Miss America 1935 (archive footage)
Bette Cooper ... Miss America 1937 (archive footage)
Jean Bartel ... Miss America 1943 (archive footage)
Bess Myerson ... Miss America 1945 (archive footage)
Yolande Betbeze ... Miss America 1951 (archive footage)
Saundra Williams ... Herself - Miss Black America 1968 (archive footage)
Judy Ann Ford ... Miss America 1969 (archive footage)
Cheryl Brown ... Miss Iowa 1970 (first African American finalist) (archive footage)
Rebecca King ... Herself - Miss America 1974 (archive footage) (as Rebecca King Dreman)
Lencola Sullivan ... Herself - Miss Arkansas 1980 (archive footage)

Vanessa Williams ... Herself (archive footage)
Renee Roy ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 14, Episode 8: Public Enemy Number 1

17 February 2002

Anthony Berardi ... Himself
Susan Buchholz

Keith Carradine ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen DiGiovanni
John Dillinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Thomas Doherty ... Himself
Jennifer Frankel
Jeannine Haas

Jean Harlow ... The Public Enemy (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Kramer
Matthew McKeever
David Mitchell
Maura O'Brien
Christina Offutt
Marilyn Olsen ... Herself
Claire Potter ... Herself
Richard Gid Powers ... Himself
Alston Purvis ... Himself
Melvin Purvis ... Himself (archive footage)
David Rizzardi

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Jeff Scalf ... Himself
E. Gray Simons
Tom Smusyn ... Himself
Lani Sternerup
Graham Sturz
Ethan Time
Alexia Trova
Justina Trova
Sarah Welch

Season 14, Episode 9: Monkey Trial

23 February 2002


Linda Hunt ... Narrator

Season 14, Episode 10: Zoot Suit Riots

1 March 2002

Season 14, Episode 11: Ulysses S. Grant (Part 1)

1 April 2002


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Harry Bulkeley ... Ulysses S. Grant
Julia Dent ... Janine Jacques
Alex Ingram ... Grant as a Child
John Jacques ... Grant on Horseback
Derek Nelson ... Ulysses S. Grant

Season 14, Episode 12: Ulysses S. Grant: Part 2

2 April 2002

Season 14, Episode 13: Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film

21 April 2002
Few American artists have reached a wider audience, or enjoyed more widespread popularity in their own lifetime, than Ansel Adams. None has had more profound an impact on how Americans grasp the majesty of their continent, or done more to transform how people think and feel about the meaning of the natural world. A visionary photographer, a pioneer in photographic technique and a crusader for the environment, Adams would take part in an extraordinary revolution: in photography, and ways of seeing what he called "the continuous beauty of the things that are." His greatest photographs would seek to capture "the instant of revelation -- of timelessness" amidst the evanescence of the natural world. Ansel Adams is the intimate portrait of a great artist and ardent environmentalist -- for whom life and art, photography and wilderness, creativity and communication, love and expression, were inextricably connected. ANSEL ADAMS, a ninety-minute documentary film written and directed by Ric Burns, and broadcast on national public television in April 2002, provides an elegant, moving and lyrical portrait of this most eloquent and quintessentially American of photographers.

Josh Hamilton ... Voice-overs (voice)

Barbara Feldon ... Voice-overs (voice)

Eli Wallach ... Voice-overs
Ansel Adams ... Himself (archive footage)

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Season 14, Episode 14: A Brilliant Madness

28 April 2002

John Nash ... Himself (as John Forbes Nash)

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Felix Browder ... Himself - Mathematician
Erhan Cinlar ... Himself - Mathematician
Melvin Hausner ... Himself - Mathematician (as Mel Hausner)
Harold Kuhn ... Himself - Mathematician
Martha Nash Legg ... Herself - Sister
Zipporah Levinson ... Herself - Wife of Colleague
Sylvia Nasar ... Herself - Author: 'A Beautiful Mind'
Alicia Nash ... Herself
Donald Newman ... Himself - Mathematician
Herta Newman ... Herself - Wife of Colleague
Donald Reynolds ... Himself - Friend
Paul Samuelson ... Himself
Louis Sass ... Himself - Clinical Psychologist
John Stier ... Himself - Son
Peter Weiden ... Himself - Psychiatrist

Season 15


Season 15, Episode 1: Jimmy Carter (Part I)

11 November 2002
Jimmy Carter ran for president on a wave of post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But inexperience, inflation, recession, and the Iran hostage crisis, derailed his presidency dramatically. His crowning achievement, the Camp David Accords, created a framework for Middle East peace, inspiring his life since. The film traces his ascent from Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office and explores the role of religion in his career. This is the first of two parts.

Linda Hunt ... Narrator

Season 15, Episode 2: Jimmy Carter: Part 2

12 November 2002
Jimmy Carter ran for president on a wave of post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But inexperience, inflation, recession, and the Iran hostage crisis, derailed his presidency dramatically. His crowning achievement, the Camp David Accords, created a framework for Middle East peace, inspiring his life since. The film traces his ascent from Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office and explores the role of religion in his career. This is the second of two parts.

Linda Hunt ... Herself / Narrator

Season 15, Episode 3: Chicago: City of the Century: Part 1

13 January 2003


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Eric Bruno Borgman ... Policeman

Season 15, Episode 4: Chicago: City of the Century: Part 2

14 January 2003


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Season 15, Episode 5: Chicago: City of the Century: Part 3

15 January 2003


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Season 15, Episode 6: The Murder of Emmett Till

17 January 2003
A documentary examining the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago while visiting relatives in Mississippi, and the broad impact of his death, his funeral, and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his accused killers.

Andre Braugher ... Narrator
Pat Antici ... Kidnapper
Oudie Brown ... Himself
Harry Caise ... Himself, Mortician
Magnolia Cooksey-Mathious ... Herself, Emmett Till's Classmate
Tony Czech ... Kidnapper
Clara Davis ... Herself, Mississippi Resident
Warren Hampton ... Himself, Mississippi Resident
Richard Heard ... HImself, Emmett Till's Classmate
John Herbers ... Himself, Journalist
Rose Jourdain ... Herself, Journalist
Moses Newson ... Himself, Journalist
Wheeler Parker ... Himself, Emmett Till's Cousin
Betty Pearson ... Herself, Mississippi Resident
Willie Reed ... Himself, Mississippi Resident
Clarence Strider Jr. ... Himself, Son of Mississippi Sheriff
Emmett Till ... Himself (archive footage)
Mamie Till ... Herself (as Mamie Till Mobley)
William Winter ... Himself, Former Governor of Mississippi
Ernest Withers ... Himself, Photographer

Season 15, Episode 7: Transcontinental Railroad

27 January 2003

Michael Murphy ... Narrator
Phil Roberts ... Historian
Fred Gamst ... Anthropologist
Wendell Huffman ... Historian
Donald Fixico ... Historian
David Haward Bain ... Writer
Carol Bowers ... Historian
Stanley Hirshson ... Himself - Historian
Sue Fawn Chung ... Historian
Frank Chin ... Writer
Ernie Heung ... Actor
Art Lai ... Actor
Mark Punzal ... Actor
Virgil Wong ... Actor
John Allen ... Actor

Ben Anderson ... Actor
Wylie Quinn Anderson ... Actor (as Wylie Anderson)
J. Scott Bronson ... Actor
Kurt Eckenbrecht ... Actor
Stanford Ellsworth ... Actor
Jeff Hansen ... Actor
Michael Hardy ... Actor

Jeremy Harrison ... Actor

Christian Jensen ... Actor
Kathleen McNenny ... (voice)
Steven J. Keiser ... Actor
Lex Lujan ... Actor
Kelly Moore ... Actor
Jeremy Olsen ... Actor
Shayne Palmer ... Actor
Mark Larson ... Actor
Charles Sweet ... Actor
Steve Young ... Actor

Boyd Gaines ... (voice)
Ronald Lew Harris ... (voice)

Season 15, Episode 8: Partners of the Heart

June 2002
During World War II and the era of staunch racial segregation, a Black carpenter's son named Vivien Thomas, who had a talent for surgery, along with a white surgeon named Dr. Alfred Blalock, who defied the medical establishment created a partnership that changed the course of cardiac surgery. With only a high school diploma, Thomas became a leading cardiac pioneer and educator of two generations of the United States' premiere heart surgeons. This moving documentary tells the story of Thomas and his relationship with Blalock, one that ushered in advances in surgery that are still in existence today.
Alfred Blalock ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Alfred Blalock)
Denton A. Cooley ... Himself (as Dr. Denton A. Cooley)
John Dryden ... Newsreel Voice (voice)
Koco Eaton ... Himself (as Dr. Koco Eaton)

Morgan Freeman ... Himself (Narrator) (voice)
Christopher Haley ... Dr. Vivien Thomas
J. Alex Haller Jr. ... Himself (as Dr. J. Alex Haller Jr.)
Beau James ... Dr. Alfred Blalock
Jane Leuders ... Dr. Helen Taussig
Rowena Spencer ... Herself (as Dr. Rowena Spencer)
Helen Taussig ... Herself (archive footage) (as Dr. Helen Taussig)
Vivien Thomas ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Vivien Thomas)

Courtney B. Vance ... Dr. Vivien Thomas (voice)

Desiree Marie Velez ... The Nurse (credit only)
Levi Watkins ... Himself (as Dr. Levi Watkins)

Tony Williams ... Dr. Vivien Thomas at the Train Tracks

Season 15, Episode 9: The Pill

20 January 2003
A documentary recounting the development of the birth control pill.

Blair Brown ... Narrator

Season 15, Episode 10: Daughter from Danang

7 April 2003
A woman taken to America during Operation Babylift returns to Vietnam in order to meet her birth mother.
Jessica Bub ... Herself
John Bub ... Himself - Heidi's Usband
Kaitlin Bub ... Herself
Sam T. Collins ... Himself
Dinh Dung ... Himself - Translator

Gerald Ford ... Himself
Wanda Hamlett ... Herself - Second Grade Teacher
Do Thi Thu Hien ... Herself - Heidi's Sister
William Holt Sr. ... Himself
Royce Hughes ... Herself - Girl Scout Leader
Tancy Hughes ... Herself
Mai Thi Kim ... Herself
Brenda Lewis ... Herself - Family Friend
Do Thi Hong Lien ... Herself
Tom Miller ... Himself - Attorney
Don Neville ... Himself - Heidi's Uncle
Jessica Neville ... Herself
Kaitlin Neville ... Herself
Mabel Neville ... Herself - Heidi's Grandmother
William Robert Neville ... Himself
Heidi Neville-Bub ... Herself
Tran Tuong Nhu ... Herself - Journalist & Tom's Wife
Ana Petty ... Herself
Erlene Roller ... Herself
Cindy Stevenson ... Herself
Do Trong Tinh ... Himself - Heidi's Brother
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang ... Himself
Tran Van Phuc ... Himself
Do Huu Vinh ... Himself - Father of Heidi's Siblings

Season 15, Episode 11: Seabiscuit

29 March 2003
He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait; though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing. Scott Glenn narrates.

Scott Glenn ... Narrator (voice)
Seabiscuit ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura Hillenbrand ... Herself - Interviewee
Farrell Jones ... Himself - Interviewee
Norah Christianson ... Herself - Interviewee
Red Pollard ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Smith ... Himself - Interviewee
Jack Whitaker ... Himself - Interviewee
War Admiral ... Himself (archive footage)
George Woolf ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Dorfman ... Himself - Interviewee
Helen Luther ... Herself - Interviewee
Billy Passmore ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Stephenson ... Himself (archive footage)
Stagehand ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Carpenter ... Himself - Radio Announcer (archive sound)
Agnes Conlon ... Herself (archive footage)
Gelo Hall ... Himself - Interviewee
Clem McCarthy ... Himself - Race Caller on Radio (archive sound)
Colmon Elridge III ... Sam Jr.

Season 15, Episode 12: Bataan Rescue

7 July 2003

Season 15, Episode 13: Murder at Harvard

14 July 2003

Simon Schama ... Presenter
Timothy Sawyer ... John White Webster (as Tim Sawyer)

Stephen Benson ... Ephraim Littlefield
Sean McGuirk ... Dr. George Parkman
Mark Carver ... Derastus Clapp
Sean Fitzgerald ... Charles B. Starkweather
Robert Murphy ... Marshall Francis Tukey

Ken Cheeseman ... Robert Gould Shaw
James Devon ... Doctor
Dan Dowling ... Dr. Nathan Keep
Richard McElvain ... Dr. Woodbridge Strong
David Morrow ... Dr. Winslow Lewis
W. Kirk Avery ... Juror
Rena Baskin ... Woman on Street
David Bouvier ... Juror
Forry Buckingham ... Juror
Michael Dalby ... Policeman

Alan Francis ... Juror #7

Ted Garland ... Lawyer #1
Robert Gilke ... Lawyer #2
Martin Hanley ... Jailer
Richard Hill ... Spectator
Edsel Hughes ... Juror
Robert Jolly ... Clerk (as Bob Jolly)
John Meaney ... Spectator

Erik Parillo ... Official
Barry M. Press ... Foreman (as Barry Press)
Michele Proude ... Caroline Littlefield

Duncan B. Putney ... Juror (as Duncan Putney)
Jerome Quinn ... Judge #1
Ellen Stone ... Harriet Webster
Guy Strauss ... Lawyer #3
Peter Tyson ... Reverend George Putnam

Donald Watson ... Judge #2
Barry Zaslova ... Juror
Leonard Zola ... Judge Lemuel Shaw

Season 16


Season 16, Episode 1: New York: Center of the World

9 September 2003
This final chapter provides a powerful portrait of the events leading up to and following 9/11, reaching back to when the idea of a "world trade center" was first conceived and the towers were constructed. Explore the physical, economic, and symbolic aftermath of the attack and what Americans can learn from the recovery effort.
Mario Cuomo ... Himself
Jameson Doig ... Himself
Niall Ferguson ... Himself
James Glanz ... Himself
Paul Goldberger ... Himself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
Ken Holden ... Himself
Ada Louise Huxtable ... Herself
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself

Ed Koch ... Himself
William Langewiesche ... Himself
Eric Lipton ... Himself

Bebe Neuwirth ... Herself

Philippe Petit ... Himself

George Plimpton ... Himself
Leslie Robertson ... Himself
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself

David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator
Guy F. Tozzoli ... Himself
Camilo Jose Vergara ... Himself
Mike Wallace ... Himself
Carol Willis ... Herself

Season 16, Episode 2: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Part 1 - Revolution

12 January 2004

Ryan Dupree ... Marshall Twitchell
Dion Graham ... Narrator

Season 16, Episode 3: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Part 2 - Retreat

13 January 2004

Dion Graham ... Narrator

Season 16, Episode 4: Citizen King

19 January 2004
A documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.
Taylor Branch ... Himself
David Halberstam ... Himself

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrew Young ... Himself

Season 16, Episode 5: Remember the Alamo

2 February 2004

Season 16, Episode 6: Tupperware!

9 February 2004
This is about the origins of Tupperware in Massachusetts.

Kathy Bates ... Narrator
Will Le Bow ... Earl Tupper (voice) (as Will LeBow)
Karen MacDonald ... Brownie Wise (voice)
Brownie Wise ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 16, Episode 7: Emma Goldman

12 April 2004

Season 16, Episode 8: Patriots Day

19 April 2004

Season 16, Episode 9: Golden Gate Bridge

3 May 2004


David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)
Michael John Foley
Mike Kerrigan ... Michael O'Shaughnessy (as Michael Kerrigan)
Robert Murphy
Allen Schmeltz
Lisa Wentz

Season 17


Season 17, Episode 1: RFK

4 October 2004


Blair Brown ... Narrator (voice)

Season 17, Episode 2: The Fight

January 2004
Documentary on the boxing match between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling, which captured the world's attention on June 22, 1938.

Courtney B. Vance ... Narrator
Steve Acunto ... Himself - Boxing Trainer
Gus Adams ... Himself - Louis' Friend

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Alverta Barksdale ... Herself - Dancer
David Bathrick ... Himself - Professor of German Studies, Cornell University
Jimmy Braddock ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Clark ... Himself - Boxing Fan
Richard Ben Cramer ... Additional voice (voice)

Jack Dempsey ... Himself (archive footage)

Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)

Ralph Edwards ... Himself (archive footage)
Truman Gibson ... Himself - Joe Louis' Attorney
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Herb Goldman ... Himself - Boxing Historian
Jay Gregory ... Additional voice (voice)
W.C. Heinz ... Himself - Sportswriter
Peter Hermann ... Additional voice (voice)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Herbert Hoffman ... Himself - Former German Soldier
Vernon Jarrett ... Himself - Writer
Hank Kaplan ... Himself - Boxing Historian
Volker Kluge ... Himself - Sports Journalist
Martin Krause ... Himself - Journalist

Fritz Lang ... Himself (archive footage)
Henri Lewin ... Himself - Jewish Refugee
Leon Litwack ... Himself - Historian, University of California

Joe Louis ... Himself - Louis' Son (archive footage)
Don Majeski ... Himself - Boxing Promotor
David Margolick ... Himself - Writer

Jefferson Mays ... Additional voice (voice)
Clem McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred Morton ... Himself - Jewish Refugee
Jack Newfield ... Himself - Writer
Gerd Otto ... Himself - Boxing Fan
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Ferdie Pacheco ... Himself - Fight Doctor
Quill Pettaway ... Himself - Louis' Friend
Franz Rams ... Himself - Former German Soldier
Gerhard Reimann ... Himself - Sportswriter
Lester Rodney ... Himself - Sportswriter
John Roxborough ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeffrey T. Sammons ... Himself - Historian (as Jeffrey Sammons)
Max Schmeling ... Himself (archive footage)

Budd Schulberg ... Himself - Writer
Mike Silver ... Himself - Boxing Historian
Walter Smith ... Himself - Louis' Friend
Walter Stubbs ... Himself - Louis' Friend

Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans-Joachim Teichler ... Himself - Historian
George von der Lippe ... Himself - Professor of German Studies, St. Anselm College

Season 17, Episode 3: Fidel Castro

31 January 2005
A biography of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Rena Baskin ... (voice)
Fulgencio Batista ... Himself (archive footage)
James Blight ... Himself - Professor of International Relations
Ricardo Bofill ... Himself - Human Rights Activist
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Jorge Domínguez ... Himself - Professor of International Relations
Alfredo Duran ... Himself - Veteran, Bay of Pigs
Rafael Díaz-Balart ... Himself - Castro's Brother-in-Law
Alfredo 'El Chino' Esquivel ... Himself - Castro's Schoolmate
Carlos Franqui ... Himself - Journalist
Norberto Fuentes ... Himself - Author
Georgie Anne Geyer ... Herself - Journalist

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Hagerty ... Himself - Eisenhower's Press Secretary (archive footage)

Peter Haydu ... (voice)
Alcibíades Hidalgo ... Himself - Cuban Official
Paul Horn ... (voice)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Latell ... Himself - CIA Analyst
Will Le Bow ... (voice) (as William Lebow)
William Leogrande ... Himself - Professor of Political Science
Huber Matos ... Himself - Rebel Leader
Carlos Alberto Montaner ... Himself - Author
Edward R. Murrow ... Himself (archive footage)
Tim Naftali ... Himself - Author
Andres Oppenheimer ... Himself - Journalist
Jose Ignacio Rasco ... Himself - Schoolmate

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Alina Fernández Revuelta ... Herself - Daughter of Fidel Castro
Timothy Sawyer ... (voice)
Wayne Smith ... Himself - U.S. Diplomat
Marifeli Perez Stable ... Herself - Author

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator
Armando Valladares ... Himself - Political Prisoner

Barbara Walters ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 17, Episode 4: Building the Alaska Highway

7 February 2005
The creation of the 1,500-mile Alaska-Canada Highway.

Joe Morton ... Narrator

Ruth Gruber ... Herself - Journalist
Ken Coates ... Himself - Historian
Charles Hendricks ... Himself - Military Historian
Heath Twichell ... Himself - Historian
William Griggs ... Himself - Army Engineer

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Billy Connor ... Himself - Civil Engineer
Hayward Oubre ... Himself - Army Engineer
John Bollin ... Himself - Army Engineer
Henry Geyer ... Himself - Army Engineer
Fred Mims ... Himself - Quartermaster Corps
Alden Hacker ... Himself - Army Engineer
Bob Trail ... Himself - Canadian Resident
Alice Summer ... Herself - Canadian Resident
Alvin Schexnider ... Himself - Historian
Wallace Lytle ... Himself - Army Engineer
Bob Batey ... Himself - Army Engineer
Chester Russell ... Himself - Army Engineer

Season 17, Episode 5: Kinsey

14 February 2005
Documentary examining the impact and continuing influence of 'Alfred Kinsey''s groundbreaking research on human sexuality.

Campbell Scott ... Narrator (voice)
Kenneth Anger ... Himself
John Bancroft ... Himself
Bob Bayer ... Himself
Alice Binkley ... Herself
Morris Binkley ... Himself
T. Coraghessan Boyle ... Himself (as T.C. Boyle)
Brad Cook
Bradley Douglas Cook ... Alfred Kinsey (as Brad Cook)
Martin Duberman ... Himself
Julia Ericksen ... Herself

Jamie Gagnon ... Himself
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy ... Himself
Paul Gebhard ... Himself
Alice Ginott Cohn ... Herself
Caroline Harting
Miriam Hecht ... Herself
James H. Jones ... Himself
Ann Kinsey Call ... Herself
Joan Kinsey Reid ... Herself
Alfred Kinsey ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Laumann ... Himself
Clyde Martin ... Himself

Jefferson Mays ... Voice
Joan Mister ... Herself
Jeff Post
Barbara Seaman ... Herself
Patricia Franck Sheffield ... Herself
John Tebbel ... Himself
Leonore Tiefert ... Herself

Season 17, Episode 6: Mary Pickford

4 April 2005


Laura Linney ... Narrator (voice)
Tino Balio ... Himself - Film Historian
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Film Historian
David Belasco ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm Boyd ... Himself - Friend of Mary Pickford

Louise Brooks ... Herself (archive footage)
Kevin Brownlow ... Himself - Film Historian

Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Cushman ... Himself - Film Historian
Amelia Earhart ... Herself (archive footage)
Scott Eyman ... Himself - Biographer

Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Victoria Flexner ... Actress
Kathryn Fuller-Seeley ... Herself - Film Historian

D.W. Griffith ... Himself (archive footage)
Sarah Hutt ... Actress

Ernst Lubitsch ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Mirisch ... Himself (archive footage)

Owen Moore ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Musser ... Himself

Jack Pickford ... Himself (archive footage)
Lottie Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)

Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)

Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself (archive footage)
Charlotte Smith ... Herself (archive footage)
Glenn Stockton ... Actor
Jesse Sweet ... Actor
Eileen Whitfield ... Herself - Biographer
Adolph Zukor ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 17, Episode 7: The Great Transatlantic Cable

11 April 2005
The story of Cyrus Field and the creation of the transatlantic telegraph line.

Linda Hunt ... Narrator (voice)
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself - Historian
Gillian Cookson ... Herself - Historian
John Steele Gordon ... Himself - Author of "A Thread Across the Ocean"
Bernard Finn ... Himself - Smithsonian Institute
Donard De Cogan ... Himself - Engineer
Colin Hempstead ... Himself - Engineer

John Mackay ... Cyrus Field
Michael McColl ... Voice of Cyrus Field (voice)
Alex Allen ... Re-enactor
Jonathan Beedell ... Re-enactor
John Berry ... Re-enactor
Martyn Bill ... Re-enactor
Amy Booth ... Re-enactor
Mark Bryan ... Re-enactor
Martin Cook ... Re-enactor
Robin Davies ... Re-enactor
Piers Drew-Wilkinson ... Re-enactor
Nick Eggett ... Re-enactor
Toby Greenlees ... Re-enactor
Chris Handby ... Re-enactor
David Higson ... Re-enactor
David Hinam ... Re-enactor
James Hinchliff ... Re-enactor
Hari Jones ... Re-enactor
Iain Marshall ... Re-enactor
Luca Melzer ... Re-enactor
Jacob Nye ... Re-enactor
Nigel Ottley ... Re-enactor
Barry Paine ... Re-enactor
Bob Peters ... Re-enactor
Arnold Pick ... Re-enactor
David Pritchard ... Re-enactor
Scott Pritchard ... Re-enactor
Ray Prosser ... Re-enactor
Roman Pyndiah ... Re-enactor
Penelope Reynolds ... Re-enactor
David Rowe ... Re-enactor
Glyn Smith ... Re-enactor
Josh Spencer ... Re-enactor
Andrew Stocker ... Re-enactor
Michael Tucker ... Re-enactor
Ed Tyler ... Re-enactor
Graham Winter ... Re-enactor
Kate Woodhouse ... Re-enactor
Daniel Yates ... Re-enactor

Season 17, Episode 8: The Fall of Saigon

25 April 2005

Stanley Karnow ... Himself / Correspondent

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 17, Episode 9: Victory in the Pacific

May 2005


Kippy Goldfarb ... (voice)

Peter Haydu ... (voice)
Paul Horn ... (voice)

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Season 17, Episode 10: The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

23 May 2005
The life and times of The Carter Family, one of the earliest and most-influential group in American country and roots music.

Joan Baez ... Herself - Musician
Mary Bufwack ... Herself - Author

June Carter Cash ... Herself - Musician
A.P. Carter ... Himself - Singer (archive footage)
Janette Carter ... Herself - Daughter of A.P. and Sara Carter
Joe Carter ... Himself - Son of A.P. and Sara Carter
Mother Maybelle Carter ... Herself - Singer (archive footage)
Sara Carter ... Herself - Singer (archive footage)
Bill Clifton ... Himself - Musician

Robert Duvall ... Narrator
Rita Forrester ... Herself - Granddaughter of A.P. and Sara Carter
Tyler Forrester ... Quartet Member #4

Vince Gill ... Himself - Musician
Tucker Jett ... Teenage A.P.
Justin Justice ... Quartet Member #1
Barry Mazor ... Himself - Magazine Editor
Ralph Peer ... Himself - Victor Records Producer (archive footage)
Larry Perkins ... Leslie Riddle
Isaac Salyer ... Young A.P.
Henry Schuttz ... Quartet Member #3
Ralph Stanley ... Himself - Musician

Marty Stuart ... Himself - Musician
Gillian Welch ... Herself - Musician
Joy Lynn White ... Maybelle Carter
Teresa Williams ... Sara Carter
Eugene Wolf ... A.P. Carter
Mark Zwonitzer ... Himself - Author

Season 17, Episode 11: Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

January 2004
A documentary on the curious American domestic terrorist group, infamous for the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

Russ Little ... Himself (also archive footage)
Michael Bortin ... Himself
Timothy Findley ... Himself
Dan Grove ... Himself
Ludlow Kramer ... Himself
John Lester ... Himself
Marcus Foster ... Himself (archive footage)
Catherine Hearst ... Herself (archive footage)

Patricia Hearst ... Herself (archive footage)
Randolph Hearst ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Neill ... Interviewer

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Shack ... Interviewer
Evelle Younger ... Himself (archive footage)
Spiro Agnew ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren Burger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Nixon ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gaby Roslin ... Herself (uncredited)

Season 17, Episode 12: The Massie Affair

4 July 2005


Blair Brown ... Narrator (voice)
Kanalu Young ... Himself - Historian
David Edward Stannard ... Himself - Professor (as David Stannard)
Haunani-Kay Trask ... Herself - Professor
Cobey Black ... Herself - Author of 'Hawaii Scandal'
Ah Quon McElrath ... Herself
Kay Napoleon ... Herself
Siobhan C. Edmondson ... Thalia Massie
Clarence Darrow ... Himself (archive footage)
Grace Hubbard Fortescue ... Herself (archive footage)
Hirohito ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Judd ... Himself (archive footage) (as Governor Lawrence Judd)
John C. Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Thalia Massie ... Herself (archive footage)
Thomas Massie ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 18


Season 18, Episode 1: Two Days in October

17 October 2005

Michael Hagiwara ... Himself (voice)
Ping Wu ... Voiceover (voice)

Season 18, Episode 2: Race to the Moon

31 October 2005
The story of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.

Joe Morton ... Narrator (voice)
Christopher Kraft ... Himself - Apollo Flight Operations Director
Susan Borman ... Herself - Wife of Commander Frank Borman

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (as President John F. Kennedy)
Andrew Chaikin ... Himself - Space Historian
John M. Logsdon ... Himself - Space Historian (as John Logsdon)
Jerry Bostick ... Himself - Retrofire Officer
Glynn Lunney ... Himself - Flight Director
Alexei Leonov ... Himself - Soviet Cosmonaut (as Alexi Leonov)
Marilyn Lovell ... Herself - Wife of Astronaut Jim Lovell
Valerie Anders ... Herself - Wife of Astronaut Bill Anders
Bill Anders ... Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut

Jim Lovell ... Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut
Frank Borman ... Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut

Sarah Fraunfelder ... Russian Voiceover (voice)

Season 18, Episode 3: Las Vegas: An Unconventional History: Part 1

14 November 2005


Michael Murphy ... Narrator (voice)

Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage)

Imogene Coca ... Herself (archive footage)

Noel Coward ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Patricia Cunningham ... Herself

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)

Oscar Goodman ... Himself
Brian Greenspun ... Himself

Bryant Gumbel ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Hickey ... Himself
Jimmy Hoffa ... Himself (archive footage)

Howard Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Estes Kefauver ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Eartha Kitt ... Herself (archive footage)
Paul Laxalt ... Himself

Jerry Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)

Liberace ... Himself (archive footage)

Jayne Mansfield ... Herself (archive footage)

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul Newman ... Himself (archive footage)
Nicholas Pileggi ... Himself

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... Herself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Hal Rothman ... Himself
Bugsy Siegel ... Himself (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)

Danny Thomas ... Himself (archive footage)
David Thomson ... Himself
Dina Titus ... Herself

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)

Joanne Woodward ... Herself (archive footage)
Elaine Wynn ... Herself

Steve Wynn ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 4: Las Vegas: An Unconventional History: Part 2

15 November 2005


Michael Murphy ... Narrator (voice)
Patricia Cunningham ... Herself

Oscar Goodman ... Himself
Brian Greenspun ... Himself

Bryant Gumbel ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Hickey ... Himself
Jimmy Hoffa ... Himself (archive footage)

Howard Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Laxalt ... Himself
Nicholas Pileggi ... Himself

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)
Hal Rothman ... Himself
David Thomson ... Himself
Dina Titus ... Herself
Elaine Wynn ... Herself

Steve Wynn ... Himself

Season 18, Episode 5: John & Abigail Adams

23 January 2006