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American Experience

American Experience "Edison"

Sunday, June 14 at 9:00 pm on Channel 12.1
The holder of 1,093 patents, Thomas Alva Edison was nearly synonymous with invention. Driven, intensely competitive and never more at home than he was at work, Edison would be remembered as the genius ... [See more]

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Thank you for this program!
Posted: July 16, 2014 by Jill Lewis
Program: American Experience
I'm watching American Experience about the Freedom Riders in May 1961. Gripping. Chilling. Very important. America needs to know its history. Thank you.
CPT12 Response:
 Thank you for your email.
That was an amazing program. I was in awe at the courage it took to accomplish what the Freedom Riders did.
Colorado Public Television will reair this episode on Friday, July 18 at 11:00 pm   on Channel  12.1. It is also available for streaming.
For more information, please click on the link below.
All the Best,
CPT12 Staff
American Experience-1964
Posted: May 23, 2014 by Cap Hermann
Program: American Experience
I look forward to watching "American Experience-1964." Hopefully, it will set forth the lies and deception that President Lyndon B. Johnson told to both the American public and to Congress which got the U.S. military involved in this tragic and senseless war. This war resulted in the deaths of 58,000 American military along with the deaths of many Vietnamese citizens. In addition, there were thousands more civilian and military casualties. Today, high school students don't learn much about this war. Kudos for showing this documentary during the week that we celebrate Memorial Day.
CPT12 Response:
 Thank you for your email and support.
The American Experience – 1964airs Wednesday, May 28 at 8:00 pm and 11:00pm on Channel 12.1.
I hope the program meets your expectations.
All the Best,
CPT12 Staff
Dispicable programming
Posted: May 30, 2010 by robert divine
Program: American Experience
I plan to organize a financial boycott of your station and any community sponsor affiliated with it. Your choice to show a documentary on Mei Lei on the eve of Memorial Day, is thoughtless and despicable. While other stations are showing tributes to American servicemen who have given their lives for our country, this is your choice? Please forward the name of the Moron responsible for this, so when I start contacting a few friends in the Denver media, I can be factual in my discussion. Your station is truly disgusting.
CPT12 Response:


Thanks for your comments. We always appreciate hearing from our passionate viewers, even when our actions and their opinions do not align.

We strongly feel that the American Experience programming you mentioned was part of our wide-spread programming efforts over the course of the entire month, in which many various viewpoints and facets of our armed forces were featured. A few of the other programming events featured include:


Inspired by the very different stories of two Vietnam War era vets, THE NEXT MISSION is a personal look at America’s preparation for the almost two million returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


After struggling for 35 years with rage and anxiety, Vietnam veteran Steve Campbell has only recently started seeking treatment. Steve and Jeff are friends and in the same therapy group.

Steve like many Vietnam vets has made it his mission to make sure the Iraq veterans don't go through the trauma that he experienced - untreated for so long.

The film provides a short history of PTSD - from Homer's time, to the Civil War and "soldier's heart, to the "shell shock" of WWI, the "battle fatigue" of WWII, up to the current diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder.

The film draws no conclusions about whether Jeff will ever be the man he was before he went to war, but rather presents the hope and pessimism he and his family experience and allowing audiences to draw their own conclusions about how the war comes home.


A look back at one of the most iconic battles of World War II as host Steffan Tubbs recalls his visit with veterans of the war to the infamous Japanese island.

Guests: WW2 Veterans from the Battle of Iwo Jima Joe Weinmeier, Al Jennings and Jim Blane; Congressman Ed Perlmutter; and Photographer John Riedy.


Since the Iraq War began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs have tripled. At least thirty-six servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson have committed suicide. And fourteen Fort Carson soldiers have been charged or convicted in at least eleven killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. Three of them came from a single platoon of infantrymen. FRONTLINE tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st battalion of the 506th infantry; and how the war followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army's mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.

FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S BLACK PATRIOTS is an inspiring, definitive and unprecedented look at the largely untold history of African-American participation in America's armed forces, from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan. Ten years in the making, the four-hour mini-series examines why, despite enormous injustice, these men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they did not enjoy. Introduced by General Colin Powell and hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the profound sacrifices and largely ignored of African-American service men and women. The films also include dramatic readings by an all-star roster of actors, including Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon, Lou Gossett Jr., John Travolta, Ossie Davis, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Sam Elliot, Delroy Lindo, Isaac Hayes, John Goodman, Ice-T and many others.

Thanks again for writing. In light of all of these diverse program offerings demonstrating, examining, and even celebrating the tremendous efforts of our armed forces – both past and present – I would hope you will reconsider your anger.

Thanks again,

Brad Haug

Director of Programming

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Program Length: 120 minutes
Category: History & Culture
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