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This docuseries presents a collection of stories about pivotal events in American history, with the narrative of the events presented through contemporary accounts that show how things unfolded. The series is presented by the Smithsonian Channel.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
2 Seasons, 10 Episodes
December 4, 2016
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  • A powerful cold front over the American plains joined a warm air mass from the south on April 3, 1974, creating the perfect conditions for an 18-hour catastrophe now known as the Tornado Super Outbreak. Revisit the epic disaster that swept from Michigan to Alabama, powered by 148 tornadoes, 30 of them category F4 or F5. Through local news broadcasts, stunning audio recordings, and eyewitness home movies, look back on one of the most violent natural disasters in history.

  • An immersive, chronological recounting of the Apollo 13 near-disaster, told entirely through news footage, mission control audio, and NASA archives.

  • Never-before-seen tapes capture the Tet Offensive, the military campaign launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in January 1968.

  • The story of Malcolm X is told through newscasts, speeches, and rarely seen archival footage.

  • On February 4, 1974, 19-year-old Patricia "Patty" Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley, California apartment. Because she was the granddaughter of American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, Patty's kidnapping left authorities confounded and the American public glued to its television screens watching the saga of an abducted American heiress unfold. The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst tells the inside story, without interviews or narration, utilizing Hearst's own voice recordings, footage of her first interview following her release and first-hand audio tapes of the kidnappers. In addition, rediscovered news footage allows viewers to experience all of the confusion, fear and absurdity that held a nation in thrall for 19 months.

  • For more than a year, a serial killer known as "Son of Sam" terrorized New York City, killing six people and critically wounding seven others. On July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz began a murder spree that left law enforcement baffled and the public afraid to leave their homes. Forty years after his arrest, the latest installment of Smithsonian Channel's immersive and critically acclaimed series THE LOST TAPES uses rare footage to set the scene for what would become a national media frenzy in search of an elusive murderer.

  • Revisit the L.A. Riots shown entirely through news reports, home video, and police footage.

  • The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is retold by news reports, public statements, declassified documents and footage recorded in the days prior, during and after the event.

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