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Below is a list of some of the best history documentaries and shorts by PBS and NET. All of these shows are available to watch right now without a membership - for FREE. Just click the titles and press play. Or, find them in the FREE PBS Video app for your Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV Stick, phone or tablet.  Enjoy!

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NET OriginalsHealthPrehistory
AfricaThe HolocaustRace
AncientImmigrationRailroad
ArchitectureJusticeReligion
The Big PictureLatin AmericaRenaissance
CapitalismMiddle EastRussia
Civil RightsMusic, Arts & HumanitiesScience
DisastersMythsSports
Early AmericaNative AmericansTerrorism
East AsiaNebraskaWar and Revolution
FoodPoliticsWild West
Great BritainPoverty 

 

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NET Originals

'68: The Year Nebraska Mattered
Against the Current
The Anti-Horse Thief Society
Atlanta Revisited
Bago Boys
Betty’s One Room School
Big-Time Radio in Clay Center
Bob Gibson's Legacy
The Boys from the Barrio
Bright Eyes
Capitol Fountains
The Chief Goes to Washington
Coach Devaney
Coach Osborne: More Than Winning
Code Name Looking Glass
D-Day and the Oldfield Effect
A Day in the Life of Husker Football
The DeWitty Settlement
A Duty to Protest
Doc Middleton, The Unwickedest Outlaw
The Dundee Theater
Dust Covered Dreams
Echoes of War
Edwina Justus
Emery Blagdon And His Healing Machine
Final Call for Lincoln Telephone
The Forgotten Artist
Forgotten World
Fort Hartsuff on the Sandhills Frontier
Four Seasons in the Sandhills
Gentle Valor
The Girl From Broken Bow
Great Bison Kill
Great Plains Rail Tales
Guardians of the Baton
Hearts of Zambia
High Noon at Winnetoon
Homecoming: The Impact on Nebraska Veterans
Homemade Astronaut
Honor Flight Reflection
Husker Century - Part 1 Pioneer Spirit
Husker Century - Part 3 Pioneer Spirit of Champions
Huskers March the Rose Parade
Invisible People
Journey to the Wall
Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront
The Last Homesteader’s Tractor
The Legacy of General John J. Pershing
Libraries of Stone
Looking for Bliss
Lost Writer Ervin Krause
A Love Letter to Louise
The Lure of the Land
The Man Who Won the War
A Marginal Romance
Marooned in the South Pacific
Miracle on the Prairie
The Most Beautiful Man in the World
A Name to Remember All
Nebraska Volleyball Championship: Destination Omaha
Nebraska's Capitol Masterpiece
Nebraska's Schindler
Nebraska's Tuberculous Hospital
Nebraska's Tuskegee Heroes
No Ordinary Reunion
Nuns at Work
The Old Windmill
On the Frontline: Nebraskans at War in Iraq
Only in Nebraska
Our Daily Bread
The Path to Sainthood
A Promise Kept
The Quiet Billionaire
The Quiet Power of Danelle Smith
A Quilt of Honor
Racing's Ultimate Insider
Remembered Voices
Remembering Kloefkorn
Restoring the Big Boy
Return of the Sacred Pole
Safe Harbor
Sally Bard's War Stories
Shadows on the Screen
Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer
Standing Bear's Footsteps
Still Fighting
The Statue on the Hill
Stratcom 9/11: A Different Doomsday
A Street of Dreams
The Sutton House
Testament
Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond the Game
Victims of Peace
Walk Ons: Huskers' Edge
The War Comes to Nebraska
War Quilts
William, Luther and Cody
With Helpless Terror
Yours, Willa Cather




Africa

Firestone and the Warlord
Lost Boys of Sudan




Ancient

After Stonehenge
Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb
Decoding the Great Pyramid
Egypt’s Darkest Hour
Lost Ships of Rome
The Nero Files
Nero’s Sunken City
The Real Trojan Horse
The Silver Pharaoh




Architecture

Grand Coulee Dam
Hollywood’s Architect
Paul Revere Williams
*NET Original* The Sutton House (Nebraska Stories)
 


The Big Picture

Blank on Blank
History Detectives
Niall Ferguson’s Networld
The Origin of Everything




Capitalism

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
American Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos
The Business of Disaster
The Facebook Dilemma
The Gilded Age
Money, Power and Wall Street
The Secret History of the Credit Card




Civil Rights

The Fight
First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty
Memories of the March
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story




Disasters

The Big Burn
Ebola in Congo
Fire in Paradise
*NET Original* With Helpless Terror (Nebraska Stories)




Early America

Ben Franklin’s Bones
Jamestown’s Dark Winter
Secrets of Spanish Florida




East Asia

Battle for Hong Kong
China’s Terracotta Warriors
Myanmar’s Killing Fields
On the President’s Orders
The Tank Man




Food

Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
James Beard: America’s First Foodie
The Poison Squad




Great Britain

Arthur’s Lost Kingdom
The Queen’s Garden
Resurrecting Richard III
 



Health

The Age of AIDS
Chasing Heroin
*NET Original* Dust Covered Dreams (Nebraska Stories)
Flint’s Deadly Water
*NET Original* Hearts of Zambia
*NET Original* Nebraska's Tuberculous Hospital
(Nebraska Stories)
Outbreak
Right to Fail




The Holocaust

Escape from Auschwitz
The Last Survivors
The Last Laugh
Memory of the Camps
Shtetl




Immigration

Immigration Battle
Targeting El Paso
Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
North Korea’s Deadly Dictator
Separated: Children at the Border
Zero Tolerance




Justice

American Patriot
The Gang Crackdown
Last Days of Solitary
Life on Parole
A More or Less Perfect Union
The Mueller Investigation
Out of Gitmo / Forever Prison
Second Chance Kids
Supreme Revenge
The Trial of Ratko Mladić




Latin America

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty
Into the Amazon
Teotihuacán’s Lost Kings




Middle East

Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia
Children of Syria
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
For Sama
Losing Iraq
Mosul / Inside Yemen
Netanyahu at War
Saudi Arabia Uncovered
Our Man in Tehran




Music, Arts & Humanities

*NET Original* Big-Time Radio in Clay Center (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Dundee Theater (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Emery Blagdon And His Healing Machine
*NET Original* Remembered
Voices
*NET Original* The Forgotten Artist (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Forgotten World (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Guardians of the Baton (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Huskers March the Rose Parade (Nebraska Stories)
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World
*NET Original* Lost Writer Ervin Krause (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* A Love Letter to Louise (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* A Marginal Romance (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Most Beautiful Man in the World (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* A Quilt of Honor (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Remembering Kloefkorn (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Shadows on the Screen (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer
*NET Original* Yours, Willa Cather
*NET Original* War Quilts
(Nebraska Stories)
 


Myths

Monstrum
Vampire Legend




Native Americans

*NET Original* Against the Current (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Bright Eyes (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Chief Goes to Washington (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* A Promise Kept (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Quiet Power of Danelle Smith (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Return of the Sacred Pole
*NET Original* Standing Bear's Footsteps
*NET Original* The Statue on the Hill
(Nebraska Stories)




Nebraska

*NET Original* The Anti-Horse Thief Society (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Betty’s One Room School (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Capitol Fountains (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Final Call for Lincoln Telephone (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Four Seasons in the Sandhills 
*NET Original* The Girl From Broken Bow (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Last Homesteader’s Tractor (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Libraries of Stone (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Lure of the Land (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Miracle on the Prairie (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Nebraska's Capitol Masterpiece 
*NET Original* The Old Windmill
(Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Only in Nebraska (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Our Daily Bread (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Quiet Billionaire (Nebraska Stories)




Politics

*NET Original* '68: The Year Nebraska Mattered
Anti-Abortion Crusaders
The Abortion Divide
America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump
Bannon’s War
Emma Goldman
Gunned Down
Hillary’s Class
McCain
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Ken Burns
Secrets, Politics and Torture
Trump’s Road to the White House
Trump’s Takeover
Trump’s Trade War
United States of Secrets
Waco: The Inside Story
War on the EPA




Poverty

Left Behind America
Poverty, Politics and Profit
Poor Kids




Prehistory


First Face of America
*NET Original* Great Bison Kill (Nebraska Stories)
Great Human Odyssey
Making North America: Human
Making North America: Life
Making North America: Origins




Race

The Chinese Exclusion Act
*NET Original* The DeWitty Settlement (Nebraska Stories)
The Eugenics Crusade
*NET Original* Invisible People (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Looking for Bliss (Nebraska Stories)
Roads to Memphis
Separate and Unequal
*NET Original* A Street of Dreams
Tell Them We Are Rising
Two American Families




Railroad

*NET Original* Edwina Justus (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Great Plains Rail Tales
*NET Original* Restoring the Big Boy (Nebraska Stories)




Religion

Bones of the Buddha
From Jesus to Christ
God in America
The Mormons
*NET Original* Nuns at Work (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The Path to Sainthood (Nebraska Stories)
Secrets of the Vatican
*NET Original* Testament (Nebraska Stories)




Renaissance

Building the Great Cathedrals
Decoding da Vinci
The Mona Lisa Mystery




Russia

Putin’s Revenge
Putin’s Way
 



Science

Apollo’s Daring Mission
Chasing the Moon
Forgotten Genius
*NET Original* Homemade Astronaut
Leonardo, the Man Who Saved Science
Sealab
The Secret of Tuxedo Park




Sports

*NET Original* Bago Boys
*NET Original* Bob Gibson's Legacy
(Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Coach Devaney
*NET Original* Coach Osborne: More Than Winning
*NET Original* 
A Day in the Life of Husker Football
Ken Burns’ Baseball
*NET Original* Husker Century - Part 1 Pioneer Spirit
*NET Original* Husker Century - Part 3 Pioneer Spirit of Champions
League of Denial: The NFL’s Corruption Crisis
*NET Original* Nebraska Volleyball Championship: Destination Omaha
*NET Original* Racing's Ultimate Insider
(Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond the Game
*NET Original* Walk Ons: Huskers' Edge

 




Terrorism

American Terrorist
The Bombing of Wall Street
Confronting ISIS
The Man Who Knew
My Brother’s Bomber
The Rise of ISIS
The Secret History of ISIS
*NET Original* Stratcom 9/11: A Different Doomsday
Terror in Europe
Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald




War and Revolution

*NET Original* Atlanta Revisited
*NET Original* The Boys from the Barrio (Nebraska Stories)
Bush’s War
Carthage’s Lost Warriors
*NET Original* Code Name Looking Glass (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* D-Day and the Oldfield Effect (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* A Duty to Protest (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Echoes of War
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
*NET Original* Fort Hartsuff on the Sandhills Frontier (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Gentle Valor (Nebraska Stories)
Ground War
*NET Original* Honor Flight Reflection (Nebraska Stories)
The Hunt for Nazi Scientists
Hallowed Grounds
*NET Original* Homecoming: The Impact on Nebraska Veterans
*NET Original* Journey to the Wall (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront
*NET Original* The Legacy of General John J. Pershing (Nebraska Stories)
The Man Who Saved the World
*NET Original* The Man Who Won the War (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Marooned in the South Pacific (Nebraska Stories)
The Mine Wars
*NET Original* A Name to Remember All (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Nebraska's Schindler (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Nebraska's Tuskegee Heroes (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* No Ordinary Reunion (Nebraska Stories)
Obama at War
*NET Original* On the Frontline: Nebraskans at War in Iraq
*NET Original* Safe Harbor (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Sally Bard's War Stories (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* Still Fighting (Nebraska Stories)
Slave Ship Mutiny
*NET Original* Victims of Peace (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* The War Comes to Nebraska
The War of 1812
*NET Original* William, Luther and Cody (Nebraska Stories)
World War Speed




Wild West

Annie Oakley
*NET Original* Doc Middleton, The Unwickedest Outlaw (Nebraska Stories)
*NET Original* High Noon at Winnetoon (Nebraska Stories)
The Klondike Gold Rush
 

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