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American Experience
Race for the Superbomb
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top-secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. A world away, on the frozen steppes of Siberia, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue and deception marked the race to develop the hydrogen bomb, a weapon that would change the world. David Ogden Stiers narrates.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Race for the Superbomb,” 12/18/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2321849B88344288D6B7BBD5D228703.
MLA: “American Experience; Race for the Superbomb.” 12/18/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2321849B88344288D6B7BBD5D228703>.
APA: American Experience; Race for the Superbomb. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2321849B88344288D6B7BBD5D228703
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