PBS Shares Another Important WWII Story In New “AmEx” Episode

January 12, 2018 by: Shauna O'Donnell

Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

By Philip Sayblack

PBS and Public Media Distribution are set to share another new story from World War II with the masses next week.

The story in question is that of the development of a once top secret tech that helped the Allies win the war, and it comes in the form of American Experience: the Secret of Tuxedo Park.  Set for release next Tuesday, Jan. 16 on DVD and Digital HD, the 55-minute program tells the story of the development of the first radar.

The story starts in the fall of 1940, when Hitler’s forces were preparing for an all-out assault on Britain.  America was still neutral at this point in the war, but British Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew American help was needed to prevent the Nazis from advancing.  He sent a small group of scientists to the United States, who then met with Wall Street tycoon — and himself a scientist — Alfred Lee Loomis.

The two sides met at Loomis’ private laboratory at Tuxedo Park, just outside of New York City.  Loomis used his connections and his finances to help develop the first working radar, which would ultimately play a critical role in the Allied forces’ defeat of the Axis powers.

Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

Based on author Jenny Conant’s book Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed The Course of WWIIAmerican ExperienceTuxedo Park will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  It can also be ordered as a bundle with Conant’s book at a price of $32.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode online now here.

More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperiencePBS

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/AmExperiencePBS

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