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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE The Boys of ’36 To Premiere Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on PBS

by media@usrowing.org | Apr 12, 2016
American Experience announced this week that The Boys of ’36, a new one-hour documentary inspired by Daniel James Brown’s critically-acclaimed nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, will premiere Tuesday, August, 2, 2016, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS.


Inspired by Daniel James Brown’s #1 New York Times Bestseller The Boys in the Boat, Documentary Recounts the Thrilling Underdog Story of the American Rowing Team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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(BOSTON, Mass.) — American Experience has announced that The Boys of ’36, a new one-hour documentary inspired by Daniel James Brown’s critically-acclaimed nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, will premiere Tuesday, August, 2, 2016, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS. The thrilling true story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany, The Boys in the Boat is published by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book has been on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 80 weeks. 

1969_m_corbis_enhancedExecutive produced by Mark Samels, and produced by Margaret Grossi and Mary Carillo, The Boys of ’36 is the story of nine working class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships — psychological, physical and economic — to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Their unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. 

Featuring interviews with author Daniel James Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 Washington team, The Boys of ’36 premieres on American Experience in August on PBS in conjunction with the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 80th anniversary of the miracle crew’s triumph. 

The broadcast of The Boys of ’36 will be accompanied by a series of screening events across the country, many in partnership with USRowing, a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. 

“USRowing is thrilled to partner with American Experience and Liberty Mutual to share this much-anticipated documentary with the rowing community,” said USRowing Chief Marketing Officer Beth Kohl. “The story of the 1936 crew is one that transcends rowing and has captured the hearts of millions of people, from those who have never touched an oar to our U.S. athletes training for the 2016 Olympic Games.” 

The Boys of ’36 is really an inspiring story.” said Mark Samels, American Experience Executive Producer. “These remarkable young men — with nothing more than strength of character, hard work and determination — triumphed over unimaginable odds. We’re proud to bring this story, so vividly recounted in Brown’s bestseller, to our audience.” 

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games. More than 85,000 individuals and 1,300 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. USRowing membership reflects the spectrum of American rowers – juniors, collegians, masters and those who row for recreation, competition or fitness. 

About American Experience
For more than 27 years, American Experience has been the nation’s most-watched television history series. It has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major industry award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. 

Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

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