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American Experience

Alone on the Ice (#1104)

In June 1934, Richard Byrd lay alone in a small hut below the polar ice, hovering near death. No one before Byrd had ever experienced winter in the interior of the Antarctic. In an age of heroes, he was one of America's greatest. An explorer, aviation pioneer and scientist, Byrd was also an egotist, risk-taker, heavy drinker -- and, his critics claim, a fraud who took credit for the accomplishments of others. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: 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.

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