'10 That Changed America: Season 2'
(DVD / PG-13 / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: Take a whirlwind three-part tour of places where American history was made.
DVD Verdict: In the first part, "10 Monuments that Changed America," we follow along and explore the stories behind ten original American monuments and the historical moments that inspired them.
Intently watching and listening, we join in the exploration and knowledge of such monuments as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the AIDS Quilt. Discovering and learning about pivotal moments in the evolution of American monuments when daring artists found new ways to honor our history, this first part is, for me personally, the most eye-opening of the three.
In the second part, "10 Streets that Changed America," we watch and marvel at how streets have connected the nation and divided communities.
Here we also trace the 400-year evolution of Broadway in New York from a Native American road to a poster child for the "complete streets" movement of the future.
We also visit the Boston Post Road, St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. It's an episode about how streets have connected the nation, divided communities, and changed the way Americans live, work, and shop.
In the third and final part, '10 Modern Marvels that Changed America,' we watch and meet engineers who have scoffed at the laws of nature and defied naysayers with amazing feats of engineering.
Each story in this episode includes a fun physics lesson and a tale of human folly, from the Hoover Dam and the Interstate Highway System, to the Holland Tunnel and Eads Bridge.
A truly fascinating look at America from all its self-created angles, '10 That Changed America' by PBS (now out on DVD) is an incredible insight into this deep and wide land of ours that should be seen, and admired by everyone. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.