What Made America Great Episodes (25)
Prison in the Middle of the Sea
Brian travels to Fort Jefferson, an unfinished fort 70 miles off the coast of Key West, FL in Dry Tortugas National Park. New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer joins Brian to walk among the 16 million bricks to learn its history.
The Duel that Changed America
Brian travels to Weehawken, NJ to learn about the deadly duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Joined by historian David Eisenbach, they discuss the contentious moments that led up to Hamilton's death.
Mt. Rushmore's Secret Room
Brian travels to Mt. Rushmore in search of a secret hallway behind Thomas Jefferson’s head. United States Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joins Brian on the hike up. Brian also learns about the manpower behind the creation of the massive sculpture.
Inside the Vice President's Residence
Brian travels to Washington DC to visit the home of the vice president of the United States. Second Lady Karen Pence gives Brian a tour of the home, which sits on the Naval Observatory just a few miles from the White House.
Where a Hero Was Made
Brian travels to Nashville, TN to visit The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson. There, Jackson evolved a military career into a political career. Brian also discusses the controversies surrounding the former president.
Where a Founding Father Was Made
Brian travels to the home of Thomas Jefferson – Monticello – and goes inside the rooms Jefferson utilized every day. Archaeologists show recent discoveries dug up on the property, while Hemings Family Descendent Calvin Jefferson discusses the fact that Jefferson was a slaveholder.
The Lincoln Memorial's Hidden Room
Travel to Washington, D.C. to explore one of the most famous sites on the National Mall: The Lincoln Memorial. With the help of former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Brian discovers graffiti from 1914 and an unseen 43,800 square foot basement filled with supportive cathedral columns.
Remember The Alamo!
Brian travels to San Antonio, TX to visit the shrine to Texas freedom: The Alamo. Joined by curator Bruce Winders and historian and author Douglas Brinkley, Brian explores the events that led up to the 13-day siege that represented raw courage, valor, and country.
General Washington's Goodbye
Fraunces Tavern in downtown Manhattan has over 300 years of history. Museum director Jessica B. Phillips and historian Richard Brookhiser relive George Washington’s farewell to his Continental Army officers, and Joe Connor remembers his father who was a victim of the terrorist attack on the tavern.
Where America Began
Travel to St. Augustine, FL to explore the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the U.S. With the help of Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service, Allen Arnold, and historian Andy Nance, we journey back in time through centuries of history at the Colonial Quarter.
Hidden Gems of the Kennedy Space Center
Step into the world of space exploration with an unforgettable look at how America's space program has evolved. Brian Kilmeade takes you inside the Kennedy Space Center for an exclusive look, from its celebrated history, to its future as America works toward the mission to Mars.
The Women Saving History
Brian travels to Washington, D.C. to visit the headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. President General Denise VanBuren brings Brian inside the many rooms of the Memorial Continental Hall to hear and see the efforts from women around the country who ensure history is kept alive.
Unlocking Washington's Book Vault
Brian travels to Mount Vernon, VA to get a tour of George Washington’s home. President & CEO Doug Bradburn takes Brian through Washington's rare book vault to look at some of his personal documents.
Forgotten Treasures of The American Revolution
Brian travels to Philadelphia to explore the first museum solely dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. Brian journeys back in time to remember the early history of this nation's founding and at the end of the day he gets an exclusive look at momentous items not on display.
Inside the Home of a Spymaster
Brian enters the home of CIA Director William Casey and learns about the fascinating world of an American hero. From working as a spy during WWII, to helping Reagan get elected, Attorney General Ed Meese explains. Brian dives into the secrets of Casey and his luxurious home with Casey’s family.
The Walls That Saved America
Brian travels to Baltimore for Fort McHenry to learn about its role in the War of 1812. Historian Jay Winik sets the scene of America leading into the Battle of Fort McHenry as Washington was just burned to the ground. Brian learns about the events that led to the Star Spangled Banner.
The Summer White House
Brian visits Sagamore Hill, home of President Theodore Roosevelt, a site that reflects the former president’s personality.
Where the War Began
Brian explores Fort Sumter and walks along Charleston’s Battery with Senator Lindsey Graham to discuss the importance of the fort and the Civil War.
Liberty's Turning Point
Brian travels to Saratoga, New York to learn about the battle that was the turning point in the Revolutionary War, considered to be the most important battles ever fought in world history.
Secrets of the Memorial
Brian makes his way across the National Mall to the World War II Memorial with Secretary David Bernhardt to learn about the hidden meanings throughout the memorial and goes underground to see the behind the scenes operations.
George Washington's Headquarters
Brian visits George Washington’s Headquarters just north of New York City, a location where Washington spent more time than any other place during the Revolutionary War.
Secrets of the White House
Brian Kilmeade gets an exclusive tour of The White House, featuring President Trump in The Oval Office. Residence staff brings Brian through the history of the famous rooms, including ones not seen by the public.
The Women's Vote
Brian Kilmeade travels to Washington, DC to learn about the Suffragists who fought every day to guarantee the women’s right to vote in America.
Sam Houston's Final Days
Brian Kilmeade travels to Huntsville, TX to visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and is joined by Former Governor Rick Perry. The grounds include the former home of American Patriot Sam Houston as well as the home he died in.
The Texas Patriot
Brian Kilmeade’s visit to the The Sam Houston Memorial Museum continues in part two. Brian and Governor Rick Perry walk through the stages of Sam Houston’s career and go behind the door of the archives vault, which is locked to the public.