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Nikola Tesla Predicts Our Wireless World In PBS’s New ‘American Experience’ Trailer

The tragic genius who predicted the technologies of the 21st century gets the spotlight in this upcoming documentary.


The upcoming documentary “Tesla,” part of PBS’s “American Experience” series, spotlights “mad scientist” Nikola Tesla, a genius who received massive attention for creating alternating current (AC), the foundation of the 20th century electrical grid. He dreamed of a world powered by free energy and wireless networks, but his eccentric ideas, disregard for money and dwindling reputation lead to his downfall and obscurity.

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“Many people may have heard of Tesla, but have no idea who this fascinating genius was or how influential he continues to be,” said “American Experience” executive producer Mark Samels on the PBS website.

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Through dramatized reenactments and commentary by leading authors and historians, the new trailer seeks to rouse interest in Tesla and bring him back out of the shadows, as his predictions for the future have shaped the wireless networks of the 21st century. “American Experience,” winner of several awards including the George Foster Peabody Award, will revive “Tesla” on PBS Tuesday, October 18 at 9pm EST.

Watch the trailer for “Tesla” below:

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