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'The Race Underground,' 'Drive Share,' 'Becoming Warren Buffett,' 'Witness for the Prosecution'

'The Race Underground,' 'Drive Share,' 'Becoming Warren Buffett,' 'Witness for the Prosecution'

"American Experience: The Race Underground" (PBS, Tuesday). Fun for engineering fans and old-photo buffs, this documentary from Michael Rossi "partially adapts" Doug Most's 2014 study, "The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway."

The inter-city rivalry that Most's book details does not get traction here; Rossi, directing very much in the Ken Burns history-is-personal storytelling mode, focuses on inventor and engineer Frank J. Sprague, who developed the "self-regulated" electric motor and various mechanical felicities that made efficient subterranean rail...

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