NPR logo

Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5007883/5007894" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos

Movies

Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos

Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5007883/5007894" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Welcome to Las Vegas sign
WGBH

People think of Las Vegas as Sin City, a version of Disneyland, or maybe a little of both. But as the town's place in American culture continues to evolve, people seeking to change their fortune are still drawn there.

A new installment of PBS' American Experience explores the ups and downs of America's fast-growing rollercoaster of a town.

Scenes from 'Las Vegas'

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History follows the development of the town's all-important casinos, but it also delves into the stories of those who come to Vegas for everything from entertainment to a fresh start on life. The film features the stories of 10 Las Vegas residents, including a strip club "house mom," a hotel maid and a local schoolteacher.

Director Stephen Ives talks with Scott Simon about the film, which airs on PBS stations Nov. 14 and 15.