American Experience

Chapter 1 | The Codebreaker

Clip: Season 33 Episode 1 | 7m 25s | Video has closed captioning.

The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped lay the foundation for modern codebreaking today.

Aired: 01/11/21

Rating: NR

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