Journey to the world's most unforgettable places in this dazzling series based on the bestselling books. Newlyweds Albin and Melanie soak up all the world has to offer on a dream honeymoon, experiencing Brazil, Australia, and more.
Discover the thrilling story of how people are made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature. Using the latest research and advances in medicine, we can reveal this hidden world in forensic detail. Zeroing in on milestones along the road to creation; where critical events can change people's life.
Ten questions are posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader.
A short documentary wherein producers profiled 14 7-year-old children, and loosely speculated on what sort of lives they might lead. Almost as an afterthought, director Michael Apted--a researcher on the original documentary--returned to profile these same 14 subjects at seven-year intervals. The "7 up" series has been called the grandfather of reality television.
Provided is a personal and touching journey that takes an unflinching look into the lives of Eva Markvoort and her two online friends, who are all battling cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system.
Examines the national public health threat posed by Alzheimer's disease, which erodes memory, thinking, and physical ability. Experts present evidence that unless a cure is found soon, the disease will have serious impact on the U.S. economy, bankrupting Medicare and Medicaid as well as millions of Americans.
'America the story of us' focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History.
The Amish intercuts historical analysis with contemporary footage to provide an unprecedented look at this highly private, little understood, and utterly unique community whose beliefs raise important questions about religious liberty in American life.
Titles included in this collector's edition are: Roses For the Garden, Visions Of Nature, Structural Elements, The Summer Garden, Nurseries & Plant Collections, Flower Gardens, Color In The Garden, The Useful Garden, The Smaller Garden, The Country Garden, Design Basics, and Planting The Bones Of A Garden.
An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.
An emotionally gripping feature length documentary film that examines the lives of five fathers raising and caring for children on the autism spectrum. Centered around a clinical weekend retreat with 14 Dads, the film dispels the archaic "big boys don't cry" notion and uniquely chronicles the emotional struggles of a group of fathers, including Director Jones, as they open up to one another about the fear, disappointment, and, ultimately, the acceptance of a very different parenting experience than they had envisioned. www.AutisticLikeMe.net
- Written by Charles Jones
The Basics of Billiards is an easy to watch, easy to learn, self help video intended for newcomers interested in learning the rules, regulations, techniques, and terminologies of the game of pool. Targeted towards novices and amateurs interested in picking up pool as a new activity.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1950, US Army troops pushed north through the Korean peninsula to drive North Korea's Communist army out of democratically held South Korea. Within days, they were surrounded by more than 85,000 Chinese soldiers in the mountains by the Chosin Reservoir. View the intense battle in intimate detail in this vivid narrative of combat and survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.
An inspiration to billions of people worldwide, Billy Graham is the charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now discover Billy as the earnest and promising young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt, ultimately facing the moment of decision that gives way to history's most influential Evangelist.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the wonders of the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of why people feel and think the things they do. The ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions.
This inspirational guide explores the entire breast cancer experience blending breakthrough science with traditional and complementary healing. It helps women navigate complex decisions about treatment and recovery with a mission to heal the whole person.
Traces developments from very ancient times to the present in man's control of the fermenting of grape juice. Mentions some of the technological advances and persons who had significant influences in wine making.
This award-winning program by filmmaker Ken Burns recaptures all the drama, the struggles and the personal tragedies behind this greatest of all achievements of America's industrial age. As this fascinating program reveals, it was the largest bridge of its era, marked by enormous construction problems and ingenious solutions.
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies.
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West, and then seemingly vanishing into thin air, became national news and the basis of rumors and myth.
Cultural historians, collectors, and various celebrity obsessives, including Tom Hanks and John Mayer, launch us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved, but dying technology, the typewriter, faces extinction.
Examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism?
Combines colorful animation with live-action documentary sequences to tell the story of a 13th-century Welsh castle. Author David Macaulay, who wrote and illustrated the best-selling book of the same title, leads viewers on a castle tour, explaining its cultural and sociological significance and its architectural design. Detailed animation dramatizes the building of the castle and portrays the lifestyle of the early inhabitants.
Covers child development theorists including Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Abraham Maslow, Arnold Gesell, John Bowlby, Rudolph Dreikurs, Lawrence Kohlberg, B.F. Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Diana Baumrind, T. Berry Brazelton, Howard Gardner.
Some are born to it. Others run to it. Come run away to the circus. Experience the fascinating reality of one our most potent collective fantasies. Join the company and crew of the legendary Big Apple Circus for their annual 350-show tour, an epic, unforgettable journey from town to town and stand to stand, from the big top to the 'backyard,' where the trailers are parked and the true heart of the circus beats.
Monterey Pop is the first filmed document of a rock festival. The Monterey Pop Festival, held on California's Monterey Peninsula in 1967, inspired Jann Wenner to launch his enormously successful "Rolling Stone Magazine." It also did much to boost the careers of many of the pop and rock stars who performed in it.
Topics include dangers of cleaning with compressed air, how compressed air can injure the human body, use of hearing protection in noisy environments, inspection and maintenance of compressed air equipment and components of compressed air systems.
Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. The film highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today's creative economy, from quilts and wooden boats to textiles and fine jewelry.
Billy Graham has preached to more people than any other person in history. His powerful sermons have elevated him in the eyes of his followers, to a spiritual level attained on by the Pope himself. Who is this icon who has been spreading the word of God for more than 40 years?
Elevate your heart rate in this high-energy workout that moves and grooves. African Beat – Latin Heat is like having a dance party in your living room! MaDonna Grimes makes sure you never stop moving in this exciting Dance Fitness for Beginners program.
Grammy Award winning performer David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios, and the Grand Ole Opry stage. In this show, David introduces viewers to modern masters of traditional music in the southern mountains of North Carolina and remembers the legends who taught him.
An emotionally charged film you will never forget. First-hand accounts from his family, friends, and students give intimate insight into the struggles, growth, and motivations of Bonhoeffer in away that will make you ask anew what it means to be a Christian today.
When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them? Follow former enemy combatants, Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison, who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say enough. The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.
Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet, and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. New research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along, that dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be?
Examines the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time, from his early career in commercial and album cover art through his retirement.
This Ken Burns film chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
Team 3D and Complexity are the top two professional counterstrike teams in the United States. They leave their girlfriends and travel the world to compete for thousands of dollars. Professional gaming has exploded in Europe and Asia, but the counterstrike community in the United States struggles to legitimize their sport.
Join yoga teacher Peggy Cappy as she demonstrates movements to use at home to strengthen muscles and help increase mobility for people who are challenged by arthritis or the stiffness that comes with age or injury.
Story of radio from 1906-1955 and the three men who made it happen: Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff. Combines archival photographs, newsreels of the period, interviews, and radio soundtrack.
Documents a Danish expedition by a team of scientists to hitherto unexplored fjords in northeast Greenland, which, due to the seasonal melting of glacial ice due to global warming, are now accessible for a few weeks a year.
Documentary, History, War
In the most provocative film of the year, Academy Award-winner Michael Moore presents a searing examination of the role played by money and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
Describes the safe work practices employees should follow to reduce the risk of industrial fires, addressing housekeeping, hazardous materials, and static electricity. Reviews what to do if a fire should break out, covering evacuation procedures and fire extinguishers.
Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the song Silent Night that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances ends with the world's most popular carol. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world's favorite carol had its origins.
Volume 1 begins with a look at two of the many crises faced by George Washington during his term as America's first president. At a time when any conflict had the potential to dissolve the fragile union, Washington surrounded himself with brilliant men who were bound by their undying devotion to America, but who were often bitterly divided about how best to serve their common cause. Volume 2 explores the ideological conflict that existed between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and highlights Washington's farewell address. Volume 3 portrays the bitterly contested presidential election of 1796 and the difficult administration of John Adams. Volume 4 concludes with the poignant tale of the reconciliation between Adams and Jefferson, and the story of the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
Larry Haun takes you step-by-step through the entire process of building the walls in a basic house, showing you practical ways to organize tasks, streamline procedures, and handle tools and materials efficiently.
Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among others, Fresh features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner David Ball.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychoanalysis, belonged to the large revolutionary thinkers of the previous century. But who were Freud actual, and how did he reach its innovative theories concerning the functioning of the human spirit?
A documentary about seven rivals as they battle for the title of Mr. Olympia. But beyond the gym, the stage, and the misconceptions about the sport, how far will each of them go to achieve the ultimate in extreme physical perfection?
Follows the life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. As their relationship suffers, Alfred takes a younger lover. Georgia's search for solace moves her west, where she finds new inspiration for her paintings, and ultimately her own voice, in the New Mexico landscape.
In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this Lost city of the Incas, yet it remains an enigma. NOVA joins a new generation of archaeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site.
The banjo has been an emblem of American culture for centuries, yet few realize the instrument's complicated, checkered past. Narrated by Steve Martin and featuring such banjo masters as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck, goes beyond the stereotypes and delves into the musical odyssey of the banjo, from its African roots to the present day.
How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back?
A look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees.
Instruction in learning how to use tuning chisels, planes, and saws. Explains how to sharpen a chisel, rehabilitate flea market tools, flatten the bottom of a plane, set and sharpen a handsaw, stand and hold a plane, pare accurately with a chisel, and saw straight and smoothly.
Chronicles the 1973 Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America when the miners joined the union.
An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved best seller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th century. Mary McDonagh Murphy's Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.
Petra, a stone city of temples and tombs carved deep into stark cliffs in Jordan, was the center of life two thousand years ago for a people called the Nabateans. Archaeologists excavate evidence of a highly sophisticated society and discover answers to questions about Nabatean beliefs, customs, and destinies.
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time.
No modern politician has captured the American imagination as has the Kingfish--Huey Long. Two years in the making, Ken Burns' documentary traces Long's spectacular career from the 1920s when he burst out of Louisiana's red clay hills to smash the state's power structure under the banner "Every Man a king.
This series takes us across continents, meeting those who have pushed their bodies to the max. The latest CGI and camerawork depicts their ordeals in vivid detail both externally and through the internal workings of their bodies.
Body modification, or body art, is everywhere. Just when you thought the fad had gone completely mainstream, new trends of outrageous body modification have emerged. This program tracks down a Minneapolis group with outrageous facial tattoos, a secretive Japanese brotherhood of tattooers, and people on society's fringes who are engaging in branding, implanting and stretching.
A startling expose of sexual assault on US campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together cinema verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue both their education and justice.
Weaving together archival footage, economic data and candid interviews with Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O'Neill, Robert Rubin, Alice Rivlin and Paul Volcker, along with David Walker of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition, the film offers a vivid and alarming profile of America's financial status.
This two-part, four hour documentary revisits New Orleans five years after Katrina, and four years since the premiere of Lee's landmark, triple Emmy-winning HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
Follows designer-activist Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills.
In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Spain. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not quite as it seems. Is the boy really who he claims to be, or is he an imposter giving the family false hope for their child's return?
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.
A look at the history and legends of ancient Ireland. Beginning in 2000 B.C., when Stone Age farmers built some of the largest and most spectacular Neolithic monuments in Europe, to 1167 A.D, when the Norman invasion placed Ireland under English control.
By watching Tom Law you'll learn how to square up and secure an opening window in minutes, set and seal an insulated glass unit in a custom-built frame, shim and plumb a prehung exterior door so it won't sag, size an interior door blank to fit within a site-built frame, make a simple template to align and rout hinge mortises. Learn how to eliminate drafts and to prevent sticking.
Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape of today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, the documentary is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice.
This easy-to-follow introduction to the fundamentals of Tai Chi is just the right length, just the right variety, and just the right depth for the viewer to receive maximum benefits. Taught by master instructor David-Dorian Ross, Intro to Tai Chi will feed the soul and will teach the viewer an entire flow sequence that can help get all aspects of life back in balance.
A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota as they hone their 'prophetic gifts'.
The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.
In 2004, the Dover school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to their high school biology students about an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution called intelligent design. The teachers refused to comply, and both parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state.
The film follows an attempt to reach the summit of the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of the Abruzzi's landmark K2 expedition. It also explores the history and geography of the legendary Karakoram Mountain Range, while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.
Uncover the causes of obesity and the unprecedented rates in which it is spreading in the United States, and learn ways that might reverse the trend that is projected to affect 75% of Americans within the next ten years.
A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.
A thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
In a journey that is both literal and historical, host Rageh Omaar retraces the footsteps of the Prophet, from his beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his Prophetic role; from his flight to Medina to his subsequent military and political successes and failures, through to his death and his legacy.
Two Frontline episodes on the American penal system. Solitary Nation looks at life in solitary confinement in Maine's maximum security prison. Prison State addresses the problem of mass incarceration in America, focusing on four residents of a Louisville, Kentucky housing project as they cycle in and out of the state's prison system.
Presents the most popular forms of racing, including hot boats, dragsters, super cycles, jet planes, monster trucks, fast track racing, demolition derby tournaments, tough trucks, stock and Indy cars, and super stunts performed by daredevils, explaining the history of the high-speed machines and what it takes to make it to victory lane.
Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.
Klausz demonstrates three different techniques for making three variations on the mortise-and-tenon joint. You'll learn: how to make a haunched mortise-and-tenon joint for a table; how to make a through/wedged mortise-and-tenon joint; and to make angled joints for a chair.
At 2:50 pm on April 15, 2013, two bomb blasts turned the Boston Marathon finish line from a scene of triumph into a scene of tragedy, and a city gripped by heartbreak and terror. Less than five days later, the key suspects were identified and apprehended; one dead, the other in custody. How did investigators transform the chaos of the bombing into a coherent trail of clues, pointing to the accused killers?
Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky's analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies.
The story of a callous monarch, swept to her death in the torrent of the French Revolution. It is also the tale of a fragile young woman struggling to find herself during one of the most turbulent moments in human history.
Following the experiences of a handful of couples over the course of a decade, producer Michael Apted shows how this ancient institution expresses itself in contemporary American society. Five years after the first film which covered the time of the weddings of the couples in 2001, Apted revisited them to find out how their lives have changed and how their relationships progressed in the first few years of married life.
The extraordinary story of a woman who defied tradition, a painter whose work captivated Edgar Degas, and the only American asked to join the French Impressionists. Best remembered for her tender yet unsentimental depictions of mothers and children, Cassatt was also a driving force for women's suffrage and other issues of her day.
This program demonstrates the best approach to: developing a clear and comprehensive cutlist; using extension wings for accurate measurements and precise repetitive cuts; sizing casing for doors and windows and shaving miters for a tight fit; working with an auxiliary fence to cut baseboard miters, butts and self-returns; cutting crown and baseboard in position and on-the-flat, using a Bosch angle finder to find miter and bevel angles, cutting acute angles.
Examines the life and legacy of African American poet, memoirist, and civil rights worker Maya Angelou, from her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to the recitation of her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton. Includes Angelou's own words woven together with archival photographs and videos as well as interviews with Angelou's friends and family.
Studies the controversial conflict, also known as "Mr. Polk's War," from both sides, exploring why it began, how it was fought, and why it ended in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexican and American historians unravel the many conflicting stories about the struggle, which features such figures as future president Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee.
In May of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked black people of Birmingham, Alabama to go to jail in the cause of racial equality. The adults were afraid to go to jail and so the school children marched and over 5000 of them were arrested. This lead President Kennedy to sponsor the 1964 Civil Rights Act which eventually to the march on Washington. Contains vintage film footage, re-stagings of some activities and interviews with some of the protesters.
A documentary on the impact of globalization on the world's different wine regions. Filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter travels to France, California, Italy and New York, speaking with winemakers both large and small. The film offers a look at how business concerns and the homogenization of tastes around the world are changing the way wine is being made. Nossiter's primary focus is on American vintners and their new degree of worldwide acceptance as well as French wine makers who are struggling to maintain a more traditional approach in the wake of a rapidly shifting business climate.
In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murders of teenagers Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green in Chicago's Washington Park. In 1998, a group of university students re-investigated the case, and seemingly found the real killer, Alstory Simon. Simon confessed to the crimes, and Porter was released and pardoned, his harrowing ordeal shook the public's confidence in the justice system and led the Governor to vacate the sentences of all Illinois death row inmates.
Features the life and photographic career of George Masa, a Japanese immigrant to western North Carolina who photographed extensively in the Great Smoky Mountains, and whose works were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.
Presents a documentary on the life of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs.
Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction
Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controversy over the Nat Turner story played out through history.
On the western horizon of North Carolina are ancient sentinels. The oldest mountains on the North American continent, they are among the oldest mountains in the world .... Worn by time, wind and water, they appear as soft as watercolor brushstrokes. Life is abundant in these mountains .... [This] program will give you great ideas for planning a summer getaway with the family; taking you to sites you may have grown up hearing about, but never visited, or places you can't wait to get back to this year.
"Based on over 700 interviews in rural Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, [this film] asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind."
Join ... David Holt as he explores North Carolina's famed Outer Banks. He will take you from the sandy shores of Currituck Beach all the way to Blackbeard's favorite hideout on Ocracoke Island. Along the way we will visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, the Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the four remaining lighthouses still standing on the Outer Banks.
Wine expert Oz Clarke continues his mission to educate and excite Top Gear's petrol head James May about wine and this time they set off on an 8-week California road trip to sample the finest and most foul that the New World has to offer.
Traveling through France's most beautiful wine regions, award winning wine writer and critic Oz Clarke is on a mission to educate and excite Top Gear's overgrown boy racer, scruff bag, and beer drinker James May about French wine. James's mission is not to get too drunk and by the end of the trip, be able to walk into a wine shop and buy something for under $20.
Investigates the pharmaceutical industry's role in the epidemic of prescription drug addiction, focusing on the case of the filmmaker Chris Bell's brother Mike, a professional wrestler whose death was related to drugs he had been prescribed.
Biography, Drama, Sport
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during his Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor, and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. The utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality.
In 1977, an independent documentary movie shed light on the world of bodybuilding, becoming a huge box office hit and creating an international sensation. It changed the world of bodybuilding and physical exercise forever. Follows 5-time Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he gets ready to compete for his 6th title.
Frontline investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.
Often called the mother of the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson rocked the world in 1962 with her book Silent Spring, which warned the American public of the impact of pesticides on the environment and unleashed an extraordinary national debate about science and safety. At the center of that firestorm stood Ms. Carson, a strong, intensely private woman who balanced her love of the natural world and passion for writing with personal strife.
Two of the country's leading child psychologists identify the social and emotion challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness, giving them the support to navigate the social pressures of youth.
Learn the practical and decorative aspects of refinishing furniture with the help of author and master restorer Bob Flexner. Topics include how to revive a finish, how to strip the finish, repairing, sealing, stains, glaze, and much more.
After twenty-five years Jean-Michel Cousteau returns to the Amazon and revisited areas he'd explored with his father, Jacques Cousteau. Deforestation, population shifts and burgeoning cities have taken their toll on the area but so have numerous efforts to protect the rainforests, wildlife and indigenous people. The ecology of this one river has global consequences.
Kentucky is home to some of the greatest country stars of all time. Still today, inspired Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Mountain music echo from every hollow. Follows country music to its very roots, searching out local national treasures who live for the music they play. Set against the backdrop of the Kentucky countryside, seamlessly weaving wonderful music and intimate stories.
"Along with the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation represented the growing pains of a Europe evolving from the Middle Ages into the modern age. Today, on the 500th anniversary of this pivotal event in European history, Rick Steves travels in the footsteps of Martin Luther, distilling the story of that bold monk, the chaos of the Reformation, and the larger political, economic, and theological context into an engaging, inspiring, and enlightening hour."
Looks at the gigantic, ancient Egyptian statue of the Great Sphinx, a crouching lion, human-headed creature. Asks who built it, how it was built, and who or what it represents. Follows a team of scientists who are looking at the Sphinx in the context of the geology, history, archeology, and architecture of ancient Egypt.
A two-part program which examines the life of Samuel Coleridge from his orphaned childhood to how his friendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth inspired him to write The rime of the ancient mariner. Part 2 consists of a visualization of Coleridge's epic poem - The rime of the ancient mariner.
This animated and live-action video recounts life in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-planned town with all modern conveniences, it is threatened by conflict between conquerors and conquered. Macaulay also visits Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Nimes, Orange, and Rome, to view actual Roman architecture and engineering greatness.
Examines the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti through archival film, music, poetry and excerpts from the 1971 feature film. Also includes interviews with historians, artists and activists as well as readings from the prison diaries of the two defendants.
Gives an overview of the safe practices and principles for the professional engineer and maintenance person who work in and around machinery in the industrial environment. It covers such topics as slips and falls, ladders and fall protection, working safely with machines, lockout/tagout, hearing conservation, as well as hand and skin protection.
One of the most iconic structures ever conceived, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is an ambitious and astonishing architectural project first imagined by the controversial genius Antoni Gaudi. The film examines Gaudi's vision while exploring the continuing work of the thousands of artisans and laborers as they strive to complete the colossal basilica.
Stonehenge may be the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory. Now investigations inside and around Stonehenge have kicked off a dramatic new era of discovery and debate. Who built Stonehenge? What was its purpose? How did prehistoric people quarry, transport, sculpt, and erect the giant stones? A new generation of researchers are tackling these questions.
With unprecedented access to the Greek government's Acropolis Restoration Project, which has been restoring the Parthenon for over three decades, Nova takes viewers inside the minds of the ancient Greeks as they created their most enduring architectural miracle.
Armed with sophisticated equipment, Dr. Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and his team of researchers become the first humans to see and photograph the Titanic since its sinking more than 70 years ago.
The epic story of Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of an Afghan warrior and independent filmmakers, some who lived and one who died covering the story. For over twenty years they filmed the Soviet occupation, the exile of two million refugees maimed by Soviet mines, a violent civil war, the fatal alliance of the Taliban with al-Qaeda, invasion by the United States forces, and a people still determined to survive.
Presents musical performances that took place in the last years of four highly expressive and individualistic makers of traditional old time country music. The footage shows a personal, reflective side of the music, as well as some more exuberant or dance oriented pieces. There is a strong blues flavor throughout.
In 1986, at the age of 56, Helen Travis became a Benedictine Sister after she lost her husband and both her sons to substance abuse. Two years later, in New York City, she opened a halfway house for recovering male addicts.
Traces Michael Moore's 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election... Moore's goal was to convince millions of non-voting 'slackers' - mostly between the ages of 18-29 - to give voting a try.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food; from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. Soul Food Junkies also looks at the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find.
A shocking, real-life thriller that follows the high-profile murder trial of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who was arraigned in 2001 for the murder of his wife after her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of the couple's upscale Durham home. Did Kathleen Peterson fall down the stairs, or was it cold-blooded murder? As the mystery unravels, de Lestrade's cameras are granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home, and immediate family.
Filmmaker Ken Burns presents the definitive portrait of this great lady of the American imagination, in a program that won nominations for both an Academy Award and an Emmy. Follow her life, from her creation by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, through her painstaking construction and accident-prone dedication in 1886. Interviews with ordinary Americans reveal a deep understanding of the unique place the statue holds in our hearts.
In August of 2008, eighteen mountain climbers reached the top of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. 48 hours later, eleven people were dead, making it the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about why. Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? Why do they put their lives and the lives of others on the line in order to satisfy some indefinable need?
Contents: v. 1. Yoga instructor Sybel Boss teaches the viewers standing postures in a vinyasa-flow style that builds strength, balance and concentration -- v. 2. Yoga instructor Sybel Boss teaches the viewers floor work to develop core strength, flexibility and relaxation.
This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death.
This primetime PBS documentary follows the inspiring stories of people with disabilities as they experience the heartwarming and sometimes challenging process of being matched with and receiving a service dog.
Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery.
Contents: Disc 1. Trail of tears : Cherokee legacy (105 min.) -- Disc 2. Black Indians : an American story (52 min.) ; Native American healing in the 21st century (52 min.) ; Our spirits don't speak English : Indian boarding school (53 min.).
From the director of Bigger Stronger Faster comes an intense look at overbearing parents in sports. The film asks the question 'Do we want what's best for our children? Or do we just want them to be the best?'
Chronicles the search for evidence that Troy actually existed in the ancient world and that the Trojan War is a historical fact, focusing on archaeological excavations in modern-day Turkey near the Aegean Sea.
The paintings of Johannes Vermeer are intriguing as much for their subjects as for the poetic ways in which these are portrayed. Vermeer's use of light and color, proportion and scale mesmerizes the viewer. His everyday scenes are imbued with nuances of reflection and meaning that are at once familiar and mysterious. This film celebrates one of the most extraordinary painters in the history of art.
Pat Warner shows you how to rout clean circles and holes, how to make half-lapped joints at the ends of boards, and laps in the middle of boards that cross one another at any angle you choose. He covers the anatomy of a fixed-base router, the use of the collar guide, and how to get two different shapes from the same decorative-profile bit.
In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
This riveting special investigates a new image of the Vikings that goes far deeper than their savage stereotype as raiding marauders. They were expert shipbuilders, superb artisans, canny merchants, and bold colonizers.
A tale of two intertwined stories: the Virginia wine industry's rise from humble beginnings and the creation of the state's 2008 vintage. Explores the factors that make Virginia unique amongst the wine producing regions of the United States and why, two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson's attempts to cultivate grapes at Monticello, the region is flourishing as a producer of quality wine.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth. Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes."
"Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision."
These five documentaries spanning almost four hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.
True story centering on the new investigation surrounding the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. Evidence surrounding the murders exposed the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
David Weissman's We Were Here revisits the San Francisco of the 80s and 90s, using the city's experience with AIDS to open up a conversation about both the history of the epidemic and the lessons to be learned from it. Yet the film reaches far beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself as it illuminates the power of a community that comes together with love, compassion, and determination.
Four acts document distinct perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced.
A highly imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing epochs in human history: when the 'Old World' first encountered the 'New World.' Travel from Granada in Spain to Machu Picchu in Peru, and from Mexico to Madrid in Spain. Explores how the collision of these two sophisticated but different worlds led to the birth of an entirely new Latino culture.
The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women's studies to the contemporary art market.