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I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
Connections - An Alternative View of Change
The Sherlock Holmes of science, James Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions - the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry, and…
10 videos
The Endless Summer - The Search for the Perfect Wave
This classic documentary is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, two California…
Henry Ford
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
An absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long…
Tower - First Hand Accounts of the University of Texas' 1966 Shooting
August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a…
The Story of Film - An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an unprecedented cinematic event, an epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold 15-part love…
15 videos
Coming Out: A 50 Year History - The History of the Public Gay Identity
Transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, narrates this documentary where young people interview a host of LGBTQ elders who came out in different historical eras from the 1950s through today. These inspiring talks give insight into the political and personal changes that…
Fresh Dressed - The Evolution of Rap Fashion
A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of…
Long Childhood
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
In this final episode, Dr. Bronowski - poet, playwright, mathematician, philosopher - draws together many threads of the series. He takes stock of man's complex, sometimes precarious, ascent. Ultimately, he concludes that man's growth to self-knowledge is the longest childhood…
Generation Upon Generation
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Math and physics brought revolution to man's ideas of life. From Mendel's work to discoveries of today, Dr. Bronowski unravels the complex code of human inheritance. Sex is discussed as an instrument of evolution that makes every human unique yet…
Knowledge or Certainty
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
In this episode, Dr. Bronowski's shares his statement on information and the responsibility and moral dilemma presented to scientists. The principle of certainty in physics applies to all knowledge, and as such Bronowski examines the implications of bombing Japan among…
World Within World
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
In the vaults of ancient Polish salt mines Dr. Bronowski embarks on a journey to the hidden world inside the atom. He traces the history of the men and the ideas that made 20th century physics the greatest achievement of…
Ladder of Creation
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
From the countryside of Wales to the jungles of the Amazon, this episode follows the stories of Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin who had the same idea simultaneously - evolution by natural selection. Their ideas helped others to probe…
Drive for Power
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Dr. Bronowiski covers the industrial and political revolutions of the 18th century. During this time, forces of nature were harnessed and the basics of political power shifted. Bronowski argues that in man's progress, the Industrial Revolution was a step forward…
Majestic Clockwork
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Newton and Einstein, the two giants of physics, imposed great systems of order on the world. This episode illustrates the revolution that occurred when Einstein's theory of relativity turned Newton's elegant description of the universe inside out.
Starry Messenger
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Next, Dr. Bronowiski studies man's attempts to map the forces which move the planets. The static nature of South American astronomy is contrasted with ideas of Renaissance Europe. This episode traces the origins of the scientific revolution in the conflict…
Music of the Spheres
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
This episode covers the evolution of math. Pythagoras, father of Greek math, considered numbers the language of nature. Here, we follow the spread of Greek ideas through the Islamic Empire to Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe, ultimately exploring the alliance…
The Hidden Structure
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
From ancient Oriental metallurgy, through mystical alchemy this episode traces the roots of chemistry. Shang bronze craftsmen and Samurai sword smiths are the starting point for a journey leading from medieval Europe to Dalton's atomic theory and our modern knowledge…
Grain in the Stone
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Man splits a stone and reassembles the pieces to build a wall, a cathedral, a city. This episode is about man, the architect, builder, and sculptor.
Harvest of the Seasons
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man
Episode two examines the long spring following the Ice Ages. In this time, man develops agriculture and domesticates animals, imposing his will on wild wheat and horses. With the Neolithic cultivators come the mounted Nomads, the predators, and the roots…