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1421: The Year China Discovered America

Subject: Explorers
Category: World History
1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA?, investigates a theory that could turn the conventional view of world history on its head: the startling possibility that a daring Chinese admiral, commanding the largest wooden armada ever built, reached America 71 years before Columbus.

Abraham & Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, Part 1 & 2

Ambition & We Are Elected

Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that split the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner f...

Abraham & Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, Part 3 & 4

Shattered & The Dearest of All Things

Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that split the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner f...

Abraham & Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, Part 5 & 6

This Frightful War & Blind With Weeping

Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that split the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner f...

Across the Delaware & An American in Paris, Episodes 19 & 20

Category: Kids
ACROSS THE DELAWARE: Sarah and James meet a British spy who turns out to be a double agent. Meanwhile, General Washington crosses the Delaware on Christmas 1776 and finally gets the victory he needs at Princeton, N.J. on Jan. 2, 1777. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: Sarah visits Abigail Adams in Boston, where...

African American Lives 2

The Road Home

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 2

A Way Out of No Way

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 3

We Come From People

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 4

The Past is Another Country

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African-American Lives, Episodes 1 & 2

Listening to our Past & The Promise of Freedom

Episode 1: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. begins to piece together the family histories of four of the participants. The episode explores the post-World War I "Great Migration" of African-American families from the South to northern cities like Detroit and Chicago, as well as the experiences of those who st...

African-American Lives, Episodes 3 & 4

Searching for our Names & Beyond the Middle Passage.

Episode 3: Gates' research becomes even more difficult as he continues back through the Colonial period of American history. War service records and ways of recording property during slavery's apogee -- such as inventories and sales or gifts of slaves -- help fill in the participants' family trees. ...

Africans in America, Part 1

The Terrible Transformation, 1450-1750

The years 1450-1750 brought enormous changes to the North American continent. The native Americans, or Indians, as the Europeans came to call them, first encountered European explorers, and before long, saw their world transformed and largely destroyed by European settlers. And European explorers no...

Africans in America, Part 2

Revolution, 1750-1805

The story of the American Revolution as traditionally recounted is the saga of the thirteen colonies fighting their colonial ruler, Britain, for independence. But an equally compelling part of the story is the personal, religious, and legal challenges of African Americans of this period and their al...

Africans in America, Part 3

Brotherly Love, 1791-1831

During its first 50 years the United States transformed itself from a small republic into an expansive democracy for white Americans. The nation tripled its population, doubled in size, and extended slavery to parts of the Western frontier. For black Americans, this same period was a contradictory m...

Africans in America, Part 4

Judgment Day, 1831-1865

As westward expansion took hold, the question of whether the United States would be a proslavery or antislavery nation took on new importance. In the North, antislavery forces included abolitionists, who wanted a future without slavery so that black people could be free, and Free Soil advocates, who...

Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the 20th century's richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions and Harlem's vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties.

The Age of AIDS, Part 1

Series: Frontline
THE AGE OF AIDS begins with the medical and scientific mystery that emerged in 1981 when five gay men in Los Angeles were diagnosed with a new disease. The film documents the frantic search by American and European scientists and epidemiologists to find the source of the deadly infection as they tra...

The Age of AIDS, Part 2

Series: Frontline
Part 2 begins by exploring the chasm that emerged between rich and poor following the development of the miraculous 'triple cocktail' HIV treatment. In the mid-1990s, when doctors discovered the cocktail, it seemed to signal a new era in which AIDS was no longer a fatal disease. But the high price o...

Al Qaeda's New Front

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
A filmmaker is murdered in a culture clash between Muslims and Christians in the Netherlands. A series of bombs tear apart four trains in Madrid. Al Qaeda terrorist cells are uncovered in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Spain. FRONTLINE investigates the new front in the war on terror: Europe. The cont...

Alexander Hamilton

One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal and tragedy. But his contributions survive. As Secretary of the ...

Alien Invasion

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Globalization of trade and travel means increasing threats from alien species: plants, animals, insects and diseases that wreak havoc in defenseless regions.

Allies At Last & Honor and Compromise, Episodes 25 & 26

Category: Kids
ALLIES AT LAST: The victory at Saratoga enables Franklin to persuade France to side with the Americans. Meanwhile, Sarah and Henri spend time with British troops in occupied Philadelphia, while James learns a lesson in religious freedom. HONOR AND COMPROMISE: The states struggle to unite before the ...

Amelia Earhart

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was America's "Lady Lindy." What the public didn't know was the cost of her courage. The record-breaking flights, races, interviews, speeches and promotional commitments pushed her to the point of exhaustion. This beautiful, accomplishe...

America 1900, Parts 1 & 2

Spirit of the Age & Change is in the Air

The year 1900 was the dawn of the "American century," a time of optimism, progress, confidence, and turmoil. America 1900 re-creates the old century's final year dramatic days when U.S. troops went to fight in Asia, public debate raged over sex and morality, racial tensions boiled, and dizzying tech...

America 1900, Parts 3 & 4

A Great Civilized Power & Fall, Anything Seemed Possible

The year 1900 was the dawn of the "American century," a time of optimism, progress, confidence, and turmoil. AMERICA 1900 re-creates the old century's final year dramatic days when U.S. troops went to fight in Asia, public debate raged over sex and morality, racial tensions boiled, and dizzying tech...

America Beyond the Color Line, Episodes 1 & 2

South: The Black Belt & Chicago: Streets of Heaven

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels to four different parts of America - the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood. He explores this rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic, and meets the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential. ...

America Beyond the Color Line, Episodes 3 & 4

East Coast: Ebony Towers & Los Angeles: Black Hollywood

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels to four different parts of America - the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood. He explores this rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic, and meets the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential. ...

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 1

While the Storm Clouds Gather

Relives the turning-point years of 1939-1941, when the American people were gratefully putting the long, heart-breaking years of the Great Depression behind them.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 2

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Newsreel footage reflects the early chaos, and how the American people rose above it to amaze the world with the unprecedented swiftness of its mobilization of military and industrial might.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 3

Sacrifies and Shortages

Distinguished CBS journalist Eric Sevareid examines how the massive mobilization of American industry to support the war effort bred an odd sort of prosperity ... there's full employment, but not much to buy.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 4

A String of Pearls

Focuses on the contribution of women to the war effort.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 5

On the Shady Side of the Street

Americans lived 'within moral and legal limits' before the war but found that the war licensed them to question or ignore traditional morality.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 6

Right in Der Furher's Face

Hollywood joins forces with Madison Avenue and Tin Pan Alley to grind out propaganda in an effort to stir morale on the home front. America is bombarded with posters, songs and films that portray black marketers as duty-shirking parasites, and its enemies as diabolical villains or silly, comic fools...

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 7

Thanks for the Memories

Distinguished CBS journalist Eric Sevareid looks back at how American show business went to war on the American home front in WWII.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 8

Accentuating the Positive

The troupers of the U.S.O. are recalled in footage of overseas tours that brought big-name entertainment to the troops on the front-lines. Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich and Joe E. Brown are just a few of the stars that head to the war zones to boost morale.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 9

Mood Indigo: Blacks & Whites

Although African-American servicemen distinguish themselves overseas, and black civilians continue to back the war effort, racial prejudice and discrimination continues to plague American culture.

America Goes to War: WW II: The Home Front, Episode 10

It's Been a Long, Long Time

The long, bitter road to victory finally leads to the capitulation of Germany and Japan, and Americans find themselves as unprepared for peace as they were for war four-and-a-half years earlier.

America's Battlegrounds

Tells the stories of some of the countless struggles - in city streets, and courtrooms, as well as on the battlefield -that shaped American history. Contents: Whisky Rebellion, 1794, Dred Scott decision, 1846, Battle of Poison Springs, 1864, Battle of Bear's Paw, 1877, Cairo, Illinois, 1969.

American Photography: A Century of Images, Episode 1

The Developing Image, 1900-1934

Category: The Arts
Although photography was invented in the first half of the 19th century, the beginning of the 20th century marked extraordinary changes. For the first time in history, inexpensive hand-held cameras gave ordinary people the opportunity to create their own visual images. By the end of the 1920s, photo...

American Photography: A Century of Images, Episode 2

The Photographic Age, 1935-1959

Category: The Arts
In the 1930s, an explosion of mass media devoted to distributing photographs brought images to all Americans. Documentary photographers brought the Depression into the living rooms of America. Americans experienced World War II through the visual immediacy of the camera, while the consumer frenzy of...

American Photography: A Century of Images, Episode 3

Photography Transformed, 1960-1999

Category: The Arts
The power of the photographic image is undiminished in the latter part of the 20th century, even though it faces new challenges from television and elsewhere. The series looks at surveillance photography and the Cuban Missile crisis, searing images from the Vietnam War, Civil Rights violence, image-...

The American President, Episodes 1 & 2

Family Ties & Happenstance

Episode 1: The last thing that the Founding Fathers envisioned was a hereditary chief executive. Yet power inevitably passes from generation to generation, and several families have returned to the White House as though born to it. The stories of these four men reveal both the blessings and the curs...

The American President, Episodes 3 & 4

An Independent Cast of Mind & A Professional Politician

Episode 3: 'The American public, from time to time, wishes to see the trustee who looks neither right nor left, but only up to the heavens and down to the work before him,' says presidential scholar Richard Neustadt. But is an independent cast of mind the best approach to the presidency? These four ...

The American President, Episodes 5 & 6

The American Way & The World Stage

Episode 5: It is often observed that American national identity is less a condition than an idea. No one is better positioned to express that idea than the president. The four chronicled here may have understood the special character of America in different ways, but in each case a belief that ther...

The American President, Episodes 7 & 8

The Heroic Posture & Compromise Choices

Episode 7: From the beginning, the presidential office has beckoned to national heroes renowned for their selfless service to their country. This affinity is especially strong for men of military fame, for the president is formally commander-in-chief as well as symbolically the steward of the nation...

The American President, Episodes 9 & 10

Expanding Powers & The Balance of Power

Episode 9: Though the powers of the presidency have expanded with the growth of the nation, the process has been anything but smooth. The prerogatives of the presidency are uncertain and their assertion is invariably contested. We see here the emergence in practice of our modern conception of the ex...

American Valor

From Bull Run to Mogadishu, AMERICAN VALOR takes a moving and compelling look at America's military heroes: those brave soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen whose actions have earned them the country's highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor.

Andrew Jackson

Good, Evil, & The Presidency

Category: Biography
The quintessential self-made man, Andrew Jackson, the son of poor Irish immigrants, rose from his humble background to become a national military icon and the 7th President of the United States. During his terms as president, Jackson confronted some of the defining issues facing a nascent nation sti...

Andy Warhol: A documentary film, Episode 1

No artist in the second half of the 20th century was more famous, or misunderstood, than Andy Warhol. This film explores his astonishing artistic output from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987. Obsessed with fame and a desire to transcend his origins, Warhol grasped the realities of modern...

Andy Warhol: A documentary film, Episode 2

No artist in the second half of the 20th century was more famous, or misunderstood, than Andy Warhol. This film explores his astonishing artistic output from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987. Obsessed with fame and a desire to transcend his origins, Warhol grasped the realities of modern...

Animal Einsteins

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
Animals...how intelligent are they? In this episode you'll meet some scientists who've studied the communication thought processes and problem-solving skills of animals and have discovered that they're a lot smarter than we thought.

Anna Karenina, Episode 1

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
A woman risks everything to follow her heart in this stunning adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's powerful tale of love, marriage, and betrayal in imperial Russia. Helen McCrory stars as literature's most tragic adulteress, with Kevin McKidd as her lover, the dashing Count Vronsky, and Stephen Dillane as he...

Anna Karenina, Episode 2

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
A woman risks everything to follow her heart in this stunning adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's powerful tale of love, marriage, and betrayal in imperial Russia. Helen McCrory stars as literature's most tragic adulteress, with Kevin McKidd as her lover, the dashing Count Vronsky, and Stephen Dillane as he...

Ansel Adams

In this portrait of the most eloquent and quintessentially American of photographers, producer Ric Burns seeks to explore the meaning and legacy of Adams' life and work. At the heart of the film are the great themes that absorbed Adams throughout his career: the beauty and fragility of 'the American...

The Art of Science

Category: The Arts , Science
Is art a science? Is science an art? This episode of Frontiers looks at the ways these two fields overlap and influence each other, and how computers are challenging our conventional ideas about art, while changing the very nature of everyday experience.

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

Place & Spirituality

Category: The Arts
At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today's artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and surprising new ways. Episode 1: How does contemporary art address the idea of place? How do artists...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4

Identity & Consumption

Category: The Arts
At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today's artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and surprising new ways. Episode 3: How does contemporary art address the idea of identity? How do artis...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2

Stories & Loss and Desire

Category: The Arts
Episode 1: How do artists tell stories in their work? How does contemporary art reflect and reveal narrative traditions? How does the art of today record and describe the world around us? Episode 2: How do contemporary artworks embody emotion? How do artists express longing, love, and human experien...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 2, Episodes 3 & 4

Time & Humor

Category: The Arts
Episode 3: How do artists evoke and transform time in their work? Can a work of contemporary art be timeless? How does contemporary art relate to art of the ancient past, to nature, and to the rhythms of the life? Episode 4: How do artists use irony, goofiness, satire, and sarcasm in their work? Can...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2

Power & Memory

Category: The Arts
Episode 1:From politics to mass media, the theme of power pervades daily life and is reflected in the ideas and concerns of contemporary artists. Episode 2:How does memory function? What is history? How do contemporary artists frame the past in their work?

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3, Episodes 3 & 4

Structures & Play

Category: The Arts
Episode 3: How do we organize life? What are the ways in which we capture knowledge and attempt greater understanding? Episode 4: Spontaneous and joyful, subversive or amusing, play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art.

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 4, Episode 1

Romance

Category: The Arts
Contemporary artists work in globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically dynamic milieus. In the US artists reflect a varied and changing landscape of identity, values and beliefs. The artists featured in this series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice across the country and...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 4, Episode 2

Protest

Category: The Arts
Contemporary artists work in globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically dynamic milieus. In the US artists reflect a varied and changing landscape of identity, values and beliefs. The artists featured in this series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice across the country and...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 4, Episode 3

Ecology

Category: The Arts
Contemporary artists work in globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically dynamic milieus. In the US artists reflect a varied and changing landscape of identity, values and beliefs. The artists featured in this series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice across the country and...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 4, Episode 4

Paradox

Category: The Arts
Contemporary artists work in globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically dynamic milieus. In the US artists reflect a varied and changing landscape of identity, values and beliefs. The artists featured in this series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice across the country and...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, Episode 1

Compassion

Category: The Arts
Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage featuring artists from around the world, speaking directly about their inspirations and ideas, Season Five shows a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation, and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborat...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, Episode 2

Fantasy

Category: The Arts
Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage featuring artists from around the world, speaking directly about their inspirations and ideas, Season Five shows a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation, and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborat...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, Episode 3

Transformation

Category: The Arts
Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage featuring artists from around the world, speaking directly about their inspirations and ideas, Season Five shows a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation, and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborat...

Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, Episode 4

Systems

Category: The Arts
Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage featuring artists from around the world, speaking directly about their inspirations and ideas, Season Five shows a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation, and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborat...

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

A highlight of the nationwide Lincoln Bicentennial celebration is this unprecedented two-hour documentary on the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best - and most enigmatic - presidents. It addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln about race, equality, religion, ...

Baseball, Inning 1

Our Game

Series: Ken Burns
Looks at the origins of baseball in the 1840s and takes the story up to 1900. Burns refutes the myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown and traces its roots instead to the earliest days of the nation — there are records of a game called 'Base' played at Valley Forge.

Baseball, Inning 2

Something Like a War

Series: Ken Burns
Takes viewers through 1910 and introduces some of the game's most celebrated and colorful characters, including Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

Baseball, Inning 3

The Faith of Fifty Million People

Series: Ken Burns
Examines the century's second decade, which was dominated by the Black Sox scandal. Babe Ruth makes his first major league appearance (as a member of the Boston Red Sox) and a wave of immigration helps fill the stands with new fans, eager to 'become American' by learning America's game.

Baseball, Inning 4

A National Heirloom

Series: Ken Burns
Concentrates on Babe Ruth, whose phenomenal performance thrilled the nation throughout the 1920s and rescued the game from the scandal of the previous decade.

Baseball, Inning 5

Shadow Ball

Series: Ken Burns
Tells the story of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s. The title refers to a common pre-game feature in which the players staged a mock game with an imaginary ball. Though unintended, the pantomime was an apt metaphor for the exclusion of blacks from major league play at that time.

Baseball, Inning 6

The National Pasttime

Series: Ken Burns
Covers the 1940s and includes Joe DiMaggio's celebrated hitting streak, the awe-inspiring performance of Ted Williams and what Burns calls 'baseball's finest moment' — the debut of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Baseball, Inning 7

The Capital of Baseball

Series: Ken Burns
Takes viewers through the 1950s when New York City had three successful baseball teams and dominated the World Series. By the end of the decade, the Giants and Dodgers had left New York, a signal that the old game was changed forever.

Baseball, Inning 8

A Whole New Ballgame

Series: Ken Burns
Moves the field to the 1960s. This episode traces the emergence of television, the expansion to new cities and the building of anonymous multipurpose stadiums that robbed the game of its intimacy and some of its urban following.

Baseball, Inning 9

Home

Series: Ken Burns
Looks at baseball from the 1970s to the present, including the establishment of the free agent system, the rise in player salaries, the continued expansion, the dilution of talent, the ongoing battles between labor and management and the scandals.

Bataan Rescue

In late 1941, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers fought a desperate battle to defend the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines from the Japanese. When they lost, they were marched to prison camps in sweltering heat through a mosquito-infested jungle with little or no food or water. Th...

The Battle For Korea

Takes a fresh look at the Korean conflict, often labeled 'the forgotten war.' Using information declassified at the end of the Cold War, the documentary looks at the military aims of the confrontation, which included the first combat engagements of the jet age and marked the beginning of air-to-air ...

Battle for the Holy Land

Series: Frontline
Subject: Middle East
Category: World History
With Israel and the Palestinians engaged in something close to all-out warfare, and with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell heading to the region in the days ahead, FRONTLINE's BATTLE FOR THE HOLY LAND goes behind the lines to examine this perilous conflict through the eyes of those fighting it on...

Beneath the Sea

Subject: Science
Category: Science
New technologies and pioneering scientists have opened up the farthest reaches of the ocean in the last great age of human exploration on Earth.

Benjamin Franklin, Part 1 & 2

Let Experiement Be Made & The Making of a Revolutionary

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is the story of one of the most remarkable and multi-talented human beings the world has ever known. An epic yarn spanning most of the 18th century, the three-part series follows Franklin's career from humble beginnings in Boston to international superstardom: first as a scientist ...

Benjamin Franklin, Part 3

The Chess Master

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is the story of one of the most remarkable and multi-talented human beings the world has ever known. An epic yarn spanning most of the 18th century, the three-part series follows Franklin's career from humble beginnings in Boston to international superstardom: first as a scientist ...

The Berlin Airlift

In 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to West Berlin, starving the population and choking commerce. Allied forces refused to cede the city, and for nearly a year, supplied two million civilians and 20,000 allied solders entirely from the air. Through the personal stories of those who were there, ...

Between the Wars, Episode 1

Versailles: The Lost Peace

In the closing moments of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson drew up a 14-point peace plan, including a grand design for an international League of Nations. This video documents the negotiations surrounding the eventual armistice agreement ending World War I.

Between the Wars, Episode 2

Return to Isolationism

This video examines isolationism, the prevailing U.S. foreign policy for over a hundred years. Wilson's idea to create a League of Nations was severely criticized.

Between the Wars, Episode 3

The First SALT Talks

This video highlights the world's first major disarmament meeting, the Washington Naval Conference of 1921. The Big Five--the United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy-- attempted to agree to limit the postwar arms race.

Between the Wars, Episode 4

Radio, Racism, and Foreign Policy

The effects of foreign policy issues on the American public are the focus of this video, which examines the authoritarian radio campaign aimed at enforcing a conformity of beliefs, customs and traditions deemed to be the foundation of the American way of life.

Between the Wars, Episode 5

The Great Depression and Foreign Affairs

During the Great Depression, most Americans and the majority of U.S. politicians were too preoccupied with domestic problems to notice the rise of dictators in Europe and Japan. This video focuses on American foreign policy following the Great Depression.

Between the Wars, Episode 6

FDR and Hilter: Their Rise to Power

This video chronicles the different styles of these world leaders and their rise to power.

Between the Wars, Episode 7

FDR and Hilter: The Dynamics of Power

Two powerful modern leaders dominated much of the era before and during World War II: Adolf Hitler, the newly appointed chancellor of Germany, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States. This video examines the political and practical applications of radio and public addr...

Between the Wars, Episode 8

America in the Pacific: The Clash of Two Cultures

This video examines American public opinion toward Japan, the Oriental mind, and the rise of Japan as a major world power following World War I.

Between the Wars, Episode 9

The Recognition of Russia: A Climate of Mutual Mistrust

This video examines the wave of working-class militancy that swept the world after the boom decade of the 1920s and the Roosevelt administration's official recognition of the U.S.S.R. in the first detente in 1933.

Between the Wars, Episode 10

Latin America: Intervention in our Own Backyard

This video examines early U.S. policy in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America as Pan-American relationships deteriorated until, in 1933, President Roosevelt abolished the Monroe policy of intervention.

Between the Wars, Episode 11

The Italian Ethiopian War: Africa in World Affairs

During the first part of the century, Italy was torn by economic and political strife. Benito Mussolini came to power by championing the resistance of the ruling class movement against communist unions. This video focuses on Mussolini's Italy, his dreams of an empire, and his costly invasion of Ethi...

Between the Wars, Episode 12

The Spanish Civil War

This video examines fascist Spain and the Spanish Civil War. The popular fascist claim that totalitarianism was the only way to effectively fight communism fueled the rebellion against the country's republican government.

Between the Wars, Episode 13

The Phony War

In 1938, Adolf Hitler absorbed Austria, began threatening the rest of eastern Europe, and then shocked the world by invading Poland. American public opinion wavered between a desire to help and a commitment to maintain neutrality. This video explores American domestic turmoil as many declared the wa...

Between the Wars, Episode 14

FDR and Churchill: The Human Partnership

In this video, the close personal friendship between Roosevelt and Churchill is examined and viewers learn how this relationship had a profound effect on the history of the Western world.

Between the Wars, Episode 15

Japan Invades China: Crisis in the Far East

This video highlights Japan's imperialistic expansion into French Indochina, the Dutch Indies, Burma, Malaya, and the Philippines. In 1941, President Roosevelt decided to enforce a total embargo, freezing all assets originating in Japan. In the face of this economic pressure, the Japanese government...

Between the Wars, Episode 16

War comes to Pearl Harbor

This video focuses on the diplomatic and economic pressure placed on Japan prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor; the consequence of the governments' failure to reach an agreement; and the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Beyond F.A.T. City

Subject: Education
Category: Education
F.A.T--Frustration, Anxiety, Tension--three all-too-familiar feelings for the families of children with learning disabilities. It is the basis for a 1987 workshop simulating the children's daily experiences. Richard Lavoie, creator of the original F.A.T.

Beyond Science?

Subject: Science
Category: Science
This episode explores topics that go beyond the realm of science; in other words, topics that are hard to explore in a rigorous scientific way. The scientific method gives us a way to evaluate claims and approach them critically. The scientists in this episode talk about why the scientific method is...

The Big Energy Gamble

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
A vast majority of Americans believe we are facing a global climate crisis, but we don't know how the various energy solutions we hear about can help. NOVA looks at everything California--an oasis of energy conservation--is doing, from conservation and efficiency to the development of new sources of...

Bionic Body

Researchers are uniting biology and technology to give hope to the paralyzed, using the latest science to repair and circumvent spinal cord injuries.

Body Building

Studies remarkable advances being made to repair and replace damaged human body parts. In 2001, the first self-contained artificial heart, Abiocor, was implanted into human patients.

Born Free and Equal & The Man Who Would Not Be King, Episodes 37 & 38

Category: Kids
BORN FREE AND EQUAL: A Massachusetts slave sues for her freedom and renames herself Elizabeth Freeman; Massachusetts abolishes slavery. THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT BE KING: The Revolutionary War ends as the peace treaty with England is signed by Ben Franklin and John Adams. Washington offers his resignati...

Bostonians & Benedict Arnold, Episodes 31 & 32

Category: Kids
BOSTONIANS: John Adams returns from France and reunites with wife Abigail. Meanwhile, Sarah is drawn closer to Mrs. Adams; James travels to New York and views the conflicts between colonists and Indians. BENEDICT ARNOLD: Benedict Arnold attempts to turn over West Point to the British; James tries to...

A Brilliant Madness

Category: Biography , Science
The story of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by a descent into madness. At the age of 30, John Nash, a stunningly original and famously eccentric MIT mathematician, suddenly began claiming that aliens were communicating with him and that he was a special messenger. Diagnosed with pa...

Broadway: The American Musical, Episodes 1 & 2

Give My Regards to Broadway & Syncopated City

Subject: Theater
Category: The Arts
Chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 1: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927) & Episode 2: Syncopated City (1919-1933)

Broadway: The American Musical, Episodes 3 & 4

I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' & Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Subject: Theater
Category: The Arts
Chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 3: I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (1929-1942) & Episode 4: Oh What a Beautiful Morning (1943-1960)

Broadway: The American Musical, Episodes 5 & 6

Tradition & Putting it Together

Subject: Theater
Category: The Arts
Chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 5: Traditions (1957-1979) & Episode 6: Putting it Together (1980-present)

The Brooklyn Bridge

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Engineering
In Brooklyn Bridge, Ken Burns captures the physical majesty of this greatest of all achievements of the industrial age, the dramatic story of the larger-than-life men who imagined and built it, and the immense charm this granite and steel structure has exerted on generations of city dwellers.

Brown is the new Green

George Lopez and the American Dream

This fresh, provocative film examines how corporate efforts to profit from the 'Latino market' are shaping America's perception of Latinos. The program features the extraordinary insight and observations of Latino icon and advocate George Lopez through rare behind-the-scenes access to the actor/come...

Buffett and Gates Go Back to School

Though a generation apart in age, and founders of two very different businesses, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates each has a deep admiration for the other. They share a sense of responsibility to use their wealth to improve the world. In September 2005, the two men spent the day at the University of Neb...

Building the Alaska Highway

Subject: Engineering
Building the Alaska Highway is the story of nearly eleven thousand Army engineers who battled freezing temperatures, ice and snow, mountains, mud, muskeg, and mosquitoes to blaze a 1500-mile road through one of the harshest landscapes in North America. The program interweaves interviews with histori...

Building the Great Cathedrals

Series: NOVA
Subject: Europe
Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, NOVA rev...

Bunker Hill & Postmaster General Franklin, Episodes 9 & 10

Category: Kids
BUNKER HILL: James and Sarah witness the Battle of Bunker Hill (and hear the cry 'Don't fire 'till you see the whites of their eyes!'). The British win the battle, but the Americans win a major moral victory. POSTMASTER GENERAL FRANKLIN: Sarah and James carry letters to New York because the British ...

Burden of Innocence

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
In BURDEN OF INNOCENCE, acclaimed FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel -- whose unparalleled work on America's criminal justice system has helped exonerate 11 individuals and has won numerous awards, tracks down five exonerated men to learn how they have fared following their highly publicized releases. He...

By the People

BY THE PEOPLE is an insider's look at who and what it takes to put on an American election. Set in Indianapolis, Indiana — a blue city inside a longtime red state — as events unfold over the 11 days leading up to and including the 2004 Presidential election, this unprecedented documentar...

Can You Afford To Retire?

Series: Frontline
Baby boomers are heading for a shock as they hit retirement: vanishing pensions and inadequate 401(k) savings. What can be done?

Captain Molly & American Crisis, Episodes 17 & 18

Category: Kids
CAPTAIN MOLLY: Sarah meets Captain Molly, who fights in the place of her fallen husband. But Gen. Washington is losing battle after battle. Meanwhile, Moses teaches Henri to read. AMERICAN CRISIS: It's December 1776 and the American war effort is at its lowest point. 'These are the times that try m...

Catherine the Great

Category: World History
Catherine the Great is a colorful, true story about a young girl, who transforms herself from an obscure German Princess into Russia's most powerful regent. As Tsarina, she is influenced by Western Democratic ideas and does much to strengthen Russia's standing in Europe. She has an astute intellect ...

Changing Your Mind

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Alda meets two young women whose brains have remodeled themselves -- one temporarily in response to a week of being blindfolded, the other permanently after a devastating brain injury before birth. They are dramatic examples of 'neuroplasticity' -- today's hot topic in brain research. Alda also join...

Chasing the Sleeper Cell

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
What was the real story behind a group U.S. intelligence called America's 'most dangerous terrorist cell'? FRONTLINE and The New York Times investigated the domestic battle against terrorism in CHASING THE SLEEPER CELL, an in-depth examination of a major, ongoing domestic terrorism case involving Al...

Chicago: City of the Century, Part 1

Mud Hole to Metropolis

Tells how in just 60 years Chicago grew from a remote, swampy frontier town into one of the most explosively alive cities in the world. It's the story of the wealthy and the indigent, the heralded and the forgotten, the shop assistants and the millionaire retail barons who together created Chicago. ...

Chicago: City of the Century, Part 2

The Revolution has Begun

Tells how in just 60 years Chicago grew from a remote, swampy frontier town into one of the most explosively alive cities in the world. It's the story of the wealthy and the indigent, the heralded and the forgotten, the shop assistants and the millionaire retail barons who together created Chicago. ...

Chicago: City of the Century, Part 3

Battle for Chicago

Tells how in just 60 years Chicago grew from a remote, swampy frontier town into one of the most explosively alive cities in the world. It's the story of the wealthy and the indigent, the heralded and the forgotten, the shop assistants and the millionaire retail barons who together created Chicago. ...

China from the Inside, Episode 1

Power and the People

This episode films patrols along China's border with Kazakhstan, Party meetings, officials in Tibet trying to impose authority at the grass-roots, a village election, and a corrupt embezzler in prison, reprieved from a death sentence. Chinese people throughout, from farmer to Minister, speak frankly...

China from the Inside, Episode 2

Women of the Country

China's women have always been under pressure: from men, from family, from work. Now more and more are under new pressure -- from themselves -- to take control of their lives; to get an education; to have a career; to marry for love. It's a slow, difficult process, and it is changing China.

China from the Inside, Episode 3

Shifting Nature

China is trying to feed 20 percent of the world's population on 7 percent of the world's arable land. A third of the world uses water from China's rivers. But rapid industrialization and climate change have led to bad air, polluted rivers and drought. Environmental activists, Party officials, academ...

China from the Inside, Episode 4

Freedom and Justice

Subject: Asia
Category: World History
How free are the Chinese people? How free to worship as they please? To learn the truth from the media? To hear the truth from the Communist Party and the government? How can people with a grievance negotiate with the state?

China in the Red

Series: Frontline
Subject: Asia
Filmed over the course of three turbulent years, CHINA IN THE READ is a documentary that tells the stories of 10 Chinese individuals -- factory workers, rural villagers, and a millionaire entrepreneur -- caught up in China's dramatic, ongoing effort to modernize its economy. Through their intimate p...

Citizen King

Citizen King pushes past the myths that have obscured King's story to reclaim the history of a people's leader. Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to Kin...

The Civil War, Episode 1

The Cause (1861)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Episode 1: The Cause (1861)

The Civil War, Episode 2

A Very Bloody Affair (1862)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode 2: A Very Bloody Affair (1862)

The Civil War, Episode 3

Forever Free (1862)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the slaves free. Episode 3: Forever Free (1862)

The Civil War, Episode 4

Simply Murder (1863)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
During the episode we learn of fierce Northern opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the miseries of regimental life and the increasing desperation of the Confederate homefront. Episode 4: Simply Murder (1863)

The Civil War, Episode 5

The Universe of Battle (1863)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
This extended episode then goes on to chronicle the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and the western battles at Chickamauga, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Episode 5: The Universe of Battle (1863)

The Civil War, Episode 6

Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
Episode six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. Episode 6: Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)

The Civil War, Episode 7

Most Hallowed Ground (1864)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself: with Grant and Sherman stalled at Petersburg and Atlanta, opinion in the North has turned strongly against the war. But 11th-hour victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta, and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln and the Confed...

The Civil War, Episode 8

War is All Hell (1865)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
The episode begins with Sherman's brilliant march to the sea, which brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. Also, the surrender of Lee to Grant and John Wilkes Booth's dream of vengeance for the South. Episode 8: War is All Hell (1865)

The Civil War, Episode 9

The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Civil War
This final episode begins in the aftermath of Lee's surrender and then goes on to narrate the events of five days later when, on April 14, Lincoln is assassinated. The episode then considers the consequences and meaning of a war that transformed the country from a collection of states to the nation ...

Civilian Conservation Corps

Interweaving rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of Civilian Conservation Corps veterans, this film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief...

Class Divided

Series: Frontline
One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years late...

Coming Into America

Subject: Explorers
Category: World History
Who were the first Americans? New discoveries and techniques for dating them have archaeologists rethinking what we know - and rewriting history.

A Company of Soliders

Series: Frontline
In November 2004, a FRONTLINE production team embedded with the soldiers of the 1-8 Cavalry's Dog Company in south Baghdad to document the day-to-day realities of a life-and-death military mission that also includes rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure, promoting its economic development, and building p...

Conflict in the South & Deborah Samson: Soldier of the Revolution, Episodes 33 & 34

Category: Kids
CONFLICT IN THE SOUTH: Virginia governor Thomas Jefferson is forced to abandon his home; Sarah's upset that Jefferson owns slaves. DEBORAH SAMSON: Deborah Samson poses as a man to enlist in the Continental Army; Sarah learns about women's efforts in the Revolution.

The Congress

Series: Ken Burns
In this film, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this unique American institution. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews with David Broder, Alistair Cooke, Cokie Roberts, Charles McDowell and others, the award-winning film chronicles the persona...

The Conquistadors, Episodes 1 & 2

The Fall Of the Aztecs & The Conquest of the Incas

Category: World History
Episode 1: Cortez left Cuba in 1519 seeking riches in he islands to the west. Instead, he discovered, and ultimately destroyed, a hitherto unknown civilization. Michael Wood retraces this fateful expedition. Read Spanish eyewitness accounts that describe the conquistadors' awe at the Aztec achiev...

The Conquistadors, Episodes 3 & 4

The Search for El Dorado & All the World is Human

Category: World History
Episode 3: Gold was the ultimate goal for the Spanish Conquistadors of the 1500s. The myth of an entire city of gold, ruled by a king who covered his body with a layer of pure gold dust and bathed each night in a lake of gold, drove the Conquistadors in their determined search for El Dorado. Francis...

The Crash of 1929

In 1929 there were few critics of the stock market; it seemed to rise without limits. In fact, presidents and economists alike confidently predicted that America would soon enter a "New Era" when everyone could be rich. But when reality finally struck, the consequences of such unbound optimism shock...

A Crime of Insanity

Series: Frontline
Subject: Legal Issues
Category: Current Issues
In 1994, Ralph Tortorici, a 26-year-old New York psychology student, took a college class hostage. A paranoid schizophrenic convinced the government had planted tracking devices in his body, he was charged with assault, kidnapping, and attempted murder. His mental illness was apparent, but not how t...

Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War

Teddy Roosevelt charging up the San Juan Heights, the Rough Riders and the sinking of the battleship, the U.S.S. Maine---these are what people commonly know about the United States' war with Spain in 1898. What they may not remember is that this was the war that steered the United States to center s...

Cyber War!

Series: Frontline
How real is the threat of war in cyberspace, and what does the White House knows that the rest of us don't? FRONTLINE investigates a new war using embedded malicious code, probes and pings, and other weapons aimed directly at America's power grid, water supply, and transportation systems

Cyberchase, Algebra: Algebraic Variables & Codes

Find Those Gleamers & Codename: Icky

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Algebra: Equations & Patterns

A Battle of Equals & The Poddleville Case

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Algebra: Scale and Size & Timekeeping

Size Me Up & Clock Like an Egyptian

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Angle Measurement

All the Right Angles

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Counter Examples

True Colors

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Data Analysis & Probability: Combinations & Probability

A Day at the Spa & R-Fair City

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Data Analysis & Probability: Using Data & Line Graphs

Castleblanca & Return to Sensible Flats

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Data Clusters

Hugs & Witches

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Equivalence

Harriet Hippo & The Mean Green

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Geometry:Two- and Three-Dimensional Geometry & Point of View

Eureka & The Guilty Party

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Inverse Operations

The Eye of Rom

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Linear Measurement

Fortress of Altitude

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon thr...

Cyberchase, Measurement: Area & Liquid Volume

Sensible Flats & Cool It

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Measurement: Elapsed Time & Body Math

A Time to Cook & EcoHaven CSE

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Multiplication & Monetary Systems

Send in the Clones & Trading Places

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Navigation

Lost My Marbles

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Number & Operations: Zero & Number Sense

A World Without Zero & They Counted Happily Ever After

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Patterns in Music

Out of Sync

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Perimeter/Area Relationship

Totally Rad

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Process Standards: Estimation & Fractions

Snow Day to be Exact & Zeus on the Loose

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon t...

Cyberchase, Process Standards: Logic & Problem Solving

Of All the Luck & Problem Solving in Shangri-La

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Process Standards: Negative Numbers & Decimals

Less Than Zero & Mother's Day

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Symmetry

The Secrets of Symmetria

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon ...

Cyberchase, Using Models

Model Behavior

Series: Cyberchase
Subject: Education
Category: Kids, Education
Math rules in the animated adventure series CYBERCHASE. CYBERCHASE sends the message that math is fun - it's about problem solving and, boy, does it come in handy. When the dastardly villain Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) launches a mad mission to conquer the virtual universe, Motherboard calls upon thr...

D-Day: Down to Earth - Return of the 507th

This film recounts the history of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment through battles in World War II and the culmination of its story 60 years later. Men from the 507th dropped into Normandy on D-Day and fought in several crucial engagements. After the war, the regiment was disbanded and its acco...

Dark Passages

Employs a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization. Tells the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River.

Dark Side of the Universe

Subject: Science
Category: Science
New discoveries about Dark Matter and Dark Energy have astronomers wondering if ours is but one of an infinity of universes.

Daughter From Danang

Daughter from Danang is a riveting emotional drama of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war. To all outward appearances, Heidi is the proverbial 'all-American girl', hailing from small town Pulaski, Tenn. But her birth name was Mai Thi Hiep. Born in Danang, Vietnam in 1968, she's the mix...

David Macaulay: Castle

Category: World History
CASTLE 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 ...

David Macaulay: Cathedral

Subject: Europe
Category: World History
Author David Macaulay hosts CATHEDRAL, based on his award-winning book. Using a combination of spectacular location sequences and cinema-quality animation, the program surveys France's most famous churches. Travel back to 1214 to explore the design of Notre Dame de Beaulieu, a representative Gothic ...

David Macaulay: Pyramid

Category: World History
How did ancient Egyptians build the Great Pyramid at Giza, joining two million blocks of heavy stone with amazing precision? Who were the leaders who built these enormous structures, and what did these tombs signify? Host David Macaulay explores the history, mythology, and religions of Egypt's peopl...

David Macaulay: Roman City

Category: World History
The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in ROMAN CITY, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. 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. ...

Dead Men's Tales

Subject: Science
Category: Science
In this program, Alda meets scientists reconstructing mysterious past events from the evidence of excavated remains. Stories in the episode include the unexplained loss of the Confederate submarine Hunley, which sank off Charleston after successfully attacking and sinking the battleship USS Housaton...

Declining By Degrees: Higher Education at Risk

Subject: Education
Category: Education
At a time when a college education is vital to an individual's future and our nation's economic standing in the world, this documentary explores the simple yet significant question: What happens between admission and graduation? The answer: often not enough.

Destination America, Episodes 1 & 2

The Golden Door & The Art of Departure

Episode 1: The Golden Door: America is a country founded and built by immigrants. From the beginning, most have come looking for a better life for themselves and their families. Episode 2: The Art of Departure: Creative spirits have come to America from all over the world, drawn to the possibilitie...

Destination America, Episodes 3 & 4

The Earth is the Lord's & Breaking Free: A Women's Journey

Episode 3: Ever since the Mayflower pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, immigrants have come to America to escape religious persecution. The idea of America as a haven for those seeking freedom to worship looms large in the American imagination. Episode 4: Breaking Free: A Women's Journey: In the wor...

Diet Wars

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
Americans spend $40 billion a year on books, products, and programs designed to do one thing: help us lose weight. From Atkins to Ornish and Weight Watchers to South Beach, today's dieters have a dizzying array of weight loss programs from which to choose -- yet the underlying principles of these di...

A Different Way to Heal

Alternative medicines are a growing multi-billion dollar industry. But do they hold up under scientific scrutiny?

Discounted Dreams

Subject: Education
Category: Education
Community colleges are the fastest growing segment of American higher education — and some say the most vital to America's future — offering a staggering array of classes and job training programs. But growing enrollment is straining the system, under funding persists, and in spite of so...

Dolley Madison

As the wife of the fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison played an important part in the political and social experiment that was the early American Republic. Long before women held any overt political power, she used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create...

Don't Forget

Scientists attempt to unravel the mysteries of memory-- how we make memories, where they come from and why some slip away.

The Donner Party

Trapped in the Sierra Nevadas during the bitter winter of 1846, nearly 90 members of the Donner and Reed families longed for California's "Promised Land." But an untried shortcut became a death warrant for half of them--victims of madness, death, and cannibalism. The program re-creates the Donner pa...

Dragon Science

Alan Alda journeys across China, from dry western deserts and the world's most dramatic mummy find--well-preserved individuals from 4,000 years ago--to the steamy Yangtze River Valley, where scientists developed a new type of rice to feed China's burgeoning population.

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 1

The Green Apple

The first episode begins in New York, a city that is leading the charge to green its industrial skyline with several groundbreaking projects. New York combats the urban myth of the bustling city as a "concrete jungle." "The Green Apple" explores some of Manhattan's most prominent and technologically...

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 2

Green for All

Follows architect and activist Sergio Palleroni as he continues his mission to provide architectural and design solutions to regions in social and humanitarian crisis. Palleroni already has four global initiatives underway aimed at providing architecture students with hands-on field experience build...

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 3

The Green Machine

Mayor Richard Daley takes viewers on a tour through Chicago, and showcases his mission to make it 'the greenest city in America.' Chicago already demonstrates a remarkable commitment to green design and construction, with over 40 buildings registered for LEED certification, an integrated solar-power...

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 4

Gray to Green

'Gray to Green' takes the notion of the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grand proportions by looking at Boston's "Big Dig" and the massive amount of waste created by the $15 billion public works project. Paul Pedini, a civil engineer on the project, had the idea to build his own home from the ...

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 5

China: From Red to Green

The series moves to China, whose soaring population and rapid industrialization have created a boom in urbanization that is unprecedented in human history. This episode explores green design solutions in both theory and practice, including Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid project, which will have the lar...

e2: Design, Season 1, Episode 6

Deeper Shades of Green

The first season of e2 Design concludes with a look to the future, focusing on remarkable thinkers and designers of our time: Ken Yang, Werner Sober and William McDonough. Nothing short of geniuses, these architects are challenging society and environmental design philosophically, psychologically, t...

e2: Energy

Harvesting the Wind

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

e2: Energy

Energy for a Developing World

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

e2: Energy

Paving the Way

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

e2: Energy

Growing Energy

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

e2: Energy

State of Resolve

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

e2: Energy

Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

Category: Science
Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, "e2: Energy" features people, places and innovations that suggest that a more environmentally benign future is possible and within reach. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode stands alone while contributing...

Ebola: The Plague Fighters

Series: NOVA
When a dreaded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus swept through a remote region of Zaire in May 1995, NOVA was the only film crew permitted into the "hot zone." Learn how disease specialists traced the origins of the outbreak by compiling a complete "chain of death" of the epidemic, and why they fea...

Egypt's Golden Empire

The Warrior Pharaohs & Pharaohs of the Sun

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Episode 1: In 1560 BC, Egypt was divided into two. Its very existence was threatened from both north and south. But one family was determined to restore Egypt to its former glory by destroying the Hyksos in the north and the Nubians in the south. In 1479 BC, Egypt was again in turmoil. Against all ...

Egypt's Golden Empire

The Last Great Pharaoh

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Episode 3: The reign of Ramesses the Great marked the high point of the New Kingdom and the high point of Egyptian culture. But like any highpoint, it was all downhill as the New Kingdom gradually fell into ruin. Ramesses was a distinctive and powerful figure. He was lucky to win the Battle of Kades...

Einstein Revealed, 1

Part 1

Series: NOVA
Category: Biography , Science
Journey into the mind of a genius and visualize the thought experiments Albert Einstein could only imagine: mind-boggling meditations on light, time, and space that would forever change the way we view the universe. This two-hour special offers a penetrating profile of the world's most renowned phys...

Einstein Revealed, 2

Part 2

Series: NOVA
Category: Biography
Journey into the mind of a genius and visualize the thought experiments Albert Einstein could only imagine: mind-boggling meditations on light, time, and space that would forever change the way we view the universe. This two-hour special offers a penetrating profile of the world's most renowned phys...

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood, betrayal in her marriage, a controlling mother-in-law, and gripping depressions — all the while staying true to her passion for social justice. This biography includes rare home movies, contemporary footage, and reflections from Ele...

The Elegant Universe, Episode 1

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
Physicist Bryan Greene's bestselling book comes to the small screen in this stimulating look at a complicated topic: the search for order in the universe. Is a revolutionary proposal--"string theory"--the answer scientists have been seeking for centuries? Greene tackles the mind-boggling complexity ...

The Elegant Universe, Episode 2

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
Physicist Bryan Greene's bestselling book comes to the small screen in this stimulating look at a complicated topic: the search for order in the universe. Is a revolutionary proposal--"string theory"--the answer scientists have been seeking for centuries? Greene tackles the mind-boggling complexity ...

Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular

The film Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular is about one man's passionate resolve to bear witness for the millions of people who suffered and perished in the Holocaust. He has been sustained by his faith and guided by his belief in the power of language and the value of teaching.

Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, Parts 1 & 2

Clinton (1999-2001) & Arafat (2001-2002)

Subject: Middle East
Category: World History
Presents President Clinton, Yasser Arafat, the Israeli Prime Ministers, their generals and advisers, and those behind the suicide bombs and assassinations discussing what happened behind closed doors as peace talks gave way to the violent struggle of the Palestinian intifada. Part 1: Israel's Prime...

Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, Part 3

Sharon (2002-2005)

Subject: Middle East
Category: World History
Presents President Clinton, Yasser Arafat, the Israeli Prime Ministers, their generals and advisers, and those behind the suicide bombs and assassinations discussing what happened behind closed doors as peace talks gave way to the violent struggle of the Palestinian intifada. Part 3: President Bush ...

Emergency Mine Rescue

With special access to the site of the San Jose, Chile, mine, the mining engineers and the miners' families, NOVA chronicles the miners' 69-day ordeal and the work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring the trapped miners safely to the sur...

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Engineering
For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first "mass medium". In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success, and whose genius,...

Endgame: Ethics and Values in America

Category: Current Issues
This groundbreaking special enables viewers to enter the lives of fictional characters forced to make critical decisions with profound moral, ethical or social implications.

Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read and written about American authors. It is the art of Hemingway's story telling that forms the heart of this film, the point of departure from which Hemingway's work is uniquely explored.

Eugene O'Neill

Subject: Theater, Authors
Eugene O'Neill tells the haunting story of the life and work of America's greatest and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright -- set within the context of the harrowing family dramas and personal upheavals that shaped him, and that he in turn struggled all his life to give form to in his art.

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life

Subject: Science
Category: Science
How did life begin? Are we the only intelligent life in the universe? The key to unraveling the mysteries about the origins of life may just exist in space. Every day, new discoveries inch us closer to answering these cosmic questions-renewing our dreams of what lies in the unknown realms of the sta...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 1

Awakenings: 1954-1956

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 1: Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus ...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 2

Fighting Back: 1957-1962

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 2: States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the Univers...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 3

Ain't Scared of Your Jails: 1960-1961

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 3: Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are b...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 4

No Easy Walk: 1961-1963

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 4: The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumph...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 5

Mississippi: Is This America?: 1963-1964

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 5: Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 6

Bridge to Freedom: 1965

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 6: A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know t...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 7

The Time Has Come: 1964-1966

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 7: After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 8

Two Societies: 1965-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 8: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago's civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their effor...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 9

Power!: 1967-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 9: The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, ...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 10

The Promised Land: 1967-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 10: Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Lea...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 11

Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More: 1964-1972

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 11: A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fi...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 12

A Nation of Law? 1968-1971

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 12: Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-d...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 13

The Keys to the Kingdom: 1974-1980

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 13: In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation o...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 14

Back to the Movement: 1979-1983

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 14: Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement tri...

Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero

Series: Frontline
It has been almost a year since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. For many Americans, those images called more into question than just their own physical safety. For many people, the most difficult questions were not about politics, military strategy, or homeland security. They...

Fat and Happy?

Alan Alda visits with Dr. George Blackburn of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to explore society's obsession with diets that promise quick, painless results. Alda also visits Arizona's Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians, who have the world's highest rate of obesity-related diabetes, and a...

Fatal Flood

In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. A dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America's gre...

FDR, Episode 1

Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of governmen...

FDR, Episode 2

Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of governmen...

Feeding and Fueling the World: Healthier Alternatives for Planet Earth

Meet two resourceful CEOs who are revolutionizing the way we think about food and energy around the globe. After decades in the oil industry, Patricia Woertz has brought renewed energy to Archer Daniels Midland, now the leading producer of biofuels. At Deere & Company, Bob Lane is combining the trad...

Fidel Castro

Category: Biography
Castro's face with its trademark beard, has become an iconic image worldwide, yet the man himself remains an enigma to all but a few. Through interviews with relatives, childhood friends, fellow rebel leaders, and journalists, the film constructs an intimate and revealing portrait of the most resili...

The Fight

The rematch between the African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmeling was riveting -- 'one hundred and twenty-four seconds of murder,' as one newspaper put it. But for most spectators the fight was much more than a boxing match; it was an historic event freighted with ...

The First Measured Century, Part 1

THE FIRST MEASURED CENTURY (1883-1940) tells the story of America by the numbers through the eyes of those who did the measuring and the interpreting, often in highly controversial and unusual circumstances. On the cusp of the 20th century, Frederick Jackson Turner released his seminal work The Sign...

The First Measured Century, Part 2

THE FIRST MEASURED CENTURY (1883-1940) tells the story of America by the numbers through the eyes of those who did the measuring and the interpreting, often in highly controversial and unusual circumstances. On the cusp of the 20th century, Frederick Jackson Turner released his seminal work The Sign...

Flyers In Search of a Dream

Most Americans are familiar with Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart, but few know the stories of America's pioneering black aviators, who overcame social pressures to gain the right to fly. FLYERS IN SEARCH OF A DREAM documents the lives and adventures of early black av...

Flying High

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Scientists look to birds for the secrets of flight, work on a sun-powered wing that may one day fly forever, and design flying robots with minds of their own.

Food for the Ancestors

FOOD FOR ANCESTORS is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist there. All of these seen through Mexican cuisine. The program is set in the state of Puebla because it is also a place where the contrasts between new and old are vi...

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's

This compelling documentary follows the trials and triumphs of researchers battling Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Steven DeKosky's team conducts breakthrough scientific tests, while Dr. Rudy Tanzi, pioneer in genetics, tells of discoveries that may help pinpoint the cause of Alzheimer's. The experts make...

Frank Lloyd Wright, Episode 1

Series: Ken Burns
Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. From his first house to his final masterpiece, follow Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary career, his life, an...

Frank Lloyd Wright, Episode 2

Series: Ken Burns
Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. From his first house to his final masterpiece, follow Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary career, his life, an...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 1 & 2

Independence & Revolution

Episode 1: The episode begins by examining how the terrorist attack of September 11th sparked a renewed focus on freedom. The program then takes us back to the summer of 1776.; Episode 2: Colonial Americans fight together to defeat the world's most awesome military power. Then they strive to create ...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 3 & 4

Liberty for All? & Wake Up America

Episode 3: Liberty for All?: While America was founded as a free land in which people could live out their own destinies, it came at a terrible cost to Native Americans.The nation's population migrates westward, emboldened by a new philosophy called Manifest Destiny. Episode 4: Wake Up America: The...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 5 & 6

A Fatal Contridiction & A War to End Slavery

Episode 5: A Fatal Contradiction: The Declaration of Independence stated 'all men are created equal,' but the nation's slaves were a glaring exception. This episode explores the role of Frederick Douglass, and then looks at the impact of the Lincoln-Douglass debates on the westward expansion of slav...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 7 & 8

What is Freedom? & Whose Land is This?

Episode 7: What is Freedom?: In the aftermath of the Civil War, Reconstruction begins as a time of great hope for the devastated South. In the Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, 'separate but equal' becomes the law of the land. Episode 8: Whose Land is This?: The nation seethes with raci...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 9 & 10

Working for Freedom & Yearning to Breathe Free

Episode 9: Working for Freedom: As industrial progress continues and the gap between the rich and poor widens, a new labor movement emerges to advocate for workers' rights. Episode 10: Yearning to Breathe Free: The newly unveiled Statue of Liberty is a symbol of all that is best in America, inspirin...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 11 & 12

Safe for Democracy & Depression and War

Episode 11: Safe for Democracy: With help from the Wright brothers' introduction of the airplane, the country begins to soar. Woodrow Wilson and America reluctantly join the fight in World War I, while on the home front, women at last get the right to vote. The twenties roar with new levels of perso...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 13 & 14

Democracy & Strugges & Let Freedom Ring

Episode 13: Democracy and Struggles: In the postwar free world, America becomes the acknowledged leader, striving to rebuild democracies abroad. At the same time, the U.S. finally faces up to racial separatism. Episode 14: Let Freedom Ring: The Civil Rights movement becomes the most effective socia...

Freedom: A History of US, Episodes 15 & 16

Marching to Freedom Land & Becoming Free

Episode 15: Marching to Freedom Land: The 1960s bring new progress in the quest for freedom, but this is also an explosive decade that threatens to tear apart the fabric of society. Episode 16: Becoming Free: America continues to make tremendous strides through the prosperity of the 1980s, 1990s and...

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

Series: NOVA
Subject: Europe
The pioneering astronomer and condemned heretic comes to life in this fascinating film version of Dava Sobel's best-seller, Galileo's Daughter. British actor Simon Callow portrays the seventeenth-century genius who defied tradition and years of imprisonment to advance a new vision of the universe, r...

Gene Hunters

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Alan Alda meets some of the brightest and most charismatic scientists hunting genes. Their work could unlock the mysteries of human disease.

George H.W. Bush, Episode 1

This biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II and early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office. Drawing upon personal diaries and interviews with his advisers and critics, the film will also explore Bush's role as the patriarch of a polit...

George H.W. Bush, Episode 2

This biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II and early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office. Drawing upon personal diaries and interviews with his advisors and critics, the film will also explore Bush's role as the patriarch of a polit...

Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

For years, Apache tribes had resisted the advance of the pioneers and their threat to the traditional ways of life. But Geronimo fought the longest, becoming one of the most famous, feared and misunderstood Indian warriors in our history. Now at last, descendants of those Apaches who fought so long ...

Ghosts of Rwanda

Documentary marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide -- a state-sponsored massacre in which some 800,000 Rwandans were methodically hunted down and murdered by Hutu extremists as the U.S. and international community refused to intervene -- examines the social, political, and diplomatic fai...

Global Warming

The Signs and the Science

Profiles people who are living with the grave consequences of a changing climate, as well as the individuals, communities and scientists inventing new approaches to safeguard our children's future.

God on Trial

Antony Sher, Rupert Graves, Dominic Cooper, and Stellan Skarsgard star in this harrowing drama about believers and non-believers coming to terms with a world drenched in evil and suffering. Celebrated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce's script is based on the often told, but unconfirmed, story that ...

Going Home & "We the People", Episodes 39 & 40

Category: Kids
GOING HOME: Ben Franklin returns from Europe; those loyal to the English king are forced to leave America; Lafayette invites Henri to live in France. WE THE PEOPLE: George Washington becomes the first president; James Madison writes much of the Constitution; Moses resolves to open a school for free ...

The Greeks, Crucible of Civilization, Parts 1 & 2

Revolution & The Golden Age

Series: Empires
Category: World History
THE GREEKS: CRUCIBLE OF CIVILIZATION tells the story of Greek democracy from its first stirrings in 500 B.C. through to the cataclysmic wars that virtually destroyed the empire. It concludes with a fascinating look at how the Greeks were defeated, yet their philosophy endured and changed the world f...

The Greeks, Crucible of Civilization, Part 3

Empire of the Mind

Series: Empires
Category: World History
THE GREEKS: CRUCIBLE OF CIVILIZATION tells the story of Greek democracy from its first stirrings in 500 B.C. through to the cataclysmic wars that virtually destroyed the empire. It concludes with a fascinating look at how the Greeks were defeated, yet their philosophy endured and changed the world f...

Green Mountain Boys & The Second Continental Congress, Episodes 7 & 8

Category: Kids
In THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS, Sarah befriends Benedict Arnold (voice of Dustin Hoffman) when his militia takes New York's Fort Ticonderoga from the British in May 1775. Arnold is a brilliant soldier but he doesn't get along well with his troops. In THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, Sarah and Moses meet...

Growing Up Different

Subject: Education
Category: Education
Alda meets several kids who are growing up different and the doctors and researchers who are trying to mitigate the difficulties they face. Cochlear implants restore some hearing to a profoundly deaf child, the latest augmentative communication technology gives speech to a child without it, and new ...

Herbert Hoover

Landslide

Explores the "Hoover Depression," as well as its lasting impact on government and the role of the Federal Reserve. This doc will examine Hoover's early life in Iowa and abroad, the international experiences; that led to his decision to run for office, his presidency and political philosophy, and the...

The Hidden Child

Of the 1.6 million Jewish children who lived in Europe before WWII, only 100,000 survived the Holocaust. Most were hidden children, shuttered away in attics, cellars, convents or farms. This is Maud Dahme's story of courage, hope and bravery in the face of evil and death. It chronicles the wartime ...

Hidden Korea

Subject: Asia
HIDDEN KOREA explores the culture of the Republic of South Korea, a modern country that has retained a unique identity through its traditions and cuisine. The program highlights different areas of agriculture including rice farming, traditional foods and their preparations, the Chu'sok festival (a h...

Holy Warriors

Series: Empires
Subject: Middle East
Category: World History
The epic legend of King Richard the Lionhearted and his struggle to save Christendom's holiest city, Jerusalem, from its Muslim conqueror Saladin is explored in this drama-documentary using original Muslim and Christian sources, as well as interviews with experts from both the East and West.

Hot Planet - Cold Comfort

So you think global warming won't affect you? Wait until the great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what's already happening in Alaska.

Hot Times in Alaska

Category: Current Issues
Alaska is warming up. It's now a few degrees warmer than it was a century and a half ago, and the trend seems to be accelerating. Already the landscape is changing dramatically -- permafrost is thawing, glaciers are melting, forests are succumbing to drought and insect attack. Alan Alda meets Alaska...

How Difficult Can This Be?--'F.A.T. City: A Learning Disabilities Workshop

Subject: Education
Category: Education
This unique program lets viewers experience the frustration, anxiety, and tension faced by children with learning disabilities. Workshop facilitator Richard Lavoie presents a series of striking simulations emulating daily experience of LD children. Teachers, social workers, and parents, workshop par...

Hydrogen Hopes

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Hydrogen may be the fuel of the future, but what will it take to safely and efficiently make the transition from today's fossil fuels?

In Remembrance of Martin

Personal comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Andrew...

In Search of Al Qaeda

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
FRONTLINE investigates what has become of Al Qaeda in the months since the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Martin Smith and cameraman Scott Anger set out on a two-month journey that took them from London to the Gulf of Oman, into the border regions and teeming cities of Pakistan, and finally to Saudi A...

In Search of Bin Laden

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
n August 1998, two cars exploded simultaneously at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 268 and injuring 5,000. CIA and FBI investigators soon identified suspects, including accused mastermind and Saudi exile Osama bin Laden. But was this an individual terrorist act, or a symptom of deeply ...

In Search of Myths and Heroes, Parts 1 & 2

The Queen of Sheba & Arthur: The Once & Future King

Category: World History
Part 1: Michael Wood begins his quest with an exotic and mysterious woman of power — the Queen of Sheba. Immortalized in the Hebrew Bible, the Muslim Koran and in many Christian traditions, the tale of the Queen's journey to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon has been told and retold for nearly 3,...

In Search of Myths and Heroes, Parts 3 & 4

The Search For Shangri-La & Jason and the Golden Fleece

Category: World History
Part 3: Wood's search for Shangri-La takes him on a thrilling trek through India, Nepal and Tibet. The tale of the magical hidden valley of Shangri-La was popularized in the 1930s by James Hilton in his novel, Lost Horizon. But, the story of a lost kingdom behind the Himalayas free from war and suff...

In Search of Shakespeare, Episodes 1 & 2

A Time of Revolution & The Lost Years

Category: The Arts
Mixing travel, adventure, interviews and specially shot sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the road, the series sets the life of Shakespeare in the turbulent times in which he lived--a time of surveillance, militarism and foreign wars.

In Search of Shakespeare, Episodes 3 & 4

The Duty of Poets & For All Time

Category: The Arts
Mixing travel, adventure, interviews and specially shot sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the road, the series sets the life of Shakespeare in the turbulent times in which he lived--a time of surveillance, militarism and foreign wars.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Series: NOVA
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremend...

Influenza 1918

In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. The cause of death was identified as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen. It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000--until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.

Inside Hamas

Includes Chopin's Heart & The Play Pump

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
Kate Seelye travels across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to investigate Hamas, the militant Islamist group responsible for scores of suicide bombings and missile attacks on Israel -- and the surprise winner of January’s Palestinian elections. Seelye builds a portrait of an organization tee...

The Intimate Machine

Subject: Engineering
Category: Science
Scientists blend technology with sociology to make our machines more fun to use.

The Invasion of Iraq

Series: Frontline
FRONTLINE presents a special two-hour documentary investigation examining the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war as seen from both sides of the battlefield. In THE INVASION OF IRAQ, FRONTLINE takes viewers behind the scenes of the allied invasion and advance on Baghdad. Through ...

Inventing the Future

Subject: Engineering
Category: Science
At MIT's famed media lab, scientists work on virtual dogs, smart cars and even a cyborg Alan.

The Iron Road

With the discovery of gold in California in 1849, fortune hunters poured into the western United States so fast that California was added to the union as a state in 1850. But the rich and expansive territory of California was a whole continent away from the existing seat of government and industry i...

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
FRONTLINE explores the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer's insatiable desire for bargains in IS WAL-MART GOOD FOR AMERICA? Through interviews with retail executives, product manufacturers, economists, and trade experts, correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the growing co...

Islam: Empire of Faith, Parts 1 & 2

The Messenger & The Awakening

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture.

Islam: Empire of Faith, Part 3

The Ottomans

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture.

James Armistead & Yorktown, Episodes 35 & 36

Category: Kids
JAMES ARMISTEAD: Virginia slave James Armistead offers to spy on Benedict Arnold; Sarah and Henri go from camp to camp with Lafayette. YORKTOWN: The climactic battle of the Revolution is fought at Yorktown and witnessed by Sarah, James and Henri; Moses' brother serves with the British.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, Episode 1

The Way of the Samurai

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, Episodes 2 & 3

The Will of the Shogun & The Return of the Barbarians

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Episode 2: The Will of the Shogun: The grandson of Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, tightens control over Japan's warlords and expels all foreigners. Episode 3: The Return of the Barbarians: Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest citie...

Jazz, Episode 1

Gumbo

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of t...

Jazz, Episode 2

The Gift

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
Speakeasies, flappers, and easy money - it's the Jazz Age, when the story of jazz becomes a tale of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and of two extraordinary artists whose lives and music will span almost three-quarters of a century - Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Jazz, Episode 3

Our Language

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
Our Language: As the stock market continues to soar, jazz is everywhere in America, and now, for the first time soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices and the unique stories they have to tell.

Jazz, Episode 4

The True Welcome

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
The True Welcome: In 1929, America enters a decade of economic desperation, as the Stock Market collapses and the Great Depression begins. Factories fall silent, farms fall into decay, and a quarter of the nation's workforce is jobless. In these dark times, jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of...

Jazz, Episode 5

Swing: Pure Pleasure

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music, providing entertainment and escape for a people down on their luck. It has a new name now - Swing - and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining music of their generation.

Jazz, Episode 6

Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
As the 1930's come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong, but some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Their ears are tuned to a new sound - pulsing, stomping, suffused with the blues. It's the Kansas City sound of Count Basie's band and it quickly reignites the spir...

Jazz, Episode 7

Dedicated to Chaos

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal. In Europe, where musicians like the Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt continue to play despite a Nazi ban, jazz is a beacon of hope. In America, it becomes the embodiment of democracy, as bandleaders like Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw enlis...

Jazz, Episode 8

Risk

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before, but the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation makes these anxious years as well. In jazz, this underlying tension will be reflected in the broken rhythms and dissonant melodies of bebop, and in the troubled life...

Jazz, Episode 9

The Adventure

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
In the late 1950s, America's postwar prosperity continues, but beneath the surface run currents of change. Families are moving to the suburbs, watching television has become the national pastime, and baby boomers have begun coming of age. For jazz, it is also a period of transition when old stars li...

Jazz, Episode 10

A Masterpiece by Midnight

Series: Ken Burns
Subject: Music
During the Sixties, jazz is in trouble. Critics divide the music into schools - Dixieland, swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, free, avant-garde. But most young people are listening to rock 'n' roll. Though Louis Armstrong briefly outsells the Beatles with Hello Dolly, most jazz musicians are desperate f...

A Jew Among the Germans

Series: Frontline
In A JEW AMONG THE GERMANS, FRONTLINE presents Marian Marzynski's moving and provocative search for a Germany that he -- and his children -- can live with. Over several years of filming, Marzynski encounters artists, architects, and everyday Germans, who wrestle with the big questions of guilt, res...

Jimmy Carter, Part 1

Category: Biography
Jimmy Carter's story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat. Over the subsequent two decades, he became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. The film traces his rapid asce...

Jimmy Carter, Part 2

Category: Biography
Jimmy Carter's story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat. Over the subsequent two decades, he became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. The film traces his rapid asce...

John & Abigail Adams

Category: Biography
Relying heavily on the extraordinary correspondence between the second president and his wife, this joint biography sheds light not only on the characters of two remarkable people, but also on the tumultuous times through which they lived.

John Brown's Holy War

He led a righteous crusade against the evils of slavery yet used horrifying violence to carry out his mission. Martyr, madman, and murderer, John Brown was an extremist who was as controversial and misunderstood in the mid-1800s as he is today. His execution at Harper's Ferry sparked a chain of even...

Jonestown

The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Subject: Africa
On November 17, 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan traveled to Guyana to investigate the concerns of constituents. Their alarming stories focused on a compound known as Jonestown, a group called the Peoples Temple and its leader, Jim Jones. Within 2 days, Ryan, Jones and over 900 Jonestown settlers were dea...

Journey of Man

Subject: Science
Category: Science
How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the global family tree can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago.

The Journey of Sacagawea

Many mysteries surround her. More mountains, lakes and streams bear her name than any other North American woman. This program explores the life of Sacagawea from the rich oral history of the Augadika Shoshoni, Mandan Hidatsa and the Nez Perce Native American tribes, as well as the historical accoun...

Journey to Mars

Category: Science
Scientists work to overcome the challenges of exploring the red planet.

Karl Rove - The Architect

Series: Frontline
Category: Biography
After surviving one of the roughest presidential elections in modern times, President George W. Bush singled out one member of his team in particular, calling Karl Rove the campaign's 'architect.' But Rove, a longtime Bush adviser and confidant, is much more than a political guru, he is also the sin...

The Kennedys, Episode 1

The Father

Category: Biography
The first episode of The Kennedys tells the remarkable story of patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy and his creation of a dynasty that would enable him to realize, through his sons, his own failed ambitions to become America's first Roman Catholic President.

The Kennedys, Episode 2

The Sons

Category: Biography
The conclusion of The Kennedys follows the Kennedy story from the glamorous imagery of Jack and Jackie Kennedy's White House to the dark days of Edward Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick and his unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, which may have finally freed him of the burden of his father's...

The Killer at Thurston High

Series: Frontline
In the late 1990s Americans witnessed a startling new terror: kids killing other kids in school. FRONTLINE takes a measure of this national dilemma through a detailed, intimate journey into the life of one high school shooter, Kip Kinkel. In May 1998, at the age of 15, Kip shot his father and mother...

King Lear

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
The monumental tragedy of an old king who decides to divide his kingdom among his daughters, but imposes a love test on each to merit her portion. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him falsely, sending Lear into a rage. He withdraws her portion, exiles his best friend, and generall...

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites, Episodes 1 & 2

By the Rivers of Babylon & The Book and the Sword

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Tells the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential monotheistic religion. The stories of the patriarch Abraham, the liberator Moses, the poet-king David and his son Solomon all come to life in the dramatic tale of loss and triumph that shaped human...

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites, Episodes 3 & 4

The End of Days & The Gifts of the Jews

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Tells the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential monotheistic religion. The stories of the patriarch Abraham, the liberator Moses, the poet-king David and his son Solomon all come to life in the dramatic tale of loss and triumph that shaped human...

Korean War Stories

The Korean conflict is often called 'The Forgotten War', but never been by those who lived it. In this film, notable personalities and trench soldiers share their memories.

The Last Abortion Clinic

Series: Frontline
In the summer of 2005 -- more than 30 years after Roe v. Wade established that access to abortion services is a fundamental right -- a FRONTLINE documentary team spent two months traveling across the South where states have been particularly active in passing restrictions on abortion. In interviews ...

Last One Picked, First One Picked On

Subject: Education
Category: Education
Playing with friends is a happy ritual for most children. But kids with learning disabilities are often isolated and rejected, lacking the social skills to make and keep friends. Richard Lavoie shows how to help these kids succeed in every-day situations. This program gives parents and teachers grea...

Last Stand at Little Big Horn

Take a fresh look at ''Custer's Last Stand,'' one of the best-known but least-understood moments in American history. 1993 Emmy Award Winner.

LBJ, Parts 1 & 2

Beautiful Texas & My Fellow Americans

Category: Biography
LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson -- Texan, Democrat, political virtuoso -- rises up out of the 1960s like a Colossus. He is admired and he is detested. But the real measure of a leader is what he gets done, the size of the problems he faces. Before LBJ, we were essentially a segregated society. Inequalit...

LBJ, Parts 3 & 4

We Shall Overcome & The Last Believer

Category: Biography
LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson -- Texan, Democrat, political virtuoso -- rises up out of the 1960s like a Colossus. He is admired and he is detested. But the real measure of a leader is what he gets done, the size of the problems he faces. Before LBJ, we were essentially a segregated society. Inequality...

Leaving Cleaver

In March 1997, social activist, former Black Panther, and author, Eldridge Cleaver sat down with Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a discussion of his life as a civil rights activist. It would be the last major interview Cleaver gave before his death in May 1998. This film draws on the 1997 interview, archi...

Leonardo's Dream Machines

Subject: Science
Category: Science
The world's leading experts boldly attempt to build, for the first time ever, two of Leonardo da Vinci's machines to the exact specifications that he designed 500 years ago. The first is a giant crossbow, with arms nearly 70 feet across, and the second is a glider that predated flight by 400 years. ...

Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Part 1

Series: Ken Burns
On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress for a visionary project, an endeavor that would become one of America's greatest stories of adventure. Includes: This episode includes The Making of Lewis & Clark with Ken Burns.

Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Part 2

Series: Ken Burns
On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress for a visionary project, an endeavor that would become one of America's greatest stories of adventure.

Liberty! The American Revolution, Episodes 1 & 2

The Reluctant Revolutionaries (1763-1774) & Blows Must Decide (1774-1776)

Episode 1: In 1763, the capitol city of America is London, George Washington is lobbying for a post in the British army, and no one thinks of Boston harbor when they hear talk of tea parties. In a dozen years, the colonies are on the brink of rebellion. What happens to bring this country so quickly ...

Liberty! The American Revolution, Episodes 3 & 4

The Times That Try Men's Souls (1776-1777) & Oh Fatal Ambition (1777-1778)

Episode 3: Days after the Declaration of Independence is signed, a British force arrives in New York harbor. Washington and his troops are driven to New Jersey. A desperate Washington leads his army quietly across the Delaware River on the day after Christmas, 1776. Episode 4: The states remain in ...

Liberty! The American Revolution, Episodes 5 & 6

The World Turned Upside Down (1778-1783) & Are We Born to be a Nation? (1783-1788)

Episode 5: The British hope to exploit the issue of slavery and to enlist the support of loyalists in the south. They fail. After a series of brutal engagements, the British army heads for Virginia, only to be trapped by the miraculous convergence of Washington's army and the French fleet at Yorktow...

Life's Greatest Miracle

Series: NOVA
Subject: Science
Category: Science
A sequel to the most popular NOVA of all time, 'Miracle of Life,' the program once again uses the extraordinary microimagery of Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson to track human development from embryo to newborn

Life's Really Big Questions

Subject: Science
Category: Science
How did life arise on Earth? What separates humans from apes? Will machines one day invent themselves? Alan Alda meets the scientists looking for answers.

Little Dorritt, Episode 1

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Amy 'Little' Dorrit lives in the Marshalsea Prison for Debt caring for her father William Dorrit. To aid her family, Amy works for stern shut-in Mrs. Clennam. Son Arthur Clennam returns from China after his father's death, haunted by his father's final, mysterious words. Is there a long-buried famil...

Little Dorritt, Episode 2

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Romance and heartbreak are in the air. John Chivery proposes to Amy Dorrit, while Arthur Clennam's aspirations for Pet Meagles become deflated after meeting another suitor, Henry Gowan. Meanwhile, Flora Finching, concerned that Arthur's attention is being distracted by Amy, brings Amy to work for he...

Little Dorritt, Episode 3

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
The villainous Rigaud (under an assumed name), begins an extortion scheme against Mrs. Clennam. Pancks uncovers information that dramatically alters the future for the Dorrits. Now able to move beyond his shameful past, Mr. Dorrit enlists the help of Mrs. General to instruct his daughters in etiquet...

Little Dorritt, Episode 4

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
As Mr. Dorrit and Mrs. General get closer, a dismayed Fanny Dorrit schemes to remove herself from the situation by pursuing Edmund Sparkler, stepson of the famed banker Mr. Merdle. Her one obstacle is Mrs. Merdle, entirely opposed to such a union.

Little Dorritt, Episode 5

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Broken by reminders of the past in London, Mr. Dorrit returns to be with Amy in Italy. Amy watches as her father continues to fall apart. Pancks discovers the whereabouts of Miss Wade, and Arthur asks for her help in finding Rigaud. Arthur is convinced that Rigaud's ties to the House of Clennam rel...

Living Old

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
For the first time in American history, the 'old' old -- those over 85 -- are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilit...

The Living Weapon

Soon after the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt received information that Germany and Japan were developing biological weapons. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the e...

The Lobotomist

The lobotomy was hailed by The New York Times as a "surgery of the soul", a landmark medical procedure promising hope to mentally ill patients. Championed by neurologist Walter J. Freeman, this "last resort" caught on fast. A decade later, Freeman was decried as a moral monster and the lobotomy as a...

Looking for Answers

Series: Frontline
Attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were history's most devastating terrorist assault and the worst failure of U.S. intelligence in 60 years. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman and The New York Times investigate CIA and FBI failure to uncover the hijackers' plot. The film examines hat...

A Lynching in Marion

In August, 1930, a 16 year-old African American named James Cameron survived a lynching in Marion, Indiana. Now, 65 years later, Cameron tells his compelling story in vivid detail.

Make Up Your Mind

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Scientists look to the brain's frontal lobe as the seat of personality.

The Man Behind Hitler

A symbol of Nazi cruelty and a master of cynical propaganda, Joseph Goebbels was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's disturbing success.

The Man Who Knew

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
When the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any other person in America: John O'Neill. The former head of the FBI's flagship antiterrorism unit in New York City, O'Neill had investigated the b...

Mansfield Park

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Fanny Price is plucked from poverty as a child and taken to live with relatives at stately Mansfield Park. Surrounded by entitled and vain cousins, Fanny forges a connection with one — Edmund Bertram. Years later, two neighbors fresh from a life in high society descend on Mansfield Park, spark...

Marcus Garvey

He was both a visionary and a manipulator, a brilliant orator and a pompous autocrat. In just ten years following his emigration to the United States as a laborer in 1917, Marcus Garvey rose to lead the largest black organization in history, was taken to prison in handcuffs, and was eventually depor...

Marie Antoinette

Category: World History
Her name has become synonymous with the French monarchy and all its excesses, but there is more to the story of Marie Antoinette than the simplistic tale of how a frivolous sovereign helped provoke the uprising that became the French Revolution. She was, in fact, a tender-hearted, complex woman, wh...

Mark Twain, Part 1

Series: Ken Burns
Drawing from thousands of archival photographs and interviews with top writers and scholars, Mark Twain is the story of Twain's extraordinary life-full of rollicking adventure, stupendous success and crushing defeat, hilarious comedy and almost unbearable tragedy. Told primarily through the words of...

Mark Twain, Part 2

Series: Ken Burns
Drawing from thousands of archival photographs and interviews with top writers and scholars, Mark Twain is the story of Twain's extraordinary life-full of rollicking adventure, stupendous success and crushing defeat, hilarious comedy and almost unbearable tragedy. Told primarily through the words of...

Martin Luther

Series: Empires
Subject: Europe
Martin Luther's 95 theses gained popularity with the common people, but the Church excommunicated him. Courageously, he asked Germany's secular rulers to stand up to Rome. Saxony's Frederick the Wise protected him, convincing Holy Roman Emperor Charles to meet him. On his way to the Diet of Worms, h...

Matters of Race, Episodes 1 & 2

The Divide & Race Is/Race Ain't

Part 1: Ten years ago, Siler City, North Carolina, was a black and white town of segregated communities with a shared geography and an unsettled history. This quiet, rural southern town is a 'laboratory' for the national transformation that is fundamentally altering America's sense of itself. Part ...

Matters of Race, Episodes 3 & 4

We're Still Here & Tomorrow's America

Episode 3: This program a contemporary look at two communities often overlooked in the race dialogue: American Indians and Native Hawaiians.Through the stories of three families the film considers the historical construction of Indian 'otherness' and its influence on the ways a new generation of Lak...

Medicating Kids

Series: Frontline
FRONTLINE examines the dramatic increase in the prescription of behavior-modifying drugs for children. Are these medications really necessary--and safe--for young children, or merely a harried nation's quick fix for annoying, yet age-appropriate, behavior? FRONTLINE follows four families over the co...

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, 1

Birth of a Dynesty; Magnificent Medici

Series: Empires
Subject: Europe
From a base in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family used charm, patronage, duplicity, and ruthlessness to amass wealth and power. The Medicis also ignited Western history's most important cultural and artistic revolution, the Renaissance, but doomed their own ordered world. This epic drama in th...

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, 2

Medici Popes; Power vs. Truth

Series: Empires
Subject: Europe
From a base in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family used charm, patronage, duplicity, and ruthlessness to amass wealth and power. The Medicis also ignited Western history's most important cultural and artistic revolution, the Renaissance, but doomed their own ordered world. This epic drama in th...

Mill Times

This animated program centers on a small New England community similar to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where Samuel Slater established America's first textile mill. Live action hosted by David Macaulay, takes viewers from Manchester, England, to Lowell, Massachusetts, explaining technological changes th...

The Miracle of Life

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
A baby's birth is the culmination of nature's most complex, mysterious, and seemingly miraculous process. Renowned Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson presents the incredible voyage of a new life with his stunning look at the microscopic world of the human body. Magnification of up to half a millio...

Monkey Trials

Category: Current Issues
In 1925, a biology teacher named John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law. His trial became an epic event of the twentieth century, a debate over free speech that spiraled into an all-out duel between science and religion. Featuring two of the century's grea...

Mount Rushmore

Category: The Arts
In South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Together they constitute the world's largest piece of sculpture. How, and when, was it done? What obstacles were overcome to cut the 60...

Murder of Emmitt Till

In August 1955, a black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him ...

My Lai

In an exploration of the morality of actions taken in the name of war, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE directs its lens to the 1968 My Lai massacre and asks what drove a company of American soldiers to commit the worst atrocity in American military history? Were they "just following orders" or, did they crumble...

Mysteries of the Deep

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Scientists unlock secrets from the last frontier on Earth--the ocean's depths, where explorer Bob Ballard is changing science, history, and the future. 'The Uncivilized Engine of War' traces the world's first submarine attack--on the Union warship Housatonic, in February 1864.

Mystery of Love

Category: Current Issues
The Mystery of Love examines the many faces of love through in-depth stories of marriage, family, friendship, divine love, altruistic love, brotherly love, the love between parents and children, and love of community.

Napoleon, 1

To Destiny; Mastering Luck

Series: Empires
Follow Napoleon's rise from obscurity to victories that made him a hero to the French people and convinced he was destined for greatness. Learn of his love for Josephine Beauharnais, and his rise to Emperor. Witness his extraordinary achievements including the Napoleonic Code, the Bank of France and...

Napoleon, 2

The Summit of Ambition; The End

Series: Empires
Follow Napoleon's rise from obscurity to victories that made him a hero to the French people and convinced he was destined for greatness. Learn of his love for Josephine Beauharnais, and his rise to Emperor. Witness his extraordinary achievements including the Napoleonic Code, the Bank of France and...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 1

The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 2

The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 3

The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 4

Going Home (1920-1933)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 5

Great Nature (1933-1945)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Episode 6

The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

Series: Ken Burns
THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chro...

Natural Born Robots

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Nature still trounces humans in designing machines able to live comfortably in the world around them. Taking hints, engineers are increasingly turning to living creatures for robotic inspiration.

Never Say Die

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Is the ancient dream of eternal life becoming a reality? In the last few years, many barriers to understanding the aging process have come down.

New Orleans

New Orleans: the utterly original American city that lies at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi and at the beating heart of the great American experiment. Walled in on almost all sides by water, pressed together by the demands and dangers of geography, the crowded streets of New Orleans have always...

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 1

The Country and the City (1609-1825)

Chronicles New York's beginnings -- from its earliest days as a Dutch trading post to the 17th century construction of the Erie Canal, which made New York City a vital conduit to the mainland of a growing America.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 2

Order and Disorder (1825-1865)

Details New York's enormous growth as a booming commercial center and multi-ethnic port, and the mounting tensions that set the stage for the nation's bloodiest riot.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 3

Sunshine and Shadow (1865-1898)

Turns to the period when greed and wealth fueled an expanding metropolis, even as politics and poverty defined it.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 4

The Power and the People (1898-1914)

Follows New York into a new century in the wake of an extraordinary wave of immigration and the birth of the skyscraper.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 5

Cosmopolis (1914-1931)

The post-war economic boom, the rise of consumer culture, and the birth of new mass-media industries fuel the convergence of an incredible array of human and cultural energies, ending with the Crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 6

The City of Tomorrow (1931-1940)

The dramatic events that followed the Crash of '29 fuel the greatest economic depression in American history and plunge the city and the nation into economic gloom.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 7

The City and the World (1945-Present)

The turbulent and often harrowing years from 1945 to the present are explored. Emerging from the Depression and the Second World War as the most powerful metropolis on Earth, New York soon confronted urban woes of unprecedented proportions, and fought for its very existence.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 8: Part 1

The Center of the World

Examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

New York: A Documentary Film, Episode 8: Part 2

The Center of the World

Examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

Newton's Dark Secrets

Series: NOVA
Subject: Europe
He was a 17th century Einstein, who revolutionized the thinking and outlook of his age. In the midst of his astonishing breakthroughs in physics, optics, and calculus, Isaac Newton was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. NOVA recreates the unique c...

Nixon, Episode 1

The Quest

Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, f...

Nixon, Episode 2

Triumph

Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, f...

Nixon, Episode 3

The Fall

Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, f...

Northanger Abbey

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Catherine Morland has an ordinary life and a feverish imagination. When she gets invited to Bath, Catherine is immersed in a world of elaborate balls and handsome men. When one suitor takes her to his family estate, Northanger Abbey, Catherine becomes mired in a world of fact and fantasy. Is there a...

Not for Ourselves Alone: The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, Part 1

Revolution

Series: Ken Burns
Presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony. Part 1 covers the years from their youth up to the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868.

Not for Ourselves Alone: The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, Part 2

Failure is Impossible

Series: Ken Burns
Presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony. Part 2 spans the period from 1868 to the passage in 1919 of the 19th amendment to the Constitution which gave women the vote. This part also i...

The Nuremburg Trial

On November 20, 1945, the twenty-two surviving representatives of the Nazi elite stood before an international military tribunal at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany; they were charged with the systematic murder of millions of people.

Ocean Adventures: America's Underwater Treasures

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son, Fabien, daughter, Céline, and his team of expert divers set out to investigate, for the first time, all 13 of our National Marine Sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument. While discovering what makes them unique, the group expl...

Oliver Twist, Episode 1

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
The young orphan Oliver Twist flees a cruel workhouse for the dirty streets of London, where he falls in with a nefarious gang. As the shrewd Artful Dodger, the menacing Fagin and the vicious Bill Sikes lead Oliver deeper into a criminal life, a dark conspiracy is revealed around him. Readers have b...

Oliver Twist, Episode 2

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
The young orphan Oliver Twist flees a cruel workhouse for the dirty streets of London, where he falls in with a nefarious gang. As the shrewd Artful Dodger, the menacing Fagin and the vicious Bill Sikes lead Oliver deeper into a criminal life, a dark conspiracy is revealed around him. Readers have b...

Oliver Twist, Episode 3

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
The young orphan Oliver Twist flees a cruel workhouse for the dirty streets of London, where he falls in with a nefarious gang. As the shrewd Artful Dodger, the menacing Fagin and the vicious Bill Sikes lead Oliver deeper into a criminal life, a dark conspiracy is revealed around him. Readers have b...

On the Ball

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Today's technology can give athletes the edge, aid officials and enhance the spectator's experience of the game.

One Woman, One Vote

This program documents the struggle which culminated in the passing of the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Senate by one vote. Witness the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage. Discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women's vote would ignite a social rev...

The Orphan Trains

In 1853, 10,000 homeless children roamed New York City streets. Young minister Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society, sending orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. Until 1929, Brace's Society and other charities sent more than 150,000 neglected children by train to 47...

Oswald's Ghost

The assassination of President Kennedy left a wound on America that is still with us today. Few Americans now accept that a lone gunman could bring down a president and alter history. In that breach, a culture of conspiracy has arisen. Using rare archival footage and interviews, Oswald's Ghost takes...

Panama Canal

On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and firsthand accounts of life in ...

Perilous Fight: America's WW II in Color, Parts 1 & 2

Infamy (1919-1942) & Battlefronts (1942-1944)

Relying exclusively on color film footage, with no still photographs, black and white film or interviews, this is a unique and telling look at the way Americans faced history's greatest armed conflict. The series brings to the fore timeless questions about national and personal duty, courage and los...

Perilous Fight: America's WW II in Color, Parts 3 & 4

Wrath (D-Day - VE Day) & Triumph (The Pacific, 1943-1945)

Part 3: Covers the months from June 1944 to May 1945. Scenes include seizure of a German U-boat; the Allied assault on Normandy; liberation of Paris; the first Jewish Sabbath service at liberated Dachau; and VE Day celebrations. Part 4: Shows U.S. troops landing on Tarawa; the American flag atop Iwo...

The Persuaders

Series: Frontline
This film explores how the cultures of marketing and advertising have come to influence not only what Americans buy, but also how they view themselves and the world around them.

Persuasion

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's life. Circumstances bring Captain Frederick Wentworth, a dashing naval officer she once deeply loved, back into her life eight years after Anne was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage...

Pieces of Mind

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Aiming for insights into his own brain, Alan Alda visits scientists studying how the brain dreams, stores memories, and sorts language. Weighing just a few pounds, the most complex organ in the human body is responsible for the body's complete function.

The Pill

In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history.

Postville: When Cultures Collide

Category: Current Issues
n 1988, Aaron Rubashkin, a New York entrepreneur and Hasidic Jew, bought an abandoned meatpacking plant in Postville, IA and reopened it as a kosher slaughterhouse. Trained rabbis were hired to oversee the koshering process, attracting Hispanic and Eastern European workers.

The Queen Family: Appalachian Tradition and Back Porch Music

Subject: Music
The Appalachians are home to a folk music tradition that traces its roots to England, Scotland, and Ireland. Picking up the African banjo and other influences in its evolution, this tradition gave rise to gospel, bluegrass and country music. The recipients of the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, ...

Queen Victoria's Empire

The Moral Crusade

Series: Empires
Category: World History
This series offers an engaging portrait of the Queen who ruled over one-fifth of the world's population for 64 years, as well as influential figures who shaped British imperialism: Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes, and Prince Albert. Personal accounts, re-enactments, and cinematography from ...

Queen Victoria's Empire

Engines of Change

Series: Empires
Category: World History
This series offers an engaging portrait of the Queen who ruled over one-fifth of the world's population for 64 years, as well as influential figures who shaped British imperialism: Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes, and Prince Albert. Personal accounts, re-enactments, and cinematography from ...

Race to the Moon

On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit, marking the first manned mission to the moon and the first live TV coverage of the lunar surface. While landing on the moon would not come until months later, the Apollo 8 mission was a historical milestone that proved essential to ensure future su...

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

She was a biologist for the federal government when she first noted the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides, especially DDT. Magazines, afraid of losing advertising, refused to publish her articles.

Reagan, Episode 1

Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited...

Reagan, Episode 2

Solidarity thrived in Poland; Soviets faced military pressure in Afghanistan, but Congress cut funding for Nicaragua. In 1986 Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, but missile reduction talks failed over SDI research. The Iran-Contra scandal broke. Gorbachev signed a missile reduction treaty. Reagan visited...

Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America, Episode 1 & 2

The Shot Heard Around the World; American Crisis: 1776

An exploration into America's War of Independence and how it divided the nation between those who remained loyal to the Crown and those fighting for liberation from England. Presented by respected British historian, Richard Holmes using first person narratives, recreations and interviews.

Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America, Episode 3 & 4

The War Moves South; The World Turned Upside Down

An exploration into America's War of Independence and how it divided the nation between those who remained loyal to the Crown and those fighting for liberation from England. Presented by respected British historian, Richard Holmes using first person narratives, recreations and interviews.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Episode 1

Revolution

Subject: Civil War
Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this dramatic mini-series recounts the tumultuous post-Civil War years. America was grappling with rebuilding itself, with bringing the South back into the Union, and with how best to offer citizenship to former slaves. Stories of key political players in Washin...

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Episode 2

Retreat

Subject: Civil War
Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this dramatic mini-series recounts the tumultuous post-Civil War years. America was grappling with rebuilding itself, with bringing the South back into the Union, and with how best to offer citizenship to former slaves. Stories of key political players in Washin...

Remember the Alamo

In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration, were prepared to fight hard to keep the prov...

Reporting America at War, Episode 1

Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century and beyond. Episode 1 begins in 1898 with the Spanish-American War and, after flashing backward to trace the Civil War-era roots of American war reporting, goes on to explore the role of political commitment in wa...

Reporting America at War, Episode 2

Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century and beyond. Episode two charts the erosion of that consensus during the Cold War conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, and examines the backlash against the media that took place in the more recent conflicts in Grenada,...

Return with Honor

This episode tells the powerful, moving story of American pilots shot down over North Vietnam and their challenge to survive with honor as POW's. A tribute to heroism, endurance, and brotherhood under duress, the film recalls the transformation from top-gun aviators to captives. Told in their words,...

RFK

Category: Biography
Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son.

A Ripple of Hope

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and mortally wounded. American cities were engulfed in chaos and fear. Despite the violence raging across the country, Robert F. Kennedy made a campaign appearance in an African-American neighborhood, delivering a moving, extemporaneous plea for...

Road to 9/11: A Brief History of Conflict in the Middle East

Subject: Middle East
Category: World History
The Road to 9/11 is a detailed look at the forces that have shaped the Middle East to give an understanding of the current crisis. Viewers are taken on a journey through a chronicle of steadily worsening social, political and economic conditions, the growing power of religious fanaticism, and the in...

Roads to Memphis

This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. The film will explore the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined ...

Robert E Lee

Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scour...

Roberto Clemente

Baseball great Roberto Clemente's talent and inimitable style drew legions of fans, but as this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE production reveals, he was more than an exceptional baseball player. He was also a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice.

Roman Empire In the First Century, Episodes 1 & 2

Order from Chaos & Years of Trial

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Episode 1: Against all odds, Augustus ruled as Emperor for over 40 years, surviving plots, rebellions and mutinies. When he died, he was declared to be a god. His rule created the image of Imperial Rome that lasts to this day. He was the Emperor by which his heirs would be judged. Episode 2: In 14 A...

Roman Empire In the First Century, Episodes 3 & 4

Winds of Change & Years of Eruptions

Series: Empires
Category: World History
Claudius was Rome's unlikely emperor. Despite his much-ridiculed appearance, he had become a good ruler, passing visionary laws and conquering Britain. After being murdered by his wife, her son was named heir. Nero was young and was guided by his mother and his tutor, the philosopher Seneca. A long ...

Runaway Universe

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
Two rival astronomy teams search for exploding stars, map gigantic galaxies, and grapple with the ultimate question: what is the fate of the universe? NOVA presents the first attempt to explore the riddle of "dark energy"- the mysterious repulsive force that some scientists believe counteracts gravi...

The Scarlet Letter, Part 1

Category: The Arts
An epic version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's enduring novel of Puritan America in search of its soul. Hester Prynne overcomes the stigma of adultery to emerge as the first great heroine in American literature. Hawthorne's themes--the nature of sin, social hypocrisy, and community repression--still rever...

The Scarlet Letter, Part 2

Category: The Arts
An epic version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's enduring novel of Puritan America in search of its soul. Hester Prynne overcomes the stigma of adultery to emerge as the first great heroine in American literature. Hawthorne's themes--the nature of sin, social hypocrisy, and community repression--still rever...

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

The Scottsboro boys In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens ...

Secret Life of the Brain, Episode 1

The Baby's Brain

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
Less than a month after conception, human brain cells are developing at the rate of 500,000 per minute. Billions of cells linked by trillions of connections form the brain, but how does it organize itself? What are the roles played by genetics and environment in brain development? Episode One traces...

Secret Life of the Brain, Episode 2

The Child's Brain

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
The explosion of language in young children provides a dramatic illustration of the young brain at work. How do we learn to talk? How do we learn to read? Unlike adults, in whose brains most linguistic activity is restricted to the left hemisphere, very young children respond to language with the en...

Secret Life of the Brain, Episode 3

The Teenage Brain

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
Parents who believe teenagers are different from other humans may be comforted to learn that it is literally true. During puberty the brain is a work in progress, teeming with hormones; areas that direct reasoning and impulse control are still in development. During adolescence, people are especiall...

Secret Life of the Brain, Episode 4

The Adult Brain

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
The brain is the seat of both intellect and emotion, and this episode chronicles the critical balance between these processes and explores what happens when the balance is lost. Scientists draw insight from the stories of a stroke victim and a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder, and break ne...

Secret Life of the Brain, Episode 5

The Aging Brain

Subject: Education, Science
Category: Education , Science
For years, science has suggested that we lose vast numbers of brain cells as we grow older; now it turns out that this is not true -- in fact, healthy brains continue to produce new neurons well into the 70s. Drawing on the most recent neuroscience discoveries, this episode presents a new view of ho...

Secrets of the Dead: Death at Jamestown

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: DEATH AT JAMESTOWN explores the settlement of Jamestown as the men and boys onboard the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery sail from London to the distant shores of America in December 1606. They'd establish a British settlement, find gold and silver, a passage to ...

Secrets of the Dead: Killer Flu

Over the centuries, humans have endured many influenza pandemics. Descriptions of the disease in Europe date back to 1100 A.D., and sporadic, isolated outbreaks have likely been occurring for many thousands of years. But no flu ever struck as fast, as hard, and with such lethal power as the 1918, or...

Seeking The First Americans

Category: World History
Archaeologists from Texas to Alaska search for clues to the identity of the first people to tread the north American continent — the early hunters who between 11,000 and 50,000 years ago crossed the Bering Strait in pursuit of game.

The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God

Ken Burns portrays 200 years of Shaker life in America, guided by recollections of three surviving members and archival material. Explore every aspect of a strange, noble sect that produced some of the greatest architecture and furniture in U.S. history. This story of devotion, invention, ingenuity,...

Silent Epidemic

A silent epidemic is ravaging the nation and killing our kids. In the last 30 years, the suicide rate among teenagers has tripled. A recent survey indicated that 60% of high school students have thought of killing themselves. And every two hours, a young person succeeds in taking his or her own life...

The Sixties: The Years That Shaped the Generation

Traces the events of one of the most turbulent and influential periods of political and cultural change in the 20th century and the powerful impact forced on an entire generation.

So Much, So Fast

Series: Frontline
What would you do if you were 29 years old and found out that you only had a few years to live? Stephen Heywood chose to get married, have a child and rebuild two houses while he was slowly losing control of his body's movement from a crippling disease. SO MUCH, SO FAST captures the remarkable event...

Son of Al Qaeda

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
Growing up in the 1990s, Abdurahman Khadr's playmates were the children of his father's longtime friend, Osama bin Laden. Khadr was raised to be an al Qaeda terrorist, but he ultimately found himself working for the U.S. Through interviews with Khadr as well as his mother and siblings, the documenta...

The Spartans, Episode 1

Category: World History
Was Sparta a unique achievement or a prototype of future totalitarianism? Weigh the facts in this documentary about the enigmatic ancient civilization. Historian Bettany Hughes explains Sparta's culture, history, and downfall despite battle-hardened warriors, martially trained children, and powerful...

The Spartans, Episode 2

Category: World History
Was Sparta a unique achievement or a prototype of future totalitarianism? Weigh the facts in this documentary about the enigmatic ancient civilization. Historian Bettany Hughes explains Sparta's culture, history, and downfall despite battle-hardened warriors, martially trained children, and powerful...

Spying on the Home Front

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
9/11 has indelibly altered America in ways that people are now starting to earnestly question: not only perpetual orange alerts, barricades and body frisks at the airport, but greater government scrutiny of people's records and electronic surveillance of their communications. The watershed, official...

Stephen Hawking's Universe, Episodes 1 & 2

Seeing is Believing & The Big Bang

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Episode 1: Where did we come from? The history of cosmology from flat earth to Big Bang: Eratosthenes and Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Edwin Hubble. Episode 2: Did the universe have a beginning? The Steady-State theory vs. The Big Bang, Albert Einstein, Georges Lemaître, Fred ...

Stephen Hawking's Universe, Episodes 3 & 4

Cosmic Alchemy & On the Dark Side

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Episode 3: What is the universe and everything in it made of? The creation of matter, the building up of elements in stars. Episode 4: What is the destiny of the universe? Dark matter, WIMPS, MACHOS, neutrinos.

Stephen Hawking's Universe, Episodes 5 & 6

Black Holes and Beyond & An Answer to Everything

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Episode 5: Are black holes real? Ultraluminous quasars and supermassive black holes, wormholes, and singularities. Episode 6: Is there a theory that will encompass everything in the known universe? Inflation theory, quantum mechanics, string theory.

The Storm

Series: Frontline
Examines how and why government at every level — local, state and federal — was unprepared, uncoordinated and overwhelmed in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast in the late summer of 2005 and killed more than 900 people in New Orleans.

Summer of Love

In the summer of 1967, thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing. By 1968 the celebration of free love and music had descended into a mae...

Surviving the Dust Bowl

In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Less well-known than those who sought refuge in California, typified by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the Dust Bowlers stayed and overcame an almost a decade of unbelievable calamities and disasters, enduring dro...

The Tank Man

Series: Frontline
One day after the Chinese army's deadly crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this confrontation became an icon of the struggl...

Teach Me Different! with Sally L. Smith

The Nature of the Condition & Effective Teaching Methods

Subject: Education
Category: Education
Part 1: Who is the child with learning disabilities and ADHD? This program shows the abilities and disabilities of these children. The abilities include originality, imagination, talent in the arts, love of building things, love of nature-the earth, love of color and movement, and technology. The di...

Teach Me Different! with Sally L. Smith

Prizing Diversity & Problem-solving and Self-advocacy

Subject: Education
Category: Education
Part 3: By prizing diversity, a school embraces differences in students' abilities and learning approaches as well as race, gender, religion, culture, nationality, etc. Teaching styles must also be diverse. The child with learning disabilities and ADHD must receive individualized instruction and dev...

Terry Sanford & The New South

By February of 1960, Terry Sanford had been working for the better part of a decade to win the governorship of North Carolina. But when four young black men sat down at a Woolworth counter in the city of Greensboro in his home state and demanded to be served, their actions put him in the most excruc...

Thomas Jefferson, Part 1

Series: Ken Burns
Returning from France, Jefferson strives to preserve the fragile new U.S. government and helps create the first political party, in bitter struggles with the Federalists. He becomes vice president in 1797, and the third U.S. president in 1801. His Louisiana Purchase doubles the nation's size, but he...

Thomas Jefferson, Part 2

Liberty: The Age of Experiments

Series: Ken Burns
Returning from France, Jefferson strives to preserve the fragile new U.S. government and helps create the first political party, in bitter struggles with the Federalists. He becomes vice president in 1797, and the third U.S. president in 1801. His Louisiana Purchase doubles the nation's size, but he...

Through Deaf Eyes

Through Deaf Eyes explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include actor Marlee Matlin, I. King Jordan, other community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on lang...

Time of Fear

In World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into relocation camps across the US. This film traces the lives of the 16,000 people who were sent to two camps in southeast Arkansas, one of the most racially segregated places in America at that time.

To the Moon

Series: NOVA
The mission seemed impossible, the odds astronomical, but the results were spectacular. NOVA presents the fascinating story behind the Apollo space program, including the historic walk on the moon in 1969, in a two-hour special. Meet unsung heroes, experience the dangers, and discover new Apollo per...

The Torture Question

Series: Frontline
Category: Current Issues
A FRONTLINE documentary crew made the journey to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Entering the 280-acre compound in the middle of the night, escorted by helicopters and a convoy of armed Humvees, the crew was following 50 detainees fresh from the battlefield. Abu Ghraib has always been a terrifying pl...

TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, Parts 1 & 2

The Long Campaign (1858-1901) & The Bully Pulpit (1901-1904)

Category: Biography
TR looks deep into the life of the man who embodied the confidence, exuberance of America at the turn of the century, revealing both the heroic and the tragic sides of Roosevelt's character: the boundless energy that drove him, the bleak emotions he worked so hard to suppress, and the inevitable cla...

TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, Parts 3 & 4

The Good Fight (1905-1909) & Black Care (1910 & 1919)

Category: Biography
TR looks deep into the life of the man who embodied the confidence, exuberance of America at the turn of the century, revealing both the heroic and the tragic sides of Roosevelt's character: the boundless energy that drove him, the bleak emotions he worked so hard to suppress, and the inevitable cla...

Transcontinental Railroad

Completed in only six years by unscrupulous entrepreneurs, brilliant engineers, and legions of dedicated workers, the Transcontinental Railroad left in its wake a horde of displaced, broken Native Americans. See how the railroad helped shape the politics and culture of mid-19th century America.

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer's life and legacy are inextricably linked to America's most famous top-secret initiative - the Manhattan Project. But after World War II, this brilliant and intense scientist fell from the innermost circles of American science, and at the height of the Red Scare, the veil of su...

True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

Exploring the personal and heartfelt story of the Navajo Code Talkers, this program tells the stories of the young Navajo men recruited from harsh government boarding schools into the Marines during World War II. From 1942-1945, the Code Talkers devised an unbreakable code in their native language a...

Truman, Episode 1

He was a farmer, a businessman, an unknown politician who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the highest office, Harry Truman was the least prepared, but would prove to be a surprise. Acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin recounts his struggles and success as an army captain an...

Truman, Episode 2

He was a farmer, a businessman, an unknown politician who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the highest office, Harry Truman was the least prepared, but would prove to be a surprise. Acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin recounts his struggles and success as an army captain an...

Truth, War, and Consequences

Series: Frontline
Did America rush into a war in Iraq for which it was unprepared? Could the current volatility in Iraq have been prevented? And was the White House's rationale for war based on faulty and exaggerated intelligence reports? As the Bush administration faces continuing questions about its failure to secu...

Turn of the Screw

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Masterpiece presents Henry James' chilling ghost tale of a naive young governess hired to look after two children in a grand mansion where sinister events place their lives in jeopardy. Can she alone save them from a horrifying fate?

Tuskegee Airmen

This inspiring World War II story spotlights 450 men who fought on two fronts at once. Black American aviators, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, battled Axis powers in Europe and North Africa and then took on racism at home.

Two Days in October

In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first...

U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848, Episodes 1 & 2

Neighbors and Strangers & War for the Borderlands

Episode 1: Tensions mount between the expanding United States and Mexico during the 1830s and come to a boil in 1836, when Americans living in Texas, then part of Mexico, rebel against Mexican authority. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna leads a Mexican army against the insurgents but fails to stop the re...

U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1849, Episodes 3 & 4

The Hour of Sacrifice & The Fate of Nations

Episode 3: Santa Anna returns from exile in Cuba and is again elected president of Mexico. American President Polk orders a two-pronged attack on Mexican territory: Zachary Taylor's army move in overland from the north, while Winfield Scott leads an attack on Veracruz by sea. After defeating Santa A...

Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1

Category: Biography
Ulysses S. Grant was an American paradox. A failed businessman, he became a brilliant military strategist whose destruction of a defiant South gained him the label 'butcher.' Elected president in 1868, Grant lacked the skill to deal with reconstruction and the nation's economy. His two terms were ro...

Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2

Category: Biography
Ulysses S. Grant was an American paradox. A failed businessman, he became a brilliant military strategist whose destruction of a defiant South gained him the label 'butcher.' Elected president in 1868, Grant lacked the skill to deal with reconstruction and the nation's economy. His two terms were ro...

Unearthing Secret America

Archeologists shed new light on life in colonial America.

Victory in the Pacific

In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans. As the film shows, most of the Emperor's inner circle was determined to continue the war even after lo...

Voyage to the Galapagos

Subject: Science
Category: Science
Alan Alda follows in Charles Darwin's footsteps, meeting the animals and birds that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution. Alda joins scientists who witness the daily struggle for survival that has shaped the Galapagos Islands' unique wildlife. As he experiences the enchantment of the islands, he le...

The Wall

A World Divided

Category: World History
THE WALL looks inside the revolution that swept across Europe with the November 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall, to understand how this remarkable event helped end the Cold War without a fired shot. The film explores the ordinary people caught up in politics, as well as the political leaders, to rev...

Walt Whitman

Subject: Authors
To family and friends, Walter Whitman Jr. may have been just an old bachelor but with his book, Leaves of Grass, he offered up his poetry and his persona as a reflection of the America he saw; daring, noble, naive, brutish, sexual, frightening and flawed. This film tells Whitman's life story, from h...

THE WAR, Episode 1

A Necessary War -- December 1941-December 1942

Series: Ken Burns
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns — Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota — recall their comm...

THE WAR, Episode 2

When Things Get Tough -- January 1943-December 1943

Series: Ken Burns
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or a timetable to dislodge them. For the time being, they will have to be content to nip at the ed...

THE WAR, Episode 3

A Deadly Calling -- November 1943-June 1944

Series: Ken Burns
In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action at Buna. Despite American victories in the Solomons and New Guinea, the Ja...

THE WAR, Episode 4

Pride of Our Nation -- June 1944-August 1944

Series: Ken Burns
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 — D-Day — in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on one of the greatest invasions in history: the invasion of France. Among them are Dwain Luce of Mob...

THE WAR, Episode 5

FUBAR -- September 1944-December 1944

Series: Ken Burns
By September 1944, in Europe at least, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory. 'Militarily,' General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells the press, 'this war is over.' But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war...

THE WAR, Episode 6

The Ghost Front -- December 1944-March 1945

Series: Ken Burns
By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war their young men have been fighting for three long years; the stream of newspaper headlines telling of new losses and telegrams bearing bad news from the War Department seem endless and unendurable.

THE WAR, Episode 7

A World Without War -- March 1945-September 1945

Series: Ken Burns
In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento, Waterbury and Luverne understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the war can end. That March, when Americans go to the movies, Pres...

War Letters

Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, War Letters brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the writer was killed, and heartbreaking 'Dear John' le...

The War that Made America, Episodes 1 & 2

A Country Between & Unlikely allies

Covers an important but often misunderstood period of American history - a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. It tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout t...

The War that Made America, Episodes 3 & 4

Turning the Tide & Unintended Consequences

Covers an important but often misunderstood period of American history - a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. It tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout t...

Watergate Plus 30

What lessons has America learned from Watergate? Three decades after an infamous break-in helped topple President Richard Nixon, all the facts are still not in. But as this documentary shows, Watergate remains a nearly unbelievable tale of ordinary men corrupted by power--and their desire to retain ...

The Way West, Episode 1

Westward, the Course of Empire Takes its Way

How the West was lost and won, from the time of the Gold Rush in 1848 until after the last gasp of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee in 1893, when the West was settled, subdued, exploited and incorporated into the American empire. Lakotas, Cheyennes, Kiowas, Poncas, Apaches, Nez Perces and Utes fought...

The Way West, Episode 2

The Approach of Civilization

How the West was lost and won, from the time of the Gold Rush in 1848 until after the last gasp of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee in 1893, when the West was settled, subdued, exploited and incorporated into the American empire. Lakotas, Cheyennes, Kiowas, Poncas, Apaches, Nez Perces and Utes fought...

The Way West, Episode 3

The War for the Black Hills

How the West was lost and won, from the time of the Gold Rush in 1848 until after the last gasp of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee in 1893, when the West was settled, subdued, exploited and incorporated into the American empire. Lakotas, Cheyennes, Kiowas, Poncas, Apaches, Nez Perces and Utes fough...

The Way West, Episode 4

Ghost Dance

How the West was lost and won, from the time of the Gold Rush in 1848 until after the last gasp of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee in 1893, when the West was settled, subdued, exploited and incorporated into the American empire. Lakotas, Cheyennes, Kiowas, Poncas, Apaches, Nez Perces and Utes fought...

We Shall Remain, Episode 1

After the Mayflower

A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential Episode of American history. In 1621, Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation o...

We Shall Remain, Episode 4

Geronimo

A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential Episode of American history. As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others ...

We Shall Remain, Episode 3

Trail of Tears

A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential Episode of American history. Though the Cherokee embraced "civilization" and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were force...

We Shall Remain, Episode 2

Tecumseh's Vision

A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential Episode of American history. In the course of his brief and meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movemen...

We Shall Remain, Episode 5

Wounded Knee

A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential Episode of American history. In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indian...

The West, Episode 1

The People (To 1806)

Series: Ken Burns
The West begins as the whole world to the people who live there. It becomes a New World when Europeans arrive, a world shaken by incompatible visions. And almost three centuries later, when Lewis and Clark venture west to find a Northwest Passage, this world becomes the testing-ground for a young na...

The West, Episode 2

Empire Upon the Trails (1806-1848)

Series: Ken Burns
Americans head west along many pathways -- following the fur trade into the mountains, fighting for self-determination in Texas, seeking religious freedom in Utah or a better life along the Oregon Trail. But whatever direction they travel, they move closer with every step to a 'Manifest Destiny' tha...

The West, Episode 3

The Speck of the Future (1848-1856)

Series: Ken Burns
The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for "a share of the rocks," littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West's first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside.

The West, Episode 4

Death Runs Riot (1856-1868)

Series: Ken Burns
Civil war comes early to the West. In "Bleeding Kansas," abolitionists battle for free soil. In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy. And along the Rio Grande, oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, and leaves behind an ...

The West, Episode 5

The Grandest Enterprise Under God (1868-1874)

Series: Ken Burns
A triumph of the human spirit, the transcontinental railroad opens a new era in the West, carrying homesteaders onto the prairies, bringing cowboys up the cattle trail from Texas, helping give women the vote in Utah and sending buffalo hunters onto the plains, where they drive a symbol of the West -...

The West, Episode 6

Fight No More Forever (1874-1877)

Series: Ken Burns
The federal government tightens its grip on the West, but three bold spirits remain defiant -- Sitting Bull, who prophesies his people's greatest victory but cannot prevent their ultimate defeat; Brigham Young, who must sacrifice a spiritual son to save his church; and Chief Joseph, who triumphs in ...

The West, Episode 7

The Geography of Hope (1877-1887)

Series: Ken Burns
Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a new spirit of conformity to the West. Indian children are taught to forsake their heritage, Mormons are told to abandon a tenet of their faith, and new laws deny Chinese and Mexican Americans a place in society. Yet the legend of the "Wild West" lives on,...

The West, Episode 8

Ghost Dance (1887-1914)

Series: Ken Burns
As the West was growing into a fully established industrial force. Opening with the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, when 2 million acres of Indian territory were opened for homesteading, this chapter further explores the displacement of the Native Americans in the wake of total military defeat.

The West, Episode 9

One Sky Above Us (1887-1914)

Series: Ken Burns
Begins with the World Columbian Expedition of 1893, a colossal Chicago fair marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World, and effectively announcing the closure of the Western frontier. Historian Richard White observes that the closing of the West was marked by romantic ideal...

What Darwin Never Knew

Series: NOVA
Category: Science
Earth teems with a staggering variety of animals. The source of life's endless forms was a profound mystery until Charles Darwin's revolutionary idea of natural selection. NOVA reveals answers to the riddles that Darwin couldn't explain. Stunning breakthroughs in a brand new science nicknamed 'evo d...

Willa Cather: The Road is All

In 1883, the young Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the tall grass prairies of Nebraska, an experience that exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels - O Pioneer, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop and the Pulitzer Prize winnin...

Wind in the Willows

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts , Kids
Mole, Water Rat, Badger and Mr. Toad pursue merry adventures in a charming adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's magical tale of animals who behave like Edwardian gentlemen in a world gone slightly mad. Matt Lucas (Casanova) stars as the exuberant Mr. Toad with Bob Hoskins (Mrs. Henderson Presents) as Bad...

Woodrow Wilson, Part 1

A Passionate Man

Category: Biography
Wilson rises from a Civil War boyhood in Georgia to become president of Princeton University and an outspoken champion of progressive reform. He is elected governor of New Jersey, then narrowly wins the presidency, accomplishing a remarkable agenda of reform in this first two years.

Woodrow Wilson, Part 2

The Redemption of the World

Category: Biography
President Wilson leads America through World War I, then brokers its peace treaty. His vision of world peace through the League of Nations is struck down at home, and his health suffers so seriously that his wife becomes de facto chief executive.

Worried Sick

The 'fight or flight' response to stress once helped us evade predators, but its long term effects can get us into an different kind of trouble - ill health.

Wuthering Heights

Series: Masterpiece
Category: The Arts
Emily Bront's timeless tale of love, obsession, and revenge returns in this dark new adaptation. Divided by birth, class, and a jealous brother, Cathy and the mysterious Heathcliff are bound from childhood by a bond that defies convention-even her marriage to a wealthy older man. Only a mystery from...

Zora's Roots

This program examines the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film follows Hurston, best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to the subtropical paradise that shaped her childhood and her life's work - where she returned again and again for inspiration and solace....