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This episode of Year by Year covers the U.S. and the Soviet Union race to put the first man in space, while the Berlin wall is constructed, dividing East and West Germany.
America's most recognizable family is back for season five. Watch as the boys at the warehouse continue to get Willie's goat, Uncle Si's antics never fail to amaze, and Phil and Miss Kay host a slumber party. Plus, the Robertson clan gets even bigger as two new family members join the action, and stir things up. Daily life on the bayou may be mundane for some, but for the Robertson's, it remains anything but dull.
When ordinary people desire the luxuries of the rich, ingenuity and innovation come together to take history in a new direction. This film explores how the Roman search for silver led to the Silk Road creation; how desire for pepper motivated Columbus to land in the Americas; and how efforts to make cotton more affordable sparked the Industrial Revolution.
Only 50 years since the development of penicillin, bacteria has emerged that is resistant to every known antibiotic. Is the era of antibiotic wonder drugs coming to an end? This program searches for an answer to that question - an answer that will affect the lives of hundreds of millions around the world.
This episode of Modern Marvels examines points of failure in ultraslow motion. We examine the effects of crashes on cars, trucks, and the crash-test dummies inside. Underwriter's Laboratories fire rounds at bulletproof glass until it breaks, and we discover how long it will take experts to breach a safe using more and more powerful tools. Arizona State University experiments to find the breaking points of steel, concrete, and even Kevlar jet engine...
This program theorizes about what would happen if people disappeared from Earth and what might occur in Detroit and San Antonio. We look at oil refineries and the Alamo. Longhorn cattle flourish on the plains; dogs may rediscover their hunting instincts; and some animals, including armadillos, may adapt and thrive. Detroit's Packard plant, abandoned 40 years ago, is also discussed.
By the 1890s the West was changing fast; the century was about to turn and the old way was dying, even bands of outlaws were being pulled into the modern world. Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch" was the last of the great Western desperado groups, but rather than going quietly into the night, they clashed with the modern world using daring, innovation, and cunning. This is the story of a different breed of outlaw. Where others bragged about being the fastest,...
Since ancient times mankind sought to construct a water passage through Egypt. An early canal was dug by hand to connect the Suez lakes with the Nile River. During Roman occupation this "Canal of the Pharaohs" flourished. Construction of the modern Suez Canal began in 1859 thanks to the vision and determination of Ferdinand De Lesseps. Before construction began, no one could know the detrimental effect it would have on the country.
They can rip through armor and light up the sky. They travel at speeds up to 3,000 miles an hour and can be designed to kill or just disable. Thanks to modern technology some bullets even seem to think for themselves.
In this episode of Modern Marvels, filmmaker Ken Burns studies the design, construction, and meaning of the Statue of Liberty.
11) The Renaissance
This program covers the patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France, and the continued influence of the Church. It shows how music, like philosophy, moved away from the elaborate formality of the Gothic and, like architecture, sought new and purer forms. Music of Binchois, Ockeghem, Josquin des Pres, Palestrina, de Lassus, Tromboncino, and Gabrieli is performed by the Schutz Choir, Emma Kirkby and the New London Consort. Includes excerpts...
From the perspective of history, its actual construction appears to have been the least ambitious part of Egypt's Aswan Dam project. More difficult was the international social and political maneuvering necessary to get the project off the ground.
This episode of Rockets! looks at post-WW II rocketry and the creation of the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The U.S. military developed the science and technology that would explore the outer reaches of the earth's atmosphere. This effort was redirected during the Cold War, fueled by a desperate race with the U.S.S.R. to deploy nuclear-tipped ICBMs, and later to orbit the first satellite. National security and national prestige coalesce...
This episode of In Search of History uncovers the story behind the powerful Roman army, ranked as the fiercest and most advanced fighting unit the ancient world had ever known. The legions of Rome were not only feared by enemies such as Greece or Carthage, but also by the Roman rulers they served.
Fast and powerful, they come in a hundred shapes and a thousand colors. To some, motorcycles symbolize freedom; to others, they simply stand for trouble! This classic episode of Modern Marvels races back in time to see how, for over a hundred years, motorcycles have tantalized riders with a promise of unparalleled speed and endless adventure.
It's Super! It's Krazy! And it can be found in everything from carpets to computers, books to boats, shoes to the Space Shuttle. It's even used in surgery. Without it, the material world would quite literally fall apart. In this episode of Modern Marvels, we'll visit the strange and sticky world of glue. Glue's trajectory spans human history, and we'll cover it all--from Neolithic cave dwellers who used animal glue to decorate ceremonial skulls, to...
Five-star General Omar Bradley was one of the main American field commanders in Europe and North Africa during World War II. This episode of Biography follows his distinguished military career from West Point, to the invasion of Normandy, to the Battle of the Bulge, and on to victory.
Before there was the United States of America, there were colonists brewing beer. Empires of Industry: Brewed in America traces the history of the commercial brewing industry in America, from the 19th century to the present.
We've heard the warning in dozens of horror flicks, "don't go in the basement," but the ghastly has become the grand. Today, computer-aided design and robotic layout are creating a playboy's paradise. The basement is a recipe for in-home pleasure. It's the nerve center for climate control, fire suppression, and it's the room most likely to save your life.
This episode of Biography traces the life of Ronald Reagan from his childhood in the small, working class towns of Illinois, through his career as a Hollywood actor, and his political career which took him from liberal Democrat to conservative Republican, from a two-term governorship of California, to a two-term presidency that helped define and shape policies in the 1980s and far beyond.