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The Charlie Rose Show

The Charlie Rose Show logoThis talk show has no frill involved. Just a round oak table and intellligent discussion as journalist Charlie Rose engages newsmakers, celebrities, and authors each night.

The Civil War

The Civil War logoBetween 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers - if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America. At Gettysburg in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said perhaps more than he knew. The war was about a "new birth of freedom." The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour Civil War didn't just captivate a nation, reteaching to us our history in narrative terms; it actually also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When people describe documentaries using the "Ken Burns approach," its style is understood: voice-over narrators reading letters ...

The Electric Company

The Electric Company logoOn the heels of its fabulously successful Sesame Street, the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) created The Electric Company. With its roots in Motown Sound, Broadway and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Electric Company drew attention for six years as the most popular instructional television show. It would win an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Series, and its soundtrack album earned a Grammy. Targeting children ages 6 through 10, The Electric Company aimed to teach basic reading and grammar skills to the young viewers. The show's cast of skit players helped teach these concepts through the use of skits, songs, cartoon and blackout segments and regular features; all of them revolved around sound clusters (e.g., sh-, -ly, -oo-), contractions, punctuation marks, etc. The series provided...
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The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe logoEleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory.

The Eyes of Nye

The Eyes of Nye logoBill Nye, most widely known as the zany host of ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’, a show geared towards exposing young viewers to all different forms of science, is back with a new series aimed at a more mature audience. In his new series, ‘The Eyes of Nye’, Bill explores some of today’s most controversial topics as well as taking a look at everyday science. He incorporates a comedic approach, similar to that of ‘Science Guy’, to tackle some serious issues and educate his audience in a very straight forward manner.

The French Chef

The French Chef logoCooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child, along with her pioneering public television series, The French Chef, introduced French cuisine to American kitchens. In her passionate and sometimes breathless way, Julia forever changed the way we cook, eat, and think about food.

The Golden Age of Television

The Golden Age of Television logoThe hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive “teleplays” constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America. The award-winning programs included in this box set—originally curated for PBS in the early 1980s as the series The Golden Age of Television, featuring recollections from key cast and crew members—were conceived by such up-and-comers as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer and star the likes of Paul Newman,...

The Great Indian Wars 1540-1890

The Great Indian Wars 1540-1890 logoBeginning with Francisco Vazquez de Coronado's expedition to the Great Plains in 1540, the white man's armed conflict with the American Indian raged on for hundreds of years, culminating with the bloody massacre of the Sioux at the Battle of Wounded Knee. This fascinating program explores the details of these conflicts, including several pivotal skirmishes such as the Battle of Tippecanoe, the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Seminole Wars.

The Human Spark

The Human Spark logoAfter some three and a half billion years of life’s evolution on this planet – and after almost two million years since people recognizable as human first walked its surface – a new human burst upon the scene, apparently unannounced. It was us.
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