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Fire Ants The Invincible Army
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
Atlas Maps
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
The Art of Flight
Growing
Sahara
The Joy of Mozart
The Serpent and the Lotus
Shine a Light 1of2
Does the Ocean Think
Ice Age Oasis
Amazing Ocean
Annapurna to Everest
WWII In 3D
Alien Faces
Triumph
Land of Hope and Glory
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
A Savage Legacy
The Last Reef
Cosmos Carl Sagan: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
For the Love of Spock
Tiny Giants
Top Science Stories of 2016
Fukushima Is Nuclear Power Safe
Einsteins Nightmare
The Trouble with Space Junk
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Jupiter the Giant Planet
Awake The life of Yogananda
Dinosaurs Alive
Playful Creatures
Roger Waters The Wall
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System

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St Valentine Day Massacre
St Valentine Day Massacre 2016

Al Capone moves back to Chicago and takes over two floors of the city's finest hotel, the Lexington. With a thriving business and Chicago politicians in his back pocket, Capone soon reaches a level of celebrity normally reserved for athletes and entertainers. As Capone's profile grows, he begins to indulge in all that the Roaring '20s have to offer, including cocaine. While Capone enjoys his reign at the top of the Chicago underworld, Irish gangster Bugs Moran seeks to take him down as revenge for the deaths of his partners Dean O'Banion and Hymie Weiss. On March 7, 1928, Moran orders a hit on one of Capone's top associates, Jack McGurn, the man who took out Hymie Weiss. McGurn survives but Capone decides to retaliate by taking out Moran and as many of his men as possible - all at once. On February 14, 1929, Capone's men dress as law enforcement and raid the liquor buy. They order Moran's men to face the wall for handcuffing, but while their backs are turned, Capone's men shoot all of them. Firing 70 rounds of ammunition in less than 10 seconds, the assassins carry out the biggest gangland hit in American history that will come to be known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Through a stroke of luck, Moran avoids the massacre, but knows he's been defeated.

Category:History  Duration:42:51   Series: The Making of the Mob

New Blood
New Blood 2016

After becoming the most powerful mob boss in the country, Al Capone now finds himself locked up in America's newest and harshest maximum security prison: Alcatraz. Prohibition has recently been repealed and one of the Outfit's most important sources of income dries up. With Capone cut off from all communication, his most trusted men, Frank Nitti, Tony Accardo and Paul Ricca, must keep his organization from collapsing. With Americans flocking to theaters by the thousands, the movie business is raking in millions of dollars a month. To take advantage of Hollywood, Nitti recruits Willy Bioff. Acardo breaks into a new racket in Chicago: slot machines. With help from Ricca, Accardo builds a network of slots in Chicago bars, earning up to $20,000 a year. By the end of 1939, the Outfit is bringing in more money than ever before... But new problems start to appear.

Category:History  Duration:42:51   Series: The Making of the Mob

Nigeria Oil Pirates
Nigeria Oil Pirates 2013

Oil theft has become big business in Nigeria. Travel to this Africa's oil-producing region to meet with oil thieves, and follows one farmer's attempt to sue a foreign oil company for poisoning his family's land. The lethal combination of gangs and guns has turned Chicago into a war zone. Visit the city's most dangerous areas.

Category:Culture  Duration:29:00   Series: Vice

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014

Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location. One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process. Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is, in Grohl’s words, “a love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode delves into the identity of each city -- showing how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years and, in turn, how they impacted the cultural fabric of their hometowns. Every artist who appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with universal dreams of making music and making it big. Grohl made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the universally acclaimed Grammy-winning Sound City, a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music. Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album, more than any other band. Premiering on the eve of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways aims to “give back” to the next generation of young musicians. As guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, an interviewee from the Chicago blues scene, explains, “Everything comes from what’s come before.”

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   

 
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