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Fascination Coral Reef
The Persistence of Memory
Why are We Here
Solving the Secrets
Canyonlands
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Petra: Lost City of Stone
Vegan 2017 The Film
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
Did Darwin kill God
Corruption
The Mastery of Flight
JFK: To the Brink
Clash of the Gods:Thor
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Land of Hope and Glory
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
What the Health
Just Do It
Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
The True Cost
Flight of the Butterflies
The Roof of the World
Addicted to Sexting
Africa the Greatest Show on Earth
The Last Reef
The Turning Point
WWII In 3D
Ocean Predators
Dawn Of Humanity
Top Science Stories of 2017
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court (I)
Bernini
Tales by Light Himalaya
Ancient Rome: Nero

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Leaping Tigers Naked Nagas
Leaping Tigers Naked Nagas 2004

Following the Yangtze along Tiger Leaping Gorge into Yunnan in China, Palin reaches the easternmost end of the Himalayas. He gets a medical check-up before exploring medieval Lijiang with the director of the local orchestra. Heading over Myanmar to Nagaland in India he rides the steam train to Tipong Coalmine. In Assam he rides an elephant and then stays in a strange monastery.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Himalaya with Michael Palin

The World Set Free
The World Set Free 2014

This episode explores the nature of the greenhouse effect (discovered by Joseph Fourier and Svante Arrhenius), and the evidence demonstrating the existence of global warming from humanity's influence. Tyson begins by describing the long-term history of the planet Venus; based on readings from the Venera series of probes to the planet, the planet had once had an ocean and an atmosphere, but due to the release of carbon dioxide from volcanic eruptions, the runaway greenhouse effect on Venus caused the surface temperatures to increase and boiled away the oceans. Tyson then notes the delicate nature of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can influence Earth's climate due to the greenhouse effect, and that levels of carbon dioxide have been increasing since the start of the 20th century. Evidence has shown this to be from mankind's consumption of oil, coal, and gas instead of from volcanic eruptions due to the isotopic signature of the carbon dioxide. The increase in carbon dioxide has led to an increase in temperatures, in turn leading to positive feedback loops of the melting polar ice caps and dethawing of the permafrost to increase carbon dioxide levels. Tyson then notes that humans have discovered means of harvesting solar power, such as Augustin Mouchot's solar-driven motor in the 19th century, and Frank Shuman's solar-based steam generator in the 1910's. Tyson points out that in both cases, the economics and ease of using cheap coal and oil caused these inventions to be overlooked at the time. Today, solar and wind-power systems would be able to collect enough solar energy from the sun easily. Tyson then compares the motivation for switching to these cleaner forms of energy to the efforts of the Space race and emphasizes that it is not too late for humanity to correct its course.

Category:Nature  Duration:40:00   Series: Cosmos 2014

Nebulas
Nebulas 2008

Take a tour through the Art Gallery of the Galaxy and view what are considered the "crown jewels" of the heavens. Nebulas are mysterious clouds of gas that aren't classified as stars, planets, moons or asteroids. Astronomers use the most sophisticated techniques to view them since they are practically invisible to the naked eye. Nothing less than stunning, nebulas glow, reflect or obscure the galaxy's light with amazing swirls of color. Nebulas mark the regions where the nothingness of space first coalesces, where stars are born and where stars die. Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to bring the universe down to earth.

Category:Science  Duration:45:00   Series: The Universe

Peril and Promise
Peril and Promise 2013

In the 80s the nature of the Latino Diaspora changes again. From Cuba a second wave of refugees to United States – the Mariel exodus – floods Miami . The same decade sees the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans) fleeing death squads and mass murders at home like activist, Carlos Vaquerano. By the early 1990s, a political debate over illegal immigration – has begun. Globalization, empowered by NAFTA, means that as U.S. manufacturers move south, Mexican workers head north in record numbers. A backlash ensues: tightened borders, anti-bilingualism, state laws to declare all illegal immigrants felons. But a sea change is underway: the coalescence of a new phenomenon called Latino American culture-as Latinos spread geographically and make their mark in music, sports, politics, business, and education.

Category:History  Duration:55:00   Series: Latino Americans

 
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