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Monkey Kingdom
Montezuma
Is Gun Crime a Virus
Archimedes Secret
Prescription Thugs
Life of a Universe Creation
American Serengeti
Operation Stonehenge
Egypt on the Brink
Lord of Asia
Climbing Everest with a Mountain on My Back
Meditation Can It Change You
Japan at War
Once Upon a Time
Citizenfour
One Life on the Limit
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Ballet 422
Lack of Humility
Fire Ants The Invincible Army
What is the World Made of
Can We Have Unlimited Power
The Coldest War
Deep Sea
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Son of God
The Moon
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Journey to Space
A.I. and the Destiny of Mankind
Space Station
The Ming
Why are Thin People not Fat
Absolute Zero Conquest of Cold
Apeman - Spaceman
Spiral of Terror
The True Cost

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Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life  2013

Richard Dawkins explores what science can tell us about death. It's a journey that takes him from Hindu funeral pyres in India to genetics labs in New York.Dawkins brings together the latest neuroscience, evolutionary and genetic theory to examine why we crave life after death, why we evolved to age and how the human genome is something like real immortality - traits inherited from our distant ancestors that we pass on to future generations.

Category:Culture  Duration:46:51   

Silk Roads and China Ships
Silk Roads and China Ships 2016

Michael Wood tells the tale of China's first great international age under the Tang Dynasty (618-907). From the picturesque old city of Luoyang, he travels along the Silk Road to the bazaars of central Asia and into India on the track of the Chinese monk who brought Buddhism back to China. This tale is still loved by the Chinese today and is brought to life by storytellers, films and shadow puppet plays. Then in the backstreets and markets of Xi'an, Michael meets descendants of the traders from central Asia and Persia who came into China on the Silk Road. He talks to Chinese Muslims in the Great Mosque and across town hears the amazing story of the first reception of Christianity in 635. Moving south, Michael sees the beginnings of China as an economic giant. On the Grand Canal, a lock built in 605 still handles 800 barges every day! The film tracks the rise of the silk industry and the world's favourite drink - tea. Michael looks too at the spread of Chinese script, language and culture across east Asia. 'China's influence on the East was as profound as Rome on the Latin West', he says, 'and still is today'. Finally, the film tells the intense drama of the fall of the Tang. Among the eyewitnesses were China's greatest poets. In a secondary school in a dusty village, where the Chinese Shakespeare - Du Fu - is buried in the grounds, the pupils take Michael through one famous poem about loss and longing as the dynasty falls. And in that ordinary classroom, there is a sense of the amazing drama and the deep-rooted continuities of Chinese culture.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of China

 
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