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The Invisible Universe
Is Privacy Dead
Enchanted Kingdom
Are We All Bigots
Once Upon a Time
Secrets of the Sun
The Art of Persuasion
Can Time Go Backwards
The Power of Doubt
Is There a Shadow Universe
Dinosaurs Alive
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
The Farthest
Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason
The Last Reef
What Makes a Terrorist
Grand Canyon Adventure
How to Collapse a Superpower
More Human Than Human
Will We Become God
Return to Jurassic Park
Over the Rainbow
Einsteins Nightmare
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
The Venus Project: Paradise or Oblivion
Reel Rock 10
How to Stay Young The Brain
Blues for a Red Planet
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
Queen: Days of Our Lives
The Age of Aging
WWII In 3D
Requiem for the American Dream
Space Station
Caves
Orbit: Earth Extraordinary Journey July to December

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The Vikings Uncovered
The Vikings Uncovered 2016

Dan Snow uncovers the lost Vikings in America with space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak. Sarah uses satellites 383 miles above the earth to spot ruins as small as 30cm buried beneath the surface. As Sarah searches for Viking sites from Britain to America, Dan explores how they voyaged thousands of miles when most ships never left the shoreline. He also tracks their expansion west, first as raiders and then as settlers and traders throughout Britain and beyond to Iceland and Greenland. In North America they excavate what could be the most westerly Viking settlement ever discovered.

Category:History  Duration:58:03   

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013

In 2006, an Iceland-based outfit called The Sunshine Press launched the website WikiLeaks.org. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site's mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations". As might be expected, this set off a firestorm between those who admired the organization's bravado and resourcefulness, and those who argued, not unjustly, that the dissemination of data regarding such events as the U.S. war in Afghanistan could put untold numbers of lives at risk. In We Steal Secrets, Gibney relays the story of the WikiLeaks website from the inside, and moves beyond black and white to penetrate a complex network of activity guided by courage and idealism but also allegedly guilty of ethical insensitivity and hypocrisy. Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) takes the reins for this no-holds-barred look at one of the most unusual phenomena of early 21st century media.

Category:Culture  Duration:02:09:40   

Blackfish
Blackfish 2013

The documentary focuses on the captivity of Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. It includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, and purported harassment by fellow captive orcas at Sealand of the Pacific, incidents that Cowperthwaite argues contributed to the orca's aggression. Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus-beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who-unlike any orca in the wild-has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Category:Nature  Duration:01:23:00   

The Viking Sagas
The Viking Sagas 2011

Hundreds of years ago in faraway Iceland the Vikings began to write down dozens of stories called sagas - sweeping narratives based on real people and real events. But as Oxford University's Janina Ramirez discovers, these sagas are not just great works of art, they are also priceless historical documents which bring to life the Viking world. Dr Ramirez travels across glaciers and through the lava fields of Iceland to the far north west of the country to find out about one of the most compelling of these stories - the Laxdaela Saga.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

 
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