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Black Holes
Frozen Planet: Autumn
Life: Hunters and Hunted
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason
Basketball Diplomacy
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine
Facing Ali
Clash of the Gods: Medusa
Journeys in Space and Time
The Science of Doctor Who
The Gatekeepers
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Man on Mars Mission to the Red Planet
Meditation Can It Change You
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Project Nim
Saturn Lord of the Rings
Land Of The Mammoth
Beyond the Rainbow
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Climate Change: A Horizon Guide
Living Together
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Shine a Light 2of2
Johnson Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
Addicted to Sexting
Harmony of the Worlds
Volcano
Flying Monsters
Is your Brain Male or Female
When Will Time End
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Inside the Milky Way

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Living Together
Living Together 2006

The documentary deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example. The more tourism it generates, the greater the potential for damage — and inevitable coastal construction. Sustainable development is viewed as controversial, and one contributor perceives it to currently be a "contradiction in terms". Trophy hunting is also contentious. Those that support it argue that it generates wealth for local economies, while its opponents point to the reducing numbers of species such as the markhor. Ecotourism is shown to be beneficial, as it is in the interests of its providers to protect their environments. However, in some areas, such as the Borneo rainforests, the great diversity of species is being replaced by monocultures. The role of both religion and the media in conservation is argued to be extremely important. Contributors to the programme admit a degree of worry about the future, but also optimism.

Category:Nature  Duration:   

The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape
The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape 2008

Richard Dawkins deals with some of the philosophical and social ramifications of the theory of evolution. Dawkins starts out in Kenya, speaking with palaeontologist Richard Leakey. He then visits Christ is the Answer Ministries, Kenya's largest Pentecostal church, to interview Bishop Bonifes Adoyo. Adoyo has led the movement to press Kenya's national museum to sideline its collection of hominid bones pointing to man's evolution from ape to human.[5] The collection includes the Turkana Boy discovered by Kamoya Kimeu, a member of a team led by Richard Leakey in 1984. Dawkins discusses social darwinism and eugenics, explaining how these are not versions of natural selection, and that 'Darwin has been wrongly tainted'. He then meets with evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker to discuss how morals can be compatible with natural selection. He goes on to explaining sexual selection, with peafowls as an example. To find out whether sexual selection plays a role for altruism and kindness among humans, he visits women who are looking for sperm donors, as well as a sperm bank manager. Dawkins also explains kin selection and selfish genes.

Category:Culture  Duration:48:28   

Birth of Humanity
Birth of Humanity 2010

We will nvestigate the first skeleton that really looks like us –Turkana Boy– an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped them thrive, including hunting large prey, the use of fire, and extensive social bonds. The program examines an intriguing theory that long-distance running –our ability to jog– was crucial for the survival of these early hominids. Not only did running help them escape from vicious predators roaming the grasslands, but it also gave them a unique hunting strategy: chasing down prey animals such as deer and antelope to the point of exhaustion. Birth of Humanity also probes how, why, and when humans' uniquely long period of childhood and parenting began.

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

 
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