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    Deconstructed

    Deconstructed

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    The Science Channel
    Explore the inner workings of commonplace objects.
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    Planet Earth Diaries

    Planet Earth Diaries

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    Discovery Channel
    Planet Earth Diaries gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look as to how the wildly popular Planet Earth series was created. Each episode features a 10-minute feature on how the filming was done for that episode, along with the trials and tribulations that go into capturing stunning film of events never before recorded in nature. For the episode "Pole to Pole," the Planet Earth filmmakers show of the Heligimbal, a gyro-stabilized camera that sits beneath their helicopter that allows them to discreetly shoot aerial shots of wild dogs. In another Planet Earth Diaries segment, for the episode "Mountains," the filmmakers take is through the three year process of getting close-up footage of snow leopards, something never done before. The Planet Earth Diaries segment for "Fresh Water" documents the two-week search in Brazil by the filmmakers to shoot a piranha feeding frenzy. In one of the more remarkable episodes, "Great Plains," the Planet Earth Diaries segment for that episode shows how the filmkakers were able to use infrared light to capture lions hunting an elephant in the darkness of the night.moreless
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    Through a Dogs Eyes

    Through a Dogs Eyes

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    PBS
    Through a Dog's Eyes is a documentary film developed by PBS based on Jennifer Arnold's book of the same name that centers on the loving and sometimes hardship filled bond of a person and their dog. A car accident left Bryson paralyzed but with his golden retriever/lab mix, Wagner, Bryson has been able to do things that normally would be a burden while in a wheelchair. For six-year-old Aiden, he's always wanted a dog to help with his cerebral palsy but unfortunately, he has gone through two dogs, Nala and Ember, in a bid to find a perfectly matched assistance dog. Six-year-old Twins Connor and Chase both have a form of cerebral palsy that limits their ability to walk but they hope that with the help of Connor's Nadia and Chase's Oakley, the two have everyday help and a sturdy support system to walk. Destiny doesn't require her dog Salsa for any physical assistance but she allows her the freedom to live her life as an early warning system for Destiny's severe form of epilepsy. Through a Dog's Eyes not only shares the stories of Bryson and Wagner, Aiden, Connor and Chase, and Destiny and Salsa but the impact of Canine Assistants, a program developed by Jennifer Arnold with the hope of giving comfort and assistance to those in need.moreless
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    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

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    Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is a documentary series on PBS that tells the dramatic story of the Italian Medici family and their influence on the Renaissance and Western history. The Medici family was an important group of donors, philanthropists and benefactors that helped financed some of the most important works that propelled the European Renaissance. They helped fund the works of some of the greatest thinkers, artists and engineers in history. The documentary visits Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the European Renaissance and home of the Medici family.The series is shot beautifully on 16mm film and goes on location to the various courts, cathedrals and palaces where history was made. The narrative presented in the series weaves greed, desire, pride and murder as the driving force behind such works as the great dome of Florence, the "Birth of Venus," Michelangelo's "David," Martin Luther's Reformation and Galileo's attack on the Church and the universe.moreless
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    National Geographic Sharks

    National Geographic Sharks

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    National Geographic
    National Geographic Sharks is a thrilling and educational examination of the world's most fearsome aquatic predators. Humans have had a morbid fascination with sharks for centuries; this interest has steadily increased over the past forty years, since the publication of the seminal novel "Jaws." National Geographic Sharks helps separate the facts from the fiction, and gives viewers an up close and personal look into many fascinating shark species. The series covers many diverse types of shark, including the dreaded Great White, the deadly Bull, the odd-looking Hammerhead and the huge but gentle Whale Shark. Audiences will be captivated by rare and exclusive footage of these majestic and terrifying fish, and will learn many fascinating facts about their behavior and live cycles. National Geographic Sharks aims to point out misinformation and educate viewers so that they will have a more accurate understanding of the vital role sharks play in marine ecosystems.moreless
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    National Geographic: Dinosaurs Unearthed

    National Geographic: Dinosaurs Unearthed

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    National Geographic
    National Geographic: Dinosaurs Unearthed is the documentary series that takes a look back to the world of the Dinosaurs, through the stories of two landmark discoveries. In the documentary Dino Death Trap, the National Geographic team looks at a massive find in China. The site was found in China's Gobi Desert, where huge amounts of dinosaur bones were found. The bones were found overlaying each other in a single location, and the huge find even led to discovering several new species. This Jurassic graveyard also led scientists to believe that the find supported the theory that a catastrophic disaster killed the animals. In Dino Autopsy, we get an inside look at one of the most complete and well-preserved dinosaur fossils. The mummified specimen had been preserved with skin and tissue still intact after 70 million years. The unearthing of the fossil provides a rare look into how the creatures lived, looked, and moved. Join in as two of the most fascinating finds in dinosaur research are examined further on National Geographic: Dinosaurs Unearthed.moreless
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    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

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    Food Network
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics is a cooking show featuring celebrity chef Ina Garten, author of the best-selling "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook." In her previous show, Chef Garten brought viewers into her kitchen for a glimpse at her fabulous dinner parties and the elaborate preparation required for those top-notch soirees. In this series, Chef Garten leads you through some simpler recipes that are perfect for everyday living. Every once in a while there's nothing better than inviting over a group of friends, decorating the dining room with fresh flowers and setting out your finest dinner ware for a multi-course meal fit for royalty. Most days, though, eating is simply something that must be done, and there's no reason those everyday meals can't shine and dazzle like the ones you spend days preparing. Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics is an engaging series, full of easy recipes and helpful tips on spicing up your daily diet.moreless
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    Get Out Alive

    Get Out Alive

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    Get Out Alive is a six-part series from the Discovery Channel that looks at some of the most intense survival situations of the modern era and evaluates the events from every possible angle. Each episode tracks the happenings of a different high-risk situation, explaining the events that lead up to the event, the events that transpired during the event, and the aftermath of the entire ordeal. Some of the gut-wrenching situations covered include the tale of Michael Thexton, a passenger on the infamous hijacked Pan Am Flight 103, the struggle of John Phillippi and Blaine Mayhugh, two men trapped underground in a mine for days, and Jerel Shafffer, an ordinary man kidnapped on an exotic fishing trip in Columbia. Get Out Alive combines interviews, stock footage, and dramatic reenactments in order to paint the entire picture and do so in a thrilling fashion. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a few modern survival tricks, Get Out Alive is certainly a good viewing choice.moreless
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    God in America

    God in America

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    PBS
    God in America is a PBS documentary series which sets out to explain how religion, particularly Christianity, has influenced the development of culture on the North American continent, starting at Columbus and ending in modern times. Consisting of six one-hour long episodes, the series covers a variety of topics, such as how the New World caused the faith of the Old to evolve, how the notion of religious liberty came to the founders, how religion colored the Civil War, how modernization challenged old beliefs, how the post World War II era of the Cold War became one of "faith versus godless communism," and finally ends in an exploration of the challenges religion faces in today's world. The series posits that American history cannot truly be understood without examining its religious background, and "God in America" takes viewers on a journey through the United States' religious past and into its present as the most religiously diverse country in the world.moreless
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    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue

    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue

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    PBS
    NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue is the PBS series where technology reporter David Pogue shows viewers the materials that will shape the future. Pogue is a technology writer, columnist, and commentator who has worked for the New York Times, CBS News Sunday Morning, and CNBC. He has written and co-written many books on technology, including seven titles in the For Dummies series, and his own how-to books called the Missing Manual series. Born in Ohio to an attorney father, David went to Yale University, graduating with a Distinction in Music. He spent a decade working for the Office of Music Theatre International, while moonlighting as a Broadway musical conductor. In 2000 he began serving as the New York Times personal-tech columnist, with a weekly column, State of the Art. Now David is working with NOVA to bring a mini-series called Making Stuff, where he explores the latest in materials science. From carbon nanowires to spider silk made from goats, stab-proof clothing, invisibility cloaks, smart pills and much more. Take a look at how these innovations will work to make products stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than we could ever imagine, on PBS' NOVA's Making Stuff with David Pogue.moreless
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    Pompeii - The Last Day

    Pompeii - The Last Day

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    BBC Earth
    Pompeii - The Last Day is a BBC-produced dramatic interpretation of the day leading up to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Jonathan Firth, and Jim Carter and combining archaeological and historical evidence with state-of-the-art digital effects to recreate this deadly act of nature. The writers of this dramatic documentary used the evidence left by the eruption, including the plaster casts of people who were killed and preserved in the ash, to assemble a story of the final day before the explosion. This series has been applauded for its scientifically accurate and visually stunning portrayal of the eruption, faithfully capturing the sights and sounds of such a mammoth display of the Earth's forces. The documentary won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming. Pompeii - The Last Day is a riveting portrayal of one of the most famous and destructive volcano eruptions in all of recorded history.moreless
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    Anne Hathaway: Hollywood Princess

    Anne Hathaway: Hollywood Princess

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    TV Guide
    Anne Hathaway: Hollywood Princess is the TV Guide series that takes a look at the life and career of Anne Hathaway, in preparation for her hosting of the Academy Awards. Anne was born in 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. She got into acting when she started participating in school plays in high school. Her performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress got her a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination, and she also was in plays like Jane Eyre and Gigi. She went on to study at Vassar College, later transferring to NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, while becoming the first teenager to be enrolled into the Barrow Group Theater Company's acting program. She got her first role in a motion picture when she played Jean Sabin in The Other Side of Heaven. She auditioned for the lead role in The Princess Diaries, and got it with only one audition, even though she fell out of her chair in the audition. Princess Diaries was a hit, and Anne has been a rising star ever since, starring in films like Brokeback Mountain, Get Smart, The Devil Wears Prada and many more hits. Tune in with TV Guide to see an in-depth look at the charming actresses life and career in Anne Hathaway: Hollywood Princess.moreless
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    Car Warriors

    Car Warriors

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    Speed TV
    Car Warriors is the Speed TV series that pits automotive all-stars in a car customizing competition. The show lets viewers in on the action as two teams of eight create awesome custom performance automobiles. The Car Warriors All Stars take on challenger teams to see who can turn the stripped-down shell into a better automotive work of art. There's always a catch, and the catch in this challenge is that they have only 72 hours to complete their ride. From the time they lay eyes on the primered bodies, they must race the clock in the high-pressure competition, hoping to make a seriously awesome car. The teams then submit their projects to the judges, the King of the Kustomizers George Barris, fabricator and TV personality Jimmy Shine, and customizing supervisor and Pimp My Ride alum Mad Mike Martin. These three have done years worth of impressive customizations, so impressing them won't be an easy feat. Tune in as these teams fight to get these shells wired, fired and driving in only 72 hours in the exciting Speed TV competition series Car Warriors.moreless
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    Destination America

    Destination America

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    Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
    "Destination America" is a four part educational documentary series which explores the motivational forces and reasons for contemporary immigration focusing on four themes: Episode One, The Golden Door; Episode Two, The Art of Departure; Episode Three, The Earth is the Lord's; and Episode Four, Breaking Free: A Women's Journey.moreless
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    James Bond: The Secret Life of 007

    James Bond: The Secret Life of 007

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    James Bond: The Secret Life of 007 is a documentary television show that surrounds the history of the iconic movie franchise and its creator Ian Fleming. Hosted by Peter Graves, the movie presents archival footage of Ian Fleming and how he used many aspects of his own personal life to come up with the secret agent James Bond persona. Fleming derives many of his ideas from his own escapades as a World War II secret agent. The documentary features several scenes from all of the James Bond movies as well as in-depth analysis of the missions. Everything related to Bond is explored including the gadgets, the cars, the villains including Jaws, Bloefeld and Goldfinger, as well as his love life. In addition, details are provided regarding his relationship with his colleagues Miss Moneypenny, M, and Q. The show is an action-packed ride, and sure to please Bond lovers young and old.moreless
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    Apocalypse: World War II

    Apocalypse: World War II

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    Apocalypse: World War II tells the story of the world's most tragic of times. Never before seen footage restored and colorized, as well as recently declassified material, are put together to tell the tale. The footage was mainly recorded by soldiers and civilians during the conflict. Unlike other documentaries of this type, it gives a much more harrowing sense of darkness, fear, and the reality of a war in which as many innocent bystanders died, as soldiers did. Some 50 million people died during the war largely, as the documentary shows, because of drastic orders given from the heads of state of the many countries involved. It sets out from the beginnings of the war, the 1930s German Nazi party and runs through the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, painting a picture of how far human beings were willing to go in order to win a despicable war. The documentary reminds us all of the effect of war on every person and family. The incredible feature of this collection is that it finally offers a look at the brutality used by the Allies on German troops and vice-versa.moreless
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    Mark Twain

    Mark Twain

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    Explore the life, work and history of celebrated writer and humorist Mark Twain with this fascinating documentary that draws from a massive amount of material, including thousands of archival photographs. Nearly 20 well-known writers and scholars discuss Twain, shedding light on his extraordinary life and enduring legacy. This exhaustive profile from master documentarian Ken Burns took almost three years to complete.moreless
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    Life (2009)

    Life (2009)

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    BBC
    David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to hunting, the deep sea and various major evolutionary groups of creatures: plants, primates and other large sections of other vertebrates and invertebrates.moreless
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    Crossfire Hurricane

    Crossfire Hurricane

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    HBO (TV Movie 2012)
    50 years later and the famed rock band The Rolling Stones are going stronger than ever. Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane chronicles the fantastic history of the band.
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    The Dust Bowl

    The Dust Bowl

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    PBS (TV Movie 2012)
    Directed and narrated by Ken Burns, this two part PBS series explores the impact that the Dust Bowl had on America and her citizens during the Great Depression.
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