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    Nature

    Nature

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    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    NOVA scienceNOW

    NOVA scienceNOW

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    "NOVA scienceNOW" is a magazine-style offshoot of the popular NOVA series. Airing five times a year, NOVA scienceNOW covers the latest news in the most controversial and headline-making fields of science such as the origins of life, artificial life, hurricane tracking, hydrogen fuel cells, and stem cell research.moreless
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    Scientific American Frontiers

    Scientific American Frontiers

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    Welcome to the Scientific American Frontiers guide at TV.com.

    This show was a TV version of the venerable popular science magazineScientific American. Host Alan Alda interviewed those who were exploring the cutting edge of research in all areas of science.moreless
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    Empires

    Empires

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    This PBS series spotlights a number of historical films that illuminate people and passions that had profound effects on the world.
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    Commanding Heights

    Commanding Heights

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    Commanding Heights is a 6-hour television documentary television series made by PBS in 2002. The series is based off of a book called "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy" written by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw in 1998. The documentary has since been broken up into three 2-hour long segments which are all available for viewing on PBS. In short, the documentary attempts to document the rise of the free-market economy which reigns in most countries today. The series kicks off at the beginning of WWI in 1914. After a most dreadful war, the economies of most countries are nonexistent. Capitalism comes to rise, but these markets are soon trumped by Hitler and others with their communist and fascist ideas. WWII takes place and after the disintegration of communism, economies are stagnant once again. Things changed when Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan came into power during the 1980's. Both leaders disowned a central planning idea, and adopted ideas of free-market economies with little government regulation. Many countries adopted the free-market idea, and as a result, prospered overall. However, Yergin and Stanislaw, the authors of the book, argue that the era of globalization didn't really begin until 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. As the documentary reaches an end, Yergin and Stanislaw argue the improbability of a globalized, free-market economy existing forever. They argue that many third world countries do not have the resources needed to support such economies, and this will lead to a decline of yet another era of globalization. Watch the series and brush up on your economics!moreless
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    Time Team America

    Time Team America

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    Time Team America is a new science-reality series from PBS that sends some archaeologists on a race against time to dig up historic sites around the nation. The team has exactly 72 hours to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned digs using the latest modern technology, decades of expertise and their own sharp smarts. Host Colin Campbell guides each expedition as viewers watch these archeologists, diggers, scientists and historians at work. The audience can really see how these archeologists work and the cool history they discover. You never know what they'll dig up next! Time Team America aired on PBS stations during the Summer of 2009.moreless
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    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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    Ken Burns and his documentary team spent almost ten years producing this series of programs that detail the history of the United States' National Park System. Though filled with scenes of the majestic beauty of the lands, the broadcasts are also about the people who created the parks - men and women who identified the value of National Parks and who continue to refine their mission and operations to meet the changing needs of new generations of Americans.moreless
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Secrets of the Dead

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    Welcome to the Secrets of the Dead guide at TV.com.

    Sometimes the truth gets carried to the grave. The techniques of modern forensic science are used to investigate a historical mystery to find proof of what really happened.moreless
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    Building Green

    Building Green

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    This show follows host, Kevin Contreras, as he works tirelessly to build things that we use and need every day in an environmentally friendly manner.
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    Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

    Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

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    Viewers will be transported across the world's oceans to meet mysterious sea creatures, explore shipwrecks and find hidden treasures. Discover diverse wildlife populations above and below the sea, and investigate these species' fight against extinction and the devastating effects of pollution, mining, fishing and development around the world.moreless
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    America's National Monuments: Legacy of the Great Plains

    America's National Monuments: Legacy of the Great Plains

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    Tour some of the most treasured monuments in America's Great Plains with this visually stunning exploration of 10 national landmarks. Designated by U.S. presidents to protect significant pieces of our history and geology, national monuments range from areas of natural beauty to locations and structures with historical value. Devils Tower, the Agate Fossil Beds, Homestead, the Capulin Volcano and the Little Bighorn battle site are included.moreless
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    400 Years of the Telescope

    400 Years of the Telescope

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    Looking back on the telescope's long history, this thought-provoking documentary weighs in on the instrument's influence on the study of astronomy and the ways in which the apparatus has evolved over the past four centuries. Included are interviews with astronomers and other experts at Harvard University, the Anglo-Australian Observatory, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and the European Southern Observatory.moreless
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    Design: e2

    Design: e2

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    Learn about the pioneers in the field of sustainable architecture from around the world in this Planet Green series narrated by Brad Pitt. Each episode focuses on how a building can have a positive effect on climate change.moreless
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    Planet Forward

    Planet Forward

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    Planet Forward is a program produced and aired by PBS, an hour-long special which premiered in April of 2009. This television special focuses on informing viewers about new developments in the world of green energy, and is hosted by former CNN journalist Frank Sesno. The program is also supplemented by an online forum which allows users to discuss current topics concerning the program content. This innovative format allows programs to be generated by the interests of its viewers. The show's pilot featured James Connaughton, former environmental advisor to the president and Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, a company which seeks to reduce the nation's dependency on petroleum. The discussion in this episode centered around the question, "Can we move rapidly away from fossil fuels in the near future?" Viewers were also told to engage in the conversation by submitting their own ideas to the program's website. Subsequent episodes have continued with this format by asking questions such as "How can we reduce our carbon footprint?" and "What is an innovation that improves how we generate or use energy?" The program is funded by groups such as the Tawani Foundation and Noblis.moreless
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    Blueprint America

    Blueprint America

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    Blueprint America is a television program that airs on the PBS Network. Each episode deals with a different topic related to the infrastructure of the United States in the context of current events. Recent episodes have covered President Obama's high-speed rail plan, demographic shifts in American suburbs, the current economic recession, the Republican-dominated United States Transportation Committee, and issues in urban planning and design. The program aims to increase awareness of the problems facing the aging and neglected infrastructure in the United States, and to promote discussion about the most efficient and beneficial ways to update and improve the nation's roads, railways, and other public works. The developers of Blueprint America believe that the nation's decaying infrastructure forms a serious impediment to the American quality of life, and is causing serious damage to our economy as well. Each episode stresses the urgency to find funding to fix American airports, bridges, dams, levees, roads, waterways, and other elements of the infrastructure, and urges Americans to put aside partisan differences and collaborate towards these important goals.moreless
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    Guns, Germs, & Steel

    Guns, Germs, & Steel

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    Guns, Germs, & Steel is a documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Jared Diamond of the same name. Airing on PBS in July 2005, Guns, Germs, & Steel was produced by the National Geographic Society. The documentary presents the argument that Eurasian civilizations gained ascension not through superior intellect and physical strength, but due to environmental determinants such as natural resources and geographic barriers. The title of the books refers to the three main factors that allowed European and Asian nations to conquer populations over the past 13,000 years: guns (military superiority), germs (diseases brought over to less medically advanced and under immunized populations, and steel (centralized governments that promoted industry and military organizations). Tracing early hunter-gatherer societies to its current manifestations within late capitalism, Diamond points to a number of geographic, climatic and environmental circumstances that allowed certain societies to prosper over others since the Ice Age. Through a well-focused presentation, Guns, Germs, & Steel offers a palpable glimpse as to how civilization has developed into the present.moreless
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    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler

    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler

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    A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler is a PBS original series that examines the idea of music as therapy. The show is about the composer Gustav Mahler. Throughout the program, the relationship between music and healing is debated and examined. Does music really have therapeutic qualities? The people in the film show the audience how music helps them through everyday life and vehemently argue of its healing power. One of the actors in the film is Christoph Eschenback, who shows viewers how the music of Gustav Mahler helped him get through a painful period in his life and the ramifications of that experience. The message of A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler is simple. It is to live in the moment and not always look to the past or future for guidance. The films features students from the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as well as performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Other notable actors include Nikolai Schukoff, Richard Dreyfuss, and Kathleen Chalfant.moreless
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    Our Vanishing Wilderness

    Our Vanishing Wilderness

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    Our Vanishing Wilderness is a nature documentary TV series developed for PBS based on the hybrid book developed by Shelly and Mary Louise Grossman that delves into some of the more devastating issues affecting America's wildlife. Considered one of the first environmental TV series in the United States, Our Vanishing Wilderness brings light to not only the negative relationships between people and the land they live on but also some of the positive. In 'The Prairie Killers', watch as their cameras capture the destruction of the Great Plains as ranchers continue to strike down the wilderness in an unnecessary push to protect their livestock and livelihood. In 'Santa Barbara ' Everybody's Mistake', learn of the 1969 oil leak that led to the destruction of the local habitat and safety of every thing near by in Santa Barbara as the blame is thrown around between oil companies, the government, scientific groups, and the people of the area. In 'Of Broccoli and Pelicans and Celery and Seals', look at the effect of pesticides on the food chain in how animals are affected by the additives to vegetation and the ground water. Our Vanishing Wilderness was considered a 'worthwhile expose on the environment' by Time Magazine and shows that even before Earth Day, the concern was there.moreless
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    The Human Spark

    The Human Spark

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    Some people have special abilities and unique human talents, but where did these abilities derive? Alan Alda looks for the reason behind this spark in the human brain.