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  • First Face of America

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    S 45 : Ep 3 - 2/7/18

  • Black Hole Apocalypse

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    S 45 : Ep 1 - 1/10/18

    Astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin talks about black holes and their importance to the universe.
  • Day the Dinosaurs Died

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    S 44 : Ep 22 - 12/27/17

    Scientists investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Bird Brain

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    S 44 : Ep 21 - 12/20/17

    Scientists test the intelligence and aptitude of birds, while challenging the basic notions of their intelligence.
  • Extreme Animal Weapons

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    S 44 : Ep 20 - 11/22/17

    A look at the secrets that underlie nature's battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether it's claws or horns, fangs or stings. Included: why some armaments are far beyond practical need.moreless
  • Killer Volcanoes

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    S 44 : Ep 18 - 10/25/17

    The search for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged medieval Earth into a deep freeze. Included: geologic evidence from Greenland to Antarctica.
  • Killer Hurricanes

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    S 44 : Ep 17 - 11/1/17

    The Great Hurricane of 1780, which took nine days to blast its way across the Caribbean and killed at least 20,000, is reconstructed in an attempt to learn what made it so devastating.moreless
  • Death Dive to Saturn

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    S 44 : Ep 12 - 9/13/17

    The final hours of the Cassini space probe as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.
  • Eclipse Over America

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    S 44 : Ep 11 - 8/21/17

    Scientists and citizens alike observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. mainland in more than a generation. Included: the storied history of eclipse science; and cutting-edge research into the solar corona.moreless
  • Poisoned Water

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    S 44 : Ep 10 - 5/31/17

    An investigation of what happened in Flint, Mich., when officials changed the city's water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. As the water pipes corroded, lead leached into the system, exposing the community—including thousands of children—to dangerous levels of poison. Included: the science behind the disaster, from the intricacies of water chemistry to the biology of lead poisoning to the misuse of science itself.moreless
  • Chinese Chariot Revealed

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    S 44 : Ep 9 - 5/17/17

    Experts reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon, the chariot, which dominated the battlefields for more than 1000 years.
  • Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb

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    S 44 : Ep 8 - 4/26/17

    An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.moreless
  • Holocaust Escape Tunnel

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    S 44 : Ep 7 - 4/19/17

    An archeological excavation in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, which was an important Jewish center until the Nazis began a "Holocaust by bullets" in 1941, unearths a 100-foot escape tunnel used by 12 shackled Jews on the last night of Passover in 1944. Descendants of those survivors are interviewed, as are Holocaust survivors who lived in Vilnius. The excavation also explores the mass burial pits at the Ponar execution camp and the destroyed Great Synagogue, which dated to the 16th century.moreless
  • Why Trains Crash

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    S 44 : Ep 6 - 2/22/17

    An examination of train accidents. Included: investigators probe the wreckage of infamous accidents; and safety experts test crash-prevention designs.
  • The Origami Revolution

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    S 44 : Ep 5 - 2/15/17

    How the art of origami, or paper folding, is influencing scientific advances, drug development and future NASA space missions.
  • Ultimate Cruise Ship

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    S 44 : Ep 4 - 2/8/17

    The building of the Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship, which weighs some 54,000 gross tons and is longer than two football fields, is chronicled.
  • Search for the Super Battery

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    S 44 : Ep 3 - 2/1/17

    How batteries work. Also: what the future of batteries means for gadgets, lives and the planet.
  • The Nuclear Option

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    S 44 : Ep 2 - 1/11/17

    A look at the future of nuclear power, which was called into question by the Fukushima disaster. Included: new nuclear technologies that could prevent meltdowns.
  • School of the Future

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    S 44 : Ep 2 - 9/14/16

    How the science of learning may change education for all children.
  • Secrets of the Sky Tombs

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    S 44 : Ep 1 - 1/4/17

    The Season 44 premiere focuses on the Himalayas, which were among the last places on Earth settled by humans. Scientists scale sheer cliffs; and discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and such intriguing artifacts as gold masks and Chinese silk.moreless
  • 15 Years of Terror

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    S 44 : Ep 1 - 9/7/16

    Examining the psychology of a terrorist. Also: the use of modern propaganda and social media tools by radical organizations to cultivate self-radicalized killers.
  • Bombing Hitler's Supergun

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    S 43 : Ep 22 - 5/11/16

    A Nazi plan in 1943 to shell London using "superguns" housed in an underground complex in northern France is recalled. Also: the Allied raids that destroyed the seemingly impregnable complex, one of which was led by Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1915-44).moreless
  • Treasures of the Earth: Power

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    S 43 : Ep 20 - 11/16/16

    An examination of fossil fuels. Included: modern-day oil prospecting in California; and a utility company that struggles to keep the lights on during hot summer days. Also: the efforts of a Chinese engineer to overcome one of the biggest hurdles in the adoption of solar power.moreless
  • Wild Ways

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    S 43 : Ep 20 - 4/20/16

  • Treasures of the Earth: Metals

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    S 43 : Ep 19 - 11/9/16

    The science of metals is examined. Included: chemists and engineers test the mettle of metals; and investigate how they helped usher humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.
  • Vikings Unearthed

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    S 43 : Ep 19 - 4/6/16

    Archaeologist Sarah Parcak unearths new clues about the Vikings and their expeditions and settlements.
  • Treasures of the Earth: Gems

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 11/2/16

    An examination of gems, including the secrets to their sparkle, color and strength; and the clues they may hold to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology.
  • Super Tunnel

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 10/12/16

    The construction of a new subterranean railway in London is examined. Included: the challenges faced by the engineers and designers.
  • Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 4/13/16

    The work of scientists to determine the cause of Alzheimer's disease is detailed. Included: major drug trials aimed at discovering therapies to slow and even prevent the disease.
  • Great Human Odyssey

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    S 43 : Ep 17 - 10/5/16

    How early humans migrated out of Africa and populated the world. Included: insights from historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists.
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