Host Neil deGrasse Tyson will tackle one of science's major challenges in each episode, framed as a simple question that ordinary people wonder and worry about. Neil will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery.
Cuba's unspoiled tropical terrain, closed for decades by a U.S. trade embargo, escaped the commercialization of its Caribbean island neighbors. A title wave of hotels, asphalt, and pollution may be just ahead, if tourism experts are right. Look inside the long-closed paradise to see what the future holds for Cuba's unusual species of amphibians, reptiles, and fresh water fish.
"It began as a border dispute, but soon escalated into a 16-month conflict that transformed a continent. The [film] tells the exciting and dramatic story of a war that cost Mexico nearly half its territory -- the present Southwest from Texas to California. This critically acclaimed documentary series, the first to study both sides of the conflict, presents a historical panorama filled with unforgettable characters like Mexican president Antonio Lopez...
"Growing up in the 1990s, Abdurahman Khadr's playmates were the children of his father's longtime friend, Osama bin Laden. How Khadr was raised to be an Al Qaeda terrorist -- and how he ultimately found himself working for the U.S. -- is the focus of FRONTLINE's "Son of Al Qaeda." Through interviews with Khadr as well as his mother and siblings, the documentary recounts his incredible journey from terrorist upbringing to CIA informant, offering a...
This documentary looks at the plight of chimpanzees that have been used in research (specifically in space travel and medical testing). Goes into the problems various shelters have had with creating and maintaining sanctuaries for these chimpanzees, including the perceived risk to the public of having HIV chimpanzees in the neighborhood as well as trying to get a handle on the personalities and history of the chimpanzees themselves.
Vols. 1-3: Depicts the story of America's civil rights years from 1954-1965. Vols. 4-8: Examines the new America from 1966 to 1985, from community power to the human alienation of urban poverty.
In 1703 Sarah Cloyce, survivor of the Salem witchcraft hysteria presents her story to a special commission empowered to investigate the trials for witchcraft. The events leading to the trials and the suffering they caused are told in flashback fashion.
10) Digital nation
Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we've gained? This in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world continues a line...
A documentary on the Mexican-American civil rights movement. The film tells the story of one key injustice, the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead soldier's body 'because the whites wouldn't like it,' and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide and contributed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Presents the potential signs and causes of teen suicide as discussed by parents, teens, and experts within the dual formats of talk show and docu-drama. Contains interviews with teens who attempted suicide and discusses options available to such individuals or their parents.
Scientific genetics, little more than a century old, holds at once the promise of eradicating disease and the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. It traces the dizzying evolution of this new science as researchers race to identify treatments for genetic diseases, such as cancer and sickle cell anemia, and to perfect tools for rewriting DNA.
Tells the story of Walter Reuther, a man whose leadership and vision of worker's rights changed the way America worked.
Every year monarch butterflies migrate across North America to a remote area of Mexico. This presentation discusses how the butterflies navigate and endure the long journey and takes you to the locations they call home.