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In twenty-four lectures on Pompeii, eminent classicist and Professor Steven L. Tuck resurrects the long-lost lives of aristocrats, merchants, slaves, and other individuals from this imperial Roman city--made famous for its demise after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The result is an unprecedented view of life as it was lived in this ancient culture and an opportunity to discover intriguing details that lay buried for centuries.

The development of the arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era is an astonishing record of cultural achievement, from the breathtaking architecture of Gothic cathedrals to the daring visual experiments of the Cubist painters. We all have our favorite artists, periods, or styles from this immensely rich tradition, but how many of us truly know the full sweep of European art? How many of us can connect the dots of influences and inspiration that link the Renaissance with Mannerism, or that tie the paintings of the creator of modern art, Edouard Manet, to masterpieces from centuries earlier? These lectures feature more than 850 images of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and architecture, beginning with the age of Charlemagne through the onset of World War II.

These 36 half-hour lectures are your initiation into the world of great art.

Examines the largest salmonella outbreak on record, sickening six hundred people in sixteen months, and the inability of U.S. food safety officials to adequately prepare for the threat posed by the more dangerous strains of the bacteria.

Drawing on interviews with key military and diplomatic leaders, this Frontline episode examines the Obama administration's complicated struggle to deal with the deadly civil war in Syria, which by 2015 was in its fifth year.

It uses breakthrough data and mapping to make powerful connections and visualize our world in amazing new ways. Hosted by Kal Penn, each episode uncovers surprising facts on topics like money, sex, food, crime, migrations and sports and generates maps and other visuals to help us understand the big picture. The series hopes to reveal how our world works, how we got here, and even where we're headed, while exploring powerful stories from the real people and communities behind the data.

A dramatization of the American conquest of the moon, from the Mercury and Gemini projects to the legendary Apollo missions. Contains episodes 1 to 3 of the 12 part mini-series.

There's more to colors than just aesthetics. There's an actual science behind how colors work on your eyes and your brain. And the secrets that scientists are uncovering offer astounding revelations on how colors influence the way you think, feel, and behave.

What were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? And what were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and consigning the other to slaughter, capture, or, at best, escape to fight another day? To answer these questions the course describes and discusses in some of the most notable battles fought in the Mediterranean region from prehistoric times to the 4th century A.D.

Great writing begins--and ends--with the sentence. Whether two words ("Jesus wept.") or 1,287 words (a sentence in William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!), sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Understanding the variety of ways to construct sentences, from the smallest clause to the longest sentence, is important to enhancing your appreciation of great writing and potentially improving your own. This course applies the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing and provides a larger context for what makes sentences great. Students investigate how to recognize the mechanics of sentences, how language works on thoughts and emotions, and learn basic strategies to sharpen their ability to recognize great sentences and make their own writing more effective.

In this set of 24 lectures, Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, University of Maryland, introduces the student to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. She also surveys some of the leading theoretical approaches to understanding myth in general and classical myth in particular.

Sriracha has earned a cult following, but the story of this spicy sauce is a mystery to most fans. Dedicated to Sriracha lovers, this fast-paced documentary travels around the globe to reveal its origin and the man behind the iconic 'rooster sauce'.

Take a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Ireland's national necropolis, the final resting place of 1.5 million souls.

"Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, the virgin birth, and pop culture"--Container.

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.

The dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.

Pagford is a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.

In the tradition of Spinal Tap and The Office comes a frighteningly funny documentary that reveals the untold tragedy of the man who dreamed of "sharks in a tornado" and called it Sharknado. David Moore was an award-winning documentarian who couldn't shake his love of creature movies. And so he would make the most terrifying monster movie ever told, a tale of nature's deadliest creations swirling together as one. But the production was rife with disasters.

Science, pop culture and comedy collide in National Geographic's groundbreaking new series, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasseTyson. Along with celebrity guests and comic co-hosts, Neil explores captivating topics such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universe.

China's top drama academy stages the American musical "Fame" China's first official collaboration with Broadway, as the graduation showcase for its senior class.

The vivid, inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late. With exclusive access to key global decision-makers and health responders, and gripping accounts of victims from the slums of Monrovia to the jungles of Guinea, Outbreak exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth's ocean: carbon dioxide. With carbon emissions sharply rising, the silent killer is entering the seas at a staggering rate, raising the oceans' acidity. As a result, the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that form the foundation of the web of life are dissolving. Can experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean before it is too late?

Stealthy hunters. Fearless predators. Brilliant survivors. The oceans' greatest creatures have been shrouded by mystery and fear, until now. The most ambitious shark film ever made is a stunning high-definition spectacle that captures astounding, jaw-dropping footage.

Examines the work of Pastor Jong-rak Lee, who accepts into his family infants placed anonymously in the "baby box" at the front of his church in Seoul, South Korea.

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