New Arrivals - DVDs
Classical archaeology, the excavation and analysis of ancient Greek and Roman sites, has been one of the leading branches of archaeology, pioneering its basic methods and major innovations. In these 36 half-hour lectures, Dr. John R. Hale of the University of Louisville guides the listener through 18th-century excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii, tours many important archaeological sites or discoveries, from the Bronze Age to late antiquity, and takes a thematic approach in exploring what archaeology has contributed to knowledge of ancient diet, entertainment, engineering, slavery, religion, the role of women, and other topics.
It explores the real story behind the Oscar-winning film Argo. In this gripping documentary, the story of the 1Canadian Caper2 is told by the man who knows it best Ken Taylor, Canada2s former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran.
Professor Harl begins during the Bronze Age and the emergence of urban-based literate civilizations and carries the story forward until the demise of Persia's great empire at the hands of the Greeks, who embraced many of the achievements of these Near East civilizations but clearly represented a different kind of civilization, built on different institutions. Along the way, he examines advances like the invention and evolution of writing; the development of vast empires dependent not only on military might but on laws and administration; the growth of trade; and the contributions of the Hebrews to the religious and ethical future of Western civilization.
Whether you?re huddled around the campfire, composing an email to a friend, or sitting down to write a novel, storytelling is fundamental to human nature. But as any writer can tell you, the blank page can be daunting. It?s tough to know where to get started, what details to include in each scene, and how to move from the kernel of an idea to a completed manuscript. Writing great fiction isn?t a gift reserved for the talented few. There is a craft to storytelling that can be learned, and studying the fiction writer?s techniques can be incredibly rewarding?both personally and professionally.
Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie, one that will reflect the way it feels to be young and dissatisfied in postwar London. This unlikely partnership of two men from vastly different backgrounds was inspired by the burgeoning youth culture of the early 1960s. Lambert and Stamp searched for months and finally found in a band called the The Who a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for.
A series of 12 half-hour lectures on a college course level. Covers the rise of the Nazi party and the Third Reich in power.
Presents lectures (each 30 minutes in length) by John McWhorter, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, based on his courses in Linguistics.
They thought it would last five weeks. Instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour".
Nearly everyone has heard of black holes, but few people outside of complex scientific fields understand their true nature and their implications for our universe.
In his 36 lectures, professor Mark Whittle talks on knowledge of astronomy and our universe.
Thirty-six lectures on the visual nature of ancient Rome and how it was able to so successfully communicate its civic and cultural values, or project a knowledge of Roman power, to every corner of the realm. Learn how Rome communicated in visually symbolic ways, gain insight into how similar tools are used today, and hone your ability to see them at work in the visual symbols that are part of government, the military, religion, and just about every aspect of contemporary public or private life.
Incorporates user-generated content to follow a 31-day scavanger hunt that took place in October, 2013, on the streets of New York City at the hands of a British street artist.
What is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered? What are some of the next avenues of exploration for today's chemists, physicists, biologists, and astronomers? This lecture series is a wonderful entry to scientific pursuits that lie at the very heart of the history and nature of our universe.
Thirty-six lectures covering the art historical periods known as the Early Renaissance and the High Renaissance, which extended from about 1400 to about 1520. In this artist-centered survey, many works are explored in considerable depth, while also examining hundreds of different paintings and sculptures by scores of different artists.
In 1984, before cell phones, the web, and reality TV, a young filmmaker set out to document a year in the life of a typical California high school. Told through the eyes of a visiting exchange student, the film presents an uncensored view of senior year in the era of big hair, punks, and parachute pants. Thirty years after they lived it, the film's original subjects return to look back at one of the most memorable chapters of their lives.
Capture the magic of your travel adventures by learning how to take great photographs under a wide variety of conditions.
This course takes you to the world's most spectacular geological wonders, explains the forces that have formed them, and tells you the stories that have grown up around them.
A spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family. As Maya strives to keep Kip safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world.
Twelve lectures that focus on the fascinating leaders of ancient Egypt. By recounting the lives and accomplishments of the great ones of Egypt, they will present a history of Egypt spreading over 30 centuries.
"Between the fall of the Roman Empire and the brief, brilliant cultural phenomenon we call the Renaissance lay the Middle Ages - fully 1,000 years of artistic, philosophical, political, and religious turmoil and treasures. This course offers an interdisciplinary look at medieval society and culture, with an emphasis on literature, the arts, and the tumultuous historical forces at work from A.D. 500 through A.D. 1500. Medieval Europe was the world of cathedrals and universities; pilgrimages and saints; the Black Death; The Vikings; the spread of Islam; the Crusades; and the forging of the Greek, Latin, Old Norse, and ancient Germanic and Celtic tongues into the languages we speak today"--Publisher provided.
15,000 people each year die, of snakebites in the Indian sub-continent and one million people worldwide are bitten by snakes. Understanding nature's chemical arsenal is vital to scientists, and to human life. Venom combines the latest research, remarkable natural history footage, state-of-the-art film techniques and high drama to uncover the astonishing power of nature's offensive chemicals, and how science is racing to combat them.
Journey into the heart of Brazil with host Robert Beckford to explore the incredible spiritual diversity of Brazil. Travel to the country's seven wonders of Brazilian Christianity, from the spectacular and iconic Christ the Redeemer to the samba beat of Carnival. The religion has existed for over 500 years and is a melting pot of African beliefs, indigenous Indian rituals, and the folk Catholicism of the southern Europeans.
An investigation into the sexual abuse of undocumented women in the service industry. The film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how the government, law enforcement and companies fall short in dealing with the problem.