New Arrivals - DVDs
In Building Wonders, Nova presents three groundbreaking shows that investigate engineering mysteries of the ancient world with the help of dramatic hands-on experiments. Modern architects use medieval tools to examine the Lost City of Petra in the middle of Jordan's desert, the vast Roman Colosseum, and Turkey's 1,500 year-old cathedral dome, Hagia Sophia.
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama.
Examines the personal and societal consequences of insufficient sleep.
In every animal's life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators, and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.
A music documentary about the changing face of the music business. Lorde, Melissa Etheridge, Questlove, Sharon Jones, Steve Aoki, Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks perform and discuss their personal history, emergence as stars, and perceptions of the business side of things. Additional artists and heritage artists are also featured, including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, and the Ramones.
Frontline investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai. In collaboration with ProPublica, the film reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters, and how Headley planned another Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.
It examines a critical yet overlooked moment of transformation in Palestine, long before the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate period usually considered the matchstick for today's ongoing struggles. It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews living there could imagine the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century.
Follows designer-activist Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills.
It solves a modern mystery born in the dark fringes of the Age of Enlightenment, showing how illegal grave robbing practices, taking place right beneath Benjamin Franklin's feet, proved invaluable to the advancement of medical science.
In 2000, Ana Salceda, a young journalist, moved from her native Spain to explore the wilds of Panama. She became the caregiver for a tiny orphaned baby sloth named Velcro. This is the story of Ana's return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers.
Frontline investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America.
In the town of Salstead, the lives of two friends (Alice Fielding and Nesta Drage) seem to take different trajectories. After Nesta mysteriously disappears, Alice vows to find her-and discovers a tangled web of secrets among those she trusted most.
Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food, as its name suggests, remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz's, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate 'n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage, embodies a tradition indelibly linked to.
Description: In this inspiring 90-minute documentary, filmmaker David Grubin - the son of a general practitioner - takes his camera across America from Maine to Alaska to introduce us to a diverse group of doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who are transforming the way we receive our medical care: lowering costs by placing the patient at the center of their practice.
With unprecedented access from the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service, National Geographic, for the first time ever, tells the story of the evolution of the Mall from wilderness to the center of a grand capital. An inside look at a pivotal place in the American story, revealing its secret places and the tragedies and triumphs that have unfolded here.
Based upon the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.
A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.
Rickover built the world's first commercial nuclear power plant at Shippingport, PA. Rickover's achievements made him into a national celebrity, and he appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Many questioned Rickover's goal of an all nuclear navy, and others questioned his creation of a technocratic elite, his own navy within the Navy.
Follows scientists around the globe as they unravel the mysteries of two of the most dramatic mass extinctions: the "K/T Extinction" that wiped out the dinosaurs, and "The Great Dying," which obliterated nearly 90% of all Earth's species.
Astrophysicist Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind's clever trick, or the language of the universe? Join Nova for a mathematical mystery tour, a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries.