Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr's impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. often turned to Niebuhr's writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th century. Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation's moral voice, an American conscience, during some of the most defining moments in American history.
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox, men who endured solitary confinement longer then any known living prisoner in the United States. Explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated.
In the '60s, baby boomers changed the world. In their 60s, they just may do it again. The largest and wealthiest generation ever born is now leading a massive shift in what it means to get old. Boomers, who make up almost a third of Canada's total population, are now in their 50s and early 60s, but are enjoying a longevity bonus because life expectancy has gone up more than thirty years in the last century. What will they do with their extra years?
Director: Sue Ridout
The story follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.
Director: Leah Mahan
Freelance female war reporter Alex Quade covers US Special Operations Forces (SOF) on highly classified combat missions. Since 2001, she has embedded with elite SOF, including the US Army Special Forces or Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and CIA clandestine operatives to tell their stories from the front lines. It follows Alex as she lives alongside these highly trained forces on some of the most daring missions ever documented in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Director: Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg
Shows how the justice model conceived by the Allies in World War II evolved into a standard by which all conflicts are judged. Many decades separate those conflicts, all have been prosecuted according to protocols that the Allies devised for three unique situations: the determination of command responsibility; the pursuit of war criminals; and the accumulation of evidence and testimony at crime scenes.
Director: Jonathan Silvers
Changing the American food system one meal at a time - the story of how two scientists traded academic tenure for the economic uncertainty of operating a dairy and farmstead creamery in central Illinois.
Director: John Murray
Curtis Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant at the worst time of his personal life. Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country, but his laser focus at his cooking career cost Duffy his marriage and two young daughters
Director: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski
Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who competed on tracks. With insight and propulsive energy, director Pierre Morath traces running's rise to the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets.
Director: Pierre Morath
Ninety percent of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies.
Director: Denis Delestrac
In Columbus, Ohio, a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum prepare for an iconic American rite of passage; a Spring Formal. They spend twelve weeks practicing their social skills in preparation for the dance at a local nightclub. Working with their psychologist, they take the challenges expressed in their respective therapy groups from one level to the next: picking dates, dresses, and, ultimately, a King and Queen of the Prom.
Director: Alexandra Shiva
This is the story of William Monroe Trotter, the editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood's first blockbuster movie, The Birth of a Nation.
Starring: Danny Glover
Featuring interviews with patients, doctors, scientists, and influential politicians who are speaking out for the very first time about the dangers of aluminum in vaccines, this groundbreaking documentary calls in to question the public health policies around vaccine ingredients and safety testing, expanding the discussion beyond mercury, and the failure of health agencies globally to respond to the known neurotoxic effects of this powerful vaccine ingredient on the human body.
Director: Marie-Ange Poyet
Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in eighteen countries across all seven continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world.
Director: Brian J. Terwilliger
Starring: Harrison Ford
Only Me Generation is a documentary of self-exploration, which tells the personal stories of the effects of the One Child Policy from the first generation's point of view. More than 30 years ago, the Chinese government first introduced the one-child policy to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems. Over three decades have passed; they are now looking at loosing up the policy, which makes the babies born into this policy a unique generation.
Director: Sophie Zhang
Origami, the century old tradition of paper folding is now at the heart of a scientific revolution. Scientists are discovering that folding is a powerful tool to explore the limits of science. Engineers and designers are now adopting origami designs to conquer space or reshape the world around us. From aircraft design to protein folding to micro-robots, join NOVA to discover how the age-old art of origami is transforming our world.
Director: Daniel Califf-Glick
Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder.
Two groups of plants exhibit such intriguing behavior that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin. These same plants, the orchids and the carnivorous plants, still fascinate scientists today. In two one-hour films, it reveals a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller.
Director: Steve Nicholls
Starring: David Attenborough
Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks, some even 1700 years before him.
Starring: Jay O. Sanders
Baiae, an ancient Roman city lost to the same volcanoes that entombed Pompeii. But unlike Pompeii, Baiae sits under water, in the Bay of Naples. Nearly 2,000 years ago, the city was an escape for Rome's rich and powerful elite, a place where they were free of the social restrictions of Roman society.
What happens to the Mexican deported once they are sent back home? The amazing achievement of Sergio Tamai, founder of Angeles Sin Fronteras, who has created one of the most efficient shelter for the deported in Mexicali.
Director: Giorgio Serafini
There is no hiding from the facts, rising temperatures, drought, soil loss, chemicals in our food, antibiotic resistance, declining bee populations, obesity, diabetes, shorter life expectancy, America needs help. Sustainable reveals the crisis facing America's food system, and the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Amidst the cornfields of Illinois lives the hero of the film - Marty Travis. Includes 92 minute feature and 52 minute version.
Director: Matt Wechsler
A hard-hitting investigation helping to answer the burning questions about health today. This documentary features fifteen global experts who shed light on what is currently happening to our wheat.
Director: Justin Brown
Starring: David Perlmutter, Cyndi Omeara, Terry Wahls, Sarah Ballantyne, Mark Sissons
NOVA investigates how trains can be agents of such tragic destruction by dissecting the most infamous accidents, unraveling how the laws of physics stack the deck against trains, and exploring how creative innovations are bringing about a revival in train tech.
Starring: Jay O. Sanders
Join scientists, experts, and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America's greatest wildernesses.
Director: Joseph Pontecorvo
Starring: Kevin Kline
What are bar graphs used for? How do you plot and interpret data on bar graphs? The answers to these questions are covered with detailed graphics, diagrams, and exciting video, as well as on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment to reinforce important concepts and make learning fun.
A brand-new, 2016, high-definition program, learn all about the incredible life of Alexander Hamilton. What influenced his early years and military service? How did he become involved in American politics? What was Hamilton's role at the Constitutional Convention? What role did he play in George Washington's presidency? The answers to all of this are covered in depth with detailed graphics, diagrams and exciting video.
Get ready for exciting up to the minute, high definition video of the latest discoveries in the world of science. Whether it be the latest advances in technology or medical research, this video brings it to viewers courtesy of the National Science Foundation.