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by WGBH History Unit
Available on:
Podcast
Year Released:
 2002

American Experience, television's most-watched history series, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form our nation.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life...

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by Nelson Mandela
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

As Nelson Mandela prepares to step down as president of South Africa, FRONTLINE presents a deeply personal biography of one of the great figures of the 20th century.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Beyond Good and Evil describes the life of Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion to nihilism, and finally, to insanity.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2015

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery?

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2015

Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1995

Explore the life and legacy of the immigrant who rose to become one of the world's richest men, a legendary philanthropist and the confidante of presidents.

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by John Rabe
Available on:
Online Audio (Free)
Year Released:
 2006

28 men lost in Antarctica for almost two years, fighting ice and the ocean. The world gave them up for dead; but every one of them survived.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1968

Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948 is a 1968 documentary biography film, detailing the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

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by Various
Available on:
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Fears of a cold war turning hot were rampant from the late 1940’s to the 1980’s and no fear was greater than the fear of a nuclear war and whether or not we were prepared for one.

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