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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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by Various
Available on:
Audio Download

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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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:
 2013

One of the most comprehensive collection of cinema retrospectives and biographies ever compiled.

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by Gotham Chopra
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2012

Film-maker and journalist Gotham Chopra embarks on a year long roadtrip with his father Deepak Chopra in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family.

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by Ken Burns
Available on:
Online Video (Free)

He was hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. Louisiana's Huey Long rose to Governor and U.S. Senator on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption to get what he wanted.

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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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