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by Alan Watts
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1994

Alan Watts is widely considered the West's foremost interpreter of Eastern thought. Distills a great teacher's insight on: The Mood of Zen, Zen and Now, Buddhism, Man and Nature, and the Art of Meditation.

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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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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:
 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 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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Podcast

Radio Diaries is a non-profit organization helping people document their own lives for public radio.

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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 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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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 Audio (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

Several voices come together to tell the four part documentary on the life and influence of Nelson Mandela, South African president who served from 1994-1999 and the first president to be elected in South Africa by a representative democratic election.

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