The world's leading experts boldly attempt to build, for the first time ever, two of Leonardo da Vinci's machines to the exact specifications that he designed 500 years ago. The first is a giant crossbow, with arms nearly 70 feet across, and the second is a glider that predated flight by 400 years. This two-part special reveals whether the inventor's ideas were flights of fancy or revolutionary designs hundreds of years ahead of their time.
Not in our Town
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 8:00pm
In 2008, a series of attacks by a group of seven local teenagers against Latino residents of the Long Island, New York town of Patchogue ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero. The documentary follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, diverse community leaders, residents and students as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions and initiate ongoing action to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 7:00pm
In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for community pride and state championship glory. Over the course of two racing seasons, the boys strive to find their place in their own Native communities, and in the American culture surrounding them. Win or lose, what they learn will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 8:00pm
Everest climber and thrill seeker Pete Athans returns to the Himalayas with Dr. Mark Aldenderfer in search of the caves and mummies of a lost civilization. There they risk their own safety to reveal astonishing evidence of a previously unknown 1,500-year-old death ritual high in the Himalayan caves.
Wed, 09/12/2012 - 7:00pm
In a traditional African village of thatched huts, cattle and cornfields, a woman watches as her grandchildren pound kernels of corn under a brilliant blue sky. Not far from this idyllic scene her son lies buried, one of countless victims of an invisible enemy that has claimed the lives of mothers and fathers and left 1.8 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. That enemy is HIV/AIDS.
Black in Latin America
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 7:00pm
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’s hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.
Sun, 09/09/2012 - 5:00pm
'Objectified' encourages us to stop and notice our surroundings and to think critically about creativity and consumption. Who makes all these objects, and why do they look and feel the way they do? How can good design make these things—and by extension our lives—better? What about the environment and the social and environmental costs associated with global manufacturing and planned obsolescence?