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Glass

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How We Got to Now
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Best-selling author Steven Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass. Continue


Secrets of the Tower of London - Preview

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Secrets of the Tower of London
PBS


Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1,000 years, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous icons. Continue


Mechanized Agriculture

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The Dust Bowl
PBS


Modern machinery made wheat farming more efficient and profitable. Continue


Civilization - Preview

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Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson
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What led the West to be so influential? And how long will the West sustain its supremacy? Airs on Tuesdays, March 4 and 11, 2014 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Mystery of a Masterpiece Preview

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NOVA
PBS


Follow a new breed of experts who approach “art mysteries” as if they were crime scenes. Continue


Conversation: 'Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the great painters in the history of Western art. He also remains one of the most mysterious and elusive of artistic geniuses. A new biography by Andrew Graham-Dixon, "Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane," wrestles with the man, his times and his work. Continue


Macbeth

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Great Performances
PBS


Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and an eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold's stage production of Macbeth was filmed for television at the end of 2009 with Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his scheming wife. Continue


Medieval Society Shattered

Empires
PBS


People still argue about the Renaissance's meaning, beginnings, even existance. Continue


Martin Luther Trivia

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Empires
PBS


Ten things you didn't know about Martin Luther. Continue


Command and Control

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Ground War
PBS


Command and Control considers the ways in which armies have used or modified the terrain of the battlefield to their advantage for both defense and attack. Continue


Full Episode

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Secrets of the Tower of London
PBS


Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1,000 years, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous icons. Continue


Secrets of Highclere Castle - Preview

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Secrets of the Manor House
PBS


For centuries, Highclere Castle has been the real-life home of the aristocratic Carnarvon family, and has entertained Kings and Queens of England along with a host of nobilities and celebrities. Continue


The Journal: Historian Thomas Cahill

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Bill Moyers
PBS


Bill Moyers interviews best-selling historian Thomas Cahill in a far ranging interview that takes viewers from the Coliseum in Rome to death row in Texas.Cahill, who is best known for his The Hinges of History series of books, which includes the widely read How the Irish Saved Civilization. Continue


Mystery of a Masterpiece

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NOVA
PBS


Experts investigate whether a portrait sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is a lost Leonardo. Continue


From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Preview

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FRONTLINE
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FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Continue


Macbeth - Preview

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Great Performances
PBS


Director Rupert Goold's gripping stage production of Macbeth, set in a nameless 20th-century militaristic society and starring Sir Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Kate Fleetwood as his coldly scheming wife, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms. The movie airs for Great Performances Wednesday, October 6, at 9 p.m. (check local listings). Continue


Macbeth: A Conversation with Sir Patrick Stewart

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Great Performances
PBS


In an interview with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, Sir Patrick Stewart discusses what attracted him to the role of Macbeth, the innovative creative process of working with director Rupert Goold, his co-star Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, his character's descent into darkness, and some performance advice he received from another famous Macbeth, Sir Ian McKellan. Continue


Martin Luther & Martin Luther King Jr.

Empires
PBS


Can you tell the difference between Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr.? Continue


A Curious Incunable

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Antiques Roadshow
PBS


Find out what the experts concluded after further research about this 1492 volume by St. Ambrose -- an "incunable" from the infancy of printing -- with possible connections to King Henry VIII. Continue


Firepower

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Ground War
PBS


Firepower tracks the development of artillery from the ancient Greeks, through the invention of gunpowder in China, to the very latest generation of big guns and directed-energy weapons. Continue


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