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The national parks : America's best idea by Ken Burns( Visual )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 2,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1851, word spread of California's beautiful Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wished to exploit the land for commercial gain as well as those who wished to keep it pristine. This episode relates how a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir made protecting this land a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passed an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development--the first time in history that any government put forth such an idea. Control of the land was given to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" of geysers, mud pots, and sulfur pits in the Wyoming territory was also protected. Since it was located in a territory, rather than a state, it became America's first national park: Yellowstone
Downton Abbey( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 2,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. In the wake of World War I, Robert, Earl of Grantham, sticks to his duty to maintain Downton more firmly than ever
Downton Abbey( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 2,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Season Five begins in 1924, the radio is the latest miracle, a new Labour government heralds changes through the land, and Downton's traditional ways are besieged on all fronts. Robert, Mary, and Branson must navigate these shifting sands together to ensure the future of the estate for generations to come. As Branson finds himself playing a more crucial role at Downton than ever before, he can't help but question his place in the world. Mary is finally coming to accept that she would like to marry again, but will she ever be able to find the same happiness that she had with Matthew? And with no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret. Downstairs, all of the servants must consider what effect social changes may have on their working lives. No one, Mr. Carson to Daisy, will be left unaffected. The Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably intertwined as they rise to meet the new challenges of the day
Downton Abbey by Julian Fellowes( Visual )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 2,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues, beginning six months after the unexpected death of Matthew Crawley, heir to Downton Abbey, husband to Lady Mary, and brand new father to a baby boy and successor, in a car accident. Although it is the 1920s, Britain still observes mourning rituals that are almost Victorian in their solemnity. Nonetheless, life goes on at Downton Abbey and the Crawleys are beginning to snap out of it
Islam, empire of faith by Robert Gardner( Visual )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 2,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This three-part program documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Discusses the impact of Islamic civilization on world history and culture
We Shall Remain : America Through Native Eyes( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 1,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Europeans arrived in North America, they encountered the Native people. Contrary to stereotype, American Indians were not simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land. They were, like all people, an amalgam: charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful, and reckless. Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture using all avenues available, including military, legal, and political action, diplomacy, and supplication of the spiritual realm. From the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. Spanning almost four hundred years, these documentaries tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, presenting Native history as an integral part of the American story
Sherlock by Paul McGuigan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1,758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain: they live at the same address, have the same names, and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed, and highly modern adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth
The Roosevelts : an Intimate History( Visual )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politicss. Follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962
Sherlock by Benedict Cumberbatch( Visual )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question on everyone's lips is finally answered as the hugely popular Sherlock returns in three brand new action-packed adventures. With the demise of Moriarty, Sherlock finds himself locked in another mind battle with the powerful Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is holding the secrets of the world at his fingertips. Once again the game is on for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson!
The Buddha by David Grubin( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in Asia, generated from the ideas of Siddhartha Gautama, a mysterious Indian sage who gained enlightenment while he sat under a fig tree and became known as Buddha - the awakened one. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This engaging documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, David Grubin, tells the story of the Buddha's life, drawing upon ancient paintings and sculptures as well as scenes in India today that echo the Buddha's world of long ago. The testimony of contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet WS Merwin and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, provide insight into the ancient narrative
Our town by Thornton Wilder( Visual )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stage production of Wilder's play; a study of life, love, and death in a New England town at the turn of the 20th century
Journey of man( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fossil evidence more or less proves that humanity sprang from an African cradle. But what can the science of genetics tell us about our origins? Researchers have arrived at a startling conclusion: the global family tree can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Eminent geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative program, traveling to every continent in search of the people whose DNA holds humanity's secret history: the Namibian Bushmen, the Chukchi reindeer herders of the Russian Arctic, Native American tribal groups, and indigenous Australians. The program also features commentary by historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists
In search of Shakespeare by Michael Wood( Visual )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intimate look at William Shakespeare and his world
Last days in Vietnam( Visual )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"April 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice -- who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment or even death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martials, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible"--Container
The Central Park five by Nytva (Russia)( Visual )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, Ken Burns tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice
Cancer : the emperor of all maladies( Visual )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of cancer, from ancient times to the present day. Includes stories of contemporary patients and examines the latest scientific research which might indicate that we are on the brink of a lasting cure
The Medici, godfathers of renaissance( Visual )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once the bloodline of the Medici extended into the clergy, it was perhaps inevitable that at least one Medici pope would appear. This program illustrates the intrigue and open conflict surrounding the rise of Pope Leo X (Giovanni de' Medici) and the subsequent Pope Clement VII (Giovanni's cousin, Giulio) in the early 16th century. Revealing the political and military machinations of both figures, the film also explores the interplay between Medici power-plays and the products of the era's intelligentsia-specifically, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes and Machiavelli's The Prince. Part of the series The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
Call the midwife( Visual )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own
Call the midwife( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way of life that is so drastically different from how we live now
Egypt's golden empire( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reign of Ramesses the Great marked the high point of the New Kingdom and of Egyptian culture. But, as this program illustrates, the golden age of Egypt would not last forever. The film details Ramesses' victory over the Hittites at Kadesh and the propaganda he spun from it; his massive building projects, including his new capital, Per-Ramesses, and the temple at Abu Simbel; and the well-founded fear among his subjects that Egypt would die with him
 
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