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The immortal emperor ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 139 libraries worldwide
It's 221 B.C., and the veil of history is lifted to reveal life in the Qin Dynasty, under China's first emperor, Shihuangdi. Noted historians, archaeologists, and other experts extrapolate from discoveries made in the ruler's tomb, as they examine the political, intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and religious structure of Chinese society of the first dynasty.
Meltdown a global warming journey ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
"This program studies divergent points of view contributing to the global warming debate, untangling a morass of political and scientific concerns and providing a wealth of historical background on the issue"--Container.
Battle of the brains ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flyers in their field - a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader. Each is put through a series of tests to discover who is the most intelligent? The principle way that we measure intelligence, the IQ test, remains popular and convenient. Yet most psychologists agree that it only tells half the story. This program advocates a different approach, creating an array of unusual challenges to assess brainpower and positing an argument for the interplay of multiple intelligences. Assisted by the insights of Harvard's Howard Gardner and experts using brain scanning technology at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, the program brings together a group of obviously bright and talented people and presents them with trials of all shapes and sizes. The results establish the validity of measuring not just what people know but also the equally important ways in which they exercise their practical, creative, emotional, and kinesthetic IQs.
How does your memory work ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
Explores the mechanisms of human memory, presenting new case studies and medical findings that reveal the complexity of the brain's memory center. Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Randy Buckner explains his research into memory functions and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Faraneh Vargha-Khadem of University College London discusses her work with a 30-year old man who, due to hippocampal damage, has almost no memory capacity. And Dr. Alain Brunet of McGill University explains recent trials of propanolol as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Africa, who is to blame ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
Former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga travel through Tanzania and Rwanda, witnessing the economic and social situations of the people they meet and considering what measures would improve life for the people of Africa generally.
Divide of the sexes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. An episode of Child of Our Time, which focuses on a group of millennium babies and follows their physical and emotional development as they grow into adulthood.
The story of God ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
Embarks on a journey across continents, cultures and eras, examining one of the most extraordinary aspects of human behaviour. How has belief in god made us who we are? What place does god have in our lives today? How is god expresed in the modern world?
Right and wrong Moral development in children ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
"Do most people get their values from their parents or from society at large? At what age, and with what tools do children begin to work out what is right and wrong? Can young children distinguish between actions that are morally deviant and those that simply violate a social convention? This program explores those questions by observing a group of 25 six-year olds and the varying levels of honesty and compassion they display"--Container.
Killing creativity are schools or parents to blame ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
"If we're all born with creative potential, why do many children lose their inventive tendencies as they grow? This program observes 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters"--Container.
Fatal impacts ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
"During the 19th century, racial categorization took on a pseudoscientific stance. This program shows how the academic racism of the period helped to spread imperialist policies across the globe. Sifting through the "science" of eugenics and its link to social Darwinism, the film juxtaposes the racial hygiene theories of Robert Knox, Francis Galton and Eugen Fischer with with racial warfare in Tasmania, Victorian apathy in famine-wracked India, and--prefacing the Holocaust--horrific German colonization tactics in Namibia. Expert commentary comes from David Dabydeen, Dr. Maria Misra of Oxford University, and Professor Catherine Hall of University College London"--Container.
The colour of money ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
"Reaching back across the centuries, this program sheds light on historical attitudes toward human differences. It assesses the significance of Biblical narratives, including the "curse of Ham", in the evolution of European concepts of race, and goes on to examine the basis of institutionalized racism - entwined with fervent capitalism - on which the transatlantic slave trade operated. The destruction of America's indigenous civilizations and the dehumanization and exploitation of Africans are studied alongside the writings of Enlightenment philosophers and historians. Experts interviewed include Dr. Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, Dr. Barnor Hesse of Northwestern, and Professor James Walvin of the University of York"--Container.
Most of our universe is missing ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 65 libraries worldwide
"What is everywhere, not made of atoms, and can't be seen?" Dark matter, says renowned astrophysicist David Spergel - but not everyone in the cosmological community is in agreement with him. This program presents the views of Spergel and other key figures in the debate, including Princeton University's P. James Peebles and Jeremiah Ostriker; Timothy Sumner, of Imperial College London; astrophysicist Mordechai Milgrom; and Saul Perlmutter, a member of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's physics division. Experiments in Europe's deepest mine looking for the elusive neutralino, the concept of variable gravity, and what may well become the new standard model of how the universe works are all scrutinized. Original BBCW broadcast title: Most of Our Universe Is Missing. - Container.
I'm a child anorexic ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
A look at anorexia in young girls at a specialized London treatment center.
How to kill a human being ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 62 libraries worldwide
Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo pushes his body to the brink of death in an investigation into the science of execution. As the American Supreme Court examines whether the lethal injection is causing prisoners to die in unnecessary pain Michael sets out to find a solution which is fundamentally humane. Is a humane and painless execution method possible, and if so, would death penalty proponents support its use? Or is pain the whole idea? Examining what many see as the cruelty of current procedures, this program searches for a viable alternative. Experts in the death business--retired executioners, toxicologists, biomechanics specialists, and others--explain disturbing flaws in the use of electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, and the gas chamber. Whether or not physicians should take part in executions is also discussed. The film presents a low-cost killing method that would induce euphoria--but this horrifies a prominent death penalty lobbyist because offenders wouldn't suffer.
Fitting in or standing out? conformity in childhood ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
As children grow, what happens to the values and behavior they have learned at home? Why do so many young people follow the crowd? And when does conformity become a bad thing? This program explores those questions, visiting a group of 25 seven-year olds who are learning to cope with peer situations.
Liars ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
In this program, psychologist John Marsden attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding deception and identify its cues in body language and facial expression. Donald Bickerstaff and Beth Shannon are featured.
Bernini ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 56 libraries worldwide
"Althrough rendered in stone, the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini convey a sense of weightlessness perhaps unequalled in the history of Western art. This program illustrates Bernini's nearly miraculous ability to turn marble into a vessel of rapture, both spiritual and sexual. With The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa as his principal focus, presenter Simon Schama examines numerous works by the prodigious artist--David, Apollo and Daphne, The Rape of Proserpina, Bust of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Bust of Constanza Bonarelli, and more. Schama also addresses the failure of Bernini's bell tower at St. Peter's Basilica and recounts the fierce rivalries and amourous misadventures that shaped the sculptor's life and career"--Container.
Will to win helping children succeed ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
"Why do some children give up on problems easily while others persevere? What makes a boy or girl afraid to try in the first place? This program studies the factors that help create a resilient personality and the reasons why some children back down from challenges. Visiting a group of 25 seven-year-olds, the film observes them with their parents and on their own as they undertake practical tasks gauging motivation, self-confidence, and assertiveness"--Container.
Identity crisis self-image in childhood ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Examines the "nature vs. nurture" debate in the shaping of the identity of children. This program weighs in on that question by capturing the emotional and psychological development of 25 boys and girls at age five. Children reveal clear signals about their self-worth and their expectations for the future that bear strong connection to nationality, gender, skin color, economic class, and the presence or absence of either parent.
Flesh and blood ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Why are siblings often so different? Are "only" children lucky or disadvantaged? What are the long-term effects of birth order and sibling relationships? This program underscores recent theories that suggest relationships among a nuclear family's children are the most meaningful to an individual's growth. Monitoring a group of 25 six-year olds, the program follows experiments that highlight the significance of sibling rivalry and bonding.
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