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The Perilous Fight, America's World War II in Color (2003)

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Combines original color footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters from soldiers, leaders, and the homefront during World War II. Topics cover all aspects of the war including battles, internment of Japanese Americans, African-American soldiers, women in the military and on the homefront, war in the Pacific, an the concentration camps.

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03:40
The Perilous Fight, America's World War II in Color

Martin Luther (2002)

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Martin Luther's attack on the all-powerful Catholic Church was a knife to the heart of an empire that had endured for over a thousand years. Nailing his treatise to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, this previously obscure German monk changed the world forever, unleashing forces that plunged Europe into war and chaos.

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Martin Luther

Richard the Lionheart & Saladin: Holy Warriors (2005)

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This drama-documentary challenges the popular view of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin's epic clash for control of Jerusalem, using the latest research into the original Christian and Muslim ancient sources and the insight of leading experts from both East and West.

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Richard the Lionheart & Saladin: Holy Warriors

Islam: Empire of Faith (2000)

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Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, few events were more significant than the rise of Islam. Within a few centuries, the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India.

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02:40
Islam: Empire of Faith

Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution (2002)

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Two thousand years ago, in the Roman province of Judea, Jesus was crucified by imperial troops. Thousands before him had suffered the same fate. But unlike his predecessors on the cross, Jesus did not disappear from history. Instead, his memory was kept alive by a small band of Jews—men and women who held fast to their conviction that Jesus was the Messiah.

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Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites (2003)

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Nearly 3000 years ago, a tiny group of tribes in the land of Canaan gave birth to a nation and a religion—a religion that would dare to redefine humanity's relationship with God. KINGDOM OF DAVID: THE SAGA OF THE ISRAELITES tells the epic story of the Israelites and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential, monotheistic religion.

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Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 2 (1986)

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Ain't scared of your jails (1960-1961): Covers lunch counter sit-ins and their impact on the Kennedy and Nixon presidential race of 1960, the formation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and the freedom rides of 1961. No easy walk (1961-1963): Visits the cities where the tactics of nonviolent protest met both success and failure.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 2

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 3 (1986)

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Mississippi: is this America? (1962-1964) : Focuses on the right to vote. Tells how the black citizens who had been denied the right to vote stepped forward and demanded a place in the political process. Medgar Evers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and others, died trying to help them.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 3

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 4 (1990)

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The time has come (1964-1966): Malcolm X...Stokely Carmichael..."Black Power". After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is on the horizon: the insistent call for power. Two societies (1965-1968): Chicago...Detroit...the Kerner Commission.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 4

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 5 (1990)

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Power! (1966-1968): Across America, the call for "Black Power" mobilizes communities for change in strikingly different ways as told through the perspectives of Black Panther Party members, teachers, and politicians. Promised land (1967-1968): Hear leaders and activists reflect on Martin Luther Kings, Jr's crusade to overcome the fragmenting civil rights movement.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 5

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 6 (1990)

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Ain't gonna shuffle no more (1964-1972): A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanizes Black Americans.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 6

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 7 (1990)

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The keys to the kingdom (1974-1980): Famous and lesser-known participants recount the remedies used to solve the problems of discrimination in schools and the workplace. For blacks and whites in Boston, court-ordered busing proves an unpopular means of integrating schools. Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson pursues affirmative action to help combat the city's poverty rate.

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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 7

The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

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THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan.

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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Frontline: The Torture Question (2005)

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The program traces how decisions made in Washington, D.C. in the immediate aftermath of September 11th led to a robust interrogation policy that laid the groundwork for prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and Iraq.

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Frontline: The Torture Question

Frontline: Cyber War! (2004)

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The Slammer hit on Super Bowl Sunday. Nimda struck one week after 9/11. Code Red had ripped through the system that summer. Moonlight Maze moved from the Russian Academy of Science and into the U.S. Department of Defense. A new form of warfare has broken out and the battleground is cyberspace.

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High
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01:00
Frontline: Cyber War!

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