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Last updated April 10, 2021

Ken Burns: Prohibition Poster

Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Kennedys' Home Movies

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Three generations of Kennedys as we've never seen them before captured in home movies and rare footage. From Joe Kennedy and Joe Jr. through John, Robert and Edward "Teddy" Kennedy. Narrated by Stockard Channing.
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Secrets of the Dead: Churchill's Deadly Decision Poster

Secrets of the Dead: Churchill's Deadly Decision

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In the summer of 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was faced with a difficult decision after France's capitulation to Germany. Unless Churchill acted, warships of the French Navy harbored in Algeria would fall into Hitler's hands.
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Surviving Katrina

2006 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Hurricane Katrina brought destruction to the Gulf Coast, driving millions from their homes and causing over 1,000 deaths. Yet as local and national leaders stumbled, the world watched as a great American city fell apart.
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National Geographic: Inside North Korea Poster

National Geographic: Inside North Korea

2006 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Disguised as a medical coordinator, National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling gains access into North Korea and gives viewers a powerful glimpse inside one of the most restrictive countries in the world. Through personal accounts and exclusive footage, Ling exposes the difficulties North Koreans face while living in such an oppressive regime, coping with poverty, hunger and the lack of civil liberties.
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National Geographic: Inside the White House Poster

National Geographic: Inside the White House

1996 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Featuring behind-the-scenes footage and unprecedented access to its hallowed halls, this program from National Geographic takes viewers on an in-depth tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- the White House. Interviews with presidents and first ladies offer a revealing look at what goes into running that famous household, and White House employees give viewers a taste of the preparations involved in hosting a state dinner.
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Killing bin Laden Poster

Killing bin Laden

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Experience an intimate account of the Osama bin Laden operation, from crucial intelligence gathering to the burial at sea. Explore the details of how the operation was planned and executed, and see through the eyes of the highly trained SEAL Team 6.
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National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo Poster

National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Gain unprecedented access to the highly secretive Guantanamo Bay detention center in this documentary, which chronicles the daily routines of captives and guards, showcases briefings and operations, and features a variety of in-depth interviews. Because of its association with human-rights abuses and illegal incarcerations, this controversial facility has become the world's most infamous prison.
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National Geographic: Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites Poster

National Geographic: Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites

2006 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

From the site of Jesus Christ's resurrection to the awe-inspiring Dome of the Rock, this compelling National Geographic documentary explores the mysteries of (and meaning behind) the sacred sites of Jerusalem, a focal point for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Among the locations visited are the Temple Mount, Solomon's Stables, the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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TEDTalks: Power Shift

2011 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

From politics in the United States to the dawn of the Arab Spring, powers are shifting around the world. Explore the ideas of statecraft through these presentations on diplomacy, border conflicts, U.S. elections, extremist groups and more.
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National Geographic: The FBI Poster

National Geographic: The FBI

2003 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

With worries about the state of our national security increasing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been under more intense scrutiny than ever. This penetrating documentary offers high-security access behind the scenes at the FBI. Rare footage and interviews with agents combine to offer insight as to how the Bureau really operates.
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TEDTalks: Power Shift Poster

TEDTalks: Power Shift

2011 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

From politics in the United States to the dawn of the Arab Spring, powers are shifting around the world. Explore the ideas of statecraft through these presentations on diplomacy, border conflicts, U.S. elections, extremist groups and more.
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Escape from Suburbia Poster

Escape from Suburbia

2007 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

After condemning America's oil dependency in his 2004 documentary The End of Suburbia, filmmaker Gregory Greene here addresses the solutions that will avert catastrophe, outlining the issues actively moving the energy crisis from theory to reality. Spurred to action by the realities of peak oil, Greene focuses his camera on individuals across the country brave enough to challenge and instigate their communities into serious change.
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Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

2013 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

David Strathairn hosts this series that examines landmark international moments with nearly 100 key players in the global community. The award-winning show also includes comments by every living United States secretary of state.
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Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

2013 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

Narrated by Academy Award nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln) , the 2013 season of this award-winning series consists of eight half- hour documentaries, featuring interviews with nearly 100 of the most important figures in international affairs along with introductory remarks from every living U.S. Secretary of State.
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National Geographic: The Last Royals Poster

National Geographic: The Last Royals

2005 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

Though royalty has governed nearly every civilization, revolution and the spread of democracy have taken an enormous toll on the power of crowned heads across the globe. National Geographic's captivating documentary offers an inside look at four enduring monarchs -- the queen of England and the kings of Nepal, Buganda and Tonga -- and their import in the contemporary world. The film discusses in detail their histories and prospective futures.
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Pilgrimage to Karbala

2007 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

PBS's acclaimed series "Wide Angle" takes a journey with a busload of Shia men and women who are traveling from Iran to Iraq on a holy pilgrimage to Karbala. Forbidden during the reign of Saddam Hussein, the journey was a mere dream for decades. And although Hussein has now fallen, the pilgrimage to Karbala remains a dangerous one, as sectarian violence rings out through the streets of war-ravaged Iraq.
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For Love of Liberty Poster

For Love of Liberty

2010 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

This moving documentary series chronicles the sacrificial courage of African-American men and woman who have served our country in time of war, from the Revolution to Iraq, to help secure freedom for all American citizens.
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For Love of Liberty

2010 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

This miniseries uses letters, diaries, speeches, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of the republic.
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