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  • Space Aging | Judith Kampfner

    Space Aging

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    • By Judith Kampfner
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Judith Kampfner
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    Much of the U.S. and international space program in the early years looked at the biomedical consequences of space travel on the human body. Bone loss, muscular atrophy and the impact on the cardiovascular system were of special concern as astronauts came and went from outer space. Then researchers began to make connections between the impact of extreme conditions and natural aging here on Earth.

  • Frida Kahlo: Viva la Vida | Katie Davis

    Frida Kahlo: Viva la Vida

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    • By Katie Davis
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Katie Davis
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    Surrealist Andre Breton called the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo "a bomb with a ribbon around it." The epic work of muralist Diego Rivera, to whom she was married, often overshadowed its miniature detail. Kahlo said she simply painted her life.

  • Fear on the Inside: Diary of Domestic Violence | Dan Collison

    Fear on the Inside: Diary of Domestic Violence

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    • By Dan Collison
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone
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    A week in the life of "Anna," a battered woman in Chicago. The documentary begins three days after Anna's estranged husband has threatened to kill her and their baby at gunpoint. Anna keeps an audio journal of her attempt to have her husband, who she says beat her repeatedly before they separated, arrested. She tells of her frustration with the police and legal system and of her attempt to live a "normal life."

  • Visit to Sedona | Njemile Rollins

    Visit to Sedona

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    • By Njemile Rollins
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Njemile Rollins
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    Just two hours south of the Grand Canyon, the scenic remote village of Sedona, Arizona, has gone from being an isolated haven for visual artists and retirees to a bustling center of New Age activity. Sedona is now home to an increasing number of young seekers who claim that the land has powerful healing energies. The population has doubled in recent times and longtime residents and local Native tribes, members are concerned about the destruction of the land and the removal of sacred artifacts from the ruins.

  • Natasha Dudinska | Alex Chadwick

    Natasha Dudinska

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    • By Alex Chadwick
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Alex Chadwick
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    History often celebrates dramatic acts of heroism rather than smaller, more modest acts of leadership and courage. It was an accumulation of small acts throughout Eastern Europe that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As the wall was being taken apart, citizens of a nearby country were also dismantling their own government. In Czechoslovakia, a protest movement led primarily by college students was blossoming.

  • Vavilov's Ghost | Neenah Ellis

    Vavilov's Ghost

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    • By Neenah Ellis
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Neenah Ellis
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    Some call him the father of modern plant genetics, a direct descendent of Darwin, Linnaeus, and Mendel. He shook the world with his concept of biodiversity. He amassed the largest collection of seeds, some 250,000 collections from all over the world, and when he died in 1943, his theories had transformed not only genetics, but botany, agronomy, geography, and anthropology. Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov was a Russian geneticist who pioneered what now seems like a very obvious theory.

  • Paris: Heat Wave | Dan Grossman

    Paris: Heat Wave

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    • By Dan Grossman
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Dan Grossman
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    In August 2003, Europe suffered the worst heat wave in at least 500 years. Forest fires raged in much of southern Europe, themselves causing deaths. Crops withered and trees died. One of the cities hit hardest was Paris. Although the high heat started in early August, it was nearly mid-month, after hundreds of people had been killed, before the French government recognized that the heat wave had turned deadly in Paris.

  • Death Comes Home | April Dembosky

    Death Comes Home

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    • By April Dembosky
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, April Dembosky
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    An intimate emotional portrait of three families who have chosen to forego the funeral director and proscribed memorial and instead care for their dead in their own homes. Producer April Dembosky introduces us to people taking matters into their own hands: washing and dressing the bodies of their loved ones, building coffins, digging graves, and keeping their loved ones closer to home.

  • Epiphany | Richard Paul

    Epiphany

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    • By Richard Paul
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    The road from children’s simple religious training to adult practice is rarely straight. When confronted with contradictions, or complex issues, the religious adult is often faced with a bend in the road, a more nuanced response to a tenet of faith. Three prominent religious leaders share a time in their life when they were able to reconcile divisions among faiths.

  • Tuning Into the Enemy | Judith Kampfner

    Tuning Into the Enemy

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    • By Judith Kampfner
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    Between the mid-seventies and the early nineteen-nineties, Paul Erasmus was a secret police official in South Africa. His unit was responsible for what he calls dirty tricks, which included arson, sabotage, theft, discrediting people, illegal phone tapping, and firebombing. Then, before apartheid ended, he went in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to confess to 500 offenses and 80 serious crimes and was granted partial amnesty in 2000.

  • The Bourbons, The Wampum and Boodle Boys, and Stalin's Mortimer Snerd | Moira Rankin

    The Bourbons, The Wampum and Boodle Boys, and Stalin's Mortimer Snerd

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    • By Moira Rankin
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Moira Rankin
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    It was a year of upsets. 1948 the Democratic party faced extraordinary challenges: how to forge an alliance between Southern conservatives, Western progressives and big city labor; how to incorporate a civil rights plank; how to quell the rise of a third party. Republicans gathered for their convention, confident the party would capture the White House.

  • Birthday Suit | Judith Kampfner

    Birthday Suit

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    • By Judith Kampfner
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    Around the world there is topless bathing but it is rare in this country. Yet one in four Americans admit to having skinny dipped. Is it hypocritical, a holdover from Puritan beginnings, or something more deep-seated? At the end of summer, before the chill winds blow, Producer Judith Kampfner visits a public nude beach in Miami, Florida and a private naturist camp not far outside New York and yes, complies with the no clothes rule. Baring all may mean feeling vulnerable and stupid.

  • The Bucket | Judith Kampfner

    The Bucket

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    • By Judith Kampfner
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    When you lower a bucket into the ocean, you expect to pull-up - water. Perhaps some seaweed or a fish or two. It‘s what you can’t see in that bucket that’s the most intriguing to scientists. Every teaspoonful of that water can contain a hundred-million tiny viruses. Producer Judith Kampfner travels from the coast of Plymouth in England to California to meet with some of the intrepid pioneers who are on the trail of these new natural marvels.

  • After the Shot | Jean Snedegar

    After the Shot

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    • By Jean Snedegar
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Jean Snedegar
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    On the night of April 14th 1865, in front of a thousand people at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Shouting ‘Sic semper tyrannis’ – ‘thus always to tyrants’, Booth believed that he was striking down a tyrant as surely as Brutus struck down Julius Caesar. Twelve days later Booth himself was shot dead in a barn in Virginia. From the moment Booth shot Lincoln, conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination have flourished.

  • The Politics of Memory | Deborah Amos,Rick Davis

    The Politics of Memory

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    • By Deborah Amos, Rick Davis
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    How is suffering, either of personal or historical significance, measured? How does one move beyond the desire for vengeance? These questions are complicated by historical record; how did events really unfold? For Israelis and Palestinians, one land has two histories, and which version you accept depends on who you are. Tragedy is still fresh in the memories of both sides, complicating the peace process.

  • Washington Goes to the Moon: Part 1: The Early Years and Against the Tide | Richard Paul

    Washington Goes to the Moon: Part 1: The Early Years and Against the Tide

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    • By Richard Paul
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Richard Paul
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    In hindsight, Apollo 11's trip to the moon seems inevitable. But it was, in fact, an incredibly bumpy ride. This is not a story about mechanical failures or the scientific and engineering challenges — which were enormous. This is the other story of the Apollo program. Producer Richard Paul tells of the seven-year battle to balance politics and priorities inside the Capitol Beltway to land an American on the moon.

  • Foot and Mouth | Judith Kampfner

    Foot and Mouth

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    • By Judith Kampfner
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    FMD (Foot and Mouth Disease) is feared among farmers. It decimates herds and severely impacts beef and milk production. Award winning producer Judith Kampfner looks at FMD control measures around the world. In Britain, she revisits an outbreak in 2001, which led to mass cattle killings. Virologist Jef Hammond, head of the FMD Reference Laboratory at the U.K.’s Institute for Animal Health lays out the risks.

  • The Messenger | Anne Finkbeiner,George Hardeen

    The Messenger

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    • By Anne Finkbeiner, George Hardeen
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Anne Finkbeiner
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    In 1993, a strange disease began to kill people in the Four Corners area of the Southwest near the Navajo Reservation. Before it was all over, 26 people were dead. The disease was traced to a group of viruses called Hanta viruses. Western interest in this group of viruses dates to the 1950s and the Korean War, where it infected UN troops. However some researchers believe it is endemic to the U.S. Producer Ann Finkbeiner travels to the region and talk with scientists, doctors and Navajo medicine men.

  • IGY: On the Ice | Barbara ` Bogaev

    IGY: On the Ice

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    • By Barbara ` Bogaev
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Barbara Bogaev
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    During the International Geophysical Year (IGY), in the late 1950's, teams of scientists poured in Antarctica, mining for data: about the weather, the climate and most especially, about the ice. Producer Barbara Bogaev talks to some of the men who were there.

  • Washington Goes to the Moon: Part 2: The Day That Changed Everything and Climbing the Hill | Richard Paul

    Washington Goes to the Moon: Part 2: The Day That Changed Everything and Climbing the Hill

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    • By Richard Paul
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    In 1967, a fire on-board Apollo One, the first mission of the U.S. lunar landing program, killed three astronauts before the mission ever got off the ground. The loss and the impact of that fire were as profound as the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster almost 20 years later. The Apollo One fire called into question the most fundamental aspects of NASA's management structure. Producer Richard Paul follows the aftermath of the disaster.

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