HISTORY

The Atlantic Age

Africa's Great Civilizations

The Atlantic Age

Explore the impact of the Atlantic trading world, which gave rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also the slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th and early 19th centuries, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate.

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Africa's Great Civilizations

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Explore the dynamism of 19th century Africa, the scramble by European powers for the continent's riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.

Empires of Gold

Africa's Great Civilizations

Empires of Gold

Uncover the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning epicenters.

Cities

Africa's Great Civilizations

Cities

Explore the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industrious successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent’s east and west coasts.

Origins

Africa's Great Civilizations

Origins

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

The Cross and The Crescent

Africa's Great Civilizations

The Cross and The Crescent

Chart the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.

Louisville Zoo Part Two, Berea College, and George Washington’s Land!

Kentucky Life

Louisville Zoo Part Two, Berea College, and George Washington’s Land!

George Washington once owned land in what became Grayson County, Doug Flynn talks with Dr. Alicestyne Turley of Berea College about the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, the second installment in Kentucky Life's profile of the Louisville Zoo, and a trip to Hickman to explore their riverport and ferry are featured.

Tower

Independent Lens

Tower

In 1966, a gunman rode the elevator to the 27th floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. This documentary, which mixes animated and live-action, shares the untold story of America's first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

Louisville Zoo – Part 1, Col. Charles Young, and a Trip to Rosine!

Kentucky Life

Louisville Zoo – Part 1, Col. Charles Young, and a Trip to Rosine!

In the first of a three part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Ky., is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

The Race Underground

American Experience

The Race Underground

Boston — a city of so many firsts — overcame engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway, which opened in 1897.