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Death on the Railroad

Death on the Railroad

In 1832, in Pennsylvania's backwoods, Irish immigrants were building one of the America's first railroads. The workers were building Mile 59 of Philadelphia to Pittsburgh mainline, at a place known as Duffy's Cut. They left Ireland, a land almost destroyed by starvation, disease, and crime, in hopes...

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Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

In the mess and annihilation of total war, first-class intelligence is as crucial as firepower. MI19 set out to make use of the German prisoners of war in the most enthusiastic surveillance mission ever attempted. Three courtly homes in the British non-urban area were transformed into prison...

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The Silver Pharaoh

The Silver Pharaoh

An incredible find in the desert of Egypt, but overshadowed by World War II. Seventy years later archaeologists are taking a closer look at the legacy of this mysterious pharaoh. For more than 5,000 years, tomb raiders plundered the graves of Egypt's ancient pharaohs. By the 20th...

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Rosie: Stories from the Home Front

Rosie: Stories from the Home Front

Women who worked during WWII as part of the war effort, or Rosie the Riveters as they became known, recount stories and talk about their experiences. These women took on jobs traditionally reserved for men out of necessity, and in the process, challenged gender roles that ultimately...

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Syria: The Reckoning

Syria: The Reckoning

Since its independence from France in 1946, Syria has been rocked by periods of political instability. This documentary tells the story of the past and brings it right up to the present to provide deeper historical context to the events of today as war continues to rage...

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Children of the Decree

Children of the Decree

Procreation is the social duty of all fertile women, was the political thinking during the 1960s and 1970s in Romania. In 1966, Ceaucescu issued Decree 770, in which he forbade abortion for all women unless they were over forty or were already taking care of four children....

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Crash Course: US History

Crash Course: US History

John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of...

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Poor Us: An Animated History

Poor Us: An Animated History

If we want to make poverty history, we need to understand the history of poverty. A funny and sinister animated odyssey through time. The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis's film takes us...

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Prisoners of War Betrayed

Prisoners of War Betrayed

The fate of prisoners of war and missing in action is one of the darkest chapters of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American soldiers European survivors were sent to unknown destinations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. American soldiers captured...

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Hitler's Warriors: Manstein the Strategist

Hitler's Warriors: Manstein the Strategist

They used to call it the art of warfare. War as a game of strategy. Certain moves can be considered brilliant, like the French campaign, his greatest triumph. Some moves required brute force, such as the conquest of Crimea and Sevastopol, the world's strongest fortress. "My most...

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