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Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
 A cast of stars (Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman) reads passages from writings on Marilyn Monroe and from her own letters, diaries and jottings. Most of what emerges in this impressionistic chronicle of her life is familiar. She loved learning, was dedicated to mastering the art of acting
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Theater was born in ancient Athens in amphitheaters much like the one overlooking the city where this hit-filled concert was recorded. Peter Gabriel brought rock theater to an exceptional level in staging, lighting, choreography and gesture, coupled with music that had absorbed a world of
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
 The 1974 film by Italy’s Fernando Di Leo was just the thing Quentin Tarantino devoured in his formative years. It’s a crime drama, populated by quirky-funny gangsters and corrupt cops (who won’t cross certain lines), speaking
11.09.2012 | | Posted at 10:33 AM
By David Luhrssen
 The crash and burn of the Hindenburg wasn’t the costliest transportation disaster in human lives, but may have been the first one covered live by the news media. Who can forget the tearful voice of the startled radio announcer or the newsreel of the great dirigible’s fiery descent? A documentary on the Hindenburg is one of several History Channel specials collected on the oddly titled si...
10.21.2012 | | Posted at 08:43 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Did you know that Abraham Lincoln’s best friend was a slave owner? Anyone familiar with the Civil War shouldn’t be shocked, but the particulars might be unfamiliar. The History Channel series “10 Things You Don’t Know About” is full of things like that. Benjamin Franklin belonged to a sex club? Anyone who ever read about that most unconventional of Founding Fathers knows ...
10.02.2012 | | Posted at 05:25 PM
By David Luhrssen
 As much as anything else, the toys James Bond plays with—those cars, boats and gizmos—drive the movies’ plots. The History Channel special “James Bond Gadgets” (out on DVD) examines a slew of fast, sexy, sleek and jaw-dropping devices from the movies and finds that many of them were real objects, albeit tricked out with unusual accessories. Take the rocket belt from Thunderball (19...
11.03.2010 | | Posted at 11:42 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Earth is a geological jigsaw. The episode of the History Channel's �How the Earth was Made� on Loch Ness shows that red sandstone abutting one side of the deep Scottish lake is identical to the sandstone of the Catskills. The castles on the highland precipices and the brownstones of New York are made from the same material. Over billions of years the continents have broken apart and collid...
09.18.2010 | | Posted at 11:50 AM
By David Luhrssen
Oil has seeped into every crevice of our material lives. Petroleum products fuel our cars, bring our food and goods to market and fly us across the world. Petroleum is the basis for the plastic that permeates most everything, including pesticides and fertilizers, polyester and toothpaste. This might not be the worst of all possible worlds to live in except for two crucial factors: we will eventu...
09.16.2010 | | Posted at 07:35 AM
By David Luhrssen
The popular rumor is false: the Library of Congress doesn�t actually keep a copy of every book published in the U.S. Even so, it houses millions of books, maps, photographs and other artifacts in one of the largest knowledge archives in the world. Houdini�s scrapbook? The Library of Congress has it.

 The History Channel documentary �The Real National Treasure� (out on DVD) offers a q...
08.09.2010 | | Posted at 09:07 AM
By David Luhrssen
�The Universe� series has been one of the History Channel�s great successes for factual narratives well grounded despite climbing into the heights of the unknown. Episodes dealing with our Sun and its satellites have been collected on a two-disc Blu-ray set, �The Universe: Our Solar System.� The kinetic visuals maintain a relentless pace even during the sound bites from astronomers and...

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