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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...
07.19.2010 | | Posted at 08:53 AM
By David Luhrssen
In the improbable but intriguing premise of the History Channel�s �Life After People,� the human race instantly vanishes, leaving the natural world intact. The how is unexplained, the what if is fascinating. �Life After People� is a plausible set of scenarios on what would become of the earth if we weren�t here to cultivate and manipulate nature�to be its good stewards or its careless caretakers...
06.21.2010 | | Posted at 10:09 AM
By David Luhrssen
Vesuvius is sleeping but not dead. The world�s most infamous volcano, which turned Pompeii into a city of fossils in AD 79, remains active and more dangerous than ever. According to an episode of the History Channel series �How the Earth was Made,� recent findings show that the center of what is now Naples, long assumed to be out of the volcano�s reach, was struck by lava from a forgotten erup...
05.12.2010 | | Posted at 09:52 AM

Ancients Behaving Badly DVD review,

By David Luhrssen
Despite its puerile presentation, complete with blood-splattered videogame graphics and stentorian narration (�Caligula was the poster boy for sociopaths the world over�), the History Channel series �Ancients Behaving Badly� manages to show how historians actually go about their work of understanding the past. The series points out that many of the surviving accounts of the leading men...
03.15.2010 | | Posted at 10:33 AM

Myths on the History Channel

By David Luhrssen
The gods of ancient Greece haven�t been widely worshipped since the fourth century, but linger on as important archetypes in literature and human psychology. The History Channel series �Clash of the Gods� looks at prominent figures in the Greek pantheon, with excursions into Nordic mythology and the mythos of J.R.R. Tolkien. Season one will be out on DVD and Blu-ray, March 30. The serie...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Celebrity Outlaws and Public Enemies

By David Luhrssen
During the 1930s, in the lowest years of the Great Depression, a handful of criminals entered American folklore for robbing banks at a time when bankers were even less popular than today. The History Channel documentary �Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem� (out on DVD) examines such storied outlaws as John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly and Baby Face Nelson, and the role their crime...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

The Drama of Apollo 11

By David Luhrssen
The 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing brought many recollections and documentaries of an adventure that held the world spellbound. The History Channel also aired �Moonshot,� a �fact-based drama� drawn from interviews with participants and NASA documents. Buzz Aldrin, who stepped onto the lunar surface shortly after Neil Armstrong, assures us at the onset that this is �pretty much...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Ghosts of the Windy City

By David Luhrssen
Whether literally or metaphorically, many places are haunted by ghosts of the past. Although the History Channel series �Haunted Histories: America�s Most Haunted Places� (out on DVD) hedges its metaphysics a little, it learns toward the proposition that ghosts are real. As the name suggests, the series travels widely, not just through legend haunted sites in New England but to places in...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Retracing Stanley and Livingstone

By David Luhrssen
Earthbound explorers were the astronauts of the 19th century, going boldly into the unknown. They were heroes of their day and Dr. David Livingstone was a superstar among them. A British anti-slavery activist as well as an adventurer, Livingstone held the western world spellbound when he disappeared somewhere in the East African interior. An American journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, went in sea...
06.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
For most Americans, the drumbeat of bad financial news that began in spring 2008 and rose to a crescendo a month before the fall election was largely incomprehensible�a catastrophe conducted in Etruscan or some other unknown language. And then, out of the welter of institutional names and the oceans of numbers emerged an easy to remember villain, an individual who symbolized dirty hands on the l...

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