History


New! Words That Built America 49 min.

The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights represent much more than the words used by America’s Founding Fathers to define a fragile, nascent country. They’re the living, breathing realization of America’s democratic ideal, the bedrock of a society that its people have built over nearly two-and-a-half centuries, and they provide a blueprint that is, was and will...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds 95 min.

This feature documentary takes a candid look at the interconnected lives of two movie icons, who sadly and unexpectedly died one day apart this past December: Star Wars actress/author Carrie Fisher and her mother, Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds. Shot mainly inside the Beverly Hills compound where both Fisher and Reynolds lived (their two houses were connected by one walkway), the film ca...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate 99 min.

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middl...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Becoming Warren Buffett 89 min.

With a net worth of over $60,000,000,000, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86 years old, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fifth largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality is Buffett’s...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Speed 45 min.

After the Civil War, humanity entered an era of innovation, transformation and mass production. People believed that "anything, everything, is possible." This documentary looks at Japan’s rapid industrialization after two centuries of feudalism; how the Titanic disaster shook our faith in technology, the development of vulcanized rubber; how photography and mass media exposed genocide in the Belgi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson, Part 1 112 min.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson, Part 2 114 min.

Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

10 Homes that Changed America 55 min.

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic arch...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

10 Parks that Changed America 55 min.

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brou...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

10 That Changed America 168 min.

10 that Changed America offers three whirlwind tours of America's architectural treasures: the 10 homes, 10 parks, and 10 towns that changed our country. Explore American houses through the ages, enjoy a lively history of landscape architecture and our most beloved parks, and discover the story of how we have planned our cities over time.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016