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History's Mysteries
Episode 1 of The Inexplicable Universe
Begin this journey by taking a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to…
Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking
Episode 1 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Consider food as a major catalyst in human history, and what food choices reveal about our values and ambitions. Then study food culture in prehistoric times--our ancestors' wide-ranging diet of everything from mammoths and seafood to acorns, insects, seeds, and…
The Spooky Universe
Episode 2 of The Inexplicable Universe
Did you know that electrons have never actually been observed by scientists to this day? Or that quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster or find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more…
Inexplicable Life
Episode 3 of The Inexplicable Universe
Join Professor Tyson on a fascinating investigation of the possible origins of life in the universe. Why was Jupiter believed to be a good environment for life in the 17th century? Why is there only one single "tree of life"…
Inexplicable Physics
Episode 4 of The Inexplicable Universe
Turn now to some inexplicable aspects of physics and our physical world. Among the many eye-opening topics you'll learn about in this episode are the discovery of more and more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos, tao particles, and…
What Early Agriculturalists Ate
Episode 2 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
The transition to agriculture was perhaps humanity's single greatest social revolution, with mixed results. Explore the factors surrounding the rise of agriculture, how plants and animals were domesticated, and why agriculture directly led to civilization as we know it. Learn…
Ancient India—Sacred Cows and Ayurveda
Episode 7 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Ancient India gave birth to culinary traditions that still carry wide influence. Learn about the culture of the Aryans, whose religion prefigured Hinduism; food customs relating to caste; and the traditions of vegetarianism in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Also study…
Classical Greece—Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade
Episode 5 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Grasp how the ancient Greeks' need for arable land led to their imperial and mercantile system, and consider what we learn about their food culture from Homer, Hesiod, Pythagoras, and Plato. Observe the role of food in the rituals of…
Ancient Judea—From Eden to Kosher Laws
Episode 4 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Practices regarding food were deeply integral to the lives of the ancient Hebrews. Explore prescriptions regarding food in Genesis, and consider that the Fall itself was an act of eating. Then learn about the Hebrew rituals and meaning of sacrifice,…
The Reconstruction Revolution
Episode 2 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
The era of Reconstruction following the Civil War was a turbulent and divisive period in American life. Learn about governmental policies and legislation that were enacted to safeguard the welfare of former slaves and average citizens, and how these policies…
1865: “Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds”
Episode 1 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
Begin to investigate the key historical forces that characterized the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and the competing ideals that defined these eras. As a starting point, take account of the U.S. in 1865, and the extraordinary social, political,…
Islam—A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking
Episode 12 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
The rise of Islam brought a new way of thinking about food. Contemplate the Muslim cultural values that permitted pleasure, the cultivation of the senses, and the creation of an exquisite cuisine. Study Islamic eating rituals and Persian-influenced culinary techniques,…
Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome
Episode 9 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Here, delve into intriguing contrasts in the dining habits of the ancient Romans. From the simple food customs of republican Rome, follow the expanding empire and how exotic food became a status symbol. Examine a cookbook aimed at those eager…
Big Cities: The Underbelly Revealed
Episode 8 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
The huge growth of cities was a hallmark of the Gilded Age. Study the forces leading to massive urbanization, such as industrialization, migration and immigration, and revolutionary technologies. Then track the serious social problems that resulted, from crime and disease…
Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine
Episode 8 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Chinese culture produced what is arguably the most complex, sophisticated, and varied culinary tradition on earth. Trace the rise of civilization in China from the Hsia to the Han dynasty, the social and technological factors underlying China's elaborate food traditions,…
Edo, Japan—Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics
Episode 24 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Contemplate the traditional Japanese reverence for nature as reflected in their respect for the natural flavors of all foods. Study the elements of Japan's refined and elegant cuisine, the origins of sushi, and the aesthetics of ritualized manners, decoration, and…
Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking
Episode 16 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Contemporary with the European Renaissance, Aztec culture produced a unique food tradition that survives today in Mexican cuisine. Learn first about Aztec society, its indigenous foods, and distinctive diet. Also study descriptions of lavish Aztec banquets; "signature" foods, from avocados,…
Early Civil Rights: Washington or Du Bois?
Episode 22 of America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Series
Discover how African Americans fought racism and violence in the early 20th century. Study the system of white supremacy called Jim Crow, and its economic, social, and political oppression. Review significant civil rights activism and legal victories that laid the…
Inexplicable Space
Episode 5 of The Inexplicable Universe
Shoot off into the stars for an investigation of some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the…
Counterculture—From Hippies to Foodies
Episode 34 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Explore the revitalization of food culture in the late 20th century, beginning with the health food movement and new dietary ideologies. Track the vibrant new era in food reflected in the work of influential food writers and cooks, artisan food…