Josh Wakefield's Collection of Documentaries

Cosmos: Carl Sagan (7 DVD Set)

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as global presenter.  It covers a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.  The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980. It is the most widely watched PBS series in the history of American public television.  It won an Emmy and a Peabody Award and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 600 million people.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark (Audio Book)

An audio book by astrophysicist Carl Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan, which was first published in 1996.

The audio book is intended to explain the scientific method to laymen, and to encourage people to learn critical or skeptical thinking. It explains methods to help distinguish between ideas that are considered valid science, and ideas that can be considered pseudoscience. Sagan states that when new ideas are offered for consideration, they should be tested by means of skeptical thinking, and should stand up to rigorous questioning.

Root of All Evil? The Original Program - Richard Dawkins

"There are would-be murderers, all around the world who want to kill you and me, and themselves, because they are motivated by what they think is the highest ideal..." - Richard Dawkins Root of All Evil? In this two-part documentary, Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins examines how religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. The program takes you to some of the world's religious hot-spots, both in America and the Middle East. Dawkins meets with religious leaders and their followers, as well as scientists and skeptics to examine the power of religion. Interviews with former Pastor Ted Haggard, the novelist Ian McEwan, the former Bishop of Oxford, and others offer valuable insights into the global impact and consequences of faith in the 21st century.

Guns, Germs, and Steel - DVD

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book and national best seller, Guns, Germs, and Steel is an epic detective story that offers a gripping expose on why the world is so unequal. Professor Jared Diamond traveled the globe for over 30 years trying to answer the biggest question of world history. Why is the world so unequal? The answers he found were simple yet extraordinary. Our destiny depends on geography and access to: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Weaving together anthropology and science with epic historical reenactments, Guns, Germs, and Steel brings Diamond's fascinating theories to life, and moves beyond the book to bring his ideas into the present day.

The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns

The 11-hour Civil War didn't just captivate a nation, re-teaching to us our history in narrative terms; it also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When people describe documentaries using the "Ken Burns approach," its style is understood: voice-over narrators reading letters and documents dramatically and stating the writer's name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era he depicts. The Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew only from stale history books.

Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen. Ken Burns' LEWIS & CLARK re-creates the 1803 journey to locate the Northwest Passage. The explorers found a varied landscape and a dizzying diversity of Indian peoples.
Plane Crazy (3pc. Gift Set)

Robert X. Cringely, computer industry gossip columnist and high-tech gadfly, sets out to design, build and fly an airplane in 30 days, having never before accomplished this feat in less than a year-and-a-half. Along the way, Cringely seeks advice from a host of experts as well as some other rather unusual people, including preachers, the Internet and the Tappet Brothers of National Public Radio.

Triumph of the Nerds Gift Box Set

It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen were amateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringley puts PC big shots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash. Some of the episode participants include: Bill Gates (Chairman of Microsoft, the richest man in the world), Steve Jobs (Hippie co-founder of Apple Computer; CEO of NeXT Computer; and the man who wanted to change the world), and Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple Computer; engineering genius, practical joker).

Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet

Robert X Cringely's sequel to Triumph of the Nerds. He turns his well-informed and irreverent eye on the intriguing history of the Internet. Go deep into the bowels of the Pentagon to witness the birth of the Internet and follow its rapid rise to the cutting edge of the World Wide Web. On his journey, Cringely interviews the unknown nerds who laid the Internet's foundations, visits the Silicon Valley of India and grills the founders of the networking companies who have made millions from this fascinating new technology.

Brief History of Time

Documentarian Errol Morris has a knack for finding the fascinating quirks of his subjects, and this brings Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time to sparkling life. Through interviews with family and colleagues of the brilliant theoretical physicist, as well as Hawking's own synthesized readings and reminiscences, we learn of his early life, his struggle with the degenerative disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and his wide-ranging contributions to our knowledge of time, black holes, and the origin of the universe. The science is never downplayed; between Hawking's prose and Morris's visual wizardry, important concepts such as entropy and singularities jump from the screen in memorable vignettes.

Ken Burns' America Collection

These seven brilliant programs by America's foremost documentary filmmaker comprise a glorious anthem to a great nation and its people. "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Statue of Liberty" chronicle the conception and building of these magnificent structures that grace New York Harbor. "Empire of the Air" is an absorbing history of radio and the men who created it, while "The Congress" is a fascinating portrait of this unique American institution. Opposites in almost every way, artist "Thomas Hart Benton" and politician "Huey Long" are portrayed in compelling biographies. "The Shakers" is a moving tribute to the most enduring religious experiment in American history.

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained By Its Most Brilliant Teacher

The six easiest chapters from Feynman's celebrated Lectures on Physics (LJ 12/15/63), which the Nobel Prize-winning scientist delivered from 1961 to 1963 at the California Institute of Technology. Intended for as wide an audience as possible, these chapters are primarily qualitative in nature, with a minimum of formal mathematics. They discuss atoms, basic physics, the relation of physics to other sciences, the conservation of energy, gravitation, and quantum behavior.

Penn & Teller - Bullshit! (All Seasons)

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is a US documentary television series that has been on the air since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime on Thursday nights at 10 pm EST. In Canada, the series airs on The Movie Network. It is hosted by professional magicians/comedians Penn & Teller. Many episodes aim to debunk what the hosts see as pseudoscientific ideas, supernatural beliefs, popular fads and misconceptions, and often from a libertarian point of view, the political philosophy espoused by both Penn and Teller.

Eyes on the Prize DVD

Eyes on the Prize is a 14-hour documentary series about the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The series uses archival footage to record the growth of the civil rights movement in the United States, with special focus on the ordinary people who affected the change. The series has been hailed as more than just a historical document. It is the principal film account of the most important American social justice movement of the 20th century. Because of its extensive use of primary sources and in-depth coverage of the material, it has been adopted as a key reference and record of the civil rights movement. It has also seen extensive use in schools and other educational settings as a way to convey the experiences and history of that period in the struggle for civil rights. The title of the series is derived from the song "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize", which is used in each episode as the opening theme music.

Africa the Serengeti

Africa The Serengeti takes you on an extraordinary journey to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed. The Great Migration. Journey with more than two million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes in their annual 500-mile trek across the Serengeti Plains. Filmed entirely on location in Kenya and Tanzania and featuring Africa's greatest predators in deadly pursuit of their migrating prey, Africa the Serengeti brings you spectacular vistas and dynamic aerials while vividly detailing life and death in an unforgettable film experience.

Great Minds of Science 6 Tape Boxed Set

This set includes six videos, each featuring a one-hour interview with a leading scientist. Topics include oceanography, astronomy, evolution, dinosaurs, viruses, and artificial intelligence.

Tembo: The Legendary Howard Hill

The legendary Howard Hill left us his legacy in the awesome African epic called Tembo. Filmed in spectacular Hollywood style over 50 years ago, Howard Hill succeeded in creating a high adventure movie centered around the sport of archery hunting. You'll be amazed by Howard's incredible shooting skills with the longbow. The second feature is called Points on Arrows. In it, Howard continues to demonstrate his unsurpassed skills with his bow.

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