This season returns with interactive tests designed to mess with your mind and reveal the mechanics of your brain. Hosted by Jason Silva, the show features mind-bending and illusion-shattering experiments to reveal the mysteries of your brain.
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.
The life and spirit of Lance Vaccaro, U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer killed in action, is honored in this documentary film of four riders who travel by motorcycle from Virginia Beach to Alaska and back.
Almost a century ago, paleontologists found the first hints of a monster even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, perhaps the largest predator ever to walk the Earth: fossil bones from a dinosaur dubbed Spinosaurus. Bringing together experts in paleontology, geology, climatology, and paleobotany, this NOVA/National Geographic special brings to life the lost world over which Spinosaurus reigned more than 65 million years ago.
Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. The planet's sand reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world's beaches are in decline as victims of erosion or 'sand mafias.' But what will be the consequences of sand extraction on the environment and life on the planet?
A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot air balloon, will join a team to build a highly accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th century tools and materials. NOVA reveals the secrets of how the Montgolfiers invented flight, and evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador.
Daisy and Violet Hilton were conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the twentieth century as sideshow attractions. Ruthlessly exploited by their managers, the sisters ultimately sued for their freedom, which they won at a terrible cost.
Director William Davenport offers an inside look at the activists on the frontlines of the autism war: the fight for human rights and self-advocacy. He details the mounting battle between the neurodiversity movement and the 'cure mentality' of fundraising juggernaut Autism Speaks.
When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes. By the war's end, the blueprint of the modern fighter aircraft had emerged. To trace the story of this astonishingly rapid technological revolution, NOVA takes viewers inside The Vintage Aviator, a team of New Zealand-based aviation buffs dedicated to bringing back classic World War One fighters.
The film will feature one of Williams' last full-length interviews for the series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, along with clips from moments throughout his career.
An intimate and candid look at the life and art of legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his songs. Told primarily in Sondheim's own words from dozens of interviews, the film includes archival performance footage and original staged productions created for the film. The documentary reveals how art and life have been intertwined for Sondheim since childhood, when his mother's friendship with the family of librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II would introduce the young Sondheim to a surrogate father and artistic mentor, ultimately starting him on the path to a career in the theater.
The broadcast comes 50 years to the month after The Dave Clark Five's first US single peaked on the Billboard charts. 'Glad All Over' had already knocked the Beatles out of the number one position on the UK charts. Following The Beatles' triumphant appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, The Dave Clark Five were actually the first 'British Invasion' band to make a concert tour in America starting in May 1964.
A troubling picture of the U.S. during a time beset by anti-Semitism and a government that, due to complex social and political factors, delayed action and suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have saved hundreds of thousands of people.
Megan explores Buddhist temples, world heritage sites, and bargains at the city's best flea market. She then learns the art of Zen meditation and visits the Gion distract, home to many of Kyoto's few hundred remaining Geisha. She then travels to bustling Osaka, and Iga-Ueno then continuing by train through the Japanese Alps and by ferry to the remote Sado Island. Finally, in Himeji, she witnesses a dramatic fighting festival.
In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Now, scientists are testing the bones to find out more about the king and also conducting fascinating experiments to determine whether Richard could have fought so ferociously in battle with such a severe deformity.
The Kushites were a little-known African civilization that rose up and overthrew the Ancient Egyptians. Egypt, and early archaeologists, wanted history to forget them, but National Geographic is finally revealing the truth about the mysterious Black Pharaohs.