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Something the Lord Made
Tells the emotional true story of two men who defined the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow south. Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies", Dr. Alfred Blalock and lab technician Vivien Thomas form an impressive team. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear them apart. (DVD 110 min)
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The Big Bad Swim
A Connecticut adult swim class sets the stage for this comedy-drama about love, loss and second chances. Three strangers, inextricably connected through personal heartbreak, find themselves entering deep water as they learn that life isn’t always about diving right in-- it’s about getting your feet wet once in awhile. (DVD 93 min)
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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Uplifting and courageous, this dramatic seven-time award-winning film by Zach Niles and Banker White tracks the journey of a group of six musicians who formed a band after being displaced from their home during a brutal decade long civil war. (DVD 80 min)
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Flexibility for Sports Performance
Helps athletes identify areas of improvement and establish a baseline for his/her flexibility regimen. Demonstrates the best science-based exercise techniques to avoid injury and optimize muscle function on the court, field, course, track, mat, or in the water. (DVD 51min)
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Speed for Sports Performance
"Increase your acceleration, maximum speed, and endurance! Speed for Sports Performance provides the tools to build a program for your specific needs, sports, and goals"--Container. (DVD 55 min)
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To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Modern Times (The Story of Math)

In the last program in the Story of maths series for BBC FOUR, Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, escorts viewers through the history of mathematical ideas and looks at some of the great unsolved problems that confront mathematics in the twentieth century, offering clear, accessible explanations of important mathematical ideas as well as telling the stories, through the use of engaging anecdotes and fascinating biographical details, of the mathematicians who would try to crack them including Georg Cantor, Henri Poincaré, Kurt Godel, Paul Cohen, André Weil, and Alexander Grothendieck. The program concludes by considering one of the great as-yet-unsolved problems of mathematics: the Riemann Hypothesis. (DVD 58 min)

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The Secret Life of Bees
Lily Owens is a young girl who lives on the peach farm that her abusive father owns. Rosaleen is a black woman hired by Lily’s father to be a stand-in mother for Lily. When Rosaleen and Lily walk into town they are approached by some white men. Rosaleen insults these racists by standing up for her rights. The angry men give her a beating and she ends up in the hospital. Lily’s father rescues Lily but not Rosaleen so Lily talks Rosaleen into running away. They end up in a town that Lily believes her mother once lived in. They go to live with the three Boatwright sisters on their honey farm, and there Lily finds solace in the mesmerizing world of beekeeping. (DVD 110 min)
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The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Middle East: The Birth of Nations/Albert Kahn’s Archive of the Planet
"No sooner had Europe declared an end to its Great War than the seeds of new conflict were sewn -- in the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. With typical global awareness, photography patron and archivist Albert Kahn chose to document the historic changes occurring in the colonial Middle East. This program traces his team’s expeditions into Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine as Western powers redrew the map of the region." From container. (DVD 52 min)

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To Kill A Mockingbird
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him-- except the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. (DVD 130 min)
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The Living Machine: One-Degree Factor
Drawing astonishing connections between forces thousands of miles apart, this program shows how life on earth is being pushed to extremes by a one-degree rise in average temperature. Specific topics include animal population declines, atmospheric developments above the oceans, and the widespread appearance of a previously rare respiratory illness. Viewers learn how many scientists believe these disparate phenomena are directly linked to global climate change. (DVD)
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Knowledge Management

Three modules compare various corporate learning systems. Case studies feature Arthur Andersen, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, Dailmer Benz, Volvo amd ABB. (DVD 30 min)

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Goin’ to Chicago
A group of longtime Chicago residents returns to Greenville, Mississippi for a reunion with family and friends. Participants talk about their lives and their reasons for moving north. Includes archival footage of Mississippi and Chicago. (DVD 71 min)
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Blogging in the Classroom
"Blogs may be driving print journalists out of a business, but they’re doing wonders for the teaching profession. This program helps educators learn more about blogging and the best ways to integrate it into the classroom." -- container. (DVD 24 min)
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Podcasting in the Classroom
"... Learn how podcasts can disseminate class lectures, additional lecture notes, and study guides while opening up alternative teaching perspectives, bridging the gap with disabled learners, and building media literacy."-- container. (DVD 24 min)
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Diamonds of War: Africa’s Blood Diamonds
Examines the black market diamond trade in Sierra Leone, which for years has funded armed civil insurrection. (DVD 56 min)
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Bright Star
Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end. (DVD 119 min)
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Will you Marry Me?” Marriage Customs in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Senegal
"Even today, the majority of African women in both city and country still aspire to get a good husband and have many children. This program sheds light on the pros and cons of marriage customs in sub-Saharan Africa..."--Container. (DVD 49 min)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford’s search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. (DVD 113 min)

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The Secret Life of the Brain
This series explores the startling new map of the brain that has emerged from the past decade of neuroscience and shares a revelatory view of this most complicated organ, which now contradicts much of what we previously believed. Narrated by actress Blair Brown, the series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary and cutting-edge animation. Viewers will not only learn startling new truths about the brain, they will voyage inside it. (DVD/3 disc set 300 min)
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World in Balance
In Japan, Europe and Russia, birth rates are shrinking and the population is aging. In parts of India and Africa, more than half of the still growing population is under 25. The world population is now careening in two dramatically different directions. China revs up examines China’s booming economy and the impact it’s having on the environment. (DVD 120 min)
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Influenza 1918

In the spring of 1918, an army private reported to a hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, an illness that doctors knew little about. By the end of WWI, America was ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 675,000 people. (DVD 60 min)

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Cracking the Code of Life
This documentary examines the complex race to decode the human genome. Examines the work of, and contains interviews with: Francis Collins, director of the National Center for Human Genome Research; J. Craig Venter, head of its rival, the private Celera Genomics; and the Whitehead Institute’s Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. (DVD 116 min)
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The Universe Within
Using microphotography to explore the hidden world inside the human body, this program covers three incredible team efforts: the coordination of muscles, bones, heart and circulatory system that makes Mike Powell the world’s greatest long jumper ; the digestive dynamo that turns a simple sandwich eaten by five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair into raw energy for a blistering sprint down the ice ; and, the ultimate event--the development of a new human life inside track star Karen Hatchett. (DVD 60 min)
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The Miracle of Life

Disc 1. Shows the actual conception and development of a baby. Looks inside the male and female reproductive organs to show the formation of sperm and the passage of a fertilized egg through the fallopian tube. Uses a microscope to observe DNA, chromosomes, and other minute body details building up to the moment of birth. Disc 2. Bonus DVD, NOVA: life’s first feelings: Reveals the surprising emotional capabilities of newborns and very young children. (DVD/2 discs set 112 min)

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The History of American Indian Achievement
This original, eight-part series on four volumes, documents the history of American Indian achievement, its defining role in the growth of the country, and its influence on current events. The series highlights the many contributions of American Indians that have influenced and shaped the history of the United States. (DVD/4 disc set 240 min)
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Leaving Cleaver
A look at the last interview given by Eldridge Cleaver, social activist, former Black Panther, and author, before his death. Features commentary from Cleaver’s former wife, audio tapes of a 1975 interview Cleaver gave, and more. (DVD 60 min)
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Epidemics: Ebola, AIDS, Bird Flu and Typhoid

In 1906 in America it was first discovered that humans could transmit typhoid fever. This is a dramatization of the outbreak and a profile of Irish cook Mary Mallon, known as ’Typhoid Mary’. Quarantined against her will, the story reveals the newfound power of health officials to protect the masses, often at the expense of personal liberties. (DVD/4 disc set 225 min)

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The Choice 2008
"The choice 2008 draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, family and friends closest to these unlikely candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party’s nominations"--Container. (DVD 120 min)
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The War of the World: A New History of the 20th Century
"The film considers the unparalleled stretch of violence during the 20th century as a single, unrelenting ’war of the world’ that began with Japan’s invasion of Russia in 1904 and continued through the Korean War all the way to an ongoing ’Third Word’s War’"--Container. (DVD 180 min)
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Dreams of Obama

Tells the story of how a little known state senator rose from obscurity to the White House in just over four years. Draws on interviews with those closest to Obama to provide insight into how he might lead the country. A personal and political biography, the film examines the key moments that shaped Obama, and asks what his election says about America. Examines how Obama’s life experiences made him uniquely suited to launch his successful campaign to become the country’s first black president. (DVD 56 min)

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Mystery of the Senses
A series of five programs inspired by Diane Ackerman’s book A natural history of the senses, each examining one of the senses. (DVD/5 disc set 220 min)
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Nutrition Teaching System Series: The Digestive System, Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, Water Combo, Energy Balance, Weight Control & Metabolism, and Disease Prevention
Cerebellum Teaching Systems are simply the most effective method for students to learn and for teachers to teach. These innovative systems cover 10 core subjects and include a Standard Deviants School DVD with extra content and a CD-ROM filled with classroom notes, quizzes, games, discussion questions, and graphic handouts. Each program correlates directly to government standards for the subject is designed by teaching professionals recognized for their expertise. (DVD/10 disc set 172 min)
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25 Most Influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years

Who are the 25 most influential persons in business, finance and economics since NBR first took to the air in 1979? NBR and the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania set out to answer that question. Those who qualified for this list are profiled in this program. (DVD 46 min)
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Spanish: The Irregular Verbs Tener & Querer; Making Verbs Negative

Learn the basics of the Spanish language. (DVD 15 min. each)

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How to use Dianetics-- Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller by L. Ron Hubbard
This two-disc DVD is a companion to Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, the most widely read and broadly acclaimed book ever written on the subject of the human mind. Drawn directly from the pages of the book, these films reveal how negative experiences in your past cause your mind to depart from rational thought and behavior—without you even knowing it. What’s more, these films teach you exactly how to use a precise Dianetics procedure of auditing to locate these past experiences and eliminate their negative effects. (DVD/2 disc set 4 hrs. 23 min)
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Jazz Icons: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers : live in ’58 / Dizzy Gillespie : live in ’58 and ’70 / Louis Armstrong : live in ’59 / Quincy Jones : live in ’60 / Thelonious Monk : live in ’66 / Buddy Rich : live in ’78 / Ella Fitzgerald : live in ’57 and ’63 / Count Basie : live in ’62 / Chet Baker : live in ’64 and ’79
"Jazz Icons is an ongoing DVD series featuring full-length concerts and in-studio performances by the greatest legends of jazz, filmed all over the world from the 1950s through the 1970s"--Container of Chet Baker disc. (DVD/9 discs 9 hr., 55 min)
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Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
Story of radio from 1906-1955 and the three men who made it happen: Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff. Combines archival photographs, newsreels of the period, interviews, and radio soundtrack. (DVD 120 min)
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10,000 black men named George

The true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. As Philip Randolph, a black journalist, establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company, were all black porters were simply named "George", after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves. (DVD 89 min)

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Helen of Troy
A re-telling of the classic tale of power and corruption, moved by the passions and desires of towering personalities. Aphrodite promises the most beautiful woman in the world to Paris, Prince of Troy, but alas, Helen is already married to Menelaus King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon. When she escapes to Troy with Paris, Menelaus rallies the kings of Greece to attack Troy. Also included are the prophecies of Cassandra, the sacrifice of Iphigenia, the duel between Hector and Achilles, and even crafty Odysseus makes an appearance. In a return to grand Hollywood tradition, the battle scenes feature a ’cast of thousands’ rather than CGI effects. (DVD 177 min)
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Accounting: The Basics
The Standard Deviants introduce you to the basics of accounting, including GAAP. You’ll learn about owner’s equity, the three types of business organizations, the five types of accounts, and three types of financial statements. It’s fun, it’s feisty, it’s financial accounting, that is. (DVD 26 min)
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