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Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past

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A profile of architect Robert A.M. Stern, who champions and creates buildings in historic and traditional styles.

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Fidel Castro Tapes, The

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A profile of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro that relies on media reports, rarely seen clips and footage from the Cuban archives to chart his life, including his rise to power in the late 1950s and decision, in 2008, to cede power to his brother Raul.

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Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War

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Recalling the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the U.S. and USSR squared off over secret Soviet missile bases in Cuba. The documentary details the actions of President John F. Kennedy, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuba's Fidel Castro during the 13-day stalemate. Included: remarks from Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the former Soviet premier; former Kennedy adviser Ted Sorensen; former CIA and KGB agents; and Naval reconnaissance pilot Jerry Coffee, who took the photos of the missile bases.

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Blandings

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A period comedy series based on P.G. Wodehouse's stories.

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Latino Americans

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A documentary series that chronicles the history and experiences of Latinos, the largest minority group in the U.S.

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National Parks: America's Best Idea, The

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A sumptuously filmed documentary series that explores the origins of America's national parks, from their genesis in the mid-1800s to the present. It features archival photographs, personal memories, more than 40 interviews and gorgeous cinematography of such locales as Acadia, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone.

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Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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The story of the British foreign-intelligence agency popularly known as MI6, which was created in 1909, featuring remarks from one of its former chiefs; an ex-spy; and Bletchley Park codebreaker Mavis Batey (1921-2013). It also spotlights some of the spy gadgets the agency used in the past; and details how its practice of recruiting agents from the upper classes ultimately harmed it.

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Central Park Five, The

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This documentary examines a 1989 case in which five black and Latino teens were convicted of raping a Central Park jogger before the true perpetrator admitted to the crime.

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Buddha, The

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Richard Gere narrates the story of the Buddha, who some 2500 years ago, in northern India, found enlightenment while meditating beneath a fig tree. The documentary includes remarks from the Dalai Lama, poets Jane Hirshfield and W.S. Merwin, scholars Robert Thurman, Kevin Trainor and Max Moerman, astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan, psychiatrist Mark Epstein and practicing Buddhist monastics.

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Not as I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer's Journey Through Lymphoma

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Photojournalist John Kaplan documents his bout with lymphoma in still photos, video and his own narration. Kaplan, who teaches photography, design and journalism at the University of Florida, won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1992.

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