Science and Nature

Blue Sky Metropolis

"Blue Sky Metropolis" is the untold story of how aerospace was central to the growth of California and its emergence as an economic power. The documentary miniseries focuses on the people behind the aerospace movement and will feature many of the current major players in the aerospace industry in California, which is the hub of modern day aerospace engineering.

A Space Odyssey

56m 12s

The triumphant and tragic Space Race unfolds in the first-hand accounts of those who pioneered the technology and built the hardware that made possible mankind’s greatest achievement: landing on the moon. Meantime, the military-industrial-complex expands unchecked.

Episodes

  • Back to the Future: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Back to the Future

    S1 E4 - 56m 12s

    The end of the Cold War brings massive layoffs, but tech billionaires choose Southern California to launch their space companies, injecting new vigor to the industry in the region. Though committed to the “democratization” of space, SpaceX and Virgin Orbit include the Pentagon as a major customer.

  • A Space Odyssey: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Space Odyssey

    S1 E3 - 56m 12s

    The triumphant and tragic Space Race unfolds in the first-hand accounts of those who pioneered the technology and built the hardware that made possible mankind’s greatest achievement: landing on the moon. Meantime, the military-industrial-complex expands unchecked.

  • The Big Chill: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Big Chill

    S1 E2 - 56m 41s

    This episode traces how the Cold War and Pentagon dollars fund the explosive growth of modern Los Angeles and create the military-industrial-complex. Entire suburbs such as Lakewood are built in record time to house defense industry workers, while also restricting non-white races from living there. Fear of nuclear annihilation spawns the science-fiction genre for Hollywood.

  • Wings: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wings

    S1 E1 - 55m 38s

    “Wings” establishes Southern California as the undisputed aviation capital of the world, tracing its growth from the 1910 Los Angeles Air Meet to becoming America’s “arsenal of democracy” during World War II, led by Jack Northrop, Glenn Martin and Donald Douglas. Critics see an unhealthy alliance developing between the federal government and aircraft manufacturers.

Extras + Features

  • Episode 4 Preview | Back to the Future: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview | Back to the Future

    S1 E4 - 30s

    The end of the Cold War brings massive layoffs, but tech billionaires choose Southern California to launch their space companies, injecting new vigor to the industry in the region. Though committed to the “democratization” of space, SpaceX and Virgin Orbit include the Pentagon as a major customer.

  • Ansari XPrize, A Century-Old Idea, Is New Again: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ansari XPrize, A Century-Old Idea, Is New Again

    S1 E4 - 2m 22s

    Tech billionaire Anousheh Ansari, CEO of the XPrize Foundation, used her wealth to create the XPrize. It was meant to get the creative juices and competitive spirits of the private sector flowing. The idea of an attractive prize to spur the growth of an industry is one that has proven effective even more than a century ago also in Los Angeles.

  • There’s No Place Like Home?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    There’s No Place Like Home?

    S1 E4 - 2m 11s

    The day when we could be living in other planets is coming closer and closer, but in the meantime astronaut Garrett Reisman has a few words for us earth dwellers.

  • Sue Finley: Human Computer, Wife and Mother: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sue Finley: Human Computer, Wife and Mother

    S1 E4 - 2m 40s

    Sue Finley began working at NASA in 1958, the year President Eisenhower announced its creation. As society changed around her, Finley also navigated the complexities of being a woman with a career, in engineering no less.

  • Episode 3 Preview | A Space Odyssey: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview | A Space Odyssey

    S1 E3 - 30s

    The triumphant and tragic Space Race unfolds in the firsthand accounts of those who pioneered the technology and built the hardware that made possible mankind’s greatest achievement: landing on the moon. Meantime, the military-industrial-complex expands unchecked.

  • The Southern California Spirit in the Sky: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Southern California Spirit in the Sky

    S1 E3 - 3m 33s

    In response to JFK’s call to land a man on the moon, America relied on the workforce in Southern California, the aerospace capital of the world. Listen to them recount the rock and roll-like excitement of the times.

  • Inventing the Future in Southern California: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inventing the Future in Southern California

    S1 E3 - 1m 25s

    There was a symbiosis between the aviation and aerospace industries and the Southern California lifestyle. Thanks to the people who had their eyes on space, the world was introduced to windsurfing and futuristic architecture that defined an era.

  • Making the First Photo of a Planet Ever: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Making the First Photo of a Planet Ever

    S1 E3 - 42s

    In the summer of 1964, Mariner 4 began transmitting images of Mars, but a full picture of the Red Planet is more difficult than what you would think.

  • The Theater of Duck and Cover: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Theater of Duck and Cover

    S1 E2 - 2m 57s

    Once a month in California, air raid sirens would go off, marking the time when all residents would begin their duck and cover drills. Listen to the stories of an older generation who lived under constant thread of nuclear annihilation.

  • Disney Sells the Space Dream: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Disney Sells the Space Dream

    S1 E2 - 3m 16s

    Wernher Von Braun was an ex-Nazi who helped create the rocket that bombed Great Britain. His knowhow would be used in the United States in service of the space race; his background swept under the rug. Alongside Walt Disney and his Tomorrowland, Von Braun, now dubbed the “Father of the American Space program,” the two would ignite a fervor for the great beyond.

  • Episode 2 Preview | The Big Chill: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview | The Big Chill

    S1 E2 - 30s

    The Cold War and Pentagon dollars fuel the explosive growth of modern Los Angeles and creates the military-industrial-complex. Entire suburbs are built in record time to house defense industry workers, but covenants restrict non-white races from living there. Fear of nuclear annihilation spawns a new genre for Hollywood as ‘ science fiction’ movies become a box office goldmine.

  • The Real U-2 (Not the Rock Band): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Real U-2 (Not the Rock Band)

    S1 E2 - 3m 45s

    Born in Lockheed’s Skunkworks division, the U-2 aircraft is a marvel of flight that enabled the United States to get a leg up in recon. It is still a plane that is in use today.

Schedule

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