New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before. As companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic make space more accessible, and NASA returns to crewed spaceflight, a new era of space exploration may be on the horizon. NOVA explores the latest rocket technologies and the growing role private citizens may have in space.
Frank Mechau was one of Colorado’s finest artists. Even though he died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 43, he was able to leave an indelible mark in the art world and the State of Colorado – including being commissioned to paint no less than 11 murals in various post office and several government buildings around the country.
Jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright uses music as a starting point to stress the values of discipline, hard work and self-respect for underserved kids through his African Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy. Known to students affectionately as "Baba Wain," this documentary recounts his harrowing journey through the civil rights movement and long career as a jazz musician.
This program presents a mashup of personal stories from African American students, spanning two generations, who signed up for voluntary busing to attend better-resourced suburban schools. It explores shifting race relations in the suburban-urban axis, teen self-perception, and the role gender plays in fitting-in.
GLOBAL SPIRIT investigates philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom. This episode kicks off season 2 with an exploration of the oppositional relationship between love and fear. Pictured: Guitarist and spiritual practitioner Carlos Santana.
An ordinary administrative case: a man has been run over on the highway by a hit-and-run driver. There would be no need for Valeria, but Inspector Ferro understands right from the start that things aren't as simple as they seem.
CHARLIE'S PLACE tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit in the segregated South. The owner, Charlie Fitzgerald, welcomed blacks and whites to his club. From the 1930s to the 1960s, many of the greatest black musicians played there, including Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown and Little Richard.
From the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to Appenzell, Rick Steves savors Switzerland's jaw-dropping alpine beauty and the rich culture of its people. As he laces together that dramatic mountain wonder with scenic train rides, breathtaking lifts, and unforgettable hikes, he also enjoys alpine life – from exploring glaciers to making cheese the old-fashioned way.
SINGULAR tells the story of Cecile McLorin Salvant, a talented jazz singer with a timeless voice, who developed an inimitable vocal style and earned three Grammy Awards before the age of 30. Interviews with fellow jazz musicians and her family tell the story of Cecile's success in the insular world of jazz.
Hannah discusses a paradox discovered by Bertrand Russell that undermines the foundations of logic underpinning math, suggesting that math isn't a true part of the universe. But Einstein's equations are so good at predicting the universe that they must reflect some basic structure in it.
Imagine living somewhere you didn't choose. Being told you can't love or leave. For decades, that was reality for people with intellectual disabilities living in state institutions. Today, most people with intellectual disabilities are living in the community – but are they truly a part of it? This program examines the journey towards inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections in the heart of the Midwest, three women take on entrenched local political networks in their fight to reshape politics on their own terms. "Represent" tells their story.