What is the world’s strongest material? From steel to Kevlar and spider silk to carbon nanotubes, host David Pogue looks at the ways in which science and nature work to make strong stuff. Pictured: David Pogue and Chihye Lewis stretching a carbon nanotube forest
Chart the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world. In a journey both literal and historical, host Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad’s birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, from his flight to Medina and the founding of the first Islamic constitution to his subsequent military and political successes and failures — through to his death and his legacy.
Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz pulls off a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators. In a series of thoughtful and candid interviews, Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisers, who helped devise the occupation’s legal framework, paint a complex picture of the Middle East conflict and the balance among political interests, security and human rights that has come with it. By Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor.
At the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Lunder Conservation Lab in Washington, DC, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nancy Druckman carefully examine fragile miniature portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries normally kept in climate-controlled storage at the neighboring Luce Foundation Center. Highlights include a 1964 Chrysler Turbine model and manual; a circa 1840 temperance banner; and a circa 1925 oil painting by Jessie Willcox Smith, the Philadelphia artist famous for her depictions of children, valued at $75,000.
The two-part drama-documentary BROADSIDE tells the story of how the English invasion of Dutch Manhattan sparked the first global naval war. BROADSIDE employs talented actors in 17th-century settings, large-scale re-enactments, animation and scholarly interviews to capture the drama and intrigue as two nations fight for prosperity abroad and face demands for religious freedom at home.
"Emerging Empires Collide, Pt. 1" on Broadside airs on Sunday, August 18th at 9:30 p.m. on channel 3.