HISTORY

NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City

NOVA

NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City

For nearly 500 years, Beijing's complex of palaces and temples was the power center of imperial China. Explore this ancient architectural masterpiece, long hidden from western eyes, as experts use ancient craft secrets to restore its fading grandeur.

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep3: Puritans and Pioneers

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep3: Puritans and Pioneers

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts - the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

NOVA: Ghosts of Stonehenge

NOVA

NOVA: Ghosts of Stonehenge

Who built Stonehenge and why? Groundbreaking archaeological digs have revealed major new clues about Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.

POV: The Islands and The Whales

POV

POV: The Islands and The Whales

On the isolated Faroe Islands, the longtime whale-hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels and anti-whaling activists. Their tale sounds a warning to the rest of the world.

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep2:  Unfamiliar Kin

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep2: Unfamiliar Kin

In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them. Along the way, two of them also discover that their close relatives were on the wrong side of history. Guests: Christopher Walken, Carly Simon, Fred Armisen

Finding Your Roots: The Impression

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots: The Impression

Comedian Larry David and politician Bernie Sanders discover they have more in common than they thought as they trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight

NOVA

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight

Once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. NOVA challenged a blacksmith and master armorer to recreate parts of an elite armor. We trace their journey as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.

History at University of the Cumberlands

History at University of the Cumberlands

Kentucky Life takes a look at the stories behind the historical markers on the campus of University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

The Vietnam War

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the war as it's never before been told on film. The 10-part series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, American and Vietnamese, bringing the war and its chaotic epoch viscerally to life. Watch Now.

Frontline: Abacus — Small Enough to Jail

Frontline

Frontline: Abacus — Small Enough to Jail

The little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis is explored. Director Steve James chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family's fight to clear their names.