In this episode, Piers journeys to Peru to uncover the science and secrets of non-Western health treatments. He is joined by two volunteer patients as they test a range of unusual remedies sourced from the Peruvian jungle in a bid to use shamanic medicine to cure ailments they've struggled to fix at home.
A toddler suddenly starts worrying her parents when she loses appetite for the foods she normally eats. Then, she starts craving salt, cat food and dog food, but becomes stunted in her growth. After the little girl develops a strange rash, her parents learn that she has been infected by the Toxocara canis parasite. A middle-aged executive of a company had been living a healthy life, until he suddenly starts feeling pain in his abdomen. Initially, it seems he simply has a colon condition called diverticulitis. However, the abdominal cramps return and become so intense that they force him to go to the hospital and get surgery. There, the man discovers that his colon has been invaded by a pathogenic form of Escherichia coli. An older married couple is celebrating for their planned future, when suddenly, they both have flu-like symptoms. When the doctor discovers swollen lymph nodes on them both, the couple learn that they have been infected by the Bubonic plague. The husband's condition, though, is much worse, as he develops gangrene and even has to get his calves amputated.
Greed is good! The 1980s drive for excess and ruthless ambition reaches its peak as Wall Street traders engage in insider trading and Miami becomes a drug dealing haven.
Tonight Australian Story will feature an updated edition of the Logie awarding winning episode on former First Lady Hazel Hawke, first aired ten years ago. There will be new interviews and other material from those closest to Mrs Hawke in her final days.
Adam and Jamie test the movie myth that a convict sandwiched between two chubby cops survived after their car was T-boned by a truck.
The non-stop glamour and excess of the 1980s saw Madonna become a style icon and consumers purchasing $4000 mobile phones weighing in at a whopping 1kg.
The attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. The rise of Steve Jobs. The launch of 24-hour news. Above all else, the 1980s was an era of radical change and innovation.
Mobinah, a committed Muslim, switches lives with Jordane, a young Jewish woman recently returned to Australia after a year on a kibbutz in Israel. Apart from their obvious religious differences, there are strong contrasts in their communities.
Empire goes to Vatican City to explore the past, present and future of the Roman Catholic Church.
An extraordinary story of the hard-fought rise and dramatic fall of a visionary Australian Prime Minister during one of the country's most turbulent eras. With its scandals and political deaths, dizzying highs and terrible lows, prime minister Gough Whitlam's rise and fall reads like Shakespeare. Heroic to some, flawed to others, his changes still echo today.
Pac-Man! Sony Walkmans! MTV! Explore the 1980s revolution of personal entertainment with first-hand stories from Steven Tyler, Jane Fonda and the late Larry Hagman.
This week it's actor Melvin Hayes who has been driving for 50 years, and now, even though he is living on the Isle of Wight - where traffic isn't quite as hectic, still scares family members with his erratic driving. Melvin needs to sharpen up his responses in regard to modern traffic conditions.
The 300-year old Paris Opera Ballet School is today a fabled place with an international reputation. It is home to 130 pupils, aged from 8 to 18, all driven by an intense desire to succeed. Over the course of one year, this series follows the young dancers in their endeavours to survive the gruelling disciplines and training. In French.
Historian David Reynolds re-assesses Stalin's role in the life and death struggle between Germany and Russia in World War Two, which, he argues, was ultimately more critical for British survival than the Battle of Britain itself.
In 1901, a group of divers excavating an ancient shipwreck near the island of Antikythera, off the southern coast of Greece, found a mysterious object. The 2000-year-old object, no bigger than a modern laptop, is now regarded as the world's oldest computer, devised to show the positions of the Sun, Moon and planets, as well as to predict eclipses and calculate the timing of the ancient Olympics. This fascinating film follows the efforts of an international team of scientists to uncover the secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism? using the latest advanced technologies to reveal surprising and awe-inspiring details about a mystifying and profoundly important object.
Sue Perkins tells the astonishing true story behind the real Von Trapp family, portrayed almost 50 years ago in one of the most popular films ever made, The Sound of Music. The 1965 blockbuster starring Julie Andrews has been seen by over a billion people and continues to captivate generation after generation with its unique message of love and innocence. However, Salzburg, where the story began, has only now hosted its first-ever performance of the musical. The program follows Sue to Austria to discover why the city seems to resent the film that put it on the map.
This compelling documentary unlocks the stories of people born 'intersex' - neither entirely male or female - and asks whether our traditional understanding of gender is correct. Insights from people with these conditions, and the medical teams at the forefront of treating them, reveal how we all develop in the womb - and that one in 500 of us is born with an intersex condition. This scientific yet sensitive and emotional programme challenges the assumption that gender is binary, arguing that men and women merely represent particular points of a biological continuum. But is western society ready to accept that 'male' and 'female' are tenuous and imprecise biological concepts?
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