Historian Bettany Hughes recalls eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower. She begins by exploring the day in 202 BC when the Roman army, led by Scipio, defeated the might of Carthage under Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in modern-day Tunisia. This was a decisive moment, setting Rome on the path to greatness and exemplifying the military muscle and supreme ambition on which its empire would be built.
This program looks at the issues that will change the way we live our lives in the future. Rather than relying on the minds of science fiction writers, mathematician Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to provide an evidence-based vision of tomorrow. With the help of the BBC's science experts - and a few surprise guests - Hannah investigates the questions the public want answered about the future. Part of the BBC's Horizon series. Broadcast by SBS as 10 Things to Know About the Future.
The Vice crew travels across the ocean to document the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, home to millions of kilograms of plastic waste from around the world. The trash has been accumulating for decades, and by the looks of it, won't stop growing anytime soon.
Recorded in 1964, Cash placed himself in the middle of fervent social upheavals gripping the US at the time by using his album, Bitter Tears, to speak out on behalf of native people. Based on the book A Heartbeat And A Guitar: Johnny Cash and The Making of Bitter Tears by Antonino D’Ambrosio, who also directed the documentary Broadcast by NITV as Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited.
Breaking a Monster begins as the three members of band Unlocking the Truth are all in seventh grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square, often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70-year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8 million record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry. Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them.
The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time, Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.
Former stand-up comedian Kilph Nesteroff takes a look at what it takes to be a comic, seeking out rookie and veteran comics to uncover hidden truths of the profession to reveal the universal humanity behind the craft of comedy. Bombing strikes fear in the heart of every stand-up. Kilph hits the open mic scene for answers, with help from Attell, Lange, Birbiglia, and Hedberg.
The chariot is just about the only thing the Chinese didn't invent, but for over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields, dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on Earth, and unifying the nation. A team of experts discover how the Chinese did it, how they perfected the ultimate high-status weapon of the ancient world. With exclusive access to superb archaeological discoveries, beautifully preserved chariots from the height of Chinese chariot warfare have been unearthed, complete with sacrificed charioteers, horses and chariots that reveal every detail of their design.
A show for young people in our community whose voices, stories and perspectives aren't often seen or heard. We hear from kids with same-sex parents, refugees, young people who experience a disability, and more.
The band entered superstar status with the 1976 release of their first greatest hits. The token new song on the record was Fernando. It remains ABBA's biggest-selling single to date, with sales of 10 million copies.
Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
Louis CK, Isabella Rossellini and Madchen Amick guide us through the dark lands of America's homegrown surrealist, from the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Eraserhead through Twin Peaks en route to the nightmarish Tinseltown of Mulholland Drive.
Gabriel Weston continues to unlock the secrets of the human body through some of the most extraordinary cases in medicine. This time, Gabriel uncovers the stories of a man with bones as strong as granite, a woman who became pregnant with twins in two separate wombs, a girl whose arm won't stop growing, and a woman who gets lost in her own home.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the oldest and most intact of the seven wonders of the ancient world. For more than 4000 years, this iconic structure has puzzled and astounded in equal measures. Through a unique combination of pioneering archaeology and engineering experiments, this program shines new light on the age-old mystery of who built the pyramids, and how exactly they did it.
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Talking Heads.
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as Both Sides Now and Big Yellow Taxi, is widely considered 1960s and '70s folk royalty. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Joni Mitchell.
As Melbourne struggles with increased youth crime, one particular group have fallen under the spotlight. The so-called Apex have captured the attention of the media, the police, and the imagination of the public, but who are they? Are they a serious threat or just a bunch of kids demonised out of proportion to their activities? This documentary seeks to look beyond the media hype at a community under intense scrutiny. Working closely with the South Sudanese community, this documentary goes to the heart of what it takes to make a multicultural society and gives pause to those who have forged a view of migrant communities based on stereotypes by separating myth from reality.
Known as the voice of soul music, Otis Redding died in a plane crash at 26 years old. His song (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay hit No.1 in 1968. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Otis Redding.
Prime ministers and dignitaries gather in Israel to recognise the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba and the famous charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade: a mounted infantry brigade of the First AIF.
Jesse Eisenberg, Todd Haynes and John Robinson discuss the career of emerging indie-film darling Kelly Reichardt, whose poetic road movies, from Old Joy to Night Moves, travel with characters who have become lost in America.
Facebook knows more about us than any other business in history. We trust the social network site with the most private details of our lives, but what does the company that Mark Zuckerberg built do with all of that personal information? This program investigates how Facebook profits from its users, with its powerful algorithms allowing advertisers and politicians to target us more directly than ever before, questioning whether the company's size and complexity now makes it impossible to regulate.
Department of Veterans' Affairs Dave Chalmers emcees the evening service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba and the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade on October 31, 1917. Held at the Park of the Australian Soldier Service in Israel on October 31, 2017.
Some chemical reactions happen spontaneously while others are non-spontaneous and need to absorb energy to occur. Using thermodynamics, and the calculation of Gibbs free energy, scientists predict which reactions will occur.
Gabriel Weston continues to unlock the secrets of the human body through some of the most extraordinary cases in medicine. This time, we meet a girl with two hearts, a man who can sing two notes at once, a woman who can bend in amazing ways, a girl who is allergic to everything, and a man who can run 565km without stopping. These remarkable cases reveal the secret inner workings of our bodies, the ultimate piece of natural engineering.
Elisha Rose has lived with the shame and stigma of her father's actions since she was 13 years old. In 1998, Lindsey Rose was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences, never to be released. But rather than being consumed by trauma, Elisha is determined to atone for her father's crimes.
Baiae is an ancient Roman city that was lost to the same volcanoes that entombed Pompeii. It was a lavish escape for Rome's rich and powerful elite. Unlike Pompeii, Baiae sits underwater in the Bay of Naples. A team of archaeologists map the underwater ruins to piece together what made Baiae such a special place.
Deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year, but just how safe are the railroads? This documentary investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train technology that could help prevent them, by taking a special look at Japan's super-efficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record, revealing what it would take to usher in a new golden age of safer, faster, more modern and reliable train travel.
Reggie Yates is back in jail a year after spending a week locked up - but this time he's a prison guard. Working inside Guildford County Jail in North Carolina, Reggie helps guard nearly 1000 prisoners.
Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and David Keith share their reactions of shock and awe to the terrifying and innovative films of John Carpenter as the director reflects on his love-hate relationship with Hollywood, and what it takes to be a master of horror.
Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the networks of people and systems keeping Delhi running. They visit the mega markets and see how Delhi is coping with rapid population growth.
Gut Revolution seeks to sort the facts from the faeces in an observational series that follows two people with debilitating gut issues on their quest for better health. Garry has tried it all to lose weight, from the Biggest Loser to meal replacement shakes. And despite temporary victories, the kilos always pile back on. Are Garry's gut bacteria keeping him fat and can the Gut Revolution help him? Nutrition scientist Dr Joanna McMillan and her team of experts explore new and controversial science that suggests gut bacteria might just be affecting our appetites and moods.
Teaches concepts of general chemistry by presenting real challenges in energy production, materials development, biochemistry and environmental protection. The course zeroes in on core topics taught in introductory chemistry.
Will he stay or will he go? It's the biggest question in Australian football right now. After weeks of criticism, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has sat down for a one-on-one with Australian Story to address the intense speculation surrounding his future.
Continuing their journey across the US in one of the world's largest airships, the team questions how the atmosphere changes with altitude and how that has an impact on the life found there. Microbiologist Dr Chris van Tulleken and former paratrooper Andy Torbet search for living microorganisms in the 'death zone' of high altitude. Parachuting from 8000m, Andy has to overcome sub-freezing temperatures and fatally low levels of oxygen to undertake the experiment.
Aboard the airship, expedition leader Felicity Aston and Dr Jim McQuaid explore the impact of human behaviour upon the atmosphere, questioning whether cities can create their own weather. They unravel a mysterious increase in rainfall over the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona. Dr Sarah Beynon paraglides for a close encounter with a hawk and a unique opportunity to study up close the adaptations that enable these birds to fly so effortlessly.
To conclude their expedition the team scuba dive in the giant kelp forest of Monterey Bay, California, to discover how the atmosphere creates habitats below the ocean surface. One of the most fertile and diverse habitats in the seas, it is a vivid demonstration of the power of the atmosphere to reach in to every corner of the planet, and make it a place for life.
Surgeon Gabriel Weston continues to unlock the secrets of the human body through some of the most extraordinary cases in medicine. Meet a man who feels no pain, a woman who can smell Parkinson's disease, a man who can remember every face he has ever seen, and a survivor of a head injury who woke up to find he could suddenly play the piano. These remarkable cases shed new light on one of the most mysterious parts of the human body: the brain.