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Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

"Near the end of Floyd Mayweather's career there remained one epic disconnect, what the public wanted from him and what he promised himself, never to be treated as a peer, in Mayweather's estimation he has none. It was no longer about being the best fighter in the world but the most powerful ever. So why Pacquiao? why now? what changed? Not Mayweather, in the end it all went in his favour, the purse, the protocol, he got everything he wanted and now he has everything to loose." - Showtime releases their four part documentary on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight scheduled for this...

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Laos: Saviours of the Street

Across Asia car ownership is soaring, but so to is the number of people dying on the roads. In this 101 East episode we see Al Jazeera correspondent Drew Ambrose travel to Laos, a poor mountainous nation that has one of the regions worst road fatalities per capita. In the capital, Vientiane, an ambulance service run by a French paramedic and his band of volunteers is the only hope for crash survivors. Ambrose takes us inside this small medical unit in order to reveal just how bad things are...

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Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

In the spring of 1900, at the tiny rocky island of Antikythera a violent storm drives a group of sponge divers to take shelter, after three days the storm finally subsided and one of the divers decided to try his luck under water, he finds something entirely unexpected. All around him on the seabed are corroded human limbs, horses and faces. It is the largest horde of ancient marble and bronze sculptures ever found, the cargo of an overloaded galley that sank over 2000 years ago, carrying treasure from Greek colonies in the Mediterranean conquered by rome. Over the next 9 months the...

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Mayweather / Pacquiao: At Last

To truly appreciate where we are, this HBO epic starts right at the very beginning, on an island on the other side of the world, were we see the streets a boy would once sat for hours, peddling whatever he could find for spare change, desperate to find a way out. This was the case at least until he discovered a better way, a way that would eventually take him straight to the top, turning a man into a miracle through the sport of boxing. In Mayweather's case, he too came from streets with little promise but were the craft was a family business, a comfort for conflict was embedded in his...

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Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution

For two years CNN has reported from the frontline's of a battle between those who say Marijuana saved their lives, the doctors that want to prove it and federal agencies that have persisted on standing in the way, at stake is the ability to use this plant as a regulated prescription drug. Some say it's the only thing that works for treating them, from PTSD, chronic pain and alzheimer's, it appears we are in the midst of Marijuana Revolution and the tide may be finally turning as Scientists and politicians alike are posed to prove Marijuana can change lives for the...

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Meeting ISIL

Press TV goes deep into "liberated territory" were there is no Syria army and no way out. They must accept the presence of armed guards because kidnappings and looting is the law around here, this is especially true for journalists with camera crews. The bodyguards themselves are members of the so called "Freedom Fighters" but require payment, which is the norm within such Syrian liberated areas. This film takes us well inside the at this point infamous terrorist group ISIL to shine further light on the current...

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The Making of Star Wars

Hollywood California, August 1977, a triumphant moment in screen history. To the world famous Chinese Theatre come the stars of the biggest box office success  in motion picture history. CP30 and R2D2 are reunited for the first time since their epical appearance in Star Wars. Thousands are gathered to see the metallic megastars place their footprints in cement in the theatres courtyard. As the two hero's from Star Wars make their impressions on the ground reserved for legends, the world resounds with the fact that Star Wars itself has become fledged social phenomenon becoming more than just...

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Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Now days we think of the Tudor home as an icon of Britishness, timber framed, possibly thatched, a cottage, but these quaint relics of the past, belie the revolution in technology that changed them and us. It was an age of great change and discovery, one place this change was most evident was in the home, domestic life became transformed and with this transformation came risk, from the new techniques used to warm rooms to the exotic foods that filled the table and the radical new remedies introduced to the medicine cabinet. With the help of modern science and historic reference this BBC film...

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Champs

This is the epic story of three of the most successful boxers of our time, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins. This film documents their rise from nothing, how they chose the path of boxing as a means to escape poverty, examining our perception of the American Dream. Through various interviews we follow these fighters path from success to self-discovery as they recount their struggle to the top. CHAMPS unearths the unique resilience of these men in the face of life's most difficult obstacles - from personal finance to sustained brain...

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