Category “Biographies”

Nixon

On August 9th 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first president in the history of the United States to resign from office. His staff gathered in the Whitehouse to bid him farewell, as millions of Americans watched on television, some in sorrow and disbelief, others are glad to see him go. As president, Richard Nixon had accomplished great things, and had been reelected overwhelmingly, but he was also widely distrusted, sometimes ridiculed, even despised. In this episode of American Experience, we gain new insight into the inner workings of a man who was a tireless campaigner, having...

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Inside the Court of Henry VIII

This is the story of a royal court that changed the world, above it all Henry VIII, the tyrant king. Paranoid and obsessed with treason, a religious fanatic who rebels against his church. To prosper in his shadow takes guile and audacity, but no one every really seemed safe. In 1509 Henry VIII came to the throne, a vigorous young man, with new ideas, he inspired the nation with a new hope. His court became the centre of power and pageantry in England but in this feudal age society was rigidly structured and class was everything, individuals were born to greatness, it was never earned....

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John Nash: A Beautiful Mind

In September 1949, the world learned that the Soviet Union had joined the United States as a nuclear power. This shocking news intensified fears in the US and put a premium on mathematicians. Mathematicians had helped win World War II, now there was hope that they could protect Americas strategic edge. One standout graduate from Princeton known as John Nash was of great interest as he had an extraordinary ability for numbers having earned his Ph.D degree with a 28-page dissertation on non-cooperative games. This thesis won Nash the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. In...

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The Joy of the Bee Gees

The Bee Gees, their more than a flourish of stilettos, their not just teeth, tans and tight trousers. There is so much more to the Bee Gees than just Saturday Night Fever and office parties. Look beyond the white seats and satin, the Bee Gees are pop royalty. Back in the 60's they were pop balladeers and heartbreakers. This BBC film investigates if the Bee Gees are simply a guilty pleasure or genius, misfits or mavericks, investigating how the band were iconoclasts and outsiders, brothers in the family business, who worked best when together but who grew up and played out their fraternal...

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The Secret World of Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a timeless classic and one of the most quoted books in English only preceded by the Bible and Shakespeare. To mark the books 150th anniversary this film explores it's extraordinary appeal and the life of the man who wrote it, the Reverend Charles Dodgson or better known as Lewis Carroll. Martha Kearney a radio broadcaster and journalist examines biographies of the author himself and of they girl who inspired his most famous creation, Alice...

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Manny Pacquiao ‘The Pacman’

The MGM Grande in Las Vagas 2009, Filipino Manny Pacquiao destroys Miguel Cotto and becomes the first man in history to win seven world titles in seven different boxing divisions. Few would have imagined that this former run away would one day emerge as the greatest fighter of his generation, even Thai magazine named him as one of the worlds most influential people and called his story a myth equal to that of any Greek or Roman hero. Fronted by world leaders and movie stars he is an icon, an congressman and the symbol of h0pe for millions of Filipino's and yet behind the hype and glory,...

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Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story

The folks over at Complex magazine recently got an opportunity to sit down with Eminem and his entourage, which included Paul Rosenberg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and Royce Da 5’9 in order to discuss the rise of one of the most notorious labels from the naughties. The film itself which is just over half an hour long was commissioned to mark the 15th anniversary of Shady Records and gives great insight into how those mentioned above made it big and the labels future. Complex themselves stated that even though the album Shady XV, which was a double disk was released to mark the anniversary, it...

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David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust

40 years ago in millions of living rooms located across the United Kingdom a strange being, not of this world was beamed onto television screens, with bright red hair and a multicoloured spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation but for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation it would change their lives forever. This strange being was with us for only a year but his impact would be felt for generations to come, music on planet Earth would never be the same again. This is the story of Ziggy...

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Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words

In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first American president to ever resign from office. During his time as president, Nixon secretly recorded every one his own private conversations held within the Oval Office for the purpose of historical reference but this very act would go against him once the Watergate scandal broke and ultimately lead to his downfall. Nixon feared that his blunt remarks recorded on tape would be taken out of context and tarnish his presidency forever, because of this he set about preventing their public release, however once he died in 1994 the US government...

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