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The Spanish Flu & How The World Recovered

Just over 100 years ago a deadly pandemic, known as the Spanish Flu swept across the face of planet Earth, similar enough to Coronavirus (Covid-19) except for the fact it killed anywhere between 20 and 100 million people. Potentially far more than World War I immediately preceding it. Yet until recently, this was a forgotten pandemic, very much downplayed by governments and various media outlets

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Food Fight

When we walk through the supermarket we are bombarded with choices, fresh or frozen, low fat or lots of fat, cool ranch or nacho cheese, with so much variety we assume that some of it is healthy and that some of it junk food but at least we have a choice, but do we really have a choice? Is picking the best from a pile of flavorless tomatoes really a choice? Or are key choices about what we eat ma

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Dying To Be Apart

In July 2003, twin sisters Ladan and Laleh Bijani underwent a dangerous and controversial 50-hour operation to separate their conjoined heads. Nearly 30 years of being joined together was long enough. They had now wished to look at each other face to face. Early in their lives, the twins realized that they were very different people. They had different ambitions, hobbies, and tastes, both wanted

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Victor’s Last Class

Victor's Last Class follows a brazen 52-year-old acting teacher Victor D’Altorio, who is suffering from unbearable chronic back pain as he announces that he is going to take his own life. We witness the young filmmaker Brendan Brandt, attempt to change his mind over the course of five months.Victor himself is a proud homosexual who loves life even though he is outrageous in the way he approac

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Igor: Child of Chernobyl

Igor Pavlovets was one of the first children to be born during the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. He was eight years old at the time this documentary was filmed. He is missing his right arm, his legs are stunted, and is now living with foster parents in Surrey, United Kingdom. Igor's foster parents discovered him in a children's hospital in Minsk, Belarus. His mother had lived in a

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Being Terri: Britain’s Youngest Burns Survivor

This is the extraordinary story of Terri Calvesbert, a cheeky, fun-loving child who at the age of six is also the youngest person in Britain to survive 90 percent burns. We see how a team of dedicated surgeons are painstakingly rebuilding her body, but can she ever lead a normal life?Terri sustained her injuries at home in Ipswich, 1998, when her mother Julie, accidentally left a burning ciga

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A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

In 1943 chemist Albert Hofmann was developing medicines to aid blood circulation lysergic acid derivatives, his reach would lead to the discovery of the drug known as LSD and the isolation of other psychoactive compounds such as psilocybin. These breakthroughs showed great promise for use in therapy and were commonly prescribed by psychiatrists. However, the medicines would later be caught in a d

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The Smallest People in the World

There are nearly 200 types of dwarfism seen in humans and the smallest, most proportionate dwarfs are known as primordial. In this eye-opening documentary The Smallest People in the World, we follow the lives of four such dwarfs and witness their unique perspective on the world.Those featured in this film are Danny, Hannah, Bradley and Bri, all children from the United States who are consider

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After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic

Plague, Influenza, Ebola, these are some of the most deadly and contagious diseases in the world. If the latest pandemic caused by Coronavirus (Covid-19) has thought us anything it is that they could be on our doorstep overnight. Would we recognise the symptoms, treat the disease and stop it from spreading? The margin of error in situations like these is zero.In 2014 the African continent was

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