Ancient

Secrets of the Manor House

 

A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey.” But what was really going on behind those stately walls? Find out when this program looks beyond fiction to the truth of the lives lived in these ancient British houses, and shows how mounting financial, political and social pressures were poised to bring momentous changes.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Xi’an, China

 

It’s been a decade since I last visited Xi’an, China, and it felt so good to be back. Founded in the 11th Century BC, every ancient building, bridge and tradition boggles the mind. I started out with leisurely bike ride atop the ancient City Wall, stopped at a traditional Chinese medicine clinic (practicing for over 500 years) to cure my jet-lag, and paid a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terra-cotta Warriors. Add in a spectacular outdoor performance of The Song of the Everlasting Sorrow and incredible street food, and you’ll see why Xi’an is a place to love.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Shanghai, China

SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE: Shanghai, China

 

It’s the most populous city in the world, and full of juxtapositions. Both overwhelming and charming; foreign and familiar; ancient and on the cutting edge of modern innovation. There is a certain mystique about the Far East, and Shanghai is the perfect place to experience it. On this episode, I visit the ancient water town of Fengjing, soak up the Art Deco architecture along the historic Bund, shop at an iconic knife and scissor shop on Nanjing Road, learn the art of paper cutting, and much more. Here’s why Shanghai is a place to love.

 

 

NOVA
Secrets of the Sky Tombs

 

A team of scientists and explorers probe high altitude caves in the Tibetan Himalayas. Along the way they discover evidence of ritual burials, thousands of years old: skeletons, mummies, and evidence of practices designed to ward off ancient vampires and even zombies.

 

 

NOVA
First Face of America

NOVA: First Face of America

 

Take a risky dive into an underwater cave in Mexico to uncover the 13,000-year old skeleton of a prehistoric teenager. Forensic clues reveal intimate details of her life and death, and how her people first ventured into North America.

 

 

NOVA
Petra: Lost City of Stone

 

More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra’s unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and several sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.

 

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Scanning the Pyramids

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Scanning the Pyramids

 

Travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500 year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza. Using non-invasive technologies, they make a historic discovery.

 

 

Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live In Concert:
A Great Performances Special

 

Foo Fighters have sold 25 million records and won 11 Grammy Awards. See the band in peak performance at the ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis. Because of preservation concerns, rock concerts are a rarity at this historic venue.

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Siena and Tuscanyʻs Wine Country

 

Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places.

 

Siena and Tuscany’s Wine Country Italy’s Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at a wild horse race, marvels at cultural treasures, then heads to the wine country.

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Assisi and Italian Country Charm

 

Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places.

 

Assisi and Italian Country Charm
In the Italian countryside, Rick watches prosciutto and pecorino cheese being made. In Assisi – the hometown of St. Francis – he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

 

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