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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:00pm
Nature: A Murder of Crows
Crows do not have the best reputation. They are generally dismissed as spooky — Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers — or as a general nuisance; scarecrows were, after all, invented to scare crows away from crops. But their image is about to take a turn. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:00pm
NOVA: Ben Franklin's Balloons
The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA re-creates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:00pm
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson: Glass
Best-selling author Steven Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. | more stories like this

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00pm
Nature: Snow Monkeys
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows his and her place. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:00pm
NOVA: First Air War
Uncover secrets of some colorful and deadly early flying machines and explore their role in WWI. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00pm
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson: Light
Host Steven Johnson explores how light has altered sleeping patterns, architecture and more. | more stories like this

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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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