101 Weapons that Changed the World

By History Specials

From the catapult to the stealth fighter, the most basic and the most complex weapons alike have changed the course of history–and with it, our world. Whether it s the Chinese fire tube or the US Air Force s laser-guided smart bombs, weapons have enabled humans to be the ultimate predator at every corner of history and fueled the expansion of every empire. But despite the constant evolution of weapons with all their shock-inducing and awe-inspiring capabilities, some of the simplest weapons (such as the AK-47 with its nine moving parts) kill more people in one year (a quarter-million) than the combined deaths of the Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 (160,000 combined.) This is the ultimate countdown of every “boom” and “bang” since we began walking upright.

The Superpower of Salt

By Big History

We all know that mankind can’t live without air, food and water…the same is true of salt. The salt on your table is a key to unlocking the story of our planet and the cosmos. Big History reveals how this simple molecule underpins our civilization, launched wars, built monuments like the Great Wall of China, sparked revolutions from India to France…and it’s even the substance that makes up our thoughts.

The Big History of Everything

By Big History

An epic 2-hour journey through time and space. This special pulls all that we know about science and history into one grand narrative of the universe and humanity, and uncovers the mysterious link between eight critical thresholds on the path from the Big Bang to modern civilization. And it peers into the future to see what life-changing thresholds are yet to come.

WWII from Space

By History Specials

This spectacular two-hour special delivers the tipping points of World War II as you ve never seen them before. The key editorial feature of the program is an all-seeing CGI eye; a satellite, flying above earth, bringing a new visual approach to the biggest conflict of all time. Flying through space and time from above, we ll see these monumental moments in their global context, bringing new information to the forefront and explaining how a nation ranked 19th in the world s militaries in 1939, emerged six years later as the planet s only atomic superpower. Our view from above means we can re-interpret WWII; placing key events in perspective, flying around the world to show the importance of simultaneity, revealing the hidden ripple effects of crucial incidents, and re-creating ground-breaking moments that could never have been captured on camera.

101 Inventions That Changed the World

By History Specials

It starts with a spark, but some ideas catch fire and in the process change the world. Necessity is the mother of invention–from darkness, man found light (the candle) and from even the farthest distances we can still find each other (the telephone). But some inventions have transformed our lives far beyond our homes (the steam engine), our planet (the telescope), and our wildest dreams (the Internet). This countdown highlights how human ingenuity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some were born from the humblest means (the hammer) while others push the limits of what was ever believed possible (the airplane). But regardless of the ratio of inspiration to perspiration, each invention to make the cut was destined to change our lives forever.

How the Earth Made Man

By History Specials

It is mystery 4.5 billion years in the making: how has our planet transformed, and why? New clues are being discovered not in volcanoes or canyons, but inside each of us. From a case of hiccups to the sensation of deja vu to how we throw a football, quirks of the human body and mind all trace back to enormous transformations on Earth, millions and even billions of years in the past. Inside us are the keys to asteroid impacts, global mass extinctions, and shifting continents…ultimately revealing the epic story of Earth’s past–and our own.

Season 4, Episode 1: History 101

By Community

When Jeff (Joel McHale) announces his plan to graduate early, Abed (Danny Pudi) retreats to his “happy place”—a cheesy sitcom version of Greendale where the study group must start over as freshmen. Meanwhile, Troy (Donald Glover) fights with Britta (Gillian Jacobs) over a first-day-of-school tradition and Annie (Alison Brie) worries that she is the only one of her friends who hasn’t changed for the better.

Journalism

By Drunk History

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland try to travel around the world in under 80 days, and Thomas Nast’s political cartoons lead to the downfall of Tammany Hall leader “Boss” Tweed. Featuring Michael Cera, Ellie Kemper, Natasha Leggero and Jason Alexander.