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  • THE NEW ATLANTIS

    THE NEW ATLANTIS

    Rising seas will be one of the biggest challenges we face in the next few centuries. Island states will disappear, coastlines will shift. On the basis of scientists‘ predictions, billions of dollars are being invested in coastal protection measures. But not everything can be protected. The polar ice caps are melting and water is on its way. If all the ice in Antarctica and Greenland melted, the seal level would rise by over 50 metres. It’s like a sleeping giant […]

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  • 1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    Our world is defined by the failure of communism, the rise of market economics, and by the power of politicised religion. All of these forces came together in the dramatic year of 1979. The Islamic revolution in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland, the opening of China under Deng Xiaoping, Great Britain’s neoliberal shift under Margaret Thatcher and the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – these are just some of […]

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  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    Twenty years after Yeltsin’s resignation and Putin’s inauguration in December 1999, we take a look at the children born that year who are now coming of age. What do they think? How do they want to live in the future? The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. In his first New Year’s address, the new head of state assured the Russian people that „freedom of speech, freedom […]

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  • THE SCIENCE OF AVALANCHES

    THE SCIENCE OF AVALANCHES

    It’s impossible to stop and still difficult to forecast avalanches. We spend a winter season following scientists, snow profilers and trainers as they go about their work in the Alps. It doesn’t matter whether they’re snowshoeing or skiing, up to 100 people are killed by avalanches in Alpine countries every year. Stopping the rolling masses of snow is impossible and it’s still difficult, although not impossible, to forecast avalanches. At the world’s largest centre for avalanche research − the Institute […]

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  • BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    Bernauer Strasse in Berlin is symbolic of the division of Germany. The border line ran along the walls of the houses that stood on the eastern side. Both sides of the street changed radically when the Wall went up. Thirty years after the fall of the Wall, we investigate  a vanished place that brings into focus the history of the Berlin Wall like nowhere else. By the time the Wall fell on 9 November 1989, it had shaped and changed […]

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  • LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    Until 1975, in the weekly radio programme „Letters without Signature“, the BBC read out letters written anonymously by GDR citizens. The show gave numerous East Germans hope – but for many it was their downfall. Over a period of 20 years until 1975, in a weekly radio programme called „Letters Without Signature“, the BBC read out letters that had been written anonymously by East German citizens. Spurred on by the slogan „Write to us wherever you are, about whatever you […]

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  • TURKEY UNDER THE AKP

    TURKEY UNDER THE AKP

    Since the failed coup in July 2016, Turkey has changed at an unprecedented pace under the AKP, with Erdogan at its helm. An investigative documentary about the rise of the AKP. Since the failed military coup in 2016, Turkey has changed at an unprecedented pace. Just a few years before the centenary of the Turkish Republic, Erdogan’s „new Turkey“ could not be further removed from Atatürk’s vision of a western-oriented, secular democracy. Under AKP rule with Erdogan at its helm, […]

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  • THE GÜLEN MOVEMENT

    THE GÜLEN MOVEMENT

    For Erdogan, the Gülen movement is the public enemy No. 1, in the West, it has long been valued as a moderate Islamic educational institution. An investigative inquiry into the background of the controversial movement. For President Erdogan, there’s no doubt that the Gülen movement was responsible for the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016. Since then, the AKP is believed to have arrested up to 120,000 alleged or genuine supporters of the movement. In the West, on the […]

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  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

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  • WHALE TALKS

    WHALE TALKS

    Biologists and computer linguists team up for the first time to decode the language of orcas and launch a scientific expedition into the mesmerizing inlets of Northern Canada and Norway. Tales and legends exist in many cultures of people blessed with a gift that allows them to communicate with animals. Understanding the language of animals is an ancient dream of mankind. Behavioural scientists like Konrad Lorenz, Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey are icons in this field, even if some of […]

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