Streaming Syllabus

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An Honest Liar – As retired magician and escape artist James Randi sets out to expose frauds, he negotiates a personal life that’s also fraught with deception.

Bill Nye Saves The World – Acclaimed TV host, educator and bow tie fan Bill Nye is back with a new show that looks at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science. As Bill focuses on the truth, equipped with curiosity and chemical-resistant gloves, he tries to remind viewers that “It’s not magic – it’s science!”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – A 13 part series in which astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents new revelations about time and space in this reboot of the original “Cosmos” documentary series.

David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates – Two episodes – David Attenborough embarks on a remarkable 500 million-year journey revealing the extraordinary group of animals that dominate our world, and how their evolution defines our human bodies.

Jesus Camp – a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a Charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have “prophetic gifts” and can “take back America for Christ”.

Great Human Odyssey – The series explores the extraordinary emergence and unlikely survival of Homo sapiens.

Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life – A three part series in which evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins asks whether science can replace religion in helping us understand death, right vs. wrong and life’s meaning.

StarTalk – Talk show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that airs weekly on National Geographic. It’s a spin-off of the podcast of the same name, in which Tyson discusses scientific topics through one-on-one interviews and panel discussions. Space.com called it the “first-ever science-themed late-night talk show.”

 

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Cosmic Vistas – 36 Episodes – Since the invention of spaceflight, the drive to explore has led us outward and into the solar system, where there is vast new terrain to discover. Today we see the sun, moon, planets, and galaxies through the eyes of intrepid machines that are blazing a trail across the solar system. A gateway to bold adventures, their cameras are delivering spectacular new cosmic vistas.

Penn and Teller: Bullshit! – (Showtime or Hulu with Showtime) Eight seasons. In their Emmy Nominated program which fearlessly exposes dubious practices across America, Penn and Teller uncover the truth behind all kinds of so-called miracles. From anti-aging to talking to the dead, they tackle it all with their trademark wit and humor – taking on the people who take Americans for a ride.

 

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Adam Ruins Everything – (Paid) – Two Seasons – Host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and tells you about it… whether you like it or not.

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries – (Paid) – Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson’s course The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries is a marvelous journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and introduces you to tantalizing questions being addressed by the world’s top scientists.

NOVA: Becoming Human – Three part series – NOVA’s groundbreaking investigation explores how new discoveries are transforming views of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, footage shot in the trenches as fossils were unearthed, and stunning computer-generated animation, Becoming Human brings early hominids to life, examining how they lived and how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today.

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos – A four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe.

Religulous – (Paid) – Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Bill Maher brings his characteristic honesty and skepticism to an unusual religious journey.

Your Inner Fish – (Paid) – Three part series – Your Inner Fish reveals a startling truth: Hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth. This scientific adventure story takes viewers from Ethiopia to the Arctic Circle on a hunt for the many ways that our animal ancestors shaped our anatomical destiny. Come face-to-face with your “inner fish” in this completely new take on the human body: You’ll never look at yourself in quite the same way again!

 

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James Randi: Homeopathy, quackery and fraud – Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world’s psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I’ll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception – Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things – Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe — and overlook the facts.

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism – Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position — and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

 

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Deep Time History – Three part series – Narrated by deep-time historian Jonathan Markley, this series explores how key events such as the formation of the universe, exploding stars, clashing continents and evolution shaped the world as it is today.

Prehistoric Autopsy – Three part series – Using the newest technology and the knowledge of world-class experts the team completely rebuilds three of our prehistoric ancestors.

 

 

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Psychology of Belief – 12 part series – Debunking God is easy enough for anyone who gives it some effort. The real question is why people still believe so strongly anyway. Is it possible that God is genuinely real? Or is there a deeper aspect of human nature at work here?