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December 27, 2004
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Modern Marvels: Coal Mines, Monday, December 27th at 7 PM/6c

Special Presentation: Russia: Land of the Tsars, Parts 1 & 2, Sunday, January 2nd at 10 AM/9c & 12PM/11AMc

Special Presentation: The True Story of Alexander, Sunday, January 2nd at 6PM/5c

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Modern Marvels: Coal Mines Monday, December 27th at 7 PM/6c

Many people think of coal as an old technology--the fuel of the Industrial Revolution. But more than half of our electricity comes from coal, and continual advances ensure it will remain a vital component of the world's energy supply for the foreseeable future.
This installment in the Modern Marvels series chronicles the history of coal up through the present day. The historian Stuart McGehee details extraction methods, visits active coal mines, and offers a close-up look at the modern industry in action. Students will be able to follow the development of the technologies and machines that have made coal mining safer and more efficient over the years. The program also examines the methods mine owners and operators have developed in an attempt to limit the pollution caused by the mines. Modern Marvels: Coal Mines presents an excellent opportunity for students to explore the changing technologies of what has been one of the most vital American industries for generations. It would be an excellent companion for courses which discuss contemporary business, ethics, and the environment.

Curriculum Links: Modern Marvels: Coal Mines would be useful for classes on History, Science and Technology, and for courses with a component on the Environment. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students. It fulfills the following standards outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation, Patters of Social and Political Interaction, and Human Interaction with the Environment.

Discussion Questions:

1. When did coal first become an important fuel in the United States?

2. What are some of the difficulties of mining coal, both for workers and industrialists?

3. Do you think coal will continue to be a popular fuel method?

Note to Educators: We will be airing the following two special presentations on Sunday, January 2nd. Due to some sensitive content, we would recommend them both for older students or for viewing with a parent or adult. We recommend that teachers view the program in its entirety before recommending it or screening it to students.

Special Presentation: Russia: Land of the Tsars, Parts 1 & 2 Sunday, January 2nd at 10 AM/9c & 12PM/11AMc

With forests that stretch from Europe to the Pacific and winters that have vanquished the mightiest armies ever mustered, Russia is the world’s largest nation. This fascinating program offers an extensive exploration into the leaders, revolutions, and cultural changes which have characterized this nation and its people. At the heart of this epic tale are the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible, who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles--and innumerable lives--a day; Peter the Great, whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great, whose rule was marked by conquest, change and controversy.
Filmed on location throughout Russia, enriched by exclusive visits to important sites and museums, and filled with commentary from renowned scholars, this is a kaleidoscopic, captivating portrait of a land that has endured centuries of despair and rebellion, innovation and conflict. Students will be introduced to this powerful nation and to the historical transformations which have connected the fate of Russia to the rest of the world. It is an excellent resource for courses on World History, for discussions of nationalism and nation-building, and for course units which consider the ways the Russian past helped shape the present both for that nation and for all of us.

Curriculum Links: Russia: Land of the Tsars, Parts 1 & 2 would be useful for classes on World History, World Civilization, and Global History. It is appropriate for high school students. Note: Due to some sensitive and mature content, we would recommend this program for older students. Teachers will want to view the program in its entirety before screening it for students or recommending it. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation and Patters of Social and Political Interaction.

Discussion Questions:

1. Which era in Russian history do you find most fascinating?

2. Why do you think the era of the Tsars ended?

3. How do you think Russian geography and the environment have influenced its history?

Special Presentation: The True Story of Alexander Sunday, January 2nd at 6PM/5c

He was arguably the most brilliant and courageous warrior in recorded history, a man whom many considered not a mere mortal, but a god. The True Story of Alexander the Great traces the history of this fascinating leader. In the year 334 BC, a 20 year old military commander from Northern Greece set out to conquer what was then the known world. His name was King Alexander of Macedon. During the next 12 years, he led 40,000 troops more than 20,000 miles, defeating the most powerful ruler on Earth, King Darius of Persia, and conquering all of Asia. He died of a battle wound at the age of 32, but his legendary conquests have been celebrated and studied for more than 2000 years.
Guided by accounts of ancient historians portrayed by actors, and interviews with some of the world's most respected modern-day scholars, this journey takes viewers to actual battlefields in Turkey and Lebanon where Alexander's troops emerged victorious. This special presentation will captivate students, teachers, and their families and offers a compelling introduction to this crucial leader’s role in the development of warfare, the culture of Ancient Civilizations, and the creation of an empire backed by skillful military might.

Curriculum Links: The True Story of Alexander the Great would be useful for classes on World History, World Civilization, and Global History. It is appropriate for high school students. Note: Due to some sensitive and mature content, we would recommend this program for older students. Teachers will want to view the program in its entirety before screening it for students or recommending it. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation and Patters of Social and Political Interaction.

Discussion Questions:

4. Which era in Russian history do you find most fascinating?
5. Why do you think the era of the Tsars ended?
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