In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are featuring a wide variety of content that looks at intimate relationships, both human and animal, from scientific and historical perspectives. Sit back and share these touching programs with someone special tonight!
Leaps in Evolution: Creation of Motherly Love
Episode two of our three-part series Leaps in Evolution examines the unique bond between mother and child, across all species, and how it has evolved.
Most human mothers raise fetuses inside their wombs and breast feed their babies for a long time after birth. Have you ever stopped to wonder what made humans evolve so that we raise our children so affectionately? The latest research reveals an unexpected origin of mothers’ affection toward their children. Scientists believe that our ancestors experienced unforeseen dramatic changes in DNA under threats of extinction. These DNA changes caused humans to be devoted to raising children.
This Black History Month, we are shining a spotlight on content that explores history, culture and storytelling across the globe, from Africa to the United States. Our marquis featured program is Ebony: The Last Years of the Atlantic Slave Trade, arguably one of the most beautifully filmed and directed films ever made about the transatlantic African slave trade. One of the top production companies in France, Les Films D’ici, along with Senegalese director Moussa Touré shot much of this tragic story in Africa, giving it shocking authenticity.
Ebony: The Last Years of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Slavery is the shared dark side of the history of many nations around the globe. But apart from the accounts of our schoolbooks and a few memorable dates, what do most people really know about the struggle to put an end to the Atlantic Slave Trade?
During the second half of the 19th century, slavery and the trade linked to it were theoretically forbidden. The concept of abolitionism was spread out all around the colonies of various empires. However, the slave trade continued and brought even more injustice and violence, in a world that was at the dawn of a major change.
Through realistic dramatic recreations, and authentic drawings and documents of the time, Ebonyfollows the tragic lives of Africans who were sold into slavery in Guinea and transported across the ocean to work under brutal slave owners in the French West Indies in the early 1800’s. Watch the powerful story here.
Additional Featured Content
Ray Charles: If You Can Sing – Iconic musician Ray Charles shows how “easy” it is to sing from the heart, explaining how he beautifully executes his craft.
Butterfly Effect: Martin Luther King, Jr. – What would the Civil Rights movement have been like if Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been motivating change?
Lessons Learned: Time In Africa – Henry Crumpton, a former CIA covert operative, tells a story from his post in Africa that changed his way of thinking.
As we settle into the routines of the new year, many of you (like me) might be striving to improve upon everyday habits, including diet and exercise. Inspiration and motivation — difficult to find in dreary winter weather — are there for you on CuriosityStream starting today, with our new January feature, Prescription: Nutrition. In this original and exclusive CuriosityStream series, Dr. Michael Greger (bestselling author and world-renowned public health expert) shares the latest scientific research behind the prevention of most chronic diseases, based on his and his team’s ongoing review of thousands of medical studies each year. His wealth of knowledge is distilled into practical advice on his non-profit website NutritionFacts.org, as well as in this captivating CuriosityStream original series.
The impetus behind this exclusive program came from my personal struggle at the beginning of last year to contend with some unnerving health scares. After attending a book reading for The Humane Economy written by our CuriosityStream Advisory Board member and my friend, Wayne Pacelle, I gave the vegan diet a try. Soon after, the nearly immediate benefits of my new fruit and vegetable diet unleashed my curiosity. I realized astounding improvements in my health (and surprisingly, my fitness) from eating so many fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only did I start consuming mass quantities of plant-based foods, but I also began consuming books, from The China Study to Dr. Greger’s How Not to Die. The authors had differing perspectives on diet, but all experts agreed that adding more fresh fruits and vegetables is the first step to improving your nutrition and your overall health.
When we polled our subscribers for their thoughts on potential CuriosityStream series, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Prescription: Nutrition had support from our member base. I wasn’t the only one fascinated by the power of plants. So I must thank our subscribers for their enthusiasm in bringing this series to fruition.
Broccoli Floating on a Shiitake Dashi – get the recipe and learn more about the series by clicking on the image!
While we might be searching to understand the complex physics underlying our Universe with dark matter, we have dark matter (or unknowns) in the form of the nutritional make-up of our food as well. Scientists have only identified (at most) 10% of the vitamins, phytonutrients and micronutrients bio-available in our food. When we opt for orange juice instead of a whole orange, we may think we are getting nutritional excellence with Vitamin C, but that Vitamin C may have been much more bio-available if it came with the glucose-slowing properties of pulp fiber and the other 90% unknown nutrients readily available in the unprocessed orange. There are many questions to be asked and more to be answered in Prescription: Nutrition.
Part and parcel with a new year arrives both reflection on the past and excitement (hopefully) toward the future. Here at CuriosityStream, we are very much looking forward to 2017 and to helping you become more curious about the many wonders in science, technology, history and nature. Our team has been hard at work over the holidays putting together a release schedule of original and exclusive titles debuting on CuriosityStream over the next few months. Take a look at some highlights below and stay tuned for their official premiere dates.
New year, new you! Hosted by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller How Not to Die and editor of the world renowned website NutritionFacts.org, explore the dramatic health benefits of plant-based diets and the amazing revolution in how we approach our relationship with food. New episodes will be released bi-weekly beginning in early January.
Travel back in time to visit the three most powerful extinction events in Earth’s history. This original series explores the major events that wiped out between 70-90% of Earth’s species developed during the Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.
Join former astronaut Chris Hadfield – a YouTube sensation for his performance of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station – along with hitchhikers Michio Kaku and more on a joyride across our Solar System, scaled down to the size of the continental United States.
You will be captivated by this epic story of our origins told through the story of one extended family. This group of men, women, and children are your guide to over 15 million years of human history, including the trials, drama and joys of being human across the ages.
Can a team of scientists reveal unknown chambers in the Great Pyramid using special muon detector plates beneath the pyramid? In this expedition, experts use high-tech drones, thermal cameras, laser scanning to create a 3D map of inside and out of the famous Giza plateau tombs.
Elizabeth Hendricks North
President & CEO, CuriosityStream
As we look back on 2016, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our curious community. This past year has been monumental for science and technology and CuriosityStream been there every step of the way with documentaries that explore key moments in science, history, space, technology, nature and the human spirit.
Journey down memory lane by binge-watching our top 10 curious moments of the year. Who knows what 2017 will have in store?
I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a change-making year, to say the least. I, for one, learned a lot and am anxious to see what 2017 has in store. In a year filled with controversy, new beginnings, tragedy, joy, milestones and re-writing history, one thing binds it all together: curiosity. As the son of an engineer and a costume designer and uncle to three growing boys – all of whom embody curiosity and creativity – I can’t wait to spread some holiday cheer this year in the form of CuriosityStream gift cards. This year, we have introduced digital gift cards available here, as well as hard copies available on Amazon.com. The best part is that annual subscriptions add up to a 16% savings over the course of the year as opposed to monthly plans – something to keep in mind for all of you existing monthly subscribers who might be interested in upgrading in the new year!
I hope you will join me this holiday season by giving the gift of curiosity. After all, no one should be curious alone.
Here I am staying curious with my nephew on a fall day after watching a ton of documentaries!
Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizonais available now in ultra HD 4k, HD and standard definition on CuriosityStream. In this powerful documentary, an expedition team explores the inside of the USS Arizona 75 years after it was destroyed at Pearl Harbor, exposing never-before-seen artifacts and stories of survival.
Resting on the murky ocean floor of Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona, one of the most sacred war graves known in the world. When the seasoned battleship was destroyed by a surprise Japanese attack 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor, over 1,000 men aboard the ship lost their lives in the blink of an eye.
America was forever changed by the events of this day, a day that has lived in infamy throughout time. The attack on Pearl Harbor was the single incident that pulled America into World War II, changing the course of history. Today, the remains of the USS Arizona serve as a memorial to the American people, and is a stark reminder about the consequences of war. Each year, thousands upon thousand of tourists visit the USS Arizona to see a glimpse of our nation’s past. But to the survivors of the attack, the USS Arizona represents something much deeper. It’s a symbol for all those who paid the ultimate price for their country, an event which should never be forgotten.
Donald Stratton, USS Arizona Survivor
Survivor Donald Stratton was one of the few men stationed on the Arizona to survive the attack. For the past 75 years, he’s been waiting for the opportunity to see inside the ship he was once stationed on. Its current state remains a mystery to him, and to the world. There isn’t a day that goes by where Don doesn’t think about what happened on December 7, 1941. While the USS Arizona has changed drastically over the years, Don relives key moments of his life as he explores inside the sunken wreckage, a sight he never thought he would see again. Don gets one last chance to see items from his past: a desk stationed in the admiral’s quarters; a well-preserved suit hanging in a closet of a sailor’s room; and even glimpses of the ship’s teak deck, which Don walked on during the attack. The discoveries made during the expedition are moments that makes Don’s journey complete.
“Some of the personnel did survive, and I was one of them. I think about it every day…how many people didn’t make it that day.”
– Donald Stratton, USS Arizona Survivor
The expedition isn’t just for survivors of the attack. It’s for the families who lost loved ones as well. A woman who’s uncle died aboard the ship gets a chance to see the final resting place of her beloved family member…a moment of recognition that her family won’t soon forget.
Watch the trailer below and watch the full documentary here.
JFK: Fact and Fable is an exclusive original CuriosityStream documentary that explains how television made John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy the ultimate celebrity during his presidency, yet the JFK we remember is actually the one his wife, Jackie, created after his death.
You’ve heard the phrase: “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.” In no case is this more true than in the story of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and legacy, the topic of our exclusive original documentary, JFK: Fact and Fable.
If you think you know what to expect, guess again. The JFK we remember is the one that Jackie Kennedy created. While she was always pictured by her husband’s side, few people know how much of an impact she made on her own. From the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to Air Force One, Jackie’s stamp was on everything, and still remains today. Have you ever noticed how the presidential seal appears whenever the president speaks? That’s thanks to Jackie. How did welcoming ceremonies for foreign leaders go from simple airport greetings to elaborate hosted events at the White House? Jackie again. And just hours after JFK’s death, still in a blood-splattered dress and carrying the grief of a world in shock, Jackie directed that his funeral reproduce the rites of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral a century earlier. That decision would forever link JFK to Lincoln.
“He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.” – Jackie Kennedy
Jack and Jackie were both obsessed by the judgements of history. Two weeks after Jack’s death, Jackie famously stated, “He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.” She devoted the rest of her life to making him just that. Today, JFK still remains the most popular U.S. president among those who have no living memory of him.
Conscious Capitalism is an exclusive, original CuriosityStream documentary that explores a new twist on the system that fuels wealth and industry in America and for many countries around the globe. Thought leaders, along with the leaders of two corporations — Whole Foods Market and Waste Management — provide an insider’s look at the new face of capitalism.
It used to be that business was about profit, no matter the cost to employees, community and environment. In our newest documentary, producer Dan Birman asks viewers to imagine a world where a different model operates.
Birman is shining the spotlight on conscious capitalism, the idea that companies can do things differently. “If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place,” Birman said. Businesses that subscribe to this idea would choose to reduce the disparity in wages between their managements and employees, be more environment-friendly, and charge fairer prices. Thus, they build sustainability by gaining the trust of consumers and the community. Birman admits, “It sounds utopian in some respects, but it’s a great model to at least discuss.”
“If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place.”
Let’s put this into context. Have you ever paid a visit to your local Whole Foods and noticed that the employees seem happy and knowledgeable about their product? That could be attributed to the fact that Whole Foods has revolutionized employee relations by focusing on team member engagement, empowerment, job satisfaction and fair wages, driving down its turnover rate to just 14%, compared to the 47% grocery industry average, according to John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, who is considered by many to be one of the fathers of the conscious capitalism movement. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at how Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management and residential recycling services, is protecting the environment while also generating $13 billion in revenues from lines of business that include recycling, landfill renewable natural gas projects, landfill gas-to-energy projects and carbon sequestration in landfills.
The film not only highlights these success stories, but also gives viewers insight into the four pillars of conscious capitalism and why this new way of doing business works in the modern economy. I think you’ll find it particularly timely, given the upcoming transfer of power in the U.S. administration and the big question of what is going to happen with the economy.
Watch the trailer below and watch the full documentary here. Stay curious, everyone.
It’s almost impossible to escape American politics in today’s media. But if you want to take a break from the headlines of 2016, look back at some key moments that have helped to shape America’s political landscape in the featured history content below. Happy streaming!
Harvard University political scientist Danielle Allen explores the bold minds and historical circumstances that resulted in one of the greatest political writings in history, the Declaration of Independence.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president from the Republican party up until his tragic assassination. Revisit Lincoln’s journey, from his early years as a rising politician through his presidency, the Civil War, and ultimately his death.
The JFK we remember today is the one his wife Jackie created. From Air Force One to the Oval Office to the Rose Garden, learn how Jackie Kennedy designed the symbols of presidential power still used today.
Through her unique understanding of some of our greatest presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer and presidential biographer, provides lessons we all can learn from in our pursuit to live our fullest and most successful lives.
Michael Hammerstrom is CuriosityStream’s Manager of Marketing and Engagement. Follow him on Twitter @mhammerstrom.