PBS Passport: Pandora's Box* has opened!


Our constant search for more non-fiction content to expand our minds to become better human beings has lead us to PBS.  PBS has plenty of free content available, but if you want access to everything on demand they have created something called PASSPORT

PBS Passport gives you unlimited access to PBS on demand content. You can watch more than a 1,000 episodes whenever you want!

To activate passport, you must  support your local PBS Station with a commitment of $5/month or $60 for a whole year. It usually takes a few days to get set up, but it is definitely worth the wait. Plus, they are a 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax deductible. 

This week we have watched Episodes of:

How We Got To Now - Premiered October 14, 2015- How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson is a six part documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world - and the unexpected and bizarre consequences of each of these innovations has triggered.

Why Poverty? -2012- Why do a billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change this? The Series Why Poverty? uses documentary film to get people talking about this global problem, its causes, and its solutions.

The Series has 8 episodes:

  1. Welcome to the World
  2. Education, Education
  3. Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty
  4. Land Rush
  5. Stealing Africa
  6. Give Us the Money
  7. Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream
  8. Solar Mamas

Uranium Twisting The Dragon's Tail - Premiered July 2015 - Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth's most controversial elements. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth.  

*Pandora's Box - Today the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seen small or innocent, but turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences. The action cannot be reversed.

Opening the "Pandora's Box" of knowledge is also an action that cannot be reversed. While it may have detrimental results for humans who oppress, enslave and exploit other humans, opening the box of knowledge will help everyone understand what is happening in the world. A rising tide raises ALL SHIPS!

By sharing the knowledge, we all benefit.

Watched Documentary Recap

To get this knowledge party started, we had a busy September! Since we had exhausted the documentaries that interested us at the Naperville Public Library, we turned to iTunes, Vimeo and then to a free trial of Netflix. It will take time to list everything off, so here is an assortment of interesting pieces. Feel free to leave comments below on what you think, what you liked, what you didn't like and WHY! If you have suggestions we will add them to our own watch list.


The End of Ownership. VPRO Backlight. 2015. Online video clip. 

Human Planet. Season 1, Environments, BBC, 2011. Online video clip.

Manufactured Landscapes. Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. Foundry Films and National Film Board of Canada. 2007. Online Video.

Science of FastingSylvie Gilman and Thierry de Lestrade. Java Films. 2011. Online video.  

Neuroscientist Shows What Fasting Does to Your Brain & Why Big Pharma Won't Study It. Arjun Walia. December 11, 2015. Online article. Collective 

Watermark. Dr. Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. Six Wave Productions. 2013. Online Video.

Where To Invade Next. Dir. Michael Moore. Dog Eat Dog Films and IMG Films.  2015. Online Video clip.