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Francis Resta on Dutch TV

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World War II combat veteran Francis Resta travelled to Europe for the 75th anniversary activities and was interviewed by Dutch television. One of Francis' goals for the trip was to connect with the family of the Dutch doctor who saved his leg.

Cuba, Libre? - Pt2 - Voices of the Present

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Part 1 of "Cuba, Libre?" showed Cuba as an exotic tourist destinations for Americans during the decades before the revolution led by Fidel Castro in the late 1950s ultimately resulted in the severing of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States.

In part 2 of the documentary, five travel writers describe how Cuba changed from the early 1990s when, after the demise of Cuba's financial benefactor, the government of Fidel Castro began to look to tourism to bolster the country's sagging economy and American tourists began to visit the island once again.

Cuba, Libre? - Pt1 - Voices of the Past

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Part 1 of "Cuba, Libre?" shows Cuba as an glamorous tropical tourist destination in the years before Fidel Castro led a revolution that ousted the government of Fulgencio Batista which had been favorable to the U.S., and replaced it with a Communist government that was allied with America's nemesis, the Soviet Union.

This first half of the documentary also includes archival footage from the Castro revolution, the break in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, the aborted Bay of Pigs invasion of the island nation, and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Oct'19

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(1)  Dr. Chloe Duckworth, in her “ArchaeoDuck” vlog series, expounds on a glossary of archaeological terms, in this episode from Archaeometry to Geophysics.  (2) This film recounts the curious history of a 1st Century BC Egyptian mummy, covered in semi-legible hieroglyphs, which wound up in the “Library-Museum” of the village of Cazenovia in Madison County, New York.  The film covers the transport of this mummy to a nearby hospital for a series of CT scans, which determined the probable cause of death of the 19-25 year-old male named “Hen.”

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Sep'19

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(1)  Dr. Chloe Duckworth, in her “ArchaeoDuck” series, suggests what to take when you're packing for archaeological fieldwork.  (2) In the mountains of northern Iraq, researchers from Heidelberg University employ drones and photogrammetry to document ancient Mesopotamian rock art, rock-hewn tombs and reliefs of ancient kings.  (3) Conductor Arash Fouladvand, historian of Persian Music, leads a London-based branch of the Bahar Peace Choir.  We follow Arash as he takes the choir through an 1100-year-old poem by the famous Persian poet, Rudaki.