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Beginnings (#101H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Michael Wood's fascinating journey through the history of the Indian subcontinent chronicles the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes; outlines the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas; and relates some of the most momentous and moving events in world history. Beginning with the first human migrations out of Africa, using DNA and climate science, ancient manuscripts and oral tales, Wood takes viewers from the tropical backwaters of South India to lost ancient cities in Pakistan - the scene of India's first civilization. He travels on to Turkmenistan in Central Asia, where dramatic new archaeological discoveries cast fresh light on India's deep past. Finally, Wood travels to the vibrant cities of the Ganges plain, where India's ancient myths and histories still intertwine.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 5, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me

The Power of Ideas (#102) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Michael Wood's epic series moves into the revolutionary years after 500 BC - the Age of the Buddha. Traveling by road and rail between the ancient cities of the Ganges plain, he tells the tale of the young prince who gave up the good life and became the Buddha: "India's first and greatest protester." Then, moving by army convoy through Northern Iraq and down the Khyber Pass into Pakistan, Wood shows how Alexander the Great's invasion changed the course of India's history and inspired her first empire. He visits India's earliest capital, Patna, and using archaeology, legend and "India's Rosetta stone," explains how the ideas of the Buddha were turned into political reality by the great Indian emperor Ashoka - "one of the most remarkable figures in history" - who sowed the seeds of "history's most dangerous idea."

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me

Spice Routes & Silk Roads/The Growth of Civilization (#103) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Michael Wood takes viewers to India in the days of the Roman Empire. In India's tropical deep south in Kerala, the spice trade opened India to the world - and gave the world a recipe for dormouse stuffed with pepper! Wood takes one of the great old sailing boats that still cross the Indian Ocean carrying pepper and cloves. He discovers the lost site of Rome's greatest trading port in India and visits the fabulous ancient city of Madurai, with its giant temple and its gold and silk bazaars that were a delight for visiting Greek traders - and still are today. Moving north, Wood takes the Silk Road from the deserts of Turkmenistan through the Khyber Pass into Pakistan to unveil the forgotten Indian empire of the Kushans, who opened up the Silk Road and built a lost Wonder of the World in the caravan city of Peshawar. "In today's world, with the Asian powers rising again," says Wood, "this time looks like the precursor - the first globalization."

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me

Ages of Gold (#104H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

Reaching the time of the Fall of Rome in the West, Michael Wood seeks out the amazing achievements of India's golden age from 300 to 1000 AD. Viewers learn how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the earth and wrote the world's first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits the giant temple of Tanjore, meets the current "Senior Prince" and watches traditional bronze casters, working as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago. After sampling southern vegetarian food with a Tamil family, Wood goes on pilgrimage to a sacred mountain, where the annual fire festival was already famous in 700 AD. With unprecedented access to amazing festivals, age-old crafts and intimate family rituals, Wood shows how the Middle Ages laid the social and imaginative foundations of today's India.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me

The Meeting of Two Oceans (#105H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)

This episode tells the epic story of possibly the greatest of all clashes of civilization - the coming of Islam to the Indian subcontinent. The story culminates in one of the most glamorous ages of world civilization - the Moghul Empire. Michael Wood visits the shrines of wandering Muslim Sufi saints in Old Delhi, where people of all religions come to worship; viewers see desert fortresses in Rajasthan and the fabulous cities of Lahore and Agra, where Wood offers a new theory on the design of arguably the most famous building in the world, the Taj Mahal. He tells the story of Akbar, a Muslim emperor who decreed that no single religion could hold the ultimate truth and that humans should try to find the common basis of all creeds ("an idea that would be unthinkable today," says Wood). At its height in 1600, Moghul India had the world's highest GDP, but Akbar's dream of unity ended in a savage civil war. And waiting in the wings to pick up the spoils was a new invader - the British.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Aug 30, 2015 -- 11:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me
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