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First Civilizations Previous Broadcasts

Trade (Episode #104#)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 23, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Examine an ancient civilization unlike any other, that of the Indus Valley. Rather than imposing order through war or religion, it relied on the free flow of trade. The exchange of goods promoted wealth, co-operation and trust.

Cities (Episode #103#)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 16, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

View the birthplace of civilization: the Middle East, site of the world's first villages, towns and cities, from the hills of Turkey to the plains of Iraq. They were crucibles of invention and innovation-turbo-charging the pace of progress.

Trade (Episode #104#)

KQED 9: Tue, May 15, 2018 -- 9:00 PM

Examine an ancient civilization unlike any other, that of the Indus Valley. Rather than imposing order through war or religion, it relied on the free flow of trade. The exchange of goods promoted wealth, co-operation and trust.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 16, 2018 -- 3:00 AM

Religion (Episode #102#)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 9, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Discover the secret to the stability and cohesion of Ancient Egypt-religion. When people share a core set of beliefs, they are more likely to identify as one. That was true for the first civilizations and it's just as true today.

Cities (Episode #103#)

KQED 9: Tue, May 8, 2018 -- 9:00 PM

View the birthplace of civilization: the Middle East, site of the world's first villages, towns and cities, from the hills of Turkey to the plains of Iraq. They were crucibles of invention and innovation-turbo-charging the pace of progress.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 9, 2018 -- 3:00 AM

War (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 2, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Examine the process of "destructive creation"-the idea that fear, rivalry and conflict strengthen community bonds while stimulating an arms race of technological progress. The result is civilization. Ancient Mesoamerica exemplifies this development.

Religion (Episode #102#)

KQED 9: Tue, May 1, 2018 -- 9:00 PM

Discover the secret to the stability and cohesion of Ancient Egypt-religion. When people share a core set of beliefs, they are more likely to identify as one. That was true for the first civilizations and it's just as true today.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 2, 2018 -- 3:00 AM
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