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The Ship that Changed the World

Airs Wednesday, June 2nd, at 8:00 pm on WXXI
Five centuries ago, the Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance ocean voyages practical. But exactly how this momentous innovation happened eludes historians. Now, the excavation of a rare intact wreck discovered off the coast of Sweden offers vital new clues to a maritime mystery.

Length: 60 min.

Five centuries ago, the Age of Exploration and Europe’s imperial colonization of far-off lands was launched by a revolution in ship design that made long-distance ocean voyages practical. But exactly how this momentous innovation happened eludes historians. Now, the excavation of a rare intact wreck discovered off the coast of Sweden offers vital new clues to a maritime mystery.

Great Electric Airplane Race

Airs Wednesday, May 26th, at 9:00 pm on WXXI
NOVA
NOVA looks at the array of promising new electric planes on the horizon and takes you for a ride in some impressive prototypes that are already in the air—such as Burt Rutan’s Long-ESA that can fly at over 200 mph and climb to 3,000 feet in under six minutes. Boeing, Airbus, Raytheon and other major companies are currently racing to develop practical short-haul passenger planes that promise to slash the operating costs and emissions of regular flights. But first, significant hurdles of battery weight, energy storage and cooling must be overcome. How long will it be before the dream of super-quiet, super-efficient airliners becomes a reality?

Length: 60 min.

 

The Donut King

Airs Monday, May 24th, at 10:00 pm on WXXI
INDEPENDENT LENS
After fleeing Cambodia for the U.S., Ted Ngoy built a fried pastry empire and began living his American Dream. But a great rise often comes with a great fall.

Length: 60 min.