Secrets of the Dead: Season 8 (2008 - 2009)

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Air date: May 7, 2008

This episode of PBS's popular "Secrets of the Dead" documentary series revisits a scandalous chain of events that transpired in the 1970s - when East German female athletes soared ahead of their competitors at the Olympics and other events, justly raising suspicions of widespread steroid use. The suspicions were rooted in a cold and hard reality, though one far more sweeping and organized than many thought possible: in an attempt to gain superiority and an edge on its international competitors in sporting events, the East German government had set up and implemented a program of systematically "doping" its female athletes with performance-enhancing drugs. Years later, an estimated 10% or more of these victims contracted cancer in middle age. Secrets of the Dead: Doping for Gold explores the contours of this scandal and discusses its implications for the late Cold War and for today's athletic participants.

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Air date: May 14, 2008

This documentary explores what scientists now believe caused the destruction of Minoan civilization almost five thousand years ago. Experts believed a tsunami destroyed the cities built by people that many believe to be the first Europeans to use a written language. Some believe these events may have provided the impetus for the creation of the myth of Atlantis.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2008

Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was convicted of murdering his wife, and his punishment was execution. Like other victims of capital punishment, DNA and forensic work later revealed that he was entirely innocent of the crime. What makes this case of particular interest is the fact that the Dr.'s execution occurred in 1910. This documentary presents this new evidence in the case, and makes the argument that turn-of-the-century justice may be full of unjustly convicted people like Crippen.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2009

The salvaging of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of early 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, from its watery grave off the North Carolina coast is chronicled. The process enables researchers to determine whether, as legend has it, the pirate purposely ran the ship aground in order to cheat its crew out of booty from a blockade of Charleston, S.C. Included are remarks from marine archaeologist Lisa Briggs; author Angus Konstam (Blackbeard) and David Moore (North Carolina Maritime Museum).

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What a great world, really, in which impassioned investigators have the means, energy and time to spend seven years trying to poke holes in century-old murder cases.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

You don't even need to mention it as a guilty pleasure. It's on PBS, for crying out loud. That's right. It's fascinating and it's good for you. What a deal.

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"Doping for Gold" reminds viewers that the quest for victory at all costs often comes at a price few can afford.

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