It is 1806, and imperial St. Petersburg is in the grip of gambling fever. Each night Herman Suvorin, a poor Captain of Engineers, witnesses huge fortunes lost and won, though he dare not risk the money he has tirelessly earned…
Practical Poker Probabilities
Episode 5 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles
Investigate the mathematics of Texas Hold'em, one of the most popular traditional poker games. What's the probability your hand will improve before and after more cards are revealed? How do you calculate your "pot odds" to help you determine your…
The Joy of Counting
Episode 4 of The Joy of Mathematics
Combinatorics is the study of counting questions such as: How many outfits are possible if you own 8 shirts, 5 pairs of pants, and 10 ties? A trickier question: How many ways are there to arrange 10 books on a…
The Origin of Life
Episode 27 of Redefining Reality
Apply the reality-analyzing tools you've learned in the course to the problem of life. Consider the close connection between life and sunlight. Then look at the startling exception to this rule: the fauna that flourish around volcanic vents in the…
Games of Chance and Winning Wagers
Episode 2 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles
Turn now to games that rely heavily on chance and betting, such as roulette and craps, and learn how to evaluate the fairness (or unfairness) of games using the ever-important concept of expected value. Once you know if a game…
Fundamentals of Probability
Part of the Series: Probability and Statistics Tutor Series
This program covers the important topic the fundamentals of probability in Probability and Statistics. We begin by discussing what the concept of probability really means and why it is important. Next, we solve several problems that involve the essential ideas…
1918: Bertie
Episode 10 of My Place Series 1
Bertie wants to buy a special gift to welcome his brother Eddie home from the war. He thinks that a pair of brown brogue shoes is just what his brother will need. Bertie is doing all he can to save…
Deceptive Practice - The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends…
Ticked Off Trannies With Knives
A group of trannies are violently bashed and left for dead. The surviving ladies regain consciousness, confidence, and courage ready to seek out revenge on the ones who attacked them.
The Soldier's Tale
A soldier, returning from the wars, sits beside a sunlit pool and plays his violin. The music attracts the attention of the Devil, in the guise of a butterfly collector, who asks for the violin. The soldier refuses and the…
Jacob Two-Two and the Big Bagel Bungle
Episode 10 of Jacob Two Two Season 1
Jacob's grandpa is coming to visit and that means it's time for one of Dad's special Sunday brunches.
Quintessential post-war British Noir. Ex-RAF pilot Trevor Howard is double-crossed by his black -marketeer boss. Once he breaks out of Dartmoor Prison, he seeks revenge. No holds barred in terms of brutality.
Jour de Fete
In his enchanting debut feature, Jacques Tati stars as a fussbudget of a postman who is thrown for a loop when a traveling fair comes to his village. Even in this early work, Tati was brilliantly toying with the devices…
Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines
Episode 7 of The Everyday Guide to Wine Series
Venture into the world of sparkling wines, one of the least-understood but highest-quality wines in the world. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan reveals how wines like Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco originated, how they're produced, and how they taste. She even shows you the…
Bet Raise Fold - The Story of Online Poker
This documentary follows a new generation of internet poker professionals during the meteoric rise and sudden crash of the multibillion dollar online poker industry of the 2000s. For millions of young people, online poker was more than a game, it…
World War I – American Legacy
World War 1 - American Legacy vividly tells the many forgotten stories of the men and women who served in the Great War, reminding Americans of their impact on our country that can still be felt today. Charles Whittlesey of…
The Man With the Golden Arm
In this classic Oscar -nominated drama, illegal card dealer and recovering heroin addict Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) gets out of prison and decides to straighten up. Armed with nothing but an old drum set, Frankie tries to get honest work…
Max and the Junkmen - Max et les ferrailleurs
Max, a former judge, is obsessed with catching criminals red-handed. He almost never succeeds. When he meets an old friend who has become a petty crook, he hits on the idea of encouraging his friend's gang to commit a hold-up,…
Police as Protagonist
Episode 22 of The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction
The shift of the role of police from a passive, outside observer to an active participant and even protagonists, came about with the emergence of the police procedural. Journeying from Maigret to Dragnet, and exploring authors such as Georges Simenon…
Harold
In the late 1940s, Harold Blair emerged as one of the most renowned Australian tenors of the concert hall, at a time when very few Aboriginal people could break through the barriers of the repressive Queensland reserve system. Harold takes…