Tired of watching internet videos of skateboard accidents on your smartphone? Looking for something a little more educational? Check out our massive new collection of super awesome* downloadable PBS videos, now available to us through OverDrive. There are 538 different titles to choose from (or from which to choose, if you prefer), and at approximately one hour each, that’s more than three weeks of solid public television goodness.
Here are some of the super awesome things that I found when I did an advanced search and chose PBS as the publisher (from that super awesome list of 49 publishers):
- If you think Ian McKellen is good as Magneto, be sure to check him out as King Lear.
- The Secrets of the Dead series is full of crazy things, like this documentary about the mysteries of female East German Olympic athletes. (We have more of this series on DVD, mainly because I’m in charge of buying nonfiction and I think they’re interesting.)
- If you’ve ever wanted to learn way too much about life on an aircraft carrier but just can’t bring yourself to join the navy, try the series Carrier.
- If that’s not enough overkill for you, we’ve got 62 episodes of Scientific American Frontiers. Learning about nerve regeneration, killer algae, and Viking longboats should keep you off the streets for a while.
- This one is billed as “the thinking person’s reality show,” but as a self-proclaimed thinking person, I think I wouldn’t be hanging out in Death Valley.
- Finally, keep this one in mind when Black History Month rolls around again. It’s a new spin on an old subject. (Bad puns, sorry.)
And just so you remember, OverDrive videos only work on Windows based computers and Windows compatible smart phones. Be sure to check out OverDrive’s FAQ page for more details.
*apologies to Julie.