Season 23, Episode 5 The Greely Expedition

First Aired: January 31, 2011

"The Greely Expedition," about an 1881 scientific expedition to the High Arctic. Three years later, only six men (of 25) returned, bringing with them stories of starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. The documentary features expert interviews, and details how information gathered on the expedition is helping present-day scientists better understand global warming and climate change. Included: scientific accounts; excerpts from diaries; photographs; letters.

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

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