Big thinking documentaries

From modern-day conspiracies to ancient philosophy, BBC Select covers the topics that will get your gray matter fired up. If you live in the US or Canada, you can sign up for BBC Select and watch a collection of mind blowing BBC documentaries.

Don't Panic: The Truth About Population

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The world’s population stands at 7 billion and growing. We face huge challenges in terms of food and resources. But as superstar Swedish statistician Hans Rosling reveals, any dread we feel about this is out of date.

Birth rates are falling, poverty and hunger can be eradicated and climate change avoided. If you need an injection of optimistic entertainment, this is it. This is how we fix the future.

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness

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What can the great philosophers of the past teach us about navigating the modern world? Do their theories, thoughts and works apply to us today and, if we follow their teachings, will they make us happier, more well-rounded individuals?

British philosopher Alain de Botton looks at the ideas of six thinkers who have influenced history and uses them to tackle problems that plague all of our lives.

Accidental Anarchist

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Carne Ross was a diplomatic high-flyer who fervently believed in western democracy. But the Iraq war left him disillusioned and he quit his government job.

This political documentary traces his worldwide quest to find a better way of doing things politically, from farming collectives in Spain to Occupy Wall Street.

Could anarchy be the solution to all our problems?

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Don't Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years

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836 million people live in extreme poverty in the world. It’s a stark figure that most people accept as an unfortunate and unavoidable situation. But is it really?

Before a dazzling backdrop of bubble graphs and projections, Swedish rockstar statistician Professor Hans Rosling shows that allowing poverty to continue is a choice, not a given, and details the steps we can take to end it in this thought-provoking documentary.

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