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Read about some of the great sports teams from Detroit, the City of Champions!

Bad Boys by Isiah Thomas

In 1945, the Detroit Tigers were led by Rudy York, Hal Newhouser, and Hank Greenberg to battle past the Browns and Senators for the American League title. In the World Series that followed, the Tigers and the last of the great Chicago Cubs teams of the century squared off in a memorable, seven-game World Series.

The Ghost Army was officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. From June 1944 to March 1945 it staged 20 battlefield deceptions, beginning in Normandy and ending at the Rhine River. These deceptions included an array of inflatables (tanks, trucks, jeeps, and airplanes), sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and even playacting to fool the enemy.

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states, even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.

In 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to West Berlin, starving the population and choking commerce. Allied forces refused to cede the city, and for nearly a year, supplied two million civilians and 20,000 allied solders entirely from the air. Through the personal stories of those who were there, this program provides a striking look at the first battle of the Cold War and the largest humanitarian campaign the world has ever seen.

On October 29, 1929 - Black Monday, large and small investors alike lost corporate and personal fortunes when the stock market crashed. This program examines the reasons behind the crash and whether the crash was predictable.

French Jesuit missionaries planted apple seeds in the Michigan wilderness more than a century before the travels of Johnny Appleseed. Seedlings grew into giant fruit-bearing trees that provided tangy apples to pioneers who followed. As the Detroit settlement grew, grafted apple trees were planted. By the late 1700s, orchards that bloomed with Fameuse, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Pomme Gris and Detroit Red rivaled those of New England, and even President Thomas Jefferson received scions of Detroit trees to plant at his Monticello estate. Today, 850 farms boast over nine million apple trees.

Examines the farms, restaurants and local foods of Michigan.

Michigan herb cookbook by Suzanne Breckenridge

Descriptions of 40 of the greatest recreational rides in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. Road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and single-track mountain bike rides all get included. Most rides are in the 5 to 35 mile range, allowing for great afternoon outings and family adventures.

A socially awkward math prodigy finds confidence when he earns a spot on the British team at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

A young working-class genius is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.

The true story of a troubled Princeton mathematician who is able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.

Based on the life of Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School, an East Los Angeles math teacher inspires his eighteen students to excel at the subject and do well on the National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam.

Our world was made on and by the Silk Roads. For millennia it was here that East and West encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas and cultures, the birth of the world's great religions, the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the growth of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols and the Black Death to the Great Game and the fall of Communism, the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. The Silk Roads vividly captures the importance of the networks that crisscrossed the spine of Asia and linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, America with the Persian Gulf.

The twists and turns of one night in the life of a New York yuppie and the interesting people he comes in contact with from a sexy woman to a crazy ice cream dealer.

Talk show host Jerry Langford is kidnapped on his way to the studio by an aspiring stand-up comic who is short on talent but long on ambition. The ransom demand: an appearance on Langford's show to perform his routine.

Twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on doing it again. They are convinced by mate Gary King, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown to once again attempt to reach the fabled pub called The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching the pub is the least of their worries.

Hit men Ray and Ken have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life-and-death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss.

One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by power, scandal, and tragedy.

Born in 1838, Queen Lili'uokalani was a talented composer who took the throne after her brother's death in 1891. She dealt with the U.S. government revoking her position on the sugar market, was overtaken by U.S. Marines, and lost her throne.

Outlaw, soldier, general and politician, he led a life that ended in violence but left him a legend.

Recounts the life of a colonial silversmith who risked everything for the American Revolution.

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