From the start, human beings have tried to explain reality and certain transcendental events that form part of it, such as life, death, and illness. Through these programs, we will learn more about the development of medicine: from early civilizations that based their medical practice on the use of herbs or remedies obtained from Nature; to magical-religious medicine that recurred to the gods to try and explain the inexplicable; up until 20th century medicine that, backed by scientific and technical development, gradually took shape as a more resolutory discipline. But medicine’s greatest achievement takes place at the turn of the 21st century: sequencing the human genome, a feat that doubtless will spark a revolution not only in the way in which we approach many illnesses, but also in our comprehension and definition of humanity itself.
During the twentieth century, Mexican society was captivated by the mass media and the different manifestations of the always-attractive world of entertainment. The Media and Entertainment Collection offers a broad view of the history, technological development and social impact of the Mexican press, radio and television. This series also provides the spectator with biographical sketches and a study of the significance of some of the most outstanding figures from the art scene who made history alongside the development of the national print and electronic media.
Our country stands out for its abundance in natural resources which can be found at all different latitudes. Our nature is source of sustenance that satisfies the basic needs of all Mexicans, and an increased understanding of these resources has allowed us to advantage of them and led us to take governmental and societal action for the management and conservation of these natural goods. Thus in this Mexican Nature Collection we have the representative volcano of the Valley of Mexico, Popocatéptl, the witness to the historic past that has served as an inspiration to artists but has also been the subject of innumerable studies done by national and international scientists. Similarly, this series integrates an analysis of the phenomenon of water in Mexico, as water will be one of the problems that we will face in the immediate future.
Throughout its entire history, inhabitants of Mexican territory have always carried out some sort of elections when appointing authorities. Yet since the nineteenth century, efforts to crystallize democratic ideals and rights in the nations constitutions have been a constant in national history. Through centuries of struggle and incessant efforts, the federal government, with its legislative, executive and judicial powers, as well as its different governmental organizations, has tried to implement different proposals made for the good of the Mexican people. In the same political arena, different political parties of our times come together hoping to represent the interests of millions of Mexicans. The collection Politics and Democracy includes the histories of voting in Mexico, the political parties PRI, PAN and PRD, the Congress of the Union, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, as well as many other paradigmatic themes in the development of the country's formation.
Mexico is a unique country in terms of its religious expressions which are manifested in diverse forms. The series on Religion and Beliefs integrates documentaries which, due to their cultural importance, serve as examples of the traditions and religious groups of Mexicans of recent times. In this sense, it covers the past and present of institutions like the Catholic Church in Mexico, of deeply-rooted celebrations like those of Holy Week, as well as providing a profile of Pope John Paul II and a consideration of the rise of new faiths that transform the nations religious panorama. The program also contends that religion is a fundamental part of the make-up Mexican peoples character and idiosyncrasies, and an important way of understanding what makes Mexicans unique.