Open Culture today reminds us of Burke's programs, and a YouTube channel where you can find all the videos of all the series. "If you never watched any in the first place, you can now catch up on not just the ten episodes of the original Connections, but 1994′s twice-as-long Connections2, and the final series, 1997′s Connections3. I recommend beginning at the beginning, with Connections‘ first episode, “The Trigger Effect,”"
We had already added several of the The Day the Universe Changed episodes to our Ancient History playlist. I strongly urge our Middle School to watch all the episodes of all the series (don't wait to be snowed in to get started!) For students and teachers involved in the MYP, these videos were made to order (long before the MYP was invented.) Talk about Areas of Interaction! These videos are almost an illustrated guide to the concept!
Uploaded by JamesBurkeWeb on Interview with James Burke on Canada AM
Listen to an audio file of James Burke in 2012, talking about Admiral Shovel and the Toilet Roll
Here is the first episode of the first series of Connections (from 1978), to whet your appetite. Students today will immediately recognize the program as "old", not by the grainy video and sound quality, but by the "up to the minute" technology shown throughout the series.