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                                      October 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Manhattan Project.
At 5:30 a.m., July 16, 1945, scientists and dignitaries awaited the
detonation of the first atomic bomb in a desolate area of the New
Mexico desert aptly known as "Jornada del Muerto" (Journey of Death).
Dubbed the Manhattan Project, the top-secret undertaking was tackled
with unprecedented speed and expense--almost $30-billion in today's
money. Los Alamos scientists and engineers relate their trials,
triumphs, and dark doubts about building the ultimate weapon of war in
the interest of peace.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Acid
It is the most widely produced chemical in the world and possibly the
most dangerous. Take a look at the many uses of acid. See how the
military harnesses acid to make the explosive "Comp B-4." Visit a
sulfuric acid plant to see how acid can take the stain out of
stainless steel and learn how it can be mixed to dissolve precious
metal. At the Heinz vinegar plant discover why acid's sour taste is
sweet. Finally, meet a mad scientist who will demonstrate how acid can
hollow out a penny and turn a hot dog to sludge!

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - God's Gold, Part 1
This episode goes on the most extraordinary treasure hunt ever! Host
Hunter Ellis ventures on a world-exclusive search for the priceless
golden artifacts of Jerusalem's Temple--lost since the Romans looted
them almost 2000 years ago. From Jerusalem, to Rome, to North Africa,
Turkey, and--finally--back to Israel, we'll follow a trail of clues to
uncover the final hiding place of the most priceless treasures of the
Jewish faith.

10-11pm -- Cities of the Underworld - 10 - Beneath Vesuvius
Naples, Italy narrowly escaped meeting the same fate as its
neighboring city, Pompeii in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius wiped out
everything around it. The wind saved Naples that day, but life in the
shadow of this massive volcano is unlike any other--and so is its
underground. For centuries, Neapolitans have carved out their
underground, creating a parallel world where their secrets are safe.
Entire neighborhoods line the underworld, time capsules of ancient
life--with banks, bakeries and homes preserved below. From repelling
into an ancient Greek cavern to uncovering Nero's famous stage
underneath a modern apartment, host Don Wildman steps back almost 2000
years to discover the world hidden beneath this volcano.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engines.
Story of the development of engines and motors, with particular
emphasis on the ones that have profoundly changed society. Beginning
with the steam engine, we see how it was created, how it works, and
how it led to the Industrial Revolution. We review the electric motor,
internal combustion engine, jet engine, and rocket engine, and
conclude with a look at futuristic engine technologies, including
hydrogen-powered cars and microtechnology engines so small that they
fit on the tip of a finger.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Freight Trains.
They are the life blood of the American Economy, transporting 1.8
billion tons of freight each year, carrying everything from crops, to
consumer electronics, cars to chemicals, not to mention coal and just
about any other item that you can think of. This program will take you
to what is considered the greatest freight transportation system in
the world, the Union Pacific's Bailey yard--a pit stop for much of the
nation's freight on its journey across the continent. We'll also
explore the history of freight transportation from its humble
beginnings as tramways in mines to complex system of rails that
stretches to every corner of the nation.

9-10pm -- The Universe - End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet
Asteroids, comets, gamma ray bursts and the sun all combine to make
the Earth a dangerous place to live. NASA's top brass and other
scientists are arming themselves with the latest technology to
pre-empt an apocalyptic attack. Watch and investigate bizarre, and
terrifying apocalyptic scenarios and the ways that scientists are
racing against the clock to develop technology to defend our planet.

10-11pm -- Mega Disasters - Hawaii Apocalypse
Hawaii, 1868. The volcano, Mauna Loa, in its most spectacular
eruption, spewed out enough lava to cover 40 percent of the Big
Island. A similar eruption occurred in 1950. Now that the island has
become developed, the potential for damage and loss from a major
eruption is astronomical. Small villages have been replaced by large
tourist resorts and luxury homes. Using state-of-the-art computer
animation, take a look at how an event similar to 1868 would impact
Hawaii. Watch buildings crumble during large earthquakes, see homes
and resorts destroyed by speeding lava, and what's left of the island
drown under tsunamis and mudflows. Thousands of people could be dead
and the economy of this island paradise would be destroyed for years
to come.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bible Tech.
Arguably the most influential book ever written, the Bible provides a
glimpse into the origins of ancient technology and its use to
withstand the elements, build great structures, wage war, and conserve
precious water. We examine the technological plausibility of biblical
structures and machines--including the Tower of Babylon, the Temple of
Jerusalem, ancient bronze and iron forging, and shipbuilding skills
that might have been employed to build Noah's Ark.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Gangster Guns.
During the 1920s and '30s in big cities and small towns alike, they
earned a fierce reputation in a blaze of bullets. They were the best
friends of criminals such as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby
Face Nelson, Al Capone, and Bonnie and Clyde. Handle their Colt 45s
and 38s, Tommy guns, Whippets, and Browning automatic rifles as we
uncover the stories of gangster guns.

9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Al Capone's Secret City
Al Capone's, rise to power coincided with the notorious "Roaring
Twenties" period in Chicago. Capone and his fellow mobsters flooded
the city with bootleg liquor, while buying off government officials.
Follow a team of historical detectives as they travel back to a time
of unimaginable wealth, speakeasies, and ruthless mobsters. Using
evidence from excavations, scientific studies and historical documents
watch as the team piece together clues as to what 1920's Chicago
looked like. Computer graphics allow viewers to fly over, enter the
streets, and walk through the halls of this era.

10-11pm -- UFO Files - The Day after Roswell.
Delve into the aftermath and repercussions of the 1947 Roswell
incident, when many believe an alien spacecraft crashed in New Mexico.
Based on The Day after Roswell by Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso and William
Birnes, we explore if technologies like the laser, fiber optics, the
integrated circuit, super-strong fibers, and night vision were
developed with the aid of aliens. Career officer Corso claims his
first alien encounter came on July 6, `47, while on late-night
security rounds at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where he saw bodies of EBEs
(Extraterrestrial Biological Entities) inside shipping crates. In
1961, as Chief of Foreign Technology in the Army's department of
Research and Development, his job included analyzing alien technology
from Roswell, then introducing it into America's technological
mainstream--thus, reverse-engineering alien artifacts. And we talk to
many scientists involved at the time, who credit hard work, not alien
contact, with these technological advances.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Panzers.
German tanks revolutionized military doctrine. Their speed and
tactical usage, backed up by the Luftwaffe, helped create the
Blitzkrieg (lightning war) that stormed over Europe and dominated
battlefields.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Balls
From professional sports to the playground, balls have been a way of
life for generations. We will explore the research, development,
technology and performance of balls as they spin through our sporting
lives, bouncing evenly, spiraling tightly, and careening off our feet,
bats, racquets and clubs. We'll tour the Wilson Football Factory and
the Rawling's Costa Rica Baseball Factory as well as visit the
National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, N.Y. Learn about the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame known
as juego de pelota wherein a loser's skull might be used as the core
around which a new rubber ball would be made.

9-11pm -- Hippies -
The Hippie movement was the most controversial and influential of
modern times. Free love, the peace movement, drugs, Eastern religions
and communes are explored. Meet the figures whose words and actions
inspired it and destroyed it. See how the vibrations from that era are
still resonating today in almost every aspect of American life, from
the clothes we wear, to the Personal Computer and the Internet.
Finally, historic footage, stills and period graphics are interwoven
with expert commentary and eyewitness testimony.

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Friday, October 5, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 14.
In this hour, we examine a massive oil tanker explosion that killed
nine; a subway tunnel cave-in that swallowed part of Hollywood
Boulevard; a freighter plane crash that destroyed an 11-story
apartment building; an historic molasses flash flood; and a freeway
ramp collapse that buried construction workers in rubble and concrete.
Investigators from NTSB, Cal/OSHA, and Boeing, structural and
geo-technical engineers, and historians explain how so much could have
gone wrong, costing so many lives. And aided by computer graphics,
footage and photos of the disasters, and visits to the locations
today, we show viewers what caused these catastrophes and what design
experts have done to make sure they never happen again.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Weird Weapons: The Allies.
In this hour we uncover Allied secrets off WWII, such as a battleship
made of ice, bat bombs, floating tanks, rocket-propelled wheels that
would roll through enemy lines, pigeon-guided missiles, and earthquake
bombs designed to penetrate the earth and shake structures to pieces.
Join us for more bizarre stories of extraordinary armaments dreamt up
by the some of the time's most inventive minds--weird weapons unlike
anything before. And what about the atomic bomb?

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Weird Weapons: The Axis.
Between 1939 and `45, the world was locked in a nightmare struggle of
unprecedented ferocity. When the smoke from WWII cleared, bizarre
stories emerged of extraordinary armaments dreamt up by both sides'
most inventive minds--weird weapons unlike anything before. New ways
of bringing destruction to the enemy were born of desperation and wild
imagination. And in a world gone mad, nothing seemed too strange to
try. Axis powers tested a strange range of weapons: a vortex cannon
designed to tear wings off aircraft, an assault rifle that could shoot
round corners, a death ray that could boil people alive, and most
bizarre of all, an army in space.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - High Tech Sex.
Join us for a walk on the wild side of the history of sexual
enhancement and contraception--from Cleopatra's box of buzzing bees to
17th-century condoms to Internet sex and 21st-century holographic
pornography! In an explicit exploration of the aphrodisiacs, drugs,
contraceptives, toys, and cyber-tech innovations that have ushered in
a brave new world of modern sexuality, we talk to sexologists and
historians for ribald romp behind the bedroom's closed doors.

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Saturday, October 6, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Deep Freeze
Take a look at the technology of cold. Think your home freezer is
"cool"? Try spending some time in a 12-story unit filled with 135
million pounds of ice cream. Enter Arctic vaults that store millions
of different seeds and learn how scientists have mastered temperatures
of -200 degrees F and below. Explore how the cold not only preserves
and chills, but also shatters rubber tires, strengthens steel, and
fuels rockets. Finally, visit Alcor, where researchers keep cadavers
on ice in hopes of future revival.

8-9pm -- Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way - Marijuana.
In a series investigating the history of drug use, we begin our trip
tracing the rise of marijuana and synthetic amphetamines. Marijuana,
from the Indian hemp plant, has been used worldwide as a source of
rope, cloth, and paper; its medicinal qualities were first documented
4,000 years ago in China. But it's best known as the drug of choice of
the 1960s. During WWII, US troops were given an estimated 200 million
amphetamines to fight drowsiness and battle fatigue, and they're still
used to fight depression.

9-10pm -- Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way - Cocaine.
Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was touted as a
cure-all in the late 19th century and was the secret ingredient in
many medicines and elixirs such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure
quickly diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept of the
"cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to strengthen the caliber of
their guns from .32 to .38. We'll see how, though it was outlawed in
1914, its popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth to a
deadlier form--crack.

10-11pm -- Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way - LSD,
Ecstasy and the Raves.
How did the psychedelic drugs LSD and Ecstasy journey from a
scientific discovery to a popular recreation to banned drugs? Mental
health professionals once believed that LSD could treat schizophrenia
or alcoholism. Meanwhile, Ecstasy, the "penicillin for the soul", was
used in marriage counseling. Now, continuing the cycle of the
hallucinogen, some of the latest derivatives in this category of
drugs, the "rave" drugs such as GHB and Ketamine, are about to be
banned.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007
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7-8pm -- Shootout - North Hollywood Shootout.
This is the story of the fiercest gun battle in US police history. On
February 28, 1997, a high-stakes bank robbery went awry and devolved
into an urban firefight that became one of the most violent shootouts
in law enforcement history. With TV cameras capturing the action from
above, two paramilitary-style gunmen take over a bank using terrorist
technology. Donning full body armor and automatic weapons, they charge
out of a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, California, and
with brutal and brazen disregard, they fire armor-piercing ammo at
police and citizens, turning a congested residential area into a
combat zone that ends with deaths and numerous injuries. Police on the
scene that day recount their ordeal that very dangerous day.

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - Doomsday 2012: The End of Days
There are prophecies and oracles from around the world that all seem
to point to December 21, 2012 as doomsday. The ancient Mayan Calendar,
the medieval predictions of Merlin, the Book of Revelation and the
Chinese oracle of the I Ching all point to this specific date as the
end of civilization. A new technology called "The Web-Bot Project"
makes massive scans of the internet as a means of forecasting the
future... and has turned up the same dreaded date: 2012. Skeptics
point to a long history of "Failed Doomsdays", but many oracles of
doom throughout history have a disturbingly accurate track record. As
the year 2012 ticks ever closer we'll speculate if there are any
reasons to believe these doomsayers.

9-10pm -- Siberian Apocalypse -
At 7:15AM on June 30, 1908, a giant fireball, as bright the Sun,
explodes in the Siberian sky with a force a thousand times greater
than the Hiroshima bomb. It decimates 1,000 square miles of
forest--over half the size of Rhode Island, and was the biggest cosmic
disaster in the history of civilization. What caused the apocalyptic
fire in the sky? Over a hundred theories surround what is called the
Tunguska event, varying from asteroids and comets to black holes and
alien spaceships. Most scientists agree the Tunguska event will happen
again, and next time, the human toll could be unimaginable. Now, NASA
and other organizations race against time to stop the next planet
killer before it ignites Armageddon.

10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 07 - The Rookie Challenge
It's just over a month into the new ice road season and more than 800
truckers are on the ice, working around the clock. There are still
4,000 loads that need to make it to the mines, but with spring just
around the corner, every load could be their last. Alex sets out on a
daring new adventure, one that will take him across a brand new,
138-mile, ice road to the Colomac Gold mine. The main ice road is a
major highway compared to this small, isolated back road. Hugh races
to pick up his 17th load, but first he needs an oil and tire change.
Drew runs out of gas on the side of the road in Yellowknife and his
truck freezes up. This is just the latest in a long string of
mechanical failures. His patience for life on the ice road is wearing
thin so he calls his wife back home for a pep talk. Rookie TJ also
suffers a debilitating blow. While driving, he's overcome with
abdominal pain from an earlier injury strapping down a load.

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Monday, October 8, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Tea
After water, tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It has
been around as a drink for 5000 years, and 6 billion pounds of tea are
harvested annually. We begin with a trip to the Lipton's plant in
Suffolk, VA., where state of the art machines crank out 24 million
teabags a day, and then its off to the only tea plantation in the US,
the 127 acre Charleston Plantation in South Carolina. We'll follow the
flow of tea from England to the Colonies, where a tea tax precipitated
the Boston Tea Party, and chronicle the brief but glorious age of the
Clipper Ships, speed craft that brought tea from China to London in
less than 100 days. Big news in the 20th century for the tea trade
includes the emergence of herbal, powdered, iced and decaf teas. Tour
the Celestial Seasonings plant in Boulder Colorado, and then visit a
boutique tea garden where expensive teas sell for upwards of $300 a
pot.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Water.
It's nature's precious elixir--so powerful it can carve our landscape,
yet so nurturing it can spawn life and support its intricate matrix.
And it's the only substance on Earth that can exist in three separate
forms at the same temperature--liquid, solid, and gas. We take it for
granted, yet compared to other natural compounds, it's a genuine
oddity. We'll paint a vivid portrait of this common entity that's
anything but as we explore water's multidimensional character--from
its place in the $10-billion bottled water industry to its critical
role in a Canadian nuclear reactor. We watch it flow from huge
irrigation machines that have revolutionized American agriculture,
blast 200 miles into space from a newly discovered geyser on one of
Saturn's moons (via computer animation), coaxed from the clouds by
chemical injection, captured by innovative "fog-catchers", and cascade
with artistic flair from compressed air jets at the Fountains of
Bellagio in Las Vegas.

9-11pm -- Columbus: The Lost Voyage -
Ten years after his famous 1492 voyage, Christopher Columbus awaited
the gallows on criminal charges in a Caribbean prison. He plotted an
escape--a last voyage that would restore his reputation. This last and
most treacherous journey ended with the loss of all four of his ships
and Columbus and his crew shipwrecked. Viewers will take a journey,
through dramatic reconstruction, to the very heart of Columbus's
ordeals: the lush shores of Central America; the remote beach in
Jamaica where his ships washed up and the jungle where Columbus fought
his own mutineers. Included are interviews with historian and explorer
Martin Dugard, and with experts from the US, the Dominican Republic
and the UK (England).

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature's Engineers.
Towering skyscrapers buzzing with life, intricate tunnels connecting
entire communities, mighty dams that tame the wildest rivers--this is
construction animal style! Take a walk on the wild side as we
investigate common creatures seemingly designed to alter their habitat
and remake the world. Our ability to learn and capacity for abstract
thought may separate us from beavers, honeybees, birds, termites, and
spiders, but these engineers of nature remind us that we're merely the
latest in a long line.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Aluminum
This useful metal was once considered more valuable than gold. Watch
as aluminum is stretched, pounded, melted and turned into foam. Did
you know that aluminum is made out of a powder? Visit the widest
rolling mill in the world where skins for the largest jets are made,
then it's off to NASA to observe how aluminum is used to make
reflective mirrors for telescopes. Discover the process of making
aluminum foil and learn why aluminum baseball bats are better than
wood.

9-10pm -- The Universe - Jupiter: The Giant Planet
Jupiter poses many questions about our solar system. It is a powerful
planet of gas whose flowing colors and spots are beautiful, but
contain violent storms and jet streams. A mini solar system of over
sixty moons rotate around Jupiter--a half billion miles from earth.
Could one of these moons contain life under its icy crust?

10-11pm -- Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion
Scientific theory states that gigantic eruptions of methane gas from
deep in the ocean have occurred regularly throughout history. Although
a global-scale methane eruption today is highly unlikely, there are
stagnant, oxygen-poor basins in the ocean where methane might
accumulate. Even a small explosion would cause a catastrophe. Imagine
what would happen if such an event occurred in the
mid-Pacific--tsunamis would be generated in continuous waves, striking
Hawaii and the entire West Coast. Coastal areas would be flooded for
miles inland. Methane/water clouds would auto-ignite, the massive
fires will cause a nuclear-winter. Consequences could be global. Most
plant life would be destroyed and whatever humanity survives, will be
thrown into a Dark Age.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Silver Mines.
It was called the "mother lode", a deposit of silver so massive that
it would produce $300-million in its first 25 years of operation,
establish Nevada as a state, and bankroll the Union Army in the Civil
War. Named after an early investor, we'll see how the Comstock Lode,
discovered near Virginia City, proved to be a scientific laboratory
from which vast improvements in mining technology and safety were
pioneered, including innovations in drilling, ventilation, drainage,
and ore processing.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - The Colosseum.
Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or Rome in
magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it seated
80,000 people, boasted a retractable roof, underground staging
devices, marble seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as
the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity of its
construction, the beauty of its architecture, and the functionality of
its design made it the perfect place for massive crowds to congregate
for the bloody spectacles it contained.

9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Lost Superpower of the Bible
The Hittites are the forgotten superpower of the Bible. Hattusha, the
capital was the heart of their empire. They were a highly advanced
military powerhouse who struck fear into the hearts of all their
enemies, yet the Hittites disappeared as quickly as they emerged--the
greatest vanishing act in history. Follow a team of historical
detectives as they use evidence from recent excavations, scientific
studies and historical documents to piece together clues to determine
what the ancient Hittite empire looked like. Computer graphics allow
viewers to fly over, enter the streets, walk through the halls and
peer into this lost world.

10-11pm -- UFO Files - Black Box UFO Secrets.
Reveals for the first time the cockpit and control tower audio
recordings of pilot and astronaut confrontations and sightings of
unidentified flying objects high in our skies. From a detailed account
of one of the very the first reported pilot case, the Arnold case in
1947, to recent recordings over New England and Texas, to NASA
recordings and video from 2005, this special features interviews with
pilots, witness and experts, including UCLA's Joseph Nagy, actor Ed
Asner, and pilot/UFO researcher Don Berliner.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Leather.
Sometime at the dawn of civilization, animal hides were rubbed down
with animal fat, making them more flexible, durable, and malleable. By
the 5th Century BC, this "tanning" process expanded to include
vegetable and tree oil washes, creating what's now known as
"leather"--one of man's most reliable and versatile products. Without
advances in leather shoes, the Romans could never have marched to the
Tigris; nor could the Pilgrims have survived winters in Plymouth.
Today, leather is a staple of our daily lives. Modern tanners have
devised techniques to make leather more versatile, colorful, and
luxurious than ever. We visit modern tanneries of conventional cowhide
leather, and explore the more exotic leathers made from alligator,
snakes, and even sting-ray. And we'll examine the race of modern
science to create synthetic leathers that are supposedly more
convenient in today's fast-paced life. We'll see how leather binds us
to the past in an unparalleled way.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Sharpest
It's time to slice and dice! Take a cutting-edge look at the most
amazing blades in the world, from the legendary sword of the samurai
warrior with an edge sharp enough to sever a man's arm in a single
swipe, to industrial shredder blades capable of gobbling anything from
a sofa to a fridge, to the precision slicing power of lasers and
plasma.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Hawaii Apocalypse
Hawaii, 1868. The volcano, Mauna Loa, in its most spectacular
eruption, spewed out enough lava to cover 40 percent of the Big
Island. A similar eruption occurred in 1950. Now that the island has
become developed, the potential for damage and loss from a major
eruption is astronomical. Small villages have been replaced by large
tourist resorts and luxury homes. Using state-of-the-art computer
animation, take a look at how an event similar to 1868 would impact
Hawaii. Watch buildings crumble during large earthquakes, see homes
and resorts destroyed by speeding lava, and what's left of the island
drown under tsunamis and mudflows. Thousands of people could be dead
and the economy of this island paradise would be destroyed for years
to come.

10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ships.
Lurking beneath Lake Nemi's blue waters lay the titans of Roman naval
engineering--the Nemi Ships. Titanic luxury liners of the ancient
world, they held inventions lost for thousands of years. But why were
they built? Were they Caligula's notorious floating pleasure
palaces--rife with excess and debauchery? Flagships of a giant sea
force? It took Mussolini's obsession with all things Roman to finally
prise the two wrecks from the depths of Lake Nemi near Rome. Using an
ancient Roman waterway, he drained the lake and rescued the ships, an
accomplishment captured on film that we access to illustrate this
astounding story. Sophisticated ancient technology discovered in the
boats transformed the understanding of Roman engineering overnight.
Yet by 1944, the adventure had turned sour and the retreating German
army torched the boats. We reveal the mysteries of the Nemi Ships and
the ancient technology that made them possible.

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Friday, October 12, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Levees
From collapsing floodwalls in New Orleans to high-tech mechanical
storm surge barriers in Europe, we'll explore the 2,500-year history
of keeping rivers and tides at bay by erecting levees. To get a lesson
on how levees are built and why they fail, we'll climb atop
Sacramento, California's crumbling river levees to see evidence of
erosion that portends a New Orleans-level disaster. In stark contrast
are the ingeniously engineered levees and dikes holding back tidal
waters in the Netherlands. Their success inspired other mechanized
flood barriers on both the River Thames outside London and one
currently under construction near the sinking city of Venice, Italy.
We'll also take a look at the hard lessons learned when levees are
breached. In New Orleans, we'll see what the US Army Corps of
Engineers is doing to protect the Crescent City from future hurricane
seasons.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Distilleries 2.
It's an art. It's a science. It's a marriage of vapor and water. From
the elite to the illegal, the banned, to the celebrated, the
distillation of spirits is a 50 billion dollar a year business. We
will visit brandy, liqueur, moonshine, and absinthe distilleries to
see how this magic is done. A trip to the Christian Brothers
Distillery in northern California will reveal the secrets of how
brandy is made and in the Deep South we observe a working moonshine
still. Then it's off to France, where we visit the Courvoisier Cognac
distillery and at the Jade Absinthe Distillery we see how this
controversial drink is made. Includes expert commentary and historical
perspective given by Bon Appetit's Anthony Dias Blue.

9-11pm -- Hillbilly The Real Story -
The two-hour special, hosted by celebrity Billy Ray Cyrus, brings
these mythic people to life through stories that span 300 years.
Outcast immigrants, war heroes, isolated backwoodsmen, hard working
miners, fast moving moon shiners, religious warriors, musicians and
statesmen make up the rugged cast of characters. No dueling banjos

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Saturday, October 13, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Wiring America.
We begin with electrical linemen perched precariously out a helicopter
door, repairing 345,000-volt high-tension power lines. They are part
of an army of technicians and scientists we'll ride, climb, and crawl
with on this episode. They risk their lives so that we can have the
services we take for granted--electric power and 21st century
communications. They lay and maintain the wire that connects us one to
another, as well as America to the rest of the world. The hardwiring
of America is a story that is nearly two centuries old. And though
satellites and wireless systems may be challenging the wire, it's not
dead. Fiber optic cable, lines that transmit light, became a player in
information delivery in the late 1970s. We may be entering a
"wireless" age, but the infrastructure of wires laid by visionary
scientists and industrialists are still vital to America. Wire
technology will be with us, continuing to provide service, well into
the next century.

8-10pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky -
Meteors, comets, and asteroids cross the solar system to offer clues
about our planet and universe. Can they destroy civilizations? Did
they wipe out the dinosaurs? Have they brought life to our planet? And
when will the next one hit? Aided by elaborate animation and
live-action footage, we learn what these mysterious space rocks really
are and imagine what likely happened 65-million years ago, when an
object plowed into the Yucatan Peninsula. We see how certain
spectacular meteor falls advanced our understanding of what they are
and the danger that they pose. We talk to leading experts--astronomers
and geologists including David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker,
co-discoverers of the Shoemaker-Levy comet that fell into Jupiter in
1994. And we talk to NASA scientists about recent missions to
asteroids and comets and speculate on ways to move Earth-threatening
asteroids and comets out of our way. Because it isn't a question of if
but when the next deadly impact will take place.

10-12am -- Comets: Prophets of Doom -
Comets--these celestial travelers have forever filled us with fear and
wonder. Lurking in the furthest reaches of our solar system, they come
close to Earth as they orbit our Sun. Could something as destructive
as comets hold the key to life? Are the building blocks of
carbon-based life forms frozen inside? Might they contain information
about the creation of our solar system? At the conclusion of two
spectacular NASA missions that sent spaceships to rendezvous with
these mysterious objects, we examine the scientific and historical
record of comets, including man's reaction to them. Did a comet lead
the Wise Men to Bethlehem? Did they foretell the death of kings, the
destruction of civilizations? How did Halley's Comet provide Isaac
Newton with the clues for his theories of gravity? Finally, what
comprises this "dirty snowball" and how can we protect ourselves if
headed on a collision-course with one?

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Sunday, October 14, 2007
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7-8pm -- Titanic's Achilles Heel - Part 1
Did Titanic have a fatal design flaw? In August of 2005 John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler (of "Deep Sea Detectives") led an
expedition to Titanic, where they discovered two huge intact sections
of the ship's bottom, the red paint still on. Naval architect Roger
Long, along with a panel of experts concluded that Titanic broke apart
earlier in its sinking than has been believed, due to a previously
unknown design flaw.
8-9pm -- Titanic's Achilles Heel - Part 2
Chatterton and Kohler return to the wreck in 2006 searching for
evidence to support this theory, but when their research vessel is
recalled by the Russian government they head to Greece to dive
Titanic's lost sister ship Britannic. Was Britannic quietly modified
to correct the problem? Part 2 of 2.

9-10pm -- Titanic's Tragic Sister -
Considered the "Everest of wreck diving," the Britannic was discovered
in 1976 on an Underwater Exploration by Jacques Cousteau. The
Britannic is the larger sister to the ill-fated Titanic. On November
21, 1916, Britannic was steaming through the Kea Channel in the Aegean
when an explosion ripped through the ship causing the world's largest
ocean liner to sink. Whether it was a German mine or submarine torpedo
that sank her, a bigger mystery remains: Why did this giant ship sink
so fast? It took her only 55 minutes to disappear beneath the ocean
waves, three times faster than Titanic. Join wreck divers John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler as they lead an expedition to unravel
this mystery of the Britannic's final hour.

10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 08 - Into the Whiteout
It's day 37 of the ice road season and there almost 3,000 more loads
to go. Drivers are washing out and the road is beaten up. Rick Fitch,
has a backlog of critical supplies that need to be delivered and an
arctic storm is brewing. Rick organizes a special convoy of five
trucks to get the loads out. TJ gets separated from the convoy just as
the storm hits the road. The rest of the convoy makes it to the mine
just before the road is shut down and is stranded at the mine for 16
hours with no word from TJ. Meanwhile, Hugh Rowland struggles with
having lost two of his drivers this season.

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Monday, October 15, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech.
A look at the "science of safety" as applied to Indy or NASCAR racing.
From tires to roll-cages to hood flaps, we examine the incredible
technology that's helping prevent crashes and enabling drivers to
survive the inevitable ones. See how today's innovative minds
digitally reconstruct crashes and design new technology that keeps
pushing the limits of racing. The drivers may grab the glory, but they
wouldn't dare get behind the wheel if it weren't for the guys in white
lab coats. (1-hour version)

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Pacific Coast Highway.
For 25 years, construction crews dug, blasted, tunneled, and bridged
their way up America's West Coast along the California, Oregon, and
Washington shoreline to build the Pacific Coast Highway. Historians,
road and bridge engineers, and experts relate this story of
perseverance, primal machines, convict labor, and engineering
brilliance as we tour its scenic route. And we look at the latest
technologies used to keeping it running despite floods, earthquakes,
tsunamis, and landslides.

9-11pm -- Hell: The Devil's Domain -
Our in-depth history of Hades begins with the story of a negative
near-death experience, in which a man thinks he went to Hell after
being declared clinically dead and before resuscitation. Following
Lucifer's trail from cave paintings in France circa 6,000 BC to
current portrayals in popular culture, our 2-hour exploration shows
how Hell and the Devil remain powerful forces--at a church in Texas,
where souls are delivered from Satan's grip; in talks with a survivor
of the 1980s recovered memory craze, who "recalled" attending Witches'
Sabbaths that practiced cannibalism; and at the modern Church of
Satan. We review literary landmarks that expanded our ideas of the
Underworld, from Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost to Mark
Twain's anti-hero, and trace development of Christian, Moslem, Jewish,
and Buddhist conceptions of the afterlife.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Civil War Tech.
America protects its homeland with the most technologically advanced
military force ever conceived. Although they fight 21st-century
battles worldwide, the technology unleashed is directly descended from
a war fought more than 140 years ago. This episode explores how the
War between North and South was the first modern war, and the
technology used in it was a quantum leap beyond any previous conflict.
The machine gun, aerial reconnaissance, advanced battlefield medicine,
instantaneous communication, ironclad ships, even the first aircraft
carrier were all innovations developed during the Civil War. We'll
investigate improvements in weapons, sea power, transportation, troop
conveyance, food processing, medical care, and telecommunications. At
a time when the nation was divided, Civil War technology
revolutionized the way war was waged. Today, those technological
milestones have evolved to ensure that our modern military has no
equal in the world.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Sticky Stuff
Bees do it. Chemists do it. Even Photocopiers do it. And if it's not
done enough, the world will become unglued...literally. From Velcro
hooks to Gecko feet, making things that stick is no easy task. Come
revel in the oozing, seeping mystery of a sticky rubber--25 years in
the works--that lets an athlete climb a 200 foot stone wall; or a roll
of tape so strong it sticks together skyscrapers, even in winds of 240
MPH. We'll also see how electrostatics makes cling wrap cling, bee
glue stuck ancient mummies together, and how the tar that trapped
Woolly Mammoths now seals our roofs.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Alien Infection
Could an alien infection cause an epidemic on earth? Some experts
believe that spacecraft returning from Mars could bring back a harmful
sample or comet dust falling into our atmosphere could cause
pandemics. One astronomer believes that the Influenza of 1918, which
killed between 50-100 million people, was one such outbreak and that
another "infection" could decimate the world's population.
Astrobiologists are now poised to bring Mars samples back to earth to
examine them in a Bio 4 level safety lab. In a hypothetical future
disaster scenario, track how comet dust would seed the earth with a
virulent virus. Quarantine measures don't work and panic ensues.

10-11pm -- The Universe - The Moon
The moon has comforted man for thousands of years. It's been
everything from a god to a compass, and the only cosmic body human
beings have ever visited. NASA is planning to build a permanent
outpost there. Discover how the moon came to be--if you don't already
know, you will be astounded.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Barbarian Battle Tech
Barbarians and technology, maybe they're not such a contradiction
after all. It's the bow that nearly brought down Rome, and the
suspension system that revolutionized the chariot. Barbarians built
the forts that held out invaders, and forged the axe that named a
country. We'll see inside the shop of one of the world's finest metal
workers as he shapes iron ore into a classic Celtic sword. With 21st
Century animation we'll rebuild a 2600 year-old hill fort--and show
that protecting a village was as easy as digging a ditch. Finally, the
designers of "Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion" reveal how they
devised a system that accurately recreates the great barbarian
battles. Which weapons scored best? The results may surprise you.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Vacuums
Vacuums aren't just for cleaning floors. There are giant vacuums that
clean up after disasters like Hurricane Katrina and underwater vacuums
that save coral reefs by suctioning up invasive algae. In the 19th
century pneumatic vacuum tubes delivered mail speedily via miles of
tubes. Visit the Hoover Vacuum Museum, see how the household sweeper
was invented and learn about some unusual applications. Finally, a
trip to world's largest vacuum chamber at NASA's Plum Brook Research
Center reveals how NASA tests vehicles and equipment before their
journey into the final frontier.

9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Stalin's Supercity
Josef Stalin is considered one of the most powerful and murderous
dictators ever. He was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union for a
quarter of a century and his regime of terror caused the death and
suffering of tens of millions. Follow a team of historical detectives
who use evidence from recent excavations, scientific studies and
historical documents to piece together clues to see what the Soviet
Union looked like during Stalin's rule. Computer graphics allow the
viewers to fly over, enter the streets, walk through the halls and
peer into this lost world.

10-11pm -- UFO Files - Deep Sea UFOs: Red Alert.
In this hour, we'll dive deeper into the ongoing mystery of
USOs--Underwater Submerged Objects--UFOs that have reportedly been
witnessed going into and out of Earth's oceans. The show features a
dive into the Santa Catalina Channel near Los Angeles to search for
trace evidence of a 1992 USO event--a detailed account of the USS FDR,
a magnet for USO and UFOs from the early 1950s until its
decommissioning in the 1970s, with at least eight major sightings.
Australia's famous Tully Water-Crop Circle Case is explored, as well
as many other astounding and recent USO cases from the US and the
world. Interviews include USS FDR veterans Chet Gruisinsky and Harry
Jordan, USO researcher Dr. Stephen Greer, and Australian UFO expert
Bill Chaulker.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Heavy Metals.
They are elements that occupy a select portion of the periodic table
and are so essential to America's economic and military might that
they are stored in the National Defense Stockpile in case of all-out
war. We plan a riveting visit. Some of the vital heavy metals that we
survey include copper, uranium, lead, zinc, and nickel. We also take a
look at superalloys--consisting of steel combined with chromium,
cobalt, and dozens of other heavy metals--that resist corrosion and
perform increasingly elaborate functions. From Earth to space, from
cosmetics to vitamins, in a million different ways, heavy metals are
here to stay!

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Bulletproof.
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body armor to armored cars and
trucks, we review the history of the race between the bullet and a
successful way to stop it. It's not exactly easy to design material
that can catch gunfire traveling up to 3,000 feet per second. We'll
look at little-known advances like bulletproof layering hidden in
walls, futuristic smart materials that "remember" how to stop a
bullet, and a system that deploys a shield within milliseconds when it
detects an oncoming round.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion
A controversial scientific theory states that gigantic eruptions of
methane gas from deep in the ocean have occurred regularly throughout
history. Although a global-scale methane eruption today is highly
unlikely, there may be stagnant, oxygen-poor basins in the ocean where
methane might accumulate. Even a small explosion could cause a
catastrophe. Imagine what would happen if such an event occurred in
the mid-Pacific. Tsunamis would be generated in continuous waves,
striking Hawaii and the entire West Coast. Coastal areas would be
flooded for miles inland. Methane/water clouds would auto-ignite and
the massive fires could cause widespread destruction. Consequences
could be global. Whatever humanity survives would be thrown into a
Dark Age.

10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Chinese Warfare
Many of the modern military innovations we take for granted all stem
from ancient China. It was the Chinese who invented gunpowder, and in
the tenth century the Chinese created a substance that allegedly
powered flame throwers and ancient rockets. From automated crossbows
to siege machines able to fire over 3,000 yards, we uncover the
secrets of China's most awe-inspiring weaponry. Amongst many
fascinating stories, we uncover insights into the legendary rotating
crossbow and the Cloud Bridge Siege Engine that was used to transport
hundreds of troops to the battlefield. We will recreate some of
China's legendary battlefield creations to see how the designs would
have fared in combat.

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Friday, October 19, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Howard Hughes Tech.
An in-depth look at the technology conceived or developed by America's
first billionaire. A passionate aviator, Howard Hughes built and flew
planes that broke speed records, and developed war machines, spy
aircraft, and commercial airliners. Despite the impressive heights
reached by his technological empire, his health and mental well-being
were fragile. During his last years, he wasn't seen publicly or
photographed, rarely left the hotel suites he occupied, and was
terrified of germs. But when Hughes died in 1976, he left a huge
legacy in aviation and technology. When we board an airliner, view TV
via satellite, or marvel at America's military might, we might do well
to remember the risk-taker who flew faster than his peers and was at
heart an aviator obsessively dedicated to both the art and science of
flight.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - F-18 Hornet.
One aircraft in the US arsenal best typifies the will to win. Using
the latest and most sophisticated computerized technology, the F-18
Hornet is now one of the foremost fighters of the 21st Century. Once a
plane that nobody wanted, today it's the principal Navy and Marine
fighter-attacker--with a flick of a switch, it transforms from bomber
to fighter. Interviews with pilots and crews, combined with archive
film and color reenactments, take you inside the cockpit of this
multi-role aircraft.

9-10pm -- The History of Sex - From Don Juan to Queen Victoria.
This part of our sexual sweep through history covers the intensely
romantic (Don Juan, Casanova) and the darkly perverse (Marquis de
Sade), then moves on to the 19th century with its quirky views. It is
the era of Queen Victoria, yet mail-order pornography takes off. We
also reveal carnal kinks of the Pilgrims and Puritans.

10-11pm -- Sex in the Real West -
Called easy women, shady ladies, and soiled doves, the women who went
west to practice the oldest profession were the first ladies of the
American frontier. Arriving ahead of their "decent" sisters,
prostitutes flocked to the boom towns and mining camps, facing
ostracism and abuse as they sought a piece of the American Dream.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Sharpest
It's time to slice and dice! Take a cutting-edge look at the most
amazing blades in the world, from the legendary sword of the samurai
warrior with an edge sharp enough to sever a man's arm in a single
swipe, to industrial shredder blades capable of gobbling anything from
a sofa to a fridge, to the precision slicing power of lasers and
plasma.

8-10pm -- Stalking Jihad -
Follow acclaimed author/journalist Mark Bowden as he travels to the
remote islands of the Philippines to reveal the untold story of a CIA
mission to hunt down the Al Qaeda-linked terrorists who kidnapped an
American missionary couple in the summer of 2001. Islamic militancy
was not yet a concern for the American public and initially little
more than a perfunctory attempt was made to rescue the missionaries.
Things changed after 9/11. CIA surveillance video of the terrorists'
demise will be shown for the first time on television. Features Mark
Bowden on-camera as the central storyteller and includes interviews
with the captives and the Philippine Marines who carried out the CIA's
secret mission.

10-12am -- Bible Battles -
In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an ancient people
called the Israelites forged an army and carved out an empire. Their
ancient military exploits are described in one of history's most
famous religious texts--the Old Testament of the Bible. But by reading
between the religious lines, military historians unlock the soldiers'
secrets of the Bible by examining the weapons, strategies, and the
commanders, some of whom are not always thought of as warriors, like
Abraham, Moses, and Deborah. In this 2-hour special, we explore the
biblical world from a military perspective from the time of Abraham
until David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows more freely
than holy water in the days of the Old Testament, and the military
secrets of the Bible have yet to be revealed...until now!

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Sunday, October 21, 2007
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7-8pm -- Osama's Hideouts -
Osama's Hideouts traces the movements of the world's most wanted man,
Osama bin Laden, from his early activism in Pakistan through the
mystery of his present-day location. Elaborate graphic recreations
demonstrate the likely appearances of Osama's various lairs.

8-10pm -- Last Stand of The 300 -
After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history. In
a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers await
an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the largest
fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty Persian
Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led by three
hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--the
Spartans. Their leader is the fearless King Leonidas, who after this
battle would be catapulted into legend. When it is over, every Spartan
in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom. Creating a
fresh visual style and using new technologies we will dramatically
recreate the significant events that lead to Thermopylae and the clash
of arms.

10-11pm -- Rogue Waves -
Join us for the amazing story of one of nature's most terrifying
forces. With striking visuals from ships in storm-tossed seas, the
special presents dramatic tales of rogue wave disasters throughout
history, and explores the astonishing scientific discoveries
surrounding this deadly phenomenon. Aided by mind-blowing CGI footage
from the motion picture Poseidon by Wolfgang Petersen, director of The
Perfect Storm, we reveal the awesome power of this ocean menace as it
really is--a monster rising from the deep!

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Monday, October 22, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - More Dangerous Cargo.
It comes in many deadly shapes and sizes, and the transportation of
dangerous cargo is one of the most meticulously planned procedures in
the shipping world. We hitch a ride on a "dynamite run" from
explosives factory to construction site; learn how liquid natural gas
is shipped, a fuel that could vaporize entire city blocks if ignited;
accompany a Drug Enforcement Administration truck as it transports
confiscated illegal drugs to an incinerator site for destruction; fly
with Air Net as it moves radioactive pharmaceuticals from factory to
hospital; and tag along with two tigers, part of a breeding program
for endangered species, as they travel from Texas to Ohio. As each
story progresses, we explore the history of the transport of that
particular form of Dangerous Cargo.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Commercial Fishing.
Battered and fried or simply raw--seafood is a popular dish, no matter
how you serve it. Americans consume more than 5-billion pounds yearly,
an order that takes more than a fishing rod to fill and worries
conservationists. We follow the fish, the fishermen, and the science
trying to preserve fisheries for future generations--from ancient
ships on the Nile to a modern technologically sophisticated factory
trawler on the Bering Sea to the University of New Hampshire's
open-ocean aquaculture research project. And we witness a wide variety
of fishing methods--from gillnetting and longlining to lobster
trapping. Hop aboard and sail through time and around the globe as we
explore the harsh conditions of life at sea and experience firsthand
one of history's deadliest jobs. Brace yourself and feel the ice-cold,
salt spray on your face as we explore commercial fishing!

9-11pm -- The Antichrist -
How would you recognize the most evil person on Earth? According to
many historical texts, you should look for a brilliant, enigmatic
public figure who transforms the world for good--for a while.
Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human emissary. While
many believe the Antichrist has come and gone, just as many believe he
will soon arrive, if he's not already in our midst. Join us for
harrowing two-hour look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to
Satan. Real? Our group of prophecy believers and historical experts
help sort it out. We follow the emergence of the Antichrist from
pre-Judaic texts, through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into
Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other religious traditions
as well. Aided by interviewees both religious and secular, comprised
of eminent clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and culture
makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from every conceivable angle.
666 - it's not just a sign, it's an omen.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Tobacco.
Discovered around 18,000 years ago, tobacco was first cultivated in
the Andes between 5000 and 3000 B.C. At a modern tobacco farm in North
Carolina, a farmer will show us how the crop is harvested and cured
and we'll visit the Fuente cigar plantation in the Dominican Republic.
While tobacco has brought pleasure to countless smokers the world
over--it has sent millions to an early grave. In an interview with the
Surgeon General, we will explore this leading public health issue. The
show will also look at smokeless methods of consumption as well as
explore the use of nicotine replacement therapy.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Mountain Roads.
Join our journey along monumental feats of engineering that preserved
America's natural wonders while paving the way towards her future.
Travel the Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, site of a dark
chapter in US history. Today, crews use the latest technology to keep
I-80 open during the worst winter storms. Enjoy the view while
traveling to the summit of Pike's Peak in Colorado, inspiration for
America the Beautiful. The "Going-to-the-Sun-Road" slices through
Montana's majestic Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental
Divide and allowing motorists unsurpassed views of mountain scenery.
Outside Denver, the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, carved through
mountain rock, united eastern and western Colorado. And the Blue Ridge
Parkway, which took 52 years to complete, snakes through large, scenic
swatches.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - New York Earthquake
Most people don't think of New York City as earthquake country, but it
has been shaken by significant quakes in 1737 and 1884. Picture a busy
midweek morning in the heart of Manhattan and hundreds of thousands of
commuters are on their way to work. Suddenly the ground shakes
violently, and a deafening roar thunders through the city. The beaches
turn to quicksand, high-rise buildings sway and elevators strand
thousands. Take a look at the effects an earthquake would have on New
York and its infrastructure--and the havoc it could wreak on the city.

10-11pm -- Decoding The Past - Mayan Doomsday Prophecy
The world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012! The ancient Maya
made this stunning prediction more than 2,000 years ago. We'll peel
back the layers of mystery and examine in detail how the Maya
calculated the exact date of doomsday. Journey back to the ancient
city of Chichen Itza, the hub of Maya civilization deep in the heart
of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, to uncover the truth about this
prophecy. The Maya were legendary astronomers and timekeepers--their
calendar is more accurate than our own. By tracking the stars and
planets they assigned great meaning to astronomical phenomena and made
extraordinary predictions based on them--many of which have come true.
Could their doomsday prophecy be one of them? In insightful interviews
archaeologists, astrologers, and historians speculate on the meaning
of the 2012 prophecy. Their answers are as intriguing as the
questions.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Taxidermy.
It began as a tool used by prehistoric man to attract animals to the
hunt. Over time it became an invaluable study aid for the natural
scientist and a popular hobby for hunters and fishermen. Join us for a
tantalizing look at the history of taxidermy, the craft of preserving
animal skins and using them to recreate a still life of the animal as
it appeared in life. We also check out fiberglass reproduction, which
is gaining popularity as fish and game regulations become stricter.
Finally, we examine human subjects in taxidermy. Using the very latest
process of plastination, the once taboo science and art of preserving
and displaying human corpses, now draws crowds in Europe, Asia, and
the US, proving the age-old practice continues to mesmerize us!

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Dangerous Cargo.
Toxic traffic is everywhere! An average of 800,000 shipments of
hazardous materials hit our highways and railways daily. From Wild
West wooden crates filled with explosives to HAZMAT containers of
nuclear waste, we shadow dangerous cargo. We ride shotgun on a
hazardous material shipment that's tracked by satellites; hunt down
the hush-hush "ghost fleet"--trucks carrying classified government
materials; and board a Con-Air flight moving another kind of nasty
stuff--dangerous felons!

9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - City of Armageddon
Located on a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, the now-ruined
fortress of Masada once had walls 1400m long and 4m thick,
storehouses, barracks, an armory, a palace and massive cisterns filled
with rainwater. Designed to withstand any invader, it became the scene
of one of history's most bloody sieges... a siege that ended in mass
suicide.

10-11pm -- Siberian Apocalypse -
At 7:15AM on June 30, 1908, a giant fireball, as bright the Sun,
explodes in the Siberian sky with a force a thousand times greater
than the Hiroshima bomb. It decimates 1,000 square miles of
forest--over half the size of Rhode Island, and was the biggest cosmic
disaster in the history of civilization. What caused the apocalyptic
fire in the sky? Over a hundred theories surround what is called the
Tunguska event, varying from asteroids and comets to black holes and
alien spaceships. Most scientists agree the Tunguska event will happen
again, and next time, the human toll could be unimaginable. Now, NASA
and other organizations race against time to stop the next planet
killer before it ignites Armageddon.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
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7-8pm -- History's Mysteries - Ship of Gold.
In 1857, en route to New York from California, the steamship Central
America vanished in a killer storm off North Carolina's coast, taking
with her 400 passengers and nearly 21 tons of gold bullion. Here is
the story of the worst US peacetime sea disaster, and how high-tech
treasure hunters recovered her fortune over 130 years later.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 21
A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers one summer day in Midtown
Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project receives a major setback
when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. An air show
in Mannheim, Germany comes to a tragic end when a Chinook helicopter
crashes along the Autobahn. A tanker truck explodes on an Oakland
freeway overpass, causing the structure to collapse. And oil workers
hit a real gusher: a mud volcano, which has left some villages buried
16 feet deep, and may continue to spew mud for years, or even
centuries. We'll explore what engineering and structural failures
caused these events, and the changes the catastrophes have wrought.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Alien Infection
Could an alien infection cause an epidemic on earth? Some experts
believe that spacecraft returning from Mars could bring back a harmful
sample or comet dust falling into our atmosphere could cause
pandemics. One astronomer believes that the Influenza of 1918, which
killed between 50-100 million people, was one such outbreak and that
another "infection" could decimate the world's population.
Astrobiologists are now poised to bring Mars samples back to earth to
examine them in a Bio 4 level safety lab. In a hypothetical future
disaster scenario, track how comet dust would seed the earth with a
virulent virus. Quarantine measures don't work and panic ensues.

10-11pm -- Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death -
The 2004 Tsunami, centered in the Indian Ocean, was caused by a 9.3
earthquake--the second strongest quake on record. Join us for a
minute-by-minute look at nature's fury at its worst, when the tsunami
kills more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. In this special, we
examine the tsunami as it moves from coast to coast through the eyes
of people who lived through it and scientists now studying its path of
devastation. Drawing on the extraordinary volume of amateur video that
recorded the disaster, we take viewers inside the world's deadliest
tsunami.

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Friday, October 26, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The M-16.
The most powerful assault rifle ever used in combat, the M-16 became
the symbol of our lost war--Vietnam--and can easily be called
America's most unloved gun. Yet, 30 years after its introduction, it
stands as a potent icon of U.S. military strength worldwide. We'll
explain how it almost ended up on the scrap heap!

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Truck Stops
Catering to more than twenty million truckers, truck stops are bigger
and better than ever. These mega-pit stops are essential to the trucks
and truckers that haul eight billion tons of freight annually. Tour
the world's largest truck stop that offers fuel, food, parking,
private showers, a movie theater, a dentist office, and a barbershop.
Look at how 18-wheelers can power up their rigs with a high tech
parking lot hookup called IdleAire; complete with heat, air
conditioning, a telephone line, a computer with high speed internet,
and of course satellite TV. We'll also see how 30,000 gallon
underground diesel storage tanks are manufactured. And we'll weigh and
inspect a truck while it's barely slowing down. In an interview with
Willie Nelson, we'll explore one of the most unique truck stops in the
United States and the revolutionary fuel it sells: biodiesel.

9-11pm -- Countdown to Armageddon -
Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super volcanoes, global
warming, killer viruses--all are potential catastrophes that threaten
to wipe out life on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters
that have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are these threats
terrifying prophesies from the Bible that are at last coming true? Are
our fears overblown? Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?

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Saturday, October 27, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft II.
Take a supersonic flight through a world of flying machines that are
redefining our skies. Pull serious G's in the U.S. military's latest
fighter jet: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Riding shotgun in the
lethal B-1B Lancer, and look close or you'll miss the swarm of MAV's
(Micro Air Vehicles)--so small they are launched out of a backpack.
The "vertical takeoff and landing" capable PAV's (Personal Aerial
Vehicles) may be the answer to the commuting needs of tired travelers.
Then, discover how a commercial jetliner has been retrofitted into the
biggest flying fire truck the world has ever seen.

8-10pm -- Vampires Secrets -
Since Bram Stoker first published his novel Dracula in 1897, the
world's most popular vampire has made his appearance in 44 languages.
The vampire myth however, is much older than Count Dracula, popping up
from Athens to Beijing almost 1000 years before the Transylvanian
legend. Vampire legends have two things in common: drinking blood and
returning from the dead. Long before Jesus urged his followers to
drink his blood and eat his flesh, prehistoric man held similar
rituals. From the Bible and ancient Mesopotamian history to blood
drinking societies in New York, we reveal the amazing truth behind one
of the most terrifying legends in history.

10-12am -- Decoding The Past - Cults: Dangerous Devotion
From the bizarre prophecies of Charles Manson to the desperate
paranoia of Jim Jones, cult leaders draw us into worlds of power,
paranoia, and death. Through interviews with world-renowned scholars
and the survivors of cultic tragedy, we will unmask the mystery of
cults. From Jim Jones' pursuit of a socialist paradise to Warren
Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch, cult leaders have twisted the quest
for purity into an obsession with madness and murder.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
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7-8pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later - Part 1
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval Europe at the time
of the Great Plague and the Inquisition. He lived in an age of
superstition and magic and believed that he could foretell the future.
For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic, and his cryptic
journals continue to inspire controversy just as they did in the 16th
century. In this two-part examination of his life, we visit his
birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor, astrologer,
father, and seer.
8-9pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later - Part 2
We continue our life story of Nostradamus. He lived in an age of
superstition and magic and believed that he could foretell the future.
For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic, and his cryptic
journals continue to inspire controversy just as they did in the 16th
century. Conclusion.

9-11pm -- Lost Book of Nostradamus -
In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National
Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a
manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel
de Notredame, the author's name, was on the inside in indelible ink.
The book contains cryptic and bizarre images along with over eighty
watercolor paintings by the master visionary himself. Follow the
investigative trail of how the manuscript was found in the archives
and exactly how it got there. New insight is given into the life of
Nostradamus and his relationship with Pope Urban VIII, who knew about
this manuscript and in whose possession it was for many years.

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Monday, October 29, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Saws
Sink your teeth into the razor sharp world of saws. Cut across the
centuries to discover how the Egyptians arduously sawed stone as
compared to modern saws that slice through limestone like butter. Saws
have been used as instruments of torture and tools for surgery. They
are imperative for construction, salvage, demolition, and they even
make music. Whether they have teeth of steel, carbide or diamond, you
will be on the cutting edge of successful sawing.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech.
When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw today's
cutting-edge, controversial industry that feeds a ravenous,
lumber-crazy world--a world striving to protect nature while devouring
it. Come into the woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces
to topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to 19th-century America,
when lumberjacks cut a legend as large as the timber they felled; and
travel with a tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood
uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste!

9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - 11 - Dracula's Underground
Rich in legends and folklore visit the city of Bucharest, Romania and
learn about its most famous citizen, Vlad the Impaler, more commonly
known as Dracula. Travel underground to separate the myth from reality
as secret prisons, caves and dungeons are revealed. Only through the
bleak subterranean stretches can one come face-to-face with the
Impaler and the truth about this infamous Romanian ruler. Join host
Don Wildman as he braves eerie tombs and clandestine tunnels to
discover the "Son of the Devil."

10-11pm -- Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree -
When a team of Dracula hunters, notably members of a family linked to
the real-life Prince Vlad Dracul, tries to unearth the truth about the
tyrant, they are haunted by mystifying events, misfortune, and tragedy
500 years after the 15th-century prince died.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Drilling.
Spiraling deep into the ground...driving holes through solid
rock...rotating, hammering, and scraping its way through whatever it
may encounter...whether it's earth or ice, steel or stone, nothing can
stand in its way! This episode penetrates the world of drilling and
explores various types of drilling's colorful histories. From drilling
for water in the New Mexico desert to searching for oil in the Gulf of
Mexico, we'll show you how it's done. The program features the quest
to drill the deepest hole ever and the scientific drill ship expected
to perform the feat, and also looks at drills used to recover ice
cores that will unearth thousands of years of climate history. We also
examine the latest and greatest tunnel boring machines, robotic
drills, and handheld power drills. Finally, we check out laser
drills--both large and small--including a drill that can bore a hole a
fraction of the diameter of a human hair.

8-10pm -- Lost Book of Nostradamus -
In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National
Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a
manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel
de Notredame, the author's name, was on the inside in indelible ink.
The book contains cryptic and bizarre images along with over eighty
watercolor paintings by the master visionary himself. Follow the
investigative trail of how the manuscript was found in the archives
and exactly how it got there. New insight is given into the life of
Nostradamus and his relationship with Pope Urban VIII, who knew about
this manuscript and in whose possession it was for many years.

10-11pm -- Mega Disasters - Mega Drought
Recent warming trends in seawater and air temperature point to a
possible mega drought in the next thirty to fifty years. Could we be
facing a replay of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on an even bigger scale?
Scientists working with government authorities are highly cognizant of
the need to conserve. Is it too late? Jump ahead to a scenario seventy
years into the future--a twelve-year drought has left the country
unstable and economically depressed. Cities across the west lie
abandoned, states fight over limited water supplies and we are now
dependant on other nations for food. Society has devolved into a
desperate battle for survival as individuals fight over the scarce
resource.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Chocolate
Americans eat over three and a half billion pounds of chocolate each
year--that's 12 pounds per person per year with annual sales topping
$13 billion! Take a tour through the entire chocolate making process
and learn how chocolate has been thought of as an energizer, an
aphrodisiac and a cure-all. Watch as colorful M&Ms are made by the
millions at Mars. Visit a working cacao bean farm in Central America
for a demonstration of the hand harvesting techniques that have
remained unchanged for centuries. To the delight of those who indulge,
this awesome edible is now even good for you--full of antioxidants,
cholesterol-lowering polyphenols, and heart-healthy flavonols.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Candy.
It pulls, stretches, bubbles, hardens, crunches, and melts! We eat
about 7-billion tons of it yearly. We're talking about Candy--loved by
kids and savored by adults. Candy-making evolved from a handmade
operation to high-tech mass production. Nowhere is that more apparent
than at Hershey's. On a tour of their newest production facility, we
learn how they process the cocoa bean. At See's Candy, we see how they
make their famous boxed chocolates--on a slightly smaller scale than
Hershey's. We get a sweet history lesson at Schimpff's Confectionery,
where they still use small kettles, natural flavors, and hand-operated
equipment. Then, we visit Jelly Belly, purveyors of the original
gourmet jellybean. Saltwater-taffy pullers hypnotize us on our
sweet-tooth tour; we gaze at extruders making miles of licorice rope;
and watch as nostalgia candy bars Abba-Zaba and Big Hunk get packaged.
And in this sugary hour, we digest the latest sensations--gourmet
chocolates and scorpion on a stick!

9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Jekyll & Hyde
One of the most frightening horror stories ever written was Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde. Was this story, however, Robert Louis Stevenson's
disturbing fantasy or was it based on a series of blood-curdling
episodes that took place in the town of Edinburgh? Follow a team of
historical detectives who use evidence from recent excavations and
historical documents to look under the grand façade of Edinburgh.
Watch as an underworld of streets and houses with a blood-soaked
history of grave robbers, body-snatchers and unspeakable crimes is
uncovered. Computer graphics allows the viewer to fly over, enter the
streets, walk through the halls and peer into the Edinburgh of long
ago.

10-11pm -- MonsterQuest - America's Loch Ness Monster
Does a giant prehistoric creature lurk in Lake Champlain? Locals call
it Champ. Generations of eyewitnesses rumor to have seen the creature,
a dinosaur like animal, 15-25 feet long most resembling the extinct
plesiosaur. Examine the mystery surrounding Lake Champlain as
specially designed cameras search for the monster. Existing
photographic evidence will also be put to the test.




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