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04/01/2003
8:00 Deep Sea Detectives.  Titanic: High
Tech at Low Depth. In its day, the Titanic
was a technological wonder. People were so
enthralled with the largest moving man-made
object in the world that they truly
believed it unsinkable. Until it slipped
out of sight on April 15, 1912. In a 90-
minute special filled with spectacular
footage of both recent and archival
expeditions, we explore the history of the
ship and the technology that finally found
it and enabled exploration and salvaging
dives. CC  [TV G]

 9:30 Great Blunders in History.  Titanic:
An Accident Waiting to Happen. Did too few
lifeboats and cost-cutting materials, plus
pressure from the Titanic's owner to travel
at full speed, bring about the disaster?
We'll look at the mistakes that caused this
"unsinkable" luxury liner to go down on her
maiden voyage. [TV G]

 10:00 Titanic Tech.   Welcome aboard the
Titanic. Watertight compartments and a
steel-plated hull render it all but
unsinkable. Nearly every technological
breakthrough of the previous 50 years was
employed onboard, providing comfort and
safety for passengers and crew. But none of
this matters as the ship bore down on an
iceberg on her maiden voyage, sinking the
Titanic within hours with more than 1,500
lives lost. Learn the details of her
construction and how the achievements of
technology may have masked vulnerabilities.
CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Royal Murders.
Looks at the 1975 assassination of Saudi
Arabia's King Faisal by his nephew Prince
Faisal ibn Musaid, who had a history of
mental illness and was quietly spirited
away and never heard of again; the modern-
day Romeo and Juliet tragedy of Crown
Prince Dipendra of Bhutan, who murdered his
father King Birendra in 2001 when he
forbade his son to marry the woman of his
choice due to political concerns; and the
cold-blooded murders in 1918 of Csar
Nicholas II and his family by the
Bolsheviks. CC  [TV PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Murder at the
Top. In 1979, Lord Mountbatten, a member of
the British royal family, died when his
boat exploded. Two members of the IRA were
arrested. In 1998, 74-year-old Bishop Juan
Gerardi, head of the Catholic Church's
inquiry into human rights abuse in
Guatemala, was beaten to death after
presenting his report. A retired army
colonel had ordered his death. And we look
at the Night of the Long Knives, when Ernst
Roehm, head of Nazi Germany's SA, was
killed amidst a purge ordered by Hitler in
1934. CC  [TV PG]


 04/02/2003

 8:00 Dead Reckoning.  Body Clues. A
hardware storeowner found brutally murdered
in his home. In bed, a mother stabbed to
death while her children lay down the hall.
When the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's
forensics team arrives on a murder scene,
there's often scant evidence with which to
work. Mysterious markings on the skin,
blood splatter in an unsuspected location,
a hidden fiber nearly invisible to the eye.
Watch as scattered, sparse clues add up and
investigators piece together the real
stories behind these hideous crimes. CC
[TV 14]

 9:00 The History of Sex.  The 20th
Century. A sensual, extensive series that
looks at what sex has meant to the
development of civilization--and what the
development of civilization has meant to
sex. From the first latex condom in the
1920s to the birth of the Pill in the
1960s, sexuality evolved at a rapid pace in
the 20th century. How will sex change in
the 21st century? CC  [TV 14]

 10:00 Coal Mines.   Coal--the fuel
responsible for more than half the
electricity used daily. We unearth the
amazing technological advances that have
led to today's extremely efficient methods-
-from ancient techniques to the simplistic
bell pit method, from drift mining, surface
mining, and strip mining to modern longwall
mining, when a massive machine extracts an
entire wall of coal in seconds. We go
underground with miners in West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, and Wyoming, and also address
environmental concerns. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Organized Crime: A World History.
Russia. With the fall of communism, a
rapacious new gangster class arose from all
of the former Soviet Republics and became
criminal millionaires. The Red Mafiya,
which seized power with staggering speed in
the post-Soviet free-market free-for-all,
can be traced back centuries to the Thieves
World--a secret criminal culture with a
strict code of conduct based on loyalty and
opposition to the government. We cover the
Redfellas evolution--from roots in Imperial
Russia to shocking global reach today. CC
[TV PG]


 04/03/2003

 8:00 Dead Reckoning.  The Body Searchers.
Focusing on the work of an unusual
forensics organization based in Colorado,
NecroSearch is made up of forensic
anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists,
geologists, thermographers, geophysicists,
criminalists, and bloodhound handlers who
pool their resources and talents to help
law enforcement agencies find clandestine
graves and recover the evidence found
there. As two cases unfold, we see how
NecroSearch works, while treating an
exhumation like an archaeological dig. CC
[TV 14]

 9:00 The History of Sex.  The Middle Ages.
In this steamy history, we trace the
evolution of sexual beliefs and practices
from the fall of the Roman Empire through
the Renaissance. We'll also uncover the
conflicting extremes of medieval romance
and sex--from the bawdy life of European
city dwellers to the staid and dangerous
practice of courtly love. Medieval scholars
offer humorous and interesting carnal tales
of lusty knights, bawdy widows, naughty
priests, and chaste maidens. CC  [TV 14]

 10:00 Nuclear Subs.   The most priceless
jewels in the arsenals of a handful of
countries, some nuclear submarines carry
more firepower than all the bombs dropped
in history. Since the 1950s, these lethal
steel sharks have been a cornerstone of
U.S. defense policy. The Cold War launched
an underwater race for supremacy with the
Soviet Union. The result: engineering
miracles, which roam 70% of the earth's
surface, providing deterrence to enemies,
intelligence about adversaries, and an
abiding sense of dread. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Deadly Ladies.
Examines three examples of women who proved
just as capable of heinous crime as a man!
First up, Kate Barker, better known as Ma,
who led a gang of bank robbers and
kidnappers until killed in a fierce
firefight with the FBI in 1935. Then, we
examine the case of Velma Barfield, found
guilty in 1978 of murdering her fiance by
poisoning him with arsenic. She confessed
to killing four others the same way before
execution. Finally, we look at the trial
and execution of pickax murderer Karla Faye
Tucker. CC  [TV PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Hollywood
Murders. In the heyday of Hollywood, police
investigate several bizarre tangles of
murder, intrigue, and vice. In 1932, movie
producer Paul Bern, who had married Jean
Harlow just two months earlier, was found
dead with a suicide note nearby, but
circumstances were suspicious...In 1935,
top stars and studio bosses are implicated
when screen idol Thelma Todd becomes an
"apparent" suicide...In 1958, 14-year-old
Cheryl Crane, daughter of Lana Turner, is
charged with the murder of her mother's
boyfriend. CC  [TV PG]


 04/04/2003

 8:00 Dead Reckoning.  Left at the Scene.
In a series that presents forensic crime
history by making technology the star, we
see how scientific crime techniques solved
difficult cases. In 1994, Rhonda Maloney
was abducted and raped by Robert Harlan in
Thornton, Colorado. We retrace 7 days of
Thornton Crime Scene Investigator Bob Lloyd-
-from the abduction to arrest to autopsy--
as he methodically worked several crime
scenes. Then, we watch Senior Crime
Investigator Don Sollars finally solve the
murder of 78-year-old Frida Winters. CC
[TV 14]

 9:00 The History of Sex.  Ancient
Civilizations. In this hour, we study sex
in the ancient world--from Mesopotamians,
who viewed adultery as a crime of theft, to
Romans, who believed that squatting and
sneezing after sex was a reliable method
birth control. We also look at revealing
Egyptian and Greek practices--from the
origins of dildos, to intimate relations
between Egyptian gods and goddesses, to the
use of crocodile dung as a contraceptive.
CC  [TV 14]

 10:00 Tunnels of Vietnam.   Here is the
heroic story of a daring band of infantry
soldiers, the "Tunnel Rats", charged with a
daring mission--to search for, find, and
destroy a secret subterranean network of
enemy tunnels in Vietnam. Armed with only a
flashlight, valor, and a .45, they faced a
determined foe and overcame lethal odds,
uncovering secret enemy arms and
intelligence caches. Tragically, many of
these volunteers died and others were
seriously wounded on this terrifying
suicide mission. CC  [TV PG]

 11:00 Presidential Scandals: TWIH.   Host
Josh Binswanger heads to the historic Hay-
Adams Hotel in Washington, with a
commanding view of the White House, for an
hour devoted to presidential scandals. We
investigate the first presidential
impeachment, that of Andrew Johnson after
the Civil War; listen to LBJ's secret White
House tape about the Gulf of Tonkin
incident during the Vietnam War; and talk
to Fred Thompson about his role in the
Senate Watergate Hearings, and a reporter
who reveals details about the Reagan Iran
Contra scandal. CC  [TV G]


 04/05/2003

 8:00 Battle of the Bulge (Movie) Epic
story of the Nazi war machine's last
desperate offensive. Henry Fonda, Robert
Shaw, and Charles Bronson star. (1965) CC
[TV PG]

 11:00 Hell's Battlefield.  Battle of the
Bulge: The First 15 Days. In December 1944,
Hitler prepared a strike force to split the
Allies, hoping to destroy all Allied forces
north of the Antwerp-Brussels-Bastogne
line. With 22 new divisions, re-equipped
with tanks and Luftwaffe units to support
his ground attack, Hitler was ready to
surprise Allied commanders in a plan that
he called "Operation Grief". See how the
largest pitched battle in the history of
U.S. warfare became the scene of some of
WWII's fiercest fighting, making the Bulge
one of Hell's Battlefields. CC  [TV PG]


 04/06/2003

 8:00 Mail Call.  The
Jeep/HIMARS/Hurricanes. R. Lee Ermey, who
portrayed the sergeant in "Full Metal
Jacket", applies his gruff sense of humor
in this half-hour series that answers
viewers' mail about what the armed forces
were, and really are, like! Shot on
location, Ermey reads the questions on air
and then sends them out to military experts
in the field for answers and brief
demonstrations. Ermey learns all about the
Jeep; the new rocket launcher called
HIMARS; and how and why the military hunts
down hurricanes. CC  [TV PG]

 8:30 Mail Call.  AVLB/Fulton Recovery
System/Pilot Survival
Kit/Trireme/Battleship Guns/Grape Shot.
This week we find out about
the Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge, used
by combat engineers; the Fulton Recovery
System, which allows fixed-wing aircraft to
rescue downed pilots; a pilot's survival
kit; the ancient Greek warship, the
Trireme; how to aim, load, and fire
battleship guns; and how "grape shot", used
in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, got
its name. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Mail Call.  Civil War Rifles/1st
Missile Sub/Navy Divers' Gear/Field
Strip/Bowie Knife/Hedgechopper. R. Lee
Ermey compares Civil War rifles from both
sides; learns about the first missile fired
from the deck of a sub; compares the Navy's
Mark 21 deep-sea suit, used for depths as
far as 300 feet below surface, to "crush-
proof" suits used in extreme missions that
can go almost 2,000 feet down; performs a
field strip, breaking down a weapon; finds
out why the Bowie knife is so special; and
explains the evolution of a hedgechopper,
used on tanks during D-Day. CC  [TV PG]

 9:30 Mail Call.  Grenade Launchers/.30
Caliber Machine Gun/Flyer 21/Shrapnel/D-Day
Paratrooper Gear/Jetpack. In this
episode, we learn how grenade launchers
work; how a .30 caliber machine gun
compares to a .50 cal; watch Ermey behind
the wheel of a Flyer 21--part dune buggy
and part heavily-armed Jeep; and discover
the origin of the word shrapnel, what gear
was unique to D-Day paratroopers, and if
the military ever used jetpacks. CC  [TV
PG]

 10:00 Mail Call.  Unmanned
Aircraft/Bogey/1st Combat
Helicopter/Forward Observers/Fairbairn-
Sykes Commando Knife. If unmanned aircraft
are so good, why do we need pilots? Travel
with R. Lee Ermey to Edwards AFB for a look
at the latest in experimental planes. See
how Scottish kids, afraid of the Bogey Man,
gave rise to the pilot term for
unidentified aircraft. Watch the first
combat helicopter, the U.S. YR-4B, flown in
WWII by Lt. Carter Harman in Burma. See how
forward observers direct artillery fire,
and join Ermey as he demonstrates the
Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife on his
favorite target--a watermelon! CC  [TV PG]

 10:30 Conquest.  Unarmed Combat. Bodies
fly through the air as our team follows
wrestling techniques painted on the walls
of Egyptian tombs, and looks at Greek
wrestling, one of the very earliest and
most important sports. We learn how the
Greeks invented boxing, and how the Romans
developed it for use in the arena. Next, we
look at the medieval science of unarmed
combat known as "gripping". Finally, we
examine ancient Eastern methods that used
the body as a deadly weapon. Hosted by
actor and fight master Peter Woodward. CC
[TV PG]

 11:00 The Color of War.  At Ease. It's
been said that war is 90% boredom mixed
with 10% sheer terror. The Allied
servicemen of WWII spent a majority of
their time in what normally would be called
"everyday" activities. Eating, sleeping,
reading and writing letters--trying to
snatch a few moments of enjoyment in the
midst of the titanic conflict. Veterans
describe how they spent those brief
interludes that became treasured wartime
memories. With vivid color film unearthed
from archives and personal collections.
Peter Coyote narrates. CC  [TV PG]


 04/07/2003

 8:00 Mail Call.  Knight's Armor/WWI
Backpack/Landmine. Ermey learns about the
different pieces of a 15th-century knight's
armor; what was inside a WWI infantry back;
and what makes up a landmine. CC  [TV PG]

 8:30 Conquest.  Stone Age Weapons. Actor
and fight master Peter Woodward introduces
us to Stone-Age weapons--flint or bone hand-
axes, spears, bows, and slingshots--and
shows us how to make them and how to fire-
harden wooden spears. Paleontologists and
ethnographers help us examine the weapons
of primitive societies that have survived
into our own time--assegais (slender
hardwood spears), blowpipes, footbows, and
boomerangs. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Angels: Good or Evil.   Winged
messengers have mesmerized humans since the
dawn of civilization. Isis, Hermes,
Mercury, and Asmodeus set the stage for
monotheism's angels--Gabriel, Michael, and
Satan. Hebraic, Christian, and Muslim
scripture all describe angels and demons
that were invoked in magic spells,
immortalized in art, trivialized as
decorative accessories, and dismissed by
science. We see how their legacies shaped
religion and art and hear from those who
testify to firsthand encounters with these
curious creatures. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Fatima Secrets Unveiled.   In 1917,
the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared six
times to three children near Fatima,
Portugal, and revealed three prophecies--
two of which were made public. She bore a
message of peace and prayer--but warned of
a horrifying hell. The second part
prophesized the end of WWI, the outbreak of
WWII, and the rise and fall of Soviet
Communism. In 1978, the third secret was
revealed to the Pope, who just recently
related the prediction--that an assassin
would try to kill the Pope in St. Peter's
Square! CC  [TV G]


 04/08/2003

 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives.  Shipwrecks!:
California. Some of the most exciting tales
of human determination and survival can be
found in the chronicles of shipwrecks. Hold
your breath and go below the watery surface
to view some of the historic shipwrecks
that scatter California's coastline, many
of which have created heated controversy
between archaeologists, championing the
preservation of the wrecks, and salvagers,
looking for treasure. As we tour the dark
waters, we shed light on the tension
between profit and preservation, ambition
and greed. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They
Got That Way.  Opium, Morphine and Heroin.
An examination of the history of the poppy
plant and three of its deadliest
derivatives. In ancient times, the poppy
was considered divine, but in the 19th and
20th centuries, its addicting and lethal
qualities caused unprecedented national
outrage, social upheaval, and even sparked
two wars. Used by the upper classes as
patent medicines, heroin became the bane of
society when the working class began to use
it. In 1914, Federal law banned heroin and
opium, and restricted morphine to medicinal
use. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 The Tool Bench: Hand Tools.   Well
over 2-million years before modern man
evolved, his primitive ancestors were
making tools. The ability to extend the
hand and strengthen the arm is considered
one of the keys to human evolution. Join us
as we nail down the history of hand tools,
and look at a new generation of computer-
designed, high-tech hand tools. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Red Light
Murders. Almost every major city in the
world has a red-light district, where the
life of a prostitute can be brutal and
short. We examine three cases of
prostitutes who became victims of murder.
CC  [TV PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  New York Mafia
Murders. In the 1920s, New York City's
streets became a battleground for the
Mafia, and the murderous disputes raged
until the 1990s. Join us for a riveting
look at how the struggle for mob leadership
led to an endless cycle of murder and blood
feuds. We look at the murders of Salvatore
Maranzano in 1931 and the infamous murder
of Albert Anastasia. Finally, we examine
New York's long battle with "Teflon Don"
John Gotti, who nevertheless, died
"peacefully" of cancer in a federal
penitentiary. CC  [TV PG]


 04/09/2003

 8:00 Bombing Germany.   Like Hiroshima,
the German city of Dresden epitomizes the
horrors of modern warfare. But many other
German cities suffered the same fate as
Dresden, and hardly anyone knows about them-
-Plauen, Pforzheim, Heilbronn, Hildesheim,
Worms, and Wrzburg. By the spring 1945,
just as WWII was nearly over, Allied
bombers wreaked havoc over German cities,
killing half-a-million civilians. Why? We
investigate the military and political
rationale for area bombardment, featuring
aircrew and citizen testimonies. CC  [TV
PG]

 9:00 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. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Garage Gadgets.   Handy around the
house? You will be after this history of
the household garage. From lawn care
products to snow removal and outdoor
cooking, the garage gadgets for do-it-
yourselfers have evolved over the decades
to meet the ever-changing challenges of
maintaining a home. With a typical garage
as our starting point, we'll explore the
uncommon histories behind some common
garage items such as the lawn mower, string
trimmer, leaf blower, barbecue grill, and
more. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Hell's Angels.   Are they romantic
figures of rebellion, or traveling, rowdy
misfits? Jump on you "hog" and ride along
as we reveal the history of this motorcycle
club with a punch! From inception by a
former pilot from the "Hell's Angels"
squadron, to the true incident on which
"The Wild One" is based, to today, it's a
ride you won't want to miss. CC  [TV PG]


 04/10/2003

 8:00 Ancient Drugs.   Since mankind's
beginnings, and in all civilizations, we
have found ways to alter our everyday
consciousness in search of a greater
reality. To this end, we have indulged in
many frightening and often toxic substances
in many different rituals. We'll look for
answers in history as to why we take mind-
altering trips off the well-trod path. CC
[TV G]

 9:00 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. WWII U.S. troops were
given an estimated 200 million amphetamines
to fight drowsiness and battle fatigue and
they're still used to fight depression. CC
[TV PG]

 10:00 The Tool Bench: Power Tools.   The
history of civilization could easily be
measured in terms of our ability to make,
use, and improve tools--an activity that is
at least 4-million years old! At the tip of
our toolmaking timeline are power tools.
We'll examine today's power tool industry,
which is booming thanks to more powerful,
lighter, and quieter cordless tools. CC
[TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  The Trunk
Murders. Often a murderer's most
problematic task is not the actual crime,
but body disposal. A surprising number of
murderers find that a large trunk is just
the right size to hold a human corpse.
We'll look at two murders in England, where
female bodies were found in trunks, and the
Ira Einhorn case, in which the body of his
girlfriend, Holly Maddux, was found stuffed
in a black steamer trunk in his
Philadelphia apartment. CC  [TV PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Killing for
Pleasure. An examination of murderers who
perpetrate terrible crimes against women--
hurting and killing their random and
unknown victims. First, we travel back to
England in the summer that followed WWII,
when Neville Heath, an ex-serviceman,
brutally murdered two women. Then, we
examine the infamous Hillside Stranglers--
Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono-
-who murdered 12 women in the hills
surrounding Los Angeles. And finally, we
look at the "Coed Slayer", who killed 7
women in Michigan. CC  [TV PG]




 04/11/2003

 8:00 Killer Submarine.   Recounts the
deadly patrol of a Soviet S-13 submarine
through the Baltic Sea. On January 30,
1945, it sank a German refugee ship filled
with women and children. Of the 10,000
passengers, only 700 survived. A week
later, the sub sank a German hospital ship-
-4,000 perished. Survivors of the sub and
sunken ships offer firsthand accounts. CC
[TV G]

 9:00 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. CC  [TV
PG]

 10:00 Home Tech.   From the outhouse to
the smart house, our lives have improved
drastically in the last 150 years. Today,
there are fully automated homes in which
everything, from the home theater to the
outdoor waterfall, can be operated at the
push of a button. But life wasn't always so
easy for homemakers who were wrapped in the
"drudgery of the dishcloth." Other great
gadgets examined include the dishwasher,
SOS pads, garbage disposals, Teflon-coated
pans, the Jacuzzi, hair dryers, and the
recliner chair. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Sex and History: TWIH.   From sex
scandals to the origin of sex toys, host
Josh Binswanger uncovers an hour of steamy
history. Burlesque star Dita Von Teese
demonstrates the classic techniques of
striptease that drove our grandfathers
wild. CC  [TV 14]


 04/12/2003

 8:00 Stories from the Hall of Fame.  Golf.
An exploration of the lives and career
highlights of five Hall of Fame golfers:
Payne Stewart, Ben Hogan, Seve Ballesteros,
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, and Billy Casper.
Hosted by Pro Golfer Tom Lehman from the
Golf Hall of Fame, we bring to life the
unforgettable matches, memorable plays,
dramatic upsets, and controversies. Viewers
also learn interesting facts about the Golf
Hall of Fame and the history of the
institution that preserves the sport and
enshrines its greatest players. CC  [TV G]

 9:00 Cleavage.   Sexy and fun, this 2-hour
special surveys mankind's fascination with
breasts and cleavage, from the goddesses of
antiquity to today's silicone-enhanced TV
and film stars. Offering their opinions on
why two simple mounds of flesh have wielded
such power through the ages are comedian
Joan Rivers; "Cosmopolitan" magazine's
Helen Gurley Brown; a plastic surgeon; a
female body builder; and others. Narrated
by Carmen Electra. CC  [TV PG-L]

 11:00 The Death of Marilyn Monroe.
Though ruled a "probable suicide" by L.A.
County Coroner Thomas Noguchi, Marilyn
Monroe's 1962 death by drug overdose
remains a source of controversy. Rumors of
an affair with both President John Kennedy
and his brother Robert, as well as the
bizarre events that took place at her home
on the day she died, have led many to
believe she died as the result of a
nefarious conspiracy to keep her silent
about the affairs. We'll investigate the
details, present the conflicting evidence,
and let you decide! CC  [TV PG]


 04/13/2003

 8:00 Unconventional Warfare.   Whether
ingenious, inspired, or just nefarious,
unconventional warfare is often used as a
last resort. Today's top military
tacticians look at previous unconventional
techniques, from the Trojan Horse to
Hannibal's army of elephants, British fire
ships to flying corpses riddled with
smallpox, as well as modern
implementations, such as terrorism and
computer viruses. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Mail Call.  Flak Vest/Medieval
Crossbow/WWI Pilots. In this
episode, we find out: If a bullet can
penetrate body armor? How accurate was a
medieval crossbow? How did WWI pilots shoot
through their propellers? CC  [TV PG]

 10:30 Conquest.  Urban Ops. Peter Woodward
and his team learn what it takes to be in a
police SWAT team at the Direct Action
Resource Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
They're put through the paces by FBI
instructors John Hickman and Tim Williams
and drilled in using all the special
weapons and tactics employed by America's
best hostage rescuers. Peter's challenge--
lead his team down a rope from a
helicopter, maneuver into an enemy-held
building, breach the doors, clear the
rooms, subdue the bad guys, and rescue the
hostage! CC  [TV PG]

 11:00 Russia: A Closer Look.   A firsthand
look at the stories behind our upcoming 4-
hour series "Russia Land of the Tsars",
which takes a look at the Russian Empire
spanning a thousand years--from the birth
of the Russian nation and the Orthodox
Church in the 10th century to the fall of
the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and the Russian
Revolution of 1917. Viewers go behind the
scenes and see how the producers put
together such a miniseries. CC  [TV G]

 11:30 Great Blunders in History.
Chernobyl: Nuclear Meltdown. Probably the
greatest of all nuclear accidents to date,
Chernobyl's poisonous legacy still
threatens hundreds of thousands of Russian
children. How did the meltdown happen, and
is it safe now? CC  [TV G]


 04/14/2003

 8:00 Mail Call.  Newest Coast Guard
Ship/Carrier Battle Group/Tanks/Sherman
Tank/XM-29 Rifle/WWII V-Mail. Go aboard
the Coast Guard's latest and greatest--the
multi-purpose 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB);
find out which and how many ships comprise
a carrier battle group; learn why we call a
tank a tank and not a toilet, and why the
Sherman was considered a deathtrap; get a
look at the M-16's replacement, the
futuristic XM-29 rifle; and hear how WWII V-
mail didn't talk, but kept letters flowing
from the front to home. CC  [TV PG]

 8:30 Mail Call.  Trebuchet/Troop
Headcounts/BAR/Smart Bombs/Modern
Parachutes/Boomerangs. In
this episode, we learn how a trebuchet, or
catapult, was used by medieval armies; how
many troops are in a platoon, a company,
and a division; the history of the Browning
Automatic Rifle; how smart bombs work; the
types of parachutes used by today's
paratroopers; and how the weapon version of
a boomerang was used. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 April 1865.   Based on Jay Winik's
bestseller "April 1865: The Month That
Saved America", our 2-hour documentary
special offers a new look at the Civil
War's final days that will forever change
the way we see the war's end and the
nation's new beginning. These 30 most
pivotal days in the life of the U.S.
witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond,
Lee's harrowing retreat, Appomattox, and
Lincoln's assassination 5 days later. It's
not only the tale of the war's denouement,
but the story of the rebirth of our nation.
CC  [TV PG]

 11:00 The Alamo.   Released in 1960, the
epic film "The Alamo" served as John
Wayne's attempt to recreate one of
America's most famous and controversial
battles. From the moment the smoke cleared
at the Alamo on March 6, 1836, the story of
the 186 men who gave their lives became an
integral part of Texas folklore and the
inspiration for John Wayne's debut as
producer and director. Features behind-the-
scenes footage and interviews with actors,
crewmembers, and leading historians,
including the head curator at the Alamo. CC
[TV PG]



 04/15/2003

 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives.  Shipwrecks!:
Cape Cod. Thousands of ships have come to
grief on Cape Cod shores due to heavy
maritime traffic in and out of Boston,
shifting underwater shoals, and vicious
northeast storms. Batten down the hatches
as we review the Cape's shipwreck history
stretching back more than three centuries
to the Sparrow-Hawk, which went aground on
the Cape in 1626. We also review life-
saving efforts along the cape--from the
sturdy men with surfboats of the 19th
century U.S. Life-Saving Service,
predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard. CC
[TV PG]

 9:00 In the Footsteps of Jesus.  The Lost
Youth of Jesus. Thousands of Christians
make pilgrimages to the Holy Land yearly to
visit sites connected to Jesus. But are
they authentic? The search for the
historical Jesus began with the first
pilgrim--Constantine the Great's mother
Helena Augusta. Scholars have been trying
to prove--or disprove--her amazing claims
ever since. Traveling to Bethlehem,
Nazareth, and Sepphoris in the footsteps of
Jesus, we run into heated debate about
where he was born, baptized, and grew up,
and reveal startling new discoveries. CC
[TV G]

 10:00 Pyramids: Majesty and Mystery.
Standing majestically for centuries, the
world's great pyramids have long inspired
and mystified scholars. Leading experts and
historians explore the engineering genius
that created some of the largest structures
on the planet. From ancient Egypt to
Central America, we visit these
technological masterpieces. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 The Mysteries of King Tut.   Of all
of Egypt's pharaohs, Tutankhamun remains
the most famous and enigmatic. Despite
amazing discoveries made when his tomb was
unearthed, little historical information
exists on him--and much of that is shrouded
in debate. What really killed the Boy-King?
Did the "Curse of King Tut" kill three of
his tomb's discoverers? CC  [TV G]


 04/16/2003

 8:00 James, Brother of Jesus?   Has
historical evidence for the existence of
Jesus come to light, literally written in
stone? An ossuary, a box that holds bones,
was uncovered among the relics of a private
collector in Jerusalem. It bears an amazing
Aramaic inscription, "James, son of Joseph,
brother of Jesus." Hosted by Father Ken
Deasy, we delve into the ossuary's
discovery, dated to 63 AD, and interview
religious scholars, archaeologists, and
paleontologists about its authenticity and
significance and the controversy it's
stirred. CC  [TV G]

 9:00 In the Footsteps of Jesus.  From
Galilee to Jerusalem. Following in the
footsteps of Jesus, we dig for the truth
behind "accepted" Holy Land sites and
review archaeological controversy about
these important religious places. We
examine: an Israeli scholar's 1987
discovery of the lost city of Bethsaida,
where Jesus called his first disciples,
healed a blind man, and fed the multitudes;
a boat on the Galilee's shoreline dating to
the time of Jesus; a house in Capernaum
that may have belonged to St. Peter; and
the possible grave of Lazarus. CC  [TV G]

 10:00 The Great Wall of China.   Winding
6,000 kilometers through undulating
mountains, it is said to be visible with
the naked eye from the moon. But who called
for the Great Wall's construction and how
was it accomplished? Historians, engineers,
and scientists explore one of the wonders
of the ancient world. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Buried Treasure.   Join us for a
colorful, exciting treasure hunt as we team
up with local explorers on their quest for
riches. Did the pirate Blackbeard bury his
loot off the New Hampshire shore? Can
Thomas Beale's complex, coded map lead the
way to a cache of coins hidden in the Blue
Ridge Mountains? What drives Florida
treasure hunters in their search for
centuries-old riches churned up onto the
seashore? We'll match wits with resourceful
treasure hunters in their relentless search
for buried booty! CC  [TV G]


 04/17/2003

 8:00 Oracle of Delphi: Secrets Revealed.
Myth and science meet at Delphi, where the
ancient Greeks said the oracle (always a
woman), in a trance and often a frenzy,
spoke on behalf of the gods. Scholarship
rejected the claim that vapors rising from
the temple's floor inspired the oracle. But
now, a wealth of evidence compiled by a
geologist, archaeologist, chemist, and
toxicologist suggests the ancients were
right, and the discovery of two faults
intersecting below the temple indicate the
geology could have released intoxicating
fumes. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 In the Footsteps of Jesus.  The Way
of the Cross. The search for evidence of
Jesus's life moves to Jerusalem and the
traditional sites associated with his final
days. Deep beneath the city, we explore the
buried remains of Herod's temple and tread
a pavement where Jesus may have walked.
Delving into the mysterious histories of
the Cenacle Room, Gethsemane, and Roman
Praetorium, we investigate the latest
archaeological theories concerning probable
sites of Jesus's last supper, arrest, and
trial. Does science support or refute the
Biblical accounts? CC  [TV G]

 10:00 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. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 The Roman Emperors.   When the power
of Rome was concentrated into the hands of
supreme rulers, the empire began to corrode
as the emperors led lives of increasing
depravity. We'll visit their mansions to
get an inside look at the splendor--and
squalor--in which they lived, and insight
into their sometimes inexplicable acts. CC
[TV G]


 04/18/2003

 8:00 Stigmata: Marked for Life.   Stigmata-
-the mysterious appearance of the wounds of
Christ in the hands, the wrist, feet, or
around the brow. Some receive bruises on
the shoulder as if carrying a heavy cross
or a lance wound in the side. The most
famous and well-documented case is St.
Francis of Assisi, who received Christ's
wounds during prayer in 1224. We
investigate the phenomenon and its history,
talking to doctors and religious scholars.
Is stigmata caused by psychosis or
hysteria, or is it a true supernatural
occurrence? CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 In the Footsteps of Jesus.  The
Mysteries of Golgotha. Recounting the final
footsteps in the life of Jesus, we explore
the traditional sites of his crucifixion
and burial. Does the Church of the Holy
Sepulchre truly contain the Rock of Calvary
and Jesus's tomb, or could the Garden Tomb
be the authentic site? We investigate the
most recent archaeological evidence and
learn how it may finally answer this
fascinating question. CC  [TV G]

 10:00 Cemeteries.   More than 2-million
people die in the U.S. each year. That
works out to about 5,500 burials a day,
with roughly 80 percent taking the long
goodbye in a casket, and the remaining 20
percent electing to be cremated or finding
some alternative method of crossing
eternity's threshold. We take a look at
dealing with the dead throughout the
centuries, and at today's $20-billion
funeral industry. Any way you look at it,
it's a healthy business, with new
generations of customers year after year!
CC  [TV G]

 11:00 War of Independence: TWIH.   Host
Josh Binswanger heads to Lexington Green,
where 77 Minutemen once faced 800 British
Regulars in the first skirmish of America's
first war. Find out if American patriots
exaggerated what happened during the Boston
Massacre to stoke war fever; where the
"shot heard 'round the world" was really
fired; how an ex-slave saved American
forces during the Battle of Bunker Hill;
and how America's first spies--the Culper
Jr. Ring--helped the Colonial Army achieve
victory over Britain. CC  [TV G]


 04/19/2003

 8:00 St. Peter: The Rock.   He was a
simple fisherman on the Sea of Galilee
until Jesus of Nazareth promised to make
him a "fisher of men." The man we know as
St. Peter was the leader among the Apostles-
-the rock upon which the foundation of the
Church was built and the keeper of the keys
to the Kingdom of Heaven. We trace the life
of Peter, from his humble beginnings to
martyrdom in Rome in 64 AD. We also look at
the Vatican's shocking announcement in 1968-
-that the bones of St. Peter had been
found! CC  [TV G]

 9:30 The Apostle Paul: The Man Who Turned
the World Upside-Down.   Paul of Tarsus--an
ordinary man whose life became legend.
We'll see how this zealous Jew came to
believe that Jesus was humanity's savior,
and how his transformation changed the
course of the Western world, providing a
foundation for the legacy of Jesus, as well
as for Christianity's unique identity. CC
[TV G]

 11:00 Mary of Nazareth.   Why does the
Bible say so little about the mother of
Jesus? What is the true nature of the
Immaculate Conception, and how does it
differ from the virgin birth of Jesus? This
documentary examines these and other
riddles about the Mother Mary. CC  [TV G]


 04/20/2003

 8:00 Jesus of Nazareth, Pt. 4.   Movie.
Jesus (Robert Powell) is on the road to
Calvary, and Part 3 paints an unforgettable
picture of the Crucifixion and the
Resurrection three days later. With Anne
Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, Rod Steiger as
Pontius Pilate, Peter Ustinov as Herod the
Great, Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion,
Ian McShane as Judas Iscariot, and Stacy
Keach as Barabbas. Directed by Franco
Zeffirelli. (1977) CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Digging for Truth: Archaeology and
the Bible.   The Hebrew Bible, or Old
Testament, may be the most important
religious text in history. Revered as a
divine scripture by Jews, Christians, and
Muslims, it is a book of great spirituality
and controversy. Recent archaeological
finds seem to contradict many of its
stories, threatening the foundations of
these ancient religions and even the
delicate balance of power in modern Israel.
Stakes are high as these biblical
archaeologists dig for the truth with a
shovel in one hand and a bible in the
other. CC  [TV G]


 04/21/2003

 8:00 Mail Call.  Unmanned
Aircraft/Bogey/1st Combat
Helicopter/Forward Observers/Fairbairn-
Sykes Commando Knife. If unmanned aircraft
are so good, why do we need pilots? Travel
with R. Lee Ermey to Edwards AFB for a look
at the latest in experimental planes. See
how Scottish kids, afraid of the Bogey Man,
gave rise to the pilot term for
unidentified aircraft. Watch the first
combat helicopter, the U.S. YR-4B, flown in
WWII by Lt. Carter Harman in Burma. See how
forward observers direct artillery fire,
and join Ermey as he demonstrates the
Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife on his
favorite target--a watermelon! CC  [TV PG]

 8:30 Conquest.  Unarmed Combat. Bodies fly
through the air as our team follows
wrestling techniques painted on the walls
of Egyptian tombs, and looks at Greek
wrestling, one of the very earliest and
most important sports. We learn how the
Greeks invented boxing, and how the Romans
developed it for use in the arena. Next, we
look at the medieval science of unarmed
combat known as "gripping". Finally, we
examine ancient Eastern methods that used
the body as a deadly weapon. Hosted by
actor and fight master Peter Woodward. CC
[TV PG]

 9:00 Rumrunners, Moonshiners and
Bootleggers.   Heroes who fight tax
collectors and moral crusaders, or just
common criminals? Like it or not, America
was built by rumrunners, moonshiners, and
bootleggers--even founding father John
Hancock was a smuggler. In the 1920s,
Prohibition turned fishermen into
rumrunners and two-bit gangsters into
millionaires, and moonshine haulers in
their souped-up cars helped create NASCAR.
Rare archival footage and photos help weave
the compelling tale of our nation's love-
hate relationship with illegal alcohol. CC
[TV PG]

 11:00 Outlaws: The Ten Most Wanted.
Separates fact from fiction about Jesse
James, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid,
and the Wild West's other most notorious
gunslingers. Here are the gruesome truths,
the exaggerations, and the outright lies
about their lives. CC  [TV G]


 04/22/2003

 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives.  Shipwrecks!:
Florida. The Sunshine State is bounded by
treacherous waters littered with shipwrecks
with tales of treasure and paradise lost,
of conquest, hardship, and heroism--all
told through the remnants of once mighty
ships. Dive into Florida's waters as we
examine three yarns, each shedding light on
the region's contributions to U.S. history.
We speak with archaeologists who uncovered
a Spanish galleon from the 1500s, a
mysterious English brig, and a U.S. Navy
schooner, and learn how they unravel their
stories. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Vendettas.  Johnson County Cattle
War. In the late 19th century, the wide-
open plains of the American West proved a
gold mine for cattle ranchers--that is,
until the Homestead Act encouraged settlers
to move in and claim plots of land as their
own. Soon, settlers were not only claiming
land, but cowboys were also claiming
unbranded cattle, according to rich cattle
barons. Thus began a fierce feud that
escalated into full-blown war involving
dirty politicians and the federal militia
before it ended in a bloody three-day
siege. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Cattle Ranches.   From the 19th
century's legendary cattle drives to the
million-acre ranch kingdoms that sprang to
life with the end of the Open Range to 21st-
century techniques that include artificial
insemination, embryo transplants, and
genetic engineering, we review the history
of cattle ranching. We'll ride herd with
modern cowboys as they twirl ropes and
brand calves, and look to the cattle ranch
of the future, where cloning will produce
the ideal meat-producing steer with a
consistently juicy, low-fat carcass. CC
[TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Women Who Kill.
In 1935 in England, a love triangle ended
in the death of elderly Francis Rattenbury
and conviction of his wife Alma's lover--17-
year-old chauffeur George Stoner, who was
sentenced to death. Alma later plunged a
knife into her breast five times before
jumping into the River Avon. In Germany
during the late 1960s, journalist Ulrike
Meinhof helped form the terrorist group Red
Army Faction. Sentenced to 8 years, she
hung herself in prison. Finally, we look at
the case of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
CC  [TV PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Crimes of
Prejudice. Throughout history, hate
killings have occurred due to ignorance and
prejudice. We look at three cases where
color, faith, or sexual orientation led to
death. First, we look at the 1964 Ku Klux
Klan murders of three civil rights workers-
-Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael
Schwerner--in Mississippi. Then, we examine
Klaus Barbie's "cleansing" of French
Resistance sympathizers and Jews in France
during WWII. Finally, we review Colin
Ireland's murders of gay men in London in
1993. CC  [TV PG]


04/23/2003

 8:00 Nuclear Terror.   Nuclear weapons
didn't die with the Cold War and there's
chilling evidence that a nuclear threat
could endanger Americans more than ever--a
diagram for a nuclear device at an al-Qaida
safehouse in Kabul, cases of theft and
sales of nuclear weapons material, nuclear
scientists for sale, and nuclear materials
poorly secured at dozens of Russian sites.
Terrorist groups and rogue nations are
intent on getting the bomb and, as we see,
it may be more feasible than ever for them
to succeed. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Vendettas.  The Hatfields & McCoys:
An American Feud. From the rugged hills of
Appalachia arose America's most famous
family feud, which purportedly began in
1878 with the theft of a hog and escalated
with the blossoming of a star-crossed
romance in 1880 and finally ended in 1889
with a legal hanging. We separate fact from
fiction about this feud that claimed 12
lives and involved an extradition battle
between Kentucky and West Virginia that was
heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Historians
and descendants from both families, now
friendly, weigh in. CC  [TV G]

 10:00 The Winchester.   Winchester...the
name still evokes images of the Wild West
and the taming of the frontier--it was the
first reliable repeating rifle and settlers
brought it along as they moved west. Prized
by Civil War soldiers, the lever-action
rifle was preferred by lawmen and outlaws
alike. A classic Winchester can command
upwards of $100,000 from collectors trying
to buy a piece of the Old West. We see how
a shirt manufacturer named Oliver
Winchester became the most famous gun maker
of the American West. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Russia: A Closer Look.   A firsthand
look at the stories behind our upcoming 4-
hour series "Russia Land of the Tsars",
which takes a look at the Russian Empire
spanning a thousand years--from the birth
of the Russian nation and the Orthodox
Church in the 10th century to the fall of
the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and the Russian
Revolution of 1917. Viewers go behind the
scenes and see how the producers put
together such a miniseries. CC  [TV G]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Lady Killers. An
examination of several infamous 20th-
century serial killers. First, we look at
the case of John Christie, who murdered 6
women in London during the 1950s. One
innocent man went to the gallows before
Christie was finally caught. Next, we meet
Richard Speck, who, in one night of horror,
killed 8 nurses in Chicago. Only one nurse
lived to testify against Speck. Finally, we
compare the 1945 case of another Chicago
killer--William Heirens, a violent youth
whose final victim was a 6-year-old girl.
CC  [TV PG]


 04/24/2003

 8:00 The Hunt for the Lost Squadron.   A
team of U.S. adventurers hunts for a lost
treasure on an Arctic glacier--a squadron
of WWII fighter planes that disappeared
after crash-landing in Greenland in 1942.
Their quest to solve this historic mystery
spans 20 years and demands heroic vision
and innovative new technology, but also
puts the team's lives in constant danger,
destroys friendships, ends marriages, and
causes individual financial ruin. It's a
story of obsession, commitment, and the
high cost of accomplishing the
extraordinary. CC  [TV PG]

 9:30 Terror Survival Guide.   What would
you do in the event of a terrorist attack?
What supplies do you need? Do you have an
escape plan? What are the threats--both
real and imagined? Host Josh Binswanger
examines what every American needs to know
about enduring an attack--from survival kit
and medical supplies to securing your home.
We also debunk some of the myths and
misinformation about how to prepare,
explore step-by-step response plans, and
place today's events in an historical
perspective. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 The Railroads That Tamed the West.
The year was 1869 and America had just
completed the greatest building achievement
in its history--the Transcontinental
Railroad. A thin ribbon of steel and wood
now connected East and West. But the
fledgling country now faced an even greater
challenge--how to harness the awesome
potential of the railroad to tame the still
wide-open and wild West. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Murder for Hire.
Throughout history, there have been some
people who have paid for murder--and some
who have murdered for money. We examine a
strange case in California in 1958, when a
mother hired two young Mexican men to
murder her daughter-in-law; the 1955 murder
of Judge Eugene Chillingworth and his wife
in Florida by two hitmen employed by
another judge against whom Chillingworth
was compiling evidence; and 1997 conviction
of Carlos the Jackal for the murder of two
French policemen 20 years earlier. CC  [TV
PG]

 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Final Justice.
Capital punishment remains a contentious
issue in the modern world. In the U.S.
there are almost 25,000 homicides each
year, which may explain why opinion polls
consistently show a large majority of
citizens favoring the death sentence. We
examine three death-penalty cases in
California, Oregon, and Indiana. CC  [TV
PG]


 04/25/2003

 8:00 The Nazi Bomb.   History books tell
us that the U.S. developed the atom bomb
during WWII to counter the potential of a
nascent German one. We'll study the Nazi
project, headed by Nobel Prize-winning
physicist Werner Heisenberg, and ask
baffling questions--Was the threat real?
Did Heisenberg sabotage his own work with
the aid of an U.S. spy? If so, why? CC  [TV
G]

 9:00 Vendettas.  Sutton vs. Taylor. In
1866, Texans were miserable. After losing
the Civil War, they were at the mercy of
Yankee overlords. The Taylor clan, a
prominent ranching family, didn't take
kindly to the "new law". But Billy Sutton,
head of a vigilante group called the
Regulators, and Jack Helm, head of the
State Police, swore to rid Texas of the
Taylors and other outlaws. Emotions still
run deep as descendants recall tales of the
blazing barrels of Billy Sutton, Jim
Taylor, and Jack Helm in the bloody feud
that lasted until 1873. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Saloons.   From a ladle and tin cup
in an 1850s mining camp and Civil War tent
saloons to Prohibition-era speakeasies, we
investigate the history of the American
saloon, and go behind-the-scenes at Billy
Bob's, a three-acre Texan saloon, and a Los
Angeles sports bar with a computerized
liquor-dispensing system. We see what it
took to create the elaborate carved bars,
the purpose of the brass foot-rail, the
impact of refrigerated railroad cars on
beer supply, and the transformational power
of the bottle cap. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Towering Achievements: TWIH.   Host
Josh Binswanger goes on location for an
inside look at one of the world's most
impressive unnatural wonders, Hoover Dam.
In an hour devoted to engineering
accomplishments great and small, we find
out why FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was
convinced that the Hoover Dam was a target
for sabotage during WWII, how the elevator
brake made skyscrapers possible, how
workers created Mt. Rushmore, and if the
father of the first modern New York City
subway needlessly risked workers lives. CC
[TV G]


 04/26/2003

 8:00 April 1865.   Based on Jay Winik's
bestseller "April 1865: The Month That
Saved America", our 2-hour documentary
special offers a new look at the Civil
War's final days that will forever change
the way we see the war's end and the
nation's new beginning. These 30 most
pivotal days in the life of the U.S.
witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond,
Lee's harrowing retreat, Appomattox, and
Lincoln's assassination 5 days later. It's
not only the tale of the war's denouement,
but the story of the rebirth of our nation.
CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Sex in the Civil War.   It's perhaps
the most widely discussed and hotly debated
era in U.S. history. We know all about the
glorious battles and godlike generals. But
what about life when the lights went out?
More than 50,000 books have been written
about the Civil War, and yet, hardly a peep
about sex. Only one book, in fact, deals
directly and exclusively with the topic and
reveals the secrets that have long been
hidden in history's closet. Join us as we
lift the covers on sexual practices during
the Civil War. CC  [TV PG]

 11:00 More Sex in the Civil War.   History
depicts the Civil War era as a time when
ordinary citizens put aside personal
aspirations for a cause most believed was
greater than they were. But behind the
noble facade, sex provided a welcome escape
from the horrors of war. For many, the war
turned into a period of sexual excess and
carnal indulgence. Well-respected officers
became embroiled in notorious scandals,
prostitution and pornography were big
business, and soldiers from both sides
found refuge in back-alley brothels. CC
[TV 14]


 04/27/2003

 8:00 Battle of the Atlantic.  Grey Wolves.
The first TV documentary series about the
Battle of the Atlantic--the longest and
most costly battle of WWII. Over 30,000
merchant seamen lost their lives and 85
percent of the U-boat crews were killed.
These are some of their untold stories. In
this episode, we look at what Winston
Churchill called "the U-boat peril", when
Hitler's submarines threatened to do what
his air force couldn't--starve Britain into
submission. Featuring interviews with
British seamen and U-boat men who hunted
them down. CC  [TV G]

 9:00 Battle of the Atlantic.  Keeping
Secrets. During WWII, Britain depended on
its lifeline to North America, but in the
first 18 months of war, German U-boats sank
more than 3-million tons of shipping. It
was a battle for survival  and Britain was
losing it. But by the spring of 1941, a new
source of naval intelligence promised to
transform the war in the Atlantic and shape
victory from defeat. Featuring new
eyewitness accounts from both sides,
dramatic reconstructions, and a wealth of
archival material. CC  [TV G]

 10:00 Battle of the Atlantic.  The Hunted.
By the spring of 1943, the tide had turned
and the hunter became the hunted. How in a
matter of a few short months did the Allies
manage to master the German U-boat threat?
We draw on eyewitness accounts and use
dramatic reconstructions and archive
footage to tell the remarkable story of the
victories in the spring of 1943 and the
final destruction of the U-boat fleet. CC
[TV G]

 11:00 The Color of War.  Anchors Aweigh.
For the sailors who fought in World War II,
combat at sea differed radically from any
previous conflict. The jobs they performed
were far more complex and technically more
demanding than ever before, and the threats
they faced were much more lethal. Utilizing
vivid color film and photographs unearthed
from archives and personal collections,
along with firsthand accounts from
veterans, we recall the remarkable true
stories of these sailors and the battles
they fought. Peter Coyote narrates. CC  [TV
PG]


 04/28/2003

 8:00 Mail Call.  Civil War
Cannoneers/Night Vision/Clearing a
Minefield. Find out how
Civil War cannoneers aimed their artillery
pieces; exactly how night vision technology
works; and how to clear a minefield. CC
[TV PG]

 8:30 Mail Call.  Landing Craft, Air
Cushion Hovercraft (LCAC)/U.S. Cavalry
Saddles/Gas Masks. Ermey learns how to operate
the Landing Craft, Air Cushion Hovercraft;
what kind of saddles the cavalry used in
the Old West; and how gas masks work. CC
[TV PG]

 9:00 The Louisiana Purchase.   On April
30, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson
completed one of the greatest real estate
deals in history when he signed the
Louisiana Purchase, buying more than
900,000 square miles west of the
Mississippi from France for $15 million.
The product of an unlikely chain of events
born of mishap, backroom bargaining, and
the whims of a few colorful personalities,
this monumental deal heralded Napoleon's
downfall and the twilight of European
dominance in North America, and the U.S.
rise in power. CC  [TV G]

 10:00 The Technology of Lewis and Clark.
Explore the engineering and logistic feats
of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the
preparations that were shrouded in secrecy.
A case study in self-sufficiency, they took
state-of-the-art tools and gear, including
an experimental collapsible boat, a
prototype airgun, the first chronometer,
and an "espontool"--an 8-foot multi-
function weapon-tool. See how planning,
technology, craftsmanship, improvisation,
and sheer determination were key in the
success of the most audacious expedition of
the era. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:
Outlaws out of Time.   Historians and
descendants of Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy
Parker) and the Sundance Kid (Harry Alonzo
Longabaugh) compare the real outlaws with
the charming film incarnations as portrayed
by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the
1969 film. Screenwriter William Goldman
based his work on historic fact, but used
dramatic devices to enrich the film. The
film generated further exploration of their
lives, uncovering new facts. Interviewees
include Goldman, Newman, and Redford. Burt
Reynolds narrates. CC  [TV PG]


 04/29/2003

 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives.  Shipwrecks of
the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes cover
95,000 square miles, and the remains of
over 6,000 shipwrecks cover their floors.
Most are caused by violent storms with
towering waves and destructive winds. We
study one of the most nasty tempests, the
"November Witch", responsible for 273
deaths in 1913, and the wreck of the Edmond
Fitzgerald in 1975. CC  [TV G]

 9:00 Ice Road Truckers.   During the harsh
winter of Canada's Northwest Territory,
remote villages and work camps are cut off
from the world. To keep them supplied, a
tenacious group of long-haul truckers drive
their rigs over hundreds of miles on ice
roads cut across the surface of frozen
lakes. Sometimes the ice cannot support the
heavy rig, and driver and cargo plunge
through the ice and sink to the bottom.
Hitch a risky ride along with the Ice Road
Truckers as they drive headlong into bone-
chilling danger. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Loading Docks.   Each day ships,
trains, trucks, and planes haul supplies
that keep store shelves full and factories
moving. At every stop there's a loading
dock--an interface where shipping and
storage hook up. You may not think much
about a loading dock, but to the
transportation industry it's the very heart
of their business. From ancient times to
tomorrow's lights out facility, where
computers and machines will store, sort,
retrieve, and load stock without human
interaction, we deliver the goods on
loading docks. CC  [TV G]

 11:00 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
U.S. peacetime sea disaster, and how high-
tech treasure hunters recovered her fortune
over 130 years later. CC  [TV G]


 04/30/2003

 8:00 B-25 Down: Hunt for a Hero.   There
are more missing WWII U.S. planes on the
South Pacific mountain island of New Guinea
than anywhere else on earth. This is the
story of Alfred Hagen's 4-year quest,
braving tropical diseases, jungle terrain,
and native upset to search for signs of his
great uncle's B-25 bomber. His uncle, Major
Bill Benn, was a hero who changed the face
of warfare in the Pacific when he perfected
skip bombing. His plane, Red-Headed Gal,
crashed just as the tide of battle shifted
in favor of the U.S. CC  [TV PG]

 9:00 Snipers.  Law Enforcement Snipers.
Travel to Los Angeles, San Jose, and
Albuquerque as snipers train with special
enforcement units that work to subdue the
deadliest and most cunning criminals. In
Fairfax, Virginia, we stare over the
shoulders of Secret Service snipers, who
operate as the eyes and ears of the most
important U.S. security detail. With
precision shooting and sophisticated
reconnaissance abilities, a well-placed law
enforcement sniper can make the difference
between a routine arrest and an impromptu
massacre. CC  [TV PG]

 10:00 Machine Guns.   The history of the
machine gun from the first Gatlings in the
Civil War to today's high-speed automatic
rifles.    CC  [TV G]

 11:00 Organized Crime: A World History.
Sicily. The Sicilian Mafia, with its rigid
codes of secrecy and ability to infiltrate
all aspects of society, is the gold
standard for organized crime. We see how
2,000 years of foreign occupation of the
Mediterranean island spawned secret sects
and instilled a fierce distrust of
authority in Sicilians, who developed a
culture of self-reliance and honor. But it
wasn't until 1860, when Sicily joined the
recently unified Italian State, that a
truly organized Sicilian Mafia began to
emerge. CC  [TV PG]
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