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The History Channel


Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For August 2003

NOTE: We are listing both EST/Pacific Time and individual television ratings. All rated [G] or [PG] unless noted. [NR] = Not Rated, news-related program.

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8/01/2003 

7:00 Police Technology. When police forces were born in the 1800s, British
"bobbies" 
made due with a billy club. Public wariness and institutional resistance to
change 
held back technological advances for much of the 20th century. But in the last

decades, police have been swept up in a technological revolution that has transformed

nearly all aspects of crime fighting. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Greatest Raids. The Schweinfurt Disaster. On August 17, 1943, the 8th
U.S. 
Army Air Force launched its first major long-range bombing raids into Nazi
Germany's 
heartland targeting the industrial towns of Regensburg and Schweinfurt. The
raid 
was a crucial test of the Army Air Force's belief that its heavily armed B-17

Flying Fortresses could fight their way through in daylight and defend themselves

without fighter escort. But as Luftwaffe fighters swooped in and anti-aircraft

guns opened fire, the American theory was proved drastically wrong. CC [TV
PG] 


9:00 The Destroyer. In the bloody battle of the Pacific, one class of fighting

ship took on the full ferocity of the Japanese and won. After destruction of
the 
Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. designed and built an awesome fleet
of 
Fletcher-class destroyers--over 370 feet long, armed with 5-inch guns, and
a speed 
of 36 knots. Featuring interviews with sailors who served on these gladiators

of the sea in the often-suicidal Pacific Theater, str
iking archive film, much 
of it in color, and detailed reenactments. CC [TV G] 

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 Hidden Hollywood: TWIH. With Hollywood as backdrop, host Josh Binswanger

presents an eye-opening history of the movie business, including little-known

Tinseltown stories: how actress Hedy Lamarr may be the mind behind the cell
phone; 
how the CIA posed as a Hollywood production company to smuggle out Americans
during 
the Iran Hostage Crisis; the husband/wife team who invented the wildlife documentary;

the first domineering movie mogul--Thomas Edison; the real-life cloak and dagger

story of "007" author Ian Fleming. CC [TV G] 

12AM Greatest Raids. The Schweinfurt Disaster. On August 17, 1943, the 8th
U.S. 
Army Air Force launched its first major long-range bombing raids into Nazi
Germany's 
heartland targeting the industrial towns of Regensburg and Schweinfurt. The
raid 
was a crucial test of the Army Air Force's belief that its heavily armed B-17

Flying Fortresses could fight their way through in daylight and defend themselves

without fighter escort. But as Luftwaffe fighters swooped in and anti-aircraft

guns opened fire, the American theory was proved drastically wrong. CC [TV
PG] 

08/02/2003 

7:00 Conquest. Early Firearms. You slam a lit match into a pan of gunpowder,
six 
inches from your face, sending a lead ball with the diameter of a quarter hurtling

toward your enemy--while he fires back at you! In the blaze of heat and blinding

smoke, it's easy to see how early gun battles could easily tu
rn disastrous. Peter 
Woodward teaches the Conquest Team the proper methods of loading and firing
the 
Matchlock Rifle, the Flintlock Rifle, and the Kentucky Rifle. CC [TV PG] 

7:30 Mail Call. M-1 Garand Rifle/First Assault Rifle/JATO/Golden Knights Parachute

Team/Barrage Balloons/GI Jargon. R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about
the 
M-1 Garand, the rifle General Patton called "the greatest battle implement

ever devised", and demonstrates the world's first assault rifle, the German

MP-44. He takes to the sky to explain jet assisted take-off (JATO); offers
an 
eye-popping look at the stunts performed by the Golden Knights, the Army's
precision 
freefall parachute team; explains how barrage balloons protected London during

the Blitz; and goes through the alphabet--military style! CC [TV PG] 

8:00 Heartbreak Ridge. Movie. Clint Eastwood stars as a tough Marine leading
raw 
recruits into battle in the invasion of Grenada. With Marsha Mason. (1986)
CC 
[TV PG] 

10:30 Infamous Murders. Intent on Murder. An examination of killers who choose

their victims by type, categorizing innocent people with their own sick desires.

Gary Heidnick kidnapped young black women in Philadelphia, claiming he wanted

to start a baby farm. John Gacy targeted teenage boys; he was the worst serial

killer in the U.S. at the time of his arrest. And Kenneth Erskine chose frail

and elderly people to strangle in London, England. CC [TV PG] 

11:00 Vanishings! Wrong Way Corrigan. In 1938, Douglas Corrigan climbed into
his 
single-engine monoplane for a nonstop flight from New York to Los Angeles.
But 
puzzled onlookers witnessed his plane make a 180-degree turn and head into
a bank 
of fog--in the wrong direction! When Corrigan reappeared in Ireland the next
day, 
he maintained that he'd "accidentally" achieved his dream of flying

across the Atlantic--a flight forbidden him by authorities. Was he unfairly
elected 
an honorary member of the Liar's Club of America? CC [TV G] 

11:30 Vanishings! WWI Ace Balloon Buster. On September 2
9, 1918, U.S. Lieutenant 
Frank Luke took off in his biplane from a field in France and headed for the
frontline 
11 miles away. His mission--to destroy three German observation balloons. Balloon

busting was a highly risky task, and Luke was reckoned to be the best. In just

over two weeks, he destroyed 14 enemy balloons. After exploding his last three

balloons, Luke vanished. We reveal what happened to the brilliant young flyer

and posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. CC [TV G] 

12AM Heartbreak Ridge. Movie. Clint Eastwood stars as a tough Marine leading
raw 
recruits into battle in the invasion of Grenada. With Marsha Mason. (1986)
CC 
[TV PG] 

08/03/2003 

8:00 Broken Wings. Historian and adventurer Pat Macha introduces us to the
world 
of aviation archaeology, bringing to life once-majestic planes and the men
and 
women who flew them. "Airplane wrecks that remain undisturbed for years
provide 
us with a sobering opportunity to consider the power of nature and the mistaken

judgements of man," Macha explains. Teaming up with forensic experts and

aviation authorities, Macha transports us to the past at crash sites and pieces

together the puzzle behind the twisted metal. CC [TV PG] 

9:30 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]


11:00 The Color of War. Battleground. World War Two was truly a global conflict.

Allied soldiers fought in all theaters of war, exposing them to an extraordinary

diversity of terrain and climate--from the Arctic Circle to desert sands and
fetid 
jungles. An infantryman was engaged in combat for an hour each day on averag
e, 
but he fought the environment around the clock. The war comes alive through
a 
moving tapestry of letters, diaries, and color film and photographs unearthed

from archives and personal collections. Peter Coyote narrates. CC [TV PG] 

12AM Broken Wings. Historian and adventurer Pat Macha introduces us to the
world 
of aviation archaeology, bringing to life once-majestic planes and the men
and 
women who flew them. "Airplane wrecks that remain undisturbed for years
provide 
us with a sobering opportunity to consider the power of nature and the mistaken

judgements of man," Macha explains. Teaming up with forensic experts and

aviation authorities, Macha transports us to the past at crash sites and pieces

together the puzzle behind the twisted metal. CC [TV PG] 

08/04/2003 

6:00 Escape! The Real Papillon. A revealing look at the story behind the book

and film "Papillon", in which petty thief Henri Charriere, "The

Butterfly", made nine escape attempts from the brutal French penal colony

in Guiana before finally succeeding. CC [TV PG] 

7:00 Gold Mines. Around the world and across the eons, gold stands as a symbol

of power, wealth, and love. The quest for the yellow metal took men across
oceans, 
into the depths of the Alaskan winter, and miles beneath South African earth.

This is the story of the hunters of the precious metal and their methods for
extracting 
it. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Klondike: Quest for the Gold. This 3-hour special follows four men and
one 
woman as they retrace the historic route taken during the 1897-98 Klondike
Gold 
Rush. Their amazing adventure takes them along the infamous Chilkoot Trail
and 
up the Yukon River to the gold fields near Dawson, Canada--equipped with period

clothes and tools, and carrying 3,000 pounds of provisions! Intertwined are
stories 
from journals of people who sought their fortune in this stunningly beautiful

and incredibly harsh part of the Canadian wilderness. CC [TV G] 

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] 

12AM Klondike: Quest for the Gold. This 3-hour special follows four men and
one 
woman as they retrace the historic route taken during the 1897-98 Klondike
Gold 
Rush. Their amazing adventure takes them along the infamous Chilkoot Trail
and 
up the Yukon River to the gold fields near Dawson, Canada--equipped with period

clothes and tools, and carrying 3,000 pounds of provisions! Intertwined are
stories 
from journals of people who sought their fortune in this stunningly beautiful

and incredibly harsh part of the Canadian wilderness. CC [TV G] 

08/05/2003 

7:00 Liberty Ships of WWII. Focusing on a brief but glorious period of American

ingenuity, we'll study shipbuilders' response to the demands of WWII. Combining

rare National Archive footage with photography shot on vintage ships, we'll
see 
how industrialists transformed the nation's shipyards into mass production
facilities 
in a matter of months. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Deep Sea Detectives. The Hunt for the Derbyshire. In September 1980, a
typhoon 
south of Japan plagued the Pacific Ocean. Caught in the thick of it, the British

freighter Derbyshire struggled to escape. Without even an SOS, she vanished
with 
44 lives aboard. After 14 years, marine experts using SONAR technology finally

found her scattered on the bottom of the sea. Did the storm or a structural
flaw 
in the ship's design kill the crew? Using underwater footage, animations of
the 
sinking, and interviews with victims' relatives, we search for the truth. CC
[TV 
PG] 

9:00 Nature Tech. Tornadoes. How does technology grasp nature's most violent
and 
chaotic storm? For half a century, U.S. meteorologists have been building a
countrywide 
system of Dopple Radar, widespread automated data-gathering stations, geostationary

satellites, and sophisticated computers to track and study tornadoes. Even
with 
this massive
 scientific effort, forecasters can only begin to understand why tornadoes 
form and how to predict them. We'll look at cutting-edge systems that attempt

to measure the unmeasurable. CC [TV G] 

10:00 Terror Tech. Military. A series that examines new technology under development

to counter the threat of terrorism that can strike anywhere, anytime. From
portable 
polygraph machines for airline passengers and ultra-sensitive chemical and
biological 
detectors to ground-penetrating radar and voice identification software--the
goal 
is now to stop a terrorist before the unthinkable happens. We also look at
past 
attempts to thwart agents of destruction, such as airline x-ray machines and
gas 
masks during WWI. CC [TV PG] 

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 Thrills. Some murderers live a shady second

life in the midst of their communities, secretly satiating their desire for
power 
and transforming their homes into chambers of horror. We examine four such
modern 
murderers who killed for thrills: Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, who raped and
killed 
up to 25 people in California; and Fred and Rosemary West, who transformed
their 
home at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, England into a slaughterhouse, even

killing their own 16-year-old daughter. CC [TV PG] 

12AM Deep Sea Detectives. The Hunt for the Derbyshire. In September 1980, a
typhoon 
south of Japan plagued the Pacific Ocean. Caught in the thick of it, the British

freighter Derbyshire struggled to escape. Without even an SOS, she vanished
with 
44 lives aboard. After 14 years, marine e
xperts using SONAR technology finally 
found her scattered on the bottom of the sea. Did the storm or a structural
flaw 
in the ship's design kill the crew? Using underwater footage, animations of
the 
sinking, and interviews with victims' relatives, we search for the truth. CC
[TV 
PG] 

08/06/2003 

7:00 Camouflage. From ancient hunters' camouflage to computer-generated digital

pattern uniforms, we uncover the past, present, and future of deception through

disguise. During an ambush exercise by U.S. Marines, we learn that camouflage

came from natural coloration and patterns of flora and fauna. The art of military

camouflage took off in WWI with the use of the airplane, when the French learnt

to hide from "eyes in the sky". It's a world of shadows and smoke,
where 
even cities disappear through disguise. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Big Rigs of Combat. Tanks/Jeeps. The rousing story of the tank, from its

primitive appearance in WWI to the high-tech world of modern tank warfare,
with 
emphasis on the tank's Golden Age during WWII. In the second hour, we'll look

at the American soldier's best friend in WWII--the Jeep. A "Blitz Buggy"

could serve as a combat car, snowplow, or ambulance! CC [TV G] 

10:00 Military Movers. The challenge: Move millions of soldiers and tons of
cargo 
halfway around the world and into the thick of action. How? Use the biggest
ships, 
the widest planes, and the strongest trucks. Today, military planners move
men 
and equipment further and faster than ever. The United Sates Transportation
Command, 
answering to the Department of Defense, runs military transport like an efficient

private shipping and travel agency. From the Civil War to US Transcom, we track

the development of military logistics. CC [TV G] 

11:00 The Big House. Leavenworth. A behind-bars visit to America's first federal

prison. Still operating since 1895, Leavenworth has hosted many infamous inmates,

exciting escapes, and bloody riots. Learn the true story of "The Birdman

of Alcatraz", who served most of his time here, a
nd talk to a guard who lost 
an arm in the current escalating violence. Narrated by Paul Sorvino. CC [TV
PG] 


12AM Big Rigs of Combat. Tanks/Jeeps. The rousing story of the tank, from its

primitive appearance in WWI to the high-tech world of modern tank warfare,
with 
emphasis on the tank's Golden Age during WWII. In the second hour, we'll look

at the American soldier's best friend in WWII--the Jeep. A "Blitz Buggy"

could serve as a combat car, snowplow, or ambulance! CC [TV G] 

08/07/2003 

7:00 Bullet Trains. Traveling between 135 and 190 miles per hour with an astonishingly

high safety record, bullet trains can be found throughout Europe, Japan, and
on 
the U.S. eastern seaboard. How high-speed trains are propelled is rooted in
fundamentals 
that haven't changed since the first electric trolleys appeared in the 19th
century. 
We see how scientists are looking at new alternatives to electricity, including

magnetic levitation that can move passenger trains 345 miles per hour and beyond!

CC [TV G] 

8:00 Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History. Kneeling before a flaming cross, Klansmen

and women take part in their sacred bonding, showing how secrecy and ritual
aid 
the hooded order in a campaign for white supremacy. From its birth in 1866's
Reconstruction 
South to a 1996 rally, this chronicle of hate talks to Julian Bond, Morris
Dees 
Jr., the Grand Dragon, and Imperial Wizard. CC [TV PG-L] 

10:00 Police Guns. Police represent a thin blue line protecting ordinary citizens

from hardened criminals. We'll look at the vast array of weapons that police
officers 
across America have wielded for over a 150 years in their endless fight to
maintain 
law and order. CC [TV G] 

11:00 Sex and the Mob. For many women, the allure of dating a member of the
powerful 
family of gangsters known as the Mafia is an offer they cannot refuse. We explore

love Mafia-style with those who know the territory best--husbands and wives,
girlfriends 
and mistresses, and the children. How does love survive, and even thrive, in
a 
world whe
re family is revered, but adultery is accepted entertainment? Firsthand 
accounts explain how love and romance exist in the violent and uniquely unparalleled

social structure of the Mob. CC [TV PG] 

12AM Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History. Kneeling before a flaming cross, Klansmen

and women take part in their sacred bonding, showing how secrecy and ritual
aid 
the hooded order in a campaign for white supremacy. From its birth in 1866's
Reconstruction 
South to a 1996 rally, this chronicle of hate talks to Julian Bond, Morris
Dees 
Jr., the Grand Dragon, and Imperial Wizard. CC [TV PG-L] 

08/08/2003 

7:00 War Games. Fast, furious, and deadly, modern warfare is the most intensely

demanding activity ever undertaken by mankind. But to wage war, one must first

practice it. To achieve this extremely high level of combat readiness, equipment

and personnel must be maintained at peak performance. The answer is rigorous,

force-on-force combat exercises. Our journey through the history of war games

leads us to the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California--where

the big boys come out to play! CC [TV G] 

8:00 Red Flag. Experience the adrenaline-pumping rush of air combat when we
join 
the Air Combat Training Exercises, known as Red Flag, at Nellis Air Force Base

near Las Vegas. The war games take place several times a year on the Nellis
range--over 
3-million acres and 12,000 square miles of airspace. They provide state-of-the-art,

war games technologies, where over 100 NATO and USAF combat aircraft engage
hostile 
air and ground threats, unrestricted, at supersonic speeds under realistic
conditions! 
CC [TV G] 

9:00 Hitler: Tyrant of Terror. In a 2-hour profile, see how various aspects
of 
Adolf Hitler's personality were reflected in German policy and the conduct
of 
the war. We see how Hitler consolidated power--creating a climate of fear while

anesthetizing the masses with the cult of the "Fuehrer". We also
examine 
his macabre philosophy, from birth of his anti-Semitism to state-sanctioned

mass 
murder. Rare extracts from speeches, eyewitness accounts, and startling film
footage 
create a shocking psychological portrait. CC [TV PG] 

11:00 Terrorism: TWIH. In Washington, D.C., host Josh Binswanger uncovers a
21st-century 
threat with historic roots--terrorism! Oliver North recalls what happened inside

the White House when terrorists seized the Achille Lauro, and law enforcement

experts recount lessons learned from the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics.

We look back at one of our first homegrown terrorists--John Brown in pre-Civil

War America-- and the first World Trade Center attack. And we meet an American

held hostage in Beirut for years. CC [TV G] 

12AM Red Flag. Experience the adrenaline-pumping rush of air combat when we
join 
the Air Combat Training Exercises, known as Red Flag, at Nellis Air Force Base

near Las Vegas. The war games take place several times a year on the Nellis
range--over 
3-million acres and 12,000 square miles of airspace. They provide state-of-the-art,

war games technologies, where over 100 NATO and USAF combat aircraft engage
hostile 
air and ground threats, unrestricted, at supersonic speeds under realistic
conditions! 
CC [TV G] 

08/09/2003 

7:00 Conquest. Pirate Weapons. Peter Woodward sweeps over the sea in the guise

of a 17th-century Caribbean pirate, teaching the Conquest Team the dos and
don'ts 
of close-quarter pirate warfare. As the blaze of cannons announces the attack's

start, the team uses terror as its primary weapon, the cutlass and pistol as
its 
second and third. The team learns that in a fast-paced pirate battle in search

of booty, bare feet and rags not only instill fear, but also allow for the
quickest 
movement in the fierce storming of a merchant ship. CC [TV PG] 

7:30 Mail Call. Civil War Cannoneers/Night Vision/Clearing a Minefield. 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 a
re, 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. 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] 

8:00 Soviet UFO Secrets Revealed. In an investigation of some of the most puzzling

UFO sightings in Soviet history, we uncover the work of an underground network

of believers and reveal a clandestine 13-year government investigation of UFOs.

Many Russian UFO enthusiasts believe that proof of alien encounters exists--but

it's being hidden from them! We also meet George Knapp, an American broadcast

journalist who traveled to Russia in the early 1990s and believes there's a
treasure 
trove of KGB UFO files that remain top-secret. CC [TV G] 

9:00 UFOs: Then and Now? Cause for Alarm. Studies some of the most disturbing

UFO sightings, including: a 4-day extravaganza in 1952, when UFOs cruised the

skies over the White House; sightings in 1967 near a secret U.S./Canadian submarine

detection base; controversial events at the U.K./U.S. air base at Bentwaters,

England; and the military's Test Area 51 in Nevada. CC [TV G] 

10:00 Deep Sea Detectives. The Ghost Ship of New England. On a bleak Thanksgiving

weekend in 1898, a trio of tempests engulfed New England, sank hundreds of
ships, 
and killed more than 400 people. The disappearance of the passenger steamer
SS 
Portland that weekend remains one of New England's worst maritime disasters.
In 
July 2002, marine archaeologists zeroed in on the paddle wheeler's location,
and 
the dramatic story of the nearly 200 people trapped onboard can finally be
told. 
Features ROV video of the wreck and interviews with victims' descendants. CC
[TV 
PG] 

11:00 Vanishings! Mystery of the Missing Comet. On the morning of January 10,

1954, a British Comet, one of the first turbojet airliners, took off from Rome

headed to London with six crew and 29 passengers. 20 minutes aft
er take-off, the 
captain radioed another airliner flying thousands of feet below, but the message

was abruptly cut off. The Comet and the 35 people onboard were never seen nor

heard from again! This was not the only Comet to disappear under mysterious
circumstances. 
We'll look for possible explanations for the vanishing planes. CC [TV G] 

11:30 Vanishings! Movie Star or Spy? On June 1, 1943, a civilian plane took
off 
from Lisbon, Portugal, heading for England. Among the 13 passengers was Leslie

Howard, the British actor who played Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind".

Halfway across the Bay of Biscay, the plane suddenly came under attack and
then 
vanished. Did the Germans mistakenly believe that Winston Churchill was onboard?

Or was Leslie Howard a specially-targeted spy? Using Luftwaffe papers discovered

after the war, we examine what happened to the movie star. CC [TV G] 

12AM Soviet UFO Secrets Revealed. In an investigation of some of the most puzzling

UFO sightings in Soviet history, we uncover the work of an underground network

of believers and reveal a clandestine 13-year government investigation of UFOs.

Many Russian UFO enthusiasts believe that proof of alien encounters exists--but

it's being hidden from them! We also meet George Knapp, an American broadcast

journalist who traveled to Russia in the early 1990s and believes there's a
treasure 
trove of KGB UFO files that remain top-secret. CC [TV G] 

08/10/2003 

7:00 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] 

8:00 No Surrender: German and Jap
anese Kamikazes. This 2-hour special recounts 
the desperate measures taken by Axis forces to stave off defeat in WWII and
the 
mythical origins of the Japanese kamikaze and their Nazi counterparts. Many
in 
leadership were opposed to suicide tactics--the driving forces were often young

junior officers who had grown up in a culture of militarism and extreme nationalism.

As well as assessing the contribution of myth and propaganda, we reveal the
more 
human stories behind those caught up in the kamikaze phenomenon. CC [TV PG]


10:00 Mail Call. M-16/Viet Cong Booby Traps/Super-Secret Ravens/Wild Weasels/Vietnam

River Patrol Boats/Green Berets. Why did the military replace the M-14 rifle
with 
the M-16 during Vietnam? What kind of booby traps did the Viet Cong use? Who
were 
the super-secret Ravens? What did the Wild Weasels do during the Vietnam War?

What types of missions did river patrol boats take care of in Vietnam? How
did 
the Green Berets get their name? In an hour devoted to the Vietnam War, R.
Lee 
Ermey answers viewers' questions on military technology with practical demonstrations

by military experts in the field. CC [TV PG] 

10:30 Conquest. Weapons of the Civil War. Meet the challenges of extreme competition

and find out if you are as tough as you think! Actor and fight master Peter
Woodward 
hosts and he and his team of combatants take on different challenges each episode

with one goal in mind--to win! 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] 

12AM No Surrender: German and Ja
panese Kamikazes. This 2-hour special recounts 
the desperate measures taken by Axis forces to stave off defeat in WWII and
the 
mythical origins of the Japanese kamikaze and their Nazi counterparts. Many
in 
leadership were opposed to suicide tactics--the driving forces were often young

junior officers who had grown up in a culture of militarism and extreme nationalism.

As well as assessing the contribution of myth and propaganda, we reveal the
more 
human stories behind those caught up in the kamikaze phenomenon. CC [TV PG]


08/11/2003 

7:00 Super Guns. An examination of guns that exist on the cutting edge of firearm

technology. Fighting battles on computers decades before an actual shot is
fired, 
these super guns may make the world safer...or more dangerous than ever before.

CC [TV G] 

8:00 Mail Call. Civil War Cannoneers/Night Vision/Clearing a Minefield. 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. 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 Conquest. Pirate Weapons. Peter Woodward sweeps over the sea in the guise

of a 17th-century Caribbean pirate, teaching the Conquest Team the dos and
don'ts 
of close-quarter pirate warfare. As the blaze of cannons announces the attack's

start, the team uses terror as its primary weapon, the cutlass and pistol as
its 
second and third. The team learns that in a fast-paced pirate battle in search

of booty, bare feet and rags not only instill fear, but also allow for the
quickest 
movement in the fierce storming of a merchant ship. 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 Shark Attack 1916. The summer of 1916 saw a series of shark attacks along

New Jersey's shore; four met death in the jaws of the New Jersey man-eater
before 
the attacks stopped. Using recreations, archival film, and interviews with
historians, 
experts, and those who lived through the terror, we revisit the trauma and
see 
if the sharks could come again. CC [TV G] 

12AM Mail Call. Civil War Cannoneers/Night Vision/Clearing a Minefield. 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. 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] 

08/12/2003 

7:00 Cannons. Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs, changed the
way 
wars are fought, and now come equipped with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century

cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the day, we'll see how cannons

were first cast and later forged, and show how large cannons terrorized civilians

and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the present, we feature the 40-ton
self-propelled 
Crusader that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more than 33 miles.
CC 
[TV G] 

8:00 Deep Sea Detectives. Death on the Baltic. In 1994, the Estonia, a ferryboat

carrying almost 1,0
00, capsized in the Baltic Sea and sank in less than an hour. 
Just 137 escaped; most of the 852 who died never reached the deck and remain
entombed 
in the hull. Is the official story of faulty design true, or a whitewash, as
many 
believe? Seven countries declared the wreck a sea grave, preventing forensic
investigation. 
Features interviews with survivors and German reporter Jutta Rabe who was intimidated

by the Swedish Navy on a dive expedition. CC [TV PG] 

9:00 Disaster Technology. An examination of the historical development of technological

tools that help science mitigate nature's fury. It's a survival story that
begins 
with comprehending the force of disaster. As environmental calamities unfold,

viewers witness the urgency for change that each crisis compelled and innovations

designed to lower death tolls. CC [TV G] 

10:00 Terror Tech. Corporate. A series that examines new technology under development

to counter the threat of terrorism that can strike anywhere, anytime. From
portable 
polygraph machines for airline passengers and ultra-sensitive chemical and
biological 
detectors to ground-penetrating radar and voice identification software--the
goal 
is now to stop a terrorist before the unthinkable happens. We also look at
past 
attempts to thwart agents of destruction, such as airline x-ray machines and
gas 
masks during WWI. CC [TV PG] 

11:00 Infamous Murders. Spree Killings. The infamous villains Bonnie and Clyde

were petty robbers who became serial killers. Common murder united them in
history 
with 17-year-old Charlie Starkweather and his 14-year-old lover Caril Fugate,

who murdered 10 people in one week, and Paul Knowles, a misfit who crossed
America 
and murdered at least 20 people. CC [TV PG] 

11:30 Infamous Murders. From Coast to Coast. Some killers roam the country
in 
search of victims, and the U.S. is perfectly suited to these travelling murderers,

who leave a trail of horror that crosses state borders and flummoxes local
police. 
We examine the cases of Ted Bundy, a charming a
nd intelligent man who preyed on 
university students; John Armstrong, a navy seaman suspected of having killed

worldwide; and Australian-born Christopher Wilder, who had killed at least
7 women 
in the U.S. before committing suicide. CC [TV PG] 

12AM Deep Sea Detectives. Death on the Baltic. In 1994, the Estonia, a ferryboat

carrying almost 1,000, capsized in the Baltic Sea and sank in less than an
hour. 
Just 137 escaped; most of the 852 who died never reached the deck and remain
entombed 
in the hull. Is the official story of faulty design true, or a whitewash, as
many 
believe? Seven countries declared the wreck a sea grave, preventing forensic
investigation. 
Features interviews with survivors and German reporter Jutta Rabe who was intimidated

by the Swedish Navy on a dive expedition. CC [TV PG] 

08/13/2003 

7:00 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] 

8:00 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! CC [TV G] 

9:00 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 
b
ulletproof 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. CC [TV G] 

10:00 Bullets. From "safe" bullets that stop hijackers but leave
aircraft 
unscathed to bullets that chain-saw through steel and "smart" bullets

computer-programmed to hit a target, this explosive hour examines the evolution

of bullets from origin in the 1300s--stones and round lead balls shot from
iron 
and bamboo tubes. Lead balls ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet
changed 
ammo forever. We learn how to construct a modern cartridge, and at pistol and

rifle ranges view demonstrations of modern firepower. CC [TV PG] 

11:00 The Big House. San Quentin. Step inside San Quentin--California's oldest

and best-known prison, which contains the state's only gas chamber. Made necessary

by Gold Rush lawlessness, and built in 1852 by inmates housed on a prison ship,

its violent history is rife with riots. Paul Sorvino narrates the story of
San 
Quentin, home to Charles Manson. CC [TV PG] 

12AM 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! CC [TV G] 

08/14/2003 

7:00 Survival Technology. In an historic survey of man's adaptation to killer

environmental conditions, we travel to the desert, the Arctic, the sea, jungle,

and space, charting the body's physiological responses to extreme circumstances

such as frostbite, heatstroke, and hypothermia. We talk with military survival

experts and learn about the latest cutting-edge survival gear, as well as the

equipment aboard the space station, and look to the future, when nano-technology

will create a new type of technology. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Carson and Cody: The Hunter Heroes.
 Filmed extensively in historic locations, 
our 2-hour special follows famed frontiersmen Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Christopher Carson and William F. Cody began their epic western journeys as
teenagers 
seeking adventure and purpose. Carson became the epitome of the mountain man,

scout, and military man. Four decades later, Cody not only lived a hero's life

as scout and buffalo hunter, but turned it into the Wild West Show. In the
end, 
both contributed to the destruction of what they most loved. CC [TV G] 

10:00 Axes, Swords and Knives. Blade implements have been a part of civilized

man's arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools were chipped off
of 
flint or obsidian. But with the discovery of metallurgy, people were able to
forge 
stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an axe-throwing contest
in 
Wisconsin for an introduction to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then
we 
visit a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work in traditional
methods 
from ancient sources, and review the history of knives. CC [TV G] 

11:00 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 reliable
birth 
control. We also look at revealing Egyptian and Greek practices--from the origins

of dildos to the use of crocodile dung as a contraceptive. CC [TV 14] 

12AM Carson and Cody: The Hunter Heroes. Filmed extensively in historic locations,

our 2-hour special follows famed frontiersmen Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Christopher Carson and William F. Cody began their epic western journeys as
teenagers 
seeking adventure and purpose. Carson became the epitome of the mountain man,

scout, and military man. Four decades later, Cody not only lived a hero's life

as scout and buffalo hunter, but turned it into the Wild West Show. In the
end, 
both contributed to the destruction of what they most loved. CC [TV G] 

08/15/2003 

7:00 The Autobahn. Imagine a superhighway designed for speed...thousands of
miles 
of roadway unhindered by limits of any kind. Buckle up for safety as we take
you 
for the ride of your life when we explore the fascinating history and current

reality of the world's fastest freeway. The number-one works project of the
Third 
Reich, the Autobahn was known as Adolf Hitler's Road until Germany's defeat
in 
WWII. Reconstructed and extended to more than four times its original size,
it 
became a symbol of the New Germany. CC [TV G] 

8:00 Greatest Raids. The Adventures of Otto Skorzeny. In one of WWII's most
daring 
raids, Captain Otto Skorzeny, leader of Germany's Special Forces, led a glider

assault against a remote mountaintop hotel outside Rome on September 12, 1943.

His mission--rescue the imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. A surprise

attack overwhelmed the guards, and after a precarious flight off the mountain,

Il Duce reunited with his Axis partner, Adolf Hitler. This and other Skorzeny

exploits led to him being called "the most dangerous man in Europe".

CC [TV PG] 

9:00 F-18 Hornet. One aircraft in the U.S. 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 a fighter. Interviews with pilots
and 
crews, combined with archive film and color reenactments, take you inside the

cockpit of this multi-role aircraft. CC [TV G] 

10:00 The Aircraft Carrier. The dramatic story of how the Essex-class aircraft

carriers rose like a phoenix after the Pacific Fleet's destruction at Pearl
Harbor. 
Weighing in at over 27,000 tons, and over 800 feet in length, they were known

as floating cities--and the spearhead of every naval battle in the Pacific
Theater 
of War. Despite their huge size, each carrier was terrifyingly vulnerable
, holding 
tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. Though the target of kamikaze assaults,

no carrier was sunk by the Japanese. CC [TV G] 

11:00 Historic Athletes: TWIH. At Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium, Josh Binswanger

reviews historic athletes and events, including: if Abner Doubleday invented
baseball; 
Hank Aaron and racism he faced while chasing the Babe's homerun record; Muhammad

Ali's refusal to serve in Vietnam; how Rosie Ruiz cheated in the Boston Marathon;

debate over Stella Walsh's gender and track and field wins; the first African-American

graduate of Harvard School of Dentistry, who helped perfect the golf tee; and

a soccer match that began a war. CC [TV G] 

12AM Greatest Raids. The Adventures of Otto Skorzeny. In one of WWII's most
daring 
raids, Captain Otto Skorzeny, leader of Germany's Special Forces, led a glider

assault against a remote mountaintop hotel outside Rome on September 12, 1943.

His mission--rescue the imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. A surprise

attack overwhelmed the guards, and after a precarious flight off the mountain,

Il Duce reunited with his Axis partner, Adolf Hitler. This and other Skorzeny

exploits led to him being called "the most dangerous man in Europe".

CC [TV PG]
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