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Monday, December 1, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Pleasure Boats
As we power-up and unfurl the sails on a magical
cruise through time, viewers meet the people
who've devoted their lives to pleasure boating.
Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, we
delve into a world of luxury, adventure, and
sport on spectacular vessels ranging from classic
yachts to sports boats to the ultimate floating
palaces. In this timeless pastime, technological
wonders continue to evolve and enthrall.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Marine Sniper
Rifle/BlowGun/Mulberry Harbor/French
Resistance/Frontline Medical Care/Berserk: #31
At Camp Pendleton's sniper school, R. Lee Ermey
pops off a few rounds of the Marine's super
accurate M40A3 rifle, then takes on his old
enemy, a watermelon, using a blowgun--a weapon in
use for 40,000 years! Lee examines a WWII
"Mulberry Harbour"--floating concrete caissons
used to bridge the English Channel, weapons the
French Resistance used against the Nazis, and
improvements in frontline medical care. In our GI
Jargon segment, he explains the military origin
of the word "Berserk".

8:30-9pm -- Guts & Bolts - Trials Motorcycle/Car
Wash/Time Track Camera: #10
At a 650-acre slice of motorcycle heaven in
Tennessee, Tim Beggy tries to master a
state-of-the-art motorcycle. Vertigo-inducing
hill climbs, mind-boggling balance, leaping tall
boulders in a single bound--all par for the
course at the Motorcycle Observed Trials. Next,
he gets an up-close view of the car wash
technology that gets your wheels squeaky clean,
and jets off to Switzerland to meet the man who
pioneered the Time Track Camera--where everything
freezes and the camera spins around.

9-11pm -- Car Tech of the Future - 
Engage the satellite navigation, fire-up the fuel
cell, and activate the radar-guided cruise
control! You're in for the joyride of your life
as we investigate what drives and will drive our
vehicular destiny. In this 2-hour special, we
talk to auto industry engineers, designers,
historians and futurists, and meet carmakers
standing at the threshold of a brave new
automotive world and on the verge of technical
innovations that might prove as far-reaching as
the switch from horses to horsepower.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Rolls Royce
The world's most famous brand, Rolls Royce, is
owned by the same company that makes Bentley--a
luxury leader once known for its prowess on the
racetrack. The storied history of Rolls Royce
includes wealth, glamour, speed, sex, scandal,
and political intrigue. So hold on to your hat
and wallet as we whisk you away in some of the
most unbelievable, marvelous mechanical
indulgences!

8-9pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - B-29
In 1948, a B-29 Superfortress took off from
California on a research mission carrying a
strange piece of scientific equipment--the
Suntracker. But when the plane crashed into Lake
Mead, Nevada, the Suntracker was lost. And all
records saying what it was or what the plane was
studying were also lost. Now, archaeologists from
the National Park Services' Submerged Resources
Center explore the wrecked bomber, submerged
under 200 feet of water, and learn that it was at
the forefront of Cold War science.

9-10pm -- Tactical to Practical - # 10


10-11pm -- Extreme Gadgets - 
Join us for an exploration of the technological
innovations that have made extreme sports a
reality. The world's best extreme athletes,
designers, manufacturers, and engineers explain
and demonstrate why the gadgets, gear, and
technology of these sports have captured the
public's imagination and revolutionized the
sporting industry. Sports covered include
surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, in-line
skating, street luge, wakeboarding, sport
climbing, BMX biking, and sky surfing.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Tech
For millennia, luxury toys have functioned as
flashy instruments of affluence, authority, and
identity and driven many kingly consumers to
covet, create, and purchase these status symbols.
From the Roman Emperor Caligula's special barges
to Carl Faberge's impossibly intricate eggs, from
plasma screen TVs to $600,000 Bentleys and Rolex
watches, we examine spectacular personal
possessions--paeans to the lords of a consumer
culture that grows richer and technologically
more sophisticated daily.

8-9pm -- History Undercover - FDR's Secret War
A dark and unseen Franklin D. Roosevelt lay
behind the cheerful voice that inspired millions
during WWII. "I am a juggler," he said. "I never
let my left hand know what my right hand is
doing." For 13 years of desperate times, intrigue
and espionage formed the ocean in which FDR swam.
Did you know that FDR wanted to bomb
Tokyo--before Pearl Harbor? That he ran his own
personal spy ring? Based on Joseph Persico's
book, we reveal startling secrets from FDR's
clandestine world.

9-10pm -- Private Planes - 
The plane's on the runway and revving up for our
flight of power and whimsy. The panorama reveals
some amazing machines--from vintage aircraft to
homemade winged wonders to posh private jets.
It's a tale that merges technological progress
and the fantasies of an unique type of person,
who refuses to be grounded by earth's surly
bonds.

10-11pm -- Tailgating - 
At stadiums nationwide, thousands of football
fans come together to show team spirit, eat
incredible food, and join the community of
tailgating. We journey around the U.S. to
legendary tailgating colleges like Penn State,
the University of Miami, and Louisiana State
University, and visit the home-team parking lots
of the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and
Philadelphia Eagles. We taste the food, meet the
spectators, and reveal the evolution of
tailgating--from horse and buggy to tricked-out
RV.

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Thursday, December 4, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sports Cars
Car aficionados rarely agree on what makes a true
sports car, but they concede that in little over
a century, they went from crude to grand. We
compare Britain's MG, Triumph, Morgan, and
Jaguar; Italy's Ferrari; Germany's Porsche and
BMW; America's Corvette; and Japan's Miata. Take
a fast-paced, high-octane ride, and you decide!

8-9pm -- History's Mysteries - 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 rowdy ride you won't want
to miss.

9-11pm -- Motorcycles - 
Set the sedan's safety brake and hop on your
"hog" for a 2-hour high-speed history of the
motorcycle--from the 1868 "steam velocipede" to
the early 20th century, when they were a low-cost
alternative to automobiles; from Harley-Davidsons
preferred by Hell's Angels and police to
motocross riders who take bikes into the air and
onto the dirt. We also look to the motorcycle's
future, featuring Jay Leno's jet-propelled Y2K
sportbike and Erik Buell's
bike-without-a-gas-tank creation.

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Friday, December 5, 2003
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6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Private Jets
From today's ultra chic, state-of-the-art private
jets to Lockheed's 1957 Jetstar, this 2-hour
special investigates the history, the luxury, and
technology of America's corporate jets. We meet a
few of the men and women who pioneered them--Bill
Lear, Clyde Cessna and his nephews, Walter and
Olive Beech. Actor Michael Dorn explains what it
takes to buy a previously-owned jet. And, we see
the latest in kit jets and look into the new
must-have of the super rich--jets the size of
commercial airliners.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - More Engineering
Disasters
Throughout history the same builders and
engineers that paved man's path out of the caves
and into the modern world also caused some of
mankind's worst disasters. Often a huge calamity
is traced back to a tiny cause, insignificant in
itself, but triggering a domino effect. We'll
revisit notable disasters and search for probable
causes.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Limos
Limousines have been stretched to greater and
greater lengths--as has the notion of what can be
done inside them! You can have a rolling disco in
a stretched SUV, go for a rumble off-road in a
monster truck limousine, or take a direct hit in
an armored limo and still make your meeting. So,
sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride of your life
as we review the history of chauffeured
limousines--from weddings, proms, and funerals to
the ultimate adult playpen and the President's
"Cadillac One".

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Convertibles
Topless, unobstructed--the convertible completely
transforms the driving experience and unlike any
other car, sets the driver free. During this
face-paced hour, experts highlight the history of
the world's most dynamic car design and the
essential quality that makes it so unique. From
the very first convertible design in 1915 to
modern-day marvels of retractable hardtops, we
peer under the hoods to see why the convertible
remains the car that everybody wants, but only a
few are bold enough to own.

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Saturday, December 6, 2003
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6-8pm -- BOYS' TOYS: - MOTORCYCLES


8-9pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Agincourt's
Dark Secrets
A battlefield investigation of Henry V's English
victory over the French, made famous by William
Shakespeare. The English were heavily
outnumbered, battle-weary, retreating,
and--according to contemporary
chronicles--suffering from dysentery. Yet they
still beat the French. How could this have
happened? Was it simply the power of the English
longbow?

9-11pm -- Time Machine - Tora, Tora, Tora: The
Real Story of Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941, was an historical turning
point--the world was forever changed after the
fateful Japanese attack against the U.S. fleet at
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It resulted from a
combination of interrelated and complicated
factors--and at any point, the dangerous
operation could have been called off before its
commander radioed back the code words "Tora,
Tora, Tora" (Tiger, Tiger, Tiger), which meant
complete surprise had been achieved. Here is the
real story of the "Day of Infamy".

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Sunday, December 7, 2003
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7-8pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Japanese Sub at
Pearl Harbor
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a move of
unprecedented aggression that shook the U.S. out
of its peaceful slumber and into WWII. But for 60
years, veterans of the destroyer USS Ward claimed
they sank an enemy submarine outside the harbor
more than an hour before the aerial attack began.
The wreck was never found, and the story was
dismissed. In August 2002, a dive team crossed
its path and their find made headlines worldwide.
We travel to Pearl Harbor to investigate the
midget sub mystery.

8-9pm -- The SS - Himmler's Mania
Presented in meticulous detail, our 6-part
investigation of the SS reveals film footage long
believed lost and eyewitnesses only now prepared
to discuss Hitler's sinister reign of terror.
Focusing on the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler,
we see how his penchant for the occult determined
his barbaric politics, and how he mixed
anti-Semitism with blood-and-soil mysticism. A
chicken farmer with an agriculture diploma, he
instigated "breeding" a new race and administered
mass genocide like a tax official.

9-10pm -- The SS - Heydrich--The Hangman
Hitler called him "the man with the iron heart"
and as head of the Security Police and SD
(Security Service), Reinhard Heydrich commanded
killing squads in Poland and the Soviet Union
that shot hundreds of thousands of the "racially
and nationally undesirable". Architect of the
Holocaust, he authorized Adolf Eichmann to work
out a large-scale deportation program for
Europe's Jews that would end in extermination
centers. Features footage of Heydrich's personal
life from private archives.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Marine Sniper
School/Hand Signals/Ho Chi Minh
Trail/Motorcycles/Loading Palettes/C-119: #32
How do the Marines train snipers? What kind of
hand signals do our soldiers use? How did the
Viet Cong manage to bring so many supplies into
South Vietnam on the primitive Ho Chi Minh Trail?
What types of motorcycles has the military used
through the years? Can the military air drop
tanks? When did the C-119 Flying Boxcar transport
plane operate and what did it carry? R. Lee Ermey
heads to the field to answer these exciting
viewers' questions on military technology.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Cobra Attack
Helicopter/Sidewinder Missile/C-54
Skymaster/MPs/Flintlock Pistol: #39
What puts the "super" in the Marines' attack
helicopter, the AH-1W Super Cobra? As long as
we're talking snakes, why are there so many AIM
(Air Intercept Missile) Sidewinders? Why do many
consider the C-54 Skymaster transport plane the
true hero of the Berlin Airlift and the first Air
Force One plane? What kind of training and gear
are supplied to our military police? How accurate
were the old Flintlock Pistols? Shot on location,
R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' questions on
military technology.

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Monday, December 8, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - MiG 15
The MiG 15 was 1 of the 20th century's most
feared high-performance weapons. When it first
appeared in 1950, its high speed, lightning
maneuverability, and intense firepower outclassed
everything in the sky. During the Korean War,
when Soviet MiGs engaged with America's F 86
Sabre jets, they finally met their match and a
new era in air warfare had begun. Features
exclusive interviews with MiG fighter pilots who
flew against U.S. pilots and the nephew of the
founder of the MiG Design Bureau.

8-9pm -- The Last Samurai - 
How true is Hollywood to history? Our experts go
behind the scenes of the film "The Last Samurai",
director Edward Zwick's look at of the birth of
modern Japan. Tom Cruise stars as Captain Nathan
Algren, hired by the Emperor to train the
country's army in modern warfare. As the Emperor
attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial
Samurai warriors in preparation for
modernization, Algren finds himself drawn to the
Samurai philosophy and at the center of a
struggle between two eras and two worlds.

9-11pm -- The Samurai - 
The knights of medieval Japan, the Samurai held
power for over 700 years. Ferocious in combat,
these masters of sword and bow were bound by an
unforgiving code of ethics. Their legacy of
martial artistry, ceremony, self-discipline, and
tenacity persists. Explore the history and
mystery of this elite warrior class as
present-day Samurai demonstrate their ancient
skills in this 2-hour special, and historians and
experts examine the meaning and ritual of
Bushido--the way of the warrior.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firing Ranges
Discover how military and police personnel, as
well as private citizens, hone their shooting
skills with one of the oldest of training
techniques when we review the history of firing
ranges--from a simple knot on a tree, old
bottles, rusted tin cans, and highway signs to
high-tech targets and advances in weaponry.

8-9pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Andrea Doria:
Tragedy at Sea
In 1956, the pride of Italy's passenger liner
fleet, the Andrea Doria, set sail from Genoa
bound for America. More than 3,500 miles away,
the liner Stockholm left New York heading home to
Sweden. In less than 8 days, the ocean liners
mysteriously collided in the North Atlantic in
one of the 20th century's worst maritime
accidents. Now, Deep Sea Detectives John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler launch a full-scale
investigation into what happened on July 25 and
uncover controversial new evidence.

9-11pm -- The Wright Challenge - 
On December 17, 1903, with Orville belly down on
the wing and Wilbur watching closely, the Kitty
Hawk left gravity-bound earth for 12 brief,
celestial seconds--the Aviation Age was born and
the world forever changed. Our 2-hour special
follows four teams of replica plane builders from
across America as they try to recreate history
and rebuild the 1903 flyer--100 years later. But
will their planes fly? With limited knowledge
from the secretive Wrights' original plan, all
accept the Wright Challenge.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Battle Gear
From battle armor to bubble gum, you might be
surprised by what soldiers have carried into
battle--and what they'll carry in future wars. In
this look at the development of weapons--from the
Roman soldier's gladius to the M16 assault rifle
to infrared scopes and biological weapons
protection--we also discover the evolution of
body armor--from knights to Kelvar-protected
"Land Warriors". And we'll also find out what the
"Future Warrior" will look like.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Car Crashes
In the mid-1960s, the U.S. lost an average of
55,000 people yearly to car crashes. Since then,
the number of cars on the road has doubled, but
fatalities have decreased by nearly a third. The
dramatic reduction is the culmination of research
and development that led to safer roads and cars
and quicker emergency response. But car-crash
technology's future involves removal of its
biggest threat--human drivers! Find out if
computers and radar can prevent everything from
fender-benders to pile-ups.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters
4
Engineering disasters can result in personal
tragedy, national humiliation, and economic ruin.
But buried within their wreckage lie lessons that
point the way to a safer future. The fire at the
Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel, the collapse of
Seattle's Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge, the
car that spurred creation of the National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration, and the
flaw that grounded the first commercial jet are
among the engineering disasters that led to
improvements in design and safety.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Failed Inventions
Join us for a salute to the dreamers and schemers
who brought the world an odd assortment of flawed
ideas--like flying, swimming, and jet-powered
automobiles, flying rocket belts, and
radium-filled clothes that promised to inflate
the owner's sagging love life! And we explore the
minds of the off-kilter geniuses who thought up
these off-the-mark concepts. Some tinkerers'
musings were merely ahead of their time and
deemed flops during the inventor's lifetime, but
others were just plain bad!

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Thursday, December 11, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - 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.

8-9pm -- Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil - 
An examination of the minds of two of the 20th
century's most brutal dictators and mass
murderers--Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Based
on recent psychological and medical studies, the
program explores the personalities of these
ruthless leaders, who were directly responsible
for millions of deaths--their paranoia,
suspiciousness, cold-bloodedness, sadism, and
lack of human feeling. Includes interviews with
Martin Bormann's son and Hitler's butler.

9-10pm -- Time Machine - Nazi Guerrillas
After the end of WWII, Allied forces faced
guerrilla bombings and attacks in occupied
Germany--Nazi loyalists tried to derail
reconstruction by sabotage and killing
collaborators, while Werewolves, an underground
organization of die-hard SS officers, boasted of
rebirth of the Party. Find out if their bark was
worse than their bite in a 2-hour investigation
into how Werewolves terrorized military and
civilian targets, and the Allied attempt to purge
Germany's past at denazification tribunals.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Death Devices
The hangman, gas chamber, firing squad, and
electric chair are just a few of the ways in
which societies have rid themselves of those who
committed capital crimes. And throughout history,
a select few have developed the devices that have
carried out the mandate of the people. This is
the dark story of those inventors and the macabre
history of execution mechanics--from the first
"stone" of antiquity to today's sterile injection
chambers--with a peek at the future of death
technology.

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Friday, December 12, 2003
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6-8pm -- Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked - Comic
Book Superheroes Unmasked
Comic books--serious or escapist fantasy? This
2-hour special shows how comic book superheroes
reflect their times--from the 1930s to the 21st
century--and how these wish-fulfillment figures
became role models for generations of children.
Following the most representative cartoon
crusaders and villains, as well as the industry
that formed them, we see how they mirrored
society--from the Depression, WWII, the Cold War,
and the turbulent '60s to today--and how they
proved adaptable to other media.

8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - America's Secret
War
Examines U.S. intelligence gathering--from
inception in the 1920s and development during
WWII through the Office of Strategic Services and
the Allied Intelligence Bureau. We investigate
espionage during the war, the breakthrough in
aerial reconnaissance technology, cracking of the
Japanese naval codes by Navy intelligence, and
birth of the Central Intelligence Agency. We also
look at the darker side. Did the CIA strike a
deal with Nazi war criminals in return for their
help in the Cold War?

9-10pm -- History Undercover - Death of the
Battleship
Follows one of Britain's greatest maritime
disasters--the sinking of Force Z. On December 2,
1941, the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse
arrived in Singapore as a deterrent to the
Japanese. By December 10, both lay at the bottom
of the South China Sea. In less than 90 minutes,
they were sunk by Japanese planes in the first
conflict between battleships and aircraft in open
sea. Now, military and civilian divers have
filmed the wrecks in detail and we attempt to
unravel why they sank so fast.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - 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.

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Saturday, December 13, 2003
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7-7:30pm -- Extreme History with Roger Daltrey -
Surviving Like a Civil War Soldier
Roger Daltrey heads to Spotsylvania County,
Virginia to experience life on the frontlines
during America's Civil War. Roger goes through
the day to day regimens of men in both
armies--not just enlisted men, but unsung heroes
like surgeons and battlefield photographers. He
loads and fires a variety of period weapons and
learns their devastating effect on human flesh,
assists in a dramatic recreation of a Civil War
amputation, and aids a photographer in a race
against time to document the war.

7:30-8pm -- Mail Call - Newest Coast Guard
Ship/Carrier Battle Group/Tanks/Sherman
Tank/XM-29 Rifle/WWII V-Mail: #25
R. Lee Ermey sends viewer questions to military
experts for answers and demonstrations. 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.

8-9pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Trafalgar
A decisive series that approaches famous
historical battles in a fresh and fascinating
way--by bringing to life the characters, drama,
and tragedy through the eyes of modern-day
forensic scientists, archaeologists, ballistics
experts, and microbiologists, as well as
historians and military experts. Recent
scientific research provides insight into some of
the puzzling questions surrounding legendary
battles and those who fought in them.

9-11pm -- The Last Mission - 
Meet Jim Smith, radio operator on a B-29 that
flew WWII's final mission. Smith, attached to the
secret 315th Bomb Wing, flew the longest
continuous mission of WWII, six days after the
atomic bombs, ending the largest and most violent
conflict of arms in the history of mankind! On
August 14,1945, the 315th Bomb Wing was ordered
to strike the Akita oil refinery, northwest of
Tokyo. Incredibly the mission blacked out Tokyo
in one precise moment of time that spared the
Emperor from being kidnapped by military rebels
who had taken over the palace. The rebels had
planned to isolate the Emperor and prevent him
from recording a war-stopping surrender message
to his people. Aided by historians, see how the
B-29 air strike unwittingly collapsed the coup,
saved Tokyo from nuclear strike, and ended WWII.
TV PG 

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Sunday, December 14, 2003
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7-8pm -- The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon - 
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked
within the Bible that outlines past and future
events? Does the Code contain hidden messages
about people such as Napoleon, Einstein, and
Hitler, and key world events like WWII, the
Kennedy brothers' assassinations, and 9/11? More
frightening are references to future
events--including Earth's impending end. We take
a balanced look, talking to Code supporters and
critics, allowing viewers to determine its
accuracy in predicting future gloomy events.

8-10pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later -
Nostradamus: 500 Years Later
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval
Europe at the time of the Great Plague and the
Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition
and magic and believed that he could foretell the
future. For this he was labeled both a prophet
and a heretic, and his cryptic journals continue
to inspire controversy just as they did in the
16th century. In this 2-hour examination into his
life, we visit his birthplace in France and trace
his career as doctor, astrologer, father, and
seer.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Claymore Mine/1st U.S.
Nuclear Sub/Resupply at Sea/Patriot Air Defense
Missile/Jody Songs: #34
R. Lee Ermey demonstrates the claymore
anti-personnel mine--a favorite weapon for
perimeter defense in Vietnam that's still in
use--and checks out the medieval claymore--a
16th-century sword used by Scottish warriors.
Other viewer questions Lee addresses include:
America's first nuclear-powered submarine; how
naval vessels resupply at sea; if the Patriot
Missile performs better now than in the first
Gulf War; the origin of the name for the rhythmic
cadence songs used while drilling or running.

10:30-11:30pm -- Tactical to Practical - Attack
Planes/Animals at War/Inflatables: #4
Hunter Ellis shows off the best in 21st-century
fighter jets, including the F-22 Raptor--the
stealthiest aircraft ever--and sees how business
and personal jets offer some of the same avionic
and design features. After demonstrating
prop-driven war machines of the past, Hunter hops
into an F-18 for some Top Gun fun with his Blue
Angel buddies. He also sees how animals are used
in combat and by civilian authorities, and how
surplus WWII air-filled pontoons developed into
white water-rafting boats.

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Monday, December 15, 2003
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The F-14
October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal U.S. jets
rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and
deadly plane led the majority of the
assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most
complete military fighter. No other fighter jet
carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons.
Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming
enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can
detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as
80,000 feet and does so 3 times faster than the
radar of any other fighter jet.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Avenger/Stinger & Red Eye
Missiles/Military Firefighter & Smokejumper/Kiowa
Helicopter/Kilroy: #38
R. Lee Ermey checks out the Marine Corps' Avenger
Air Defense System; explains the difference in
the Stinger and Red Eye missile that replaced it;
finds out how military firefighters train
differently than their civilian counterparts;
learns about the first military smokejumpers--an
all African-American unit known as the 555th Test
Platoon or Triple Nickels; discovers the function
of the Kiowa Scout Helicopter on the battlefield;
and unravels the mystery behind the WWII drawings
"Kilroy was here."

8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Medieval Weapons/Lewis
Gun/Carrier Pigeons/Gliders in Combat/Anti-Tank
Missile/Ejection Seats: #21
What were some of the wickedest medieval weapons?
What is a WWI Lewis gun? How were carrier pigeons
used during WWI and WWII? Were people really
crazy enough to use gliders in combat? How does
the TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked,
wire-guided missile system) anti-tank missile
work? How do ejection seats work? Shot on
location, R. Lee Ermey sends these questions out
to military experts in the field for answers and
brief demonstrations.

9-11pm -- Boone & Crockett: The Hunter Heroes - 
Of the many pioneers who crossed the Allegheny
Mountains to begin a new life in the wilderness,
we look at two who were singled out for
immortality: Daniel Boone and David Crockett
(born two generations after Boone). Boone brought
civilization and Jeffersonian values to the
rugged frontier and Crockett fought for the poor
and dispossessed and against the forced removal
of the Southeastern Indians. We see how these
famed hunters, fighters, and American heroes came
to represent the common man.
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* Congressman Gary Condit (D), who reportedly told police he'd had an affair with Levy, is no longer considered to be a suspect in the case. Condit lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic Primary of 2002.

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