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Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For This Month (schedules available after the 1st)

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02/01/2003 
  
 8:00 Crop Circle Controversy.   The puzzling formations known as 
crop circles have appeared worldwide throughout history. In the Middle 
Ages, they were called "witch" or "pixie" circles, and a 1678 woodcut, 
the "Mowing Devil", depicts one thought to be Satan's work. But in the 
1980s, the phenomenon escalated, with dozens of crop circles popping 
up in England and other countries. When two Englishmen claimed they 
had perpetrated the hoax, many felt the riddle was solved. And yet, 
more have materialized. We explore the mystery. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 UFOs: What You Didn't Know.  UFOs in the Bible. Journey 
back through time into the mysterious world of UFOs as revealed 
through ancient biblical texts. Through intensive reinterpretation of 
early religious documents, researchers believe that they have found 
evidence of ancient UFO activity. From Elijah's flying "chariots of fire"

to Ezekiel's "wheels within wheels in the sky", and even the enigmatic 
aerial phenomenon leading Moses during the Exodus, we put a 
modern perspective on the writings of the Bible in the context of UFOs. 
CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 UFOs: What You Didn't Know.  UFO Hot Spots. For those 
who study the UFO phenomenon, "UFO Hot Spots" are those places 
around the globe known for a long history of UFO sightings and 
reports. From Brazil to Mexico, from Washington State to Florida, 
multiple witnesses, including air traffic controllers and even the military,

confirm that something unexplained is repeatedly happening in the 
night sky. Tales of alien abductions, bizarre and chilling photographs of

UFOs, and hours of videotape all abound as we search for UFO Hot 
Spots. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 UFOs: What You Didn't Know.  When UFOs Arrive. It's all 
hush-hush as we track a secretive global paper trail, delving into 
government plans on how to deal with other-planet visitors. Searching 
historical records, we find that protocols are in place--from the U.S. 
military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to France's Cometa files, 
from Chapter 13 of the FEMA Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control 
titled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal law 
titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure". CC  [TV G] 
 

 02/02/2003 
 
 8:00 Greatest Raids.  The Tunnel Raiders. During WWI, stalemate on 
the Western Front produced a new kind of warfare--a network of 
trenches dug on both sides of the line--and a new breed of soldier 
fought deep underground using shovels, picks, and explosives. By 
1917, the British were staring defeat in the face and focused on a ridge

in the Ypres sector of Belgium to breach enemy lines. A network of 19 
mines were laid under a ridge by tunnel units--a total of almost one 
million pounds of explosives. The resulting blast was heard in London! 
CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 B-52: Stratofortress.   For nearly half a century, one bomber 
has dominated the skies. With a maximum speed of 650 m.p.h., a 
range of over 8,000 miles, and ability to drop a massive 70,000 pounds 
of bombs, it's the most lethal bomber in the world. This is the dramatic

story of the race to produce the first intercontinental jet bomber and the

success of the B-52--from the Cold War to its use in the war against 
terrorism in Afghanistan. The B-52's projected combat life is until 2045-
-no other bomber comes close to this record. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Mail Call.  LAV/Landing Craft/Doughboy/OPFOR/Chain 
Mail/Military Salute. R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' mail about what 
the armed forces. This week, Ermey rides along with the Marines in an 
LAV, or Light Armored Vehicle. He finds out why landing craft don't 
sink when their ramps come down, what the WWI term "Doughboy" 
means, who our troops train against (the OPFOR, or "Opposing 
Force"), how to make medieval chain mail, and how the military salute 
developed. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:30 Mail Call.  Revolutionary War Musket/Jousting/Foxholes. 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 fast a Revolutionary War soldier could fire a musket, the ins 
and outs of jousting, and how to dig a foxhole. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:00 The Color of War.  The Price of War. Even as WWII raged on, 
another, more desperate, battle was being waged just behind the front 
lines...a battle to save lives. The victories and losses of this crusade

are the stories of the price of war. The fact that so many servicemen 
lived to tell the tale is a testament to the brave medical personnel who

fought daily against death. WWII comes alive through a moving 
tapestry of letters, diaries, color film and photographs unearthed from 
archives and personal collections. Peter Coyote narrates. CC  [TV 14] 
 

 02/03/2003 
  
 8:00 Mail Call.  Marine Weapons Training/Greek Phalanx/MiG-
29/Hellcat Tank Destroyer/Civil War Gear/Dazzle Paint. Host R. Lee 
Ermey travels to the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Training Center 
at Camp Pendleton, California, where Marines fire at a video screen 
with "virtual" versions of their normal weapons. Other topics include: 
the ancient Greek phalanx, an almost invincible infantry formation; the 
Russian MiG-29, the fastest front-line jet; the U.S. M-18 Hellcat tank 
destroyer, the fastest WWII tracked vehicle; Civil War cavalrymen 
gear; and dazzle paint, a type of nautical camouflage. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 8:30 Conquest.  Tournament. One of the quintessential images of 
medieval life, the tournament lasted well into Tudor times. Actor and 
fight master Peter Woodward investigates the purpose of these 
extraordinary and colorful events and how its many forms--the foot 
tourney, joust on horseback, the melee--developed from the ancient 
trial of combat. Our team experiments with weapons and armor 
designed for tournament, examines the rules of combat and the notion 
of chivalry, and joins a medieval tournament team for a joust on 
horseback! CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Secret Japanese Aircraft of WWII.   In the 1930s, Japanese 
designers created a range of warplanes, culminating in the legendary 
Ki-43 "Oscar" and the A6M "Zero". As the war turned against Japan, 
designers created the rocket-powered "Shusui", the "Kikka" jet fighter, 
and the experimental R2Y "Keiun". We also disclose frantic 
preparations to assemble a secret airforce of jet and rocket planes to 
counter an anticipated U.S. invasion in1945, and chronicle post-war 
aviation and the birth of the Japanese rocket program in the 1950s and 
'60s. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Secret Luftwaffe Aircraft of WWII.   German military aircraft 
designs were decades ahead of their Allied counterparts. To insure 
Luftwaffe superiority, their designers tested advanced concepts 
including swept-wing and vertical take-off aircraft and stealth bombers.

Using computer-generated images and archival footage, we trace 
development of Hitler's airborne arsenal. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Ghost Plane of the Desert: "Lady Be Good".   April 4, 1943--
25 B-24 Liberators take off from their base in Libya on a bombing 
mission to Italy, but only 24 return. In 1959, a British survey team 
discovers a plane, deep in the desert. Using the diary of two 
crewmembers, along with the crew's remains, we learn of their struggle 
to cross 100 miles of desert, without food or water. CC  [TV G] 
 
  
 02/04/2003 
 
 8:00 JFK and PT 109: A Hero in Question.   An examination of John 
F. Kennedy's exploits as skipper of PT 109 during WWII. On the night 
of August 2, 1943, a Japanese destroyer rammed Lt. Kennedy's 80-
foot craft, splitting it in half. Two men died as a result of the collision,

and Kennedy saved the remaining 10 crewmembers. However, 
recently revealed testimony from crewmembers and naval officers 
investigating the incident tell a different story. Did the Kennedy family

bury the true facts in an effort to protect the image of JFK? CC  [TV G]

 
 9:00 Deadmen's Secrets.  The Mysterious Death of Joe Kennedy. 
Joe Kennedy Jr., the pilot of an U.S. Navy Liberator on a top-secret 
mission at the end of WWII, was thought to be destined to be 
president--until he became the first of the Kennedy dynasty to be killed

prematurely. Why did Kennedy's aircraft explode? Why were the facts 
of his death so carefully covered up? We open the file on the death of 
Joe Jr. and, using computer graphics and archive footage, analyze the 
purpose of his mission and the possible causes of the tragedy. CC  [TV 
G] 
 
 10:00 Booby Traps.   All it takes to set off a booby trap is an 
unsuspecting victim lifting, moving, or disturbing a harmless-looking 
object. Bobby traps continue to worry law enforcement; made from 
easily acquired items, information detailing their construction and 
needed materials are accessible through the mail--anonymously! And 
unlike a land mine, they can be anywhere. We detail the history of 
booby traps--from the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greek, and Romans 
to the Middle Eastern crisis and the War on Terrorism. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Trapped by Forensics. Highlights the 
history of genetic fingerprinting and three cases cracked using this 
forensic tool. When Janie Shepherd disappeared from West London in 
1977 and her body was found 10 weeks later, sex offender David 
Lashley was the prime suspect. Advances in the use of DNA secured 
his conviction 11 years later. Then we see how DNA aided police in the 
hunt for a serial rapist-murderer in Richmond, Virginia, and how it 
helped British police finally track down the "Railway Killer" John Duffy

after 15 years. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Mass Murderers. Investigating the crime of 
mass murder, we begin in Hungerford, a quiet English town. In 1987, 
Michael Ryan went on a rampage, massacring 14 people--including a 
policeman and his mother--before committing suicide. Then, we look at 
possible motives behind Charles Whitman's 1966 shooting of his 
mother and wife before climbing the university tower in Austin, Texas, 
where he killed at least a dozen. Next, we examine the infamous Dean 
Corll/Wayne Henley murder of teenage boys in Houston in the 1970s. 
CC  [TV PG] 
  

 02/05/2003 
  
 8:00 Japan's Mysterious Pyramids.   Most historians and 
archaeologists maintain that civilization as we know it began about 
5,000 years ago with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian dynasty. 
But, a small yet persuasive number of scientists believes that a highly 
advanced civilization, nearly twice as old, flourished during the last Ice

Age. Solid evidence of this 10,000-year-old civilization is difficult to

produce, but some feel a recent discovery off the coast of a tiny 
Japanese island, Yonaguni, may be the proof they seek. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 Deadmen's Secrets.  The Mysterious Death of Admiral 
Yamamoto. On April 18, 1943, the aircraft carrying Admiral Isoroku 
Yamamoto was shot down by U.S. fighters. Yamamoto--chief architect 
of the attack on Pearl Harbor--was visiting the forward Japanese bases 
at Bougainville, some 650 miles from the nearest U.S. base. His clash 
with U.S. fighters so far from their territory was more than simple bad 
luck--the pilots must have known where and when to find their target. 
We talk to the U.S. pilots and find out why the mission had to remain 
secret until war's end. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 High Tech Sex.   Join us for a walk on the wild side of the 
history of sexual enhancement and contraception--from Cleopatra's 
box of buzzing bees to 17th-century condoms to internet sex and 21st-
century holographic pornography! In an explicit exploration of the 
aphrodisiacs, drugs, contraceptives, toys, and cyber-tech innovations 
that have ushered in a brave new world of modern sexuality, we talk to 
sexologists and historians for ribald romp behind the bedroom's closed 
doors. CC  [TV 14] 
 
 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] 
 

 02/06/2003 
 
 8:00 The Cavemen.   Cave dwellers known as Neanderthals roamed 
earth some 70,000 years ago, possibly coexisting with our 
predecessors. Fossil records date the last Neanderthals to 30,000 
years ago when they seemed to disappear. We'll learn how they 
differed from other primates and what factors may have led to their 
demise. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 Deadmen's Secrets.  The Mysterious Death of General Sikorski. 
General Wladyslaw Sikorski died when his Liberator aircraft took off 
from Gibraltar en route to London on July 4, 1943, and plunged nose 
first into the sea. What was the real cause of the Prime Minister of the

Polish Government-in-Exile's death? We recreate Sikorski's fatal flight,

using computer graphics, archive footage, and interviews, including 
one with the surviving pilot of his Liberator. Was the plane sabotaged? 
Who wanted Sikorski dead? Stalin? Churchill? Or the Poles 
themselves? CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 The Atlantic Wall.   Join us for an exploration of the Nazi 
construction called the Atlantic Wall--3,000 miles of shore fortifications

along occupied European coastline. We'll highlight the logistics of 
construction, types of fortifications, weapons, and obstacles in the wall

used by the Germans. We also detail the Allied D-Day invasion. CC  
[TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  The Poisoners. Examines the cases of 
three doctors who abused their positions of trust to administer poison 
to their helpless and hapless victims. In 1910, Dr. Hawley Harvey 
Crippen led Scotland Yard police halfway across the world when they 
tried to arrest him for the murder of his wife. Fifty-five years later, Dr.

Carl Coppolino was accused of killing his wife and his ex-lover's 
husband with poison. And in 1916, New York City dentist Dr. Arthur 
Waite poisoned his wife's wealthy parents with arsenic. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Deadly Doctors. Examines three cases of 
deadly doctors. In 1933, Chicago Dr. Alice Wynekoop was convicted of 
murdering her daughter-in-law. Imprisoned for 25 years, a lie detector 
test later suggested her innocence. Next, find out if Dr. John Bodkin 
Adams, accused of benefiting from the deaths of 132 of his wealthy 
English patients, got away with murder. Finally, we investigate Britain's

greatest serial killer--Dr. Harold Shipman, who may have killed as 
many as 1,000 female patients between 1992 and 1999. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 
 02/07/2003 

 8:00 Cannons, Rifles, & Muskets: TWIH.   This week, we travel to 
Detroit, Michigan for an eye-opening demonstration of the bloodiest 
weapons of America's bloodiest war--the Civil War. With the guidance 
and expertise of a premiere battle reenactment group, we fire 
everything from a musket to a cannon at a series of targets, 
meticulously showing the damage and asking, "What if these were 
men?" We demonstrate why these weapons reaped such carnage, and 
give viewers a rare peak into the horror of an old-fashioned war. CC  
[TV G] 
 
 9:00 Deadmen's Secrets.  Whatever Happened to Glenn Miller? 
Bandleader Glenn Miller joined the flood of young Americans enlisting 
in the army in 1942 and was ordered to form a new 42-piece all-star 
band to entertain service personnel. With the liberation of Paris in 
1944, a series of Miller concerts was planned. But when Captain Miller 
took off on a short hop across the English Channel to Paris on 
December 15, he was never seen again. No wreckage was found and 
no official explanation given. Did his aircraft simply fail, or was there
a 
military cover-up? CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Cranes.   One of the most useful machines ever created, the 
crane is a simple but important combination of the pulley and the lever.

Though cranes have been helping us build civilization from at least the 
time of the Egyptian pyramids, the modern steel-framed construction 
cranes are a relatively recent development. Put on your work boots as 
we ride through the history of cranes from ancient days to skyscraper 
construction sites, ocean-freighter docks, and the International Space 
Station. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Perfect Crimes?  Jane Doe/Lufthansa Heist. A dismembered 
corpse is found near the Wisconsin River--minus the skin from the face 
along with the nose and ears. For weeks, no clues are found as to the 
identity of the victim or killer. Then, space-age technology comes in to

play and the case unfolds like a Sherlock Holmes mystery. But one of 
the most intriguing cases of mob crime--the 1978 Lufthansa Heist--
remains unsolved. Over $8-million in cash, jewels, and gold was stolen 
from Lufthansa's high-security storage at New York's JFK airport. CC  
[TV PG] 
 

 02/08/2003 
  
 8:00 Forts.   Fortification evolved along with man's need to defend his

territory from attack. From hills surrounded by fences to walled cities to

impenetrable castles, these strongholds of the past echo the history of 
battles for territorial control. Join us as we learn how, as weaponry 
grew in sophistication, those walls came tumbling down. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 A Soldier's Story.   Movie. Gripping drama about a black officer 
who confronts racism and mystery at a Southern army base when he 
investigates the murder of a black soldier. Top cast includes Howard E. 
Rollins, Denzel Washington, Adolph Caesar, David Alan Grier, and 
Robert Townsend. Screenplay by Charles Fuller, adapted from his own 
Pulitzer Prize-winning play. (1984) CC  [TV PG-L] 
 
 11:00 Sleeping with the Enemy.   As liberation spread through 
France during the summer of 1944, joy and revenge walked hand in 
hand. More than 10,000 women faced self-appointed People's 
Tribunals. While many important collaborators escaped, these 
women's heads were shorn publicly. The French vented their anger 
and humiliation after a four-year occupation by Germany on the easiest 
target: women accused of "la collaboration horizontale"--sleeping with 
the enemy. We'll hear their side of the story. CC  [TV G] 
 
  
 02/09/2003 
 
 8:00 Greatest Raids.  Hitler's A-Bomb.  CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Huey Helicopter: Air Armada.   The Vietnam War was the Huey 
war--a brutal war, where the lethal Huey gunship wreaked havoc on 
the Viet Cong. The Huey revolutionized U.S. Army tactics and changed 
the way modern wars were fought. Veterans describe their feelings on 
flying the Huey into battle and how they could rely on the helicopter to

pull them through even the worst firefights. It was a vital lifeline, 
providing food, ammunition, and fire support, and its role in medical 
evacuation was the difference between life and death. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Mail Call.  Deuce and a Half/Vietnam Gun Truck/WWII 
Household Fat/Missile Silos/C-17 Loadmaster/Scottish Kilts. What is a 
WWII "Deuce and a Half"? What's a "Vietnam Gun Truck". Did the U.S. 
really use household fat to make explosives in WWII? How do missile 
silos work? What's the latest transport aircraft? Did Scottish soldiers 
really wear kilts in battle, and who did the Germans call the "Girls from

Hell" in WWI? R. Lee Ermey dips into his viewers' mail bag and sends 
these questions out to military experts in the field for answers and brief

demonstrations. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:30 Conquest.  Bull Riding. Can actor and fight master Peter 
Woodward tame the untameable? Find out when we send him to Gary 
Leffew's Bull Riding School to be trained by a world champion bull rider

in the heart of California's cowboy country! Once outfitted in Wrangler 
jeans, checkered shirt, and cowboy hat, Peter practices on a padded 
barrel, learning how to balance and relax. After experts demonstrate 
how to stay on a bull for 10 seconds and make a safe dismount, it's 
Peter's turn to ride on a 1,500-pound bucking bull! CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:00 The Color of War.  Victory. For Allied servicemen, the last year 
of WWII proved the most difficult. Though victory was nearly assured, 
some of the roughest battles lay ahead. These men desperately 
wanted to return to home and loved ones. If they survived, what would 
the peace bring? WWII comes alive through a moving tapestry of 
letters, diaries, color film and photographs unearthed from archives 
and personal collections. Peter Coyote narrates. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/10/2003 
  
 8:00 Mail Call.  Trebuchet/Troop Headcounts/BAR/Smart 
Bombs/Modern Parachutes/Boomerangs. R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant 
in "Full Metal Jacket", answers viewers' mail about the armed forces. 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] 
 
 8:30 Conquest.  Knight in Armor. Actor and fight master Peter 
Woodward returns to the days of chivalry to find out why personal 
armor developed--from horn and linen to chain mail to full plate. We 
visit an armorer's workshop to see how it was made, and our expert 
team tries on various types, including the classic medieval plate armor,

to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and tests fighting 
techniques with various knightly armor-piercing weapons. Then, we put 
the armored knight in his proper place--mounted on a charger!  CC  
[TV PG] 
 
 9:00 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. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:00 The Great Escape.   Is it History or Hollywood? We compare 
the 1963 film of the daring mass breakout by prisoners of war from the 
German prison camp, Stalag Luft III, in March 1944, with the actual 
events. Film clips, drawings made by POWs, and interviews with ex-
POWs who masterminded the escape, as well as stars and film 
production personnel, bring to light additional details of the great 
escape and film. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/11/2003 
 
 8:00 U.S. Weapons against Iraq.   When the U.S. talks about "a 
sophisticated bombing campaign different than 1991", what exactly 
does it mean? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has stated that 
only 100,000 soldiers would be used in a campaign against Iraq. With 
so few troops, the military would be relying on the Air Force's crown 
jewels--the F117 Stealth Fighter and B2 Stealth Bomber. We also 
examine a microwave weapon that fries ground electronics, Unmanned 
Aerial Vehicles, and the new "Stryker" combat vehicles. CC  [TV PG] 

 9:00 D-Day: The Total Story: D Minus 1.   Chronicles the Allied 
invasion of Normandy. This episode focuses on the Allies' thorough 
preparation for the big battle and how tensions rose in the final hours 
before the assault on the beaches. Allied commanders knew success 
depended on extensive training, new weapons, and most of all 
surprise. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 The Alcan Highway.   Today, vacationers travel from British 
Columbia north through the Yukon Pass on their way to Fairbanks, 
Alaska, thanks to one two-lane roadway, the 1,522-mile long Alaska 
Highway. A bit treacherous in spots and best driven in the few summer 
months the region provides, it's an unrivaled engineering feat that took

11,000 soldiers, nearly 4,000 of them black, only 8 months to build! 
Travel back to 1942 as they bulldoze their way into history while 
connecting the Lower 48 to the Alaskan Territory. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Cult Killings. Cult leaders exert huge 
power over often-vulnerable members. We examine three cases where 
that power extended to death: in 1978, Jim Jones forced almost 1,000 
followers from his People's Temple to commit suicide by ingesting 
cyanide; in 1995, 12 people died and 5,000 were affected by the nerve 
gas Sarin, released by the Aum Shinriyko cult in the Tokyo subway; 
and in 1994, 53 mysterious deaths of members of an obscure cult, the 
Order of the Solar Temple, were discovered in Switzerland and 
Canada. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Savage Surgeons. A study of three 
surgeons who killed, using their expertise to hide the crimes. In 1935, 
decomposing body parts were discovered in Scotland--the facial 
features of the dissected bodies removed. Police suspected Dr. Buck 
Ruxton, whose wife and nursemaid were missing. Next, we examine 
the case of army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted of murdering 
his wife and children in 1970. Then, we move to Nazi-occupied Paris, 
where Dr. Marcel Petiot killed 63 people while pretending to help them 
escape France. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/12/2003 
 
 8:00 The True Story of the Philadelphia Experiment.   In 1943, a 
warship was rendered invisible in the Philadelphia Naval Yard, then 
teleported instantly to Norfolk, Virginia, and back. But this technological

breakthrough was achieved at such horrific human cost--crewmen 
missing or gone insane, dead sailors fused into bulkheads--that 
authorities deep-sixed the experiment. Or so goes the legend that still 
flourishes. We examine this tallest of seaman's tales and learn how 
real anti-submarine technology led to talk of "disappearing ships". CC  
[TV G] 
 
 9:00 D-Day: The Total Story: H-Hour.   The invasion of Europe was 
only a few minutes old when leaders realized it was not going 
according to plan. Could the cunning and courage of the individual 
soldiers, sailors, and airmen correct the mistakes of bad intelligence, 
human error, and poor weather? CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel.   Named one of the seven 
engineering wonders of the modern age, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge 
and Tunnel connects Virginia proper with its easternmost land mass. 
Stretching 17 miles across the historic Chesapeake Bay, the structure 
represents a man-made boundary between the Bay and the Atlantic. 
The structure includes two two-lane highways supported mostly by 
trestles, four man-made and one natural island, two truss bridges, and 
two revolutionary sunken tube tunnels. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Public Enemy Number 1: John Dillinger/Ma Barker/Other 
Public Enemies.   In 1930s America, poverty, Prohibition, extensive 
corruption, and a mentality of opportunistic individualism came 
together in an explosion of widespread violence and crime. We'll look 
back at this era of powerful gangs and meet John Dillinger and Ma 
Barker, as well as other infamous "public enemies". CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/13/2003 
 
 8:00 The True Story of Gladiators.   They began as slaves, 
prisoners of war, the damned of ancient Roman society. Yet a few 
would become wealthy and famous--the sports stars of their day, main 
attractions in spectacular entertainment meant to satiate the bloodlust 
of the Roman mob. Their ranks included women, senators, and even 
an emperor who took the bloody sport to new depths of depravity. Join 
as we examine the sometimes glorious and always gruesome history 
of gladiators. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 D-Day: The Total Story: Breakout.   Their backs to the sea, 
Allied armies struggle to break free of the beaches. With German 
Panzers rushing up to reinforce defenses, an all-out attack is the Allies'

only chance to head inland--and survive! CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 The Autobahn.   Imagine a super-highway 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 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] 
 
 11:00 The Big Dig.   The Massachusetts Central Artery/Tunnel 
Project, a.k.a. the Big Dig, is the most amazing municipal construction 
project in U.S. history. Its objective--to replace Boston's decaying 
highway infrastructure with 160 new highway miles, half of which run 
underground and underwater. After 14-years construction, its cost--$11 
billion! CC  [TV G] 
 
 
 02/14/2003 
     
 8:00 The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.   February 1929: Al 
Capone takes on "Bugs" Moran in a battle for Chicago's underworld. 
Then: a burst from a Tommy gun and only one boss remained. Rare 
films and recreations offer the inside dope on organized crime's 
greatest mass murder. Narrated by Paul Sorvino. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Inside the Playboy Mansion.   "If you don't swing, don't ring." 
So advises the Latin inscription posted at the entrance of the Playboy 
Mansion as we learn in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the 
private world of "Playboy" publisher Hugh Hefner. Includes a guided 
tour of the mansion's palatial private quarters; footage of some of the 
steamiest, sexiest parties "Hef" has ever thrown; and interviews with 
mansion regulars Bill Maher, Pamela Anderson, Drew Carey, and Bill 
Cosby. CC  [TV PG] 
 
11:00 Prostitution: Sex in the City.   Once upon a time, being a 
prostitute carried no stigma--in ancient Sumeria and Babylon, that is. 
And in certain cities in ancient Greece, harlots were associated with 
sacred activities at temples. Even in the American Wild West, there 
was a degree of tolerance. So what happened through the years? We'll 
investigate innumerable stories about the changing social position of 
the "ladies of the night" throughout history, and find out why 
prostitution is called the oldest profession! CC  [TV PG-S] 

  
 02/15/2003 
   
 8:00 Secrets of World War II.  The Secrets of the Battle of the Bulge. 
Facing defeat in 1944, Hitler played a final gamble in a foolhardy 
offensive on the Western Front. What he didn't realize was that his 
battle plan was known to the Allies, who were decoding Nazi radio 
messages. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 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] 
 
  
 02/16/2003 
 
 8:00 Greatest Raids.  The Chindits. In early 1943, the British Army 
deployed a large raiding force into the jungles of Japanese-occupied 
Burma. These raiders were known as the Chindits, named after the 
fierce lion-like stone creatures that stood guard at every Burmese 
temple. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines, gaining their 
re-supplies by air. These long-range penetration operations were the 
inspiration of one of the most dynamic and unconventional military 
leaders of WWII--Brigadier Orde Wingate. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Messerschmitt 262: Race for the Jet.   By mid-1944, Allied 
forces were regularly flying raids of 1,000 bombers over Germany 
escorted by U.S. Mustangs and Lightnings. But in July 1944, a new 
German fighter appeared on the scene, flying at over 100 m.p.h. and 
capable of destroying a B-17 in a single pass. It was the jet-powered 
Messerschmitt 262. Using detailed color reenactments and interviews, 
we take viewers inside the cockpits, along with German pilots who flew 
this wonder weapon and U.S. fighters who learned how to defeat it. CC  
[TV G] 
 
 10:00 Mail Call.  Grenades/Dog Tags/Dinner in a Pouch. 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 how a grenade works; what purpose dog tags fulfill; and 
what our GIs eat in the field today (Meals, Ready-to-Eat). CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:30 Conquest.  The Duel. With actor and fight master Peter 
Woodward as guide, we see how the duel developed from trial by 
combat. The duel of honor was always the gentleman's recourse 
against slander and insult--in the 16th century, the duel had become 
epidemic, with half of Europe's nobility injured or killed! Our team 
investigates the intricate laws of dueling, and in an arranged duel, two

team members face off with blunt weapons and eyeguards. We also 
look at some famous historical duels and the variety of weapons used. 
CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:00 The Color of War.  Aftermath. After the unconditional surrender 
of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. emerged as leader of the free 
world. In the aftermath of the war, U.S. servicemen faced daunting new 
responsibilities and perhaps a greater challenge than waging war--that 
of keeping the peace. We examine this monumental undertaking 
known simply as occupation. WWII comes alive through a moving 
tapestry of letters, diaries, color film and photographs unearthed from 
archives and personal collections. Peter Coyote narrates. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/17/2003 
 
 8:00 Mail Call. LAV/Landing Craft/Doughboy/OPFOR/Chain 
Mail/Military Salute. R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' mail about what 
the armed forces. This week, Ermey rides along with the Marines in an 
LAV, or Light Armored Vehicle. He finds out why landing craft don't 
sink when their ramps come down, what the WWI term "Doughboy" 
means, who our troops train against (the OPFOR, or "Opposing 
Force"), how to make medieval chain mail, and how the military salute 
developed. CC  [TV PG]  

 8:30 Conquest.  Bull Riding. Can actor and fight master Peter 
Woodward tame the untameable? Find out when we send him to Gary 
Leffew's Bull Riding School to be trained by a world champion bull rider

in the heart of California's cowboy country! Once outfitted in Wrangler 
jeans, checkered shirt, and cowboy hat, Peter practices on a padded 
barrel, learning how to balance and relax. After experts demonstrate 
how to stay on a bull for 10 seconds and make a safe dismount, it's 
Peter's turn to ride on a 1,500-pound bucking bull! CC  [TV PG] 

 9:00 No Surrender: German and Japanese 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] 
 
 11:00 Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber.   A chilling examination 
of the psychology of the suicide bomber, from kamikaze pilots in WWII 
to recent bombings in Israel. As experts note, suicide terrorism is not a

personal phenomenon, but a group one. We talk to an Israeli Army 
senior intelligence analyst, an attorney who defends suicide bombers, 
a failed kamikaze pilot, two failed suicide bombers from the Middle 
East, a military commander of Hamas, and bomb-makers. We also 
hear from a doctor who treats bombing victims and several survivors. 
CC  [TV PG] 
 
   
 02/18/2003 
 
 8:00 Why Can't They Kill Saddam?   When the Gulf War ended in 
1991, much of Iraq's defenses were left intact, nearly half of the 
Republican Guard escaped, and Saddam Hussein remained in power. 
His own people have tried to kill him; neighboring countries want him 
out of power; the U.S. has targeted him with laser-guided smart 
bombs. Yet Saddam Hussein still rules with an iron fist. How is this 
possible? We'll examine the trickery, the terror, and the political 
manipulation that sustains one of the world's most hated leaders. CC  
[TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Snipers.  One Shot--One Kill. Statistics prove it's damned hard to

kill an enemy soldier on the battlefield. That's why the U.S. Marine 
Corps urges its best marksmen to become snipers--human machines, 
inhuman patience and precision. From distances up to 3 miles, 
tomorrow's Marines train to neutralize enemies with one shot from their 
rifles--a shot that can mean the difference between peaceful surrender 
and bloody assault. We journey from Vietnam to Africa and Eastern 
Europe to observe these snipers watching...waiting...firing. CC  [TV 
PG] 
 
 10:00 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] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Celebrity Murder. In 1906, New York 
reveled in the salacious details of a murder in the city's fashionable 
roof-top theater in Madison Square Garden. Harry Thaw, the playboy 
heir to a railway fortune, had walked up to well-known architect 
Stanford White and shot him. White had been involved with Thaw's 
wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit. We also examine the slaughters of Sharon 
Tate and Gianni Versace, and the case of a man who killed his 
playwright lover with a hammer, then committed suicide by drug 
overdose. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  A Question of Doubt. Examines three 
cases where a question of doubt remains to this day. First, we delve 
into the disappearance of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Was he 
abducted and murdered? Next, we review the case of 21-year-old 
Bella Wright, whose crumpled body was found near a bicycle in the 
village of Leicestershire, England, in 1919. The accused man was 
acquitted, but doubts linger. Finally, we look at the classic "wrong man"

case--Dr. Sam Sheppard, who stood trial in 1954 for the brutal murder 
of his wife. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/19/2003 
  
 8:00 The Most Ancient Taboo: Cannibalism.   From the ancient 
Greeks to the American Anasazi, evidence shows that nearly every 
culture has had its taste for cannibalism. Or have these tales been 
fabricated as propaganda? What is it about cannibalism that both 
repulses and fascinates us? Join historians as they dig into the past, 
and meet modern cannibals, such as Jeffrey Dahmer. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 Snipers.  World's Deadliest Snipers. Among the world's best, the 
British Royal Marines build on their noble traditions and the lessons of

history to hone the skills of snipers and place them in a proud global 
lineage. The daring British Commandos, perfecting their use of 
camouflage and stalking, cleared the hedgerows at Normandy. The 
Russian Red Army snipers, known for patience and stealth, helped to 
break the siege of Stalingrad. We also look at a little-known force--the

Red Army's deadly women snipers, who fought alongside the men. CC  
[TV PG] 
 
 10:00 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 peak at the 
future of death technology. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden.   "Lizzie Borden took an 
ax, and gave her mother 40 whacks; when she saw what she had 
done, she gave her father 41." Most of us know the grisly rhyme, but 
not the whole story. Who was Lizzie Borden? Did she really murder her 
father and stepmother on that muggy morning in August 1892? Or 
does she stand wrongly accused? CC  [TV G] 
 

 02/20/2003 
   
 8:00 Heaven and Hell.   From the beginning of recorded history, 
people from all over the world have believed in an afterlife. In 
Christianity, the powerful images of heaven and hell--fire and 
brimstone, harps and halos--have shaped Western thought for 
thousands of years. What does the Bible tell us about everlasting 
punishment and eternal life? Join us on a biblical journey through time 
as we explore the origins of heaven and hell and the symbols that 
represent them. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 Snipers.  Stalk and Kill. Meet the ultimate hunters in a deadly 
game where the quarry shoots back--U.S. Army snipers. Experts of 
stealth and stalking, they can kill with a single shot from nearly a mile,

or creep within yards of an enemy target remaining virtually invisible. 
Starting with American snipers in the Revolutionary War and ending 
with 21st century snipers and the latest technology at the U.S. Army 
Sniper School, we review the history of these marksmen who train to 
become the "most hated men on the battlefield." CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:00 The Chrysler Building.   The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in 
New York City, erected between 1928 and 1930, was the world's tallest 
edifice--until the Empire State Building eclipsed it in 1931! Since then,

this Art Deco masterpiece has become one of the most beloved 
skyscrapers on the city skyline. Financed by auto tycoon Walter P. 
Chrysler and designed by architect William Van Alen, the private office 
building was constructed by more than 2,000 men. Find out why it was 
the first--and last--skyscraper Van Alen designed. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Deadly Kidnappings. Examines 
kidnappings that went horribly wrong. In 1932, aviator Charles 
Lindbergh's world fell apart when his 20-month-old son was snatched 
from his nursery. In 1969, 55-year-old Muriel McKay disappeared from 
her London home. Though her kidnappers, who had confused her 
husband with his boss Rupert Murdoch, were eventually caught, her 
body was never found. Then, we examine the "Black Panther" case, 
when wanted murderer Donald Neilson kidnapped 17-year-old heiress 
Lesley Whittle in rural England. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Political Killings. Throughout history, 
murder roamed the seedy underside of politics. We examine how three 
people died for their beliefs: the 1965 shooting of Malcolm X as he 
addressed a rally at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan; the infamous 
case of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in 
Boston in 1927 for the fatal shootings of a paymaster and guard in a 
payroll heist; and the murders of San Francisco gay activist and City 
Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone by Dan White in 
1978. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/21/2003 
 
8:00 Save Our History.  The Sequoia. Some say the presidential 
yacht Sequoia is the most important piece of Americana not owned by 
the government or a non-profit organization. First hitting the water in 
1925, she served seven presidents before Jimmy Carter put her up for 
sale in 1977. But thanks to passionate Sequoia-lovers, she's back and 
fully restored. We meet current owner Gary Silversmith who hopes to 
sell the Sequoia to a non-profit organization that will preserve her and

put her back into government use. CC  [TV G] 
 
 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 Runways.   What do you think about when you gaze out the 
window as your plane takes off? Probably not about the least heralded 
part of our infrastructure--airport runways. But runways play a vital role

as the backbone of aviation. They're where rubber meets road and 
land gives way to sky. Did you know that airports like JFK  train falcons

to keep little birds from becoming a hazard to the big, shiny birds? Join

us for an engrossing look at the brawny concrete and asphalt runways 
that make aviation possible. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Serial Killers: Ted Bundy/Richard Speck.   A look back at two 
of America's most heinous murderers: handsome Ted Bundy whose 
killing spree, which began in Seattle in 1974, left a scar on the 
American psyche as he committed numerous rapes and violent 
murders throughout Utah, Colorado, and Florida; and, Richard Speck, 
who savagely murdered eight Chicago nurses in 1966. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/22/2003 
 
 8:00 Boone and 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. CC  [TV G] 
 
 10:00 Mountain Men.   Join us as we trek across America's vast 
wilderness with the fur trappers who helped open up the unknown and 
savage land, and risked everything for a life of adventure, money, and 
wanderlust. Although their era (1807-1840) lasted little more than a 
generation, their impact was enormous as they blazed across the west. 
Author Robert Utley is interviewed and Pernell Roberts narrates. CC  
[TV G] 
 

 02/23/2003 
 
 8:00 Rolling Thunder: The True Story of the 3rd Armored 
Division.   Among America's battle-scarred tank units, the 3rd 
Armored Division is remembered as first among equals. The 3rd 
earned its reputation as the "Spearhead Division" in WWII, when it led 
Allied Forces into the heart of Germany. During the tension-filled 
decades of the Cold War, the 3rd Armored stood eyeball to eyeball 
with the Soviet Union. In the Gulf War, this specialized tank unit 
overpowered Iraqi armor. From Elvis Presley to Colin Powell, the 3rd 
has always been on the front lines of history. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:00 Mail Call.   R. Lee Ermey, who played 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. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 10:30 Conquest.  Weapons of the Gladiators. The ancient world 
boasted many special weapons, some of which became almost 
ritualized. Roman gladiators' weapons reflected gods, barbarians, and 
idealized warriors--of 16 different types! Our team works with tridents 
and nets, Thracian daggers and bucklers, heavy armor and short 
swords, no armor and long swords. Just like gladiators, they start with 
wooden weapons and progress to the real thing. But did the 
extraordinary styles and skills developed in the arena have any 
practical purpose? CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:00 The Color of War.  Into the Breach. Peter Coyote narrates this 
compelling journey into WWII through the eyes of the those who lived 
it, completely in color! When the U.S. was propelled into war on 
December 7, 1941, Europe had been torn by war for over two years. In 
America, the small professional armed forces that began the war were 
quickly replaced by draftees--civilians thrown "into the breach" after 
barely three months of training. These rare and amazing images show 
how these fresh-faced conscripts became battle-hardened warriors. 
CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/24/2003 

 8:00 Mail Call.  Deuce and a Half/Vietnam Gun Truck/WWII 
Household Fat/Missile Silos/C-17 Loadmaster/Scottish Kilts. What is a 
WWII "Deuce and a Half"? What's a "Vietnam Gun Truck". Did the U.S. 
really use household fat to make explosives in WWII? How do missile 
silos work? What's the latest transport aircraft? Did Scottish soldiers 
really wear kilts in battle, and who did the Germans call the "Girls from

Hell" in WWI? R. Lee Ermey dips into his viewers' mail bag and sends 
these questions out to military experts in the field for answers and brief

demonstrations. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 8:30 Conquest.  The Duel. With actor and fight master Peter 
Woodward as guide, we see how the duel developed from trial by 
combat. The duel of honor was always the gentleman's recourse 
against slander and insult--in the 16th century, the duel had become 
epidemic, with half of Europe's nobility injured or killed! Our team 
investigates the intricate laws of dueling, and in an arranged duel, two

team members face off with blunt weapons and eyeguards. We also 
look at some famous historical duels and the variety of weapons used. 
CC  [TV PG] 
 
 9:00 The Lost Battalion.   Movie. The true story of the "Lost 
Battalion" of U.S. soldiers--a group of Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Polish

"gangsters" from New York who were trapped behind enemy lines in 
World War One and fought heroically against the odds. Rick Schroder 
stars as battalion leader Major Charles Whittlesey, the civilian-turned-
soldier who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for keeping his 
outnumbered troops alive and fighting in the face of seemingly 
insurmountable odds. (2001) [TV 14-V] 
 
 11:00 Gods and Generals.   Our experts find out what's "history" and 
what's "Hollywood" in a behind-the-scenes look at "Gods and 
Generals", the epic film based on Jeff Shaara's best-selling novel. The 
prequel to "Gettysburg", also directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, this 
dramatic look at the Civil War begins in early 1861 and continues 
through 1863 and the Battle of Chancellorsville. Stars include Robert 
Duvall (Robert E. Lee), Jeff Daniels (Joshua Chamberlain), Mira 
Sorvino (Fanny Chamberlain), and Stephen Lang (Stonewall Jackson). 
CC  [TV G] 
 

 02/25/2003 
 
 8:00 Saddam's Arsenal.   On April 2, 1991, the UN Security Council 
laid out strict demands for ending sanctions: Iraq would have to accept 
liability for damages, destroy chemical and biological weapons and 
ballistic missiles, forego nuclear weapons programs, and accept 
international inspection to insure the conditions were met. We'll 
examine what chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons Saddam 
Hussein may still have, the history of UN inspections in Iraq, and use 
of weapons against the Kurds, Kuwait, Iran, and Israel. CC  [TV PG] 

 9:00 God, Sex & the Pharaohs.   On a strip of desert along the Nile 
lie the ruins of mysterious El Amarna, once capital of ancient Egypt. 
The exact reasons why it was built and suddenly abandoned remain 
unknown. Spanning one of Egypt's most extraordinary centuries, the El 
Amarna story is one of power and religious zeal, of incest and the 
sexual politics of the royal harem. We trace the century through the 
lives of three key pharaohs who ruled then, drawing on new 
investigative scholarship by leading Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves. CC  
[TV 14] 
 
 10:00 Train Wrecks.   Throughout railroad history, disasters lay at the

heart of progress, since expansion and profit proved the main goals of 
management. In 1875 alone, an average of 22 train accidents 
happened daily; in 1890, over 6,000 people were killed. We'll examine 
how safety, once a secondary consideration, became a primary goal. 
CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Bizarre Murders. Looks at three strange 
murders and possible motives. In 1974, in Amityville, New York, 6 
members of the Defeo family were shot to death while in bed. Sole 
survivor and eldest son Ronald confessed--the motive money. In 1985, 
mountain gorilla researcher Dian Fossey was hacked to death at her 
Rwandan research center. Probably killed by poachers, her murder 
remains unsolved. In 1982, the head of Italy's largest privately owned 
bank was found hanging from a London bridge. Was Robert Calvi 
really a suicide? CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Evading Justice. Examines three serial 
killers who seemed to have evaded punishment: the Green River Killer, 
who attacked prostitutes in Seattle in the early 1980s; the Zodiac Killer,

who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s, committing a spate of 
random killings and sending chilling notes to a local newspaper, each 
signed with a different symbol of the Zodiac; and Jack the Stripper, a 
murderer who preyed on prostitutes in London in the 1960s, strangling 
them and leaving their naked bodies in public places. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 
 02/26/2003 
 
 8:00 Sodom & Gomorrah.   Did the sinful cities Sodom and 
Gomorrah really exist before being destroyed by God? Was the story a 
morality tale or depiction of an actual disaster? At the Dead Sea's 
southern end, archaeologists uncovered ruins of two ancient cities, 
Bab-edh-dhra and Numeira, with signs of fire and collapse. 
Speculation that they were the biblical cities was given new life with 
discovery of a sanctuary in a nearby mountain. Built beside an ancient 
cave, it bears an inscription calling it a shrine to Lot. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 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 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] 
 
 11:00 The Odessa File.   After WWII, a handful of Nazis were tried for 
war crimes at Nuremberg--but many seemingly disappeared. We'll 
study the shadowy Odessa organization, rumored to have links to the 
S.S. and to have ferried high-ranking Nazis out of Germany to new 
identities and lives. CC  [TV G] 
 

 02/27/2003 
 
 8:00 Stories from the Hall of Fame.  Boxing. In this celebration of all

things boxing, we feature seven of the greatest warriors in the sport's 
history: Larry Holmes, Emile Griffith, Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson, 
Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, and Sam Langford. The International 
Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, is filled with men who 
have overcome long odds and conquered astounding obstacles. These 
are just a few of those stories and a small sample of the color and 
drama to be found in boxing's Hall of Fame. CC  [TV G] 
 
 9:00 Sex in World War II.  The Home Front. Penetrating stories of 
men and women who fought the war at home, including a very candid 
interview with former U.S. Army Private Hugh Hefner. From 
"patriotutes" to "pin-ups" and airplane "nose-art", this is the hush-hush

side of WWII that is seldom discussed. We also delve into the sexual 
exploits of young John F. Kennedy, who audaciously dated an alleged 
Nazi spy, and reveal how the FBI spied on their most intimate 
moments. CC  [TV 14] 
 
 10:00 Nordhausen.   It was the world's largest underground factory--
seven miles of tunnels built to manufacture Hitler's secret weapons, 
primarily the V-2 rocket. But Nordhausen kept more than one secret. 
Technology and torture went hand-in-hand--25,000 concentration 
camp workers died there--and some of those associated with 
Nordhausen later helped take America to the moon. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Infamous Murders.  Victims of Jealousy. Delves into three 
crimes of passion, where jealousy and obsession turned to murder: the 
shooting of Scarsdale Diet millionaire Dr. Herman Tarnower by 
headmistress Jean Harris, his lover of 14 years; the murder of former 
Playmate of the Year, 20-year-old Dorothy Stratten, by her husband 
Paul Snider; and the case of the woman who became the last to be 
hanged in Great Britain--Ruth Ellis, who killed her lover David Blakely 
outside a tavern in London in 1955. CC  [TV PG] 
 
 11:30 Infamous Murders.  Gangland Murders. During the 1920s and 
'30s, violent crime flourished in America. Gangsters dominated the 
streets and corruption permeated every level of society. Rival gangs 
fought for supremacy in a never-ending cycle of violence. We review 
the ruthless careers of Chicago "King of Crime" Al Capone, who 
engineered the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre; the ambitious Lucky 
Luciano, responsible for killing more than 20 people; and bank robber, 
murderer, and public enemy number one, John Dillinger. CC  [TV PG] 
 

 02/28/2003 
 
 8:00 Sex in the 20th Century.  Passion's Coming of Age. In his 1928 
book "Why We Misbehave", Dr. Samuel Schmalhausen described a 
new generation of Americans who were all too eager to sever ties with 
their Victorian predecessors. Goodbye floor-length dresses, 
chaperones, and stuffy mores. Hello petting parties, flappers, and 
Sigmund Freud! We'll cover the Roaring '20s, the Great Depression, 
and World War II, and see the radical effects they wrought on how 
Americans thought about sex. CC  [TV 14-S] 
 
 9:00 Sex in the 20th Century.  Make Love, Not War. Men and 
women who had embraced the carnal liberties allowed during war 
returned home to find a breeze wafting through their bedrooms. We 
explore the tumultuous 1950s and '60s, which began with a cold war 
and ended with a sexual revolution. In the 1950s, America tried to turn 
back the sexual clock, and when Alfred Kinsey revealed that 50% of 
polled women had sex before marriage, the Rockefeller Foundation 
withdrew his funding. But the arrival of "the pill" in 1960 would change

all that. CC  [TV 14-S] 
 
 10:00 Lighthouses.   From the earliest known lighthouses, such as 
the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient 
World, to modern-day automated buoys and solar-powered lantern 
rooms, this history of lighthouses is rich with personal stories of 
lighthouse keepers, daring construction efforts, and ingenious optical 
discoveries. Today, as lighthouses are usurped by more efficient aids 
to navigation, these elegant structures are being converted to bed-and-
breakfast inns and environmental retreats. CC  [TV G] 
 
 11:00 Doomed Sisters of the Titanic.   Virtually everyone knows the 
story of the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic, but few know that she was the

second of three Olympic-class ships built by the White Star Line, and 
that the Olympic and Britannic also came to disastrous ends. One of 
the most amazing coincidences of the three ships is that one 
crewmember actually served on all three ships and survived all three 
sinkings! Were the sister ships all victims of a shared, cursed fate? 
We'll investigate their strange sea saga. CC  [TV G] 
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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 March, 2002.