07/01/2003 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives. Silent Service: The Captains of WWII. They were self-reliant individualists who forged a deadly team, and the initiative of individual submarine captains proved instrumental in the American victory in the Pacific. We'll see how trendsetters like Dudley Morton and Richard O'Kane brought new ideas to submarine warfare, showing that aggressive strategies, like surface running, were the best way to sink the most enemy ships. Sam Dealey, a submarine captain known as "The Destroyer Killer", is also featured. CC [TV G] 9:00 Nature Tech. Earthquakes. Earthquakes have ripped through the planet's surface ever since it was born, and throughout history, mankind could do little to counter their seismic impact. We place today's advancements in historical context and explore the evolution of 21st- century technology--from global positioning systems and interferometric radar to computer-engineered buildings -- and see what's being developed to assist seismologists and other researchers in their race to prevent the next earthshaking disaster. CC [TV G] 10:00 More Earthmovers. Join us for a second look at the big earth-moving machines used to tackle the most challenging jobs on, under, and off Earth! We'll ride on specialized behemoth dump trucks, delve below sea level to view dredging equipment, and leave the planet altogether to explore earth-moving equipment in space. CC [TV G] 11:00 Kentucky State Penitentiary. Called the "Castle on the Cumberland", its inspiring medieval presence is a focal point on the landscape. But this "castle" is really Kentucky's maximum-security prison, reinforced with modern cellblocks and electronic surveillance to keep watch on the state's most dangerous prisoners. We follow an officer on his shift and step inside the "High Security" block that houses the "worst of the worst", and tour death row that's electric chair holds a gruesome national record--7 executions in a single day! CC [TV PG] 07/02/2003 8:00 Engineering Disasters. Throughout history, the builders and engineers who paved our way out of the caves and into the modern world have also caused some of our worst disasters. What happens when their calculations prove wrong and it all comes tumbling down? From Hammurabi's days, when the first building laws were instituted, to today's potential nuclear or chemical disasters that can spell death for thousands, we'll take a harrowing tour through some of history's greatest engineering mistakes. (1-hour version) CC [TV G] 9:00 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. CC [TV G] 10:00 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. CC [TV G] 11:00 The Big House. Maine State Prison. Opened in 1824, the original plan for Maine State Prison in Thomaston called for prisoners to remain in solitary confinement and darkness for the duration of their sentences. But almost immediately, the prison started a working industrial program for inmates, and by the time its doors finally closed in 2002, its handmade wood products had become collectibles. Initially allowing only the New Testament as a prisoner's "sole companion", it later housed one of the state's best law libraries. CC [TV PG] 07/03/2003 8:00 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] 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 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] 07/04/2003 8:00 Greatest Raids. Desert Raiders. In WWII, the British Army used small groups of special forces behind enemy lines in North Africa to conduct reconnaissance missions, gather intelligence, and launch sabotage raids. Usually striking at night, they roamed the desert in heavily armed jeeps and destroyed German and Italian aircraft. The main raiding unit was known as the SAS (Special Air Service). Alongside the SAS, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) provided a constant flow of intelligence. Meet the elite units known as the Desert Raiders. 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 Stealth Technology. A look at the F-117 Stealth Fighter that led the pack for the Allies in the Gulf War and virtually decimated Baghdad. Find out how the technology allows it to approach its target without being detected by radar. Also, a look at the B-2 Stealth Bomber. CC [TV G] 11:00 Aerial Combat: TWIH. This week, we take to the skies and tour the brand new Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, New York. There, in the shadow of legendary warplanes from at least five different conflicts, we learn the fascinating story of aerial combat. It's a journey that begins when the first U.S. air force deployed its primitive biplanes to hunt down an elusive bandit, and continues into the modern era of stealth technology. CC [TV G] 07/05/2003 8:00 U.S.S. Eagle 56: Accident or Target? In April 1945, a subchaser Eagle boat, a WWI remnant, was towing targets off New England's coast, when suddenly it exploded, killing 50 of her 63 men. Survivors reported a U-boat surfacing afterwards, but a Navy Court of Inquiry concluded the PE-56 was victim of a boiler blast. In 2001, the Navy Secretary ruled that a German U-boat had sunk the ship, and in 2002, awarded the men Purple Hearts. This is the story of the ship and crew, as well as their families who pursued the truth for 56 years. CC [TV PG] 9:00 The Best Kept Secret: D-Day. The unmitigated success of the Allies' "Operation Overlord"--the Normandy Invasion that cracked the Nazi Atlantic defense-- depended on an elaborate plan to fool the Germans as to when and where the assault would hit. We'll investigate deception plan "Bodyguard", which included a million-man army of inflatable men and equipment! CC [TV G] 10:00 The Real Spartacus. Long before Stanley Kubrick's film starring Kirk Douglas, Spartacus had unwittingly become a mythological icon of resistance against oppression worldwide. We'll look at the real Spartacus, focusing on his struggle against Roman forces, his time as a gladiator, and his role in the infamous slave revolt against Rome in 73 BC, which convulsed the great empire for two years before the uprising was put down and 6,000 slave rebels were crucified along 150 miles of the Appian Way. CC [TV PG] 11:00 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] 07/06/2003 8:00 The Horrors of Hussein. Everyone knows Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003 revealed the full extent of the terror apparatus Saddam used to maintain power. In this gripping hour, we examine the roots of this dictator-madman--how he used violence beginning in his teens to achieve his ends- -and talk to victims of his terror. We also see how his ministry of terror became a family affair: his two sons, Ouday and Qusay, intended to establish a reign of terror that would last generations CC [TV 14] 9:00 Sons of Saddam. In a chilling hour, we go inside the sadistic world inhabited by Saddam Hussein's sons and hear firsthand accounts of how each man inherited a different, deadly side of his father. Uday, the megalomaniac whose only official job was head of the Iraq Olympic Committee, had athletes who performed poorly tortured. Qusay, the quiet schemer, rose to second in command behind his father by being slavishly loyal and completely brutal in overseeing the murder of opponents to the regime. CC [TV 14] 10:00 Mail Call Live from the Gulf. In this one-hour live broadcast from Kuwait, series host R. Lee Ermey is joined by America's fighting forces as he answers viewers' questions about the strategies, technologies, and perils of fighting desert warfare. Shot live on location from a military base, 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] 11:07 Conquest. The Medieval Broadsword. The medieval symbol of power, religion, and authority, the broadsword's final mould resulted from thousands of years of technological advances. Peter Woodward leads us through the weapon's history, noting various defiencies ancient warriors endured in battle, such as excessive weight and metal weakness. As man came closer to forging the perfect weapon, combat techniques and defensive armor evolved. Watch as the Conquest Team suits up as knights of old to test the might of the broadsword! CC [TV PG] 11:37 Conquest. Air Combat. Though the newest form of personal warfare is less than a century old, the basics of air combat have changed little since the first soldiers of the sky soared through the air in WWI. Actor and fight master Peter Woodward trains as a fighter pilot at the Air Combat USA School in Fullerton, California, using the latest flight simulator technology and aided by top military pilots. His challenge--prepare for a dogfight to be waged in a fighter plane over the Pacific Ocean against a deadly opponent. CC [TV PG] 07/07/2003 8:00 Mail Call Live from the Gulf. In this one-hour live broadcast from Kuwait, series host R. Lee Ermey is joined by America's fighting forces as he answers viewers' questions about the strategies, technologies, and perils of fighting desert warfare. Shot live on location from a military base, 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] 9:00 Nature Tech. Lightning. A high-tech look at how man has tried to control natural phenomena throughout history. Even with today's technology, when Nature rears her angry head, for the most part, technology hasn't a fighting chance! In this episode of our series examining Nature's deadliest forces, we learn that lightning kills nearly 100 people yearly in the United States and injures hundreds of others. We'll meet the men and women who look for new ways of detection, prevention, and how to save lives when Nature strikes! CC [TV G] 10:00 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. CC [TV G] 07/08/2003 8:00 Deep Sea Detectives. Silent Service: The Torpedoes of WWII. Only a few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy experienced a failure of critical technology--the torpedoes that armed its fleet of submarines were defective. The ensuing debacle ranks as one of the great near disasters of WWII. We'll see how the exigencies of war clashed with entrenched bureaucracies and egos of the naval ordnance establishment. After two years of frustration the submariners prevailed and with effective weapons went on to achieve remarkable results. CC [TV G] 9:00 Nature Tech. Tsunamis. Among the most mysterious disasters, tsunamis-- Japanese for "harbor waves"--claimed over 50,000 lives in the 20th century! Generated by offshore earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides, these giant water walls result from large-scale displacement of seabed sediment. Rolling rapidly over the ocean floor, a tsunami rises to rapturous heights when it hits land. Scientists in Japan, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and California show the latest technology used to predict these killer waves. CC [TV G] 10:00 Titanic Tech. Welcome aboard the Titanic. Watertight compartments and a steel-plated hull render it all but unsinkable. Nearly every technological breakthrough of the previous 50 years is employed onboard, providing comfort and safety for passengers and crew. But none of this mattered as the ship bore down on an iceberg on her maiden voyage, sinking within hours with more than 1,500 lives lost. Learn the details of her construction and how the achievements of technology may have masked vulnerabilities. CC [TV G] 11:00 Infamous Murders. Evidence of Murder. Examines three cases where crucial evidence eventually brought a killer to justice: the 1990 conviction of John List for murdering five members of his family in '71 after he was featured on "America's Most Wanted"; the 1962 execution of James Hanratty for the murder of Michael Gregston and attempted murder of his lover Valerie Storie in England; and the strange case of Donald Hume, who served 12 years for being an accessory to the murder of his business associate in 1949--a murder he later admitted! CC [TV PG] 11:30 Infamous Murders. Poisoned to Death. Today, poisoners leave a clear trail for forensic scientists to follow. But in the past, poison proved the perfect murder weapon--easy to administer and hard to trace, as we see in the cases examined here: in I922, attorney Major Rowse Armstrong was executed for murdering his wife with arsenic; in 1972, Graham Young was sentenced to life for poisoning co- workers after having killed his mother as a youth; in 1998, Judias Buenoano was executed for killing an ex-boyfriend, ex- husband, and her son! CC [TV PG] 07/09/2003 8:00 Coal Mines. Coal--the fuel responsible for more than half the electricity used daily. We unearth the amazing technological advances that have led to today's extremely efficient methods- -from ancient techniques to the simplistic bell pit method, from drift mining, surface mining, and strip mining to modern longwall mining, when a massive machine extracts an entire wall of coal in seconds. We go underground with miners in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming, and also address environmental concerns. CC [TV G] 9:00 The World's Biggest Machines. Join us for a look at the biggest, heaviest, tallest, longest, meanest machines on the planet! We'll see what these monsters do and how they operate, and how they're designed and assembled. Machines investigated include the largest draglines, excavators used in mining; the biggest dump truck; a front-end loader with an 80-ton bucket and the largest tires of any vehicle; the cruise ship, The Voyager of the Seas; a 240-foot tall wind generator; and a fusion reaction machine the size of a football field. CC [TV G] 10:00 Logging Tech. When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to 19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as large as the timber they felled; and travel with a tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood uses-- from aspirin to film to toothpaste! CC [TV G] 11:00 The Big House. Oklahoma State Penitentiary. After statehood in 1907, Oklahoma chose McAlester as the site for their first penitentiary, setting aside 1,556 acres for the maximum-security facility. Today, its recreation yards stand mostly empty and its corridors silent. Prisoners live in 23-hour-a-day lock-down due to two violent riots. Learn what it's like to live in solitary confinement from a man serving life plus 150 years, and follow the institution's growth from single cellhouse to today's "H Unit" that quarters death-row inmates. CC [TV PG] 07/10/2003 8:00 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. CC [TV G] 10:00 Towing. Think you know towing? As simple as engaging a tow man when your car is stalled? From mighty tugboats that guide massive ships safely into port to dizzying roller coasters that send cars careening up and down hills, to funicular railroads that climb mountainsides, when it comes to towing, being a "drag" was never so good! We also watch as a 125-year-old church is towed on the back of a flatbed truck, and rocket towards space as we're towed 20,000 feet-high behind a 747! CC [TV G] 11:00 The History of Sex. The Eastern World. An exploration of sex in China, Japan, India, and the Arab world that offers an intriguing perspective on the interrelation of sexuality and spirituality in eastern culture. Among the topics presented are the ancient Chinese equivalent of Viagra, Japanese acceptance of prostitutes and pornographic art, and tips from the Kama Sutra. CC [TV 14] 07/11/2003 8:00 Greatest Raids. Halt U-Boats in Zeebrugge. In April 1918, a flotilla of British warships set sail from Dover bound for the port of Zeebrugge on the German- occupied Belgian coast. Their mission--to prevent German U-boats stationed there from entering the North Sea and Atlantic. Led by the cruiser HMS Vindictive, the ships headed across the English Channel, including two old ferries to be sunk at the harbor entrances. The battle that ensued proved costly with 200 British fatalities and 8 Victoria Crosses awarded for the night's action. CC [TV PG] 9:00 HMS Belfast: Steel Fortress. Commissioned in 1938, the British cruiser HMS Belfast was the Royal Navy's most modern warship. With rapid-firing 6-inch caliber guns and high-speed capability, she played a key role in the 1943 battle of North Cape, helped bring down the Nazi warship Scharnhorst, and fired the first shells at Normandy's beaches in the assault that began D-Day. Using unique archive film and detailed reenactments shot on the ship, we get an inside look at one of the great armored warships that once ruled the waves. CC [TV G] 10:00 Army Corps of Engineers. Made up of soldiers and civilians, scientists and specialists in an enormous variety of fields, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was created over 200 years ago by Congressional mandate to respond, in peace and war, to the nation's engineering needs. The world's premier engineering and research and development agency, the Corps has blown up, excavated, grated, dredged, and remolded the shape of our continent as we pushed to expand the nation and harness the forces of nature! CC [TV G] 11:00 Mail Call Live from the Gulf. In this one-hour live broadcast from Kuwait, series host R. Lee Ermey is joined by America's fighting forces as he answers viewers' questions about the strategies, technologies, and perils of fighting desert warfare. Shot live on location from a military base, 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] 07/12/2003 8:00 Save Our History. America's Most Endangered 2003. Join us for our Emmy Award- winning series dedicated to saving our nation's heritage. As we profile the colorful stories of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Sites of 2003--historic locales that face extinction--we review local and national efforts to protect them. The sites, many of which are plagued by controversy, epitomize the American experience, spanning many cultures, regions, and eras. Featured are interviews with people both for and against saving the sites. CC [TV G] 9:00 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] 10:00 The Real Dr. Crippen. Examines new evidence suggesting that one of the 20th century's most infamous murderers was the victim of media frenzy, inept legal defense, and a flawed legal process. Hawley Harvey Crippen, an American doctor living in London, was executed for the 1910 murder and dismemberment of his actress wife. It was a classic English whodunit involving a secret love life and transcontinental flight. But was Crippen the pawn of a tabloid witch-hunt and an unfair trial that put the noose around his neck? CC [TV PG] 11:00 Vanishings! Lost in the Bermuda Triangle. On December 5, 1945, five Grumman Avengers with a crew of 14 left the U.S. Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale for a routine training flight. Three hours later, Flight 19 had disappeared without a trace into the area that would become known as the Bermuda Triangle. A Martin Mariner flying boat, with a crew of 12 and enough fuel for 24 hours, was sent out to search for missing planes--and never returned to base. No wreckage or bodies were ever found. What really happened to Flight 19? CC [TV PG] 11:30 Vanishings! Foo Fighters. Colored balls of light that teased German and Allied pilots, Foo Fighters maneuvered in and around bomber formations. After WWII, U.S. pilots returned to base with tales of UFOs flying alongside a plane's wing before vanishing. In June 1953, an F-94C Starfire left Cape Cod to investigate an UFO siting. When control systems failed, the pilot and radar operator bailed out. The pilot landed safely, but the plane and radar operator disappeared. Foo Fighters, UFOs, or is there a rational explanation? CC [TV PG] 07/13/2003 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 Mail Call. To be announced. R. Lee Ermey returns as host for another season of exciting answers to viewers' questions on military technology. With American armed forces deployed in the war against terrorism, this season will focus on today's military. Shot on location, Ermey answers viewers' questions about military methods and technology with practical demonstrations by military experts in the field. CC [TV PG] 10:30 Conquest. Knives and Daggers. Among the most basic killing tools developed by man, knives and daggers were as essential to the Stone Age cave dweller as they are to a modern Special Forces commando. We examine their history and evolution and see how their use in combat has changed over the ages. Then, series host Peter Woodward leads the Conquest Team in an intense hand-to-hand knife battle. The team members fight each other using skills taught to them by a martial arts master--until there is only one man left standing! 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] 07/14/2003 8:00 Highway Hangouts: Eat & Run. Got the munchies? Shift gears and pull into our rest stop for a roadside feast as we serve up some of America's best-loved grub. Daily specials on our 2-hour menu include landmarks from the past like the Red Apple Rest Stop, coffee pot-shaped diners, and the Pig Stand, as well as long-lasting favorites like A&W, Waffle House, Howard Johnson's, and Bob's Big Boy. Learn how highway eateries shaped our tastes as hamburgers and burritos traveled from roadhouse to dinner table in less than a century. CC [TV G] 10:00 Pickup Trucks. It's an icon that represents freedom and individuality--the venerable pickup truck. For almost a century, it has been part of the American automotive culture. Once a lowly farm vehicle, the pickup has moved from the back roads to main streets. We trace the evolution of the truck from 1918 to the 21st century, and visit truck shows, design studios, and body shops. From the wood- spoke wheels of early models to bad-boy concept trucks of tomorrow, you're in for a wild ride! CC [TV G] 11:00 Monster Trucks. Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the Monster Truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob Chandler, whose "Bigfoot" gave birth to the sport in a cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes, rattles, and rolls drivers experience; and meet the men who race these mechanical mammoths in one of the world's fastest-growing motorsports. CC [TV G] 07/15/2003 8:00 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] 10:00 T-34: Russian Victory. Born out of a desperate need to defend the Motherland, Stalin enlisted the ideas of an American engineer, J. Walter Christie, to develop in total secrecy one of the most formidable tanks in history. In 1941, straining under Operation Barbarossa, Stalin ordered his new weapon into the fray and changed the course of WWII. Using detailed reenactments and interviews, we reveal what life was like inside Russia's "secret" weapon, the T-34, and the horrifying reality of combat on the Eastern Front. CC [TV G] 11:00 Infamous Murders. Royal Murders. Looks at the 1975 assassination of Saudi Arabia's King Faisal by his nephew Prince Faisal ibn Musaid, who had a history of mental illness and was quietly spirited away and never heard of again; the modern- day Romeo and Juliet tragedy of Crown Prince Dipendra of Bhutan, who murdered his father King Birendra in 2001 when he forbade his son to marry the woman of his choice due to political concerns; and the cold-blooded murders in 1918 of Tsar Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks. CC [TV PG] 11:30 Infamous Murders. Murder at the Top. In 1979, Lord Mountbatten, a member of the British royal family, died when his boat exploded. Two members of the IRA were arrested. In 1998, 74-year-old Bishop Juan Gerardi, head of the Catholic Church's inquiry into human rights abuse in Guatemala, was beaten to death after presenting his report. A retired army colonel had ordered his death. And we look at the Night of the Long Knives, when Ernst Roehm, head of Nazi Germany's SA, was killed amidst a purge ordered by Hitler in 1934. CC Sorry, no listings have been received for History Channel listings July 16-31 yet
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