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The History Channel

Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For July 2003

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

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Monday, 6/30/2003
8:00 Mail Call. Tank/Gatling Gun/Samurai Sword
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. In this episode, he finds out how to steer the WWII tank M5A1 (the Stuart); how fast a Gatling gun can fire; and why the samurai sword is so powerful. CC [TV PG]
8:30 The Hunt for the Lost Squadron
A team of U.S. adventurers hunts for a lost treasure on an Arctic glacier--a squadron of WWII fighter planes that disappeared after crash-landing in Greenland in 1942. Their quest to solve this historic mystery spans 20 years and demands heroic vision and innovative new technology, but also puts the team's lives in constant danger, destroys friendships, ends marriages, and causes individual financial ruin. It's a story of obsession, commitment, and the high cost of accomplishing the extraordinary. CC [TV PG]
10:00 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 of Star Trek fame 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. CC [TV G]

 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]


 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

 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]


 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

 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]


 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

 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]


 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

 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]


 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

 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]


 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]


 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

 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]


 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

 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]


 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]


 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]


 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

 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?

 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]


  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]


 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]


 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  
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