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Sunday, February 15, 2004
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7-8pm -- Greatest Raids - Free Cabanatuan
In January 1945, as the U.S. armed forces inched
forward in a savage campaign to liberate the
Philippine Islands from the Japanese, men of the
6th Ranger Battalion set off on a raid deep
behind enemy lines. It was one of the most
dramatic missions they ever undertook--to rescue
more than 500 Americans held in the Cabanatuan
POW camp. Speaking of the raid on the death camp,
General MacArthur said: "No incident of the
campaign in the Pacific has given me such
satisfaction."

8-10pm -- Rescue at Dawn: The Los Banos Raid - 
Brandishing the stealth and cunning of a
modern-day Special Forces operation, the Los
Banos raid is regarded as one of the most
successful airborne raids of all time. On
February 23, 1945, a combined force of U.S.
paratroopers, Filipino guerrillas, and amphibious
tanks liberated over 2,000 POWs who faced a
potential massacre by their Japanese captors. In
this 2-hour special, we return to the Los Banos
Prison Camp with four soldiers who took part in
the rescue and one of the liberated prisoners.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Medieval Madness: #44
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer in this weekly series that answers
viewers' questions about military methods and
technology with practical demonstrations by
military experts. In this episode, Lee finds out
from a medieval expert why the longbow was such a
feared weapon and how it helped England become
the dominant power in Europe during much of the
Middle Ages.

10:30-11:30pm -- Tactical to Practical -
Humvee/Night Vision/GPS: #1
Former Navy fighter pilot and series host Hunter
Ellis examines military solutions to problems
that crossed over into civilian life. Hunter
explores the Army's relationship with four-wheel
drive--from WWII Jeeps to the Humvee. From
off-road to the dark of night, he takes a glowing
green look into night vision technology, now used
in law enforcement and wildlife research. And, he
shows how GPS (Global Positioning System) came
into its own in Desert Storm and is about to make
the compass obsolete!

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Monday, February 16, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Pyramids: Majesty and
Mystery
Standing majestically for centuries, the world's
great pyramids have long inspired and mystified
scholars. Leading experts and historians explore
the engineering genius that created some of the
largest structures on the planet. From ancient
Egypt to Central America, we visit these
technological masterpieces.

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

9-11pm -- Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead - 
Tomb raiders have been digging for as long as man
has buried the dead. Following the trail of these
robbers of the dead, we crawl through hidden
passages deep within Egypt's pyramids to witness
evidence left by ancient looters. Prowling
Jerusalem's dark alleyways, we probe the black
market antiquities trade and talk to a tomb thief
about his motives and methods. At auction houses
in London and New York, we learn smugglers'
secrets and back in Egypt, we ride along with the
antiquities police.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Combat Training
Sign up at the ultimate survival school, where
soldiers learn to kill or be killed, and learn
how 21st-century warriors are training today for
the battlefields of tomorrow. We follow combat
training throughout history, reviewing survival
skills and psychological tools--from ancient Rome
to World Wars One and Two--and learn how modern
training is enhanced by advanced technology and
computer simulation.

8-9pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Slave Ship
Uncovered!
In July 1700, The Henrietta Marie, a slave ship
heading home after selling its cargo of "black
gold", met disaster off Florida's coast.
Historians believe a hurricane drove her into a
reef. Accidentally in 1972, remains of the ship
were found and over three decades divers
recovered a portion of the hull and artifacts. In
the summer of 2003, we go onboard and underwater
as researchers scour the waters off Key West,
determined to find the rest of her. With dramatic
animations of the ship's last moments.

9-10pm -- Tactical to Practical - Hot
Choppers/Lasers/Firefighting: #8
Former Navy fighter pilot and series host Hunter
Ellis explores technology, inventions,
techniques, and products born in the military
that went on to find applications in civilian
life. In a high-action, high-tech, high-adventure
approach to military and historical storytelling,
Hunter goes on location to illustrate how these
products came out of military conflict, their
development, and evolution into usage in everyday
life. In this episode, we examine helicopters,
lasers, and firefighting vehicles.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Silver Mines
It was called the "mother lode", a deposit of
silver so massive that it would produce
$300-million in its first 25 years of operation,
establish Nevada as a state, and bankroll the
Union Army in the Civil War. Named after an early
investor, we'll see how the Comstock Lode,
discovered near Virginia City, proved to be a
scientific laboratory from which vast
improvements in mining technology and safety were
pioneered, including innovations in drilling,
ventilation, drainage, and ore processing.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Car Tech of the Future
Engage the satellite navigation, fire-up the fuel
cell, and activate the radar-guided cruise
control! You're in for the joyride of your life
as we investigate what drives and will drive our
vehicular destiny. In this 2-hour special, we
talk to auto industry engineers, designers,
historians and futurists, and meet carmakers
standing at the threshold of a brave new
automotive world and on the verge of technical
innovations that might prove as far-reaching as
the switch from horses to horsepower.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Breaking the Sound
Barrier
For decades, the sound barrier loomed as an
impenetrable wall against manned flight that
buffeted planes with shock waves as they
approached the speed of sound. Scientists thought
the barrier couldn't be breached--until the
development of jet technology and rocket fuel at
the end of WWII. This is the dramatic story, told
through the eyes of many who were there, of the
work leading up to October 10, 1947, when
24-year-old test pilot Chuck Yeager smashed
through the sound barrier in a Bell XS-1
aircraft.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Drag Racing
Legendary drivers lead us on a record-breaking
race through a century-long search for sheer
acceleration that began before World War One,
when hot-rodders modified Model-T Fords to see
how fast they could go. Today's dragsters can
cover a quarter-mile from a standing start in 4.5
seconds, hitting top speeds above 330 m.p.h. Top
driver Gary Clapshaw shows us how to put together
a modern dragster and revolutionary designer Bob
Norwood unveils his newest car.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech
A look at the "science of safety" as applied to
Indy or NASCAR racing. From tires to roll-cages
to hood flaps, we examine the incredible
technology that's helping prevent crashes and
enabling drivers to survive the inevitable ones.
See how today's innovative minds digitally
reconstruct crashes and design new technology
that keeps pushing the limits of racing. The
drivers may grab the glory, but they wouldn't
dare get behind the wheel if it weren't for the
guys in white lab coats. (1-hour version)

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Thursday, February 19, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Banks
Backbones of worldwide economics, for centuries
banks enabled the creation of wealth, and
industry leaders became icons. But modern
technology revolutionized the way banks do
business, and the Internet insures they must
adapt or disappear. From banking's early European
origins to "e-banking", this is an hour you can't
afford to miss!

8-9pm -- History Alive - Civil War Combat: The
Bloody Lane at Antietam
In September 1862, Robert E. Lee invaded the
North for the first time and met the Union army
along the banks of Maryland's Antietam Creek,
which became the sight of the bloodiest single
day in U.S. military history. Visit the scene of
the most concentrated fury of that day, on a
narrow country road forever after called "Bloody
Lane".

9-10pm -- History Alive - Civil War Combat: The
Wheatfield at Gettysburg
When the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
engaged the Union Army of the Potomac at
Gettysburg in July 1863, an area known as "the
Wheatfield", initially of little value, suddenly
became the focus of intense conflict. We bring to
life the bloody battle, one of few during the
Civil War when men literally fought hand-to-hand.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Guns of the Civil War
It was a war in which brother fought brother and
battlefields became slaughterhouses. During the
Civil War, the country was in the midst of an
industrial revolution and developed the most
destructive killing machines the world had ever
seen. Join us for a test fire of Civil War
guns--the first truly modern weapons.

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Friday, February 20, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firing Ranges
Discover how military and police personnel, as
well as private citizens, hone their shooting
skills with one of the oldest of training
techniques when we review the history of firing
ranges--from a simple knot on a tree, old
bottles, rusted tin cans, and highway signs to
high-tech targets and advances in weaponry.

8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - Secrets of the "Y"
Service
During WWII, electronic warfare became crucial.
Allied technicians listened to enemy messages and
pinpointed enemy radio stations and the tracks of
ships, U-boats, and aircraft around the globe.
Code breakers read the secret messages of Nazi
Germany, while advance listening posts picked up
radio messages from their aircraft. All this was
coordinated by a group of highly trained
technicians working behind the frontline--the
mysterious Y Service.

9-11pm -- The Face of Evil: Reinhard Heydrich - 
Reinhard Eugen Tristan Heydrich was arguably the
most enigmatic Nazi leader, and as the "Final
Solution" architect, definitely the most
murderous as we see in a 2-hour analysis of his
meteoric rise to command over the Gestapo, SS
intelligence network, and Czechoslovakia. In
1942, Heydrich was considered the most dangerous
man in Germany after Hitler. The Allied plot to
assassinate him--planned in England and carried
out in Prague--was the most brazen of its kind.
Narrated by Charlton Heston.

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Saturday, February 21, 2004
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7-7:30pm -- Extreme History with Roger Daltrey -
Surviving the Wild West
For 20 years, thousands of cowboys drove millions
of steer through the rugged prairies of Texas and
Oklahoma via the Chisholm Trail--a lonely,
dust-choked path fraught with hardship and
danger. Roger Daltrey travels back to 1867 as he
straps on his spurs and heads to West Texas to
experience the rough-and-tumble life of a cowboy.
From driving cattle to gunfighting to catching
and cooking Western Diamondback rattlers, Roger
takes on the extreme elements of the cowboy's
golden age.

7:30-8pm -- Mail Call - Anti-Tank
Rocket/Bazooka/HQ Tour/Tactical Operations
Center/Downed Pilots Rescue/21-Gun Salute: #23
R. Lee Ermey heads to the range with the Marines
to demonstrate the bazooka's replacement--an AT-4
shoulder-mounted anti-tank rocket--and finds out
how the bazooka got its name. After a
tongue-in-cheek tour of Mail Call Headquarters,
we learn how commanders stay in touch with the
battlefield at a Tactical Operations Center, a
mobile command post for the computer age. We meet
Air Force Pararescuemen, who rescue downed pilots
behind enemy lines, and discover the origin of a
21-gun salute.

8-10pm -- Stalin: Man of Steel - Stalin: Man of
Steel
In almost three decades in power, Joseph
Stalin--self-named Man of Steel--transformed his
country from peasant society to nuclear
superpower. It was a brutal, murderous journey
filled with intrigue and assassination. Along the
way, 20 million Russians died--victims of one of
the 20th century's towering figures, and one of
history's greatest tyrants. Features rare archive
film and accounts from Stalin's bodyguard,
cameraman, victims, secret police, Gulag wardens,
and living survivors of his family.

10-11pm -- History Undercover - Terror Strikes
Moscow
Russia's premier musical, Nord-Ost, had been
running to sold-out audiences. On October 23,
2002, 40 Chechen rebels attacked the stage,
taking over 800 hostages. For the next 58 hours,
the terrorists demanded complete Russian
withdrawal from Chechnya. On the 26th, Special
Forces stormed the theater after saturating it
with nerve gas--killing the terrorists and 129
hostages. We review the Chechen conflict, and the
controversial decision to storm the building, and
talk to survivors of the terrorist attack.

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Sunday, February 22, 2004
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6-8pm -- Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead - 
Tomb raiders have been digging for as long as man
has buried the dead. Following the trail of these
robbers of the dead, we crawl through hidden
passages deep within Egypt's pyramids to witness
evidence left by ancient looters. Prowling
Jerusalem's dark alleyways, we probe the black
market antiquities trade and talk to a tomb thief
about his motives and methods. At auction houses
in London and New York, we learn smugglers'
secrets and back in Egypt, we ride along with the
antiquities police.

8-10pm -- 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.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - #45, no episode desc.

10:30-11:30pm -- Tactical to Practical - Navy
SEALs Dive Gear/Food Tech/Robots: #5
Navy SEALs take Hunter Ellis aboard the latest
SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicle), and he learns that
much of their equipment is now available to
civilian divers, including the latest in dive
computers, dry suits, rebreathers, and underwater
cameras. Hunter explores a shipwreck using the
scuba phone--first developed by the Navy. Next,
he sees how military food innovations changed the
way we eat and live. Then, he tracks the
crossover of robots from military to civilian
use.

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Monday, February 23, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat:
Tanks
The rousing story of the tank, from its primitive
appearance in WWI to the high-tech world of
modern tank warfare, with emphasis on the tank's
Golden Age during WWII.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Grease Gun/Sten Gun/E-3
Sentry AWACS/J-Stars/Vietnam Fire Support
Bases/"Charlie": #43
R. Lee Ermey demonstrates the WWII American M3
submachine gun, aka the Grease Gun, and a similar
British gun, the Sten Gun; takes viewers inside
the E-3 Sentry early warning and control
system--a high-tech aerial command and control
center--and J-Stars, similar to AWACS, but linked
to an Army command center housed in a Humvee;
finds out how U.S. fire support bases were
constructed in Vietnam and their use, and how the
slang term "Charlie" entered GI Jargon.

8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Marine Sniper School/Hand
Signals/Ho Chi Minh Trail/Motorcycles/Loading
Palettes/C-119: #32
How do the Marines train snipers? What kind of
hand signals do our soldiers use? How did the
Viet Cong manage to bring so many supplies into
South Vietnam on the primitive Ho Chi Minh Trail?
What types of motorcycles has the military used
through the years? Can the military air drop
tanks? When did the C-119 Flying Boxcar transport
plane operate and what did it carry? R. Lee Ermey
heads to the field to answer these exciting
viewers' questions on military technology.

9-11pm -- Blind Man's Bluff - 
In a 2-hour special, based on the bestseller by
Christopher Drew and Sherry Sontag, we document
the stories of the brave men who dedicated their
lives to stalking the world's oceans during the
Cold War. Submarines were the super-secret front
line of the Cold War and played an undersea game
of hide and seek with the fate of the world as
stakes. For the first time on TV, U.S. and
Russian submariners share their stories and
harrowing experiences.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hadrian's Wall
74-miles long and 2,000 years old, Hadrian's Wall
winds over the hills and valleys of Northern
England, marking the northernmost extent of a
long-dead empire. Built of stone and mortar by
Roman soldiers, it is the most significant Roman
ruin in England. Ordered built by the Emperor
Hadrian around the time of his visit in 122 AD,
it was more a permanent demarcation and less a
defensive barrier. We'll visit this
archaeological treasure, which teaches us much of
what the Roman era was like for Britain.
Patrick Macnee's on-air promo notes that: "Some
say he was mad."

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

9-10pm -- Tactical to Practical - Survival
Training/People in Space/Explosives: #9
Survival in war isn't just about dodging bullets,
but keeping alive in extreme conditions.
Explorers and adventurers also face
life-threatening situations. Hunter Ellis tests
new high-tech gadgets for your next adventure.
Once a Cold War battleground, today's space race
sees super-rich dreamers competing to launch
space tourism--with $10-million in prize money at
stake! Then, Hunter examines explosives--from the
military to avalanche control, diamond mining,
special effects, and fireworks.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - ET Tech
In 2003, with Mars closer to Earth than it had
been in 60,000 years, scientists launched 3
life-seeking planetary landers. If the long
journeys prove successful, all 3 should be hard
at work on the Red Planet's surface by January
2004. NASA's "Spirit" and "Opportunity" and the
European Space Agency's "Beagle 2" represent the
pinnacle in the history of the search for
extraterrestrial life. Leading scientists, who
believe life may exist beyond Earth, explain
skepticism about ETs having visited Earth.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - FBI's Crime Lab
To spearhead its fight against crime and
terrorism in the 21st century, the FBI is relying
on its $150 million-plus building, the new Crime
Lab at Quantico. Here, nearly 700 highly trained
scientists and technicians utilize cutting-edge
forensic technology to unearth identities of
perpetrators. We review the lab's history, from
humble start in a lounge in 1932 to today's
state-of-the-art complex, and see how 9/11 and
the FBI's new mandate to fight international
terrorism changed the lab forever.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Bulletproof
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body
armor to armored cars and trucks, we review the
history of the race between the bullet and a
successful way to stop it. It's not exactly easy
to design material that can catch gunfire
traveling up to 3,000 feet per second. We'll look
at little-known advances like bulletproof
layering hidden in walls, futuristic smart
materials that "remember" how to stop a bullet,
and a system that deploys a shield within
milliseconds when it detects an oncoming round.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullets
From "safe" bullets that stop hijackers but leave
aircraft unscathed to bullets that chain-saw
through steel and "smart" bullets
computer-programmed to hit a target, this
explosive hour examines the evolution of bullets
from origin in the 1300s--stones and round lead
balls shot from iron and bamboo tubes. Lead balls
ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet
changed ammo forever. We learn how to construct a
modern cartridge, and at pistol and rifle ranges
view demonstrations of modern firepower.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Magnum
It's known as the most powerful handgun in the
world, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the
Dirty Harry movies. But its origins stretch
back more than a century to the Indian Wars of
the American West and African safaris, where
hunters stalked big game. Join us for a review of
the history of the biggest, baddest gun available
today--unlimited firepower at the pull of a
trigger!

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Thursday, February 26, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cannons
Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic
bombs, changed the way wars are fought, and now
come equipped with smart weapons. Beginning with
13th-century cannons that were designed to
penetrate forts of the day, we'll see how cannons
were first cast and later forged, and show how
large cannons terrorized civilians and soldiers
in WWI and WWII. Moving to the present, we
feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader that
launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more
than 33 miles.

8-10pm -- Time Machine - Sink the Bismarck!
This 2-hour documentary joins the world's
greatest sea chase as the British pursue the
pride of the German navy, the battleship
Bismarck. Features interviews with Ted Briggs,
survivor of the Hood, which was sunk by the
Bismarck, the Bismarck's senior surviving
officer, and the only U.S. military man to
participate in the WWII chase.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - U-Boats
They came within days of single-handedly winning
both world wars. Now, men who served in--and
fought against--Germany's famed submarine corps
remember the days of the dreaded Wolf Pack.

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Friday, February 27, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Space Shuttle Columbia
Combination rocket, spacecraft, and airplane, the
space shuttle is the most complex vehicle ever
built. Long before it ever flew, the shuttle was
nearly scuttled due to political pressures,
technological challenges, and cost overruns. The
program not only overcame these challenges, but
opened space to an international community of
scientists, explorers, and dreamers. This is the
story of the Columbia, the first shuttle to fly
outer space, from inception to tragic demise in
January 2003.

8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - Technological Time
Bomb
In 1939, a mysterious package made its way into
the hands of British scientists. In German and
unsigned, it revealed the stage of technological
advancement achieved by Hitler's scientists. Who
was the author of one of the most important
scientific reports of WWII, and why did he send
such vital information to England? We explore the
author's identity and how this vital tool in
combating Nazi advances altered WWII's outcome.
Features an interview with Dr. R.V. Jones from
British Air Intelligence.

9-10pm -- Mail Call - #18 & 19
In a special 2-hour episode, R. Lee Ermey answers
viewers' questions about the armed forces. Topics
include: the medieval trebuchet, or catapult;
troop headcounts; the Browning Automatic Rifle;
smart bombs; modern parachutes; the boomerang;
the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle); landing craft;
the Doughboy; the OPFOR (Opposing Force in war
games); medieval chain mail; and the military
salute.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - A-10 Tankbuster
The most feared aircraft in the Air Force
arsenal, the A-10 Tankbuster was the first
aircraft in U.S. aviation history designed
specifically for Close Air Support. From its
first taste of battle in Desert Storm to the
recent assault on Baghdad, the A-10 carries
enough weaponry into battle to disable 16 main
battle tanks, and with its amazing 30 millimeter
7-barrelled cannon, the "Flying Gun" dominates
the skies. Features interviews with A-10 pilots,
many of whom flew in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Saturday, February 28, 2004
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7-8pm -- History Alive - In the Footsteps of
Jesus: The Lost Youth of Jesus
Thousands of Christians make pilgrimages to the
Holy Land yearly to visit sites connected to
Jesus. But are they authentic? The search for the
historical Jesus began with the first
pilgrim--Constantine the Great's mother Helena
Augusta. Scholars have been trying to prove--or
disprove--her amazing claims ever since.
Traveling to Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Sepphoris
in the footsteps of Jesus, we run into heated
debate about where he was born, baptized, and
grew up, and reveal startling new discoveries.

8-9pm -- History Alive - In the Footsteps of
Jesus: From Galilee to Jerusalem
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we dig for
the truth behind "accepted" Holy Land sites and
review archaeological controversy about these
important religious places. We examine: an
Israeli scholar's 1987 discovery of the lost city
of Bethsaida, where Jesus called his first
disciples, healed a blind man, and fed the
multitudes; a boat on the Galilee's shoreline
dating to the time of Jesus; a house in Capernaum
that may have belonged to St. Peter; and the
possible grave of Lazarus.

9-10pm -- History Alive - In the Footsteps of
Jesus: The Way of the Cross
The search for evidence of Jesus's life moves to
Jerusalem and the traditional sites associated
with his final days. Deep beneath the city, we
explore the buried remains of Herod's temple and
tread a pavement where Jesus may have walked.
Delving into the mysterious histories of the
Cenacle Room, Gethsemane, and Roman Praetorium,
we investigate the latest archaeological theories
concerning probable sites of Jesus's last supper,
arrest, and trial. Does science support or refute
the Biblical accounts?

10-11pm -- The Passion of The Christ - 
How true is Hollywood to history? What are the
real stories behind the people and events
portrayed? Featuring interviews with historians,
the director, producers, actors, and film clips,
we compare history with Mel Gibson's "The Passion
of The Christ", "a vivid depiction of the last 12
hours of Jesus Christ's life with James Caviezel
and Monica Belluci." Our panel delves into the
controversy around the film, including charges of
anti-Semitism, and finds out why Jesus speaks in
Latin and Aramaic.

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Sunday, February 29, 2004
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6-8pm -- SAMURAI - The Samurai
The knights of medieval Japan, the Samurai held
power for over 700 years. Ferocious in combat,
these masters of sword and bow were bound by an
unforgiving code of ethics. Their legacy of
martial artistry, ceremony, self-discipline, and
tenacity persists. Explore the history and
mystery of this elite warrior class as
present-day Samurai demonstrate their ancient
skills in this 2-hour special, and historians and
experts examine the meaning and ritual of
Bushido--the way of the warrior.

8-10pm -- Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific -

It's a true life story of survivors on a desert
island--one that helped change the course of
WWII! Within hours of the 1941 Pearl Harbor
Attack, about 1,600 U.S. marines and civilians
found themselves under surprise attack from Japan
on a tiny Pacific Island. We take six survivors
of the siege of Wake Island back to the scene of
their heroic stand. They retrace those days in
which they suffered eventual capture, beatings,
executions of colleagues, and imprisonment--yet
survived to tell their story.

10-12am -- The Last Mission - 
Meet Jim Smith, radio operator on a B-29 that
flew WWII's final mission. Smith, attached to the
secret 315th Bomb Wing, flew the longest
continuous mission of WWII, six days after the
atomic bombs, ending the largest and most violent
conflict of arms in the history of mankind! On
August 14, 1945, the 315th Bomb Wing was ordered
to strike the Akita oil refinery, northwest of
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