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Thursday, July 1, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Breweries
From Pilgrim brew masters to early commercial
ventures to today's monolithic corporations,
we'll imbibe American beer's long history,
focusing on the commercial brewing industry that
developed in the 19th century and continues to
today. We'll also taste social experiments from
the past, like the Temperance Movement and
Prohibition, to see how they left scars on the
industry and continue to influence sobriety
today.

8-10pm -- Rumrunners, Moonshiners... -
Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers
Heroes who fight tax collectors and moral
crusaders, or just common criminals? Like it or
not, America was built by rumrunners,
moonshiners, and bootleggers--even founding
father John Hancock was a smuggler. In the 1920s,
Prohibition turned fishermen into rumrunners and
two-bit gangsters into millionaires, and
moonshine haulers in their souped-up cars helped
create NASCAR. Rare archival footage and photos
help weave the compelling tale of our nation's
love-hate relationship with illegal alcohol.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Dangerous Cargo
Toxic traffic is everywhere! An average of
800,000 shipments of hazardous materials hit our
highways and railways daily. From Wild West
wooden crates filled with explosives to HAZMAT
containers of nuclear waste, we shadow dangerous
cargo. We ride shotgun on a hazardous material
shipment that's tracked by satellites; hunt down
the hush-hush "ghost fleet"--trucks carrying
classified government materials; and board a
Con-Air flight moving another kind of nasty
stuff--dangerous felons!

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Friday, July 2, 2004
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7-8pm -- History Alive - The American Revolution:
Birth of the Republic
The longest war in American history before
Vietnam concludes on October 19, 1781, with
General Cornwallis's surrender to Washington at
Yorktown. Two years later, the diplomatic battle
ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The
concluding episode also explores what became of
the men who waged the war.

8-9pm -- The Aircraft Carrier - 
The dramatic story of how the Essex-class
aircraft carriers rose like a phoenix after the
Pacific Fleet's destruction at Pearl Harbor.
Weighing in at over 27,000 tons, and over 800
feet in length, they were known as floating
cities--and the spearhead of every naval battle
in the Pacific Theater of War. Despite their huge
size, each carrier was terrifyingly vulnerable,
holding tens of thousands of gallons of fuel.
Though the target of kamikaze assaults, no
carrier was sunk by the Japanese.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- F117 Nighthawk Stealth - 
Designed in 1977 by Lockheed's covert development
arm, the F117 Nighthawk was America's most secret
armament program. Dogged by controversy and
shrouded in secrecy, F117s have become the
world's first truly stealth aircraft. First
bloodied in Panama in 1989, F117s have been
involved in all major conflicts of the past 20
years, providing the U.S. an unbeatable advantage
in combat. Using archive film and color
reenactments, we reveal the top-secret "black"
world of stealth--the F117 Nighthawk.

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Saturday, July 3, 2004
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7-8pm -- The SS - The SS: Heydrich--The Hangman
Hitler called him "the man with the iron heart"
and as head of the Security Police and SD
(Security Service), Reinhard Heydrich commanded
killing squads in Poland and the Soviet Union
that shot hundreds of thousands of the "racially
and nationally undesirable". Architect of the
Holocaust, he authorized Adolf Eichmann to work
out a large-scale deportation program for
Europe's Jews that would end in extermination
centers. Features footage of Heydrich's personal
life from private archives.

8-9pm -- The SS - The SS: Death's Head
Regarded as SS elite and perpetrators of its most
diabolic crimes, Death's Head battalions were
deployed whenever particular cruelty and absolute
devotion to duty were required and were
responsible for the implementation of mass
genocide in Nazi extermination camps. We show how
willing henchmen were schooled to place
themselves body and soul in the service of
unimaginable barbarity--and how, or if, these
atrocities weighed upon their consciences.
Features an interview with Simon Wiesenthal.

9-10pm -- The SS - Waffen-SS
Opinions still differ on the military arm of the
SS. Was the Waffen-SS the criminal terror
instrument of Nazi genocide, or were they
"soldiers like any others" as SS General Paul
Hausser claimed after the war's end? The
Waffen-SS found its true vocation in 1941 with
Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet
Union. There, Himmler's "racial warriors" were
the vanguard, determined to implement the
"extermination of the Jewish-Bolshevik subhuman
hordes" as decreed by Hitler.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Newest Coast Guard
Ship/Carrier Battle Group/Tanks/Sherman
Tank/XM-29 Rifle/WWII V-Mail: #25
R. Lee Ermey sends viewer questions to military
experts for answers and demonstrations. Go aboard
the Coast Guard's latest and greatest--the
multi-purpose 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB); find
out which and how many ships comprise a carrier
battle group; learn why we call a tank a tank and
not a toilet, and why the Sherman was considered
a deathtrap; get a look at the M-16's
replacement, the futuristic XM-29 rifle; and hear
how WWII V-mail didn't talk, but kept letters
flowing from the front to home.

10:30-11pm -- Tech Effect - Hiroshima
In 1942, the U.S. government embarked upon an
endeavor it hoped would put a quick and definite
end to WWII. Under extraordinary secrecy and with
unlimited funds, the top scientists of the day
were brought together to work on the Manhattan
Project. On August 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m., three
years of technological advancements exploded in
the form of the first uranium fission bomb,
Little Boy, over Hiroshima. We profile the
technology surrounding the fateful moment that
changed the world forever.

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Sunday, July 4, 2004
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6-8pm -- Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific -
Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific
It's a story of survival on a desert island--and
it helped change the course of WWII! Within hours
of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, about 1,600
U.S. marines and civilians found themselves under
surprise attack from Japan on a tiny Pacific
Island. In a 2-hour special, we take six
survivors of the siege of Wake Island back to the
scene of their heroic stand. They retrace those
horrific days in which they suffered eventual
capture, beatings, and imprisonment--yet survived
to tell their stories.

8-11pm -- Movies in Time - Midway
Movie. Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, and Robert
Mitchum head an all-star cast in this epic WWII
drama depicting America's first major victory
against the Japanese in the Pacific. Near the
tiny Island of Midway, an outnumbered U.S. Navy
defeats a massive Japanese flotilla, turning the
tide of the Pacific Theater. (1976)

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Monday, July 5, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Shipyards
Shipyards are waterside construction sites where
the extraordinary takes shape and where some of
the largest tools built by humans help create the
biggest machines on earth. But shipyards and
ships of today bear little resemblance to those
of antiquity. From ancient days to the
18th-century Industrial Revolution to the epic
effort performed at Pearl Harbor, we examine the
shipyard, and look to its future. Will the
craftsmanship and practical knowledge of how to
build ships disappear in the 21st century?

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFO Hot Spots
For those who study the UFO phenomenon, "UFO Hot
Spots" are places around the globe known for a
long history of UFO sightings and reports. From
Brazil to Mexico, from Washington State to
Florida, multiple witnesses, including air
traffic controllers and even military personnel,
confirm that something unexplained is repeatedly
happening in the night sky. Tales of alien
abductions, bizarre and chilling photographs of
UFOs, and hours of videotape all abound as we
search for UFO Hot Spots.

9-10pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Explosion at Sea
In July 1926, the luxury cruiser Queen of Nassau
left Miami for Tampa, and 24 hours later, a
violent explosion sent the crew scrambling for
their lives. In just eight minutes, the ship
vanished and wasn't seen again until her
discovery in 2001. But the wreck beneath the
waves conflicted with the crew's accounts of her
sinking and a mystery emerged. Deep Sea Detective
John Chatterton joins forces with NOAA's Maritime
Archaeology Division and the National Undersea
Research Center in a dive for the truth.

10-11pm -- Investigating History - Investigating
History: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
The last bandit riders, Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid were America's most famous outlaws
in 1900. Cassidy and his Wild Bunch robbed banks
and trains along an outlaw trail from Wyoming to
Colorado to Southern Utah. But with Pinkerton
detectives pursuing, Butch and Sundance fled to
South America. Trapped by Bolivian officers, they
died in a bloody gunfight. Or did they? Was Butch
reborn as William T. Phillips in Spokane 20 years
later? Did the West's last badman escape the law
in the end?

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004
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6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Robots
"Unchecked, robots will enslave our entire
species." So said Isaac Asimov, who, through
archival interviews explains how science fiction
inspired generations of young scientists to
tackle robotics. We visit the minds and
laboratories of some of the greatest inventors of
the 20th century to witness the 2,000-year
history of the robot.

8-9pm -- Tactical to Practical - Urban
Warfare/Autonomous Vehicles/High-Altitude Rescue:
#23
Hunter Ellis examines technologies that improve
SWAT teams' effectiveness--like rifles that shoot
around corners--and checks out the Dragon Runner
Tele-driven Urban Robot. Then, he heads to the
desert to witness the DARPA Grand
Challenger--dozens of prototype smart vehicles
try to make it from LA to Las Vegas without
drivers. The domain of a few military agencies
that rescue and recover both military and
civilians, Hunter checks out X-SAR (Extreme
Search and Rescue) functions in high altitude.

9-9:30pm -- Tech Effect - The Hindenburg
In the 1930s, rigid airships enjoyed popularity
among the rich as an exclusive form of travel.
But on May 6, 1937, one such trip ended in
tragedy. When Germany's pride, the Hindenburg,
attempted to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey on a
stormy night, a spark ignited the hydrogen
inside--within 34 seconds the disaster was
complete. The Hindenburg, and soon thereafter,
rigid airships were no more. And we look at the
media's role in the first disaster to be
documented by audio, still photos, and film.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - F-15 Eagle/Flying
Platform/Atomic Annie/Army Missiles/Tommy Gun v.
Burp Gun/Measuring Bullets: #37
R. Lee Ermey rides in an F-15 Eagle, courtesy of
the Oregon Air National Guard--and proudly
returns all 3 of his airsickness bags empty! Find
out about a wacky single-man vertical flight
machine tested in the 1950s--the Hiller Flying
Platform; Atomic Annie, a howitzer that fired
both conventional and nuclear warheads; why the
Army controlled missile programs in the 1940s and
'50s; which WWII submachine gun was better, the
U.S. Tommy Gun or German Burp Gun; and the terms
used to measure bullets.

10-11pm -- Wild West Tech - Cowboy Tech
A no-bull episode that roams the range hunting
for the gritty truth behind the Old West's most
enduring figure. Host Keith Carradine examines
the cowboy's trade tools--from saddle to
spurs--and undergoes the dangers of a cattle
drive. Reenactments show off cowboy skills,
including roping, riding, shooting, and branding,
as we see how the tradition lives on in rodeos.
And, we shoot down reputations as we look behind
the myths of legendary cowboys like John Wesley
Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Tom Horn.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Coal Mines
Coal--the fuel responsible for more than half the
electricity used daily. We unearth the amazing
technological advances that have led to today's
extremely efficient methods--from ancient
techniques to the simplistic bell-pit method,
from drift mining, surface mining, and strip
mining to modern longwall mining, when a massive
machine extracts an entire wall of coal in
seconds. We go underground with miners in West
Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming, and also
address environmental concerns.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Salt Mines
It's our blood, sweat, and tears. We dig up salt
mining's history--from the "white gold" on the
table to the oceanic and underground deposits
whence it came. Though today we take salt for
granted, most life depends on it. Roman soldiers
were sometimes paid in it--hence the word salary.
And many slaves died procuring it.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Gold Mines
Around the world and across the eons, gold stands
as a symbol of power, wealth, and love. The quest
for the yellow metal took men across oceans, into
the depths of the Alaskan winter, and miles
beneath South African earth. This is the story of
the hunters of the precious metal and their
methods for extracting it.

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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Thursday, July 8, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Camping Technology
As camping technology develops, it provides
greater access to diverse outdoor environments.
Learn how the technology grew out of need--from
prehistoric man's rudimentary backpacks to
American pioneers pushing the Western boundaries
in covered wagons to modern Himalayan
mountaineers' carefully engineered clothing,
tents, and boots.

8-9pm -- The Doomsday Clock - The Doomsday Clock
Developed in 1947 as an image to symbolize
urgency in the Cold War and the threat of nuclear
disaster, the mission of the Doomsday Clock has
expanded to include non-nuclear global security
issues. Maintained by the Board of Directors of
the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, it's based
at the University of Chicago. In response to
world events, they move the clock's minute hand
closer to or away from midnight--doomsday. In
this hour, we cover the clock's history, its
effectiveness, and its critics.

9-10pm -- Time Machine - The Nuclear Football
Considered the world's most dangerous handbag,
its contents enable the U.S. President to
authorize a nuclear launch anytime, anywhere.
Carried by a military aide, the President's
Emergency Satchel, commonly called the Nuclear
Football, is always within reach, whenever the
President leaves the White House, whether for a
jog or on a state visit abroad. From creation
during the Cold War years of the Kennedy
Administration to today, we detail the Football's
history, protocol, safeguards, and rare mishaps.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Nuclear Tech
Nuclear research ranges from well-known
applications, such as bombs and reactors, to
little-known uses in medicine, food preparation,
and radiation detection. It's also spawned
ancillary technologies to store nuclear waste and
clean up accidents. Despite the risk of use and
abuse for destructive purposes, many scientists
remain optimistic about what's next for the atom.
In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war
and peace, and the latest in nuclear power
generation, safety, and security.

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Friday, July 9, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Chunnel
The job of joining Britain and France via a
tunnel under the English Channel was a challenge.
Geologists tracked the only safe route with
satellite technology, and French and British
teams drilled towards each other using two of the
largest Tunnel Boring Machines ever made. We'll
explore the greatest underwater land-link of all
time.

8-10pm -- Time Machine - Stealing the
Superfortress
A 2-hour investigation that answers one of WWII's
most intriguing questions: How did the Soviet
Union copy the U.S. B-29 Superfortress, the war's
most advanced aircraft? With the aid of Russian
and American historians who gained access to
previously unavailable Soviet archives, the
complete story can finally be told. Highlights
include interviews with Boeing representatives,
B-29 crewmen who were interned in the Soviet
Union, and Soviet TU-4 aviation designers and
pilots.

10-12am -- Blind Man's Bluff - 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
frontline 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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Saturday, July 10, 2004
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7-8pm -- History vs. Hollywood: King Arthur - 
How true is Hollywood to history? Through
interviews with historians, cast, and production
team, and extensive film clips, we compare
history to "King Arthur", Jerry Bruckheimer
Films' and Touchstone Pictures' spectacular epic
tale of one man's destiny to become king. Antoine
Fuqua directs the "untold story that inspired the
legend" with Clive Owen as the reluctant leader,
Keira Knightley as the beautiful Guinevere,
Stephen Dillane (Merlin), Ioan Gruffudd
(Lancelot), and Hugh Dancy (Galahad).

8-10pm -- The Quest for King Arthur - 
For centuries, the adventures of King Arthur and
his fabled court have dominated the imagination
of the western world. But how did this
overpowering legend begin and what truth lies
behind the enduring story of Arthur, King of
Britons? In this 2-hour exploration of the
Arthurian medieval myths, we examine the
tantalizing historical facts behind the story of
this band of deathless heroes and illuminate the
contemporary quest by researchers to establish if
the 6th-century warlord truly existed.

10-12am -- Time Machine - Banned from the Bible
In a 2-hour special, we scrutinize ancient
writings that didn't "make the cut" in the battle
to create a Christian Bible in the new religion's
first few centuries. Biblical archaeologists and
scholars examine why they were left out and if
others might yet be found. Beginning with the
little-known Life of Adam and Eve, we also peruse
the Book of Jubilees, the Book of Enoch, the
Gospel of Thomas, the Protevangelium of James,
the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Nicodemus, and
the Apocalypse of Peter.

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Sunday, July 11, 2004
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7-8pm -- Investigating History - Investigating
History: The Curse of King Tut
Tutankhamun died young, forgotten by his people,
but gained everlasting glory for the treasures
buried with him--and infamy for the deaths of
those who uncovered his tomb. Now, 82 years after
the opening of his tomb, epidemiologist Mark
Nelson examines biological agents left in his
tomb and looks at the life, death, and possible
murder of the Boy-King. Egyptologist Emily
Teeter, police profiler Mike King, and Dr. James
Harris, the last man allowed to X-ray Tut's
skull, add their deductions.

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 - #53
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. Viewers go on the frontlines,
to foreign lands, and into basic training as Lee
demonstrates the hows and whys behind weaponry,
military hardware, vehicles, and jargon. It's a
glimpse of military life and history that
civilians rarely see.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Episode 27
At Camp Pendleton, R. Lee Ermey checks out the
Marines' 13,000 horsepower CH-53 Super Stallion
heavy-lift helicopter, and a Korean War
helicopter, the Piasecki H-21B Workhorse--aka the
Flying Banana. He gives us the scoop on the
Navy's "Crossing the Equator" ritual--a ceremony
of creative hazing for "polliwogs"--and how the
Seabees built runways in the middle of the
Pacific in WWII. Lee explains the military phrase
"the G-2" and troops at Fort Knox demonstrate the
Abrams battle tank's firepower.

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Monday, July 12, 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.

8-10pm -- Hit The Road Week - 
This 2-hour, high-definition special takes
viewers on a journey through the captivating
history of Texas in a story that spans two
centuries and features tall Texan
characters--cowboys, oil tycoons, outlaws, even
U.S. Presidents! From the early 19th century when
Stephen Austin led settlers into a sprawling land
controlled by Mexico to 1948, when New England
native George H.W. Bush arrived in Odessa to make
his name, we follow the enormous struggles
throughout the rich history of the Lone Star
State.

10-11pm -- Investigating History - Billy the Kid
He was the Old West's most infamous desperado,
yet we actually know little about his short
life--and more important--his death. Now, New
Mexico has reopened the investigation into Billy
the Kid's crimes and mysterious death in 1881.
Did Sheriff Pat Garrett kill him or fake the
death and allow his friend to escape? We talk to
those involved in the investigation, including
Governor Bill Richardson, Pulitzer Prize-winning
novelist N. Scott Momady, and historian Robert M.
Utley to unravel the mystery.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004
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7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Hit The Road Week - 
A Native-American meeting place, Niagara Falls is
famous for natural beauty and unlimited
waterpower. Charles Dickens saw God there, while
Harriet Beecher Stowe overcame a fear of death.
Entrepreneurs made a fortune, and in 1969, the
U.S. even stopped its flow! Join us for a look
back at the vivid history of this vital natural
wonder. (1-hour version)

9-9:30pm -- Tech Effect - Gary Powers' U-2
Mainly a psychological war waged in fear, during
the Cold War, the U.S. and Soviet Union each
feared the other's weapons technology. In an
effort to learn what weapons were at its enemy's
disposal, President Eisenhower ordered
development of the U-2 (Utility 2) spy plane and
Russia counteracted with the SA-2 (Surface-to-Air
Missile). On May Day 1960, these technologies met
over Soviet Union air space--and we detail the
advances needed for both inventions, including
the U-2's high-tech spy cameras.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Rocket-Assisted
Projectile/WWII German Gustav/Tent Tech/Pup
Tent/Tomahawk/Slingshot: #29
What is an RAP--Rocket-Assisted Projectile? What
is the biggest artillery gun ever used in combat?
What's the latest in tent technology, and where
did the "pup" tent get its name? How did Native
Americans make and use tomahawks? Was the sling
really used as a weapon? R. Lee Ermey answers
these viewers' questions on military technology
with practical demonstrations by military experts
in the field. And Lee gets a few shots in against
his favorite enemy--a watermelon!

10-11pm -- Pacific Coast Highway - 
For 25 years, construction crews dug, blasted,
tunneled, and bridged their way up America's West
Coast along the California, Oregon, and
Washington shoreline to build the Pacific Coast
Highway. Historians, road and bridge engineers,
and experts relate this story of perseverance,
primal machines, convict labor, and engineering
brilliance as we tour its scenic route. And we
look at the latest technologies used to keeping
it running despite floods, earthquakes, tsunamis,
and landslides.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
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6-8pm -- Breaking Vegas - 
They were "Whales"--the highest of high rollers.
Treated like royalty by casinos worldwide, they
won millions throughout the early to mid-1990s.
And nobody had a clue that they were MIT
students, part of an underground blackjack
team--card counters who used mathematical
wizardry to win. This is the true story of the
rise and fall of the MIT Blackjack Team,
featuring interviews with Ben Mezrich, author of
"Bringing Down the House", casino executives,
security experts, and actual members of the team.

8-10pm -- Hit The Road Week - 
Las Vegas: Two words, a thousand definitions.
Mythical city that rose from the Mojave Desert's
scorched earth, now vacation destination to
millions, who leave behind billions of their
hard-earned dollars! The place is booming like
never before. It's a city with an unique
present...and an even more intriguing past. And
as for her future, well, ladies and gentlemen,
place your bets! Join us for this 2-hour
chronicle of the history of Sin City--from the
Paiute Indians to the Mormons to the Mob.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech
From tub to toilet to toothpaste, here's
everything you ever wanted to know about the most
used and least discussed room in the house. From
the first home bathrooms in ancient India, Roman
latrines, and bizarre Victorian-era bath
contraptions, to modern luxurious master bathroom
suites, we trace the history of bathing,
showering, and oral hygiene. And we reveal the
messy truth about what was used before toilet
paper--brainchild of the Scott Brothers of
Philadelphia--and why astronauts wear diapers.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Security Systems
Since civilization's earliest days, man has
sought protection from those who would rob him of
riches, knowledge, and even life. This is the
story of the evolving systems designed to
safeguard our most precious possessions, and of
the enduring psychological war between protectors
and thieves, each intent on outfoxing the other.

8-10pm -- Hit The Road Week - 
Alaska--a land of extremes. Its size is
staggering--nearly 600,000 square miles, or more
than twice the size of Texas. Its vast distances,
extreme weather, imposing landscape--all helped
shape its history and the lives of those who come
under its spell. Our 2-hour special heads to
far-flung corners of the 49th State to hear
compelling stories of life in the bush--from
Russian expeditions in the 1700s to building of
the Alcan Highway to the WWII Battle for the
Aleutian Islands and 1959 statehood.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Icebreakers
They are the toughest ships in the water, plowing
headlong into 1 of nature's hardest obstacles.
Modern icebreakers can smash through 10-foot
thick ice sheets without stopping, allowing
scientists and commercial shipping access to some
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* Congressman Gary Condit (D), who reportedly told police he'd had an affair with Levy, is no longer considered to be a suspect in the case. Condit lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic Primary of 2002.

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