Thursday, July 1, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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! ____________________________________________________ Friday, July 2, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Saturday, July 3, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, July 4, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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) ____________________________________________________ Monday, July 5, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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? ____________________________________________________ Tuesday, July 6, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, July 7, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, July 8, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Friday, July 9, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________________ Saturday, July 10, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, July 11, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Monday, July 12, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Tuesday, July 13, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, July 14, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, July 15, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 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 of earth's most inhospitable spots. Join our bone-chilling journey as we patrol the Great Lakes on the USCG Cutter Makinaw and traverse the infamous Northwest Passage on the maiden voyage of the USCG Healy, the newest Polar Class Icebreaker in the U.S. Fleet. No descriptions were received for 2nd half of monthFor more on UFOs, check out the interview on MonsterVision's Mars Attacks page
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