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Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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7-8pm -- History's Mysteries - Ship of Gold
In 1857, en route to New York from California,
the steamship Central America vanished in a
killer storm off North Carolina's coast, taking
with her 400 passengers and nearly 21 tons of
gold bullion. Here is the story of the worst U.S.
peacetime sea disaster, and how high-tech
treasure hunters recovered her fortune over 130
years later.

8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - 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
calamities. What happens when their calculations
prove wrong and it all comes tumbling down? From
Hammurabi and institution of the first building
laws to today's potential nuclear or chemical
disasters that can spell the death of thousands,
we revisit notable disasters and trace their
probable causes in this 2-hour special.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - City Water
When you tap your faucet does clean, pure water
flow? Can your city supply enough water for
industry, firefighting, and street cleaning? U.S.
public water-supply systems serve nearly 99
percent of the population, yet few users know how
the system of aqueducts, pipes, and pumps work.
Learn the colorful history of the water systems
in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles when
we scour the past and look to the future,
including desalination plants that turn seawater
into drinking water.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Railroads That
Tamed the West
The year was 1869 and America had just completed
the greatest building achievement in its
history--the Transcontinental Railroad. A thin
ribbon of steel and wood now connected East and
West. But the fledgling country now faced an even
greater challenge--how to harness the awesome
potential of the railroad to tame the still
wide-open and wild West.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster #2
The amazing machines of human invention most
often do our bidding with uncomplaining
proficiency. But when they go wrong, they exact a
terrible wage. In August 2000, the Russian
submarine Kursk glided through the depths of the
Arctic Sea. But the demands of the Cold War had
planted the seeds of disaster in this great
ship--118 men would pay with their lives. Their
deaths would bring about an enormous step forward
in Russia's evolving democracy. Based on James
Chiles's book "Inviting Disaster".

9-10pm -- Time Machine - Ship Ablaze: The General
Slocum Disaster
On a beautiful spring morning in June 1904,
approximately 1,300 New Yorkers boarded the
steamer General Slocum for a daylong excursion.
But in 30 minutes, disaster struck and 1,021
perished. Drawing on firsthand accounts,
including the last known interviews with the
longest living Slocum survivors, Catherine
Connelly and Adella Wotherspoon, we examine why
the death toll was so high and why New York's
deadliest tragedy prior to September 11, 2001,
failed to achieve the infamy of Titanic's demise.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Gadgets
Close cousins to machines and tools, gadgets are
mechanical or electronic devices that make life a
bit easier. While they don't always fall into
clear categories, we know one when we see one.
We'll view the craziest, cleverest, and most
brilliant gizmos, meet the often-quirky
gadgeteers, and glimpse gadgetry of the future.

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Thursday, June 17, 2004
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6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - 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 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.

8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Greatest Movie Gadgets
Cars that fly and drive themselves. Spiffy spy
tools that see under doors and through walls.
Water "Harleys" that fly above and below the
surface. Only in the movies, right? Hollywood may
have dreamt these things up, but regular guys are
making them for real as we see in a 2-hour
special combining clips of recent blockbusters
and hilarious old movie serials, along with a
look at real-life creations, including
intelligence-gathering "insects" and undersea
robots. Gadgets lovers beware your bank accounts!

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - More Bond Gadgets
He's everyone's favorite spy, the man with a
woman in every port and a gadget in every pocket!
No villain is too strong, no situation too tough
for His Majesty's Secret Agent, thanks to his
wits, cunning, and the best toys on the silver
screen. History Channel cameras travel from the
Arizona desert to the British countryside to find
the best Bond gadgets--including amazing footage
from inside the cockpit of the world's smallest
jet and rare home movies taken on the underwater
set of "Thunderball".

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Friday, June 18, 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.

8-9pm -- Greatest Raids - The Dambusters
On May 15, 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers set off for
Germany's industrial heartland, piloted by the
brave young men of the 617th Squadron, led by Guy
Gibson. Using an ultra-secret weapon--the
bouncing bomb--this daring raid was intended to
breach the three Ruhr dams and destroy the Nazi
war industry. We detail the astonishing concept
behind the bouncing bomb, and recreate the raids
on each dam, using archive footage to relive the
incredible feats of flying and marksmanship of
the Dambusters.

9-10pm -- Combat Jump - 
October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal U.S. jets
rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and
deadly plane led the majority of the
assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most
complete military fighter. No other fighter jet
carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons.
Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming
enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can
detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as
80,000 feet and does so three times faster than
the radar of any other fighter jet.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Gadgets
Join us for an exploration of the technological
innovations that have made extreme sports a
reality. The world's best extreme athletes,
designers, manufacturers, and engineers explain
and demonstrate why the gadgets, gear, and
technology of these sports have captured the
public's imagination and revolutionized the
sporting industry. Sports covered include
surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, in-line
skating, street luge, wakeboarding, sport
climbing, BMX biking, and sky surfing. (1-hour
version)

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Saturday, June 19, 2004
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6:44-8:04pm -- Band of Brothers - Carentan
After regrouping in the town of
Angoville-au-Plain, Easy Company tries to capture
the town of Carentan. Two days after D-Day, some
members of Easy Company are still lost and alone
in Normandy, including Pvt. Albert Blithe (Marc
Warren), who finds the rest of the unit just in
time to help take Carentan, which Allied armor
from Utah and Omaha beaches need in order to link
up. Later, the company returns to England, but
celebrations are short-lived when news comes that
they'll be moving out again.

9:11-10:21pm -- Band of Brothers - Crossroads
Capt. Winters (Damian Lewis) leads a contingent
of Easy Company men on a risky mission over a
Dutch dike that results in a "turkey shoot" of
fleeing Germans, and is promoted to Battalion
Executive Officer, leaving Easy Company in the
hands of Lt. "Moose" Heyliger (Stephen McCole).
After moving back off the line to France, Lt.
Nixon (Ron Livingston) insists that Winters take
a break and see Paris. But when Winters returns,
news comes in of a massive German counterattack
in the Ardennes Forest.

10:18-11:53pm -- We Stand Alone Together - 
This documentary, executive-produced by Tom Hanks
and Steven Spielberg, tells the remarkable story
of "Easy Company" (the men in "Band of Brothers")
in their own words. Featuring recent interviews
with the real-life company members, whose deeds
are dramatized in the miniseries, combined with
rare and archival photographs and film footage.

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Sunday, June 20, 2004
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6:37-7:47pm -- Band of Brothers - Why We Fight
Easy Company finally enters Germany to
surprisingly little resistance, and relaxes for
the first time in months. A patrol in a nearby
forest discovers an abandoned Nazi concentration
camp, still filled with emaciated prisoners. The
local citizenry, unbelievably disavowing
knowledge of its existence, is made to clean it
up. Suddenly, news arrives from Berlin--Adolf
Hitler committed suicide!

7:46-9:01pm -- Band of Brothers - Points
Major Winters (Damian Lewis) leads Easy Company
into the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden--once
home to top Nazi officers--and receives orders to
take the abandoned Eagle's Nest, Hitler's
mountaintop fortress. As German officers hand
over their weapons, soldiers raid wine cellars
and snap up souvenirs. But their elation is
short-lived--most of the division faces
redeployment to the Pacific Theater. A closing
vignette tells what happened to the men of Easy
Company after they returned home.

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Monday, June 21, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Panama Canal
Chronicles one of the most incredible engineering
feats of all time: construction of the 51-mile
canal that took 10 years to build and employed
over 40,000 workers, 6,000 of whom died of yellow
fever, malaria, and other horrors. An earlier,
9-year attempt by the French ended in failure and
cost 20,000 lives.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Medieval Madness/National
Technical Systems/Fabulous Flops/P-51 Mustang/A-2
Flight Jacket: #44
Medieval expert Jeffrey Hedgecock shows R. Lee
Ermey why the longbow was such a feared weapon
and how it helped England become a dominant
European power in the Middle Ages, and
demonstrates the brigandine variety of archer
protection. Then, Lee heads to Arkansas, where
National Technical Systems tests weapons and
equipment; profiles the WWI Chauchat machine gun,
a fabulous French flop; gets an up-close look at
a restored P-51 Mustang; and swaggers around in
an A-2 flight Jacket, a WWII icon.

8:30-9pm -- The Color of War - Silent and Deep
As WWII raged across Europe and the Pacific, one
branch of the U.S. military went quietly about
its business, moving with such secrecy that it
was dubbed the "Silent Service". Submarine
sailors endured an unique type of battle--with
little chance of escape if disaster struck, the
sub itself often became a steel coffin. WWII
comes alive through a moving tapestry of letters,
diaries, color film and photographs unearthed
from archives and personal collections. Peter
Coyote narrates. (Half-hour version)

9-10:10pm -- Band of Brothers - Why We Fight
Easy Company finally enters Germany to
surprisingly little resistance, and relaxes for
the first time in months. A patrol in a nearby
forest discovers an abandoned Nazi concentration
camp, still filled with emaciated prisoners. The
local citizenry, unbelievably disavowing
knowledge of its existence, is made to clean it
up. Suddenly, news arrives from Berlin--Adolf
Hitler committed suicide!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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8-9pm -- Tactical to Practical - Crash
Survival/Cyberwar/ Video Surveillance: #20
Hunter Ellis looks at crash-survival techniques
borrowed by Detroit from the military, and how
carmakers are experimenting with automatic
collision-avoidance systems, developed to aid
pilots, and heads-up displays and night-vision
technology. Next, he checks out U.S. defense
preparations against a terrorist computer attack,
and shows viewers how to protect themselves from
cybercrime. And Hunter surveys military tactical
surveillance, and how video surveillance has made
its way into the everyday world.

9-9:30pm -- 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.

9:30-10pm -- Tech Effect - Apollo 11
In 1961, President Kennedy challenged the nation
to put a man on the moon before the decade ended.
Just under the wire in July 1969, Neil Armstrong
set foot on the lunar surface. We examine that
decade's technological advancements and see how
they culminated in Apollo 11 and the lunar
landing, including: spacesuits; Saturn V, the
largest rocket ever built; the computers and
cameras onboard the lunar module; and a
deep-space network of satellites that beamed the
images around the world.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The NYC Subway
Informative look at that amazing "hole in the
ground", the New York City subway system. Meet
the riders, a towerman who helps run the system,
a revenue agent collecting the day's cash from
token booths, amateur musicians that perform at
the stations, and others who make the subway one
of the city's most fascinating public spaces.

8-10pm -- The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt - 
A group of American paleontologists set out on a
real-life "Indiana Jones" adventure and unearth
what is now recognized as a new species of
dinosaur--Paralititan stromeri--and our cameras
are there to document every step of the 7-week
expedition through sandstorms and the blazing hot
sun of the Sahara Desert. One of the most
significant finds in the history of dinosaur
science, we document every step of the University
of Pennsylvania expedition on state-of-the-art
high definition video.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bible Tech
Arguably the most influential book ever written,
the Bible provides a glimpse into the origins of
ancient technology and its use to withstand the
elements, build great structures, wage war, and
conserve precious water. We examine the
technological plausibility of biblical structures
and machines--including the Tower of Babylon, the
Temple of Jerusalem, ancient bronze and iron
forging, and shipbuilding skills that might have
been employed to build Noah's Ark.

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Thursday, June 24, 2004
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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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Axes, Swords and
Knives
Blade implements have been a part of civilized
man's arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when
sharp tools were chipped off of flint or
obsidian. But with the discovery of metallurgy,
people were able to forge stronger, more
versatile blade implements. We visit an
axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an
introduction to the least subtle of the blade
tools. Then we visit a swordsmith and an
experienced swordfighter who work in traditional
methods from ancient sources, and review the
history of knives.

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Friday, June 25, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Wheel
Spinning your wheels isn't just going around in
circles. In fact, it's revolutionary--literally.
The history of civilization has turned on the
wheel, and we have traveled as far as we have
because of it. One of the six simple machines and
perhaps the most important invention in the
history of mankind, the wheel has been essential
in all aspects of life--from farming to fighting,
traveling to trading. Features interviews with
scientists, historians, philosophers, millers,
potters, and spinners.

8-9pm -- The History of Poker - The History of
Poker
In a high-stakes hour, we trace Poker through
U.S. history--from the early 19th century, when
French settlers played the game in New Orleans,
up the Mississippi with riverboat gamblers,
through the Civil War with Generals Grant,
McClellan, and Custer, across the frontier with
gambling legends like Wild Bill Hickok, up to
today's high-profile Vegas tournaments. Features
archival footage, period pulp artwork,
reenactments, firsthand accounts, and
demonstrations by "The Godfather of Poker" Doyle
Brunson.

9-11pm -- 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.

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Saturday, June 26, 2004
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7-8pm -- Investigating History - Investigating
History: Lincoln: Man or Myth?
Abraham Lincoln remains our country's most
beloved president--but nearly 200 years after his
birth, we're still trying to piece together a
true picture of this man who never fails to
fascinate, surprise, and enlighten us. Scholars
and historians examine how Lincoln became a myth.
Was he really the Great Emancipator who deeply
wanted to free slaves or a racist and white
supremacist? Did the writings that inspired a
nation truly come from his pen? Do we really even
know what he looked like?

8-10pm -- The Lincoln Assassination - The Lincoln
Assassination
He is perhaps the most beloved president in
American history. But in his lifetime, Abraham
Lincoln was hated by so many that an envelope
inside his desk marked "Assassination" was
stuffed with 100 morbid letters. What led Lincoln
to predict his own murder and handsome actor John
Wilkes Booth to kill him?

10-11pm -- Time Machine - Sex in the Civil War
It's perhaps the most widely discussed and hotly
debated era in U.S. history. We know all about
the glorious battles and godlike generals. But
what about life when the lights went out? More
than 50,000 books have been written about the
Civil War, and yet, hardly a peep about sex. Only
one book, in fact, deals directly and exclusively
with the topic and reveals the secrets that have
long been hidden in history's closet. Join us as
we lift the covers on sexual practices during the
Civil War.

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Sunday, June 27, 2004
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7-8pm -- Making History with Roger Mudd - A
Conversation with David Childs
Roger Mudd sits down with David Childs, lead
design partner with Skidmore, Owings, and
Merrill, one of America's top architectural
firms. Childs is in charge of designing the
world's tallest--and perhaps most
controversial--building, The Freedom Tower at the
World Trade Center site. Childs, whose career
includes working on public projects like the
Washington Mall, and in New York, where his
modernist skyscrapers include the Time-Warner
Center, reflects on the intersection of politics
and architecture.

8-9pm -- Stealth and Beyond - Air Stealth
They are the swarthy eagles of the sky, the sleek
sharks of the sea, the invisible warriors of the
battlefield. Join us for a 3-part look at the
stealth aircraft, ships, and soldiers of today,
yesterday, and tomorrow. This hour highlights
past, present, and future advances in stealth
military aircraft. Features footage of the F-117
Nighthawk, B-2 Spirit Bomber, and the Air Force's
newest fighters, the F/A-22 Raptor and the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter, and talks to test pilots
and flight engineers.

9-10pm -- Stealth and Beyond - Sea Stealth
It's one thing to make a 60-foot-long jet
aircraft seem invisible, but quite another to
hide a 400-foot-long warship from the prying eyes
of an enemy. In this hour, we explore the
challenging world of stealth technology at sea
and how modern engineering can make our largest
warships appear to be tugboats or fishing
vessels. Features exclusive footage of some of
the most advanced warships in the world,
including the Sea Shadow, DDX, and
Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer, plus a glimpse at
the future.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Trebuchet/Troop
Headcounts/BAR/Smart Bombs/Modern
Parachutes/Boomerangs: #18
R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant in "Full Metal
Jacket", answers viewers' mail about the armed
forces. In this episode, we learn how a
trebuchet, or catapult, was used by medieval
armies; how many troops are in a platoon, a
company, and a division; the history of the
Browning Automatic Rifle; how smart bombs work;
the types of parachutes used by today's
paratroopers; and how the weapon version of a
boomerang was used.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - LAV/Landing
Craft/Doughboy/OPFOR/Chain Mail/Military Salute:
19
R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' mail about the
armed forces. This week, Ermey rides along with
the Marines in an LAV, or Light Armored Vehicle.
He finds out why landing craft don't sink when
their ramps come down, what the WWI term
"Doughboy" means, who our troops train against
(the OPFOR, or "Opposing Force"), how to make
medieval chain mail, and how the military salute
developed.

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Monday, June 28, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Battlefield Engineering
Meet some of the most important, yet
least-recognized, warriors--the battlefield
engineers who lay the groundwork for oncoming
conflicts. We'll cover combat engineering from
ancient Rome to modern-day Iraq, and take a look
at the "Next Big Thing".

8-9pm -- Iraq's Warring Factions - 
When an interim government brokered by the UN and
the U.S. takes over Iraq on June 30, the country
faces a host of critical questions, ranging from
whether the country's basic services can be
restored to the most serious of all, can it
remain a nation without dissolving into a brutal
civil. Three competing groups--Arab Sunni
Muslims, Shiite Muslims, and Kurds--are vying for
power. We go behind the scenes to uncover these
historic divisions and look at potential future
leaders.

9-10:15pm -- Band of Brothers - Points
Major Winters (Damian Lewis) leads Easy Company
into the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden--once
home to top Nazi officers--and receives orders to
take the abandoned Eagle's Nest, Hitler's
mountaintop fortress. As German officers hand
over their weapons, soldiers raid wine cellars
and snap up souvenirs. But their elation is
short-lived--most of the division faces
redeployment to the Pacific Theater. A closing
vignette tells what happened to the men of Easy
Company after they returned home.

10:15-11:50pm -- We Stand Alone Together - 
This documentary, executive-produced by Tom Hanks
and Steven Spielberg, tells the remarkable story
of "Easy Company" (the men in "Band of Brothers")
in their own words. Featuring recent interviews
with the real-life company members, whose deeds
are dramatized in the miniseries, combined with
rare and archival photographs and film footage.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Prisons
"All hope abandon, ye who enter here!" This
sentiment has permeated the masonry and clanging
bars of prisons built throughout the ages. We'll
see how the philosophy and architecture of
today's American prisons emerged from the sewer
cells and castles and dungeons of ancient Rome,
medieval Europe, and 18th-century England.

8-9pm -- Tactical to Practical - The
Cavalry/Cyberwar/Biological and Chemical Defense:
#21
Hunter Ellis looks at the rich history of cavalry
units and horse artillery teams, learns the
techniques of "horse soldiering", and rides with
the mounted officers of U.S. Border Patrol. Then,
Hunter examines cyberdefense and learns how we
are preparing to protect against a computer
attack that could open the floodgates of dams or
shut down all emergency services. And then, he
delves into the frightening world of biological
and chemical defense--from the Mongols to
personal protection strategies.

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 - Heavy Support
Vehicles/Dragon Wagon/Roping & Rappelling/Alice
Gear/WWII Merchant Ships/Deep 6: #45
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer as we answer viewer questions about
military methods and technology with practical
demonstrations. Topics covered: Army Heavy
Support Vehicles, including the M88 Heavy
Recovery Vehicle and the M1070 Heavy Equipment
Transporter; the Dragon Wagon, a WWII-era
recovery vehicle; Ranger training in fast-roping
and rappelling; All-Purpose Light Weight
Individual Carrying Equipment; WWII Liberty and
Victory Ships; and the term "Deep Six".

10-11pm -- Wild West Tech - The Gunslingers
In this series that provides an inside look at
the inventions, advancements, concepts, and
contraptions of America's Wild West past, host
Keith Carradine highlights a special breed of
man--the gunslinger--and his weapons of choice.
Sometimes he wore a badge, sometimes he fought
the law. But he always had a gun at his side--and
the willingness to pull the trigger. Wild Bill
Hickok, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp--we go behind the
legends to see how these men were defined by the
weapons they carried.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Saloons
From a ladle and tin cup in an 1850s mining camp
and Civil War tent saloons to Prohibition-era
speakeasies, we investigate the history of the
American saloon, and go behind-the-scenes at
Billy Bob's, a 3-acre Texan saloon, and a Los
Angeles sports bar with a computerized
liquor-dispensing system. We see what it took to
create the elaborate carved bars, the purpose of
the brass foot-rail, the impact of refrigerated
railroad cars on beer supply, and the
transformational power of the bottle cap.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - High Voltage
Look closely at those tall metal towers that span
the country and you might see tiny specks
climbing up the soaring steel like spiders on an
enormous web. Meet the courageous linemen who
erect, string, and repair 250-foot high
electrical transmission towers, working with
energized power lines that can carry up to
765,000 volts!

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Ice Road Truckers
During the harsh winter of Canada's Northwest
Territory, remote villages and work camps are cut
off from the world. To keep them supplied, a
tenacious group of long-haul truckers drive their
rigs over hundreds of miles on ice roads cut
across the surface of frozen lakes. Sometimes the
ice cannot support the heavy rig, and driver and
cargo plunge through the ice and sink to the
bottom. Hitch a risky ride along with the Ice
Road Truckers as they drive headlong into
bone-chilling danger.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - 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
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