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Monday, March 1, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Panzers
German tanks revolutionized military doctrine. Their speed and tactical usage, backed up by the Luftwaffe, helped create the blitzkrieg, or lightning war, that stormed over Europe and dominated battlefields.
8-8:30pm -- 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.
8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Armored Scout Car/Water-Cooled Machine Gun/Fart Sack/Shuteye/Nazi U-Boats/Stealth Ship: #33
How effective were armored scout cars in WW2? What does it mean when the term "water-cooled" is used with a machine gun? What's a fart sack? How do modern troops grab some shuteye on the battlefield? Why were the German U-boats of WWII so effective? Does the Navy really have a ship that's invisible to radar? R. Lee Ermey answers these viewer questions while on location with practical demonstrations by military experts in the field.
9-11pm -- 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!
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Secrets of the Acropolis
With a thrilling combination of dramatic reconstructions and 3-D animation, we step back in time to the Golden Age of Greece and the birth of democracy, to an era of unparalleled human creativity that produced the magnificent architecture on the Acropolis. Powerfully evoking the pagan rituals that made the Acropolis the heart of Athenian life, we explore all four key buildings: the Propylaia, the Erectheion, Athena Nike, and the Parthenon--the most influential buildings in Western civilization.
8-9pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Japanese Sub at Pearl Harbor
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a move of unprecedented aggression that shook the U.S. out of its peaceful slumber and into WWII. But for 60 years, veterans of the destroyer USS Ward claimed they sank an enemy submarine outside the harbor more than an hour before the aerial attack began. The wreck was never found, and the story was dismissed. In August 2002, a dive team crossed its path and their find made headlines worldwide. We travel to Pearl Harbor to investigate the midget sub mystery.
9-10pm -- Tactical to Practical - Boys' Toys: #10
The military has developed some of the world's most sophisticated technology. In a special episode, host Hunter Ellis counts down his top-10 favorite "toys" from the season. Then, on the civilian side, Hunter examines the Dragon-flyer remote controlled gyro-stabilized helicopter, custom choppers, jet skis, and hang gliders. On the tactical end, he checks out high-tech military wearable communications gear and armored clothing. On the practical side, he shows how special gear makes extreme sports safer.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Concrete
Invented by the ancient Romans, concrete is a relatively simple formula that changed the world. Concrete has been used to divide an entire country, as in the Berlin Wall, and to unite nations, as in the Chunnel. We'll review the history of this building block of civilization and look at modern applications.
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gunslingers
During America's western expansion, a new breed of man arose--the gunslinger. Sometimes he wore a badge, sometimes he was an outlaw. But he always had a gun at his side, and the urge to step to the edge and pull the trigger. Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp. See why the weapons they carried stamped these gunmen's existence.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Plumbing: The Arteries of Civilization
Each day, billions of gallons of water flow through cities into homes and back out again in a confusing mess of pipes, pumps, and fixtures. The history of plumbing is a tale crucial to our survival--supplying ourselves with fresh water and disposing of human waste. From ancient solutions to the future, we'll plumb plumbing's depths.
9-10pm -- 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!
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil Fire Fighting
When a burning gusher shoots flames into the air, only a handful of men know how to snuff out the monster. Fighting fire with fire, they place explosives around the flames to blow it out, or douse it with tons of water. The modern world depends on these risk takers, but their industry began less than 100 years ago. Join us for a scorching hour as we review the rich history of this "breed apart", and look at modern heat-resistant clothing, new technology, and regulations that protect oil firefighters.
Thursday, March 4, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Pleasure Boats
As we power-up and unfurl the sails on a magical cruise through time, viewers meet the people who've devoted their lives to pleasure boating. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, we delve into a world of luxury, adventure, and sport on spectacular vessels ranging from classic yachts to sports boats to the ultimate floating palaces. In this timeless pastime, technological wonders continue to evolve and enthrall.
8-9pm -- Time Machine - The True Story of Hidalgo
Was he the greatest horse endurance rider in U.S. history or a fraud? Frank T. Hopkins won over 400 long distance races and the 3000-mile Arabian Desert endurance race on his Paint Mustang Hidalgo. According to his writings, he knew Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Billy the Kid, and Geronimo, and rode in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. But in 2003, The Long Riders Guild investigated Hopkins' life and found no proof to back his claims. Does the truth lie buried in the dust of Old West storytelling?
9-10pm -- History Alive - U.S. Marshals: The Old West
In the frontier days, marshals achieved their greatest fame as they pursued notorious outlaws and became the stuff of legend. But the myth has often obscured the true men. Meet the real Wild Bill Hickok and Wyatt Earp, known to walk on both sides of the law, and revisit the Lincoln County War, where lawmen faced off against lawmen.
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 uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste!
Friday, March 5, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Guns of Infamy
In a dramatic review of guns that changed the course of history, we examine the firearms used to assassinate Presidents Kennedy, McKinley, Garfield, and Lincoln, and the gun used to kill Archduke Ferdinand--a key event that triggered the outbreak of WWI. We'll also look at candidates for the gun that may have been used to fire the "shot heard 'round the world" in the American Revolution, as well as guns of notorious Wild West outlaws. Who owns these highly sought-after guns today?
8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - Secrets of the Sea Wolves
WWII's longest, most crucial battle was waged at sea where German U-boat packs roamed the Atlantic hunting their prey. In a campaign to cut off vital supplies from the U.S. to Great Britain, they came close to starving England into surrender. If they succeeded, the Allies would almost certainly lose the war. Using archival footage of U-boats at work, we see that the Germans were at the forefront of technology, and how the Allies fought back to force the U-boat menace into submission.
9-10pm -- M1 Abrams: Supertank!
Join us as we penetrate the history of the world's most sophisticated tank--the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. In the most radical departure in U.S. tank design since WWII, the Supertank combines speed, heavy protective armor, and a fearsome 120mm main gun. In 1991, the new and unproven Abrams tank was deployed in Operation Desert Storm. Using night vision and laser targeting, the M1 Abrams tank destroyed Saddam Hussein's armored Republican Guard, and is again doing desert duty in the War in Iraq.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Loading Docks
Each day ships, trains, trucks, and planes haul supplies that keep store shelves full and factories moving. At every stop there's a loading dock--an interface where shipping and storage hook up. You may not think much about a loading dock, but to the transportation industry it's the very heart of their business. From ancient times to tomorrow's lights-out facility, where computers and machines will store, sort, retrieve, and load stock without human interaction, we deliver the goods on loading docks.
Saturday, March 6, 2004
7-8pm -- Making History with Roger Mudd - A Conversation with John Updike
Celebrated as a fair and thorough interviewer, Roger Mudd talks with one of America's great novelists, John Updike, who also excels in literary criticism and poetry. Updike's best-known work, the 4-part "Rabbit" novels, chronicles the life and death of a character and a critical period in American history. Two of the four books in the series won the Pulitzer Prize. Though Updike has called interviews "a form to be loathed; a half-form like maggots," Mudd adeptly draws out the author's strong opinions.
8-9pm -- Time Machine - The Battleships: Clash of the Dreadnoughts
The outbreak of hostilities between Germany and Britain in August 1914 saw the battleship at almost the peak of its superiority among fighting ships. In firepower, nothing could equal that of the dreadnought--now the ultimate class of battleship in navies worldwide. On windswept waters of the North Sea, the world's two greatest navies put their fleets to the test of fire. We see how, despite losing more ships and more men than Germany, Britain's Grand Fleet remained master of the North Sea in WWI.
9-10pm -- Time Machine - The Battleships: The Darkness of the Future
With the signing of the Treaty of Versailles ending WWI, the entire German High Seas Fleet was scuttled. But soon a new arms race began between Britain, the U.S., and Japan. Radical new battleships, larger and with even more firepower, were planned. By the mid-1930s, Italy, Russia, and a re-emerging National Socialist Germany began building up their fleets. As political conditions deteriorated in Europe, it was clear that the battleship would play a major strategic part in future armed conflicts.
10-11pm -- History Alive - The Battleships: Terror from Above
Although the early months of WWII saw some of the most dramatic surface naval battles of all time, the rise of the aircraft carrier spelled the demise of the battleship. From the sinking of the British Hood and German Bismarck through the destruction of the Japanese Fleet by U.S. Air and Surface Forces, through Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, where the modernized battleship played a support role, we witness its passing. Today, not one battleship remains in commission in any navy.
Sunday, March 7, 2004
7-8pm -- History Alive - D-Day, Omaha Beach: Eight Hours of Defeat
The Normandy invasion was an Allied victory, but at the Omaha sector a human tragedy developed on June 6, 1944. The shocking losses, failures, and chaos in the Omaha landings have been obscured. Mortar fire pounded men wading ashore from boats grounded on sandbars; machine guns ripped apart those who made the beach, and the water quickly took on a crimson color. We trace the landings on this deadly section of Normandy, and see how, Omaha Beach became Hell's Battlefield.
8-9pm -- History Alive - Kursk
In the summer of 1943, one of the greatest clashes of WWII took place on the Eastern Front--the Battle of Kursk. Vast in scale and terrible in intensity, German and Russian armies, millions strong on each side, engaged in a fierce attack and counterattack that went on for 50 days. The battle proved to be one of the most decisive of WWII, irreparably damaging the German Army. We see how the combined battles of Gettysburg, Verdun, Normandy, and the Bulge cannot equal the violence at Kursk.
9-10pm -- History Alive - Battle of the Bulge: The First 15 Days
In December 1944, Hitler prepared a strike force to split the Allies, hoping to destroy all Allied forces north of the Antwerp-Brussels-Bastogne line. With 22 new divisions, reequipped with tanks and Luftwaffe units to support his ground attack, Hitler was ready to surprise Allied commanders in a plan that he called "Operation Grief". See how the largest pitched battle in the history of U.S. warfare became the scene of some of WWII's fiercest fighting, making the Bulge one of Hell's Battlefields.
10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - #46
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.
10:30-11:30pm -- Tactical to Practical - Light Off-Road Vehicles/Battlefield ER/Drones: #6
When the Navy SEALs needed a better way to travel the desert, they asked Chenowth Racing to build a car that could stand up to the desert. Host Hunter Ellis shows off their DPV (Desert Patrol Vehicle) at the Baja 1000. Next, he sees how battlefield medicine provided lifesaving changes in emergency medicine--from cutting-edge triage to "smart" bandages, and how UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) have moved from military to myriad uses, including law enforcement, Hollywood, and even archaeological digs!
Monday, March 8, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Jeeps
Looks at the American soldier's best friend in WWII--the Jeep. A "Blitz Buggy" could serve as a combat car, a snowplow, or ambulance! Its name derived from the designation "General Purpose", and the original design served as late as 1983 in Grenada before being replaced by the High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HUMVEE).
8-10pm -- Punishment
The definition and exercise of criminal punishment has changed dramatically during the course of history. From execution by wild animals during ancient Greek and Roman times, to religious torture during the Inquisition using the most perverse instruments ever devised, to the cruel and unusual punishments meted out by many nations to this day, we trace the often ironic history of man's perverted and creative attempts to bring about a more "humane" society.
10-11pm -- We Can Make You Talk
Ever since images of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were first broadcast, the methods used to interrogate suspects in the War on Terror have come into the spotlight. This history of modern interrogation methods uses a groundbreaking combination of reality TV and historical documentary. We pit a group of volunteers who think they can keep a secret against a team of military interrogators; and reveal stories of the 20th century's most influential interrogators and those they tried to break. (1-hour version)
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Commercial Jets
Fasten your seatbelts as we take off on a flight through the history of commercial aviation--from the first jet passenger plane, the de Havilland Comet, to today's wide-body jets and supersonic Concorde. It's a story of high-tech worldwide competition among a field of high-stakes players. Billion-dollar deals ride on cutting-edge designs. Pilots train for hours in ground-based simulators, while computers fly the planes. We also catch a glimpse of the double-decker flying hotels of the future.
8-9pm -- Judas: Traitor or Friend?
He was one of the 12 apostles, one of the elect. Yet for 30 silver coins, Judas Iscariot turned on his teacher and closest friend. Historians, psychologists, theologians, and religious scholars investigate Judas's childhood, relationship with Jesus, and monumental decision that would characterize him for all time. Did Judas believe his betrayal would force Jesus to display his divine power and thereby prove he was the Messiah? Or was he acting on directives given by Jesus to fulfill a prophecy?
9-10pm -- Tactical to Practical - Specialty Planes/Military Police/War Games: #11
Hunter Ellis examines brilliant--and often wild and wacky--innovations in military plane construction, and profiles civilian use of seaplanes in Alaska--including Vertical Take-Off Landing Craft (VTOL). He reviews the history of Military Police and learns how Crime Scene Investigation benefited from their work. Then, Hunter sees how military pilots train in cutting-edge simulators, war planners practice using video games, and both the military and civilian adventurers play paintball war games.
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!
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Limos
Limousines have been stretched to greater and greater lengths--as has the notion of what can be done inside them! You can have a rolling disco in a stretched SUV, go for a rumble off-road in a monster truck limousine, or take a direct hit in an armored limo and still make your meeting. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride of your life as we review the history of chauffeured limousines--from weddings, proms, and funerals to the ultimate adult playpen and the president's "Cadillac One".
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Trucks
Icons of the open road, trucks form the backbone of the construction and transportation industries. The facility to handle nearly any load and the ability to deliver goods almost anywhere make trucks integral to modern life. From 18th-century steam-powered carriages to tomorrow's computerized trucks, it's a long haul you'll enjoy!
9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Pickup Trucks
It's an icon that represents freedom and individuality--the venerable pickup truck. For almost a century, it has been part of the American automotive culture. Once a lowly farm vehicle, the pickup has moved from the back roads to main streets. We trace the evolution of the truck from 1918 to the 21st century, and visit truck shows, design studios, and body shops. From the wood-spoked wheels of early models to bad-boy concept trucks of tomorrow, you're in for a wild ride!
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Trucks
Hop into the cab for the ride of your life as we examine extreme trucks, including: a jet truck that can travel 300 mph; the Baltimore Technical Assistance Response Unit's mobile command truck; a garbage truck with an articulated arm; a concrete pumper truck with telescoping boom and pumping mechanism; and a 4-wheel-drive truck that can convert from mower to street sweeper to backhoe to snow blower in mere minutes. Learn how SWAT, bomb squad, HAZMAT, and crime scene specialty trucks are built.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Private Planes
The plane's on the runway and revving up for our flight of power and whimsy. The panorama reveals some amazing machines--from vintage aircraft to homemade winged wonders to posh private jets. It's a tale that merges technological progress and the fantasies of an unique type of person, who refuses to be grounded by earth's surly bonds.
8-9pm -- Time Machine - Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Computer?
Journey back in time for an eye-opening look at the amazing ancient roots of technologies we like to think of as modern. New research suggests that many of the inventions of the last 200 years may, in fact, have already been known to the ancients. In Part 1, we explore the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient machine that was discovered deep in the Aegean Sea. Could it perhaps have been an ancient computer? Could Archimedes have had a hand in its creation?
9-10pm -- Time Machine - Ancient Discoveries: Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators
In this fascinating series, we examine ancient inventions once believed to have been created in modern times, and test the wits of ancient inventors against some of the world's great modern inventors. Part 2 uncovers the revolutionary work of Galen, the great Roman doctor to the gladiators, who was performing brain surgery 2,000 years ahead of his time. We also explore the sophistication of Roman medicine and compare it to modern techniques.
10-11pm -- Time Machine - Ancient Discoveries: Heron of Alexandria
In Part 3, we travel to Alexandria, Egypt--the home of inventors and philosophers in ancient times. One of the greatest inventors was Heron of Alexandria, a Greek mathematician, geometer, and worker in mechanics, who taught at the famous Museum. His strange inventions, such as automaton theaters--puppet theaters worked by strings, drums, and weights--automatic doors, and coin-operated machines, were famous throughout the ancient world.
Friday, March 12, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullet Trains
Traveling between 135 and 190 miles per hour with an astonishingly high safety record, bullet trains can be found throughout Europe, Japan, and on the U.S. eastern seaboard. How high-speed trains are propelled is rooted in fundamentals that haven't changed since the first electric trolleys appeared in the 19th century. We see how scientists are looking at new alternatives to electricity, including magnetic levitation that can move passenger trains 345 miles per hour and beyond!
8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg?
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg worked in Budapest at the height of Hitler's "Final Solution", and saw Jews being loaded onto trains destined for Nazi concentration camps. But Wallenberg, unlike many others, refused to sit by idly, but rather, saved many earmarked for death by issuing Swedish immunity passes. Before disappearing in 1945, he's thought to have rescued 100,000 people. We follow the trail uncovered by his family and researchers in their hunt for the truth as to his fate.
9-10pm -- Hitler's Vengeance Weapons
From a remote German island in the Baltic Sea, the first successful launch of a rocket into the stratosphere took place in October 1942. This is the story of the Nazi's last desperate bid to turn the tide of WWII by unleashing an arsenal of sinister weapons. Known as V-1, a prototype cruise missile, and V-2, the first ballistic missile, the weapons caused immense civilian casualties. Enter the world of rocket scientists, secret weapons, and the race to destroy two of Hitler's most elusive weapons.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Manhattan Project
At 5:30 a.m., July 16, 1945, scientists and dignitaries awaited the detonation of the first atomic bomb in a desolate area of the New Mexico desert aptly known as Jornada del Muerto--Journey of Death. Dubbed the Manhattan Project, the top-secret undertaking was tackled with unprecedented speed and expense--almost $30-billion in today's money. Los Alamos scientists and engineers relate their trials, triumphs, and dark doubts about building the ultimate weapon of war in the interest of peace.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
6-8pm -- Punishment - Punishment
see Monday, March 8
8-10:30pm -- Escape from Alcatraz (movie)
The story of Frank Morris, the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz, the notorious Federal maximum-security prison built on an island off San Francisco's coast and surrounded by shark-infested waters. Clint Eastwood plays Morris, who plots his escape with incredible patience and ingenuity under the watchful eyes of the haughty warden, played by Patrick McGoohan. Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau co-star as two of Clint's best pals in the slammer. (1979)
10:30-11:30pm -- Time Machine - Escape: Breakout from Alcatraz!
The maximum-security federal penitentiary Alcatraz sits on 12 acres in the middle of San Francisco Bay and was conceived by J. Edgar Hoover to house America's most dangerous criminals. It was built to be escape-proof and was until June 1962 when three men--Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin--did the unimaginable. How did they manage this extraordinary feat in a top-security environment? Did they survive or drown? Find out in this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction program.
Sunday, March 14, 2004
7-8pm -- Reign of Terror
The bloody life and times of the Saudi terrorist who has been linked to a number of deadly attacks against U.S. troops and citizens and who has called on Muslims to kill Americans everywhere in the world. Follow Osama bin Laden's trail from his privileged childhood as the son of a wealthy oil businessman to his battle against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and his involvement in the infamous 2001 World Trade Center bombing.
8-9pm -- Saddam Hussein: Butcher of Baghdad
Profile of the Iraqi leader, despised in the West but a hero to many in the Middle East. Focuses on his bloody rise to power and includes an interview with the man who "doubled" for Saddam's brutal son and defected. Includes a look at the 2003 Iraqi War and the hunt for and ultimate capture of Saddam.
9-10pm -- The Iraq War: One Year Later - Invasion
Continuous TV coverage of the 2003 Iraq War was like blind men describing an elephant--it lacked an overall sense of what was happening countrywide. From 9/11/01 and the start of the War on Terrorism, President Bush's labeling Iraq as part of an "axis of evil" to U.N. negotiations, invasion, and the end of combat ops, our 5-hour series puts viewers in command and control. See what decisions were made and why, options available, the war plan, technology used, and how each service performed.
10-11pm -- The Iraq War: One Year Later - Tough Going
The air war against Iraq got underway on what the Air Force called A-Day--March 21, 2003--and progressed as planned until March 23, when Ronald Young and David Williams (interviewed here) lost control of their Apache Longbow helicopter and were taken prisoner. And, as coalition ground forces headed toward Baghdad, U.S. combatants were taken captive, including Private Jessica Lynch, and Americans at home began to worry that the war effort wasn't going as planned.
Monday, March 15, 2004
7-7:30pm -- Mail Call - Medieval Weapons/Lewis Gun/Carrier Pigeons/Gliders in Combat/Anti-Tank Missile/Ejection Seats: #21
What were some of the wickedest medieval weapons? What is a WWI Lewis gun? How were carrier pigeons used during WWI and WWII? Were people really crazy enough to use gliders in combat? How does the TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile system) anti-tank missile work? How do ejection seats work? Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey sends these questions out to military experts in the field for answers and brief demonstrations.
7:30-8pm -- Hard Target - #1
Military historian Geoffrey Wawro digs into the strategy behind some of history's most important battles and talks with leading political and military figures to uncover how and why they were fought, and how future conflicts may be settled, in a half-hour, fast-paced series. Wawro gets the scoop on the Iraq War from Commander Tommy Franks, goes one-on-one with Pat Buchanan about FDR's possible prior knowledge of Pearl Harbor, and learns how Special Ops really works--with weapons demonstrations.
8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Claymore Mine/1st U.S. Nuclear Sub/Resupply at Sea/Patriot Air Defense Missile/Jody Songs: #34
R. Lee Ermey demonstrates the claymore anti-personnel mine--a favorite weapon for perimeter defense in Vietnam that's still in use--and checks out the medieval claymore--a 16th-century sword used by Scottish warriors. Other viewer questions Lee addresses include: America's first nuclear-powered submarine; how naval vessels resupply at sea; if the Patriot Missile performs better now than in the first Gulf War; the origin of the name for the rhythmic cadence songs used while drilling or running.
8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - WWII Half Track/Arctic Vehicles/Weird Weapons/Navy Hydrofoil/Combat Controller/Gunnery Sarge: #35
Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about the military with practical demonstrations in the field. Lee tears around in a WWII M2A2 half track, with a combination of tracks and wheels; demonstrates Army vehicles designed for extreme arctic conditions, including the world's longest truck--the 572-foot Snow Train; strange weapons used by the Allies in WWII; and Navy hydrofoils. And he explains the function of Air Force combat controllers and Marine Corps gunnery sergeants.
9-10pm -- The Iraq War: One Year Later - At Baghdad's Doorstep
On the move, the Third Infantry takes the critical Karbala Gap, then moves to and captures the Baghdad airport. Kurds and Special Forces move toward the critical cities of Mosul and Kirkuk, and Allied planes fly 2,000 sorties a day in support of ground forces. Then, the Third ID makes its first foray into Baghdad.
10-11pm -- The Iraq War: One Year Later - Fall of Saddam
Army and Marine forays into Baghdad increase, and Marines help pull down a statue of Saddam as Iraqi Army units melt away. In the north, Kurds and Coalition Special Forces capture Kirkuk and Mosul, and on the road to Tikrit--Saddam's hometown--an informant in the town of Samarra leads Task Force Tripoli to U.S. POWs being held there. After evacuating five POWs from the 507th Mechanized and two Apache pilots shot down during the first days of war, they take Tikrit--more easily than expected.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Terror Tech: Civilian
Witness the construction of a terrorist-proof safe room. Discover how your windows might someday act as biological weapons detectors. Learn how scientists are protecting the food you eat and water you drink. In the biggest technological push since the space race, inventors are creating cutting-edge devices, gadgets, and gizmos to keep you and your family--and even your pets--safe. Find out what technology can do to protect you, and how you can use technology to protect yourself.
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 -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Aftermath
In April, Coalition Forces thought the worst was behind them--they'd soon learn this was far from the truth. The lack of infrastructure caused chaos--mass looting ensued. Soldiers taught to fight were now trained "on the job" as an occupying force. In May 2003, President Bush declared an end to major combat ops, yet more soldiers would die in post-war ops than during the war. As Americans decide who rules, Iraqis become impatient. Come along as the new phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom begins...
10-11pm -- Eyewitness in Iraq
If a picture paints a thousand words, what will photographs from the Second Gulf War show us? This special focuses on the embedded photographers who traveled with fighting units on the cutting edge of the armored spear slicing into Iraq. The war was there to be captured in all its raw truth by any photographer with the guts to step out and shoot the picture. In collaboration with the Associated Press, we view never-before-seen photos that portray the horror, struggle, and endurance of mankind.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
7-8pm -- The History of Saint Patrick's Day
In Ireland, March 17th is a feast day honoring the bishop who Christianized the island; but in America it's a boisterous celebration of Irish heritage. We'll march up New York City's Fifth Avenue with over 150,000 celebrants at the largest and oldest parade on the day all Americans are Irish. With Andrew Greeley and Frank McCourt.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster #1
They make our lives more comfortable, more rewarding, and more secure. They are the magical machines that have brought us to the edge of the new frontier of limitless possibilities. But it is a hinterland filled with dangers and demons of our own creation. Based on the popular book "Inviting Disaster" by James Chiles, in this episode we explore the nuclear nightmares of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.
9-10pm -- The Hunt for Osama and Saddam: Tracking Down the Killers
For the eight months it took to ferret out Saddam Hussein, he was the subject of one of the two most intense manhunts in history--the other one, of course, is Osama bin Laden. In trying to track them down, the U.S. used everything in its arsenal--the world's most sophisticated spy satellite network, Special Operations task forces, and the biggest cash rewards in history--$25-million per man. We review the successful tactics used to bird dog Saddam and see if they may apply in flushing out Osama.
10-11pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Command Central
"Centcom" in Doha, Qatar represents everything a modern military command post can be with the most sophisticated military information systems--from video-conferencing to real-time frontline satellite communication. From this forward command in the heart of the Middle East, the U.S. ran the Iraq War. But command posts have not always been so technologically advanced as we see when we delve into the history of military communication--from tattooed messenger to satellite technology.
Thursday, March 18, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil
From the first well in Pennsylvania to the gushing Spindletop and modern supertankers, the story of oil is the story of civilization as we know it. We'll take a look at the ingenious and outrageous men who risked everything for "black gold" and unimaginable wealth.
8-9pm -- UFOs: Then and Now?: Cause for Alarm
Studies some of the most disturbing UFO sightings, including: a 4-day extravaganza in 1952, when UFOs cruised the skies over the White House; sightings in 1967 near a secret U.S./Canadian submarine detection base; controversial events at the U.K./U.S. air base at Bentwaters, England; and the military's Test Area 51 in Nevada.
9-10pm -- The Horrors of Hussein
Everyone knows Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003 revealed the full extent of the terror apparatus Saddam used to maintain power. In this gripping hour, we examine the roots of this dictator-madman--how he used violence beginning in his teens to achieve his ends--and talk to victims of his terror. We also see how his ministry of terror became a family affair: his 2 sons, Ouday and Qusay, intended to establish a reign of terror that would last generations.
10-11pm -- Sons of Saddam
In a chilling hour, we go inside the sadistic world inhabited by Saddam Hussein's sons and hear firsthand accounts of how each man inherited a different, deadly side of his father. Ouday, the megalomaniac whose only official job was head of the Iraq Olympic Committee, had athletes who performed poorly tortured. Qusay, the quiet schemer, rose to second in command behind his father by being slavishly loyal and completely brutal in overseeing the murder of opponents to the regime.
Friday, March 19, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Survival Technology
In an historic survey of man's adaptation to killer environmental conditions, we travel to the desert, the Arctic, the sea, jungle, and space, charting the body's physiological responses to extreme circumstances such as frostbite, heatstroke, and hypothermia. We talk with military survival experts and learn about the latest cutting-edge survival gear, as well as the equipment aboard the space station, and look to the future, when nano-technology will create a new type of technology.
8-9pm -- History Undercover - Roswell: Final Declassification
In 1947, a strange object fell from the sky near Roswell, New Mexico, and controversy brewed over what it really was. In November 2001, we convened a team of experts at the National Archives for an exclusive first look at the top-secret government files of the UFO incident. We unveil the remaining classified files--11 boxes with 17 notebooks of declassified files, photos, transcripts and audiotapes of dozens of witnesses, and 22 films and videos--in a definitive statement on the 50-year-old mystery.
9-10pm -- Saddam's Secret Tunnels
The search for Saddam's secret subterranean world began with Iraqi Freedom's end. We offer glimpses inside facilities unearthed beneath Baghdad, including: secret passageways; a highway; a military post stocked with communications and medical equipment, chemical suits and gas masks; prisons below the Ministry of Intelligence; Saddam's command and control bunker and underground residence. Military experts explain how they were built, kept covert, and how Coalition forces locate and destroy them.
10-11pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Frontline Reporting
In March 2003, embedded civilian correspondents rolled along with the U.S. military convoy as it invaded Iraq. Equipped with satellite and video phones, digital cameras, and lightweight satellite uplinks, frontline reporters dispatched the news of war as it happened. Reports of war are as old as war itself; once the exclusive province of soldier-scribes like Julius Caesar, the accounts were usually written after the fact. Join us as we review the history and preview the future of frontline reporting.
Saturday, March 20, 2004
7-8pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Invasion
Continuous TV coverage of the 2003 Iraq War was like blind men describing an elephant--it lacked an overall sense of what was happening countrywide. From 9/11/01 and the start of the War on Terrorism, President Bush's labeling Iraq as part of an "axis of evil" to U.N. negotiations, invasion, and the end of combat ops, our 5-hour series puts viewers in command and control. See what decisions were made and why, options available, the war plan, technology used, and how each service performed.
8-9pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Tough Going
The air war against Iraq got underway on what the Air Force called A-Day--March 21, 2003--and progressed as planned until March 23, when Ronald Young and David Williams (interviewed here) lost control of their Apache Longbow helicopter and were taken prisoner. And, as coalition ground forces headed toward Baghdad, U.S. combatants were taken captive, including Private Jessica Lynch, and Americans at home began to worry that the war effort wasn't going as planned.
9-10pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - At Baghdad's Doorstep
On the move, the Third Infantry takes the critical Karbala Gap, then moves to and captures the Baghdad airport. Kurds and Special Forces move toward the critical cities of Mosul and Kirkuk, and Allied planes fly 2,000 sorties a day in support of ground forces. Then, the Third ID makes its first foray into Baghdad.
10-11pm -- THE IRAQ WAR: ONE YEAR LATER - Fall of Saddam
Army and Marine forays into Baghdad increase, and Marines help pull down a statue of Saddam as Iraqi Army units melt away. In the north, Kurds and Coalition Special Forces capture Kirkuk and Mosul, and on the road to Tikrit--Saddam's hometown--an informant in the town of Samarra leads Task Force Tripoli to U.S. POWs being held there. After evacuating five POWs from the 507th Mechanized and two Apache pilots shot down during the first days of war, they take Tikrit--more easily than expected.
Sunday, March 21, 2004
7-8pm -- Dead Reckoning - Crime Scene Alibis
In an investigation of crime scene alibis, we see how forensic science assists in sorting misleading evidence from potentially fabricated stories. In the murder case of Kathy Higdon, investigators find evidence pointing to a handyman who recently worked in her home. Then, when DNA evidence in a rape/murder points to two suspects--identical twins--detectives must work in reverse and use witness testimony to prove which brother did it!
8-9pm -- UFOs: What You Didn't Know - When UFOs Arrive
It's all hush-hush as we track a secretive global paper trail, delving into government plans on how to deal with other-planet visitors. Searching historical records, we find that protocols are in place--from the U.S. military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to France's Cometa files, from Chapter 13 of the FEMA Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control titled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal law titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure".
9-10pm -- 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.
10-11pm -- History of Prostitution
Once upon a time, being a prostitute carried no stigma--in ancient Sumeria and Babylon, that is. And in certain cities in ancient Greece, harlots were associated with sacred activities at temples. Even in the American Wild West, there was a degree of tolerance. So what happened through the years? We'll investigate innumerable stories about the changing social position of the "ladies of the night" throughout history, and find out why prostitution is called the oldest profession!
Monday, March 22, 2004
7-7:30pm -- Tales of the Gun - 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!
7:30-8pm -- "Band of Brothers" Preview
It's a story of courage and comradeship--endurance and sacrifice. Executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg recreate the story of "Easy Company", an elite WWII parachute infantry regiment, in their epic miniseries "Band of Brothers", based on Stephen Ambrose's best-selling book. History Channel historians talk to the "real" soldiers of Easy Company, and intercut their stories with scenes from the series. (Half-hour version)
8-8:30pm -- 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".
8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Army Air Ambulance/1st Special Service Force/Johnson Rifle/MiG-15 vs. F-86/P-59: #46
At Fort Irwin, R. Lee Ermey checks out the Army's state-of-the-art air ambulance--the Blackhawk helicopter; then, he learns why the helicopter became so important to Korean War MASH units that it was dubbed "The Angel of Mercy". Then, he reviews the history of America's First Special Service Force, created in WWII and nicknamed "The Devil's Brigade" by the German Army; sees which Cold War superjet is tougher--the MiG-15 or F-86 Sabre; and checks out the first U.S. operational jet--the P-59.
9-10pm -- Reliving History: Fantasy Camps
Centuries of art and literature have depicted fantasy, but today people live their dreams thanks to fantasy camps. Space camp, rock'n'roll camp, and urban ops camp are just a few of the more conventional dream deliverers. But anything goes, including bondage and kidnap experiences. We showcase people who want to play soldier, be abducted, beaten by a dominatrix, fly into zero gravity, shoot at the bad guys, or play with Roger Daltrey! All it takes is a lot of dough and a dream...
10-11pm -- Guy Food
Okay, we all know that "boys will be boys" and when men cook, women cringe. But perhaps these gridiron gastronomic giants and budding baseball busboys can really cook up a full-court hoop-licious feast and are merely hiding their talents behind well-served volleys. Well, we'll certainly sample their "tempting" treats in this tasty tour of home-cooked guy fast food.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Trans-Siberian Railroad
It's the longest, most expensive and complicated railroad ever built. Ordered by the Tsar in an effort to save his empire and unify his country at the twilight of the 19th century, the Trans-Siberian Railroad nearly tore Russia apart. Intended in part for defense, the railroad provoked a war, crossed great lengths over treacherous terrain, and encountered logistical and economic failures. Ironically, "enemies of the state" built the railroad--men sentenced to hard labor in Siberian prisons.
8-9pm -- Outlaw Bikers
A nostalgic look at the days when leather-clad hoodlums turned the motorcycle into a symbol of violence and a Harley meant mayhem. Profiles "Wino" Willie Forkner, who founded an outlaw biker gang called the Boozefighters, and the notorious Hell's Angels, who terrorized towns across America. (1-hour version)
9-11pm -- Motorcycles
Set the sedan's safety brake and hop on your "hog" for a 2-hour high-speed history of the motorcycle--from the 1868 "steam velocipede" to the early 20th century, when they were a low-cost alternative to automobiles; from Harley-Davidsons preferred by Hell's Angels and police to motocross riders who take bikes into the air and onto the dirt. We also look to the motorcycle's future, featuring Jay Leno's jet-propelled Y2K sportbike and Erik Buell's bike-without-a-gas-tank creation.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Booby Traps
All it takes to set off a booby trap is an unsuspecting victim lifting, moving, or disturbing a harmless-looking object. Booby traps continue to worry law enforcement; made from easily acquired items, information detailing their construction and needed materials are accessible through the mail--anonymously! And unlike a land mine, they can be anywhere. We detail the history of booby traps--from the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greek, and Romans to the Middle Eastern crisis and the War on Terrorism.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Convertibles
Topless, unobstructed--the convertible completely transforms the driving experience and unlike any other car, sets the driver free. During this face-paced hour, experts highlight the history of the world's most dynamic car design and the essential quality that makes it so unique. From the very first convertible design in 1915 to modern-day marvels of retractable hardtops, we peer under the hoods to see why the convertible remains the car that everybody wants, but only a few are bold enough to own.
9-11pm -- 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.
Thursday, March 25, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Las Vegas Hotels
Out of the bleakness of a vast desert arose a city built on wish fulfillment and indulgence. Unencumbered by tradition or notions of good taste, for 50 years Las Vegas has taken tourists to the height of their imaginations while reaching into their pockets. Visit 11 of the world's largest hotels in the country's biggest playground.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Casino Technology
Place your bets and join us for an exciting spin through the history of the casino. We'll go behind the neon lights, free drinks, and 24-hour gambling to see how the gaming industry has evolved from a simple house of cards to a high-tech multi-billion dollar industry.
9-11pm -- High Rollers: A History of Gambling
You can bet on an exciting 2 hours as we expose the history of gambling in America. Since the first racehorses arrived in colonial Virginia in 1607, to 1998, when 48 states allowed some form of legalized gambling, moralists and risk-lovers have waged a continuous war. Hear both sides as we explore our national need to roll the dice.
Friday, March 26, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Farming Technology
The U.S. agricultural process, from seed to shelf, is so efficient that most people don't think much about it. But food growing and processing is ever more sophisticated, employing computer-guided, ground-shaking machinery, and sometimes controversial techniques. It's an industry of declining family farms, diminishing returns, yet higher yields. We review the evolution of the tools used to produce food, show the steps in the cycle that bring food to the table, and look at the future of farming.
8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - The Mysterious Death of Admiral Yamamoto
On April 18, 1943, the aircraft carrying Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was shot down by U.S. fighters. Yamamoto--chief architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor--was visiting the forward Japanese bases at Bougainville, some 650 miles from the nearest U.S. base. His clash with U.S. fighters so far from their territory was more than simple bad luck--the pilots must have known where and when to find their target. We talk to the U.S. pilots and find out why the mission had to remain secret until war's end.
9-10:30pm -- Time Machine - Battles That Doomed Japan
The Allies began their strategic offensive against Japan with the Solomon Islands landings, and Admiral Halsey's Battle of the Bismarck Sea helped neutralize the Japanese offensive. We review the great battles that doomed Japan, and salute the men whose triumphs in cockpits, foxholes, and gun turrets won Allied victory in WWII.
10:30-12am -- Time Machine - Battles That Doomed Hitler
From the Nazi Blitzkrieg in 1939 to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the Axis tide rolled unchecked. But Axis luck was about to turn in a series of bloody showdowns. Review the battles that spelled doom for Hitler and his allies and led to V.E. Day...a day that came too late for millions of civilians as well as soldiers who gave their lives.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
7-8pm -- Mothers of Invention
Hang gliders, brown paper bags, windshield wipers, Barbie dolls, and liquid paper. What do they have in common? They were all conceived of by women. From the early 1800s when women weren't allowed to hold patents to today, we review the extraordinary stories of unrecognized women and their well-known inventions that we just can't live without. Explore the discoveries, accomplishments, and struggles of these innovative trailblazers who happen to hail from the distaff side of life.
8-9pm -- The SS - The SS: Power Struggle
The incarnation of terror and executor of mass genocide, the SS, like no other Nazi organization, embodied the murderous mania of the "master race". In a 6-part story of unbridled madness and inconceivable crimes, we watch the Schutzstaffel (Defense Squadron), an insignificant guard corps, transform into an omnipotent evil empire. It began with a night of murder--June 30, 1934, Night of the Long Knives, when SS commandos, on Hitler's orders, executed leaders of the Nazi Storm Troopers, the SA.
9-10pm -- The SS - The SS: Himmler's Mania
Presented in meticulous detail, our 6-part investigation of the SS reveals film footage long believed lost and eyewitnesses only now prepared to discuss Hitler's sinister reign of terror. Focusing on the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, we see how his penchant for the occult determined his barbaric politics, and how he mixed anti-Semitism with blood-and-soil mysticism. A chicken farmer with an agriculture diploma, he instigated "breeding" a new race and administered mass genocide like a tax official.
10-11pm -- 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.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
7-8pm -- UFOs: What You Didn't Know - 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 the military, 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.
8-10pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval Europe at the time of the Great Plague and The Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and magic and believed that he could foretell the future. For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic, and his cryptic journals continue to inspire controversy just as they did in the 16th century. In this 2-hour examination of his life, we visit his birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor, astrologer, father, and seer.
10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Fastest Army Vehicle/Uncle Sam/Tank Destroyers/Anti-Tank Rifle/Dive Bomber/Sea Dart: #47
R. Lee Ermey pits his trusty Jeep against the Army's nitro-burning dragster "Sarge" at an Arizona speedway; finds out if a real guy posed for the original Uncle Sam recruitment poster; reviews the evolution of Tank Destroyers; demonstrates a Boys .55 Caliber anti-tank "elephant gun" using a Spam tower as his target; finds out what caused the screaming noise when dive bombers attacked; and digs into his Fabulous Flops File to examine the Sea Dart--America's attempt to put a jet fighter on water skies.
10:30-11:30pm -- 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.
Monday, March 29, 2004
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cattle Ranches
From the 19th century's legendary cattle drives to the million-acre ranch kingdoms that sprang to life with the end of the Open Range to 21st-century techniques that include artificial insemination, embryo transplants, and genetic engineering, we review the history of cattle ranching. We'll ride herd with modern cowboys as they twirl ropes and brand calves, and look to the cattle ranch of the future, where cloning will produce the ideal meat-producing steer with a consistently juicy, low-fat carcass.
8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - Military Pilot Training/Flak/Doolittle Raid/One-Man Submarine/Military Radios: #36
How do we train our military pilots? What is flak and what is the origin of the word? How did the U.S. pull off the daring Doolittle Raid against the Japanese during WWII? Did the OSS really use a 1-man submarine named Sleeping Beauty? What kind of radios are used in the field by today's military? Does a foxhole radio really work? Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' questions about military methods and technology with practical demonstrations by military experts in the field.
8:30-9pm -- 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.
9-11pm -- Boone & Crockett: The Hunter Heroes
Of the many pioneers who crossed the Allegheny Mountains to begin a new life in the wilderness, we look at two who were singled out for immortality: Daniel Boone and David Crockett (born two generations after Boone). Boone brought civilization and Jeffersonian values to the rugged frontier and Crockett fought for the poor and dispossessed and against the forced removal of the Southeastern Indians. We see how these famed hunters, fighters, and American heroes came to represent the common man.
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