____________________________________________________ Thursday, September 16, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Hand Tools Well over 2-million years before modern man evolved, his primitive ancestors were making tools. The ability to extend the hand and strengthen the arm is considered one of the keys to human evolution. Join us as we nail down the history of hand tools, and look at a new generation of computer-designed, high-tech hand tools. 8-10pm -- First Invasion: The War of 1812 - Just 30 years after the closing days of the American Revolution, an immature United States faced annihilation by its parent! Join us for an epic 2-hour look at the War of 1812, when the mighty British Empire once again waged war against the fledgling U.S. This largely forgotten war witnessed Washington in flames, inspired the national anthem, allowed the founding fathers to step aside for a new generation of common men and women with uncommon courage, and saw the U.S. emerge as a world power. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Cannons Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs, changed the way wars are fought, and now come equipped with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the day, we'll see how cannons were first cast and later forged, and show how large cannons terrorized civilians and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the present, we feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more than 33 miles. ____________________________________________________ Friday, September 17, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Colosseum Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity of its construction, the beauty of its architecture, and the functionality of its design made it the perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the bloody spectacles it contained. 8-10pm -- Time Machine - Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, was an historical turning point--the world was forever changed after the fateful Japanese attack against the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It resulted from a combination of interrelated and complicated factors--and at any point, the dangerous operation could have been called off before its commander radioed back the code words "Tora, Tora, Tora" (Tiger, Tiger, Tiger), which meant complete surprise had been achieved. Here is the real story of the "Day of Infamy". 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Ball Turret Gunners In war, certain missions demand the most and constitute much of the legends of bravery. Journey back to the Second World War when fearless airmen manned the B-17's belly guns--glass bubbles that at any moment could become their coffin. The ball turret gunners called their work "flying the ball", others called it crazy! ____________________________________________________ Saturday, September 18, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Wild West Tech - Western Towns Out of hundreds of western towns, a handful survived through technological ingenuity to become icons of the Old West. We discuss why certain areas were chosen for settlement, how the towns sprang up, their construction, water supplies, sanitation, and protection against Indian attack. We learn the layout, which included saloons, dance halls, general stores, undertakers, cemeteries, and of course, jails and court houses. And we discover how the Wild West advertised to lure homesteaders to the frontier. 8-10pm -- 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. 10-11pm -- 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. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, September 19, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Time Machine - White Slaves, Pirate Gold In 1995, amateur marine archaeologists made an important and valuable discovery of Islamic gold. But what was the 17th century vessel, laden with treasure, doing off England's coast? For the first time, a professional team explores the site in attempt to reveal the vessel's true identity. Could it be the wreck of a Barbary pirate ship? For 200 years, Barbary pirates plundered shipping and coastal villages, taking over a million "white slaves" to be ransomed or sold in North African slave markets. 8-9pm -- The Battle of Tripoli - "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli." Everyone knows the first line of the Marine's Hymn, but few are familiar with the dramatic battle that inspired these famous words. We tell the remarkable story of William Eaton and his heroic but outrageous plan to overthrow the powerful Mediterranean nation of Tripoli and free 307 American hostages in 1805. Filmed aboard the USS Constitution in Boston harbor and on location in Morocco, we relive the U.S. Marine's first battle on foreign soil. 9-10pm -- 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. 10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Military Sidearms/Glock Handguns/MG42/WWII British Commando Weapons/Gun Truck Alley: #61 R. Lee Ermey discusses the future of the military sidearm while squeezing in a little trigger time with some Glock handguns. Next, the Gunny sets his sights on a patch of enemy watermelons with the German MG42. Then, it's a look back in time to the weapons and gear of the British Commandos of WWII. Finally, R. Lee discovers how troop convoy protection in improving today due to some innovative training on Gun Truck Alley. 10:30-11pm -- Tales of the Gun - The AK-47 The Soviet Union developed the Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947, also known as the AK-47, at the dawn of the Cold War. It quickly gained worldwide notoriety as one of the most simple to use and deadliest guns of the 20th century. In a rare interview, its inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov discusses his design. (Half-hour version) ____________________________________________________ Monday, September 20, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - World War I Tech The first bombing airplanes and widespread use of chemical weapons...earliest tanks...submarines. When Industrial-Age technology and war first mixed on a large scale, the end result was ruthlessly efficient destruction. World War One epitomized the dark underbelly of the Industrial Revolution. We see how technological achievements that streamlined 19th-century production, improved transportation, and expanded science were used to efficiently decimate a generation of soldiers in the early 20th century. 8-9pm -- UFO Files - Soviet UFO Secrets Revealed In an investigation of some of the most puzzling UFO sightings in Soviet history, we uncover the work of an underground network of believers and reveal a clandestine 13-year government investigation of UFOs. Many Russian UFO enthusiasts believe that proof of alien encounters exists--but it's being hidden from them! We also meet George Knapp, an American broadcast journalist who traveled to Russia in the early 1990s and believes there's a treasure trove of KGB UFO files that remain top-secret. 9-10pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Underwater Train Wreck When our investigators find two ghostly locomotives, upright and intact, just a few miles off the New Jersey coast, they must figure out how these massive land vehicles ended up 90 feet below the Atlantic. With no shipwreck nearby, our detectives launch an investigation into how these locomotives wound up in deep water seven miles from land. Were they jettisoned to save a ship? Did they slide off during a storm? And as our investigators discover, the trains are incredibly old--and incredibly rare. 10-11pm -- 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. ____________________________________________________ Tuesday, September 21, 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 - More Engineering Disasters Throughout history the same builders and engineers that paved man's path out of the caves and into the modern world also caused some of mankind's worst disasters. Often a huge calamity is traced back to a tiny cause, insignificant in itself, but triggering a domino effect. We'll revisit notable disasters and search for probable causes. 9-9:30pm -- Tech Effect - Pennsylvania Mining Disaster An ordinary day in July 2002. Nine miners arrive to work. After they break into a water-filled abandoned mine due to an incorrect map, they become trapped 230-feet below the surface. As the water relentlessly rose, the miners wondered if rescue workers could reach them before they drowned. We examine this historical moment, when technology affected the outcome, and examine the innovations that led up to that moment, 77 hours later, when all nine miners returned to the surface alive. 9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Javelin Anti-Tank Missile/Tankgewehr 1918/P-3 Orion/SOG: #59 Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey learns how our troops stick it to enemy tanks with the Javelin anti-tank missile and looks back at the first anti-tank rifle, the massive bolt-action Tankgewehr 1918. Next, it's out to the open ocean for a little submarine hunting in the Navy's P-3 Orion aircraft and a look back at sub hunting planes of WWII. Finally, it's into the heart of the jungle to discover the weapons, gear, and tactics used by the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) during the Vietnam War. 10-11pm -- Wild West Tech - Train Tech Nothing affected settlement of the American West more than construction of the transcontinental railway that connected the Wild West to the civilized East. We spotlight tools as well as techniques used to build tracks, bridges, and tunnels through mountains of solid granite. We also explore technology developed to make trains less vulnerable to bandits and train wrecks--better tracks and rails, arming mechanics with guns, and use of the telegraph as a warning system. Keith Carradine narrates. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, September 22, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gangster Guns During the 1920s and '30s in big cities and small towns alike, they earned a fierce reputation in a blaze of bullets. They were the best friends of criminals such as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Al Capone, and Bonnie and Clyde. Handle their Colt 45s and 38s, Tommy guns, Whippets, and Browning automatic rifles as we uncover the stories of gangster guns. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech A look at the "science of safety" as applied to Indy or NASCAR racing. From tires to roll-cages to hood flaps, we examine the incredible technology that's helping prevent crashes and enabling drivers to survive the inevitable ones. See how today's innovative minds digitally reconstruct crashes and design new technology that keeps pushing the limits of racing. The drivers may grab the glory, but they wouldn't dare get behind the wheel if it weren't for the guys in white lab coats. (1-hour version) 9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Drag Racing Legendary drivers lead us on a record-breaking race through a century-long search for sheer acceleration that began before World War One, when hot-rodders modified Model-T Fords to see how fast they could go. Today's dragsters can cover a quarter-mile from a standing start in 4.5 seconds, hitting top speeds above 330 mph. Top driver Gary Clapshaw shows us how to put together a modern dragster and revolutionary designer Bob Norwood unveils his newest car. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Police Pursuit Join us for a high-speed look at police pursuits in an adrenaline-filled hour focused on the history and evolution of the technologies that give law enforcement the upper hand when pursuing bad guys. From the days of chasing moonshine runners in "hopped up" vehicles during Prohibition to the most recent 100 mph freeway chases, patrol cars have undergone many advances. We also examine how communications have improved, the use of airborne resources, and pursuit on the high seas. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, September 23, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Power Tools The history of civilization could easily be measured in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve tools--an activity that is at least 4-million years old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power tools. We'll examine today's power tool industry, which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and quieter cordless tools. 8-10pm -- Rescue at Dawn: The Los Banos Raid - Brandishing the stealth and cunning of a modern-day Special Forces operation, the Los Banos raid is regarded as one of the most successful airborne raids of all time. On February 23, 1945, a combined force of U.S. paratroopers, Filipino guerrillas, and amphibious tanks liberated over 2,000 POWs who faced a potential massacre by their Japanese captors. In this 2-hour special, we return to the Los Banos Prison Camp with four soldiers who took part in the rescue and one of the liberated prisoners. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Car Crashes In the mid-1960s, the U.S. lost an average of 55,000 people yearly to car crashes. Since then, the number of cars on the road has doubled, but fatalities have decreased by nearly a third. The dramatic reduction is the culmination of research and development that led to safer roads and cars and quicker emergency response. But car-crash technology's future involves removal of its biggest threat--human drivers! Find out if computers and radar can prevent everything from fender-benders to pile-ups. ____________________________________________________ Friday, September 24, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- 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. 8-9pm -- Dead Men's Secrets - Hitler's Nuclear Arsenal At the start of WWII, the race had begun between the Nazis and the Allies to be the first to create an atomic weapon. By teaming up with the Japanese, Hitler planned to launch an atomic attack on San Francisco on August 17, 1945. But on August 6, an American Superfortress dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the war ended shortly after. We reveal shocking footage that demonstrates just how close the Nazis came to creating an atomic bomb and how close the U.S. came to nuclear catastrophe. 9-9:30pm -- Decisive Battles - Hail Caesar! Pharsalus, Thessaly (Northern Greece), 48 BC. Roman versus Roman for control of the civilized world! Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey) was the darling of the Senate, and Gaius Julius Caesar the champion of the troops. These two men had been pursuing one another all across Europe. And at Pharsalus, the Pompeians were confident of victory, with Caesar's forces on the point of starvation. But on August 9, generalship would decide the day as Caesar acted on inspiration into the tactics of Pompey. 9:30-10pm -- Command Decisions - The Tet Offensive On the first day of the Tet (lunar New Year) truce, North Vietnamese forces launched a surprise attack, their biggest offensive of the war, attacking 80 cities, towns, and military bases in South Vietnam. U.S. General Westmoreland makes a difficult decision. Instead of bombing the cities, U.S. troops move from "house to house, street to street," fighting the enemy up close. Part documentary, part interactive game, viewers join Westmoreland as he battles North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - 4x4 In this full-immersion journey through the world of maximum off-roading, learn what it's like to blow the carbon out of your system as we trace the history of the 4-wheel drive vehicle. From the annual Baja 1000-mile race to the Paris-to-Dakar rally, off-roading has become an international sport for motorized thrill seekers. Drive along in your Jeep, dune buggy, Hummer, or SUV for this high-adrenaline, fun-filled romp as we see why 4x4s go where no one has gone before! ____________________________________________________ Saturday, September 25, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Wild West Tech - Native American Tech Explore the might and power of the Native American tribes that once populated the Wild West with host Keith Carradine. We examine their weaponry--tomahawk, lance, slingshot, bow and arrow, and club--and how they cleverly adapted modern weaponry to their own use. You'll learn about their battle strategies as we introduce their most famous leaders, including Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull. And we demonstrate various medicinal and surgical procedures that they used on wounded warriors. 8-10:30pm -- Movies in Time - Wild Bill Movie. Jeff Bridges stars as Wild Bill Hickok, famed lawman and gunslinger of the Old West. Haunted by his past, he is pursued by Jack McCall (David Arquette) who has sworn to kill Hickok for abandoning his mother (Diane Lane) and ruining her life. With Ellen Barkin as Calamity Jane, Keith Carradine as Buffalo Bill Cody, John Hurt (who also narrates), Bruce Dern, and Christina Applegate. Directed by Walter Hill. (1995) 10:30-12am -- Cleavage - Sexy and fun, this 90-minute sizzling special surveys mankind's fascination with breasts and cleavage, from the goddesses of antiquity to today's silicone-enhanced TV and film stars. Offering their opinions on why two simple mounds of flesh have wielded such power through the ages are comedian Joan Rivers; "Cosmopolitan" magazine's Helen Gurley Brown; a plastic surgeon; a female body builder; and others. Narrated by Carmen Electra. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, September 26, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- True Warriors - Death from Above Behind Taliban lines in the foreign and notoriously dangerous terrain of Afghanistan, three Air Force commandos go hunting for terrorists in October 2002. Flaunting the notion of capture, Andy Kubik, Calvin Markham, and Bart Decker scout potential Taliban targets on foot or by horse, provide F-16s with real-time intelligence, paint each target with a laser pointer, and watch as precision bombs obliterate Taliban strongholds. This is the story of these little-known super soldiers. 8-9pm -- True Warriors - Escape from Liberia September 1998, Monrovia, Liberia. Rebel gangs clash in the streets and plunge the West African city into revolutionary anarchy. For several days, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agents Tony Diebler, Scott Folensbee, and Steve Fakan have been foraying into the raging streets to rescue and evacuate U.S. Embassy employees and fellow Americans. Now a new crisis emerges--a group of journalists, pinned down in a nearby hotel, is about to be slaughtered. But not if our True Warriors can help it! 9-10pm -- True Warriors - Urgent Fury October 25, 1983, Operation Urgent Fury. The Navy's newest, top-secret weapon against terrorism, SEAL Team Six, gets its first "hot" operation--a danger-fraught mission to restore democracy to Grenada, a tiny Caribbean country hijacked by Cuban communists. Told they will face only light resistance, SEAL Team Six's job is to rescue the trapped Grenadian Governor. But they fast-rope into a hornet's nest of small arms fire and anti-aircraft artillery. Set up to fail, SEAL Team Six simply refused! 10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - #62 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 -- Command Decisions - The Tet Offensive On the first day of the Tet (lunar New Year) truce, North Vietnamese forces launched a surprise attack, their biggest offensive of the war, attacking 80 cities, towns, and military bases in South Vietnam. U.S. General Westmoreland makes a difficult decision. Instead of bombing the cities, U.S. troops move from "house to house, street to street," fighting the enemy up close. Part documentary, part interactive game, viewers join Westmoreland as he battles North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. ____________________________________________________ Monday, September 27, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Liberty Ships of WWII Focusing on a brief but glorious period of American ingenuity, we'll study shipbuilders' response to the demands of WWII. Combining rare National Archive footage with photography shot on vintage ships, we'll see how industrialists transformed the nation's shipyards into mass production facilities in a matter of months. 8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFOs: Then and Now? The Innocent Years In a comprehensive series investigating the UFO experience, we begin with a review of surprising imagery from cave paintings to Medieval frescoes to Renaissance art. But in the late 1940s, the modern era of UFO sightings took off with the mysterious crash of a flying object near Roswell, New Mexico. 9-10pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Death in the Mediterranean December 26, 1996. An unlicensed ferry, smuggling 300 Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan illegals to Italy, disappears off Sicily's coast. Only 29 passengers survive, and they tell a wild tale of being forced onto a rickety ferry by a drunken captain and colliding with a larger ship. An Italian journalist finances a search using ROVs and finds the decimated ship surrounded by skeletons. Our detectives return to the scene of the crime to conduct an underwater investigation. Was it an accident or murder? 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, September 28, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- 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. 8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Gambling Tech Ride on a luxurious riverboat to the rough-and-tumble mining and cattle towns where prospectors and cowboys earned and lost fortunes as we explore Wild West games, techniques, and cheating devices. Meet professional players who made a living by outwitting others, including famous riverboat gamblers George Devol and Canada Bill Jones, and Tombstone duo Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Keith Carradine introduces the rules of each game and demonstrates the types of weaponry gamblers carried. 9-9:30pm -- Tech Effect - Waco From February 28 to April 19, 1993, the FBI and a religious cult known as the Branch Davidians engaged in a standoff in Waco, Texas. The Davidians believed their leader, David Koresh, to be a prophet who would guide them through a violent confrontation with Babylon. The ordeal began with a gun battle between Branch Davidians and ATF agents, killing four agents and six Davidians, and ended in a fiery blaze, killing 80 people. We analyze weapons and tactics utilized by both sides in this tragic standoff. 9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Military Sidearms/Glock Handguns/MG42/WWII British Commando Weapons/Gun Truck Alley: #61 R. Lee Ermey discusses the future of the military sidearm while squeezing in a little trigger time with some Glock handguns. Next, the Gunny sets his sights on a patch of enemy watermelons with the German MG42. Then, it's a look back in time to the weapons and gear of the British Commandos of WWII. Finally, R. Lee discovers how troop convoy protection in improving today due to some innovative training on Gun Truck Alley. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - SOS Tech A look at the technology that changed the serious game of Search and Rescue forever. At the mouth of Oregon's Columbia River, we visit the Coast Guard's Motor Lifeboat School, the training ground for High Surf Rescue. Then, we trace the evolution of life-saving technology at sea, and learn why the EPIRP (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon) is the pleasure boater's greatest friend. And we take a look at how the U.S. Navy deals with accidents classified as "Man Overboard" in the 21st century. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, September 29, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firefighting!: Containing the Demon Fire! A blessing and curse to mankind. We'll review efforts to control this force from ancient Rome to today's thermal imaging cameras with special focus on U.S. history. We'll see how major fires in Chicago and San Francisco altered city planning, and relive the disasters at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and Coconut Grove. Heroes 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Metal Metal constitutes the very essence of the modern world; the cadence of our progress sounds in the measured ring of the blacksmith's hammer. From soaring skyscrapers and sturdy bridges to jet planes and rockets, metals play a key role. Our journey begins before the Bronze Age and takes us into the shiny future when new metal structures--engineered at a molecular level to be stronger, lighter, and cheaper--shape human progress, as they have since man first thrust copper into a fire and forged a tool. 9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Hydraulics The machines that helped build our world have been powered by hydraulics, a compact system of valves, hoses, and pumps that transmits forces from point to point through fluid. This basic concept of powerful force transmission through fluid provides the force for most machines today. From the ancient Roman mastery of the aqueduct to Universal Studios, a veritable hydraulic theme park, we see how hydraulics power industry, keep planes flying, and make that 3-point-turn a U-turn. 10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - More of the World's Biggest Machines On land, in the air, or on the sea--we examine some of the biggest machines ever built, including: the Antonov AN-225, the world's biggest aircraft; the GE 90-115B jet engine; the Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter; the Union Pacific's biggest steam locomotive, the "Big Boy" 4000 and GE's AC 6000; the Discoverer Enterprise, the world's largest oil-drilling ship; the RB 293 bucket-wheel mine excavator; and the LED Viva Vision, the world's largest printing screen, which stretches 4-blocks long in Las Vegas. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, September 30, 2004 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firefighting!: The Arson Detectives Meet crime fighters who take on fiery killers. In Houston, visit the site of a suspicious fire with Fire Marshall Lalo Torres as he turns ashes into evidence. Former A.T.F. head Richard Garner explains motives behind the recent church fires. And at the California Criminalists Institute, John DeHaan trains special arson dogs. 8-10pm -- Time Machine - The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre February 1929: Al Capone takes on "Bugs" Moran in a battle for Chicago's underworld. Then: a burst from a Tommy gun and only one boss remained. Rare films and recreations offer the inside dope on organized crime's greatest mass murder. Narrated by Paul Sorvino. 10-11pm -- History Alive - Cocaine Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was touted as a cure-all in the late 19th century and was the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept of the "cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38. We'll see how, though it was outlawed in 1914, its popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth to a deadlier form--crack.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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