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Wednesday, September 1, 2004
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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.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 6
A look at the modern era's most complex, deadly, and controversial engineering failures. With the aid of 3-D animation, forensic experts, and disaster footage, we seek to understand what went wrong and how mishap led to remedy. Stories include: the Marines' AV-8 Harrier "Jump Jet"; the Pleasants Power Station cooling tower; fire on the Piper Alpha offshore oilrig; derailment of a high-speed train in Germany; and computer errors that brought the world to the brink of accidental nuclear war.
9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 4
Engineering disasters can result in personal tragedy, national humiliation, and economic ruin. But buried within their wreckage lie lessons that point the way to a safer future. The fire at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel, the collapse of Seattle's Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge, the car that spurred creation of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the flaw that grounded the first commercial jet are among the engineering disasters that led to improvements in design and safety.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5
Examines some of the most notorious engineering failures of recent years and asks what went wrong and what we learned from them. We take viewers to the southern coast of Louisiana, where a misplaced oilrig caused an entire lake to be sucked into an underground salt mine; review the 1972 Buffalo Creek dam disaster; revisit the Exxon Valdez oil spill; see how radio and TV antenna towers collapse with alarming regularity; and look at the collision of two California icons--freeways and earthquakes!
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Thursday, September 2, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Runways
What do you think about when you gaze out the window as your plane takes off? Probably not about the least heralded part of our infrastructure--airport runways. But runways play a vital role as the backbone of aviation. They're where rubber meets road and land gives way to sky. Did you know that airports like JFK train falcons to keep little birds from becoming a hazard to the big, shiny birds? Join us for an engrossing look at the brawny concrete and asphalt runways that make aviation possible.
8-9pm -- Time Machine - The Mapmakers: America, the Birth of a Continent
Maps have long been a source of fascination, evoking exotic images of faraway lands, carrying us across continents, around the world, and indeed, through time. In this episode, we look at the discovery of the "New World"--from the travels of explorers such as Columbus and Vespucci. We also feature the Waldeseemuller Map, called the "the birth certificate of America"--the first map to name "America", and the ancient Greek Ptolemy's text "Geographica", which inspired the Age of Discovery.
9-10pm -- Time Machine - The Mapmakers: The Mystery of the Mercator Atlas
A look at how maps played a role in the religious struggle for power in 16th-century Europe, featuring a Scottish spy and mapmaker who drafted maps for Henry VIII, then later fled to France with his secrets to aid Catholic continental forces. His secret information led to production of a map by the world-famous geographer Mercator. Both mapmakers were pawns in a dangerous game, which put England at great risk of invasion by a Catholic French/Scottish alliance, just as Elizabeth came to the throne.
10-11pm -- Time Machine - The Mapmakers: The D-Day Invasion Maps
The fascinating story of maps during wartime, featuring the tale of the "Bigot Maps"--Nazi maps that were the most confidential and secret of WWII, containing information about enemy territory and defenses. One map in particular was stolen from Nazi headquarters by a house painter/spy, who hid it behind a mirror and later retrieved it to pass on to the Allied forces. We also look at incredible stories of bravery and treachery that went into the creation and procurement of the Bigot Maps.
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Friday, September 3, 2004
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7-8pm -- HistoryCENTER Special - 2004 Republican Convention
A series that provides historical perspective on current cultural, political, and news-making issues and asks the provocative question: How is the present like the past? This one-hour special was shot on location in New York at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Hosted by resident historian Steve Gillon.
8-9pm -- Save Our History - The President Slept Here
Focuses on the restoration efforts at three historically significant homes, each with a vital presidential past: Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, home of James Madison; the Soldiers' Home cottage in Washington, D.C., presidential retreat of Abraham Lincoln (1862-64); and Longfellow House, Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from 1837-1883 and first headquarters of General George Washington during the American Revolution (1775-76). Hosted by Steve Thomas.
9-9:30pm -- Decisive Battles - Carrhae
Carrhae, 53 BC. Although he may have been the richest man in Rome, Crassus was the political poor relation in the First Triumvirate. He needed military laurels to raise him up to the level of Pompey and Caesar, and he chose to try to get them in Parthia. His vanity was to cost the lives of seven Roman Legions, his son, and his own head. The Roman force was wiped out in the desert and the legionary eagles lost that day would not be restored until the time of Augustus.
9:30-10pm -- Command Decisions - Battle of Inchon
Supported by Stalin, North Korean dictator Kim Sung-Il launched an invasion of South Korea, and quickly occupied the region. Outraged, U.S. President Harry Truman ordered General Douglas MacArthur to take action. He proposed a dangerous mission. First, capture Wolmido Island. Then, launch an amphibious landing at Inchon's sea wall. Part documentary, part interactive game, viewers join MacArthur and North Korean Marshal Choe Yong Gun as they face off in 1950. Will MacArthur's audacious plan work?
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Failed Inventions
Join us for a salute to the dreamers and schemers who brought the world an odd assortment of flawed ideas--like flying, swimming, and jet-powered automobiles, flying rocket belts, and radium-filled clothes that promised to inflate the owner's sagging love life! And we explore the minds of the off-kilter geniuses who thought up these off-the-mark concepts. Some tinkerers' musings were merely ahead of their time and deemed flops during the inventor's lifetime, but others were just plain bad!
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Saturday, September 4, 2004
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7-8pm -- History Alive - Helter Skelter
Few crimes in American history are as notorious as the killings masterminded by Charles Manson during an August weekend in 1969. Vincent Bugliosi, the former Los Angeles district attorney who put Manson and his accomplices behind bars and wrote a best-selling account of the murders and the 41-week trial, presents his first-person account of one of the most shocking murder stories of the 20th century.
8-10pm -- Inside the Playboy Mansion - Inside the Playboy Mansion
"If you don't swing, don't ring." So advises the Latin inscription posted at the entrance of the Playboy Mansion as we learn in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the private world of "Playboy" publisher Hugh Hefner. Includes a guided tour of the mansion's palatial private quarters; footage of some of the steamiest, sexiest parties "Hef" has ever thrown; and interviews with mansion regulars Bill Maher, Pamela Anderson, Drew Carey, and Bill Cosby.
10-11pm -- Time Machine - The History of Sex: The Middle Ages
In this steamy history, we trace the evolution of sexual beliefs and practices from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Renaissance. We'll also uncover the conflicting extremes of medieval romance and sex--from the bawdy life of European city dwellers to the staid and dangerous practice of courtly love. Medieval scholars offer humorous and interesting carnal tales of lusty knights, bawdy widows, naughty priests, and chaste maidens.
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Sunday, September 5, 2004
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6-8pm -- Russia Land of the Tsars
Traces the rise and fall of one of the world's greatest empires and weaves together the glittering and tempestuous stories of the Imperial rulers with the life of the Russian people to explore historic trends and turning points that shaped the nation's destiny. Part 1 begins with the founding of ancient "Rus" by Viking warlords, Russia's subjugation by Mongol hordes, the rise of Ivan the Terrible, and transformation from isolated borderland to powerful European state under Peter the Great.
8-10pm -- Russia Land of the Tsars
A history of the Russian Empire spanning 1,000 years--from birth of the nation and the Orthodox Church in the 10th century to the fall of the last Tsar and the 1917 Russian Revolution. Part 2 covers the Empire's zenith under Catherine the Great, the 19th-century struggle as the autocratic dynasty tried to cope with the social and economic upheaval of the Industrial Revolution, and the social chaos that brought Lenin and the Communists to power--and claimed the lives of Nicholas II and his family.
10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - The War of 1812: #60
In an episode devoted to the weapons and warriors of the War of 1812, R. Lee Ermey travels back in time to see what it was like to go up against the British back then. At a newly converted 1812-period camp, he demonstrates a 7-barreled gun designed to obliterate the masts of enemy ships; experiences camp life at historic Fort Miegs; revisits the siege at Fort McHenry that inspired writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and visits the USS Constitution to check U.S. naval technology of the day.
10:30-11pm -- Command Decisions - Battle of Inchon (see Friday 9:30)
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Monday, September 6, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 3
When design flaws fell projects the cost is often exacted in lives as we see in this look at engineering disasters. Why did the Tower of Pisa begin to lean by as much as 17 feet; what caused the first nuclear accident in 1961 in Idaho; what killed three Soyuz 11 cosmonauts aboard the world's first orbiting space station; how did a winter storm destroy the Air Force's Texas Tower Radar Station, killing 28; and what errors led to NASA's loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander?
8-9pm -- 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 disasters. What happens when their calculations prove wrong and it all comes tumbling down? From Hammurabi's days, when the first building laws were instituted, to today's potential nuclear or chemical disasters that can spell death for thousands, we'll take a harrowing tour through some of history's greatest engineering mistakes. (1-hour version)
9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Skeleton
What does it take to construct a building that will cover an entire city block? Try 13,000 tons of steel, 36,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough wire and cables to stretch from New York City to Boston, hundreds of professionals, and two years of blood, sweat, and swearing. Welcome to Skyscraper 101. In the first hour, we see how architects design a building and check out the new California Department of Transportation headquarters--a project we've followed for two years.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Exterior
For two years, we've followed construction of the new California Department of Transportation headquarters in downtown LA--a massive 700,000 square-foot office building--and we use this building as a specific example to illustrate construction problems of mega-skyscrapers, from the Empire State Building to the Sears Tower to the TAIPEI 101. In hour two, the steel skeleton is up, but before the windows and walls go up, the general contractor tests the exterior wall system by building a mockup.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Skeleton
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Exterior (repeated from yesterday)

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Human Environment
In hour three of our crash course on mega-skyscraper construction, we learn about the human element and development of systems that make us comfortable. And we'll see the evolution from freight hoists to today's fastest high-speed pressurized elevators and, on the cooler side, the evolution from ice refrigeration to 3,000-ton chillers. We meet Bobby, the manlift operator and the building site's standup comedian, and travel to Taiwan to visit the world's fastest elevators in the TAIPEI 101.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Arteries
For two years, we've followed the construction of the new California Department of Transportation headquarters in LA to learn the architectural, structural, and mechanical challenges of building mega-skyscrapers. In hour four, as we're installing the veins and arteries of the building and wrapping up construction on CalTrans, we learn how development of electricity and indoor plumbing made skyscrapers possible--imagine needing to take an elevator down 70 stories to use the privy behind the building!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2004
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7-8pm -- The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon - The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked within the Bible that outlines past and future events? Does the Code contain hidden messages about people like Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key world events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers' assassinations, and 9/11? More frightening are references to future events--including Earth's impending end. We take a balanced look through the eyes of Code supporters and critics and let viewers determine its accuracy in predicting the future.
8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon
On September 11, 2001, terrorists did the unthinkable when they flew two fuel-loaded jetliners into the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers' physical height and symbolic stature made them the perfect target. They were remarkable achievements in architecture, construction, and technology. In this 2-hour profile, we look at how the WTC was constructed and talk to representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, New York's Office of Emergency Management, FEMA, and DNA experts about the aftermath.
10-12am -- The 9/11 Commission Report
Released July 22, 2004, one of the most significant findings of the 9/11 Commission Report is that a number of opportunities existed prior to that tragic day to disrupt the plot. The 500-plus page document by a bipartisan federal panel was the result of months of research and testimony that was spurred on by families of the victims and largely opposed by the Bush Administration. We learn about the findings from those who testified, those who wrote the report, and from the Commissioners themselves.
3000 Names
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Thursday, September 9, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Disaster Technology
An examination of the historical development of technological tools that help science mitigate nature's fury. It's a survival story that begins with comprehending the force of disaster. As environmental calamities unfold, viewers witness the urgency for change that each crisis compelled and innovations designed to lower death tolls.
8-9pm -- Secret Luftwaffe Aircraft of WW2
German military aircraft designs were decades ahead of their Allied counterparts. To insure Luftwaffe superiority, their designers tested advanced concepts including swept-wing and vertical take-off aircraft and stealth bombers. Using computer-generated images and archival footage, we trace development of Hitler's airborne arsenal.
9-10pm -- Secret Japanese Aircraft of WW2
In the 1930s, Japanese designers created a range of warplanes, culminating in the legendary Ki-43 "Oscar" and the A6M "Zero". As the war turned against Japan, designers created the rocket-powered "Shusui", the "Kikka" jet fighter, and the experimental R2Y "Keiun". We also disclose frantic preparations to assemble a secret airforce of jet and rocket planes to counter an anticipated U.S. invasion in1945, and chronicle post-war aviation and the birth of the Japanese rocket program in the 1950s and '60s.
10-11pm -- Secret Allied Aircraft of WW2
At WWII's outset, U.S. and U.K. military aircraft designs were woefully behind Germany's and Japan's technologically superior planes. But the genius and ingenuity of innovators on both sides of the Atlantic closed the gap. For America, it was a handful of visionaries and their teams; for Great Britain, a creative and thoughtful spirit emanated from the top leadership on down. This is the untold stories of their cutting-edge designs and solutions, some of which proved decades ahead of their time.
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Friday, September 10, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Tunnels of Vietnam
Here is the heroic story of a bold band of infantry soldiers, the "Tunnel Rats", charged with a daring mission--to search for, find, and destroy a secret subterranean network of enemy tunnels in Vietnam. Armed with only a flashlight, valor, and a .45, they faced a determined foe and overcame lethal odds, uncovering secret enemy arms and intelligence caches. Tragically, many of these volunteers died and others were seriously wounded on this terrifying suicide mission.
8-9pm -- F-18 Hornet
One aircraft in the U.S. arsenal best typifies the will to win. Using the latest and most sophisticated computerized technology, the F-18 Hornet is now one of the foremost fighters of the 21st Century. Once a plane that nobody wanted, today it's the principal Navy and Marine fighter-attacker--with a flick of a switch, it transforms from bomber to fighter. Interviews with pilots and crews, combined with archive film and color reenactments, take you inside the cockpit of this multi-role aircraft.
9-9:30pm -- Decisive Battles - Adrianople
378 AD. The crumbling Roman Empire, split in two, literally faces the barbarians at the gates. Ravaged by Hunnic invasions, the Visigoths beg Rome to let them cross the Danube. Corruption drives this hungry horde to rebellion, and pride drives Emperor Valens to take them on near Constantinople without waiting for support from Gratian, the Emperor in the West. On a blisteringly hot day, the Goths met Roman forces in a battle that St. Ambrose called "the end of all humanity, the end of the world."
9:30-10pm -- Command Decisions - Battle of Marathon
After providing defensive aid to neighboring Ionia, the Athenians must defend their city against Persian invasion. But Persia, with its archers and cavalry, has a clear advantage. After an 8-day stand off in 490 BC, with Persian reinforcements on the way, the Athenians, led by Callimachus and Militiades, decide to take the offensive. Part documentary, part interactive game, viewers join the forces of King Darius as 6,000 are slaughtered by the Athenians, who depend on speed to gain the advantage.
10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - The War of 1812: #60
In an episode devoted to the weapons and warriors of the War of 1812, R. Lee Ermey travels back in time to see what it was like to go up against the British back then. At a newly converted 1812-period camp, he demonstrates a 7-barreled gun designed to obliterate the masts of enemy ships; experiences camp life at historic Fort Miegs; revisits the siege at Fort McHenry that inspired writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and visits the USS Constitution to check U.S. naval technology of the day.
10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - M-16/Viet Cong Booby Traps/The Ravens/Wild Weasels/Vietnam River Patrol Boats/Green Berets: #30
Why did the military replace the M-14 rifle with the M-16 during Vietnam? What kind of booby traps did the Viet Cong use? Who were the super-secret Ravens? What did the Wild Weasels do during the Vietnam War? What types of missions did river patrol boats take care of in Vietnam? How did the Green Berets get their name? In an hour devoted to the Vietnam War, R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' questions on military technology with practical demonstrations by military experts in the field.
Swiftvets.com
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Saturday, September 11, 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.
8-9:15pm -- Band of Brothers - Replacements
Fresh replacements join Easy Company in time for a massive paradrop into German-occupied Holland. The Dutch townspeople of Eindhoven welcome them as liberators, but when Easy and a cluster of British tanks move into a nearby town, a superior German force inflicts many casualties and forces a retreat. As they move onto another assignment in Holland, Capt. Winters (Damian Lewis) laments the retreat, and Capt. Nixon (Ron Livingston) thinks that the ambitious Allied operation seems to have failed.
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, September 12, 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.
9-11pm -- 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.
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Monday, September 13, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - 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.
8-9pm -- Time Machine - The Battle of Chickamauga
In September 1863, along the Chickamauga River in northern Georgia, the Union and Confederate Armies battled to the death. In Cherokee, Chickamauga means "River of Blood"--to the soldiers who fought there, it was the vortex of hell. One survivor remembered Chickamauga as "a vicious brawl, a mad irregular battle, resembling guerrilla warfare on a grand scale."
9-10pm -- History Alive - The Tragedy at Cold Harbor
In 1864, General Grant doggedly pursued Lee's forces. On June 3, the two sides met at Cold Harbor, a crossroads near Richmond, where Grant hurled his men against entrenched breastworks, losing 7,000 in 20 minutes. Fighting on, he won victory 10 months later. Hastening the South's end, Cold Harbor ushered in an era of trench warfare.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Quarries
Dynamite explodes hills to bits, drills divide sheer stone walls, 400,000-pound blocks are pulled from pits by giant cranes, and men work around the clock to wrest rock out of the earth. Not diamonds or gold...rock, the raw material of civilization! Without rock, modern society wouldn't exist. Roads, sewers, dams, bridges, buildings, paint, glue, make-up, antacids, and even chewing gum need crushed stone. From ancient days to the present, we explore the evolution of quarrying techniques.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bunkers
From the earliest bunkers of WWI through the ultra-futuristic ones of tomorrow's wars, we trace the story of defensive fortifications. In the constant struggle to hold off ever more potent forms of attack, bunkers function in a variety of forms. Three mammoth block structures comprise a submarine bunker at Lorient, France, able to house 20 subs. We visit Churchill's Cabinet War Room and Hitler's Berlin bunker, as well as backyard Cold War bunkers and those that protect nuclear weapons themselves.
8-10pm -- Remember the Alamo
March 6, 1836: A massacre of Americans at the Mexican Army's hands made "Remember the Alamo" an immortal Texan battle cry. But is this history viewed through an American lens? With distance from the heat of battle, a Mexican version of the controversy emerges. What caused Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett to run from their pasts to become heroes in death? How did a struggle for independence become a race to war? In this 2-hour investigation, we expose new evidence in this grand victory with a dark secret.
10-11pm -- The Million Dollar Challenge
Investigates the history of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1958 inception to the present day. DARPA, an unique agency under the Department of Defense, is charged with the responsibility of understanding and developing technology to defend the United States. We highlight five of DARPA's most exciting projects throughout its history, concluding with its autonomous vehicle initiative and the Grand Challenge--a race in which robots compete for a million-dollar prize.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - U-Boats
They came within days of single-handedly winning both world wars. Now, men who served in--and fought against--Germany's famed submarine corps remember the days of the dreaded Wolf Pack.
8-10pm -- Time Machine - Osama bin Laden
Featuring former and current CIA agents, Special Forces soldiers, Washington insiders, and best-selling authors such as Mark Bowden ("Black Hawk Down"), Steve Coll ("Ghost Wars"), Phillip Smucker ("Al Qaeda's Great Escape"), and Simon Reeve ("The New Jackals"), we take a 2-hour groundbreaking look at the hunt for the world's #1 archenemy. Filmed in 10 countries around the world, we trace bin Laden's rise through the Jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan to his present incarnation.
10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - St. Lawrence Seaway
A monumental stairway in water that lifts massive ships hundreds of feet over thousands of miles, the St. Lawrence Seaway is the longest inland waterway in the world--a system of rivers, lakes, canals, dams, and locks that stretch 2,400 miles--and forms an essential part of the commercial infrastructure of the U.S. and Canada. We look back at its long history, which dates back to the 16th century and French explorer Jacques Cartier, and its future success, which may lie in tourism and cruise ships.
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Thursday, September 16, 2004
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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.

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Friday, September 17, 2004
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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!

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Saturday, September 18, 2004
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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.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004
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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)

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Monday, September 20, 2004
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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.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
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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.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
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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.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004
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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.

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Friday, September 24, 2004
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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!

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Saturday, September 25, 2004
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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.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004
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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.

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Monday, September 27, 2004
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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?

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
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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.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
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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.

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Thursday, September 30, 2004
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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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