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Friday, April 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster #1.
They make our lives more comfortable, more rewarding,
and more secure. They are the magical machines that
have brought us to the edge of the new frontier of
limitless possibilities. But it is a hinterland filled
with dangers and demons of our own creation. Based on
the popular book Inviting Disaster by James Chiles, in
this episode we explore the nuclear nightmares of
Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 1-7.
General Eisenhower has decided to halt the Allied
advance at the Elbe River--just 60 miles west of
Berlin. The Russians, therefore, take Berlin. Other
forces head towards the south of Germany--to the
Bavarian Alps--where they believe the Nazis will make
their last stand. As the Allies advance throughout
Europe, the initial stage of one of the largest and
most devastating assaults in history begins--Operation
Iceberg, the Battle for Okinawa, in which 172,000
soldiers and marines find themselves in a fight to the
death against fanatical Japanese troops defending the
island. Join us for a blow-by-blow, week-by-week look
at the final months, days, and hours of World War Two.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - SS Lane Victory: #70.
R. Lee Ermey is underway in San Pedro, California
onboard the SS Lane Victory--the only fully
operational WWII-era victory ship in the world. Lee
highlights the role of the Merchant Marine and Navy
Armed Guard in WWII and how they formed the vital link
between "Rosie the Riveter" and "GI Joe"--shipping
millions of tons of materiel and supplies across the
Atlantic and Pacific. To demonstrate the ship's role,
Lee and his jeep are sealifted by a WWII-era crane
from shore onto the ship. From the anti-aircraft gun
mount on the SS Lane Victory, the Gunny introduces a
story about SWORDS, the military's new fully-armed
robot warrior that is being deployed on the
battlefield right now. And Lee takes a look back to
the Navajo Code Talkers--Native Americans who
developed an unbreakable secret code to keep radio
communications safe during WWII.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Self-Propelled
Artillery/Musket/Airships/Blue Angels/Pirate
Weapons/Depth Charge: #22.
If self-propelled artillery is much more maneuverable
than towed artillery, why isn't all artillery
self-propelled? How does a matchlock musket work? Did
the U.S. Navy really use airships as floating aircraft
carriers? How does the Navy select pilots for their
elite precision flying team, the Blue Angels? What
type of weapons did pirates use? How do depth charges
work? R. Lee Ermey and military experts in the field
answer these questions with brief demonstrations.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - A-10 Tankbuster.
The most feared aircraft in the Air Force arsenal, the
A-10 Tankbuster was the first aircraft in U.S.
aviation history designed specifically for Close Air
Support. From its first taste of battle in Desert
Storm to the recent assault on Baghdad, the A-10
carries enough weaponry into battle to disable 16 main
battle tanks, and with its amazing 30 millimeter
7-barrelled cannon, the "Flying Gun" dominates the
skies. Features interviews with A-10 pilots, many of
whom flew in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Saturday, April 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - Lincoln Assassination.
April 14, 1865--Actor John Wilkes Booth shot President
Lincoln in the back of the head at a Washington
theater. Days later, Wilkes died in a standoff, and
eventually, eight Southern sympathizers were tried for
conspiracy. This much we know to be true. But many
conspiracy theories arose--pointing to the
Confederacy, the Union, and even the Catholic Church!
Once again, new theories have sprung up, based on
recently found documents and forensic technology.
Historian Edward Steers Jr. connects Booth to the
Confederate Secret Service in Montreal, which
indirectly links him to Jefferson Davis and the
Confederate government; while biographer Charles
Higham places Booth in a larger conspiracy.
Historians, biographers, and researchers, who take
issue with Steers and Higham, counter their arguments

8-10pm -- Conquest of America - Southwest/Southeast.
In 1540, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, the young
governor of a province in northern Mexico, mounted the
largest expedition of conquest yet assembled in North
America. This is the story of Coronado's quest, which
would lead him to the Grand Canyon and take him into
present-day Kansas in search of riches. Then, Old
World rivalries spill over onto the virgin soil of
Florida when France seeks to gain a foothold and Spain
is determined not to let any country trespass on its
claims. By 1560, the Spanish have yet to establish a
colony in North America and France decides to make a
bid for land. This is the story of the race between
France and Spain to be the first to colonize the area
now know as Florida, and the war they waged in the New
World. (2-hour version.)

10-12am -- Conquest of America - Northeast/Northwest.
It was one of the great intellectual debates of the
day: was there a northern sea route to the East
Indies? Henry Hudson, chosen by an English merchant
company, leads what will be the first of four epic
voyages in search of a northern passage. But Hudson's
obsessive search and his ultimate failure leads to
something far more significant--the conquest and
colonization of Northeast America. Then, by 1725,
Russia was the only major European nation that had not
yet taken part in the conquest of the New World. Peter
the Great was interested in knowing whether or not
Asia and North America were connected at any point so
he selected Danish sea captain Vitus Bering to lead an
expedition. (2-hour version.)


Sunday, April 3, 2005

7-8pm -- The Real Attila the Hun - 
No ruler in history represents the unbridled rage and
brutality of the barbarian as much as Attila the Hun.
In the 5th century, Attila swept through Europe,
effectively extinguishing the classical Roman Empire.
And for a time, he held the destiny of all of Western
Europe firmly in his grasp. But in the end, it was
Attila who unwittingly secured the future of the
civilized world and Christian Europe. After his death,
the Hun Empire began to break up, and the marauding
Huns "scattered to the winds."

8-10pm -- The True Story of Hannibal - 
One of history's greatest military leaders, at age
nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on
the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before
embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his
people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC,
he left New Carthage (now Cartagena, Spain) to wage
war on "The Eternal City" with an army of about
40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After
crossing the Pyrénées and Rhône River, he traversed
the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and
hostile mountain tribes. This 2-hour special brings to
life the story of the Carthaginian general who struck
fear in all Roman hearts and wreaked havoc with his
masterful military tactics, bringing the mighty Roman
Republic to the brink of ruin. Archaeologists,
historians, and military experts guide us through
ancient Carthage and give insight into his military
strategy up to defeat at Zama in 203 BC.

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Andrew Jackson: Conqueror
of Florida.
We don't often think of U.S. Presidents as conquerors,
but the title fits Andrew Jackson. In 1817, President
James Monroe ordered then-General Jackson to stop
Seminole attacks in Georgia. Instructed not to violate
Spanish-controlled Florida unless in hot pursuit,
Jackson invaded anyway, overthrew the governor, seized
the military post St. Marks, and executed two British
citizens for inciting the Seminole. Along the way, he
seized runaway slaves and destroyed the so-called
"Negro Fort". Jackson's actions caused an
international incident, and while some called for his
head, demanding that he be removed from his post and
brought to trial, Monroe backed him. Within two years,
Spain ceded Florida to the U.S.--and Jackson's
conquest was complete. Join us for a balanced look at
both sides of the conflict as we use location shooting
and state-of-the-art animation to support our


Monday, April 4, 2005

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 - Area 51: Beyond Top Secret.
Born during the Cold War, Area 51 in Nevada, also
known as Groom Lake or Dreamland, became not only the
Air Force's most strategic test site, but also a
symbol of everything that was sneaky about the U.S.
military-industrial-intelligence complex. In recent
years, UFO investigators claimed that the top-secret
planes tested there were built with technology gleaned
from captured alien aircraft. We uncover the secrets
of the cryptic desert facility and look into
mysterious deaths of base workers.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Search for El
It was a fable that fueled a thousand fevered
explorations into the mountains and rainforests of
South America. The mere idea of El Dorado--a city of
gold buried in the jungle--fired the imagination of
Spanish conquistadors for centuries. But when no city
appeared, so the legend faded. Now explorer and
survival expert Josh Bernstein begins the search anew.
The recent find of a remarkable document has given new
life to the search for El Dorado. Eager to follow up
on these latest developments, Josh throws himself into
an exciting journey that takes him from the icy waters
of Lake Titicaca in Southern Peru, to the frozen
Altiplano of the high Andes, then deep into the Amazon
jungle as he struggles to discover the truth, once and
for all, behind the legend of El Dorado.

10-11pm -- Lost Worlds - Palenque.
Join our journey through time to relive some of the
most crucial events in world history within the walls
where they occurred. Following a team of historical
detectives, we piece together clues, using evidence
from recent excavations, state-of-the-art scientific
studies, and historical documents. Today we venture to
Palenque, a great Mayan city deep in the Mexican
jungle, abandoned for over a thousand years.
Mysterious tombs, palaces and temples covered by
creepers have remained hidden from the world for
centuries. But how was this gigantic metropolis built,
what purpose did the temples and palaces serve and how
did this extraordinary city look at its height? As the
clues are gathered, we rebuild the city, wall by wall,
building by building, and the result is an
historically accurate and stunningly beautiful vision
of an ancient city.


Tuesday, April 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nordhausen.
It was the world's largest underground factory--seven
miles of tunnels built to manufacture Hitler's secret
weapons, primarily the V-2 rocket. But Nordhausen kept
more than one secret. Technology and torture went
hand-in-hand--25,000 concentration camp workers died
there--and some of those associated with Nordhausen
later helped take America to the moon.

8-9pm -- Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death - 
The 2004 Tsunami, centered in the Indian Ocean, was
caused by a 9.3 earthquake--the second strongest quake
on record. Join us for a minute-by-minute look at
nature's fury at its worst, when the tsunami kills
more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. In this
special, we examine the tsunami as it moves from coast
to coast through the eyes of people who lived through
it and scientists now studying its path of
devastation. Drawing on the extraordinary volume of
amateur video that recorded the disaster, we take
viewers inside the world's deadliest tsunami.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Counterfeit King.
Counterfeiting coins isn't easy--it's an art form!
Diameter, thickness, magnetism, weight, design, even
the precise mix of alloys--every element of the coin
must be perfectly replicated. That means taking on the
craftsmanship that the U.S. Mint took years to
develop, including anti-counterfeiting marks like
"hidden grooves" and uniquely serrated edges. Most
wannabe counterfeiters quickly realize they're no
match for the U.S. Mint--and often satisfy themselves
with crude tokens that might stretch their winnings by
a buck or two. But not Louis Colavecchio...not by a
long shot!

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Mackinac Bridge.
Until recently, the Mackinac Bridge was the longest
suspension bridge in the world. One of the top
engineering marvels of the 20th century, the bridge
spans the 4-mile wide straits of Mackinac, where Lakes
Huron and Michigan come together. The Mighty Mac
connects the pastoral northern mainland of Michigan
with the state's heavily forested Upper Peninsula and
stands as a testament to the dreams, determination,
and hard work of a small few who created a true
masterpiece of modern engineering.


Wednesday, April 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Maginot Line.
The Maginot Line, a defensive string of forts with
enfilading firepower, was built by France between WWI
and WWII. Conceived by Minister of War André Maginot,
it was meant to forestall another German invasion
until troops could arrive. But the French began to
think of the line as a substitute for manpower. When
Belgium declared neutrality and exposed France's
flank, Germany was able to sidestep the line. We'll
visit the "impregnable" line's forts, observation
turrets, and underground railroads.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 15.
A series of construction errors causes a devastating
flood that brings Chicago to a standstill. A deadly
accident traps hundreds in a smoke-filled Alpine
tunnel, with no ventilation. Three boilers explode on
a Mississippi riverboat resulting in thousands of
deaths and earning the disaster the title of the worst
in maritime history. Two buildings, halfway around the
world from each other, collapse from the same type of
shoddy construction methods--14 years apart. And a
cockpit warning system malfunctions, causing a fiery,
fatal crash before the jetliner ever takes off. We
interview design and construction experts as we
investigate what went wrong. And we talk with rescue
personnel, eyewitnesses, and victims as we visit the
tragedies' sites to see what improvements have been
implemented to insure against these kinds of

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 16.
Chaos in Guadalajara, Mexico, when the city streets
explode; an airplane crash outside of Paris that ranks
as one of the worst in history; two mining dams in
Italy collapse engulfing a village in a tidal wave of
sludge; a generation of children in a small Texas town
are entombed in the rubble of their school; an oil
tanker runs aground off the coast of England and
introduces the world to the devastation of the first
super spill... Engineering Disasters 16 delves into
the shocking chain of events leading up to each of
these horrific catastrophes and examines resulting
technological improvements designed to prevent similar
tragedies in the future.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines
Giant robots on the factory floor and in outer space. 
A floating fortress that's home to 6,000 military
personnel, which is almost as long as the Empire State
Building is tall. And a diesel engine with 108,000
horsepower. (You read that right.) These giants must
be seen to be believed! In this episode, we travel
over land and sea to find these and more of the
biggest, baddest, most audacious feats of engineering
in the world.


Thursday, April 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Military Movers.
The challenge: Move millions of soldiers and tons of
cargo halfway around the world and into the thick of
action. How? Use the biggest ships, the widest planes,
and the strongest trucks. Today, military planners
move men and equipment further and faster than ever.
The United States Transportation Command, answering to
the Department of Defense, runs military transport
like an efficient private shipping and travel agency.
From the Civil War to US Transcom, we track the
development of military logistics.

8-10pm -- Countdown to Armageddon - 
Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super
volcanoes, global warming, killer viruses--all are
potential catastrophes that threaten to wipe out life
on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters that
have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are
these threats terrifying prophesies from the Bible
that are at last coming true? Are our fears overblown?
Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Doomsday Clock.
Developed in 1947 as an image to symbolize urgency in
the Cold War and the threat of nuclear disaster, the
mission of the Doomsday Clock has expanded to include
non-nuclear global security issues. Maintained by the
Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists, it's based at the University of Chicago.
In response to world events, they move the clock's
minute hand closer to or away from midnight--doomsday.
In this hour, we cover the clock's history, its
effectiveness, and its critics.


Friday, April 8, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Chunnel.
The job of joining Britain and France via a tunnel
under the English Channel was a challenge. Geologists
tracked the only safe route with satellite technology,
and French and British teams drilled towards each
other using two of the largest Tunnel Boring Machines
ever made. We'll explore the greatest underwater
land-link of all time.

8-10pm -- The World Trade Center - 
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.

10-11pm -- Zero Hour - The Last Hour of Flight 11.
At 08:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001,
American Airlines Flight 11, a fully fueled Boeing
767, exploded into the North Tower of New York City's
World Trade Center. It's the first terrorist strike on
that day of infamy. On the fateful morning, Mohammed
Atta and a small army of hijackers take thousands of
lives. The sheer number of dead makes it easy to
forget that the day's first victims were the pilots,
flight attendants, and passengers aboard Flight 11.
Using a real-time split-screen format, the viewer
experiences these 60 critical minutes as they happen
to the terrorists, flight crew, Air Traffic Control in
Boston and New York, and a mother-to-be as she makes
her way from her Brooklyn home to her office in the
Tower. Interviews with anti-terrorism experts and
victims' relatives offer new information and detailed
insight into the story of Flight 11 and Mohammed
Atta's mindset.


Saturday, April 9, 2005

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - Majestic Twelve: UFO Cover-Up.
What really happened in Roswell, New Mexico in the
summer of 1947? Did a flying saucer crash in the vast
desert scrubland? The initial Army Air Force press
release claimed they had recovered a flying disk. But
a day later, the story dramatically changed--now they
called it a weather balloon! In 1987, secret documents
surfaced indicating the existence of the "Majestic
12"--an elite group of scientists and military and
intelligence officials, allegedly brought together by
President Harry Truman. Did the MJ-12 truly exist? If
so, did these men forever trivialize the most
talked-about UFO event in history, as well as all UFO
sightings thereafter?

8-10pm -- Time Machine - 
The world of the Bible was one beset by terror, when
disasters of truly biblical proportions ravaged
humanity. It was a time of global flooding, fiery
destruction, plagues, earthquakes, killer epidemics,
and famine. Are these biblical accounts fact or
fiction? We'll explore new and controversial evidence
as we seek to learn how ancient disasters may provide
valuable insight for a modern world besieged by
similar catastrophes.

10-12am -- Isaac's Storm - 
September 8, 1900. Galveston, Texas. A typically hot
and humid day. Women tended to chores; men traveled
downtown to work, including Isaac Cline, head of the
National Weather Bureau's local office. Cline believed
the island was safe from hurricane, but by afternoon,
a Category-4 storm proved how wrong he was. In a
2-hour special based on Erik Larson's book Isaac's
Storm, weather experts, historians, and survivors'
descendents guide us through that horrific day that
claimed over 6,000.


Sunday, April 10, 2005

7-8pm -- The Horrors of Hussein - 
Everyone knows Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but the
invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003 revealed
the full extent of the terror apparatus Saddam used to
maintain power. In this gripping hour, we examine the
roots of this dictator-madman--how he used violence
beginning in his teens to achieve his ends--and talk
to victims of his terror. We also see how his ministry
of terror became a family affair: his two sons, Ouday
and Qusay, intended to establish a reign of terror
that would last generations.

8-9pm -- High Hitler - 
Adolf Hitler dreamt of creating a master race, but
achieved a Holocaust--the murder of millions of Jews
and those deemed physical or mental defects. But the
Führer, an appalling hypochondriac, abused laxatives
and suffered from stomach cramps and embarrassing
flatulence. And that was just the start! When he
committed suicide in 1945, the great dictator was
frail with tremors and a shuffling walk--a feeble
condition concealed from the world. We explore the
relationship between Hitler and his personal
physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine
abuse, Parkinson's Disease, and tertiary syphilis
impact on his state of mind?

9-10pm -- Hitler's End - 
Legends, lies, and half-truths for a long time have
surrounded Hitler's last days in his bunker beneath
Berlin's Reich Chancellery. What exactly happened in
the days leading up to his suicide on April 30, 1945?
Why did the dictator protract the end for so long? Was
he still capable of making decisions? A Russian secret
service dossier discovered in Moscow sheds new light
on events in the bunker. Contemporary witnesses such
as Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge, officers Ulrich de
Maiziere and Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven, together
with renowned historians and Hitler researchers Ian
Kershaw and Joachim Fest, analyze events in the bunker
from April 20 to 30--from Hitler's last birthday to
suicide. Many explosive revelations are scrutinized,
for example the claim by Hitler's chief pilot Hans
Baur that Eva Braun was pregnant at war's end.
Utilizing 3-D tours through the bunker, library
discoveries, and unknown statements, a shocking
picture of Hitler's last days emerges.

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Cortés: Conqueror of
Hernán Cortés stands as one of the great
Conquistadores of all time, and among the most brutal.
His thirst for gold and power led him to Mexico in
1519, beginning a conquest unlike any other in
history. Remarkably, Cortés was under strict orders
not to engage in any wars of conquest when he was sent
to meet with the rulers of the Aztec empire--but
Cortés paid no heed to his orders. His first contact
with the indigenous peoples resulted in a battle that
so terrified the native peoples that they fled into
the interior of Mexico. They had never seen the guns,
horses, and shiny metal armor of the conquistadors. In
approximately two years, Cortés owned the Aztec
empire, and their once proud ruler Montezuma was dead.
Through brilliant execution, from an often precarious
military position, Cortés killed hundreds of thousands
of Aztecs and brought down the 300-year-old
empire--the first major American civilization to fall
to the Spanish.


Monday, April 11, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Private Planes.
The plane's on the runway and revving up for our
flight of power and whimsy. The panorama reveals some
amazing machines--from vintage aircraft to homemade
winged wonders to posh private jets. It's a tale that
merges technological progress and the fantasies of an
unique type of person, who refuses to be grounded by
earth's surly bonds.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 18-24.
Under the command of Generals Montgomery, Bradley, and
Devers, Allied forces are poised to make their way
across the Rhine and head for Berlin. In the East,
German-occupied territories are collapsing under the
Red Army. It will be a race of men and egos from the
East and West to see who will reach the besieged city
of Berlin first. Meanwhile, in occupied Denmark,
Mosquito fighter-bombers from the RAF's Number 140
Wing head for the Danish Gestapo headquarters, where
many innocent civilians have been killed. In the
Pacific, fighting continues and US forces invade the
Philippine Island of Panay. Join us for a week by
week, detailed look at the last six months of World
War II.

9-10:25pm -- Band of Brothers - Currahee.
They were ordinary men, swept up in the most
extraordinary conflict in history. With the eyes of
the world upon them, they found their greatest source
of strength in each other. From Tom Hanks and Steven
Spielberg, this is the story of Easy Company--an elite
team of US paratroopers whose WWII exploits are as
incredible as they are true. Part 1 begins on June 4,
1944, in England, as Lts. Richard Winters (Damian
Lewis) and Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) reflect on the
past that led them to D-Day.

10:25-11:30pm -- Band of Brothers - Day of Days.
Planes carrying thousands of paratroopers cross the
English Channel into French airspace, where German
flak causes the pilots to drop them in a less than
safe and organized fashion. Lt. Winters (Damian Lewis)
lands alone in a field, soon joined by John Hall
(Andrew Scott), a private from another company.
Executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg
bring to life renowned WWII historian Stephen
Ambrose's nonfiction book about an Army rifle company
that parachuted into France on D-Day.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Tech.
For millennia, luxury toys have functioned as flashy
instruments of affluence, authority, and identity and
driven many kingly consumers to covet, create, and
purchase these status symbols. From the Roman Emperor
Caligula's special barges to Carl Faberge's impossibly
intricate eggs, from plasma screen TVs to $600,000
Bentleys and Rolex watches, we examine spectacular
personal possessions--paeans to the lords of a
consumer culture that grows richer and technologically
more sophisticated daily.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 25-31.
Allied troops continue Operation Plunder, their thrust
across the Rhine into Germany's heartland. Realizing
the situation is hopeless, thousands of German troops
surrender. The race to Berlin continues, and
disagreement over their strategy plagues the Allies.
Hitler is now holed up in his Berlin bunker, totally
divorced from reality. In the Pacific, fighting
finally comes to a head on Iwo Jima. As US Marines
close in around them, 200 Japanese soldiers make a
last desperate mass suicide--or banzai--charge at the
Americans. The attack on Okinawa begins.

9-10:20pm -- 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.

10:20-11:35pm -- 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.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Limos.
Limousines have been stretched to greater and greater
lengths--as has the notion of what can be done inside
them! You can have a rolling disco in a stretched SUV,
go for a rumble off-road in a monster truck limousine,
or take a direct hit in an armored limo and still make
your meeting. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride
of your life as we review the history of chauffeured
limousines--from weddings, proms, and funerals to the
ultimate adult playpen and the president's "Cadillac

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 1-7.
General Eisenhower has decided to halt the Allied
advance at the Elbe River--just 60 miles west of
Berlin. The Russians, therefore, take Berlin. Other
forces head towards the south of Germany--to the
Bavarian Alps--where they believe the Nazis will make
their last stand. As the Allies advance throughout
Europe, the initial stage of one of the largest and
most devastating assaults in history begins--Operation
Iceberg, the Battle for Okinawa, in which 172,000
soldiers and marines find themselves in a fight to the
death against fanatical Japanese troops defending the
island. Join us for a blow-by-blow, week-by-week look
at the final months, days, and hours of World War Two.

9-10:10pm -- 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.

10:10-11:30pm -- Band of Brothers - Bastogne.
In the dead of winter, in the forest outside of
Bastogne, Belgium, Easy Company struggles to hold the
line alone, while fending off frostbite and hunger. An
overwhelmed Medic Eugene Roe (Shane Taylor), on edge
and close to combat exhaustion, finds friendship with
a Belgian nurse (Lucie Jeanne). Easy spends a
miserable Christmas in the trenches, but is buoyed
after hearing news that General McAuliffe met the
German Army's demand for surrender with the defiant
answer: "Nuts!"


Thursday, April 14, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Tailgating.
At stadiums nationwide, thousands of football fans
come together to show team spirit, eat incredible
food, and join the community of tailgating. We journey
around the U.S. to legendary tailgating colleges like
Penn State, the University of Miami, and Louisiana
State University, and visit the home-team parking lots
of the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and
Philadelphia Eagles. We taste the food, revel with
spectators, and reveal the evolution of
tailgating--from horse and buggy to tricked-out RV.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 8-14.
Berlin lies in ruins. Nearly 120,000 people are
homeless. FDR's sudden death stuns the world. Tension
among the Allies builds as the gulf of distrust
between Stalin and Churchill widens. The Ruhr
industrial area west of Berlin is now nearly
conquered. A Nazi treasure trove of nearly 8,200 bars
of gold in addition to suitcases and trunks crammed
with precious ornaments and priceless works of art is
uncovered. Meanwhile, the penetration of the Gothic
Line begins. It's the last and most decisive Allied
offensive aimed at clearing Germans out of Italy. In
the Pacific, the Army's 96th Division launches an
attack on Mount Shuri on Okinawa. Tokyo is hit by more
massive bombing raids as US troops continue to forge
ahead. These are some of the events viewers witness in
this episode of our series that takes a week-by-week
look at the final days of WWII.

9-10:25pm -- Band of Brothers - The Breaking Point.
Having thwarted the Germans at Bastogne, Belgium, an
exhausted Easy Company must now take the nearby town
of Foy from the enemy. Several are killed and wounded
in fierce shelling, compounded by the incompetence of
their new commander, Lt. Dike (Peter O'Meara), about
whom Winters (Damian Lewis) can do nothing. Easy takes
Foy, but at an enormous cost.

10:25-11:40pm -- Band of Brothers - The Patrol.
Easy Company arrives in an Alsatian town near the
German border, and is ordered to send a patrol across
the river to take enemy prisoners. Lt. Hank Jones
(Colin Hanks), fresh from West Point and eager for
combat experience, volunteers to lead, though he must
convince a skeptical Winters (Damian Lewis). Also
assigned to the patrol is Pvt. David Webster (Eion
Bailey), back in Easy after rehabilitation of an
injury. While successful, the mission costs a
soldier's life.


Friday, April 15, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Booby Traps.
All it takes to set off a booby trap is an
unsuspecting victim lifting, moving, or disturbing a
harmless-looking object. Booby traps continue to worry
law enforcement; made from easily acquired items,
information detailing their construction and needed
materials are accessible through the
mail--anonymously! And unlike a land mine, they can be
anywhere. We detail the history of booby traps--from
the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greek, and Romans to
the Middle Eastern crisis and the War on Terrorism.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 15-21.
The Red Army's assault on Berlin begins. Meanwhile,
Hitler, sealed away in his bunker, marks his 56th
birthday. US General Alexander Patch's 7th Army
captures the city of Nuremberg in southern Germany. In
the East, the Soviet Government and the Provisional
Communist Government of Poland conclude a treaty of
mutual assistance. In the Pacific, fierce fighting
continues on Okinawa. American soldiers are finding
the Japanese to be a savvy and tenacious enemy. Ernie
Pyle, one of World War Two's most distinguished and
revered correspondents, is fatally wounded on Okinawa.
US forces complete the capture of the islands in
Manila Bay. Join us for a week-by-week detailed look
at the last days of World War Two.

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

10:10-11:25pm -- 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.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

3-4pm -- Wild West Tech "Vigilante Tech"
In the wilds of the American West, average citizens often stepped into the fray to keep their towns from being taken over by society's dregs. It seemed like pickpockets and pimps rolled into main street the moment gold was struck. And often, it was left up to a few brave men and women to dish out their own brand of justice--vigilante justice, and it wasn't pretty. The hemp neck-tie would string up hundreds of renegades, but vigilantes also needed technology to defend themselves and defeat the most fearsome of criminals. Cannons, forts and even windmills were employed in their "extra-legal" executions. Hosted by David Carradine.

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - CIA and the Nazis.
Six months after Allied Forces liberated German
concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at
Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi war criminals. Some of the
most dangerous were brought to justice--but not all.
Over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the US
government, without the public's knowledge, to help
fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an
intelligence officer for Hitler's General Staff, was
tapped to head the US intelligence program in West
Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time,
former Nazi scientists and engineers were welcomed
onto American soil. In 1998, a bill was finally signed
into law that mandated declassification of documents
concerning recruitment of former Nazis. We dig into
the records to see if the ends justified the means and
ask how far the US should go to partner with a former
enemy to fight another.

8-11pm -- Windtalkers - 
(movie) World War II drama about Navajo Indians trained
to use their native language as code to help US
Marines battling the Japanese in the Pacific. Nicolas
Cage plays a Marine with difficult orders: Protect the
life of one of the Navajos, but kill him if he's about
to be captured to protect the code. With Adam Beach,
Christian Slater, and Noah Emmerich. (2002)
Repeated @ 12am


Sunday, April 17, 2005

7-8pm -- Beyond The Da Vinci Code - Part 1.
Is it the greatest story ever told--or the greatest
story ever sold? A best-selling novel sparks a debate
that could change Christianity forever. Were Jesus and
Mary Magdalene married and co-leaders of their
movement? Was Mary Magdalene, herself, the Holy
Grail--the vessel said to hold Jesus's blood--and
mother of his descendants? Did the early Church know
this "truth" and deliberately mislead followers? Is
there a secret, ancient society, the Priory of Sion,
which still protects this bloodline? Have some of the
most illustrious names in art and science been
members? These are some of the questions that Dan
Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code raises.
We examine both sides of the story--the conventional
view of Christianity and the "alternate history"
proposed by Brown--so that viewers can decide.

8-9pm -- Beyond The Da Vinci Code - Part 2.
In this 2000-year journey through time, we examine the
histories and mysteries of the Holy Grail lore--both
from the perspective of the believers and from
skeptics, letting the viewers reach their own

9-11pm -- FDR: A Presidency Revealed - Part 1.
It was the longest presidency in US history. The most
significant of the 20th century. Our 2-part special
explores the character of the man who stood at the
epicenter of American politics for 12 of the nation's
most turbulent years. Using rare home movies, secret
White House recordings, oral histories, and a cousin's
secret diary, we show how the 32nd president overcame
disability to carry the nation out of the Depression,
rallied a divided country to common purpose, and
charted the course towards victory in WWII. We also
reveal FDR's private side that he tried so hard to
conceal, including intimate stories of a 24-year
struggle with paralysis and an affair that destroyed
his marriage. Part 1 covers significant events of his
presidency from his first inauguration, historic first
100 days in office, the New Deal, Fireside Chats, the
NRA, CCC, and WPA, his controversial Court-packing
plan, isolationist platform for reelection in 1940,
and relationship with Winston Churchill.


Monday, April 18, 2005

6-8pm -- FDR: A Presidency Revealed - Part 1.
It was the longest presidency in US history. The most
significant of the 20th century. Our 2-part special
explores the character of the man who stood at the
epicenter of American politics for 12 of the nation's
most turbulent years. Using rare home movies, secret
White House recordings, oral histories, and a cousin's
secret diary, we show how the 32nd president overcame
disability to carry the nation out of the Depression,
rallied a divided country to common purpose, and
charted the course towards victory in WWII. We also
reveal FDR's private side that he tried so hard to
conceal, including intimate stories of a 24-year
struggle with paralysis and an affair that destroyed
his marriage. Part 1 covers significant events of his
presidency from his first inauguration, historic first
100 days in office, the New Deal, Fireside Chats, the
NRA, CCC, and WPA, his controversial Court-packing
plan, isolationist platform for reelection in 1940,
and relationship with Winston Churchill.

8-9pm -- Hitler's Lost Plan - 
In 1958, in a sweltering, converted torpedo factory in
Alexandria, Virginia, historian Gerhard L. Weinberg
was combing through massive stacks of documents that
the U.S. had captured from Nazi Germany. In a faded
green box, Weinberg came across an unknown prize--a
secret book dictated by Adolf Hitler in 1928, the
unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf. Mixed in with
Hitler's racial hatred, the book contained shocking
revelations of his master plan for continuous war. We
follow the clues to its discovery and show the
rigorous steps taken to authenticate the document--the
book is considered legitimate. And we reveal the
contents of the book, including Hitler's plan for
global domination culminating in an invasion of

9-11pm -- FDR: A Presidency Revealed, Part 2 - 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's contribution still
resonates--the programs he introduced still affect our
lives; the issues he fought for still define the
national debate, including the role of government and
the place America should assume in the world. On his
journey, FDR never lost faith in the great American
experiment. He laid out an optimistic vision of a
compassionate society committed to prosperity and
genuine equality, and some 60 years later, it remains
a tantalizingly illusive dream, but Franklin Roosevelt
carried us miles down that road.


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Trans-Siberian Railroad.
It's the longest, most expensive and complicated
railroad ever built. Ordered by the Tsar in an effort
to save his empire and unify his country at the
twilight of the 19th century, the Trans-Siberian
Railroad nearly tore Russia apart. Intended in part
for defense, the railroad provoked a war, crossed
great lengths over treacherous terrain, and
encountered logistical and economic failures.
Ironically, "enemies of the state" built the
railroad--men sentenced to hard labor in Siberian

8-9pm -- Breaking Vegas - Slot Scoundrel.
Monkey paw, light wand, kick stand--the essential
tools of slot-machine cheats worldwide. And for the
man who invented them, Tommy Glenn
Carmichael--invaluable creations with which he bilked
casinos of millions and built an incomparable empire
of Vegas cheats. Join us for the story of how a single
man found his calling and spearheaded the rise and
fall of a slot-machine cheat gang that nearly
destroyed the gaming industry over 20 years. Through
captivating interviews with the notorious Carmichael,
we take viewers on an action-packed ride as he plays
cat and mouse with slot-machine security, countering
every technological evolution with a new gadget to
beat it...until two dogged investigators set the
ultimate trap.

9-11pm -- 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.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Helicopters.
From the early "egg beaters" of World War II to the
"flying tanks" of Operation Desert Storm, we'll fly
aboard one of the most agile and potent weapons on the
battlefield--the helicopter. Meet the first pilot to
fly a combat rescue mission in WWII and a USAF female
aviator; and view classified footage of the Apache in

8-9pm -- History Now - Holy Secrets: Electing a Pope.
He is one of the world's most powerful men, spiritual
leader of over one-billion people. The words of "God's
Representative on Earth" are studied by the mighty as
well as the humble. For almost 2,000 years his office
has enjoyed the world's longest succession of power
and is perhaps the most influential of all human
institutions...He is the Pope and he rules over the
heart, mind, and consciousness of the largest
collective of souls on Earth. Join us as we examine
the history and process of Papal election, starting
with Peter, the first Pope, and continuing to the next
conclave, following the death of Pope John Paul II.
Take a journey behind the scenes as we reveal the
secrets of one of the most important, sacred, and
clandestine elections in the world.

9-10pm -- History Alive - Russia.
With the fall of communism, a rapacious new gangster
class arose from out of the former Soviet Republics
and became criminal millionaires. The Red Mafiya,
which seized power with staggering speed in the
post-Soviet free-market free-for-all, can be traced
back centuries to the Thieves World--a secret criminal
culture with a strict code of conduct based on loyalty
and opposition to the government. We cover the
Redfellas evolution--from roots in Imperial Russia to
shocking global reach today.

10-11pm -- History Alive - Colombia.
Is the war on drugs in Colombia winnable? One of South
America's most beautiful countries, it's also one of
the most dangerous. Since the 1970s, Colombian drug
cartels have shipped thousands of tons of cocaine to
the U.S. We investigate two of the most
successful--the Medellin and Cali Cartels--and the
smaller organizations that arose in their demise,
whose cocaine and heroin crops and trafficking
airstrips are protected by leftist guerrilla groups
for a share of the profit.


Thursday, April 21, 2005

6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Motorcycles.
Set the sedan's safety brake and hop on your "hog" for
a 2-hour high-speed history of the motorcycle--from
the 1868 "steam velocipede" to the early 20th century,
when they were a low-cost alternative to automobiles;
from Harley-Davidsons preferred by Hell's Angels and
police to motocross riders who take bikes into the air
and onto the dirt. We also look to the motorcycle's
future, featuring Jay Leno's jet-propelled Y2K
sportbike and Erik Buell's bike-without-a-gas-tank

8-9pm -- NBA's Top Ten Greatest - 
In this fast-paced, court action-packed hour, we match
NBA experts with ardent NBA fans to anoint the best
players, moments, and plays in NBA history. Using
evocative NBA game highlights and interviews with
players, coaches, and sports writers, we present each
category and its four most likely candidates. In
addition, host Bill Walton and a studio panel offer
their choices and debate their differences. The result
is a combination of fast-paced NBA action, contentious
sports talk, and historical game insights into the
greatest moments in NBA history.

9-11pm -- Time Machine - 
A 2-hour panoramic and global overview of the
phenomenon known as Cosa Nostra--from the mass
immigration of Italians to the US at the end of the
19th century up to the arrests in 2000 on the New York
Stock Exchange, where the Mafia was laundering money.
What becomes evident in a chain of stories depicting
the most renowned "godfathers" is their uncanny
ability to act as political representatives of an
illegal state within the legal state and to exploit
major cycles and crises throughout history.


Friday, April 22, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster #2.
The amazing machines of human invention most often do
our bidding with uncomplaining proficiency. But when
they go wrong, they exact a terrible wage. In August
2000, the Russian submarine Kursk glided through the
depths of the Arctic Sea. But the demands of the Cold
War had planted the seeds of disaster in this great
ship--118 men would pay with their lives. Their deaths
would bring about an enormous step forward in Russia's
evolving democracy. Based on James Chiles's book
Inviting Disaster.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 22-28.
In our series that dissects the last days of World War
Two on a weekly basis, we witness Berlin reduced to
rubble, setting the stage for the Red Army's entry
into the beleaguered city. News reaches Hitler that
some of his key advisors are now negotiating
"surrender" deals with the enemy and, with the brutal
execution of his cohort Benito Mussolini, he is forced
to face reality...and the demise of the Third Reich.
Allies from the East and West meet for the fist time
in the West on the Elbe River. Just three days before
the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near
Munich, SS soldiers force about 7,000 prisoners on a
death march. In the Pacific, action on Okinawa comes
to a boil as American forces inch closer to
penetrating the barrier that sits between them and the
enemy's main base--the Shuri region.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullets.
From "safe" bullets that stop hijackers but leave
aircraft unscathed to bullets that chain-saw through
steel and "smart" bullets computer-programmed to hit a
target, this explosive hour examines the evolution of
bullets from origin in the 1300s--stones and round
lead balls shot from iron and bamboo tubes. Lead balls
ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet changed
ammo forever. We learn how to construct a modern
cartridge, and at pistol and rifle ranges view
demonstrations of modern firepower.

10-12am -- April 1865 - 
Based on Jay Winik's bestseller April 1865: The Month
That Saved America, our 2-hour documentary special
offers a new look at the Civil War's final days that
will forever change the way we see the war's end and
the nation's new beginning. These 30 most pivotal days
in the life of the United States witnessed the
frenzied fall of Richmond, Lee's harrowing retreat,
Appomattox, and Lincoln's assassination five days
later. It's not only the tale of the war's denouement,
but the story of the rebirth of our nation.


Saturday, April 23, 2005

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - FDR and Pearl Harbor.
The attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation. To
many, the official explanations of misguided
assumptions and missed clues did not account for the
enormity of the catastrophe. We examine "alternative"
theories that arose soon after the attack. Was a plot
hatched in Washington to solve FDR's
"problem"--convincing a reluctant country to fight the
Nazis? Did FDR send a secret cable just days before
the attack ordering Pearl Harbor chiefs to stand down?
Did US intelligence intercept a message from Tokyo
asking its spies in Hawaii to map the harbor for an
imminent air attack? More than six decades later, the
controversy boils under the surface of recent US
history, igniting heated debates over collusion,
intrigue, and thousands of American dead.

8-10pm -- FDR: A Presidency Revealed - Part 1.
It was the longest presidency in US history. The most
significant of the 20th century. Our 2-part special
explores the character of the man who stood at the
epicenter of American politics for 12 of the nation's
most turbulent years. Using rare home movies, secret
White House recordings, oral histories, and a cousin's
secret diary, we show how the 32nd president overcame
disability to carry the nation out of the Depression,
rallied a divided country to common purpose, and
charted the course towards victory in WWII. We also
reveal FDR's private side that he tried so hard to
conceal, including intimate stories of a 24-year
struggle with paralysis and an affair that destroyed
his marriage. Part 1 covers significant events of his
presidency from his first inauguration, historic first
100 days in office, the New Deal, Fireside Chats, the
NRA, CCC, and WPA, his controversial Court-packing
plan, isolationist platform for reelection in 1940,
and relationship with Winston Churchill.

10-12am -- FDR: A Presidency Revealed, Part 2 - 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's contribution still
resonates--the programs he introduced still affect our
lives; the issues he fought for still define the
national debate, including the role of government and
the place America should assume in the world. On his
journey, FDR never lost faith in the great American
experiment. He laid out an optimistic vision of a
compassionate society committed to prosperity and
genuine equality, and some 60 years later, it remains
a tantalizingly illusive dream, but Franklin Roosevelt
carried us miles down that road.


Sunday, April 24, 2005

7-8pm -- Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death - 
The 2004 Tsunami, centered in the Indian Ocean, was
caused by a 9.3 earthquake--the second strongest quake
on record. Join us for a minute-by-minute look at
nature's fury at its worst, when the tsunami kills
more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. In this
special, we examine the tsunami as it moves from coast
to coast through the eyes of people who lived through
it and scientists now studying its path of
devastation. Drawing on the extraordinary volume of
amateur video that recorded the disaster, we take
viewers inside the world's deadliest tsunami.

8-10pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - 
Meteors, comets, and asteroids cross the solar system
to offer clues about our planet and universe. Can they
destroy civilizations? Did they wipe out the
dinosaurs? Have they brought life to our planet? And
when will the next one hit? Aided by elaborate
animation and live-action footage, we learn what these
mysterious space rocks really are and imagine what
likely happened 65-million years ago, when an object
plowed into the Yucatan Peninsula. We see how certain
spectacular meteor falls advanced our understanding of
what they are and the danger that they pose. We talk
to leading experts--astronomers and geologists
including David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker,
co-discoverers of the Shoemaker-Levy comet that fell
into Jupiter in 1994. And we talk to NASA scientists
about recent missions to asteroids and comets and
speculate on ways to move Earth-threatening asteroids
and comets out of our way. Because it isn't a question
of if but when the next deadly impact will take place.
No relation to ufo movie Fire In The Sky

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Fremont: Conqueror of
In one of the most significant land grabs in US
history, three charismatic leaders sought individual
glory and national fulfillment in the conquest of
California. The martial exploits and political
controversies of John Charles Fremont, Commodore
Robert Field Stockton, and General Stephen Watts
Kearney make a great story. Eventually at odds with
each other, their military actions and achievements
resulted in annexation of California. But John C.
Fremont stands out. Acting on what many believe were
President Polk's secret orders, Fremont fomented the
Bear Flag Rebellion in June 1846. On behalf of the US,
he signed the Treaty of Cahuenga with Mexico, then
served for a month as military governor. He also led
an overland expedition west, camping at Las Vegas
Springs in 1844. His name is remembered today in neon
as well as history books. The Fremont Hotel-Casino in
Las Vegas bears his name as does Fremont Street--the
main thoroughfare through the heart of casino-lined
Glitter Gulch.


Monday, April 25, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Weather Predictions.
A study of the discoveries, inventions, and
technological advances that have helped us understand
and predict weather accurately. From simple
observations made by primitive humans, to early
instruments such as thermometers and barometers, to
Doppler radar and satellite imaging, we'll see how man
has tried to harness weather.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Britain's X-Files.
Flying saucers...Close encounters...Top-secret
government files...the Royal family. Join us for the
amazing story of Britain's X-Files as we examine the
bizarre and intriguing history of Britain's UFO
phenomenon. The journey takes in skeptical prime
ministers, senior RAF officers, and Royal believers
Prince Philip and Lord Mountbatten. It begins in 1950,
when Clement Attlee's government established the
extraordinary Flying Saucer Working Party, and ends in
2000, when the Ministry of Defense disbanded its UFO
intelligence unit. In between, flying saucers played
on deep fears of the Communist threat during the Cold
War, and exploded into popular culture in the 1960s.
But why did flying saucers suddenly appear in England,
and why did the government take so long to admit that
something was going on? We track down eyewitnesses and
reveal the incredible true story of an encounter in
1955 between Prince Philip's equerry and a mysterious
"alien" called Mr. Janus.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Giants of Easter
On the remotest island on the face of the planet stand
the massive, enigmatic stone statues of Easter Island.
Who carved them? And why? Ever since Easter Island was
first discovered, this tiny pinprick of land in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean has baffled scientists.
How did the ancients who peopled this place even find
it? Host Josh Bernstein sets out to unveil the
mysteries of the island and of the remarkable stone
heads that its first inhabitants left behind. Delving
into the world of ancient Pacific Islanders, he
relearns the lost art of Polynesian navigation,
recreates the techniques of Easter Island masons, and
participates in dangerous ancient rituals--all to
solve one of the greatest enigmas of our time: the
mystery of Easter Island.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Loch Ness: Great
Monster Mystery.
Perhaps the world's most famous underwater mystery,
reports of "Nessie" sightings have circulated for
centuries. Photos, film footage, sonar traces, and
amazing new scientific discoveries all suggest that
there just might be something lurking in the frigid
waters of Scotland's Loch Ness. These cold waters are
hauntingly deep--drowning victims usually disappear
without a trace--and most divers refuse to enter. But
not our intrepid team! Join us as we delve into the
darkness of Loch Ness and look for an aquatic lassie
named Nessie--history's most celebrated
cryptozoological creature.


Tuesday, April 26, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Farming Technology.
The US agricultural process, from seed to shelf, is so
efficient that most people don't think much about it.
But food growing and processing is ever more
sophisticated, employing computer-guided,
ground-shaking machinery, and sometimes controversial
techniques. It's an industry of declining family
farms, diminishing returns, yet higher yields. We
review the evolution of the tools used to produce
food, show the steps in the cycle that bring food to
the table, and look at the future of farming.

8-9pm -- 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.
Narrated by Keith Carradine.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Beat the Wheel.
Vegas cheats come in all shapes and sizes: hardcore
mechanics who devise gadgets to manipulate slots and
mathematical geniuses who count cards in blackjack.
But in gambling's history, no one had created a system
that could guarantee a win on the roulette
wheel--until Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard came
along. In 1975, two childhood friends and physics
geeks embarked on arguably the most ambitious
Vegas-cheating project of all time: to deconstruct the
physics behind the motion of a roulette ball, and
build a miniature computer system that could
surreptitiously predict the outcome of a roulette
game. The project soon became an out-of-control
obsession, consuming a whole commune of brilliant
hippie-physicists...and ended in a landmark
contribution to modern-day Chaos Theory. Features
candid interviews with Farmer and Packard, as well as
teammates Ingrid Hoermann and Letty Belin.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Basement.
Venture down that creaky staircase to explore the most
misunderstood room in the house! From Pompeii to
Pittsburgh, the dark, cool, and forlorn spaces beneath
our living quarters have always contained things that
helped us live comfortably. Ancient Hittites,
Phrygians, and Persians carved subterranean rooms for
food, water, and wine storage, and for shelter from
weather and marauders. For ancient Greeks and Romans,
a basement greatly increased a house's value. Ruins of
homes at Pompeii reveal the importance of basements in
providing both heat and storage for rich Roman
families. Renaissance architects placed kitchens,
servant quarters, and laundry rooms there, hidden from
the eyes of their aristocratic patrons! Colonial
Americans expanded the practice, and by the 20th
century, the basement was a routine feature. Come
along as we demystify this domestic underworld, which
turns out to be an area of innovation, imagination,
and creativity.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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 -- One Time Only - Engines.
Story of the development of engines and motors, with
particular emphasis on the ones that have profoundly
changed society. Beginning with the steam engine, we
see how it was created, how it works, and how it led
to the Industrial Revolution. We review the electric
motor, internal combustion engine, jet engine, and
rocket engine, and conclude with a look at futuristic
engine technologies, including hydrogen-powered cars
and microtechnology engines so small that they fit on
the tip of a finger.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Mega Movers.
Join us on two treacherous trips as we follow two
separate structural moving families in their struggles
to relocate and save a 100-year-old homestead and an
1890 Queen Anne Victorian house. In Colorado, a father
and son have to fight fierce weather and the fragility
of a purported haunted log cabin and decaying barn to
move them two miles across a rugged mountainside. In
Illinois, three generations of movers are pushed to
their limit when they are hired to transport a 180-ton
monster house across town. Will these historic homes
reach their final resting places in one piece and find

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Paint.
From the Impressionist canvas to the Space
Shuttle...from customized hotrods to the brilliant
orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge or tiny
electronic devices--paint is one of our most
ubiquitous products. And paint adds more than just
pigmentation. It's a crucial engineering element,
protecting ships from water corrosion, stovetops from
heat, and the Stealth Bomber from radar detection. In
homes and businesses, it provides a balanced spectrum
of light and protects surfaces from wear. In this
colorful hour, we discover how this marvel of
chemistry and engineering is made, and how it is
applied. Come see what's beneath the surface as we
reveal one of man's most ingenious methods of
defeating the elements and adding spice to life!


Thursday, April 28, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hunting Gear.
They are lethal tools that ensured our survival,
altered our evolution, and maintained our dominion
over other animals. Though hunting technology is the
backbone of a multi-billion-dollar sports industry,
current cutting-edge gear is a far cry from
prehistoric man's rudimentary tools. From the crude
knife to 24-hour digital cameras that monitor animal
movement and earmuffs with microphones to amplify
outside noise while blocking gunshot sound, we examine
the development of hunting weapons and gear.

8-10pm -- Punishment - 
The definition and exercise of criminal punishment has
changed dramatically during the course of history.
From execution by wild animals during ancient Greek
and Roman times, to religious torture during the
Inquisition using the most perverse instruments ever
devised, to the cruel and unusual punishments meted
out by many nations to this day, we trace the often
ironic history of man's perverted and creative
attempts to bring about a more "humane" society.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech.
From tub to toilet to toothpaste, here's everything
you ever wanted to know about the most used and least
discussed room in the house. From the first home
bathrooms in ancient India, Roman latrines, and
bizarre Victorian-era bath contraptions, to modern
luxurious master bathroom suites, we trace the history
of bathing, showering, and oral hygiene. And we reveal
the messy truth about what was used before toilet
paper--brainchild of the Scott Brothers of
Philadelphia--and why astronauts wear diapers.


Friday, April 29, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Satellites.
Strong enough to survive their fiery launch into
orbit, sophisticated enough to provide life-saving
images or relay tens of thousands of phone calls at
the same time. By monitoring weapons systems and troop
movements, these "eyes in the sky" may be the
difference between security and annihilation. From the
futuristic visions of a British sci-fi writer to
creations of a German rocket designer for the Nazi war
machine to the Cold War technological race, we review
the satellites that link our world.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - April 29-May 5.
Berlin falls. Hitler and Eva Braun, his wife of one
day, along with some of his leading henchmen commit
suicide. Dachau--one of the worst concentration camps
ever--is liberated. German forces surrender to the
Allies in Italy, Holland, Denmark, and northern
Germany. Fighting continues in the south but is
futile. Germany surrenders to the Allies. On Okinawa,
the Japanese launch a massive counter attack against
US forces. A Japanese balloon-bomb floats across the
Pacific and kills six people in Oregon. The campaign
in the Philippines draws to a close. These are some of
the events that viewers relive in our detailed series
that examines the final days of World War Two.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - The Pentagon: #69.
In Washington, DC, R. Lee Ermey takes viewers inside
the nerve center of American defense--the Pentagon.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps gives Lee a rare
interview, and Lee reviews the Pentagon's past to show
how the world's largest office building came into
being, what keeps it running, and what kind of work
goes on inside to fight wars and keep the peace. Next,
Lee hangs out with the PFPA--Pentagon Force Protection
Agency. We see a RAM--a Random Anti-Terrorism
Maneuver, meet officers and dogs that patrol the
Pentagon, and the Gunny gets a little trigger time at
the Pentagon firing range with the PFPA's newest
automatic weapon, the UMP40 submachine gun. And Lee
infiltrates the Navy Operations Center, where ships
and sailors are tracked 24/7, and the Army Operating
Center, where troop movements are tracked. Finally, he
looks back at September 11th and shows how the
Pentagon has changed since that dreadful day.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - AAV/Jeep/Battering Ram/Urban
Warfare/Ball Turret Gunner/Nose Art: #24.
How can the Marines' 26-ton AAV (Amphibious Assault
Vehicle) stay afloat? Can a jeep float? How did
medieval battering rams work? What types of tactics do
the military use for urban warfare? Who were the guys
who fired guns from the bubbles underneath WWII
bombers? What's the story behind all those pictures of
girls and other stuff drawn on WWII airplanes? R. Lee
Ermey sends these viewers' questions to military
experts in the field for explanations and short

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Garage Gadgets.
Handy around the house? You will be after this history
of the household garage. From lawn care products to
snow removal and outdoor cooking, the garage gadgets
for do-it-yourselfers have evolved over the decades to
meet the ever-changing challenges of maintaining a
home. With a typical garage as our starting point,
we'll explore the uncommon histories behind some
common garage items such as the lawn mower, string
trimmer, leaf blower, barbecue grill, and more.


Saturday, April 30, 2005

7-8pm -- The Personal Experience: Helicopter Warfare
in Vietnam - 
In a compelling look at young men at war, we introduce
them as citizens amid the civil unrest caused by the
draft and follow them through training as helicopter
pilots and crews, into combat in the jungles of
Vietnam, to life back in America--and as citizens once
again, but 30 years later. There is no hackneyed news
footage or familiar photos--these personal experiences
are visually portrayed through rare 8mm film and
stills shot by the soldiers themselves during "The
Helicopter War".

8-9pm -- Zero Hour - Massacre at Columbine High.
On a beautiful, spring morning in the affluent Denver
suburb of Littleton, Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold are late for class at Columbine High School.
When they finally arrive, they come not with textbooks
and calculators, but fully armed, locked, and loaded
with two sawn-off, 20-gauge shotguns, two 9-millimeter
semi-automatic pistols, 99 pipe bombs, and enough
ammunition for a long siege. Over the past year, the
two teenagers have been secretly amassing this huge
arsenal for a single purpose. On this morning, April
20th, 1999, the time to strike has arrived. Thus
begins the worst school shooting in US history. Based
on diaries, recordings, official documents, and
eyewitness accounts, this faithful, multi-faceted
reconstruction of the fateful hour conveys the grim
intensity and shocking horror of this iconic event,
without depicting the killings explicitly or luridly.

9-10pm -- Zero Hour - Disaster at Chernobyl.
A powerful chronicle of the final hour leading up to
the largest nuclear accident ever, at the Chernobyl
Nuclear Power Station in the Ukraine, Soviet Union.
Based on previously undisclosed facts and eyewitness
accounts, we reconstruct the precise events of that
fateful hour on April 26, 1986, creating the most
accurate account ever produced of this
world-shattering event. As we see, in the end, it's a
clash of two destructive forces--one human, one
technological. Deputy Chief Engineer Anatoli Dyatlov
harbors a dark past that drives his fateful decision
that morning; and Reactor #4 carries its own secret--a
fatal design flaw that lies at the heart of the giant
furnace. Like Ahab and his white whale, these two are
headed towards a collision that will kill thousands
and help lead to the downfall of the Soviet empire.

10-11pm -- Zero Hour - Terror in Tokyo.
During a busy rush-hour morning on March 20, 1995,
Tokyo's underground Metro system is packed with
commuters. It's about to become ground zero for an
attempted mass murder, the first time a weapon of mass
destruction is used in an act of terror. The
attackers, members of the religious cult Aum
Shinrykio--or Aum the Supreme Truth--release the nerve
agent Sarin in five separate train cars. In its purest
form, Sarin is 26 times more lethal than cyanide. For
the group behind the attack, the potential murder of
thousands is no mere attempt to gain notice--it's a
religious vendetta. We reconstruct the events from
07:46 to 08:46 on that March morning as five men set
out to poison the Tokyo Metro system, offer personal
testimonies of victims, and reveal the bizarre
motivations that led to the murder and permanent
injury of so many innocent people as we analyze the
structure and psychology of Aum as a movement.

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