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Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For August 2005 (schedules available after the 1st)

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Monday, August 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Casino Technology.
Place your bets and join us for an exciting spin
through the history of the casino. We'll go behind the
neon lights, free drinks, and 24-hour gambling to see
how the gaming industry has evolved from a simple
house of cards to a high-tech multi-billion dollar

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFO Hunters.
They look to the stars, to Earth, and within the human
body. They are the UFO research elite that seeks
answers to the mysteries of the UFO phenomenon. Their
determination, attitude, and methodologies stand
strong against ridicule and disbelief. In the end, UFO
hunters exhibit scientific evidence that pushes the
boundary of modern-day thinking. At annual
conferences, they share findings and are often stunned
by the commonality of their cases. Follow UFO hunters
as they search for UFOs and investigate crash sites.
Their hunts for physical evidence of UFOs and alien
life forms sometimes end up as global wild goose
chases, but there are other times, when what they find
is just too intriguing....and might just prove that it
is possible that we are not alone in the universe.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Nostradamus: 500 Years
Later, Part 1.
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval
Europe at the time of the Great Plague and The
Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and
magic and believed that he could foretell the future.
For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic,
and his cryptic journals continue to inspire
controversy just as they did in the 16th century. In
this 2-part examination of his life, we visit his
birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor,
astrologer, father, and seer.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Road to Weirdsville.
Hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran go on
holiday--something most Americans are doing less
because they're working more, 100 more hours a year
than the famously industrious Japanese. On average,
Americans get four weeks less vacation time than
Europeans--and they don't even use the time they're
allotted! What is behind this weird behavior? Can
Americans be convinced to take a breather? Our two
Marks show overworked Americans just how to take back
their vacations--the weird way. They head to some of
the top US vacation spots--New York City, Las Vegas,
New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Florida to find the
roads less traveled in these somewhat homogenized
spots. On this madcap tour of America, Mark and Mark
trek the country in search of bizarre, unexplained, or
just plain zany stories that somehow flew under the
radar screen of American History. So put away your
textbooks and get ready for something a little more


Tuesday, August 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Las Vegas Hotels.
Out of the bleakness of a vast desert arose a city
built on wish fulfillment and indulgence. Unencumbered
by tradition or notions of good taste, for 50 years
Las Vegas has taken tourists to the height of their
imaginations while reaching into their pockets. Visit
11 of the world's largest hotels in the country's
biggest playground.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech Biggest Machines in the
In this episode, we find out that size did matter in
the Old West, where cowboys wanted big toys! Big
profits required big equipment to dig, dredge, paddle,
and plough through the wilds of America. Technology
would replace the pan and the pick with massive
machines roaming the forests and deserts like
dinosaurs, feeding on the minerals above and below the
soil. Even weaponry was super-sized! We take a look at
the huge and deadly Hotchkiss cannon and the
cumbersome Colt Buntline Revolver, carried by famous
frontier personalities like Wyatt Earp, Frank and
Jesse James, and Judge Roy Bean. And we review the
history of the infamous Mankato Gallows, built to
execute 38 Dakota warriors at the same time on
December 26, 1862 in Minnesota--the largest mass
execution in US history. Hosted by David Carradine.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Wild West.
Savage...sadistic...often justified--America's western
frontier triggered many a shootout. The motivation?
Money...women...religion--sometimes a dirty look
triggered a melee. Western shootouts were messy,
drunken, and deadly affairs. The vision of two
gunslingers meeting in the street at high noon is pure
myth. Shootouts were typically up-close and personal.
They involved lawmen against outlaws, outlaws against
outlaws, and sometimes lawmen against lawmen. We take
a look at the Northfield Raid (James/Younger Gang vs.
the Town of Northfield), the shootout at Hanska Slough
(James/Younger Gang vs. the Medelia Posse), and
Ingalls Raid (Doolin/Dalton Gang vs. US Marshals). And
as we provide the motivation, strategy, and tactics,
and examine the firearms involved on both sides of the
gun battles, we detail each phase of the combat and
its aftermath.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines
From a giant machine press that stamps out an entire
car body to a 125-ton chainsaw that cuts through the
world's hardest rock; from a huge telescope that
glimpses the ends of the known universe to the world's
largest rock crusher. Join us for a workout of the
world's largest machines, and take a long look through
the lens of the world's biggest optical telescope, the
Keck Observatory, atop 13,800-foot Mauna Kea in


Wednesday, August 3, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Demolition.
While a civilization's greatness is reflected in the
achievements of architects and engineers, equally
impressive are spectacular acts of destruction
throughout history. The cycle of construction and
destruction reflects the shifting values of any given
era. We'll trace the evolution of planned destruction
from ancient to modern-day.

8-9pm -- 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 drive
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.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Dredging.
They dig, scoop, suck, and spew an ocean of silt and
sediment. Dredgers are the mechanical beasts that fuel
the world's economic engine by clearing and deepening
ports for mega-container ships. The roots of dredging
go back as far as the Egyptians, who used their hands
to open channels on the Nile to keep crops watered.
The Romans, who used harbor dredging to keep a tight
fist on Europe, pioneered the "spoon and bag" dredge
to speed up the process. Steam power brought about the
first large-scale dredges and helped create the Panama
Canal. We'll go aboard two of the largest US dredgers
and see how they keep waters moving. And in Holland,
we meet the biggest players on the dredging world and
witness the launching of the largest dredge ever
built. From there, we head to Dubai in the Middle
East, where 90 square miles of new islands was dredged
from the sea and will now create a pleasure world for
the rich and powerful.

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Ridiculously Large Engines.
Pushing limits...knocking down barriers...seeing just
how far they can go. That's what the innovative
builders and mechanics featured in this episode all
share. Whether it's a jet-powered fire truck, a 500-HP
Dodge Tomahawk Concept Motorcycle, or a 2004 Dodge
Viper fitted with a supersonic engine, all of these
vehicles were created with one goal in
mind--mind-numbing speed! So strap on your seatbelts
and get ready to race in some of the most powerful
vehicles ever created.


Thursday, August 4, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hangars.
Come in for a smooth landing as we explore the history
of hangars--stark, massive structures that house and
protect flight vehicles. We visit the first hangar,
built on a German lake; Boeing's Delta 4 rocket
hangar; Hangar Number One in Lakehurst, New Jersey,
that housed all US airships built in the 1920s and
'30s; and the Space Shuttle's hangar--as big as four
skyscrapers! Back in Germany, Cargolifter's mammoth
hangar, large enough to enclose the Superdome, signals
the rebirth of an industry.

8-10pm -- Quest for Dragons - 
A spirited exploration of the history, science, and
legend of the world's most notorious beast--the
dragon, the best-known creature that never was.
Throughout history, dragons influenced wars, science,
art, and religion. They appear in almost every culture
and many still believe in dragons. How could different
cultures, isolated by geology and millennia, all
invent the same creature? If the dragon is simply the
product of our imagination, how could distant peoples,
with no knowledge of each other, all invent the same
beast? One of the reasons dragons are a perennial
favorite is that even though they are the ultimate
predator and antagonist, it's also fun to identify
with them. In the end, we want to be the dragon as
much as we may want to slay the dragon.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil Tankers.
The biggest moving objects ever built by man, oil
tankers dominate the world's waterways, both in size
and numbers. Upwards of 10,000 strong, the world
tanker fleet's vast number results from the modern,
insatiable thirst for oil. We'll dig into the history
of oil transport--from Civil War days to the critical
WWII years and invention of the supertanker in the
1950s. And we examine the financial impact of
modifying these steel leviathans to prevent future
catastrophic environmental disasters.


Friday, August 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Police Guns.
Police represent a thin blue line protecting ordinary
citizens from hardened criminals. We'll look at the
vast array of weapons that police officers across
America have wielded for over 150 years in their
endless fight to maintain law and order.
And stay off the Dead Pool

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - August 5-11.
In Japan, 325 planes from the US 5th and 7th Air
Forces, based on Okinawa, raid Tarumizi in the south.
Fat Boy, the world's first atom bomb, is dropped on
the Japanese city of Hiroshima from a specially
modified B-29, named the Enola Gay after the mother of
the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. Around 80,000 people
died in the blast that destroyed 60% of the city. Many
more are severely injured; others will die later from
radiation sickness. Later this week, a second atom
bomb--Fat Man--is dropped on Japan; this time over the
city of Nagasaki, a major ship-building port. The US
1st Army begins arriving on Luzon to prepare for the
forthcoming invasion of Japan. In Moscow, the Soviet
government declares war on Japan for that country's
refusal to respond to the surrender demands of the
"Big Three" at the recent Potsdam Conference.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - Army Air Ambulance/1st Special
Service Force/Johnson Rifle/MiG-15 vs. F-86/P-59: #46.
At Fort Irwin, R. Lee Ermey checks out the Army's
state-of-the-art air ambulance--the Blackhawk
helicopter; then, he learns why the helicopter became
so important to Korean War MASH units that it was
dubbed "The Angel of Mercy". Then, he reviews the
history of America's First Special Service Force,
created in WWII and nicknamed "The Devil's Brigade" by
the German Army; sees which Cold War superjet is
tougher--the MiG-15 or F-86 Sabre; and checks out the
first US operational jet--the P-59.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Heavy Support Vehicles/Dragon
Wagon/Rappel/Alice Gear/WWII Merchant Ships/Deep Six:
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer as we answer viewer questions about military
methods and technology with practical demonstrations.
Topics covered: Army Heavy Support Vehicles, including
the M88 Heavy Recovery Vehicle and the M1070 Heavy
Equipment Transporter; the Dragon Wagon, a WWII-era
recovery vehicle; Ranger training in fast-roping and
rappelling; All-Purpose Light Weight Individual
Carrying Equipment; WWII Liberty and Victory Ships;
and the term "Deep Six".

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The World's Biggest
Join us for a look at the biggest, heaviest, tallest,
longest, meanest machines on the planet! We'll see
what these monsters do and how they operate, and how
they're designed and assembled. Machines investigated
include the largest draglines, excavators used in
mining; the biggest dump truck; a front-end loader
with an 80-ton bucket and the largest tires of any
vehicle; the cruise ship, the Voyager of the Seas; a
240-foot tall wind generator; and a fusion reaction
machine the size of a football field.


Saturday, August 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nuclear Tech.
Nuclear research ranges from well-known applications,
such as bombs and reactors, to little-known uses in
medicine, food preparation, and radiation detection.
It's also spawned ancillary technologies to store
nuclear waste and clean up accidents. Despite the risk
of use and abuse for destructive purposes, many
scientists remain optimistic about what's next for the
atom. In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war
and peace, and the latest in nuclear power generation,
safety, and security.

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - Hiroshima.
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber took off from a South
Pacific Island on a clandestine mission to drop a bomb
unlike any other--one that forever changed the world.
Archival footage and dramatic reconstruction of events
leading up to the first atomic bombing provide
insight, along with testimony from Japanese living in
Hiroshima in 1945 and Paul Tibbets, who piloted the
mission. The physical blast killed 100,000 and
flattened 47,000 buildings...but the long-term impact
will be felt forever.

9-10:30pm -- Time Machine - 
An investigation, based on newly released documents,
into President Truman's controversial decision to drop
the A-bomb. Concludes that the real reason the US
dropped the bomb was to intimidate the Soviet Union.

10:30-12am -- Broken Wings - 
Historian and adventurer Pat Macha introduces us to
the world of aviation archaeology, bringing to life
once-majestic planes and the men and women who flew
them. "Airplane wrecks that remain undisturbed for
years provide us with a sobering opportunity to
consider the power of nature and the mistaken
judgments of man," Macha explains. Teaming up with
forensic experts and aviation authorities, Macha
transports us to the past at crash sites and pieces
together the puzzle behind the twisted metal.


Sunday, August 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky (2 hours).
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. Part 1 of 2.
8-9pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - Part 2.
It isn't a question of if but when the next deadly
impact will take place. When will the next
Earth-killer hit? 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.
Part 2 of 2.

9-11pm -- Ape to Man - 
The story of a century-and-a-half of tireless research
that led humans to discover their ape-like beginnings.
In this 2-hour special, we review several stories of
discovery, each a crucial turning point in the
understanding of our pre-historical past. Our heroes
are the men and women who uncovered the clues, often
after backbreaking and obsessive labor in some of the
most hostile environments on Earth. Their stories are
told with dramatic reconstructions of their
expeditions and tantalizing glimpses of the lives of
the ancestral humans they uncovered, together with
newspaper headlines, news reports and, where
available, archive footage and expert interviews. In
the course of this enthralling journey, We uncover the
stunning facts, wild theories, and compelling
conclusions unearthed by pioneering investigators of
human origins. This is the story of how 150 years of
sweat and toil brought our extraordinary origins into
the light.


Monday, August 8, 2005

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? Aliens and
On July 11, 1991, thousands across Mexico looked
skyward during a total eclipse and were greeted with a
wave of UFO sightings. Was this a prelude to imminent
contact? Or will humans get to the aliens first? Join
us for a review of mankind's efforts to reach out to
Extraterrestrial Intelligence as we listen for a
cosmic signal that we are not alone!

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Nostradamus: 500 Years
Later, Part 2.
Dramatic reenactments take us into the secret study of
Nostradamus, where he wrote his famous prophecies.
Many believe that it was here where he had visions of
Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, and even Louis
Pasteur, hundreds of years before they lived. We'll
dig into his most famous predictions and unravel his
cryptic codes. Did he really predict the assassination
of John F. Kennedy, the Great Fire of London, the
space shuttle disasters, the Gulf War, and 9/11? We'll
let you decide.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Weird Medicine.
From cornflakes to crystals, no matter how bizarre the
method, Americans haven't been shy about doing
whatever it takes to improve their health. In this
episode, hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran take
viewers around the country to investigate our
obsession with weird medicine, and see what doctors
and patients have done over the years to achieve a
healthy life. It all begins at the world's weirdest
medical museum in Philadelphia, and ends up in San
Francisco, where we investigate the latest health fad
to hit the country--laughter clubs. On our 200-year
trip through history we look at everything from
finding your "Mojo" through a root doctor, to medical
quacks like Albert Abrams, who believed he discovered
electronic waves that emit from human organs. And if
that's not enough, we also take a look at the life of
health pioneer John Harvey Kellogg who may have loved
his daily enemas, but still ran the most popular
health spa of the early 20th century.


Tuesday, August 9, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Pleasure Boats.
As we power-up and unfurl the sails on a magical
cruise through time, viewers meet the people who've
devoted their lives to pleasure boating. Traveling
throughout the U.S. and Europe, we delve into a world
of luxury, adventure, and sport on spectacular vessels
ranging from classic yachts to sports boats to the
ultimate floating palaces. In this timeless pastime,
technological wonders continue to evolve and enthrall.

8-9pm -- 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

9-10pm -- 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?

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - The Great Sub
It's 1939. In the two decades since the development of
submarines, there has been no technology capable of
rescuing crews trapped in downed subs. A Navy
submarine called the Squalus malfunctions and sinks to
the bottom of the Atlantic. All 33 survivors know
there has never been a rescue from a sunken submarine.
Their only hope at this moment is one man: maverick
Navy commander Charles "Swede" Momsen. He's on his way
with a machine he invented that's destined to change
history. Join host Hunter Ellis at the Naval Submarine
Center as he suits up with submariners in a sub
training tank and demonstrates how the Squalus crew
fought the powerful force of rushing water as their
sub sank. And we'll take a look at Momsen's rescue
chamber--a 10-foot high diving bell that operates like
an underwater elevator and offers the only way out for
men condemned to this slow death. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Panzers.
German tanks revolutionized military doctrine. Their
speed and tactical usage, backed up by the Luftwaffe,
helped create the Blitzkrieg (lightning war) that
stormed over Europe and dominated battlefields.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Towing.
Think you know towing? As simple as engaging a tow man
when your car is stalled? From mighty tugboats that
guide massive ships safely into port, dizzying roller
coasters that send cars careening up and down hills,
to funicular railroads that climb mountainsides, when
it comes to towing, being a "drag" was never so good!
We also watch a 125-year-old church as it's towed on
the back of a flatbed truck, and rocket towards space
as we're hauled 20,000 feet-high behind a Boeing 747!

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Lube Job.
From chariot wheels of ancient Egypt to hard disks in
a computer to the wheels on a Mars rover, machinery
can't function without lubricants. And in today's
technology, there are a mind-boggling number of
friction points that must be lubed, and a staggering
number of lubricants-- petroleum motor oils that keep
car engines from burning up, synthetic greases that
stay put in the zero gravity of space, and solid
coatings that prevent eggs from sticking to a pan.
We'll see how this marvel of chemistry works and how
it's used. Peering into the future, we'll behold a
power generator that employs air as a lubricant,
trains using magnetic levitation, which eliminates any
need for lubrication, and bio-engineered vegetable
oils that promise to take humanity back to one of its
very first lubricants. From helping medieval windmills
spin, to allowing robotic arms on planetary rovers to
move, lubricants are crucial to the advance of
technology and literally keep the wheels of progress

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Low Riders.
They spray brilliant sparks when scraping over
asphalt. They dance down dark alleys like a salsa
performer and hop higher than a kangaroo. They are a
unique combination of art, sophistication, and
technology welded together to create the ultimate
automobile phenomenon. From their Mexican origin to
car shows throughout the world, they have become some
of the coolest cars to cruise the boulevards of the
American Southwest. They are Low Riders and they're
heading your way.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Magnum.
It's known as the most powerful handgun in the world,
made famous by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry
movies. But its origins stretch back more than a
century to the Indian Wars of the American West and
African safaris, where hunters stalked big game. Join
us for a review of the history of the biggest, baddest
gun available today--unlimited firepower at the pull
of a trigger!
And stay off the Dead Pool

8-10pm -- Ape to Man - 
The story of a century-and-a-half of tireless research
that led humans to discover their ape-like beginnings.
In this 2-hour special, we review several stories of
discovery, each a crucial turning point in the
understanding of our pre-historical past. Our heroes
are the men and women who uncovered the clues, often
after backbreaking and obsessive labor in some of the
most hostile environments on Earth. Their stories are
told with dramatic reconstructions of their
expeditions and tantalizing glimpses of the lives of
the ancestral humans they uncovered, together with
newspaper headlines, news reports and, where
available, archive footage and expert interviews. In
the course of this enthralling journey, We uncover the
stunning facts, wild theories, and compelling
conclusions unearthed by pioneering investigators of
human origins. This is the story of how 150 years of
sweat and toil brought our extraordinary origins into
the light.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech.
When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw
today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that
feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving
to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the
woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to
topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to
19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as
large as the timber they felled; and travel with a
tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood
uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste!


Friday, August 12, 2005

7-8pm -- 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!

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - August 12-18.
In Tokyo, the Japanese government at last accepts the
inevitable and surrenders to the Allies
unconditionally. President Truman, addressing crowds
from the portico of the White House, said "this is the
day we've been waiting for since Pearl Harbor." The
surrender will be formally made to General MacArthur
at a later ceremony aboard the US battleship Missouri
anchored in Tokyo Bay. Emperor Hirohito makes an
emotional broadcast to the Japanese nation saying that
they had no choice but to surrender. Otherwise the
country would have been destroyed by what he described
as "a new and most cruel bomb". General MacArthur is
appointed Supreme Allied Commander. VJ Day--Victory
over Japan--is declared a national holiday.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Anti-Tank Rocket/Bazooka/HQ
Tour/Tactical Operations Center/Downed Pilots Rescue:
R. Lee Ermey heads to the range with the Marines to
demonstrate the bazooka's replacement--an AT-4
shoulder-mounted anti-tank rocket--and finds out how
the bazooka got its name. After a tongue-in-cheek tour
of Mail Call Headquarters, we learn how commanders
stay in touch with the battlefield at a Tactical
Operations Center, a mobile command post for the
computer age. We meet Air Force Pararescuemen, who
rescue downed pilots behind enemy lines, and discover
the origin of a 21-gun salute.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - # 67.
Host R. Lee Ermey hits the road to give us an inside
look at one of the most secure and super-secret
facilities in the world--NORAD. Lee gets through tight
security to enter Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center,
America's eye in the sky where everything that flies
is monitored 24/7. During a tour of the Battle
Management Center, an incident of concern puts the
center on alert and we see how NORAD operates under
pressure. We also tour the Missile Command Center and
find out what keeps the 800 military personnel inside
on their toes. And Brigadier General Jim Hunter
unlocks the door for Lee to the most secret part of
Cheyenne Mountain--the Command Center, or what a lot
of people call the War Room. We see how the men and
women who work here monitor planes, missiles, and even
space junk to make sure North America stays safe. The
General and Lee talk about how NORAD's mission has
changed since September 11th and we get a sneak peak
at the new command center.
MonsterVision host segments for WarGames at NORAD


Saturday, August 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Taxidermy.
It began as a tool used by prehistoric man to attract
animals to the hunt. Over time it became an invaluable
study aid for the natural scientist and a popular
hobby for hunters and fishermen. Join us for a
tantalizing look at the history of taxidermy, the
craft of preserving animal skins and using them to
recreate a still life of the animal as it appeared in
life. We also check out fiberglass reproduction, which
is gaining popularity as fish and game regulations
become stricter. Finally, we examine human subjects in
taxidermy. Using the very latest process of
plastination, the once taboo science and art of
preserving and displaying human corpses now draws
crowds in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., proving the
age-old practice continues to mesmerize us!

8-12am -- Movies in Time - 
Movie. Beautifully shot in South Dakota, Kevin
Costner's directing debut took home seven Oscars
including Best Picture, Director, and Cinematography.
Costner stars as the idealistic Lt. John Dunbar, who
requests a position on the western frontier after the
Civil War, where he makes friends with a wolf and a
Sioux tribe that dubs him "Dances with Wolves". As the
frontier disappears and the army advances, Dunbar must
make a decision that will affect the lives of the
Sioux he now calls his people. (1990)


Sunday, August 14, 2005

7-8pm -- Days That Shook the World - Hiroshima.
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber took off from a South
Pacific Island on a clandestine mission to drop a bomb
unlike any other--one that forever changed the world.
Archival footage and dramatic reconstruction of events
leading up to the first atomic bombing provide
insight, along with testimony from Japanese living in
Hiroshima in 1945 and Paul Tibbets, who piloted the
mission. The physical blast killed 100,000 and
flattened 47,000 buildings...but the long-term impact
will be felt forever.

8-9:25pm -- 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.

9:25-11pm -- Mail Call - VJ Day Special.
From the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York City,
host R. Lee Ermey gives viewers the scoop on the war
that the US waged across the Pacific in WWII,
culminating with the Japanese surrender and American
celebration of VJ Day on August 14, 1945. This 60th
anniversary program includes patriotic events on the
Intrepid throughout the day. Between these events,
Gunnery Sergeant Ermey covers all the highlights of
America's historic island-hopping campaign--from the
tragedy of Pearl Harbor to the pivotal battle of
Midway and storming the bloody beaches of Iwo Jima. As
the Gunny tours the Intrepid and highlights its
contributions, viewers learn about the gear and the
guys who made it all happen. Sailors and naval
aviators turned aircraft carriers like the Intrepid
into the most lethal weapon on the high seas. Tune in
to celebrate the ingenuity and fighting spirit that
defeated the seemingly invincible Japanese Empire and
finally brought an end to WWII.


Monday, August 15, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Chrysler Building.
The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in New York City,
erected between 1928 and 1930, was the world's tallest
edifice--until the Empire State Building eclipsed it
in 1931! Since then, this Art Deco masterpiece has
become one of the most beloved skyscrapers on the city
skyline. Financed by auto tycoon Walter P. Chrysler
and designed by architect William Van Alen, the
private office building was constructed by more than
2,000 men. Find out why it was the first--and
last--skyscraper Van Alen designed.

8-10pm -- X Day: The Plan to Invade Japan - 
By spring of 1942, Japan controlled the western
Pacific, the Philippines, and large parts of
Indochina. America and her allies knew that final
victory could only be achieved by unconditional
surrender and that would involve occupation of the
Japanese homeland. This is the story Operation
Downfall, the plan to invade and occupy Japan that
would dwarf the D-Day landings in Europe. According to
the plan, on X-Day--November 1, `45--General MacArthur
would lead an invasion force onto the beaches of
Kyushu, the southern most of the Japanese Islands.
Y-Day would follow six months later when the largest
beach landing in military history would take Tokyo.
Politicians and military strategists knew that
Japanese resistance would be ferocious. Plans for the
invasion continued throughout `45 until President
Truman made the decision to drop the atom bomb. We
trace the invasion plans from Pearl Harbor to
Hiroshima and analyze why Truman chose the bomb over
Operation Downfall.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Weird Worship.
On a pilgrimage of weird worship, hosts Mark Sceurman
and Mark Moran begin with America's birth and pious
exiles seeking refuge. In California, they meet a man
who spent the last 20 years building a shrine to Jesus
from car parts, tires, adobe, and more than 100,000
gallons of paint. In Iowa, they visit "The Grotto of
the Redemption", a huge monument handmade from rocks
and semi-precious stones. In Florida, they stop at one
of America's earliest cults--the Koreshan Unity
Movement, which maintained life was lived on the
inside, not the outside, of planet Earth. Returning to
California, they visit the UNARIUS Academy of Science,
where it's taught that past-life regression,
channeling messages from other worlds, and impending
contact with "space brothers" will help us achieve
enlightenment. Finally, they examine the Union of the
Vegetable, a New Mexico sect suing the DEA for
prohibiting use of a hallucinogenic tea they claim is
integral to their religion.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - New York Bridges.
Much of New York City's history can be viewed via its
bridges--all 18 that connect Manhattan Island to its
neighbors. Join us for a look at these architectural
masterpieces from the age of iron and steel; and, see
how they have changed destinies, linking some to
opportunity, others to ruin.

8-9pm -- Japan's Atomic Bomb - 
A revealing look at the untold story of Japan's atomic
bomb, and how they may have detonated a nuclear device
just two days before surrender. Since the end of WWII,
conventional wisdom claimed that Imperial Japan was
years away from building an atomic weapon--this
special shatters this view. Using once secret Japanese
wartime documents, we provide evidence that Japan had
world-class nuclear physicists, access to uranium ore,
and cyclotrons to process it. They devised an
innovative way to deliver the bombs using 400-foot
long Sen Toku submarines, capable of carrying and
launching airplanes. Most startling--just six days
after Hiroshima, Japan tested its own atomic device on
a small island 20 miles off the Korean coast. The
sobering conclusion is that Japan may have been just
weeks behind the US in the race for the bomb.

9-10pm -- Shootout - WWII Assault on Germany.
In 1944, General Eisenhower's order was short and to
the point: destroy the German army. If successful,
Allied forces would win the war in Europe. To American
GIs that meant defeating a foe bent on defending his
homeland at all cost. This episode recounts and
reenacts the experiences of US soldiers who
participated in one of WWII's greatest military
campaigns Through interviews, archival footage, and
recreations, vets share graphic memories of
penetrating the Siegfried Line, the formidable German
border-defense system; fighting in the Hurtgen Forest,
a dark, dense wooded area that rendered tanks and air
power useless; and sewing up the industrial region
known as the Ruhr Pocket. Veterans put viewers right
in harm's way with their deeply personal stories of
what it was like to conquer Germany one pillbox, one
troop shelter, one hilltop, and one town at a time.
They shed tears over lost comrades and reveal the
effects of combat, including psychological stress that
still haunts them.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Doolittle's Daring
It's 1942--the height of WWII. Bombers have never
before taken off from an aircraft carrier, but the
moment has come. Daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle and
his handpicked squadron train for a one-way mission
using modified B-25s. They're on a mission to bomb
Tokyo, avenge Pearl Harbor, and hopefully bring an end
to the war. There is not enough fuel for them to land
safely. They know they will either make history, or
die trying. In this episode, host Hunter Ellis
examines The Man--celebrated pilot Lieutenant Colonel
James H. Doolittle; The Machine--the B-25 Bomber; and
The Moment--Doolittle's dramatic raid on Japan.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Empire State Building.
The amazing story of how the New York City skyscraper
was constructed during the depths of the Depression.
Requiring 10-million bricks and 60,000 tons of steel
beams, and using a revolutionary technique to hold the
steel girders in place--hot rivets--the landmark
building was completed four months ahead of schedule.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Secret Luftwaffe Aircraft of
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 -- Modern Marvels - The Atlantic Wall.
Join us for an exploration of the Nazi construction
called the Atlantic Wall--3,000 miles of shore
fortifications along occupied European coastline.
We'll highlight the logistics of construction, types
of fortifications, weapons, and obstacles in the wall
used by the Germans. We also detail the Allied D-Day

10-11pm -- Automaniac - World War II.
They're the cars made famous during the Second World
War. Franklin Roosevelt's 1938 Ford Convertible,
modified to be driven using hand controls because of
the president's polio. General Dwight D. Eisenhower's
1942 Cadillac, the massive luxury car piloted by Kay
Somersby, Eisenhower's longtime chauffeur and
confidante. Hitler and Göring's Mercedes 540K and
770K, two of the most ostentatious and chrome-laden
cars ever built. And the Rolls Royce, favored by such
diverse figures as Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery
of Great Britain and Emperor Hirohito of Japan.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Modern Marvels: Statue of
It started as an idea at a French dinner party and
became the symbol of the free world. The story of
France's gift to the U.S. reveals a 20-year struggle
to design and build the world's largest
monument--using paper-thin copper sheets. This program
is part of a special night of 3 hour commercial-free
programming 7-10PM ET/PT.

8-10pm -- Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives - 
Where do machines go when they die? From B-52 Bombers
to massive aircraft carriers, from passenger cars to
Cold War cruise missiles and remnants of the Twin
Towers, all that we manufacture has a lifespan. But
reaching the end of their original purposes can be
just the beginning. Join us on a fascinating visual
journey as we follow some of our greatest achievements
in manufacturing, design engineering, and construction
to their after-lives and final resting places.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bricks.
The history of civilization has been built on the back
of brick, and it's been said that "architecture itself
began when two bricks were put together well." From
great Egyptian temples to the Roman aqueducts, the
Great Wall of China, and the dome of the Hagia Sophia,
brick is one of the oldest, yet least celebrated,
building materials manufactured by man. In this
hard-packed episode, we explore brick's past,
highlighting defining moments, such as the Great
London Fire of 1666, the zenith years of brick in the
New York Hudson River Valley, and brick as an
essential building block in infrastructure and
industry. We'll feature advancements through the ages
as well as construction techniques, trends, and the
future of brick construction. Essentially, brick is
still just burnt has been around for
thousands of years, but continues to serve as the
backdrop of the modern age.


Friday, August 19, 2005

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

8-9pm -- Heavy Metal - The F-14.
October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal US jets rain
down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and deadly plane
led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the
world's most complete military fighter. No other
fighter jet carries the F-14's unique combination of
weapons. Its state-of-the-art system can spot an
oncoming enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar
can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as
80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the
radar of any other fighter jet.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - F/A-22 Raptor.
Built around "first look, first shot, first kill"
design, the F/A-22 Raptor, the most advanced aircraft
of its breed, is set to become the Air Dominance
Fighter of the 21st century. Deadly and undetectable
at long-range, this super-jet is the latest in 5th
generation fighter technology. Capable of super-cruise
and packing an array of deadly missile systems, this
stealth jet blends dogfighting skill with
precision-strike ground attack capability and can
intercept and strike any target with near impunity. In
the 1980s, as Cold War tensions heightened and US
defense spending increased, the Air Force decided it
needed a replacement fighter for its F15 Eagle. The
Advanced Tactical Fighter program was born, and the
largest, most expensive program of its kind hatched
the Raptor. Follow the 25-year development of
America's deadliest fighter and see how stealth,
super-cruise, and integrated avionics combine to
create a fighter without equal.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - WWII Half Track/Arctic
Vehicles/Weird Weapons/Navy Hydrofoil/Combat
Controller: #35.
Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey answers viewer
questions about the military with practical
demonstrations in the field. Lee tears around in a
WWII M2A2 half track, with a combination of tracks and
wheels; demonstrates Army vehicles designed for
extreme arctic conditions, including the world's
longest truck--the 572-foot Snow Train; strange
weapons used by the Allies in WWII; and Navy
hydrofoils. And he explains the function of Air Force
combat controllers and Marine Corps gunnery sergeants.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Afghanistan: #68.
R. Lee Ermey returns to Afghanistan for a special hour
from Bagram Air Base devoted to the hard-charging
Marines stationed there. After an historical overview
of the role of the Marine Corps in Afghanistan, the
Gunny goes on foot patrol into the rural villages
surrounding Kabul. With his armed Marine Corps
escorts, the Gunny shows what it's like to gather
intelligence and promote goodwill among the Afghanis.
Next, Lee goes for a ride in the Ch-53 Super Stallion,
gets a little trigger time on a helicopter
gunship--the Cobra attack helicopter, and test drives
the Marine Corps' newest heavy duty truck, the MTVR.
Finally, Lee spends time with the lifeline for the
Marines in Afghanistan, the Medical Corpsman, and
finds out how they treat injuries on base and on the


Saturday, August 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Deadliest Weapons.
In this fiery hour, we profile five of man's deadliest
weapons, focusing on the inventors, battles, and dark
technology behind their lethality. We begin with the
deadliest bomb ever created, the Tsar Bomba--a
50-megaton nuclear bomb with a yield thousands of
times greater than the one dropped on Hiroshima.
During WWI, technological advances in weaponry led to
the deaths of over 8-million, and one of the deadliest
killers was the machine gun. In WWII, the use of
incendiary bombs killed hundreds of thousands of
people. Another deadly invention of WWII was the
proximity fuse, or VT fuse, that allowed artillery to
detonate within a predetermined range of an enemy
target. Finally, we examine VX nerve gas, thought by
many to be the deadliest chemical agent ever created
and suspected to have been used by Saddam Hussein with
devastating results. We'll visit Edgewood Chemical
BioCenter, which plays a large role in protection and
detection for our troops in Iraq.

8-9pm -- Digging for the Truth - Hunt for the Lost
For centuries, adventurers, and archaeologists--the
devout and determined, and even Indiana Jones--have
all searched for the Bible's most sacred lost
treasure: the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, despite all
its fame, it mysteriously disappeared from the pages
of history tens of centuries ago. How could something
so powerful and holy simply vanish? That's what host
and adventurer Josh Bernstein is determined to find
out when he follows a trail that starts where the
Ark's story begins--on Mount Sinai. Next, he explores
a secret maze beneath Jerusalem's streets and visits
Deir es Sultan, an Ethiopian monastery located on the
roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Ethiopia,
he climbs up a sheer cliff to reach Debre Damo, one of
the country's most ancient monasteries, and travels
across Lake Tana to the place where some say the Ark
is kept today. But how close can he get to this mighty
and mysterious treasure?

9-10pm -- Time Machine - Ancient Computer?
Journey back in time for an eye-opening look at the
amazing ancient roots of technologies we like to think
of as modern. New research suggests that many of the
inventions of the last 200 years may, in fact, have
already been known to the ancients. In Part 1, we
explore the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient machine
that was discovered deep in the Aegean Sea. Could it
perhaps have been an ancient computer? Could
Archimedes have had a hand in its creation?

10-11pm -- Time Machine - Galen, Doctor to the
In this fascinating series, we examine ancient
inventions once believed to have been created in
modern times, and test the wits of ancient inventors
against some of the world's great modern inventors.
Part 2 uncovers the revolutionary work of Galen, the
great Roman doctor to the gladiators, who was
performing brain surgery 2,000 years ahead of his
time. We also explore the sophistication of Roman
medicine and compare it to modern techniques.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

7-8pm -- Time Machine - Galen, Doctor to the
Gladiators (repeat)

8-9pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ships.
Lurking beneath the blue waters of Lake Nemi lay the
titans of Roman naval engineering--the Nemi Ships.
These titanic luxury liners of the ancient world held
inventions lost for thousands of years. But why were
they built? Were they Caligula's notorious floating
pleasure palaces--rife with excess and debauchery?
Flagships of a giant sea force? It took the obsession
of Mussolini with all things Roman to finally prise
the two huge wrecks from the depths of Lake Nemi near
Rome. Using an ancient Roman waterway, he drained the
lake and rescued the ships, an accomplishment captured
on film that we access to illustrate this astounding
story. Sophisticated ancient technology was discovered
in the boats that transformed the understanding of
Roman engineering overnight--the Nemi ships were a
breathtaking find. Yet by 1944, the adventure had
turned sour and the retreating German Army torched the
boats. We reveal the mysteries of the Nemi Ships and
the ancient technology that made them possible.

9-10pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Warfare.
Warfare was a way of life in the ancient world. The
technology of war drove ancient inventors and
engineers to ever-greater lengths to defeat their
enemies. They were, perhaps, the greatest masterminds
of the battlefield-- yet who were they, and how did
they make their sophisticated lethal machines over
2,000 years ago? Ancient warfare was every bit as
technical and lethal as warfare of today. Just witness
the colossal and lethal Helepolis ("city taker"), the
most sophisticated siege machine in history. From the
sinister machines that could bring a city's wall
crashing down to Greek Fire, the napalm of the ancient
world--warfare was as terrible then as it is now. The
sheer ingenuity and complexity with which these
machines of war were created proves that the people of
the ancient world were great inventors,
mathematicians, and engineers.

10-11:05pm -- 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.


Monday, August 22, 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.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFOs and the White House.
Did you know that the office of President of the
United States has had a direct involvement with UFOs
for over 50 years? Since WWII, every Chief Executive
has publicly discussed, issued, or received documents
from the White House pertaining to "Unidentified
Flying Objects". Many of these documents have never
been seen on television before and some of the stories
surrounding these UFO-presidential encounters are
broadcast for the first time. Find out which
administrations had to defend our country from
unidentified objects...who was sitting in the Oval
Office during the biggest UFO sightings...and how the
government's UFO files are handled, depending on
political affiliations. We'll gather the facts and
glean information from presidential libraries that
reveal startling insight on UFOs and the White House.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Countdown to Armageddon,
Part 1.
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 -- Weird U.S. - Rebels and Traitors.
Most are aware of the historical significance and
grave costs of rebellion in America that made our
country what it is for better and worse. But US
history is also full of lesser-known plots to rebel,
revolt, and subvert the government, and they're kind
of weird as hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran learn.
They uncover the story of US history's one and only
emperor; wade through cutlasses, treasure, and talking
severed heads on the trail of one of America's
original rebels, the pirate Blackbeard; and visit a
fledgling nation--complete with its own passports and
government. Our two Marks trek the country in search
of bizarre, unexplained, or just plain zany stories
that somehow flew under the radar screen of American


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Battle for Baghdad.
For 21 days in the spring of 2003, two US Army and
Marine divisions race north across the Iraqi desert
from Kuwait. Their mission: seize the Iraqi capital as
quickly as possible. The planners of Operation Iraqi
Freedom believe that taking Baghdad in a hurry will be
like "cutting off the head of the snake" and will
bring a speedy end to the war. But it won't be a
cakewalk. A tenacious force of guerrilla fighters
throw up roadblocks. They call themselves Saddam
Fedayeen--Saddam's Men of Sacrifice. The Fedayeen
weapon of choice is the RPG--the rocket-propelled
grenade. This nasty piece of handheld artillery can
stop the Marines' thin-shelled armored personnel
carrier, and it can even put a tank out of commission
if it hits it in just the right spot. We'll hear from
troops who found themselves on the receiving end of
punishing RPG barrages and veterans who recount
stories of brutal shootouts on the bloody road to

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Stormin' Norman and
the Abrams Tank.
The Date: 1991. The Mission: Drive Saddam Hussein's
army and elite Republican Guard from Kuwait. The Man:
US 4-star General Norman Schwarzkopf. The Machine of
Choice: the M1A1 "Abrams" tank, firing what the
gunners call "the silver bullet". Saddam predicts it
will be the "Mother of all Battles," but Schwarzkopf
knows he can beat the Republican Guard with the
"Mother-of-all-Tanks"--the most technologically
advanced tank in the history of warfare. Inside the
tank, host Hunter Ellis demonstrates how what they
call "Sabot" rounds can be loaded and fired in three
seconds. Just one of these "silver bullets" can
penetrate an Iraqi tank and completely destroy it. In
just 100 hours of battle, Schwarzkopf drives the
Iraqis from Kuwait and shatters Saddam's army.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Route 66.
Route 66, encompassing eight states from Illinois to
California and 2,400 miles, represented an American
myth--that something better lay over the rainbow.
Route 66 began in the early 20th century when a
confluence of technologies--automotive, steel
construction, and concrete paving--merged with
population explosion, westward migration, and
prosperity after WWI. The federal government responded
with highway bills that converted existing roadways
into an interstate called Route 66. Later, WWII
highlighted the need for a strategic system similar to
Germany's Autobahn--wider, safer, and more advanced.
As federal and state governments worked on a
superhighway, millions sought "their kicks on Route
66." By 1985, the abandoned roadway no longer
"officially" existed, yet, it remains a destination
for nostalgic travelers wishing to recapture a
simpler, more adventurous era.
No relation to horror movie Route 666

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The World's Fastest.
Perhaps no field has experienced this revolution in
velocity more acutely than transportation. We look at
five blazingly fast technological marvels that have
pushed the speed limits to the very edge, each with
its own unique and dramatic history: the world's
fastest production car (Sweden's Koenigsegg CCR); the
world's fastest train (the Maglev in Shanghai); the
world's fastest boat (The Spirit of Australia); the
world's fastest roller coaster (the Kingda Ka) and the
fastest thing on earth (the Holloman High Speed Test
Track), used to test highly sensitive equipment for
many branches of the government and commercial

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Bikes from Hell.
These are motorcycles for the hardcore biker. Bikers
who join clubs or gangs want the best, fastest, or
nastiest of the breed. These are their bikes of
choice. From the rare to the nitrous enhanced, we'll
take you on a ride packed with pure adrenaline. So
strap on your helmets and hold on tight. You'll be
tearing up the pavement in the ride of your life.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

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

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Rubber.
The story of rubber is more than tires, toys, gloves,
and gum--it's imbedded in modern life, from the
controversial Challenger O-rings to seals on hydrogen
fuel cells. A gigantic worldwide synthetic rubber
industry creates exotic elastomers for high-tech
applications, while China's rapid industrialization
plays havoc with the world's natural rubber supply.
From the ancient Olmecs of Yucatán, who knew the
secret of vulcanization, to modern processing plants,
we trace rubber's history and future.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Glue.
It's Super! It's Krazy! And it can be found in
everything from carpet to computers, books to boats,
shoes to the Space Shuttle. It's even used in surgery!
Without it, our material world would simply fall
apart. In this episode, we'll visit the stuck-up,
tacky world of glue. Glue's sticky trajectory spans
human history and we'll cover it all--from Neolithic
cave dwellers who used animal glue to decorate
ceremonial skulls to modern everyday glues and their
uses, including Elmer's glue, 3M's masking and Scotch
tape, and the super glues. Remember the Krazy Glue
commercial in which a man held himself suspended from
a hard hat that had just been glued to a beam? Well,
that 1970s vintage ad understates the power of glue.
With the help of a crane, we're going to hoist a
6,000-pound pickup truck off the ground by a steel
joint that's been bonded with glue!

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!


Friday, August 26, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Fire and Ice.
Who could imagine life without our "man-made weather"?
On cold winter nights and hot summer days, we are
forever grateful to the visionaries who took two basic
elements--fire and ice--and turned them into true
modern marvels. Fire warmed the caves and primitive
dwellings of mankind for centuries, yet the technology
of keeping cool lagged far behind as we learn in this
chronicle of heating and air conditioning that covers
advancements from the home and industry to outer space
and beyond!

8-9pm -- B-52: Stratofortress.
For nearly half a century, one bomber has dominated
the skies. With a maximum speed of 650 mph, a range of
over 8,000 miles, and ability to drop a massive 70,000
pounds of bombs, it's the most lethal bomber in the
world. This is the dramatic story of the race to
produce the first intercontinental jet bomber and the
success of the B-52--from the Cold War to its use in
the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. The B-52's
projected combat life is until 2045--no other bomber
comes close to this record.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - B-2 Bomber.
In any battle, the key to victory is the ability to
strike the enemy without them knowing what hit them.
Within the US arsenal one such weapon can go into
harm's way, deliver 40,000 pounds of either
conventional or nuclear bombs, and slip away
unobserved--the B-2 Stealth Bomber. With its origins
in single-wing experimentation in Germany in the
1930s, the B-2 was developed under a cloak of secrecy.
But when that cloak was lifted, the world was awed by
what stood before them. Able to fly over 6,000 miles
without refueling, it can reach whatever target the US
military wants to attack and deliver its awesome array
of laser-guided weapons with pinpoint accuracy. Using
state-of-the-art technology, including over 130
onboard computers, and shrouded by a mantle of
stealth, it's undetectable by any radar. 

10-11pm -- Mail Call - B-2: #76.
At Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, host R. Lee
Ermey gets to do something only a few hundred humans
have done before him--take a ride in a B-2 Stealth
Bomber on a mock bomb run! The Gunny sets the stage
for his historic flight by giving us the facts and
stats on what makes the B-2 the greatest bomber in the
history of aviation. Then, we go along on Lee's
pre-flight training as he prepares to get airborne.
From the cockpit, he shows viewers what it's like to
fly in a stealth bomber. The Whiteman crew the Gunny
flies with are part of the 509th Bomber Group, the
same squadron that flew the first atomic bomb missions
back in World War II. In his tribute to the 509th, the
Gunny shows how the Enola Gay and other bombers got
the mission done.


Saturday, August 27, 2005

7-8pm -- 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!

8-9pm -- Save Our History - Apollo: The Race against
What remains of the spacecraft designed to propel
American astronauts to the moon? How are they being
saved for future generations? Host Steve Thomas
focuses on the efforts by NASA, the Smithsonian
Institution's National Air and Space Museum, and the
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to bring to life
US space exploration through preservation of historic
spacecraft and equipment from Apollo missions of the
1960s. We meet Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon
during Apollo 11, the first Apollo mission, and Gene
Cernan, who, during Apollo 17, became the last man to
walk on the moon. We tour NASA's original Mission
Control with former Mission Director Gene Kranz, now a
National Historic Landmark, and we check out the
spacesuit "morgue" with conservator Mandy Young to see
how spacesuits from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo
projects (and even earlier) are stored, cleaned, and

9-12am -- Apollo 13 - 
Movie. Based on the true story of the ill-fated Apollo
13 moon mission. Since America had already achieved
its lunar goal of landing on the moon, little interest
existed in 1970 when Apollo 13 launched--until these
words shook the national psyche: "Houston, we have a
problem." Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth,
astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill
Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) battle to
survive. Directed by Ron Howard, with Gary Sinise and
Ed Harris. (1995)
In-studio guest for History Channel host segments is
astronaut Jim Lovell. Movie repeats @ 1am & twice Sunday


Sunday, August 28, 2005

6-9pm -- Apollo 13 - 
Movie (repeat) see above

9-11pm -- Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2
In 1961, President Kennedy set a goal for the nation:
beat the Russians to the Moon and do it within the
decade. In `69, NASA met that goal--but no one defined
what should happen next. As a growing number of
political, social, and economic problems vie for the
nation's attention and money, Congress, Presidents,
and the public aren't certain if manned space flight
is really worth the cost and risk. But for legendary
flight director Gene Kranz and the men and women of
Mission Control, there's no doubt. Despite waning
public support and shrinking budgets, they still have
a job to do with no room for error. This 2-hour sequel
to Failure Is Not an Option tells the story of
America's post-Apollo space program, from the point of
view of the engineers of Mission Control. Through
their experiences, we get a firsthand look at life
inside Mission Control, as these driven engineers
continue to push the boundaries of space flight from
1972 into the new century.

11-2am -- Apollo 13 - 
Movie (repeat)


Monday, August 29, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Edwards Air Force Base.
Examine the colorful history of the premier flight
test center, and America's most important aviation
facility for more than 60 years, Edwards Air Force
Base in California. Every single aircraft to enter the
Air Force's inventory has been put through its paces
at Edwards, along with many Navy and Army aircraft as
well. With unprecedented access to several forgotten
and abandoned facilities on the base, we are guided by
Richard Hallion, former chief historian for the US Air
Force. Today, Edwards continues to push the envelope.
Among the many cutting-edge projects currently being
tested is the Airborne Laser, designed to focus a
basketball-sized spot of intense heat that could
destroy a ballistic missile.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - When UFOs Arrive.
It's all hush-hush as we track a secretive global
paper trail, delving into government plans on how to
deal with other-planet visitors. Searching historical
records, we find that protocols are in place--from the
U.S. military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to
France's Cometa files, from Chapter 13 of the FEMA
Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control titled "Enemy
Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal
law titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure".

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Countdown to Armageddon,
Part 2.
Asteroids are only one of many threats to the small
planet on which we live. From earthquakes to rising
ocean levels, from super volcanoes to devastating
tsunami waves--humans are confronted with forces that
could challenge or even end life on Earth. Most
scientists view such threats as random acts of an
endlessly changing planet within an endlessly changing
universe. But many fundamentalist Christians believe
today's threats are unique. For them, recent disasters
and the threat of even worse to come are proof that
prophesies from the Book of Revelation are at last
coming true. Could it be that Revelation's Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse have at last begun their
fearful ride?

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Crimes and Punishment.
Whether it's a bank heist or a traffic violation,
there's a punishment in America for every type of
crime. Hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran take viewers
behind some bizarre bars to investigate our weird
fascination with criminals--both lives of crime and
time in the slammer. Their journey begins on a dusty
Louisiana road, where Bonnie and Clyde's death by
police ambush is reenacted each year, and ends in the
scorching Arizona desert, where 2,000 petty criminals
are forced to wear pink underwear, work in chain
gangs, and live in army tents. They also visit a town
in Texas with nine state prisons, a place where crime
really does pay, and a jail in Philadelphia built by
Quakers for "confinement in solitude with labor"--a
punishment even Dickens thought cruel and unusual.
Then, Mark and Mark follow the trail of dapper escape
artist and bank robber Willie Sutton as he ingeniously
springs himself from the Quaker pen and two other
high-security jails.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Six-Shooter Tech.
Six-shooters--revolvers with six chambers--were as
common as cell phones in the Wild West, but when one
went off, it was more than annoying--it was most often
deadly. A priest, a 16-year-old boy sailing the world,
and a covey of cold-blooded killers all played
important parts in the development of this classic
western weapon. What was missing from Samuel Colt's
first revolving handgun? How did Smith & Wesson
exploit a technological edge to make millions of
dollars? Which six-shooter was prone to blowing up?
Join us for a bang-up hour as we examine the advances
that made the six-shooter safer and more reliable as a
first line of defense...and just as often, as a first
line of attack.

9-10pm -- Shootout - D-Day: Fallujah.
November 2004--Fallujah, Iraq has become a viper pit.
Over the last six months, this once holy city has
become the center of gravity for the Iraqi insurgency
with Al Qaeda terrorists and Islamic radicals from
across the Muslim world congregating here to resist
the US occupation. Many have come to martyr themselves
and to take as many coalition troops with them as
possible. On November 8, six battalions of US soldiers
and Marines storm the city to kill the insurgents. It
will be the fight of their lives. With riveting and
insightful commentary from the men who sweated and
bled on the dusty avenues of Fallujah, this episode
highlights the strategies, cutting-edge technologies,
and harrowing stories of mortal combat--many told here
for the first time--of the deadliest house-to-house
street brawl since the battle for Hue City, Vietnam.
As one Marine tells us, if Fallujah isn't hell, it's
in the same zip code.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Shot Down: The U2
In 1960, tension between the US and Soviet Union is
rising and the two great powers seem on the brink of
war. President Eisenhower proposes the "Open Skies
Treaty" to allow mutual aerial reconnaissance, but the
USSR rejects it. The US needs information on their
nuclear capabilities. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers is
chosen to fly the U2, the greatest spyplane ever
built, over the Soviet Union. At 11 miles above
Earth's surface, where sky merges with outer space,
Powers feels safe from missiles and jets. But at the
last minute before takeoff, his plane is switched to
the jinxed U2 360 on which something always seems to
go wrong. After he enters Soviet airspace, the
seemingly impossible happens: a surface-to-air missile
explodes near the tail. With the U2 in a tailspin,
Powers climbs out and parachutes to the Russian
countryside. Captured, interrogated, and imprisoned,
two years later, he's finally traded for a Soviet spy.


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Harvesting.
Cutting, digging, picking, stripping, shaking, and
raking--whatever the crop, there's a custom machine to
harvest it. It all began with handpicking and today
it's often one man and one machine harvesting hundreds
of acres in a single day. The farmer may even get a
little help from satellites. Far above the earth,
high-resolution photography is giving the grower more
opportunities to cut costs and maximize the harvest.
From the debut of the sickle in ancient Egypt to
McCormick's famous Reaper to the field of ergonomics
that assists human harvesters, we'll dig into the past
and future of the harvest.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - High Risk: Helicopter
The remarkable story of the men who maintain and
repair live high-voltage power lines--an elite team of
pilot and lineman that looks for damage and makes
critical repairs without turning the power off!
"Barehanding" involves a helicopter flying up to live
power lines, stretching a metal wand out to the line
and energizing the helicopter and lineman to the full
strength of the power line. The lineman, wearing a
special metal fiber suit, then works on the wire by
sitting on the helicopter skid or climbing onto the
bare line. This technique makes the lineman, chopper,
and pilot all part of the electrical circuit with
345,000 volts running through both men and machine.
For two days, we follow members of the USA Airmobile
team in Wisconsin as they risk their lives to inspect
and repair critical power lines that were struck by a
tornado. And we trace the development of this
high-risk work, conceived of in 1979 by Mike Kurtgis,
our guide through its electric history.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Wiring America.
We begin with electrical linemen perched precariously
out a helicopter door, repairing 345,000-volt
high-tension power lines. They are part of an army of
technicians and scientists we'll ride, climb, and
crawl with on this episode. They risk their lives so
that we can have the services we take for
granted--electric power and 21st century
communications. They lay and maintain the wire that
connects us one to another, as well as America to the
rest of the world. The hardwiring of America is a
story that is nearly two centuries old. And though
satellites and wireless systems may be challenging the
wire, it's not dead. Fiber optic cable, lines that
transmit light, became a player in information
delivery in the late 1970s. We may be entering a
"wireless" age, but the infrastructure of wires laid
by visionary scientists and industrialists are still
vital to America. Wire technology will be with us,
continuing to provide service, well into the next

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Gangster Cars.
They are the cars that appeal to a certain kind of
"businessman"--the kind that has a lot of enemies.
Smooth, sleek, and glamorous, they've helped make
outlaws like John Dillinger, Al Capone, and John Gotti
look like gentlemen instead of killers. Some did zero
to 60 faster than any police car could and others were
bulletproof. Today, science enables these cars to
withstand a bomb blast or the punch from a
9-millimeter automatic. Ride along as we explore
Gangster Cars--built to keep their owners from getting

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