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Thursday, December 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firing Ranges.
Discover how military and police personnel, as well as
private citizens, hone their shooting skills with one
of the oldest of training techniques when we review
the history of firing ranges--from a simple knot on a
tree, old bottles, rusted tin cans, and highway signs
to high-tech targets and advances in weaponry.

8-10pm -- Hollywood's Greatest Villains - 
Villains have always been with us. In a war-plagued
world, brutality and corruption embody our darkest
fears--all that is selfish and wicked in the human
soul. And they also happen to be great box-office draw
as we see in this fascinating, terrifying look at some
of the most evil--and best-loved--characters ever
created--from Dracula to Darth Vader to Hannibal
Lecter. Featuring interviews with actors like Sharon
Stone (Basic Instinct) and directors such as George
Lucas (Star Wars), John Carpenter (Halloween), this
riveting, insightful film exploration takes viewers
through more than 100 years of screen evil, including
clips from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
Shiver through our comprehensive gallery of rogues in
a bone-chilling homage to the men and women who haunt
our darkest dreams...and fulfill our most secret

10-12am -- Star Wars: Empire of Dreams. - 
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George
Lucas launched the most successful movie franchise
ever created. We look at how the Star Wars trilogy
changed movie-making, catapulted Harrison Ford to
stardom, and made director George Lucas a legend. For
Lucas, what began as a quest for creative freedom
became a philosophy, a cultural phenomenon, and an
empire of dreams. Features film clips, screen tests,
and interviews with Lucas, Ford, Steven Spielberg,
Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.


Friday, December 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Autobahn.
Imagine a superhighway designed for speed...thousands
of miles of roadway unhindered by limits of any kind.
Buckle up for safety as we take you for the ride of
your life when we explore the fascinating history and
current reality of the world's fastest freeway. The
number-one works project of the Third Reich, the
Autobahn was known as Adolf Hitler's Road until
Germany's defeat in WWII. Reconstructed and extended
to more than four times its original size, it became a
symbol of the New Germany.

8-9pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Guadalcanal.
On August 7, 1942, more than 19,000 Marines invaded
Guadalcanal with orders to seize and hold the tropical
island. In the first US offensive of the Pacific War,
these young Americans took on the seemingly invincible
Japanese and fought a series of bitter battles. Aerial
photographs taken during the war have now been layered
over a 3-D contour map to create a CGI "model" of the
battlefield. But this is no computer game, rather a
model of the actual island as the battle raged. These
original high-resolution images allow the viewer to
track the battle step-by-step. Individual stories of
courage and heroism are placed in the exact spot where
they took place. Using cutting-edge techniques, unique
archive film, reenactments, and extraordinary
interviews, we'll tell a story rarely heard.

9-10pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Tarawa.
On November 20, 1943, one of the most ferocious
battles in US history began. The target--a tiny island
called Tarawa. With its vital airfield, Tarawa was the
first step in the island-hopping campaign that would
lead to Japan. Naval bombardment proved ineffective,
landing craft got stuck on the reef, and US Marines
waded ashore to face deadly Japanese fire. Japanese
troops boasted that a million Americans couldn't take
the island in a hundred years. The stage was set for a
bloody confrontation. On the island death lurked
everywhere: snipers hid in trees, the enemy buried
themselves underground, and Banzai attacks came in the
dead of night. It became a war of extermination--5,000
Japanese and more than a 1,000 Marines died in 76
hours of intense conflict. Using cutting-edge
techniques, Oscar-winning archive film, reenactments,
and interviews with men who were there, we'll tell the
story of this overlooked but extraordinary battle.

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Deadly Reckoning.
Join us for the incredible true story of the last
battle of the Vietnam War. When an American merchant
ship is seized by Cambodian pirates, US Marines are
sent in to get the ship back. Ambushed on the sands of
Koh Tang Island, brave young Americans fresh from boot
camp must pull together to accomplish the
mission...and get out alive. Blending dramatic
interviews with news and historic footage and
cinematic recreations, we'll tell the heartbreaking
story of the men who made it...and the men who
didn't...the last 41 names engraved in the wall of the
Vietnam War Memorial.


Saturday, December 3, 2005

7-8pm -- Decoding The Past - Apocalypse.
A look at the prophesies and symbolism in the Book of
Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, which
contains the futuristic final showdown between God and
Satan. Filled with fiery visions, cryptic numbers, and
strange beasts, it's perhaps the Scripture's most
puzzling book. With the ancient city of Megiddo as a
backdrop--thought to be the site of the Battle of
Armageddon--we explore the Seven Seals, the Four
Horsemen, and ask why only 144,000 souls will reach
the Kingdom of God.

8-10pm -- Rome: Engineering an Empire - 
For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful
and advanced civilization the world had ever known,
ruled by visionaries and tyrants whose accomplishments
ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable. One
characteristic linked them all--ambition--and the
thirst for power that all Roman emperors shared fueled
an unprecedented mastery of engineering and labor.
This documentary special chronicles the spectacular
and sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise
of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to its eventual fall around
537 AD, detailing the remarkable engineering feats
that set Rome apart from the rest of the ancient
world. Featuring extensive state-of-the-art CGI
animation, and exclusive never-before-seen footage
shot on a diving expedition in the water channels
underneath the Colosseum.

10-12am -- Roman Vice - 
The flowering of the Roman Empire saw incomparable
power and civilization - and at the same time
corruption, cruelty and depravity on an unparalleled
scale. Emperors from Augustus to Tiberius and Nero
built the biggest empire the world had ever seen,
while presiding over a way of life riddled with
violence, deviancy and excess. This special visits the
archaeological sites of ancient Rome, talks to leading
historians world-wide and uses stylish reconstructions
to describe and explain how good and evil went side by


Sunday, December 4, 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 2,000-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 -- Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By - 
Known as "the Mind of the Renaissance", this amazing
artist, scientist, and inventor envisioned flying
machines, submarines, parachutes, armored cars, and
multi-barreled guns centuries before their time. His
mysterious painting the Mona Lisa still moves us and
his fresco The Last Supper remains an icon of faith.
His secretly recorded dissection of human bodies that
brought accusations of consorting with Satan led to
the early understandings of human anatomy. Against a
backdrop of 15th-century Italian opulence, intrigue,
and corruption, he navigated through the glittering
palaces of merchant princes. The bastard son of a
notary in the town of Vinci, Leonardo couldn't even
take his father's name, but sensed that he must
develop a way to overcome the limitations of
illegitimacy. And so a code emerged, a pattern of
decision-making that evolved throughout his life,
enabling him to become the greatest of men in a time
of great men--a mind above all others.


Monday, December 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Terror Tech: Military.
The chance of enemy confrontation by sea, tank, or air
battle is small, but terrorist networks operating in
the shadows will likely challenge the U.S again.
Instead of waiting to react, the military's new
mission is to detect, deter, and defend America from
terrorist attack. We examine cutting-edge technology
that leads the fight in this new battle landscape,
including Smart Bombs, Tactical Ballistic-Missile
Systems, GPS-driven technology, Electro-Optical
Systems, and the pilotless drone Predator.

8-9pm -- Boys' Toys - Custom Cars.
For most of us, cars are an ordinary fixture of daily
life. But then there are custom cars--literal labors
of love. Supercharged hot rods, sublimely sculpted
classics, flashy tricked-out lowriders, neon-bright
"import tuners"--an eye-popping blend of fine art and
mechanical know-how. In this episode, we trace the
history, technology, and cultural connections between
successive generations who have turned the common car
into an American art form. We'll ride with hot rodders
and lowriders and visit the speed shops and paint
shops where ordinary cars become art.

9-10pm -- Howard Hughes Tech - 
An in-depth look at the technology conceived or
developed by America's first billionaire. A passionate
aviator, Howard Hughes built and flew planes that
broke speed records and developed war machines, spy
aircraft, and commercial airliners. Despite the
impressive technological heights he reached, his
health and mental well-being were fragile. During his
last years, he wasn't seen publicly or photographed,
rarely left the hotel suites he occupied, and was
terrified of germs. But when Hughes died in 1976, he
left a huge legacy in aviation and technology. When we
board an airliner, view TV via satellite, or marvel at
America's military might, we might do well to remember
the risk-taker who flew faster than his peers and was
at heart an aviator obsessively dedicated to both the
art and science of flight.

10-11pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Siege of Masada.
Masada is an extraordinary place and an epic story. A
seemingly impregnable mountain fortress built by King
Herod, it rises from the Judean desert of Israel close
by the Dead Sea. It's said that there, 2,000 years
ago, a band of Jewish freedom fighters defied the
might of the Roman legions for three years. How did
they hold out against such odds? How did the Romans
conduct a siege in such a hostile environment? The
Romans eventually battered their way into the
fortress. But in a famous act of defiance, all the
Jews chose death over slavery. Overnight 960 men,
women, and children committed suicide rather than
submit to their Roman conquerors. Or did they? Today,
using the latest scientific tools and re-examining
archaeological evidence, experts are piecing together
a new story of the Masada siege, one that threatens to
overturn a legend.


Tuesday, December 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Torture Devices.
For more than 3,000 years, emperors and generals,
dictators and police, criminals, clerics, and even
medical doctors have created and used a vast array of
torture devices--everything from the ancient Greeks'
Brazen Bull, which slowly barbecued the victim, to the
elaborate mechanical apparatuses of the Spanish
Inquisition. A medical doctor who specializes in
victims of torture reveals how the human body responds
to their use--from the earliest excruciating
contrivances to the more modern.

8-9pm -- Boys' Toys - Trucks.
Icons of the open road, trucks form the backbone of
the construction and transportation industries. The
facility to handle nearly any load and the ability to
deliver goods almost anywhere make trucks integral to
modern life. From 18th-century steam-powered carriages
to tomorrow's computerized trucks, it's a long haul
you'll enjoy!

9-10pm -- Boys' Toys - AutoManiac: Muscle Cars.
Ever since the first automobiles rolled off the
assembly line, enthusiasts have been trying to make
them more powerful and faster. But that art was
fine-tuned in the 1960s when Detroit started putting
enough juice under the hood to turn average cars into
Muscle Cars. From the GTO to the Camaro to the
Mustang, these powerful wheels with large engines
never lost their appeal. And today, rare Muscle Cars
like the 1970 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Twister and the 1970
Superbird are highly collectible and worth more than
$100,000 each. They're also fun to drive. So strap on
your seatbelt and get ready for a racy hour as we
test-drive the cars that put the "oomph" into

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - More Hardware.
The hardware store is the epicenter of the
construction world for both the weekend handyman or
professional builder. Many of the items found in
hardware stores are so common that it's easy to forget
that when they were invented, they represented
technological breakthroughs--some even revolutionized
entire industries. We examine various tools and see
how they've evolved, including the wrench, measuring
and demolition tools, rope, sandpaper, and locks and
keys. Whether you're looking for an ancient tool like
a hammer or a modern one like an electronic lock,
you'll find it at the hardware store--the place to go
when things fall apart or when you decide to build
your dreams from the ground up.


Wednesday, December 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sub Disasters.
When the men and women aboard a modern submarine hear
the command to dive, they can take a measure of
comfort in the fact that no US sub has been lost in
nearly 40 years, though it's been said that the sea is
a more hostile environment than space. The tragedies
of former disasters have not been forgotten or
squandered and the Navy has been extremely motivated
to find ever more effective ways to prevent them.
We'll examine sub disasters to discover what caused
them and what they've taught us. And as we explore the
early history of the submarine--including a sub used
in the American Revolution and one used in the Civil
War--we follow a modern crew using submarine
simulators to train for disasters, study subs in the
nuclear age, and explore state-of-the-art rescue

8-10pm -- Private Collections - 
Priceless collections. Compilations devoted to with
such passion, entire lives have been spent perfecting
them. From rescued trash to treasure troves with
values known to only the most discerning eye, people
collect for many reasons. For some, the thrill is in
the find; for others, collecting is an escape from
daily life. But all collectors have one thing in
common--they love it! This 2-hour special shows what
people hoard--from the largest Star Wars collection to
the largest private collection of Elvis
memorabilia--and the extent to which they go to
satisfy their hobby, their passion, their addiction.
Among the collections we view are Steven Seagal's
ancient Japanese swords and rare guitars, Arnold
Palmer's golf clubs (over 10,000), and Penny
Marshall's sports memorabilia (she often battles Billy
Crystal for the top online bid).

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Da Vinci Tech.
Nearly 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci
still intrigues us. Most people think of him as a
great artist, but he was also a remarkable scientist
and inventor. His love of mechanics was unparalleled
and he filled his notebooks with pages of incredible
machines--from weapons of war to "Ships of the Skies",
from submarines and scuba suits to robots and an
analogue computer...even contact lenses and alarm
clocks! How did a 15th-century man envision such
modern innovations? If we follow his plans, would any
of his designs work? We need wonder no more. With
recent technological advances and new materials, we're
the first generation able to bring Leonardo's drawings
to life--to learn whether his "mechanical dreams" were
workable plans. We explore the fascinating
intersection of his art, science, and engineering
marvels, and use them to offer insight into this
"Genius of Geniuses", who remains as elusive as Mona
Lisa's smile.


Thursday, December 8, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Arch.
Join us as we explore the vast and varied world of the
arch, one of the strongest and most versatile
structures made by man. Deceptively simple, an arch
can support tremendous weight because its structure is
compressed by pressure, and it provides a much more
spacious opening than its predecessor--post and lintel
construction. Although ancient Egyptians and Greeks
experimented with the arch, the Romans perfected it.
Medieval Arabs incorporated it into stunning mosque
architecture, soon followed by Europe's great medieval
churches. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the steel
arch became a favorite of architects and structural
engineers. Dam builders employed it horizontally,
using the water behind the dam to provide the pressure
to compress it. And tomorrow, the arch will continue
to serve mankind in every form--from nanotechnology to
domes on Mars and beyond.

8-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Mysteries of the Bermuda
Since the 15th century, the Bermuda Triangle has
mysteriously vanished an untold number of ships,
planes and lives with three more known incidents in
2004. Using today's scientific knowledge and
investigative techniques, we study the riddle of the
Bermuda Triangle. Through computer graphics, highly
stylized recreations, and underwater cameras, we will
dramatically visualize the accidents as well as
investigate the possible causes and explanations.
On-camera interviews with both skeptics and believers
will help lay out the facts and opinions of the cases.
Can the latest science available today finally lay to
rest the mysteries of the Triangle?

10-12am -- Boys' Toys - 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


Friday, December 9, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cranes.
One of the most useful machines ever created, the
crane is a simple but important combination of the
pulley and the lever. Though cranes have been helping
us build civilization from at least the time of the
Egyptian pyramids, the modern steel-framed
construction cranes are a relatively recent
development. Put on your work boots as we ride through
the history of cranes from ancient days to skyscraper
construction sites, ocean-freighter docks, and the
International Space Station.

8-9pm -- Boys' Toys - Private Jets, Part 1.
From today's ultra chic, state-of-the-art private jets
to Lockheed's 1957 Jetstar, this 2-part special
investigates the history, luxury, and technology of
America's corporate jets. In the first hour, we meet a
few of the men and women who pioneered them--Bill
Lear, Clyde Cessna and his nephews, Walter and Olive

9-10pm -- Boys' Toys - Private Jets, Part 2.
Actor Michael Dorn explains what it takes to buy a
previously-owned jet. Then, we travel to Dallas to
visit the Associated Air Center, a company that
creates very high-end, lavish jet interiors; review
the latest in kit jets; and look into the new
must-have of the super rich--personal jets the size of
commercial airliners.

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Prison Siege.
In November 1987, an announcement by the US State
Department to send Cuban detainees back to Cuba
triggers one of the longest prison riots in American
history. As riots spill over from the Oakdale
Correctional Facility in Louisiana to Atlanta's
Maximum Security Penitentiary, detainees seize prison
employees and hold them hostage for 13
life-threatening days. It's up to the FBI and its
elite Hostage Rescue Team to implement a plan to get
them out and take back control. Join us for an
action-packed hour that blends dramatic interviews
with news and historic footage as well as cinematic


Saturday, December 10, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Lumberyard.
At the center of the American Dream is the home--and
at the center of its creation or renovation is the
lumberyard. We'll explore the options lumberyards
provide for builders and renovators--from natural to
engineered woods. We'll show how plywood and pressed
woods are made, trace exotic woods to jungle and
desert, visit a special lumberyard that deals in
recycled and antique woods, and go on an underwater
expedition as divers locate ancient logs buried in the
Great Lakes and New Zealand. We'll see how
50,000-year-old ancient Kauri wood is "mined" from a
bog and is now all the rage among those who live in
mansions and travel on yachts. From the lowly 2-by-4
used to build a tract home, to a reclaimed set of
historic planks used to make a million-dollar bar in a
5-star hotel, this eye-opening program hits the nail
right on the head.

8-9pm -- FBI Stings: Recovering Stolen History - 
Preserving our cultural history sometimes means
putting one's life on the line. In this dramatic
special, we bring to life some of the most remarkable
sting operations by a daring special agent in the
FBI's Philadelphia division who has, almost
single-handedly, recovered a treasure trove of stolen
historic and cultural objects worth millions of
dollars. Combining archival material, interviews with
law enforcement officials and criminals, and
reenactments, we tackle three of the most remarkable
cases spearheaded by FBI Special Agent Bob Wittman
(seen only in silhouette)--perhaps the most successful
FBI agent in history in recovering lost and stolen
objects. Time and again, he risked his life by posing
as an art broker or dealer in an array of successful
stings. We introduce the FBI's Art Crimes Unit and
reenact Wittman's successful efforts to crack three of
his most dramatic cases.

9-11pm -- Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By - 
Known as "the Mind of the Renaissance", this amazing
artist, scientist, and inventor envisioned flying
machines, submarines, parachutes, armored cars, and
multi-barreled guns centuries before their time. His
mysterious painting the Mona Lisa still moves us and
his fresco The Last Supper remains an icon of faith.
His secretly recorded dissection of human bodies that
brought accusations of consorting with Satan led to
the early understandings of human anatomy. Against a
backdrop of 15th-century Italian opulence, intrigue,
and corruption, he navigated through the glittering
palaces of merchant princes. The bastard son of a
notary in the town of Vinci, Leonardo couldn't even
take his father's name, but sensed that he must
develop a way to overcome the limitations of
illegitimacy. And so a code emerged, a pattern of
decision-making that evolved throughout his life,
enabling him to become the greatest of men in a time
of great men--a mind above all others.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

7-8pm -- Time Machine - Heron of Alexandria.
In this hour, we travel to Alexandria, Egypt--the home
of inventors and philosophers in ancient times. One of
the greatest inventors was Heron of Alexandria, a
Greek mathematician, geometer, and worker in
mechanics, who taught at the famous Museum. His
strange inventions, such as automaton theaters--puppet
theaters worked by strings, drums, and
weights--automatic doors, and coin-operated machines,
were famous throughout the ancient world.

8-9pm -- 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 more
than 2,000 years ago? Ancient warfare was every bit as
technical and lethal as today's warfare. Just witness
the colossal and lethal Helepolis ("city taker"),
history's most sophisticated siege machine. 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 now. The sheer
ingenuity and complexity with which these war machines
were created proves that the people of the ancient
world were great inventors, mathematicians, and

9-10pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Machines II.
How did the ancients harness power? Did Archimedes use
solar power to defeat the Romans? Was he the first to
concentrate the power of the sun? Early historical
accounts of the battle of Syracuse in 212 BC claim
that Archimedes used polished shields to focus light
onto the sails of the invading Roman ships and set
them ablaze. We investigate this and other intriguing
and incredible objects. An earthenware jar about the
size of a man's fist sits in the National Museum of
Iraq. Its existence could require history books
throughout the world to be rewritten. The jar appears
to be an electric battery pre-dating Christ. Did the
ancient world master electricity nearly two millennia
before the modern world? A recent discovery of a flour
mill in Barbegal in southern France contained 16
waterwheels that operated the mill. Is this one of the
first examples of Roman industrial-revolution
technology--1,800 years before our own?

10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ships.
Lurking beneath Lake Nemi's blue waters lay the titans
of Roman naval engineering--the Nemi Ships. Titanic
luxury liners of the ancient world, they 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 Mussolini's
obsession with all things Roman to finally prise the
two 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 discovered in
the boats transformed the understanding of Roman
engineering overnight. 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.


Monday, December 12, 2005

7-8pm -- America's Castles - The Roosevelt Homes.
Traces the lives of Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt
through their historic homes. Includes the Manhattan
brownstone in which Theodore was raised and his Oyster
Bay retreat in Sagamore Hill. Franklin's life focuses
on his time in Hyde Park and his summer getaway
retreat Campobello.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Mexico's Roswell.
Coyame, Mexico is a small town not far from the US
border. It's home to three thousand people and
possibly the best-kept secret of all-time. In August
of 1974, the USA military was tracking a mysterious
object over Mexico; then suddenly it disappeared from
radar near Coyame. At the same time a civilian plane
headed in the opposite direction is reported missing.
What follows next is the stuff Hollywood blockbusters
are made of: a crash site, a spacecraft, dead bodies,
a covert recovery mission, and a government cover-up.
Is this the story of the century, or just a piece of
Mexican folklore? Over the last 15 years, Mexico has
experienced an unprecedented UFO wave. While the sheer
volume of encounters garners attention, it's the
apparent quality, or credibility, of these incidents
that has our attention. Through interviews with
witnesses and experts we examine the evidence, and
controversial footage released by the Mexican military
reveals never before seen video.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Prophecies of Israel.
The Tanakh of the Jews is an acronym that identifies
the Hebrew Bible, equivalent to the Old Testament to
Christians. Within the 24 books of the Tanakh (or
Mikra as it was called during the period of its
recording) are astounding predictions of the future.
Many of the prophets who authored or appeared in the
scriptures prophesied about the fate of the Jewish
people and the State of Israel. We'll examine the
prophecies and chronicle the birth, death, recent
resurrection, and possible future of Israel. Supported
by archival footage and dramatic recreations,
on-camera experts representing the three major
religions, and secular perspectives, we explore the
most significant of these ancient prophecies. Are the
prophecies real? Are they unfolding before our eyes?
Who believes, who doesn't, and why?

10-11pm -- Battlefield Detectives - World War I:
May 1916. The British Grand Fleet, unchallenged since
the Battle of Trafalgar, is moored in the peaceful
harbor of Scapa Flow off the north coast of Scotland.
The global dominance of the British Royal Navy is
seemingly assured. But this is all about to change.
The Battle of Jutland between Britain and Germany was
the largest naval action of all time. It was a
confrontation that the British wanted. An opportunity
to unleash their lethal super weapons of the day--the
great ships they called Dreadnoughts--and to prove
that Britain did still rule the waves. Yet, in the
cold grey waters of northern Europe, the showdown
ended in carnage on a scale few could have imagined.
Today, the ships with their vast gun turrets and
thousands of shells still litter the seabed. Now,
using the latest modern science, we try to determine
what went wrong. Why was Jutland so disastrous for the
British Royal Navy? And could it be, that in losing
the battle, they won the naval war?


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

7-8pm -- America's Castles - The Presidential Estates.
A look at three estates of presidents, the private
sanctuaries of the most public lives, including Andrew
Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, Martin Van Buren's
36-room manor Lindenwald in the Hudson Valley, and
Rutherford B. Hayes's Spiegel Grove in Freemont, Ohio.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - MK-19 Grenade
Launcher/PPSH-41/WWII Weasel/Vertijet: # 79.
R. Lee Ermey, is back at HQ for a new season of shows
jam-packed with gear, gun and guts. First, the Gunny
is pitching horseshoes and because "close only counts
in horseshoes and hand grenades," it's the perfect
introduction to Lee's trip to Camp Pendleton where he
gets some trigger time with the MK-19 grenade
launcher. Next, the focus is on Russian tactics and
weapons of WWII. Lee shows us the Russian sub machine
gun of choice during the campaign, the PPSH-41. Then,
it's time for a test drive when a WWII Weasel shows up
at HQ. Finally, it's time to dip into the Gunny's
Fabulous Flops file for a segment about the Vertijet,
America's first vertical take-off jet aircraft.

8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Navy SEALs/Frogmen/Kettering
Bug/Warthog/Afrika Korps Gear/Jerry Cans: #48.
R. Lee Ermey teams up with Navy SEALs to demonstrate
their weapons; reviews the history of the Navy's
fierce frogmen; and goes back to 1918 to view the
world's first cruise missile--the Kettering
Bug--designed by Charles Kettering and Orville Wright.
At Tallil Air Base in Iraq, he shows why the A-10
Thunderbolt (a.k.a. Warthog) is the world's best tank
killer, learns about Rommel's Afrika Korps' advanced
weapons in WWII, and why gasoline storage containers
are called Jerry Cans.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Battlecry Iraq: Ramadi.
"Today we are going to kill Americans." That was the
warning to shopkeepers in Ramadi's marketplace on
April 6, 2004. Insurgents meant what they said. They
intended to harm any and all members of Echo
Company--part of the Second Battalion of the 4th
Marine Regiment. Ramadi, a Sunni stronghold and former
Saddam power base in the Anbar province, is one of the
most dangerous places in Iraq. Resistance there is
fierce. "The Magnificent Bastards" as the 2-4 is
called, bore the brunt of hatred and rage as they were
ambushed in a well-planned attack. We chronicle the
2-4's struggle for survival while under
fire--everywhere and all at once--from an enemy that
couldn't be seen. AK-47s, machine guns, and
rocket-propelled grenades exploded all around. About
50 insurgents positioned themselves on the roofs of
one-story buildings and in between market stalls. The
next week-and-a-half would be bloody and deadly.

10-11pm -- Shootout - Iraq's Most Wanted.
They're cold-blooded killers, not particularly
selective about their victims--coalition troops,
international journalists, Iraqi civilians--just about
anyone will do. These slaughterers want political
power. In the south, militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
unleashes his militia on US Marines policing Najaf.
The two forces battle hand-to-hand in a 1,000-year-old
cemetery. In central Iraq, a skilled insurgent mortar
team tries to disrupt national elections by targeting
polling places in and around Fallujah. Marine Recon
squads quietly hunt them down and kill them
one-by-one. In the northern city of Mosul, Uday and
Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam, help plan and fund
insurgent training and operations. US Special Forces
and 101st Airborne troops surround their hardened,
reinforced hideout and decimate it. For Iraq's "Most
Wanted", the message is clear: surrender and you might
live; resist and you'll crumble in a storm of lead.


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

7-8pm -- America's Castles - Miners.
A look at the homes of men who struck it rich in the
mining business. Features Clayton, built by the "Coke
King" Henry Clay Frick; Kearns Mansion, with its Louis
XVI-style parlor; and the Campbell House, which
showcases the Age of Elegance.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Quarries.
Dynamite explodes hills to bits, drills divide sheer
stone walls, 400,000-pound blocks are pulled from pits
by giant cranes, and men work around the clock to
wrest rock out of the earth. Not diamonds or
gold...rock, the raw material of civilization! Without
rock, modern society wouldn't exist. Roads, sewers,
dams, bridges, buildings, paint, glue, make-up,
antacids, and even chewing gum need crushed stone.
From ancient days to the present, we explore the
evolution of quarrying techniques.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Concrete.
Invented by the ancient Romans, concrete is a
relatively simple formula that changed the world.
Concrete has been used to divide an entire country, as
in the Berlin Wall, and to unite nations, as in the
Chunnel. We'll review the history of this building
block of civilization and look at modern applications.

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.


Thursday, December 15, 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.

7-8pm -- America's Castles - Lumber Barons.
Visit the homes of the entrepreneurs who became
fabulously wealthy in the booming lumber business of
the 19th century. Features Martin Pattison's 42-room
Victorian mansion, John Kimberly's French chateau, and
his daughter Jessie's 31,000-square-foot mansion that
was never inhabited.

8-9pm -- Monsters - 
For centuries, tales of monsters have piqued our
curiosity. Legendary beasts from folklore, literature
and film have captivated audiences around the world.
But some say monsters are not confined to just our
imaginations. Stories of the Abominable Snowman,
Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster have triggered
worldwide investigations...and continue to enthrall
believers and skeptics alike.

9-10pm -- Giganto: The Real King Kong - 
see description below on Sunday the 18th

10-12am -- 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.

Friday, December 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - ET Tech.
In 2003, with Mars closer to Earth than it had been in
60,000 years, scientists launched three life-seeking
planetary landers. If the long journeys prove
successful, all should be hard at work on the Red
Planet's surface by January 2004. NASA's Spirit and
Opportunity and the European Space Agency's Beagle 2
represent the pinnacle in the history of the search
for extraterrestrial life. Leading scientists, who
believe life may exist beyond Earth, explain
skepticism about ETs having visited Earth.

8-9pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Saipan.
June 15, 1944. Just over a week after the D-Day
invasion of Normandy, on the other side of the world,
70,000 US Marines storm ashore on the Pacific island
of Saipan. For the first time in the war, American
fighting men stand on Japanese soil. Facing them are
30,000 Japanese soldiers, with massed tanks and
artillery, who have sworn to defend the island to the
death. We offer extraordinary insight into this
climactic battle and follow the men of the invasion
force as they fight their way to ultimate victory--in
spite of one of the biggest Banzai charges of WWII.
9-10pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Leyte.
October 20, 1944--US troops storm ashore on the island
of Leyte. After two long years under Japanese
occupation, the liberation of the Philippines has
begun. The invasion triggers the Japanese Navy's
last-ditch attempt to stop the American advance in the
Pacific. But, in three days of desperate combat, the
Americans finally beat back the Japanese attacks and
write one of the most glorious pages in US Naval
history. We'll offer new insight into this important
WWII battle using aerial photographs that have been
brought to life with the latest computer-imaging
technology to create a 3-D model of the Philippines.
Now, it's possible to follow both the US and Japanese
fleets as they battle for supremacy in the waters
around Leyte Gulf.

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Shadow Warriors.
Afghanistan, 1981. The Soviet Union invaded
Afghanistan in 1979, threatening to expand its huge
hold of territory and edge closer to the rich
oilfields of the Middle East. President Reagan decided
to send CIA officers in to train Afghan rebels to
fight against the Soviets. But he didn't want to tip
America's hand, so he sent in a small team of
undercover officers from the CIA's Islamabad station
in Pakistan. Working in dark alleys and traveling on
Pakistani military helicopters, Milt Bearden and his
team of CIA officers gradually built a network to
funnel arms and cash into Afghanistan and train the
rebels to fight. Dodging bullets and risking their
lives, the CIA officers became secret warriors
fighting America's last battle of the Cold War.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

7-8pm -- Shootout - Iraq's Most Wanted.
They're cold-blooded killers, not particularly
selective about their victims--coalition troops,
international journalists, Iraqi civilians--just about
anyone will do. These slaughterers want political
power. In the south, militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
unleashes his militia on US Marines policing Najaf.
The two forces battle hand-to-hand in a 1,000-year-old
cemetery. In central Iraq, a skilled insurgent mortar
team tries to disrupt national elections by targeting
polling places in and around Fallujah. Marine Recon
squads quietly hunt them down and kill them
one-by-one. In the northern city of Mosul, Uday and
Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam, help plan and fund
insurgent training and operations. US Special Forces
and 101st Airborne troops surround their hardened,
reinforced hideout and decimate it. For Iraq's "Most
Wanted", the message is clear: surrender and you might
live; resist and you'll crumble in a storm of lead.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Britain's Roswell.
Over three nights in December 1980, Air Force
personnel stationed at a NATO installation in England
witness strange lights in the sky above the RAF
Bentwaters and Woodbridge bases. On the night of the
25th, when servicemen spot a glowing object in the
woods, they investigate and come upon a triangular
metallic craft. One of them touches it and records
strange etchings in his notebook. It shoots above the
treetops and the men are later found in a daze by
other troops. Two nights later, the Deputy Base
Commander and a team investigating the alleged site
see lights over a field beyond the woods and a red
object. It speeds off, beaming lights over the bases.
Some witnesses allege use of force and sodium
pentothal during interrogation. A memorandum issued by
the Deputy Base Commander, which records some
statements, is later released via the Freedom of
Information Act. More files are released in 2002 but,
to this day, the events remain a mystery. We'll try to
unravel it.

9-10pm -- UFO Files - Brazil's Roswell.
In September 1977, something amazing appears in the
night sky over the Brazilian island of Colares in the
Amazon delta--a luminous object hovering about 15 feet
over the water. For nearly two months, strange flying
objects visit the island--some big, some small,
saucer-shaped, cigar-shaped, some luminous and some
not. Witnesses report they felt as if blood had been
sucked from them by the strange rays. More than 30
residents suffer puncture wounds or burns after their
encounters. Two islanders reportedly die from their
injuries. The Brazilian Air Force sends a task force
to the island for three months and it returns with 300
night photos and several motion picture reels. Though
a 500-page report is compiled, along with a catalogue
of the sightings, maps, and interview transcripts,
it's kept from the public. Then, in May 2005, a few of
the details are released, but many questions go
unanswered. In this unique hour, we examine these
mysterious happenings in depth.

10-11pm -- Weird Weapons - The Axis.
Between 1939 and `45, the world was locked in a
nightmare struggle of unprecedented ferocity. When the
smoke from WWII cleared, bizarre stories emerged of
extraordinary armaments dreamt up by both sides' most
inventive minds--weird weapons unlike anything before.
New ways of bringing destruction to the enemy were
born of desperation and wild imagination. And in a
world gone mad, nothing seemed too strange to try.
Axis powers tested a strange range of weapons: a
vortex cannon designed to tear wings off aircraft, an
assault rifle that could shoot round corners, a death
ray that could boil people alive, and most bizarre of
all, an army in space. 


Sunday, December 18, 2005

7-8pm -- Giganto: The Real King Kong - 
An exploration of the Giganto (King Kong) legend using
modern science, technology, and historic eyewitness
accounts. Gigantopithecus (the Latin term for "Giant
Ape") is believed to have existed 9 to 5-million years
ago and supposedly was around 10-feet tall. Some
fossil evidence shows that it may have lived in China
or India. Scientists of varying fields will attempt to
genetically connect Giganto to modern-day creatures
from around the world. Could Bigfoot be a relative?
Forensic testing, extensive scientific research, 3-D
animation, and body reconstruction will help determine
the true mystery behind this prehistoric ape.

8-9pm -- Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502
- Part 1: D-Day.
Regarded as the turning point of WWII, the daybreak
invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 actually began
the night before. Shrouded in darkness, 18,000 Allied
paratroopers jumped into the fog and flak-filled
skies, landing behind enemy lines before the full
invasion. Among them, the 502nd Parachute Infantry
Regiment, part of the famed 101st Airborne Division.
Although they became one of the most decorated units
in the D-Day operation, their story has never been
fully told. We illustrate how the 502nd earned
distinction by achieving vital objectives through acts
of great personal bravery and strong tactical
leadership. The story travels from their final staging
in England to the massive confusion of that perilous
night--when most troops, under heavy enemy fire,
missed their intended drop zones--to their setting
upon the intended targets.
9-10pm -- Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The
502 - Part 2: The Road to Carentan.
The 502nd played a pivotal role in paving the way for
the successful Allied landing at Utah Beach on D-Day,
securing important German strongholds and ultimately
liberating the strategically significant town of
Carentan. Hosted on site by actor Ron Livingston (Band
of Brothers), we talk to veterans of the 502nd,
provide firsthand accounts from French citizens and
historians, and reenactments, rare photos, archival
footage, and cutting-edge CGI technology to finally
tell the story of this unheralded group of soldiers:
the 5-0-Deuce.

10-12am -- Dog Fights - 
Ever imagine what it would be like to participate in
the most historic air battles of all time? Imagine no
more. This special puts viewers in the cockpit to
recreate four famous air battles, using computer
graphics, animation, firsthand accounts, and archival
footage to make these thrilling and dangerous
dogfights all too real. Each segment begins with an
introduction to a pilot as we learn of the conflict he
is engaged in, the history and technology of the
aircraft that he flies, and the mortal enemy he must
face. Then comes the moment of contact with the
enemy--the fight begins! Experience a
computer-generated recreation of the aerial battle as
the voice of the pilot plays out this life and death


Monday, December 19, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Breaking the Sound Barrier.
For decades, the sound barrier loomed as an
impenetrable wall against manned flight that buffeted
planes with shock waves as they approached the speed
of sound. Scientists thought the barrier couldn't be
breached--until the development of jet technology and
rocket fuel at the end of WWII. This is the dramatic
story, told through the eyes of many who were there,
of the work leading up to October 10, 1947, when
24-year-old test pilot Chuck Yeager smashed through
the sound barrier in a Bell XS-1 aircraft.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Texas' Roswell.
In April 1897--50 years before the alleged UFO crash
in Roswell, New Mexico--a mysterious airship crash
rocked the small town of Aurora, Texas...or at least,
that's how the legend goes! The tale includes the
wreckage from the ship, a funeral for the dead "alien"
pilot, and thousands of witnesses from across the
country. And the Aurora crash allegedly took place
five years before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty
Hawk, so whatever was in the air was not manmade.
Eyewitness accounts of the crash, mysterious metal
found at the site, and the hunt for the only known
alien graveyard are all combined into a story that has
even the most adamant debunkers baffled. Is this the
case that finally proves that UFOs are real? Join us
as we separate fact from fiction.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Unraveling the Shroud.
For centuries the Shroud of Turin has been a
touchstone of faith for millions. Many believe it is
the primary evidence of the way Jesus Christ died on
the cross. But is it real or a clever forgery? Did
Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci play a trick on
the Roman Catholic Church? We bring you the latest
theories and the most current tests, some commissioned
especially for the program. Despite centuries of
scrutiny from scientists, theologians, and art
historians, the linen cloth with the faint image has
remained a three-and-a-half by fourteen foot enigma.
Like a mirror, for some it has reflected what we know;
for others, what we believe.

10-11pm -- Decoding The Past - Relics of The Passion.
Relics of the Passion of Christ are sacred objects
supposedly scattered around the globe. Are they what
the faithful believe them to be? We do the detective
work to track down where these relics originated and
where they can be found today, explain their meaning,
and often question their authenticity. The Passion of
Jesus Christ encompasses the violent end of a martyr,
an unsolved forensic puzzle, and the start of a
worldwide religious movement. In this hour, we use the
Passion as a focus to begin tracking the most
important relics of the Christian faith, including:
the True Cross; the Crown of Thorns; the Holy Nails of
the Cross; the Titulus, a small sign stating Christ's
name and crime atop the Cross; the Spear of Destiny; a
mysterious burial cloth called the Sudarium; an image
of Jesus that appears on the Veil of Veronica; and the
Holy Grail.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Smart Bombs.
Precision-guided munitions, smart bombs were the media
buzz of the first Gulf War and a major military and
political driving force of the second. But their
apparent sudden celebrity is deceptive. The history of
smart bombs goes back to World War I and includes an
ingenious, if eccentric, group of inventions and a
cast of characters that boasts a Kennedy and a
president of General Motors. Join us for the
underground history of smart bombs, and a glimpse into
the future of precision weapons.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Snackfood Tech.
Extruders, molds, in-line conveyor belts. Are these
machines manufacturing adhesives, plastics, or parts
for your car? No, they're making treats for your
mouth--and you will see them doing their seductively
tasty work in this scrumptious episode. First, we
visit Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, Pennsylvania, that
produces more than one million pounds of chips per
week, and Snyder's of Hanover, the leading US pretzel
manufacturer. Next, we focus on the world's largest
candy manufacturer, Masterfoods USA, which makes Milky
Way, Snickers, Mars, and M&Ms, and take a lick at the
world's largest lollipop producer, Tootsie Roll
Industries. And at Flower Foods' Crossville, Tennessee
plant, an army of cupcakes rolls down a conveyer belt.
The final stop is Dreyer's Bakersfield, California
plant, where 20,000 ice cream bars and 9,600
drumsticks roll off the line in an hour.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - More Snackfood Tech.
They crunch; they ooze; they crackle; they pop--mmmmm,
yeah! Soft drinks, donuts, meat snacks, popcorn, and
gum. What's your weakness? From the handmade treats of
the earliest civilizations to hi-tech mass production,
these snacks are borne of man's need to feed his
cravings. Join us for an hour-long tasty treat as we
examine the history of snackfoods and check out how
they are made today.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Sugar.
The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves
toiling in Caribbean fields, and British desire to
control production of sugar and its byproduct, rum.
Sugar also played a surprisingly critical part in
America's battle for independence. Tour a sugar
plantation on Maui, Hawaii to get an inside look at
how cane sugar is produced today and learn how the
sugar stalks are put through an extensive process of
extraction and purification--and how a ton of
harvested cane results in 200 pounds of raw sugar.
Learn the technology behind creating the sweetener in
all of its permutations, including corn syrup, brown
sugar, powdered sugar, and cube sugar, and how it's
used in candies, soda, and sauces as well as more
exotic uses such as in pipe tobacco and processed


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Junkyard.
It's the place where one man's trash is truly another
man's treasure. Enter the strange and mysterious world
of the junkyard, where many pieces actually do add up
to a whole. Uncover how junkyard operators create
order out of seemingly random piles of junk.

8-10pm -- Bible Battles - 
In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an
ancient people called the Israelites forged an army
and carved out an empire. Their ancient military
exploits are described in one of history's most famous
religious texts--the Old Testament of the Bible. But
by reading between the religious lines, military
historians unlock the soldiers' secrets of the Bible
by examining the weapons, strategies, and the
commanders, some of whom are not always thought of as
warriors, like Abraham, Moses, and Deborah. In this
2-hour special, we explore the biblical world from a
military perspective from the time of Abraham until
David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows
more freely than holy water in the days of the Old
Testament, and the military secrets of the Bible have
yet to be revealed...until now!

10-12am -- A History of God - 
A fascinating look at how God has manifested himself
to people from Abraham's days to the present. We
explore fertility rites of the ancient Middle East;
the awesome revelations at Mt. Sinai; the jealous yet
compassionate God of the Hebrews; Jesus and the
mystery of the Trinity; and Allah, the Muslim God of
Unity. Here is the story of thousands of years of
wrenching and revolutionary encounters with God that
prophets, saints, and mystics have experienced, and
mankind's quest for comfort and meaning in Major Religions


Thursday, December 22, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Toys.
All aboard the nostalgia express as we take a trip
through the past to enjoy toys of our youth--the ones
we can't forget and those that some of use never gave
up! This is the real toy story! We take a look at five
categories of boys' toys and see what relationship
they have had on the development of young minds; talk
with collectors of antique and specialty toys; and
visit companies that make electric trains, Matchbox
Cars, GI Joe action figures, and LEGO Bricks, among

8-9pm -- Secrets of the Black Box - Flight 007.
September 1, 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a 747
jumbo jet with 269 passengers aboard, including a US
Congressman, strays off-course into Soviet airspace
over a secret missile installation on the Kamchatka
peninsula. Soviet interceptors are scrambled and the
plane is shot down--killing all aboard. World reaction
is explosive. The Soviets claim that flight 007 was
really a spy plane. But US representatives give a
vivid presentation at the United Nations "proving"
that the Russians knew flight 007 was a civilian
airliner before they shot it down. Years after the
shootdown of Flight 007, its "black boxes" are finally
uncovered. By thoroughly examining this data,
investigators are finally able to unravel the mystery
of Flight 007. For the first time, we tell the true
story of KAL 007--its doomed flight...and tragic

9-10pm -- Secrets of the Black Box - Flight 243.
On April 28, 1988, an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737, based
at Honolulu International Airport, with 89 passengers
onboard, was scheduled for a series of inter-island
flights. As the airplane leveled at 24,000 feet, both
pilots heard a loud "clap" or "whooshing" sound
followed by a wind noise behind them. The captain
observed that the cockpit entry door was missing and
that there was blue sky where the first-class ceiling
had been. The aircraft had suffered an explosive
decompression and lost approximately 1/3 of its roof! 
One flight attendant was ejected from the aircraft.
But, through the heroic efforts of the crew--which
were captured by the plane's Black Box--the plane was
skillfully guided to a safe landing back at Honolulu.
Incredibly, the pilots had managed to fly the aircraft
for nearly a half-hour with a full third of the
aircraft's roof missing.

10-11:30pm -- Time Machine - 
What happens when an airline and federal agency detect
a design or mechanical flaw in an airliner and choose
to ignore the "acceptable risk" because it's costly to
fix and may not cause a problem? On May 25, 1979, 271
people fastened their seatbelts for a flight from
Chicago to Los Angeles. Almost as soon as the DC-10
took off, it plummeted to earth, exploding in flames.
It's a story of greed and deceit, arrogance and spin
control, and how the fallout brought aviation giant
McDonnell-Douglas to its knees.


Friday, December 23, 2005

7-8pm -- Battlefield Detectives - The War of 1812: the
Chesapeake and the Shannon.
In 1812, the US and Great Britain are once again at
war. American "super frigates" win a series of
crushing naval victories over the British Royal Navy
warships. Americans are jubilant. Frigate captains are
the celebrities of their day. On June 1, 1813, Captain
James Lawrence sails out of Boston Harbor on the USS
Chesapeake to take up a challenge from the British
frigate HMS Shannon. Lawrence has already proven to be
a brave and talented naval officer. But aboard the
Shannon, British Captain Philip Broke has other ideas.
At almost six in the afternoon, the fighting starts
and lasts just 11 minutes. At the end, the Chesapeake
is taken, 103 men are dead, and the US captain lies
mortally wounded. Why was the battle so ferocious and
bloody? How did the British win such a crushing
victory against the odds? Scientists and historians
combine efforts to solve the mystery.

8-9pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Guam.
On July 21, 1944, American Marines and GIs invade the
island of Guam--once US territory. Over the next 21
days, this Japanese stronghold in the Mariana Islands
would become a bitter and bloody battlefield as US
forces fight to expel nearly 19,000 tenacious Japanese
troops from their heavily defended positions. The
conflict becomes one of restoring American pride as
battle-hardened troops fight to return to the site of
the old US barracks and raise the American flag. We
offer an unprecedented viewpoint of the famous battle.
Aerial photographs taken of the island during the war
have now been layered over a 3-D contour map to create
a CGI "model" of the island. But this is no computer
game--it's a model of the actual island as the battle
raged that will allow the viewer to track the conquest
of the island, step by step, from the air. Individual
stories of courage and heroism can now be placed in
the exact spot on the island where they took place.

9-10pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Okinawa.
It was the greatest and most costly American campaign
in the Pacific Theater in which over a quarter of a
million people lost their lives. It was a conflict
that was to test a vast modern war machine against an
increasingly desperate enemy. As the Allied juggernaut
closed in on the home islands of Japan, the Okinawa's
defenders would rely on suicide tactics and banzai
charges to stall the invasion force. It became known
as "the last great battle". Using cutting-edge
techniques, unique archive film, re-enactments, and
extraordinary interviews with men who were there, we
tell the story of the last great battle of World War

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Righteous Vendetta.
Behind the lines in Mexico, Kiki Camarena risks his
life fighting America's War on Drugs. But when he's
snatched by members of a deadly drug cartel, the DEA
goes on a manhunt. In hot pursuit, they navigate a
bloody trail of murder, money, and corruption through
the top ranks of Mexico's law enforcement. And they'll
stop at nothing to bring his kidnappers to justice.
Blending dramatic interviews, news and historic
footage, and recreations, we'll tell the dramatic
story of these modern heroes.


Saturday, December 24, 2005

7-8pm -- The History of Christmas - 
Fascinating story of how the bawdy Roman Saturnalia, a
week-long festival of food and drink that culminated
on December 25, became the centerpiece of the
Christian year, and why the holiday is known as much
for shopping as the birth of Christ. Interviews with
experts, harried bargain hunters, and excited children
round out the program.

8-9pm -- History Alive - The Lost Youth of Jesus.
Thousands of Christians make pilgrimages to the Holy
Land yearly to visit sites connected to Jesus. But are
they authentic? The search for the historical Jesus
began with the first pilgrim--Constantine the Great's
mother Helena Augusta. Scholars have been trying to
prove--or disprove--her amazing claims ever since.
Traveling to Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Sepphoris in the
footsteps of Jesus, we run into heated debate about
where he was born, baptized, and grew up, and reveal
startling new discoveries.

9-10pm -- History Alive - From Galilee to Jerusalem.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we dig for the
truth behind "accepted" Holy Land sites and review
archaeological controversy about these important
religious places. We examine: an Israeli scholar's
1987 discovery of the lost city of Bethsaida, where
Jesus called his first disciples, healed a blind man,
and fed the multitudes; a boat on the Galilee's
shoreline dating to the time of Jesus; a house in
Capernaum that may have belonged to St. Peter; and the
possible grave of Lazarus.

10-11pm -- History Alive - The Way of the Cross.
The search for evidence of Jesus's life moves to
Jerusalem and the traditional sites associated with
his final days. Deep beneath the city, we explore the
buried remains of Herod's temple and tread a pavement
where Jesus may have walked. Delving into the
mysterious histories of the Cenacle Room, Gethsemane,
and the Roman Praetorium, we investigate the latest
archaeological theories concerning probable sites of
Jesus's last supper, arrest, and trial. Does science
support or refute biblical accounts?


Sunday, December 25, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Snackfood Tech.
See description on 20th @ 8pm for this hour.

8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Disney World.
Journey underground and backstage at the technological
marvel that is Walt Disney World. Enter a make-believe
world spanning some 27,000 acres, brought to life by
cutting-edge technology. What was once Florida
swampland now boasts the world's largest theme park.
The ride technology ranges from space-age centrifuges
to enhanced motion vehicles powered by 3,000 PSI of
hydraulic pressure. And hundreds of audio animatronics
brought to life through the power of pneumatics,
hydraulics, and electrical systems. Walt Disney World
is made up of four separate theme parks, each with its
own innovations: the 107-acre Magic Kingdom, Epcot,
Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The
four parks are all part of a megaplex of a resort.
Twice the size of Manhattan, it was the final vision
and crowning achievement of a man who spent more than
40 years pushing the limits of technology to create
entertainment magic: Walt Disney.

10-12am -- Seven Wonders of the World - 
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus,
Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes, Temple
of Artemis, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Pharos
of Alexandria. Of the Seven Wonders, only the Great
Pyramid remains. Why did ancient scholars select these
sites? What can the crumbled remains say about those
who built them?


Monday, December 26, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cannons.
Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs,
changed the way wars are fought, and now come equipped
with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century
cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the
day, we'll see how cannons were first cast and later
forged, and show how large cannons terrorized
civilians and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the
present, we feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader
that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more
than 33 miles.

8-9pm -- The Antichrist - Part 1.
How would you recognize the most evil person on Earth?
According to many historical texts, you should look
for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who
transforms the world for good--for a while. 
Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human
emissary. While many believe the Antichrist has come
and gone, just as many believe he will soon arrive, if
he's not already in our midst. Join us for harrowing
look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to
Satan. Real? Our group of prophecy believers and
historical experts help sort it out. We follow the
emergence of the Antichrist from pre-Judaic texts,
through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into
Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other
religious traditions as well. Aided by interviewees
both religious and secular, comprised of eminent
clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and
culture makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from
every conceivable angle.

9-10pm -- The Antichrist - Part 2.
From popes and presidents to dictators, Antichrists
have been identified in all periods of recorded
history and in all walks of life. Even nations,
movements, and technologies have been thought by some
to be the agents of the Antichrist. Throughout
history, people have seen their own times as the most
morally bankrupt and have recognized signs of the
coming of the Apocalypse. If the end is near, what
will it be like? What is the Antichrist's agenda? How
does he intend to take over the world and wreak
destruction? Is this escapist fantasy or inescapable

10-11pm -- 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.
It's no mere Tidal Wave

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Castles & Dungeons.
Some of the most imposing structures ever built,
medieval castles withstood both bloody assaults and
the test of time. Designed like machines with nearly
every architectural detail devoted to defense, castles
represented the perfect fusion of form and function.
Journey back to that unruly era as we examine the
complexity of their construction and the multipurposes
they served--homes to kings and nobles, economic
centers, courthouses, treasuries, prisons, and torture

8-10pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later - 
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval
Europe at the time of the Great Plague and the
Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and
magic and believed that he could foretell the future.
For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic,
and his cryptic journals continue to inspire
controversy just as they did in the 16th century. In
this 2-hour examination of his life, we visit his
birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor,
astrologer, father, and seer.

10-12am -- Hell: The Devil's Domain - 
Our in-depth history of Hades begins with the story of
a negative near-death experience, in which a man
thinks he went to Hell after being declared clinically
dead and before resuscitation. Following Lucifer's
trail from cave paintings in France circa 6,000 BC to
current portrayals in popular culture, our 2-hour
exploration shows how Hell and the Devil remain
powerful forces--at a church in Texas, where souls are
delivered from Satan's grip; in talks with a survivor
of the 1980s recovered memory craze, who "recalled"
attending Witches' Sabbaths that practiced
cannibalism; and at the modern Church of Satan. We
review literary landmarks that expanded our ideas of
the Underworld, from Dante's Inferno and Milton's
Paradise Lost to Mark Twain's anti-hero, and trace
development of Christian, Moslem, Jewish, and Buddhist
conceptions of the afterlife.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

7-8pm -- 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!

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - Prophecies of Iraq.
It was one of the greatest cities ever depicted in
biblical text. Hebrew prophets of the Bible all
predicted its destruction--as many as 150 years before
it happened. And, when in 539 BC, Babylon fell to
Cyrus the Great of Persia, the prophets were thought
to have been proven correct. But scholars and
academics have long debated the question of whether
these ancient predictions were meant for the city of
Babylon of more than 2,500 years ago, or whether they
referred to a different Babylon, a future Babylon to
be rebuilt where the old city once stood. Ancient
Babylon is now known as modern-day Iraq, and eerily
similar parallels exist between the prophecies of
Babylon and the events of the late 20th and early 21st
centuries--including both Gulf Wars and the downfall
of Saddam Hussein. Is it possible that Biblical
prophecies are playing out in modern times?

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Bible Code:
Predicting Armageddon.
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked
within the Bible that outlines past and future events?
Does the Code contain hidden messages about people
such as Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key world
events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers'
assassinations, and 9/11? More frightening are
references to future events--including Earth's
impending end. We take a balanced look through the
eyes of Code supporters and critics and let viewers
determine its accuracy in predicting the future.

10-11pm -- Decoding The Past - Bible Code II:
Apocalypse and Beyond.
As we delve further into the provocative theory that a
cryptogram exists in the Bible outlining past and
future events, we learn how the Code works from
supporters and examine supposed examples of precise
messages. And we hear from critics who present
compelling arguments that the Code is merely a
statistical anomaly. We uncover how military and
intelligence organizations interact with the Code, and
compare it with other sources of biblical prophecy.


Thursday, December 29, 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.

8-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Hurricanes.
They're nature on a rampage. The size and intensity of
hurricanes make them the most feared and destructive
of all storms. Explore how hurricanes start, how
scientists track them, and how if at all possible they
can be stopped. Take a ride on a hurricane "chaser"
plane as it flies directly into the eye of hurricane
Wilma, collecting important barometric pressure and
wind velocity readings. In this hour we'll also track
the historical highlights of hurricanes, and the
history and development of such important hurricane
research tools as radar and weather satellites. We'll
delve into the construction of buildings that weather
hurricanes better than traditional structures and
examine how modern skyscrapers are built to stand up
to hurricane force winds.


Friday, December 30, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Times Square.
The Crossroads of the World, New York City's Times
Square is the screaming marketplace of our culture and
time. It's urban life pushed to the limit--the most
electrified, visceral, crowded, and vibrant area in
the world's most dynamic city. A unique district that
forever changes its face, it sank into crime and
sleaze in the 1970s, only to rehabilitate in the '90s
into a dubious family entertainment paradise. Join us
for a trip to America's Town Square at the
intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue in the Borough
of Manhattan.

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 -- Heroes Under Fire - Portrait of Courage.
Dickey Chapelle, a woman who broke into the "boy's
club" to become the first woman photojournalist to
cover WWII, as well as every major conflict from Iwo
Jima to the landing of the first US marines in
Vietnam, died from wounds suffered from a booby-trap
explosion in Vietnam on November 4, 1965 while on
patrol with a platoon. During her two decades in the
field, Chapelle was considered one of the most
controversial members of her profession. But no one
loved her more than the US Marine Corps. She admired
them and constantly detailed their role in protecting
our freedoms. They considered her one of their own,
and today honor her memory with the annual Dickey
Chapelle Award given out by the Marine Corps League
National Headquarters. We'll chronicle her amazing
exploits as we examine this brave woman's life--the
first member of the press killed during the Vietnam
War and first American female reporter killed in


Saturday, December 31, 2005

6:50-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- History Alive - Cocaine.
Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was
touted as a cure-all in the late 19th century and was
the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs
such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly
diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept
of the "cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to
strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38.
We'll see how, though it was outlawed in 1914, its
popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth
to a deadlier form--crack.

9-10pm -- History Alive - Marijuana.
In a series investigating the history of drug use, we
begin our trip tracing the rise of marijuana and
synthetic amphetamines. Marijuana, from the Indian
hemp plant, has been used worldwide as a source of
rope, cloth, and paper; its medicinal qualities were
first documented 4,000 years ago in China. But it's
best known as the drug of choice of the 1960s. During
WWII, US troops were given an estimated 200 million
amphetamines to fight drowsiness and battle fatigue,
and they're still used to fight depression.

10-11pm -- Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That
Way - Opium, Morphine, and Heroin.
An examination of the history of the poppy plant and
three of its deadliest derivatives. In ancient times,
the poppy was considered divine, but in the 19th and
20th centuries, its addicting and lethal qualities
caused unprecedented national outrage, social
upheaval, and even sparked two wars. Used by the upper
classes as patent medicines, heroin became the bane of
society when the working class began to use it. In
1914, Federal law banned heroin and opium, and
restricted morphine to medicinal use.

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