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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Firefighting!: Extreme
Conditions.
Any fire raging out of control is a hazard, but when
compounded with obstacles of extreme conditions, such
as an oil-well blowout or acres of forest ablaze,
firefighters face new elements of danger. Meet a WWII
London firefighter, "Hell Fighters" who squelch
oil-well infernos, and smokejumpers who parachute into
forest fires.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Law & Order Tech.
There was nothing harder than being a good guy in the
Wild West. When you pinned on a badge, you might as
well have worn a bull's-eye on your back. And if you
wanted to live to tell your tale, it was wise to keep
up with the latest technology. Ride along with U.S.
Marshals as they fight a pitched battle against a
holed-up fugitive using guns, dynamite, and even a
cannon. See how an improvised explosive device helped
bring an end to the Texas Fence-Cutter Wars. Find out
why famed lawman Wyatt Earp was suspected of being
bulletproof. The chase is on in this action-packed
hour when host David Carradine gallops through the
history of law enforcement technology in the Old West.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - More Engineering Disasters.
Throughout history the same builders and engineers
that paved man's path out of the caves and into the
modern world also caused some of mankind's worst
disasters. Often a huge calamity is traced back to a
tiny cause, insignificant in itself, but triggering a
domino effect. We'll revisit notable disasters and
search for probable causes.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - George Washington Carver
Tech.
One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George
Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising
from slavery to become one of the world's most
respected and honored men, he devoted his life to
understanding nature and the many uses for the
simplest of plant life. His scientific research in the
late 1800s produced agricultural innovations like crop
rotation and composting. Part of the "chemurgist"
movement that changed the rural economy, he found
ingenious applications for the peanut, soybean, and
sweet potato. At Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Carver
invented more than 300 uses for the peanut, while
convincing poor farmers to rotate cotton crops with
things that would add nutrients to the soil. A
visionary, Carver shared his knowledge free of charge,
happy in his Tuskegee laboratory where he could use
his gifts to help others.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - American Steel: Built to
Last.
For over a century, the U.S. steel industry was a
powerful symbol of the nation's industrial might.
Steel helped explode the stock market into an
overnight powerhouse, and transformed a country of
farmers and merchants into a nation of visionary
builders. But America's domination of the market would
meet new challenges in the 1970s.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engines.
Story of the development of engines and motors, with
particular emphasis on the ones that have profoundly
changed society. Beginning with the steam engine, we
see how it was created, how it works, and how it led
to the Industrial Revolution. We review the electric
motor, internal combustion engine, jet engine, and
rocket engine, and conclude with a look at futuristic
engine technologies, including hydrogen-powered cars
and microtechnology engines so small that they fit on
the tip of a finger.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - More of the World's Biggest
Machines.
On land, in the air, or on the sea--we examine some of
the biggest machines ever built, including: the
Antonov AN-225, the world's biggest aircraft; the GE
90-115B jet engine; the Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter;
the Union Pacific's biggest steam locomotive, the "Big
Boy" 4000 and GE's AC 6000; the Discoverer Enterprise,
the world's largest oil-drilling ship; the RB 293
bucket-wheel mine excavator; and the LED Viva Vision,
the world's largest printing screen, which stretches
4-blocks long in Las Vegas.

10-11pm -- Full Throttle - 1985 Buick Grand National.
The 1985 Grand National represented Buick's return to
its "muscle car" roots. In this episode, America's
first successful factory turbo car gets a makeover
from the inside out. This 1980s "King of the Streets"
is reborn--with new headers, turbos, intercoolers,
fuel injectors, ECU chips, racing transmissions, and
high-stall torque converters. We provide two teams
with garages, tools, and parts, and just two days of
repair time. As the teams race to whip up their cars
for a knock-down drag race, we interject history at
each step through factory footage and interviews with
the legends who designed and manufactured the
vehicles.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Medical Imaging: The Voyage
Inward.
The story of medical imaging, the technology that
allows us to see inside the human body, is full of
amazing stories. Learn how X-rays were discovered in
1895, completely by accident; how ultrasound was
developed to locate enemy submarines; and how the CAT
Scan might never have been built if it weren't for The
Beatles!

8-11pm -- The End of World War II - 
Hitler boasts that his glorious Third Reich will last
more than 1,000 years. However, in the fall of 1944,
his soldiers are retreating on two fronts. In this
3-hour special, we chronicle the beginning of the end
for the Nazi war machine after the Allies storm the
European continent and survive the Battle of the
Bulge. Nazi plunder, last-chance secret weapons, the
race for the A-bomb, and Hitler's mysterious death are
all part of the frenetic activity leading up to V-E
Day.

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Friday, February 18, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Security Systems.
Since civilization's earliest days, man has sought
protection from those who would rob him of riches,
knowledge, and even life. This is the story of the
evolving systems designed to safeguard our most
precious possessions, and of the enduring
psychological war between protectors and thieves, each
intent on outfoxing the other.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - February 18-24.
The battle for Iwo Jima begins--one of the bloodiest
of World War II. During Operation Detachment, fighting
becomes a brutal frontal attack of hand-to-hand
combat. Both the portable and mechanized flamethrowers
as well as LVTs (Landing Vehicle, Tracked) were vital
during the intense battles on the volcanic island.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, U.S. forces completely
surround the center of Manila, as the tempo of the
Japanese atrocities increases. Before long, General
MacArthur will make an emotional return to Corregidor
Island. Follow the action in this series that details,
week by week, the last six months of World War II and
explores the high and low points of the march to war's
end.

9-10pm -- American Warrior: Billy Fiske - 
The remarkable story of William Mead Lindsley (Billy)
Fiske III, the first American pilot killed in action
during aerial combat in WWII while flying a Hurricane
for the 601 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve during the
Battle of Britain. Born into a wealthy Chicago family
of British descent, he risked prosecution in violation
of U.S. neutrality laws in 1940, eventually becoming
Acting Pilot Officer Fiske of the prestigious
Millionaires' Squadron. His short life was
extraordinary--at age 16, he was the youngest American
male to win gold (until 1992) as the driver of the
first U.S. team to win a Gold Medal in Bobsledding in
the 1928 Olympic Games. In 1932, Billy once again won
a Gold Medal, but refused to compete in 1936 when the
games were held in Germany. We'll take a look at the
accomplishments of this "untried American adventurer"
and learn why he has a headstone marked to his memory
in Sussex, England.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The F-14.
October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal U.S. 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.

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Saturday, February 19, 2005
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7-8pm -- Battlefield Detectives - The Civil War:
Gettysburg.
July 1-3, 1863: Over three hot days, Union and
Confederate forces clashed in and around a small
Pennsylvania town. When the Battle of Gettysburg
ended, the two exhausted sides had inflicted more than
50,000 casualties upon one another--the largest battle
ever fought on American soil. The third day is
considered the Confederacy's "high-water mark"--when
General Robert E. Lee lost the decisive battle of the
Civil War. But scientific battlefield evidence now
suggests that by the time the artillery began firing
that day, the Confederate fight was already doomed.
And when Pickett's Charge--the famous full frontal
attack against Union lines--got underway, the battle
effectively was over. Experts in physics, geology,
crowd control, and cartography join forces with
military historians to better understand this epic
battle.

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - Terrorism:
Abraham Lincoln Assassination and the Oklahoma City
Bombing.
Both actions of political extremists, 130 years
separate the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the
slaughter of 168 innocents in the Oklahoma City
Bombing. On April 14, 1865, the actor John Wilkes
Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in Washington's
Ford's Theatre. Booth hoped to rescue the South and
become a hero, but achieved neither--within a month
the South had surrendered and Booth was killed while
resisting arrest. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh,
a Gulf War veteran, blew up the Federal Building in
Oklahoma City. McVeigh, who believed he was striking a
blow against a federal government at war with its
people, was executed in June 2001. Told through the
eyes of key witnesses to these tragic events, we draw
on court transcripts, letters, and other historical
documents to vividly bring to life the unfolding
hour-by-hour story of these shattering acts of
violence.

9-11pm -- The World Trade Center - 
On September 11, 2001, terrorists did the unthinkable
when they flew two fuel-loaded jetliners into the
World Trade Center. The Twin Towers' physical height
and symbolic stature made them the perfect target.
They were remarkable achievements in architecture,
construction, and technology. In this 2-hour profile,
we look at how the WTC was constructed and talk to
representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, New
York's Office of Emergency Management, FEMA, and DNA
experts about the aftermath.

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Sunday, February 20, 2005
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7-8pm -- Tunnels of Vietnam - 
Here is the heroic story of an intrepid band of
infantry soldiers, the "Tunnel Rats", charged with a
daring mission--to search for, find, and destroy a
secret subterranean network of enemy tunnels in
Vietnam. Armed with only a flashlight, valor, and a
.45, they faced a determined foe and overcame lethal
odds, uncovering secret enemy arms and intelligence
caches. Tragically, many of these volunteers died and
others were seriously wounded on this terrifying
suicide mission.

8-10pm -- Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl
Harbor - 
December 7, 1941, was an historical turning point--the
world was forever changed after the fateful Japanese
attack against the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
It resulted from a combination of interrelated and
complicated factors--and at any point, the dangerous
operation could have been called off before its
commander radioed back the code words "Tora, Tora,
Tora" (Tiger, Tiger, Tiger), which meant complete
surprise had been achieved. Here is the real story of
the "Day of Infamy".

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - FDR and Pearl Harbor.
The attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation. To
many, the official explanations of misguided
assumptions and missed clues did not account for the
enormity of the catastrophe. We examine "alternative"
theories that arose soon after the attack. Was a plot
hatched in Washington to solve FDR's
"problem"--convincing a reluctant country to fight the
Nazis? Did FDR send a secret cable just days before
the attack ordering Pearl Harbor chiefs to stand down?
Did U.S. intelligence intercept a message from Tokyo
asking its spies in Hawaii to map the harbor for an
imminent air attack? More than six decades later, the
controversy boils under the surface of recent U.S.
history, igniting heated debates over collusion,
intrigue, and thousands of American dead.

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Monday, February 21, 2005
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7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFOs: Then and Now? Nightmare.
Examines the most debatable aspect of alien
contact--human abduction! From the first recorded
case, the 1961 kidnapping of Betty and Barney Hill, to
the 1976 Allagash Incident, when four friends were
whisked away while on a camping trip, we hear
firsthand from participants and a neuroscientist, who
offers more earthbound solutions.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Iceman Cometh.
In 1991, a pair of vacationing German hikers stumbled
onto one of the most remarkable finds in the history
of archaeology: the perfectly preserved body of a
5,000-year old man. What made the discovery so
important was more than just his state of physical
preservation, but also the period of time from which
he came--the very cusp of the age between stone and
steel. Host and adventurer Josh Bernstein heads for
the high Alps on the Austrian-Italian border to
discover the latest secrets revealed by the clothes,
weaponry, and body of Ötzi the Iceman. Josh faces down
a deadly blizzard, helicopters out of near disaster,
and comes face-to-face with a stone-cold, stone-age
killer. Along the way, he discovers that the Iceman is
rewriting our ideas about the life of our ancestors at
the dawn of civilization--and he learns much about the
character of Ötzi!

10-12am -- Kennedys: The Curse of Power - 
Traces the Kennedy clan's calamities that occurred on
the rise to power--from immigration from Ireland up to
John Kennedy Jr.'s tragic death in 1999. The first
hour sees the loss of Joe Jr. in WWII and the
assassinations of JFK and RFK. Hour two witnesses
Ted's downfall and role as surrogate father to a
fatherless generation.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Guns of the Civil War.
It was a war in which brother fought brother and
battlefields became slaughterhouses. During the Civil
War, the country was in the midst of an industrial
revolution and developed the most destructive killing
machines the world had ever seen. Join us for a test
fire of Civil War guns--the first truly modern
weapons.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Gang Tech.
In the Wild West, no single lawman could possibly stop
a gang of desperate outlaws. Host David Carradine
recreates stories of the bravest and most brutal
hoodlums that ever roamed the rowdy and reckless
western wilderness. From the stagecoach bandits of
gold-rush California to the bloody scalp-hunters of
the Southwestern border, we explore the various
personalities, motives, and crimes of each gang. And
we examine the sophisticated arsenal that these
desperadoes employed to pull off their criminal
capers, including the 1841 Mississippi Rifle, the
Remington Model 8 Semiautomatic, bulletproof vests,
and the deadly Arkansas Toothpick--a long, heavy,
balanced dagger synonymous with the American frontier.

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 -- 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.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Death Devices.
The hangman, guillotine, gas chamber, firing squad,
and electric chair are just a few of the ways in which
societies have rid themselves of those who committed
capital crimes. And throughout history, a select few
have developed the devices that have carried out the
mandate of the people. This is the dark story of those
inventors and the macabre history of execution
mechanics--from the first "stone" of antiquity, the
dungeons of the Inquisition, and Nazi death camps to
today's sterile injection chambers--with a peek at the
future of death technology.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Icebreakers.
They are the toughest ships in the water, plowing
headlong into one of nature's hardest obstacles.
Modern icebreakers can smash through 10-foot thick ice
sheets without stopping, allowing scientists and
commercial shipping access to some of Earth's most
inhospitable spots. Join our blustery journey as we
patrol the Great Lakes on the USCG Cutter Mackinaw and
traverse the infamous Northwest Passage on the maiden
voyage of the USCG Healy, the newest Polar Class
Icebreaker in the U.S. Fleet.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Sub Zero.
Come in from the cold while we explore some of Earth's
most frigid places and examine how man copes with
sub-zero climates. With the advance of technology, our
boundaries have expanded--from the North and South
Poles, to the depths beneath the Arctic and Antarctic
sea ice, to the Moon, Mars, and outward to Saturn.
Enter these forbidding territories, guided by a
special breed of experts as we inspect the new U.S.
South Pole Station, try on the latest Polartec
fashions with anti-microbial fibers, ride on the
newest snowmobiles and Sno-Cats, sail through glacial
waters on ice-breaking ships, and fly on an LC-130
transport plane. And we'll see what NASA has on the
planning board for deep-space exploration, including a
beach-ball robot explorer, and learn from scientists
studying fish in the waters off Antarctica to
understand glycoproteins, which may keep frozen tissue
healthy longer for transplantation.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Desert Tech.
It's hot, dry, deadly, and hard to ignore with close
to 40% of Earth classified as desert. But in this
scorching hour, the desert turns from barren wasteland
into an environment rich with hope. In the Middle
East, desalination of seawater now fills water needs.
Americans have created booming desert communities like
Las Vegas, where the Hoover Dam produces hydroelectric
power and manmade Lake Mead supplies water. Native
Americans farmed the desert on a small scale, but
20th-century technology begot greater opportunity.
Once desolate areas of California and Mexico now grow
agriculture due to irrigation, and the desert's
abundant sunshine allows solar-energy and wind-power
production. And in the future, desert technology may
enable colonization of planets like Mars. We also take
a look at how refrigeration and air conditioning have
made life in desert communities tolerable, and examine
the latest in survival gear and equipment.

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Thursday, February 24, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Alcan Highway.
Today, vacationers travel from British Columbia north
through the Yukon Pass on their way to Fairbanks,
Alaska, thanks to one 2-lane roadway, the 1,522-mile
long Alaska Highway. A bit treacherous in spots and
best driven in the few summer months the region
provides, it's an unrivaled engineering feat that took
11,000 soldiers, nearly 4,000 of them black, only
eight months to build! Travel back to 1942 as they
bulldoze their way into history while connecting the
Lower 48 to the Alaskan Territory.

8-10pm -- Shot from the Sky - 
On June 14, 1944, pilot Roy Allen and the 10-man crew
of his B-17 embarked on a mission over Nazi-occupied
France that was supposed to be a milk run. Instead, it
proved more dangerous than anything they ever
imagined. Blasted by flak, Roy was forced to parachute
into France. Trapped behind enemy lines, a 21-year-old
schoolteacher-- French Resistance patriot Colette
Florin--saved his life. On his way back to England, a
traitor within the Resistance betrayed Roy. Captured
by the Gestapo, tortured, imprisoned, and labeled a
terrorist by the Nazis, he became one of 168 Allied
airmen transported across Europe on a nightmare rail
journey to Buchenwald Concentration Camp. In the heart
of the Nazi empire, the only thing that kept them
alive was each other. It's a human story of courage
and loss, determination and sacrifice by ordinary
people whose lives were profoundly altered by war.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The World's Longest
Bridge.
Bridges are the lifeline of Japan. Since the 1930s,
the island nation has dreamt of linking its many parts
as a whole. But WWII diverted the incredible resources
needed to accomplish this, and only since 1960 has the
dream moved again, slowly, toward reality. The final
step in this massive undertaking was the Akashi-Kaikyo
Bridge, currently the longest single-span suspension
bridge in the world. This marvel of architectonics
stands as a testament to the genius of Asian
engineering and, judged in a context that perhaps the
Japanese understand best, as the most beautiful bridge
in the world. We'll watch it rise, from sketch to
completion, and see how it fared during the massive
Kobe earthquake.

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Friday, February 25, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sears Tower.
Some 23,000 people walk through the Sears Tower's
domed entrances daily. 104 elevators (some
double-decker), moving at speeds up to 1,600 feet per
minute, transport workers and visitors to the 110
floors of North America's tallest building. Sears,
Roebuck and Company began as a small mail-order
business in Chicago, and by 1960, had grown into the
biggest global retailer. Sears Chairman Gordon Metcalf
proposed bringing the company under one roof to create
the world's largest headquarters. Join us for a look
at this pioneering building that remains a symbol of
the future and a tribute to the company that dreamt
big enough to build it!

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - February 25-March 3.
In this episode of our series that details, week by
week, the last six months of WWII, American daytime
bombing and British night raids have devastated
Berlin. In the Battle for the Rhineland, an estimated
8.5 million people are on the move in Germany. The
backbone of the Luftwaffe, Germany's once mighty Air
Force, has been broken. Hitler is now visibly shaken.
On the Eastern Front, Allied leaders--British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin
Roosevelt, and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin meet at
Yalta, in the Russian Crimea. They agree that Germany
will be conquered by summer, and begin to divide up
post-war Europe.

9-10pm -- Mail Call - D-Day Special.
In commemoration of the anniversary of the Allied
landing on D-Day, host R. Lee Ermey takes an in-depth
look at the technology used throughout the "longest
day"--and travels to Dover, England and Normandy,
France for a view from both sides of the operation in
a special hour-long program.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - D-Day Tech.
By the spring of 1942, Hitler had made a fortress of
Europe, and the Allies began to plan the biggest
invasion in military history. The history-altering
success of the D-Day Invasion depended on innovative
engineering and technological advances. This is the
story of those scientific and mechanical
breakthroughs--the overwhelming array of landing
craft, specialized weapons, and ingenious
electronics--used to breach Fortress Europe on June 6,
1944.

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Saturday, February 26, 2005
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7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - RFK Assassination.
On June 5, 1968, just after midnight, Robert F.
Kennedy was fatally wounded in the pantry of the
Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following his win in
that night's California presidential primary. The
armed assailant was taken into custody that night and
later identified as a 25-year-old Palestinian
immigrant, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. He remains in prison
to this day for the assassination of Senator Kennedy.
More than 35 years later, questions in the Robert
Kennedy murder remain: Was there a second gunman in
the pantry? Is there evidence of a police cover-up?
What was Sirhan Sirhan's mental state that night and
what drove him to assassinate RFK?

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - Assassination
Attempts: Day of the Jackal and the Wolf's Lair.
The bomb and the bullet have been used by assassins to
slay some of the world's most prominent leaders. We
examine two events that stand out in the history of
the 20th century--the plot to kill Adolf Hitler in
1944 and the ambush of President Charles de Gaulle in
1962-- where the assassins, dissident elements of
their own armies, were driven not just by personal
hatred, but also by a desire to redirect their
nation's destiny. And in both attempts, the victims
survived as we see in this reconstruction of these two
events as they happened, on two days that shook the
world.

9-11pm -- Last Secrets of the Axis - 
In this 2-hour special, which investigates the
remarkable historical confluence that led to the rise
of German-Japanese cooperation during WWII, we reveal
the story of Karl Haushofer, the keeper of many Axis
secrets. A distinguished German geography professor,
he coined the term "geopolitics" and laid an
intellectual rationale for a German-Japanese alliance
and a link between the Aryan myths and samurai
traditions. We'll also examine Axis activity in the
Middle East.

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Sunday, February 27, 2005
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7-8pm -- Gangster Guns - 
During the 1920s and '30s in big cities and small
towns alike, they earned a fierce reputation in a
blaze of bullets. We'll take a look at these "best
friends" of criminals such as John Dillinger, Pretty
Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Al Capone, and Bonnie and
Clyde. Handle their Colt 45s and 38s, Tommy guns,
Whippets, and Browning automatic rifles as we uncover
the stories of gangster guns.

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

9-10pm -- High Hitler - 
Adolf Hitler dreamt of creating a master race, but
achieved a Holocaust--the murder of millions of Jews
and those deemed physical or mental defects. But the
Führer, an appalling hypochondriac, abused laxatives
and suffered from stomach cramps and embarrassing
flatulence. And that was just the start! When he
committed suicide in 1945, the great dictator was
frail with tremors and a shuffling walk--a feeble
condition concealed from the world. We explore the
relationship between Hitler and his personal
physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine
abuse, Parkinson's Disease, and tertiary syphilis
impact on his state of mind?

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - Area 51.
Each day, they board unmarked 747s at a private
section of Las Vegas's McCarren Airport for
unscheduled flights to a base that doesn't officially
exist to work on projects so hush-hush they can't even
discuss them with their families. Welcome to Area 51!
Born in the Cold War along with flying saucers and
bomb shelters, Area 51 (aka Groom Lake or Dreamland)
became the Air Force's strategic test site for
top-secret planes and the mysterious Aurora
Project--and a symbol of the nefarious
military-industrial-intelligence complex. We interview
Phil Patton, author of Dreamland: Travels inside the
Secret World of Area 51 for an account of the "black
projects", and visit the tiny town of Rachel, which
borders the top-secret base, for a look into
mysterious deaths of base workers. 

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Monday, February 28, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Prisons.
"All hope abandon, ye who enter here!" This sentiment
has permeated the masonry and clanging bars of prisons
built throughout the ages. We'll see how the
philosophy and architecture of today's American
prisons emerged from the sewer cells and castles and
dungeons of ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and
18th-century England.

8-9pm -- Time Machine - Pt. 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.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Quest for King
Solomon's Gold.
Of all the rulers mentioned in the Bible, King Solomon
was purportedly the wisest...and the richest! The
reason? His access to vast quantities of gold.
According to the Bible, the source of his legendary
wealth was the goldmines located in the mysterious
land of Ophir. Yet, what the Scriptures can't tell us
is where Ophir might be found today. Host Josh
Bernstein leads us on an epic 4,000-mile journey in
search of the lost gold of King Solomon--sailing
across the Red Sea, plunging down a Zimbabwean gold
mine, and traveling deep into the Ethiopian Bush.

10-11pm -- Time Machine - Pt. 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.

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