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January

Saturday, January 1, 2005
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4pm -- Wild West Tech episodes ending with:
7-8pm -- Wild West Tech "Freak Show Tech"
The deformed didn't ask to be born...and sometimes,
they weren't! Sure, Wild West freak shows featured
plenty of people who were different through the
circumstances of their birth. But many so-called
"freaks" were man-made. Technology helped pull the
wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting masses. Freak
show operators used every trick in the trade to
provide some of the most disturbing "entertainment"
the West would ever see. From pickled severed heads to
mummified outlaws, we look at the wild, the woolly,
the weird, and the swindlers who assured that the
freak shows would be unforgettable. Hosted by David
Carradine.

8-12am -- Wyatt Earp (Movie)
Chronicles the life of Wyatt Earp and how he
became a law enforcement legend of the Wild West.
Beginning in 1881 Tombstone, the film backtracks 17
years to a Midwestern cornfield where a young Wyatt
considers running away from home to join his older
brothers in the Union army. From there, the film
follows Earp's experiences through 35 years of his
life, including his tragic marriage and experiences as
a lawman, and occasional vigilante, in Dodge City and
Tombstone. Kevin Costner heads the cast with Dennis
Quaid, Gene Hackman, Annabeth Gish, Mark Harmon,
Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, Joanna Going, Jeff
Fahey, Tom Sizemore, JoBeth Williams, Mare Winningham,
Catherine O'Hara, and Isabella Rossellini. Director:
Lawrence Kasdan. (1994)

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Sunday, January 2, 2005
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7-8pm -- The Real Attila the Hun - 
No ruler in history represents the unbridled rage and
brutality of the barbarian as much as Attila the Hun.
In the 5th century, Attila swept through Europe,
effectively extinguishing the classical Roman Empire.
And for a time, he held the destiny of all of Western
Europe firmly in his grasp. But in the end, it was
Attila who unwittingly secured the future of the
civilized world and Christian Europe. After his death,
the Hun Empire began to break up, and the marauding
Huns "scattered to the winds."

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

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - Jack Ruby.
On November 24, 1963, a stunned America struggled to
accept the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
two days earlier. As tens of millions stared at their
televisions that Sunday morning, they witnessed TV's
first live murder--the killing of assassination
suspect Lee Harvey Oswald by Dallas strip-club owner
Jack Ruby. What was seen for 47 hours as an isolated
tragedy became one of the most notable suspected
conspiracies in U.S. history. And while the Warren
Commission claimed that Oswald and Ruby both acted
alone, the House Select Committee on Assassinations
concluded in 1979 that JFK's murder most likely
resulted from a conspiracy. Now, a new development has
shaken both sides of the conspiracy controversy.
Recently revealed evidence suggests the CIA may have
been tracking Oswald and indicates a possible link
among anti-Castro Cubans, Carlos Marcello, Ruby,
Oswald, and the CIA.

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Monday, January 3, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Frontline Reporting.
In March 2003, embedded civilian correspondents rolled
along with the U.S. military convoy as it invaded
Iraq. Equipped with satellite and video phones,
digital cameras, and lightweight satellite uplinks,
frontline reporters dispatched the news of war as it
happened. Reports of war are as old as war itself;
once the exclusive province of soldier-scribes like
Julius Caesar, the accounts were usually written after
the fact. Join us as we review the history and preview
the future of frontline reporting.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFOs: Then and Now? The Innocent
Years.
In a comprehensive series investigating the UFO
experience, we begin with a review of surprising
imagery from cave paintings to Medieval frescoes to
Renaissance art. But in the late 1940s, the modern era
of UFO sightings took off with the mysterious crash of
a flying object near Roswell, New Mexico.

9-11pm -- German and Japanese Kamikazes - 
This 2-hour special recounts the desperate measures
taken by Axis forces to stave off defeat in WWII and
the mythical origins of the Japanese kamikaze and
their Nazi counterparts. Many in leadership were
opposed to suicide tactics--the driving forces were
often young junior officers who had grown up in a
culture of militarism and extreme nationalism. As well
as assessing the contribution of myth and propaganda,
we reveal the more human stories behind those caught
up in the kamikaze phenomenon.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Erie Canal.
Begun in 1817, the Erie Canal was an engineering
wonder--363 miles of water highway linking the western
frontier to the Atlantic seaboard. It took eight years
to construct and thousands of hours of brutal labor,
but by the time it was done, 3,000 canal boats
traveled the new corridor, making New York City a
commercial capital.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Execution Tech.
Journey back to the days when justice was swifter than
a saloon girl on a Saturday night and examine the
horrors of human design that brought terror to the Old
West. Sheriffs and judges, desperate to stop the
growing onslaught of outlaws, needed grisly
technologies to punish and deter murderers, rapists,
and rustlers. Join the crowd of onlookers who gathered
at the grisly gallows to witness a man gaining infamy
at one end of the rope--and sometimes, immortality at
the other. Host: Keith Carradine.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 8.
Join us for a devastating but enlightening hour as we
delve into complex and often-tragic engineering
failures that have shaped our world. Five dramatic
events unfold as we discover the causes of: the 1983
collapse of New England's Mianus Bridge; the sinking
of the Ocean Ranger offshore oilrig in 1982; the crash
of a Learjet 35 private plane carrying pro-golfer
Payne Stewart in 1999; the 19th-century failure of
South Fork Dam that resulted in the flooding of
Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and the 1988 PEPCON (Pacific
Engineering Production Company of Nevada) jet fuel
plant explosion.

10-11pm -- 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!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Gunboats of Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy deployed the
River Patrol Force--a fleet of armored gunboats and
smaller motorboats--on a mission to deny the enemy use
of Vietnam's 3,000 nautical miles of rivers, canals,
and small streams in order to cut their supply lines
from Cambodia and disrupt enemy base areas. The
linchpin of the riverine strategy was smaller
motor-powered fiberglass boats. These small, agile
boats, originally designed as pleasure craft, were
perfect for nighttime stealth missions.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - George Washington Bridge.
When opened on October 25, 1931, the George Washington
Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Today, standing as a main traffic artery between
Manhattan and New Jersey, the bridge referred to by
locals as the "GW" is the busiest in the world,
carrying nearly 320,000 cars each day. We'll examine
the construction methods employed that made the bridge
an anomaly, coming in both under budget and ahead of
schedule, and see why the GW is distinguished in a
city of great bridges.

9-10pm -- Full Throttle - 1988 Iroc-Z Camaro.
History heads to the drag strip in this series as
popular cars of the past are transformed into
fine-tuned machines, revamped and ready for the
speedway. Part reality show, part history, Full
Throttle lets car lovers get under the hoods of their
favorite rides. Two teams are given the same model of
car in a similar state of disrepair. Supplied with a
garage, tools, and parts, they've got just two days to
get their wheels into high gear as they prepare to
compete in an all-or-nothing drag race. The winner
drives away in both cars; the loser walks away
empty-handed; the viewer gets an adrenaline dose of
automotive history. In this episode, GM's raging 1988
street machines, Iroc-Z Camaros, get a boost with new
superchargers--giving them 70% more horsepower.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Poison.
Since ancient times, man has tried to control the
"devil's bounty"--deadly substances found throughout
nature. Paradoxically, some of these lethal compounds
are now found to possess life-giving properties. In
this hour, we explore how ancient Egyptians, Greeks,
and Romans came to rely on the pernicious power of
poisons and learn the physiological action of these
potent killers. During the Renaissance, known as the
Golden Age of Poison, the deadly practice helped shape
European history--most especially that of the Catholic
Church. We continue our investigation into the gas
attacks of WWI and up to the 21st century, when a new
and serious threat of bioterrorism plagues the globe.
Finally, we peer into the future with scientists
experimenting with poisons and venoms from the plant
and animal kingdoms that may play an important part in
healing diseases such as arthritis and even cancer.

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Thursday, January 6, 2005
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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.

8-9pm -- True Warriors - 
Behind Taliban lines in the foreign and notoriously
dangerous terrain of Afghanistan, three Air Force
commandos go hunting for terrorists in October 2002.
Flaunting the notion of capture, Andy Kubik, Calvin
Markham, and Bart Decker scout potential Taliban
targets on foot or by horse, provide F-16s with
real-time intelligence, paint each target with a laser
pointer, and watch as precision bombs obliterate
Taliban strongholds. This is the story of these
little-known super soldiers.

9-10pm -- True Warriors - 
October 25, 1983, Operation Urgent Fury. The Navy's
newest, top-secret weapon against terrorism, SEAL Team
Six, gets its first "hot" operation--a danger-fraught
mission to restore democracy to Grenada, a tiny
Caribbean country hijacked by Cuban communists. Told
they will face only light resistance, SEAL Team Six's
job is to rescue the trapped Grenadian Governor. But
they fast-rope into a hornet's nest of small arms fire
and anti-aircraft artillery. Set up to fail, SEAL Team
Six simply refused!

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft.
Join us for a supersonic look at some of the most
cutting-edge aircraft ever developed--from the X-1
that first broke the sound barrier to the X-43
Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7. These extreme
aircraft have made their mark on aeronautical history,
and sometimes on political history as well. The U-2
and SR-71 spy planes played a crucial role in the Cold
War, and now Lockheed Martin's top-secret "Skunkworks"
division is touting the new "air dominance" fighter
plane-- the F/A-22 Raptor.

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Friday, January 7, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gangster Guns.
During the 1920s and '30s in big cities and small
towns alike, they earned a fierce reputation in a
blaze of bullets. They were the best friends of
criminals such as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd,
Baby Face Nelson, Al Capone, and Bonnie and Clyde.
Handle their Colt 45s and 38s, Tommy guns, Whippets,
and Browning automatic rifles as we uncover the
stories of gangster guns.

8-9pm -- F117 Nighthawk Stealth - F117 Nighthawk
Stealth.
Designed in 1977 by Lockheed's covert development arm,
the F117 Nighthawk was America's most secret armament
program. Dogged by controversy and shrouded in
secrecy, F117s have become the world's first truly
stealth aircraft. First bloodied in Panama in 1989,
F117s have been involved in all major conflicts of the
past 20 years, providing the U.S. an unbeatable
advantage in combat. Using archive film and color
reenactments, we reveal the top-secret "black" world
of stealth--the F117 Nighthawk.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - M-16/Viet Cong Booby
Traps/Ravens/Wild Weasels/River Patrol Boats/Green
Beret: #30.
Why did the military replace the M-14 rifle with the
M-16 during Vietnam? What kind of booby traps did the
Viet Cong use? Who were the super-secret Ravens? What
did the Wild Weasels do during the Vietnam War? What
types of missions did river patrol boats take care of
in Vietnam? How did the Green Berets get their name?
In an episode devoted to the Vietnam War, R. Lee Ermey
answers viewers' questions on military technology with
practical demonstrations by military experts in the
field.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - WWII Half Track/Arctic
Vehicles/Weird Weapons/Navy Hydrofoil/Combat
Controller: #35.
Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey answers viewer
questions about the military with practical
demonstrations in the field. Lee tears around in a
WWII M2A2 half track, with a combination of tracks and
wheels; demonstrates Army vehicles designed for
extreme arctic conditions, including the world's
longest truck--the 572-foot Snow Train; strange
weapons used by the Allies in WWII; and Navy
hydrofoils. And he explains the function of Air Force
combat controllers and Marine Corps gunnery sergeants.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Cannons.
Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs,
changed the way wars are fought, and now come equipped
with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century
cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the
day, we'll see how cannons were first cast and later
forged, and show how large cannons terrorized
civilians and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the
present, we feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader
that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more
than 33 miles.

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Saturday, January 8, 2005
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7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - CIA and the Nazis.
Six months after Allied Forces liberated German
concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at
Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi war criminals. Some of the
most dangerous were brought to justice--but not all.
Over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the U.S.
government, without the public's knowledge, to help
fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an
intelligence officer for Hitler's General Staff, was
tapped to head the U.S. intelligence program in West
Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time,
former Nazi scientists and engineers were welcomed
onto American soil. In 1998, a bill was finally signed
into law that mandated declassification of documents
concerning recruitment of former Nazis. We dig into
the records to see if the ends justified the means and
ask how far the U.S. should go to partner with a
former enemy to fight another.

8-10pm -- The 9/11 Commission Report - 
Released July 22, 2004, one of the most significant
findings of the 9/11 Commission Report is that a
number of opportunities existed prior to that tragic
day to disrupt the plot. The 500-plus page document by
a bipartisan federal panel was the result of months of
research and testimony that was spurred on by families
of the victims and largely opposed by the Bush
Administration. We learn about the findings from those
who testified, those who wrote the report, and from
the Commissioners themselves.

10-12am -- Time Machine - Osama bin Laden.
Featuring former and current CIA agents, Special
Forces soldiers, Washington insiders, and best-selling
authors such as Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down), Steve
Coll (Ghost Wars), Phillip Smucker (Al Qaeda's Great
Escape), and Simon Reeve (The New Jackals), we take a
2-hour groundbreaking look at the hunt for the world's
#1 archenemy. Filmed in 10 countries around the world,
we trace bin Laden's rise through the Jihad against
the Soviets in Afghanistan to his present incarnation.

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Sunday, January 9, 2005
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7-8pm -- Stealth and Beyond - Air Stealth.
They are the swarthy eagles of the sky, the sleek
sharks of the sea, the invisible warriors of the
battlefield. Join us for a 3-part look at the stealth
aircraft, ships, and soldiers of today, yesterday, and
tomorrow. This hour highlights past, present, and
future advances in stealth military aircraft. Features
footage of the F-117 Nighthawk, B-2 Spirit Bomber, and
the Air Force's newest fighters, the F/A-22 Raptor and
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and talks to test
pilots and flight engineers.

8-9pm -- Stealth and Beyond - Sea Stealth.
It's one thing to make a 60-foot-long jet aircraft
seem invisible, but quite another to hide a
400-foot-long warship from the prying eyes of an
enemy. In this hour, we explore the challenging world
of stealth technology at sea and how modern
engineering can make our largest warships appear to be
tugboats or fishing vessels. Features exclusive
footage of some of the most advanced warships in the
world, including the Sea Shadow, DDX Stealth
Cruiser/Destroyer, and Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer,
plus a glimpse at the future.

9-10pm -- Stealth and Beyond - Land Stealth.
Remember Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man? Well,
sometime in the future, the U.S. hopes to deploy
invisible warriors. In this hour, we examine the
highly secretive world of the stealth soldier. Using
deception, illusion, reflective surfaces, and forced
perspective, the soldier of tomorrow will have
advantages unimagined in history and science. We
highlight new technology in materials and sensory
detection being developed for the ultimate in military
dupery.

10-11pm -- 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?

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Monday, January 10, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Jeeps.
Looks at the American soldier's best friend in
WWII--the Jeep. A "Blitz Buggy" could serve as a
combat car, a snowplow, or ambulance! Its name derived
from the designation "General Purpose", and the
original design served as late as 1983 in Grenada
before being replaced by the High Mobility
Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HUMVEE).

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFOs: Then and Now? Cause for
Alarm.
Studies some of the most disturbing UFO sightings,
including: a 4-day extravaganza in 1952, when UFOs
cruised the skies over the White House; sightings in
1967 near a secret U.S./Canadian submarine detection
base; controversial events at the U.K./U.S. air base
at Bentwaters, England; and the military's Test Area
51 in Nevada.

9-11pm -- Time Machine - 
A 2-hour docudrama depicting the 10 days prior to the
Allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Bad weather
forced Eisenhower to cancel initial plans; Rommel went
home for his wife's birthday; U.K. and U.S.
paratroopers and commandos were briefed; and double
agent Garbo sent his last deceptive messages to
Germany. Based on David Stafford's book, we follow 10
ordinary lives over 10 extraordinary days. Interviews
include a French Resistance fighter, British commandos
and spies, and an U.S. paratrooper.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Power Plants.
Mankind controls the environment in a variety of ways,
whether by capturing the force of a river, harnessing
the power in coal or oil, controlling a nuclear
reaction, or transforming the light of the sun into
electricity. From Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla to
Enrico Fermi and Albert Einstein, the world's greatest
minds have enabled us to acquire our light, heat, and
power with a simple flip of the switch. Join us for an
electrifying hour as we review the foundation for all
of this--power plants.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech: Military Tech.
Featuring expert demonstrations, we focus on
technologies used by the U.S. military after the Civil
War in the western frontier, and show how some of the
greatest advancements laid the groundwork for
America's high-tech future. We spotlight such stories
as the Wagon Box Fight in 1867, when 26 soldiers and
six civilians fought off 800 mounted Sioux warriors
using the new Springfield-Allin breechloading rifle,
and Pancho Villa's raid, which ushered in the era of
motorized vehicles into the U.S. military.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 9.
What happens when the calculations of builders and
engineers prove wrong and their constructs come
tumbling down? In this episode, we examine the 1987
failure of the Schoharie Creek Bridge in New York; the
partial destruction by a runaway freighter of the
Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans in 1996; the roof
collapse of the Rosemont Horizon Arena in Illinois in
1979; the deadliest grain-dust explosion on record in
Westwego, Louisiana, when a grain elevator exploded in
1977; and the crash of the British R101 airship in the
1920s.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Pacific Coast Highway.
For 25 years, construction crews dug, blasted,
tunneled, and bridged their way up America's West
Coast along the California, Oregon, and Washington
shoreline to build the Pacific Coast Highway.
Historians, road and bridge engineers, and experts
relate this story of perseverance, primal machines,
convict labor, and engineering brilliance as we tour
its scenic route. And we look at the latest
technologies used to keeping it running despite
floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - U.S. Mints: Money Machines.
How does America make money--literally? We visit the
United States Mint and the Bureau of Printing and
Engraving to see the secretive government facilities
where our legal tender is generated. With a storied
past as tantalizing as the wealth they create, these
mints can spit out fortunes in an hour and keep our
economy flowing.

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 -- Full Throttle - Mini Cooper.
"The Little Car that Could", the 1978 English Mini
becomes a road racer with a new suspension, braking
system, and engine upgrades. Fasten your seatbelts for
a wild ride as Full Throttle heads to the drag strip
in revamped vintage cars. Part reality show, part
history, we give two teams the same model of car in
similar disrepair, garages, tools, and parts, and just
two days to prepare before competing in an
all-or-nothing drag race--and in this episode, on a
road track with English-style right-hand drive cars!
The winner drives away in both cars; the loser walks
away empty-handed; the viewer gets an adrenaline dose
of automotive history.

10-11pm -- 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.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Camouflage.
From ancient hunters' camouflage to computer-generated
digital pattern uniforms, we uncover the past,
present, and future of deception through disguise.
During an ambush exercise by U.S. Marines, we learn
that camouflage came from natural coloration and
patterns of flora and fauna. The art of military
camouflage took off in WWI with the use of the
airplane, when the French learnt to hide from "eyes in
the sky". It's a world of shadows and smoke, where
even cities disappear through disguise.

8-10pm -- The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy
- 
No other murder in history has produced as much
speculation as the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy. Forty years after he was fatally shot, more
than 70 percent of polled Americans believe there was
a conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act
alone. In this 2-hour special, ABC News Anchor Peter
Jennings takes a fresh look at the assassination, the
evidence, the various and many theories, and an exact
computer simulation of the famous Abraham Zapruder
film that offers surprising results.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullets.
From "safe" bullets that stop hijackers but leave
aircraft unscathed to bullets that chain-saw through
steel and "smart" bullets computer-programmed to hit a
target, this explosive hour examines the evolution of
bullets from origin in the 1300s--stones and round
lead balls shot from iron and bamboo tubes. Lead balls
ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet changed
ammo forever. We learn how to construct a modern
cartridge, and at pistol and rifle ranges view
demonstrations of modern firepower.

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Friday, January 14, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Shipyards.
Shipyards are waterside construction sites where the
extraordinary takes shape and where some of the
largest tools built by humans help create the biggest
machines on earth. But shipyards and ships of today
bear little resemblance to those of antiquity. From
ancient days to the 18th-century Industrial Revolution
to the epic effort performed at Pearl Harbor, we
examine the shipyard, and look to its future. Will the
craftsmanship and practical knowledge of how to build
ships disappear in the 21st century?

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

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - The Jeep/Himars/Hurricanes. 
R. Lee Ermey, who portrayed the sergeant in "Full
Metal Jacket", applies his gruff sense of humor in
this half-hour series that answers viewers' mail about
what the armed forces were, and really are, like! Shot
on location, Ermey reads the questions on air and then
sends them out to military experts in the field for
answers and brief demonstrations. Ermey learns all
about the Jeep; the new rocket launcher called HIMARS;
and how and why the military hunts down hurricanes.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Mortar/WWII GI's Personal
Items/Native-American Arrows: #6.
R. Lee Ermey, who portrayed the sergeant in Full Metal
Jacket, applies his gruff sense of humor in this
half-hour series that answers viewers' mail about what
the armed forces were, and really are, like! Shot on
location, Ermey reads the questions on air and then
sends them out to military experts in the field for
answers and brief demonstrations. Ermey learns how to
aim an 81mm mortar; what personal items GIs carried in
WWII; and how Native Americans made arrows.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Ball Turret Gunners.
In war, certain missions demand the most and
constitute much of the legends of bravery. Journey
back to the Second World War when fearless airmen
manned the B-17's belly guns--glass bubbles that at
any moment could become their coffin. The ball turret
gunners called their work "flying the ball", others
called it crazy!

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Saturday, January 15, 2005
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7-8pm -- The SS: Himmler's Mania.
Presented in meticulous detail, our 6-part
investigation of the SS reveals film footage long
believed lost and eyewitnesses only now prepared to
discuss Hitler's sinister reign of terror. Focusing on
the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, we see how his
penchant for the occult determined his barbaric
politics, and how he mixed anti-Semitism with
blood-and-soil mysticism. A chicken farmer with an
agriculture diploma, he instigated "breeding" a new
race and administered mass genocide like a tax
official.

8-9pm -- The SS: Heydrich--The Hangman.
Hitler called him "the man with the iron heart" and as
head of the Security Police and SD (Security Service),
Reinhard Heydrich commanded killing squads in Poland
and the Soviet Union that shot hundreds of thousands
of the "racially and nationally undesirable".
Architect of the Holocaust, he authorized Adolf
Eichmann to work out a large-scale deportation program
for Europe's Jews that would end in extermination
centers. Features footage of Heydrich's personal life
from private archives.

9-10pm -- The SS: Death's Head.
Regarded as SS elite and perpetrators of its most
diabolic crimes, Death's Head battalions were deployed
whenever particular cruelty and absolute devotion to
duty were required and were responsible for the
implementation of mass genocide in Nazi extermination
camps. We show how willing henchmen were schooled to
place themselves body and soul in the service of
unimaginable barbarity--and how, or if, these
atrocities weighed upon their consciences. Features an
interview with Simon Wiesenthal.

10-11pm -- The SS: Waffen-SS.
Opinions still differ on the military arm of the SS.
Was the Waffen-SS the criminal terror instrument of
Nazi genocide, or were they "soldiers like any others"
as SS General Paul Hausser claimed after the war's
end? The Waffen-SS found its true vocation in 1941
with Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet
Union. There, Himmler's "racial warriors" were the
vanguard, determined to implement the "extermination
of the Jewish-Bolshevik subhuman hordes" as decreed by
Hitler.

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