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Listings For 6-05 (schedules available after the 1st)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Great Inventions.
Join us for a survey of the world's greatest
inventions in which we examine the wheel, steam
engine, railroad, automobile, airplane, printing
press, electric light, wireless telegraph, telephone,
TV, and computer. Then, travel back in time to the
labs, candle-lit offices, and garages to see how these
marvels were created.

8-10pm -- Rumrunners, Moonshiners... - 
Heroes who fight tax collectors and moral crusaders,
or just common criminals? Like it or not, America was
built by rumrunners, moonshiners, and
bootleggers--even founding father John Hancock was a
smuggler. In the 1920s, Prohibition turned fishermen
into rumrunners and two-bit gangsters into
millionaires, and moonshine haulers in their souped-up
cars helped create NASCAR. Rare archival footage and
photos help weave the compelling tale of our nation's
love-hate relationship with illegal alcohol.

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


Thursday, June 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Technology of Kitty
Two brainy bicycle makers...a remote North Carolina
moonscape...and an impossible dream. On December 17,
1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright took wing at Kitty
Hawk and flew--as none before had--unraveling a
complex problem that had defied history's most
inventive minds, from Leonard da Vinci to Edison. How
did these high-school dropouts from Dayton, Ohio do
it? Experts at the controls of full-scale replicas
explain how they worked--or didn't--and historians
recount the brothers' heated arguments.

8-10pm -- Alaska: Big America - 
Alaska--a land of extremes. Its size is
staggering--nearly 600,000 square miles, or more than
twice the size of Texas. Its vast distances, extreme
weather, imposing landscape--all helped shape its
history and the lives of those who come under its
spell. Our 2-hour special heads to far-flung corners
of the 49th State to hear compelling stories of life
in the bush--from Russian expeditions in the 1700s to
building of the Alcan Highway to the WWII Battle for
the Aleutian Islands and 1959 statehood.

10-11pm -- 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.


Friday, June 3, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - 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 heights reached by his technological
empire, 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

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - June 3-9.
In this episode of our series focusing on the
winding-down of the Second World War, US forces make
further advances against the Japanese in the
Philippines, while fanatical Japanese troops continue
to hold out on the Pacific Island of Okinawa. King
Haakon of Norway makes a triumphant return to his
country after five years of exile. In Europe, the Big
Four--the US, UK, Soviet Union, and France--meet to
discuss the division of Germany into four main
occupation zones. Meanwhile, Allied troops make
several startling discoveries, and the Soviets
announce they've found the charred remains of Hitler's
body. The "Weapon of the Week" is the Goster Meteor,
and the "Personalities of tbe Week", Stalin and de

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Machines of D-Day.
June 6, 1944--the greatest machine of World War Two
springs into action. It is made up of thousands of
ships and aircraft, tens of thousands of men and
millions of tons of steel and concrete. This is
Operation Overlord--the invasion machine that will
send Allied soldiers dropping from the skies and
storming the beaches of Normandy. Each piece of this
machine has been designed to fulfill a specific task
in the air, on land, or at sea. The success of D-Day
depends on it. Interlocking with pinpoint precision,
the men and machines of Overlord overcome not just
Hitler's beach defenses, but nature itself in the
greatest assault the world has ever seen. Using
archive film, and color reenactments, we reveal the
phenomenal hardware of D-Day.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Gator Navy: #75.
At the US Naval Base Coronado, host R. Lee Ermey ships
out with the "Gator Navy"--the seafaring men and women
of the amphibious assault fleet--and opens the episode
from the deck of an LCU [Landing Craft Utility] about
to dock with its mother ship, one of the Navy's newest
LAAS [Landing Amphibious Assault Carrier], the USS
Belleau Wood. The crew takes us through a fire drill
and a close-quarter drill--"Battle Stations!" to
landlubbers. In San Diego at the Southwest Regional
Maintenance Center, he gets an A-to-Z rundown on ship
repair, before looking back to WWII to answer the
question--Was there a real Rosie the Riveter?" Lee
narrates the thrilling story of the Battle of Coral
Sea, the first aircraft carrier battle in history.
Then, he fast-forwards to Operation Desert Storm--the
last time a US battleship fired its guns in anger.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Guided Missile Destroyer/WWI
Aircraft & Aces/Marine Corps Fast Teams: #42.
Onboard the USS Preble, one of the Navy's newest
destroyers, R. Lee Ermey explains its Aegis Fire
Control System, and the history of the Navy's first
guided missile, the Loon. He reviews the most
effective WWI aircraft and the best pilots, like US
Ace Eddie Rickenbacker and Germany's Red Baron; checks
out the curves of a Gibson Girl, a WWII emergency
transmitter; meets the elite Marines of the Fleet
Anti-Terrorism Team, who guard nuclear material on
docked subs; and flips his Challenge Coin.


Saturday, June 4, 2005

7-8pm -- Automaniac - Bikes from Hell.
These are motorcycles for the hardcore biker. Bikers
who join clubs or gangs want the best, fastest, or
nastiest of the breed. These are their bikes of
choice. From the rare to the nitrous enhanced, we'll
take you on a ride packed with pure adrenaline. So
strap on your helmets and hold on tight. You'll be
tearing up the pavement in the ride of your life.

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


Sunday, June 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Mystery of the Missing Ace - 
Wing Commander Adrian Warburton was one of the most
glamorous and highly-decorated pilots of World War II,
known as the "Lawrence of Arabia of the Sky". He
became a living legend on the besieged Mediterranean
Island of Malta, where he flew daredevil
reconnaissance missions and fell in love with a
beautiful cabaret dancer. But his disappearance in
1944, at age 26, sparked a 60-year mystery. How could
the RAF's "most valuable pilot" vanish without a trace
after flying a controversial American mission with the
blessing of the President Roosevelt's son? In this
special, we reveal the extraordinary detective story
behind the mystery of the missing ace, who was finally
laid to rest in 2003.

8-10pm -- Time Machine - 
On June 6, 1944, Allied aerial photo reconnaissance
flew 25 sorties along the Normandy beaches to record
hour-by-hour progress of D-Day. Recently rediscovered
and included in our 2-hour special, the photographs
had only been seen by a handful of people. Now, for
the first time in 60 years, the images reveal history
in the making. Using revolutionary computer software
to bring the aerial photos alive, we fly along the
D-Day beaches. Features firsthand accounts from US,
UK, and German veterans.

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Cromwell: Conqueror of
He called himself Oliver Protector, while many said he
was a cruel traitor, usurper, and hypocrite. Still
others found him broad-minded, tolerant, passionately
religious, and ferociously moral. Cromwell's influence
as a military commander and politician during the
English Civil War dramatically altered the British
Isles' landscape. His suppression of Royalists in
Ireland during 1649 still resonates. The massacre of
nearly 3,500 people in Drogheda after its
capture--comprising around 2,700 Royalist soldiers and
all the men in the town carrying arms, including
civilians, prisoners, and Catholic priests--has
fuelled Irish-English strife for over three centuries.
Cromwell felt justified in ordering the massacre
because the city's defenders had continued to fight
after the walls had been breached. With cunning
precision and military mastery, Cromwell effectively
brought Ireland to its knees.


Monday, June 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Machines of D-Day.
June 6, 1944--the greatest machine of World War Two
springs into action. It is made up of thousands of
ships and aircraft, tens of thousands of men and
millions of tons of steel and concrete. This is
Operation Overlord--the invasion machine that will
send Allied soldiers dropping from the skies and
storming the beaches of Normandy. Each piece of this
machine has been designed to fulfill a specific task
in the air, on land, or at sea. The success of D-Day
depends on it. Interlocking with pinpoint precision,
the men and machines of Overlord overcome not just
Hitler's beach defenses, but nature itself in the
greatest assault the world has ever seen. Using
archive film, and color reenactments, we reveal the
phenomenal hardware of D-Day.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Kecksburg UFO.
What came down in the forest outside the sleepy hamlet
of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1965? Some
residents claimed to see an acorn-shaped metal object
with strange, hieroglyphic writing on its side,
half-buried on the forest floor. Astronomer Von Del
Chamberlain wrote that the Kecksburg object was a
meteorite. NASA consultant James Oberg theorized that
it was a failed Russian probe, but now also thinks it
was probably a meteorite. Often called the
"Pennsylvania Roswell" in UFO circles, the debate
raged until, in late December 2003, NASA finally
released 39 pages of material and the Air Force
released 2,800 pages on the case from its files. The
only thing the government documents conclusively prove
is that the object was not a Russian probe. But for
UFO enthusiasts and researchers, many questions remain

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Nefertiti: The Mummy
Queen Nefertiti was once the most beautiful and
powerful woman in Egypt, renowned throughout the
ancient world. But she vanished without a trace, lost
to the sands of Egypt for more than 3,000 years. Only
in the last century did archeologists discover that
this legendary queen really lived at all. Since then,
though, only fragments of her story have emerged. Host
Josh Bernstein, an explorer and survival expert, is
determined to put the pieces together and uncover the
true story of Queen Nefertiti. Who was this mysterious
woman? Why did she disappear? And can her mummy still
be found today? To find out, he'll follow a trail of
clues into Egypt's most sacred and secret places,
exploring dark tombs and coming face-to-face with the
truth of at least one ancient mummy's identity.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - D-Day Troops: Lost at
On June 7, 1944, the troopship USS Susan B. Anthony
transported nearly 3,000 Army and Navy men on their
way to reinforce paratroopers dropped behind enemy
lines on D-Day. Suddenly, two explosions hit the Susan
B. just off the coast of "Bloody Omaha" in an area
marked safe for passage. Stephen Ambrose called it
"the German Army's greatest success of disrupting the
landing of American reinforcements." Our Deep Sea
Detectives John Chatterton and Richie Kohler dive this
wreck 60 years later in hopes of unlocking the answers
to what sank the Susan B. Anthony, and the story
behind one of the most daring and amazing rescues at


Tuesday, June 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Non-Lethal Weapons.
They stun, debilitate, immobilize--providing police
and peacekeepers with options other than shouting or
shooting. From the ancient caltrop--a multi-pointed
contraption hurled by foot soldiers into a horseman's
path--to sting-ball grenades, electrical shock
devices, and sound, light, and energy weapons, we
examine non-lethal weapons that disperse crowds and
take down criminals. And in a whiff of the future, we
see why the government thinks stink bombs might prove
useful in the war against terror.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Saloons.
Saloons were the Wild West's strip malls of sin--your
one-stop shop for gambling, booze, and sex. Behind
those swinging doors hid technology that
titillated...and terrorized. In an action-packed hour,
host David Carradine exposes the role that saloon
engineering played in the death of the West's most
prolific killer, John Wesley Hardin, technology of the
saloon brawl, and the secret techniques used by
bare-knuckle saloon boxers as they fought in the
bloodiest prizefights in American history.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Prince of Poker.
The biggest and most important annual poker event, the
World Series of Poker draws more than 500 players
vying for a pot worth $1.5-million and up. With a
$10,000 buy-in, the stakes are high for any
player--but when you're a down-and-out writer with
four kids, making it to the final table could mean a
fairy-tale ending. Join us for an exhilarating,
nail-biting, roller-coaster ride with amateur player
Jim McManus as he battles the odds in the 2000 World
Series of Poker. Sent by Harper's magazine to cover
the tournament, McManus uses his writing fee to enter
the satellite tournaments for a chance in the big
leagues. When McManus makes it into the World Series,
the competition gets tougher--to beat the 500-to-1
odds, he must defeat champion T.J. Cloutier. Will
McManus snare the $1.5-million pot, or go home
empty-handed and devastatingly in debt? Features
interviews with McManus, poker legend Cloutier, and
surprise challenger Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 7.
Engineers and architects reveal what went wrong in
five engineering disasters, including Baldwin Hills
Dam that suddenly gave way, spilling liquid havoc in a
quiet LA neighborhood; a mysterious plane crash that
killed all aboard (Lockheed Electra); a massive
freighter's shuddering crash into Tampa Bay's Sunshine
Skyway Bridge; the 1994 Northridge, California
earthquake that shook down poorly engineered
buildings; and a 4-decade old coal mine fire that
turned Centralia, Pennsylvania into a ghost town. 


Wednesday, June 8, 2005

6-8pm -- Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union - 
A special 2-hour rare look at Lincoln's personal life,
including his abusive father and his "living hell" of
a marriage.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Chesapeake Bay Bridge &
Named one of the seven engineering wonders of the
modern age, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel
connects Virginia proper with its easternmost
landmass. Stretching 17 miles across the historic
Chesapeake Bay, the structure represents a man-made
boundary between the Bay and the Atlantic. The
structure includes two 2-lane highways supported
mostly by trestles, four man-made and one natural
island, two truss bridges, and two revolutionary
sunken tube tunnels.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - John Hancock Center.
A steel giant standing 1,107 feet high on broad
shoulders, this vertical city houses 1,200 people.
Join us as we explore how a young architectural team
from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill conceived of an
innovative 100-story, multi-use tower. A construction
crisis halted the project for six months, but once it
resumed, it took just four years and 50 million
man-hours to complete the John Hancock Center. In the
heart of Chicago, the John Hancock Center rises 100
stories above the luxury shops and restaurants that
line the famous Magnificent Mile. It opened on May 5,
1970 with 237,657 square feet of retailing, 812,160
square feet of offices, 703 rental apartments
(converted to condominiums in 1974), 507-car parking
garage, and an ice skating rink! There are 1,250 miles
of wiring and 11,459 panes of glass. Nicknamed "Big
John", it cost $100-million and took 46,000 tons of
steel to build.

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Moonshine Cars.
Ride along as we relate the racy history of the cars
that were run for bragging rights on Sunday
afternoons...and the men who trusted those same cars
with their lives come Sunday night. It's a story about
searching for any edge...boring a block, milling a
head, boosting the springs--anything to gain an
advantage over the hated federal revenuers. We'll
learn tricks of the trade--such as the "bootlegger
turn"--and see how model after model of Detroit's
finest were made better by back-road innovation. We'll
see how moving "shine" created a whole new breed of
automobile that ushered in stockcar racing and led to
the birth of today's NASCAR.


Thursday, June 9, 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

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Taxidermy.
It began as a tool used by prehistoric man to attract
animals to the hunt. Over time it became an invaluable
study aid for the natural scientist and a popular
hobby for hunters and fishermen. Join us for a
tantalizing look at the history of taxidermy, the
craft of preserving animal skins and using them to
recreate a still life of the animal as it appeared in
life. We also check out fiberglass reproduction, which
is gaining popularity as fish and game regulations
become stricter. Finally, we examine human subjects in
taxidermy. Using the very latest process of
plastination, the once taboo science and art of
preserving and displaying human corpses now draws
crowds in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., proving the
age-old practice continues to mesmerize us!

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The Butcher.
In a carnivorous world, a butcher is a necessary link
in the food chain, carving a carcass of unsavory flesh
into mouthwatering cuts. We trace the grisly trade's
evolution--from yesteryear's butcher-on-every-corner
to today's industrial butcher working on a
"disassembly" line. We tour the infamous remains of
the Chicago Stockyards, where Upton Sinclair, Clarence
Birdseye, and refrigeration changed butchering
forever; witness high-speed butchering; and travel to
a non-stop sausage factory. And if you're still
squeamish, a USDA inspector offers the lowdown on
HACCP--the country's new system of checks and balances
on everything from quality grading to E. coli,
Salmonella, and Mad Cow Disease. Finally, we visit the
last bastion of old-school butchering--the rural
custom butcher, who slaughters, eviscerates, skins,
and cuts to his customer's wishes.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Commercial Fishing.
Battered and fried or simply raw--seafood is a popular
dish, no matter how you serve it. Americans consume
more than 5-billion pounds yearly, an order that takes
more than a fishing rod to fill and worries
conservationists. We follow the fish, the fishermen,
and the science trying to preserve fisheries for
future generations--from ancient ships on the Nile to
a modern technologically sophisticated factory trawler
on the Bering Sea to the University of New Hampshire's
open-ocean aquaculture research project. And we
witness a wide variety of fishing methods--from
gillnetting and longlining to lobster trapping. Hop
aboard and sail through time and around the globe as
we explore the harsh conditions of life at sea and
experience firsthand one of history's deadliest jobs.
Brace yourself and feel the ice-cold, salt spray on
your face as we explore commercial fishing!


Friday, June 10, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cemeteries.
More than 2-million people die in the U.S. each year.
That works out to about 5,500 burials a day, with
roughly 80 percent taking the long goodbye in a
casket, and the remaining 20 percent electing to be
cremated or finding some alternative method of
crossing eternity's threshold. We take a look at
dealing with the dead throughout the centuries, and at
today's $20-billion funeral industry. Any way you look
at it, it's a healthy business, with new generations
of customers year after year!

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - June 10-16.
On Okinawa, US victory is now in sight. Japanese
troops on the Pacific Island are mounting an
increasingly desperate defense against the relentless
advance of the US. In the Philippines, the Japanese
are holed up in the Sierra Madre Mountains. In
Frankfurt, Germany, Marshal Zhukov confers the Soviet
Order of Victory--made of diamond-encrusted
platinum--on Eisenhower and Montgomery. Eisenhower is
awarded the Order of Merit--Britain's most prestigious
honor--and is given the Freedom of the City of London.
After warning Truman about the "iron curtain" falling
over Europe, Winston Churchill is informed by the
American President that the US cannot go back on the
tripartite agreement for the post-war occupation of
Germany approved by FDR. The withdrawal of American
troops from the Eastern Zone will not be delayed.
Soviet authorities start the forcible expulsion of
ethnic Germans from the Sudetanland.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - B-2: #76.
At Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, host R. Lee
Ermey gets to do something only a few hundred humans
have done before him--take a ride in a B-2 Stealth
Bomber on a mock bomb run! The Gunny sets the stage
for his historic flight by giving us the facts and
stats on what makes the B-2 the greatest bomber in the
history of aviation. Then, we go along on Lee's
pre-flight training as he prepares to get airborne.
From the cockpit, he shows viewers what it's like to
fly in a stealth bomber. The Whiteman crew the Gunny
flies with are part of the 509th Bomber Group, the
same squadron that flew the first atomic bomb missions
back in World War II. In his tribute to the 509th, the
Gunny shows how the Enola Gay and other bombers got
the mission done.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - F-15 Eagle/Flying
Platform/Atomic Annie/Army Missiles/Tommy Gun v. Burp
Gun/Bullets: #37
R. Lee Ermey rides in an F-15 Eagle, courtesy of the
Oregon Air National Guard--and proudly returns all
three of his airsickness bags empty! Find out about a
wacky single-man vertical flight machine tested in the
1950s--the Hiller Flying Platform; Atomic Annie, a
howitzer that fired both conventional and nuclear
warheads; why the Army controlled missile programs in
the 1940s and '50s; which WWII submachine gun was
better, the US Tommy Gun or German Burp Gun; and the
terms used to measure bullets.


Saturday, June 11, 2005

6-8pm -- American Eats: History on a Bun - 
Join us for a 2-hour tasty tour of the fascinating
history of food, with a special focus on home-cooked
American treats. Find out if "Scorecard Harry" really
invented the hot dog, the Earl of Sandwich's culinary
contribution, and how an Italian immigrant began the
pizza craze. Get out your fork and knife and relish
our fabulous feast!

8-11pm -- The True Story of Alexander the Great - 
334 BC--a 20-year-old military commander from Northern
Greece set out to conquer the known world. During the
next 12 years, King Alexander of Macedon led 40,000
troops more than 20,000 miles, defeated the world's
most powerful ruler, King Darius of Persia, and
conquered West Asia before dying at age 32. In a
3-hour special, host Peter Woodward explores the true
story of Alexander the Great--a tale of conquest,
love, hate, revenge, and ultimately tragedy. He visits
locations of Alexander's youth, temples dedicated to
Greek gods where Alexander sought divine counsel, and
actual battlefields, as well as demonstrating his
signature battle plans and weaponry. How could one man
accomplish so much at such a young age? What led to
his demise? These questions drive our analysis of
Alexander's complex character, delicately balanced
between genius and insanity.


Sunday, June 12, 2005

7-8pm -- The Search for Eternal Egypt - 
Combining interviews with top Egyptologists, specially
shot location footage, dramatized reenactments,
archival images, and computer graphics, this special
tells the dramatic story of the development of
Egyptology over the last 200 years. Starting in 1798
with the arrival of Napoleonic scholars, we reveal how
their systematic survey of the country became the
cornerstone of modern research into ancient Egypt. We
also cover development of modern archaeological
techniques, featuring the story of the "father of
modern archaeology", Flinders Petrie, and Howard
Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.
After bringing the story up to date, highlighting some
of the most fascinating discoveries of the last 20
years, we explore the threat posed to the remains of
ancient Egypt by population growth, pollution, and
mass tourism. Find out about "Eternal Egypt", an
ambitious project to document Egypt's past and make it
available to a worldwide audience over the Internet.

8-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - King David.
King David's reign of conquest begins in 1,000 BC when
King Saul dies after having never succeeded in uniting
the tribes of Israel. King David, the slayer of
Goliath of Gath, fights his way to the top besting all
contenders to the throne of Israel. In rapid
succession, King David defeats the Philistines, the
Moabites, the Aramaeans, the Edomites, and finally the
Ammonites, establishing Israel as an independent
national state and greatly extending its territories.
In 995 BC, King David succeeds in capturing the
Jebusite city of Jerusalem, making this the capital
city of the Kingdom of Israel. David maintains his
hold on power in the same manner he attained it--by
removing anyone who gets in his way.


Monday, June 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Overseas Highway.
A spectacular roadway nearly 120 miles long, the
Overseas Highway links mainland Florida with the
Florida Keys, and contains 51 bridges, including the
Seven-Mile Bridge. A boat was the only mode of travel
from Miami to Key West until oil tycoon Henry Flagler
completed his railroad line in 1912. After a 1935
hurricane destroyed 40 miles of track, the scenic
highway was built using Flagler's bridges. A
$175-million refurbishment that ended in 1982 resulted
in today's remarkable Overseas Highway.

8-10pm -- Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story - 
His life story reads like a soap opera script. Born
Robert Craig Knievel, this wild, young man from the
rough mining town of Butte, Montana dreamed of
becoming rich and famous. After years of struggle,
Bobbie's alter ego Evel Knievel became the world's
most famous daredevil. His exploits are legendary and
it's unlikely his accomplishments--or notoriety--will
ever be duplicated. Now, he's paying a high price for
the life he led. He lives in constant pain from the
incredible abuse his body suffered during his
daredevil days. As he enters the twilight of life,
this 2-hour special may be his last chance at a public
forum. He's a man who is outspoken, outrageous, at
times hilarious, but always fascinating. From humble
beginnings in Butte to iconic status and everything in
between, Evel candidly shares every aspect of his
life. The aging daredevil reflects on his incredible
experiences and how he would like to be remembered.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Another Atlantis?
Settled 2,500 years ago, the Nan Madol site is a
living memorial to the prehistoric Micronesians that
once inhabited Pohnpei. 100-feet high basalt
structures rise from the deep waters to form
artificial islands serving as ritual, trade, and
hierarchical centers. Deep below the surface, ancient
lore proposes that underwater tunnels connect this
complex and are filled with untold riches and ancient
artifacts. With only canoes and crude tools, how did
the Micronesians build this imposing fortress? Where
did they quarry these raw materials? Do the tunnels
exist as an answer to the secrets of this complex
network of civilization and tradition? And can we find
them? Join veteran divers John Chatterton and Richie
Kohler as they investigate this underwater mystery.


Tuesday, June 14, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
In the land of Mardi Gras, jambalaya, and zydeco,
exists an engineering marvel called the Lake
Pontchartrain Causeway that seems to go on forever.
Two ribbons of concrete span the largest inland body
of water in Louisiana, and at nearly 23.87 and 23.88
miles long, these two spans form the world's longest
automobile bridge. At midpoint--12 miles out--water
surrounds travelers who are unable to see either
shoreline. The bridge is so long, it actually
transverses 1/1000th of the earth's circumference!

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 -- Breaking Vegas - Dice Dominator.
From the physics behind the flight of dice to the
eight critical steps to mastering the act of tossing
two dice, we reveal the true story behind Dominic
LoRiggio's phenomenal rise to riches through a
seemingly impossible challenge--to control the outcome
of a craps game with the flick of a wrist. While most
casinos laugh off the notion, LoRiggio (later known as
"The Dominator" and "The Man with the Golden Arm")
knows that practice makes perfect and sets out to
prove them wrong. First, he hooks up with dice-control
master Chris Pawlicki--founder of "Rosebud", the first
team approach to craps ever attempted--and soon
becomes their ace player. But LoRiggio grows
dissatisfied with the team's approach to
small-but-steady winnings. In 2003, he partners with
Frank Scoblete, another player with a penchant for big
bets and bigger wins. When LoRiggio defies the odds
and dominates the dice at table after table, however,
the casinos vow to stop matter what.

10-11pm -- 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.


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Hoover Dam.
The task was monumental: Build the world's largest dam
in the middle of the desert, and tame the river that
carved the Grand Canyon--all in seven years! When the
Hoover Dam was completed in 1935, it was the largest
dam in the world. We'll reveal how this engineering
wonder of the world was conceived and built.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The Cape Cod Canal.
In a battle against the ferocious Atlantic or safe
passage through waters where ships wrecked and lives
were lost, it was an engineering feat that many
believed impossible. This is the story of the Cape Cod
Canal and the men who braved the natural elements and
the Great Depression by venturing into new engineering
territory. In 1909 excavation began on what would
become one of the greatest success stories of our
time. The evolution of the Cape Cod Canal into what it
is today--a major commerce and recreational route of
the Intracoastal Waterway--is a tale of determination,
ingenuity, and the American spirit. Through historical
photographs and expert interviews, the Canal's story
unfolds, and while traveling along on an Army Corps of
Engineers Patrol Boat and Coast Guard vessel we see
firsthand what happens on the Canal on a daily basis.
And we meet the people who make the Canal and its
bridges functional and safe, keeping the legacy of the
early engineers alive.

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Super Cars.
They are the super-fast, super-charged, and
super-beautiful. We're talking ultimate sports cars.
These bad boys go so far beyond the speed limit,
they're practically illegal while just standing still!
And we're not talking custom or concept. These are
production cars--the ideal marriage of art,
engineering, and passion. It took a century of
automotive history to get here, and what a ride it's
been. Now, as technology continues to carry us beyond
our wildest dreams, these super-cars are sleek, sexy,
powerful expressions of affluence and freedom. Want to
get away from it all in just seconds flat? Then get in
and come take a ride!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Apollo 11.
As mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century,
Apollo 11 stood as the apogee of science, exploration,
flight, and technological prowess. In scarcely 10
years, America went from rocketing monkeys to landing
a man on the moon. Leaving Earth on July 16, 1969,
Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Mike Collins pushed
the limits of skill and endurance. See and experience
the flight of Apollo 11 through the eyes of the
astronauts, mission controllers, engineers, and
designers who made it happen.

8-10pm -- Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific - 
It's a story of survival on a desert island--and it
helped change the course of WWII! Within hours of the
1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, about 1,600 US marines
and civilians found themselves under surprise attack
from Japan on a tiny Pacific Island. In a 2-hour
special, we take six survivors of the siege of Wake
Island back to the scene of their heroic stand. They
retrace those horrific days in which they suffered
eventual capture, beatings, and imprisonment--yet
survived to tell their stories.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Secret Japanese Aircraft
of WWII.
In the 1930s, Japanese designers created a range of
warplanes, culminating in the legendary Ki-43 Oscar
and the A6M Zero. As the war turned against Japan,
designers created the rocket-powered Shusui, the Kikka
jet fighter, and the experimental R2Y Keiun. We also
disclose frantic preparations to assemble a secret
airforce of jet and rocket planes to counter an
anticipated US invasion in 1945, and chronicle post-war
aviation and the birth of the Japanese rocket program
in the 1950s and '60s.


Friday, June 17, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Egyptian Pyramids.
Constructed as tombs for the ancient pharaohs, over
100 pyramids remain in Egypt. Built during a span of
well over 1,000 years, they stand as cultural and
engineering marvels of staggering proportions. But
many things about these monuments, including the exact
methods used to construct them, remain tantalizingly
obscure. Travel back in time as we investigate their
evolution--from the earlier mastaba to the Step
Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and of course, the magnificent
necropolis at Giza.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - June 17-23.
Join us for a day-by-day look at the last days of
WWII. In this episode, 4-million residents turn out to
cheer Eisenhower as he makes a triumphal 35-mile
motorcade around New York City. In the Philippines,
Appari, the last port held by the Japanese, falls to
US forces, who now make contact with Filipino
guerrillas. After three months of some of the
bitterest fighting of the entire war, the Japanese
finally cease trying to defend Okinawa against US
forces. At dawn the Japanese commander, Lt. General
Mitsuru Ushijima emerges from his bunker in a cave and
commits ritual suicide in front of his shocked and
demoralized staff officers. Victory at Okinawa places
US forces just 400 miles from mainland Japan. Lt.
General Simon B. Buckner, commander-in-chief of the US
10th Army, is killed by shrapnel as he visits
frontline troops.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Bulletproof.
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body armor to
armored cars and trucks, we review the history of the
race between the bullet and a successful way to stop
it. It's not exactly easy to design material that can
catch gunfire traveling up to 3,000 feet per second.
We'll look at little-known advances like bulletproof
layering hidden in walls, futuristic smart materials
that "remember" how to stop a bullet, and a system
that deploys a shield within milliseconds when it
detects an oncoming round.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - #77.
Host R. Lee Ermey heads to the Marine Corps Weapons
Training Center for a live fire exercise with the
Abrams M1-A1, the US military's main battle tank, and
gets a chance to put the heavily armored vehicle
through its paces and fire its enormous cannon. Next,
the Gunny takes viewers through the first major
engagement between Americans and Germans in WWII.
During the Battles of Kasserine Pass and El Guttar in
North Africa, the US got their butts kicked, but the
lessons they learned were put to good use in future
battles against Rommel in the African desert. North
Africa was also the first stop for America's
best-loved war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, the reporter
who brought the war home. Ermey also introduces a new
kind of full body armor being tested that will,
literally, save life and limbs. With a new miracle
fabric stronger than Kevlar, the armor is lighter and
provides better protection than what's being fielded
right now.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - MP5/WWII Marine Corps
Paratroopers/Pilot Headgear: #54.
With his bulldog Harley by his side, the Gunny
demonstrates the firepower of the MP5--the gun of
choice for Special Forces when they're in
close-quarter battle. And we see the MP5 in action
during a Navy SEALs live-fire training exercise. Next,
R. Lee Ermey gives the often-overlooked Marine Corps
paratroopers of WWII their due, and relates the story
behind the photo of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers. Then,
fighter pilots demonstrate the new state-of-the-art
hands-free helmet system.


Saturday, June 18, 2005

3-4pm -- 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. TVPG V 

7-8pm -- Automaniac - Gangster Cars.
They are the cars that appeal to a certain kind of
"businessman"--the kind that has a lot of enemies.
Smooth, sleek, and glamorous, they've helped make
outlaws like John Dillinger, Al Capone, and John Gotti
look like gentlemen instead of killers. Some did zero
to 60 faster than any police car could and others were
bulletproof. Today, science enables these cars to
withstand a bomb blast or the punch from a
9-millimeter automatic. Ride along as we explore
Gangster Cars--built to keep their owners from getting

8-12am -- Apocalypse Now - 
Movie. Using Joseph Conrad's masterpiece The Heart of
Darkness as a starting point, this is Francis Ford
Coppola's surrealistic and symbolic cinematic journey
into the confusion and horror of the Vietnam War. The
story follows Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a
highly classified mission into Cambodia to assassinate
the renegade Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando),
who has gone native and established himself as a god
to a local tribe. The incredible cast includes Robert
Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis
Hopper, Harrison Ford, and Scott Glenn. (1979)


Sunday, June 19, 2005

6-7pm -- Wild West Tech: Cowboy Tech.
A no-bull episode that roams the range hunting for the gritty truth behind the Old West's most enduring figure. Host Keith Carradine examines the cowboy's trade tools--from saddle to spurs--and undergoes the dangers of a cattle drive. Reenactments show off cowboy skills, including roping, riding, shooting, and branding, as we see how the tradition lives on in rodeos. And, we shoot down reputations as we look behind the myths of legendary cowboys like John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Tom Horn. TVPG 

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

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Napoleon's Greatest
His name is, without question, synonymous with that of
"Conqueror", though he never considered himself as
such. He said he was a liberator, bringing
enlightenment to the people of Western Europe. Yet his
actions and prowess as a military commander rank him
among the greatest conquerors of all time. From his
ascension to power in France, to campaigns in Italy,
Egypt, Austria, and Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte rose
from commoner to general to king to emperor. At the
height of his power, he ruled most of Western Europe.
In this episode, we consider his stunning victory at


Monday, June 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech.
A look at the "science of safety" as applied to Indy
or NASCAR racing. From tires to roll-cages to hood
flaps, we examine the incredible technology that's
helping prevent crashes and enabling drivers to
survive the inevitable ones. See how today's
innovative minds digitally reconstruct crashes and
design new technology that keeps pushing the limits of
racing. The drivers may grab the glory, but they
wouldn't dare get behind the wheel if it weren't for
the guys in white lab coats. (1-hour version)

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Majestic Twelve: UFO Cover-Up.
What really happened in Roswell, New Mexico in the
summer of 1947? Did a flying saucer crash in the vast
desert scrubland? The initial Army Air Force press
release claimed they had recovered a flying disk. But
a day later, the story dramatically changed--now they
called it a weather balloon! In 1987, secret documents
surfaced indicating the existence of the "Majestic
12"--an elite group of scientists and military and
intelligence officials, allegedly brought together by
President Harry Truman. Did the MJ-12 truly exist? If
so, did these men forever trivialize the most
talked-about UFO event in history, as well as all UFO
sightings thereafter?

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Hunt for the Lost
For centuries, adventurers, and archaeologists--the
devout and determined, and even Indiana Jones--have
all searched for the Bible's most sacred lost
treasure: the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, despite all
its fame, it mysteriously disappeared from the pages
of history tens of centuries ago. How could something
so powerful and holy simply vanish? That's what host
and adventurer Josh Bernstein is determined to find
out when he follows a trail that starts where the
Ark's story begins--on Mount Sinai. Next, he explores
a secret maze beneath Jerusalem's streets and visits
Deir es Sultan, an Ethiopian monastery located on the
roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Ethiopia,
he climbs up a sheer cliff to reach Debre Damo, one of
the country's most ancient monasteries, and travels
across Lake Tana to the place where some say the Ark
is kept today. But how close can he get to this mighty
and mysterious treasure?

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - More Secret
Underwater Caves.
For more than a thousand years, the Taíno people
flourished on the islands comprising the Greater
Antilles--modern-day Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto
Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Five centuries ago,
they seemingly vanished--millions of people gone in
the blink of an eye. The DSD team explores the
archaeological record, a lost city deep in the jungle,
disturbing legends, and secret water-filled caves to
learn how a people rich in natural resources could so
quickly fall victim to malnutrition and unspeakable
violence. The most sacred of their caves, known as
"eyes of the beast", hold artifacts in their murky
depths that may reveal the true fate of the Taíno.


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Runways.
What do you think about when you gaze out the window
as your plane takes off? Probably not about the least
heralded part of our infrastructure--airport runways.
But runways play a vital role as the backbone of
aviation. They're where rubber meets road and land
gives way to sky. Did you know that airports like JFK
train falcons to keep little birds from becoming a
hazard to the big, shiny birds? Join us for an
engrossing look at the brawny concrete and asphalt
runways that make aviation possible.

8-9pm -- 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

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - The Ultimate Cheat.
Imagine the ultimate cheating move--so outrageous,
audacious, and simple that not even the best casino
detective can come close to catching the genius behind
it... In this hour of a series profiling people who
took Vegas for lots of cash, we meet Richard Marcus,
who perfected the craft of casino cheating from the
1970s through the early `90s. Join Marcus and
teammates Mark "Balls" Abromowitz and Pat Mallery on a
raucous robbery romp through the world's toniest
casinos. Their primary scheme? Past-posting--laying
down or swapping out chips after a winning bet is
known. Hot on their tail is casino investigator Andy
Anderson who's made it his mission to bring them down.
We also explore past-posting's history, security
systems' evolution, and the psychology of casino
cheating. Features exclusive interviews with Marcus,
Abromowitz, and Mallery, and their nemesis, high-tech
cheating sleuth Anderson.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - James Bond Gadgets.
His movies are legend, his women beautiful, and his
toys the best in the world. Whether James Bond is
foiling villains in space-age flying machines or
eavesdropping on his enemies with ultra-sophisticated
spy gear, British Secret Agent 007 is always
guaranteed to have the most outrageous and wonderfully
creative gadgets ever to grace the silver screen. Bond
had it all. But as we see in this exclusive look at
his gadgets, it takes a lot to save the world!


Wednesday, June 22, 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 -- Modern Marvels - Earthmovers: The Power to
Move Mountains.
Feel the earth move under your feet and dig into the
fascinating history of earthmoving equipment--from
invention of the simple spade to today's powerful
steam shovels. Meet the legendary giants like John
Deere, Jerome Case, and the founders of Caterpillar,
who helped forge America's monolithic construction

9-10pm -- 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 have
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 - Future Tech.
A paper-thin, wall-sized holographic television...a
car that runs on processed army of
robotic killing machines...outer-space luxury resorts
and a cleaning droid controlled by your mind?
Buckle-up for safety as we race into the near
future--where fantasy becomes fact. There have always
been visionaries, futurists, and dreamers predicting
the world of tomorrow--flying cars, space-station
colonies, and android personal assistants. But time
has proven the fallacy of many of their predictions.
So what future technology can we realistically expect?
With the help of 3D animation, we present some pretty
far-out predictions and take you to various research
labs to see working prototypes of these technologies
in their infancy. Join us on a rollicking ride through
the entertainment room, down the road, over the
battlefield, through the mind, out in space, and into
the future, where science fiction becomes science


Thursday, June 23, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Monster Trucks.
Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the Monster
Truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob
Chandler, whose Bigfoot gave birth to the sport in a
cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the
behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to
breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and
Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes,
rattles, and rolls drivers experience; and meet the
men who race these mechanical mammoths in one of the
world's fastest-growing motorsports.

8-10pm -- Time Machine - 
February 1929: Al Capone takes on "Bugs" Moran in a
battle for Chicago's underworld. Then: a burst from a
Tommy gun and only one boss remained. Rare films and
recreations offer the inside dope on organized crime's
greatest mass murder. Narrated by Paul Sorvino.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Gadgets.
Close cousins to machines and tools, gadgets are
mechanical or electronic devices that make life a bit
easier. While they don't always fall into clear
categories, we know one when we see one. We'll view
the craziest, cleverest, and most brilliant gizmos,
meet the often-quirky gadgeteers, and glimpse gadgetry
of the future.


Friday, June 24, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullet Trains.
Traveling between 135 and 190 miles per hour with an
astonishingly high safety record, bullet trains can be
found throughout Europe, Japan, and on the U.S.
eastern seaboard. How high-speed trains are propelled
is rooted in fundamentals that haven't changed since
the first electric trolleys appeared in the 19th
century. We see how scientists are looking at new
alternatives to electricity, including magnetic
levitation that can move passenger trains 345 miles
per hour and beyond!

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - June 24-30.
In Moscow, during a victory parade, more than 200
captured Nazi banners are ceremonially dragged across
a rain-soaked Red Square and thrown to the ground in
front of Lenin's tomb to the rumble of hundreds of
drums. British bombers destroy the bridge over the
River Kwai that the Japanese, using extreme cruelty,
had forced weak and suffering Allied POWs to build. A
Chinese envoy is the first of 50 delegates to sign the
charter of the newly-formed United Nations. And as the
bitter campaign in the Philippines drags on, President
Truman approves a plan to invade mainland Japan.
Five-million troops, mainly American, will take part.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - Benelli M4 Shotgun/1st Air Cav
in Vietnam/Germany's WWII ME-163 Komet & Kubelwagen:
Host R. Lee Ermey shows off what he does best--shoot
stuff! The Gunny's weapon of choice this week is the
Marine Corps' brand new military shotgun, the Benelli
M4. Then, in tribute to a fallen hero, Lee profiles
Sergeant 1st Class Paul Smith, the first Medal of
Honor recipient during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Next,
Lee takes us back to the Vietnam War for a blow by
blow description of the Battle of Ia Drang, the first
major battle of the war. Ia Drang was the debut for
the First Air Cavalry and the beginning of a long
history of fighting wars with helicopter gun ships.
And in a grudging tribute to German engineering, the
Gunny turns back the clock to show viewers the ME-163
Komet, the first rocket-powered fighter plane. And he
gets behind the wheel of a vintage Kubelwagen, the
Porsche-designed German version of a WWII Jeep, and
takes it for a spin.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Grenades/.30 Caliber Machine
Gun/Flyer 21/Shrapnel/D-Day Paratrooper Gear/Jetpacks:
Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey reads viewers'
questions about the armed forces on air and then sends
them out to military experts in the field for answers
and brief demonstrations. In this episode, we learn
how grenade launchers work; how a .30 caliber machine
gun compares to a .50 cal; watch Ermey behind the
wheel of a Flyer 21--part dune buggy and part
heavily-armed Jeep; and discover the origin of the
word shrapnel, what gear was unique to D-Day
paratroopers, and if the military ever used jetpacks.

10-12am -- Modern Marvels - Greatest Movies Gadgets.
Cars that fly and drive themselves. Spiffy spy tools
that see under doors and through walls. Water
"Harleys" that fly above and below the surface. Only
in the movies, right? Hollywood may have dreamt these
things up, but regular guys are making them for real
as we see in a 2-hour special combining clips of
recent blockbusters and hilarious old movie serials,
along with a look at real-life creations, including
intelligence-gathering "insects" and undersea robots.
Gadgets lovers beware your bank accounts!


Saturday, June 25, 2005

3-4pm -- Wild West Tech: Freak Show Tech.
repeated from Tuesday, June 21

7-8pm -- Automaniac - Moonshine Cars.
Ride along as we relate the racy history of the cars
that were run for bragging rights on Sunday
afternoons...and the men who trusted those same cars
with their lives come Sunday night. It's a story about
searching for any edge...boring a block, milling a
head, boosting the springs--anything to gain an
advantage over the hated federal revenuers. We'll
learn tricks of the trade--such as the "bootlegger
turn"--and see how model after model of Detroit's
finest were made better by back-road innovation. We'll
see how moving "shine" created a whole new breed of
automobile that ushered in stockcar racing and led to
the birth of today's NASCAR.

8-10pm -- The French Revolution - 
18th-century France was the world's wealthiest nation
with the most powerful king, best-educated population,
and strongest army in Europe. But it also boasted an
exploding national debt (partly due to the King's
support of the American Revolution) and an
increasingly restless middle and lower class. On July
14, 1789, the festering boil of discontent erupted
when a ragtag mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille,
seizing arms and gunpowder and instituting a decade of
revolutionary ideals and a murderous cycle of carnage.
The French Revolution shook the very foundations of
monarchy, destroyed the last vestiges of feudalism,
and planted the seeds of modern politics, diplomacy,
and nationalism. Travel back to the heady days of the
guillotine and meet the rebels and rebelled against,
including Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI, Maximilien
Robespierre, Jean-Paul Marat, Georges Danton, and
Charlotte Corday.

10-11pm -- 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.


Sunday, June 26, 2005

7-8pm -- Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters - 
An investigation into one of the 20th century's most
shocking hidden stories--the dismal failure of the
Soviet space program, which led to more than 150
recorded deaths. Much has come to light from
declassified files. We see how personal rivalries,
shifting political alliances, and bureaucratic
bungling doomed the program.

8-10pm -- Siberia: How the East Was Won - 
While a neophyte United States expanded west, Russia
conquered an inhospitable territory to its
east--Siberia, a vast land of majestic beauty and
abundant natural resources. This is the little-known
story of how the east was won, Russian-style--from
settlement by ancestors of North America's indigenous
people; 16th-century Cossack invasion; the 1890s, when
the Trans-Siberian Railroad enabled convict labor;
Communism's arrival in 1917; and the rush to develop
heavy industry. And when the Iron Curtain finally
fell, capitalism arrived--accompanied by crime, drugs,
prostitution, abandoned children, and AIDS. Yet our
2-hour special reveals Siberia's sense of hope and
promise. Buried deep beneath Siberia's frozen soil
lies oil--and Siberia has sprouted dozens of Wild East
Towns to exploit it!

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Caesar: Conqueror of Gaul.
In 58 BC, the Roman general and statesman Julius
Caesar pushed north from Rome into the wild and unruly
lands of the barbarians (current-day France), and in
less than eight years, extended the border of the
Roman Republic's territories as far west as the
Atlantic, even making raids and incursions into
Britain. The key element to Caesar's victory in Europe
lay not in the superiority of the Roman war
machine--the Gallic cavalry, horseman to horseman, was
probably far superior to the Roman legions. Rome's
military superiority derived from mastery of strategy,
tactics, discipline, and military engineering. And
there was no master of strategy greater than Julius
Caesar. According to Plutarch, Caesar's campaign
resulted in 800 conquered cities, 300 subdued tribes,
a million slaves, and 3-million dead on the
battlefield--all this, not to mention becoming First
Man in Rome.


Monday, June 27, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Landmines.
A major battlefield weapon since the American Civil
War and the stuff of nightmares ever since, the
civilian toll from landmines remains immense.
Inflicted by an enemy that can't be seen, landmines
are littered throughout 64 countries, making life a
game of Russian roulette for two-thirds of the world's
poorest nations. Featuring an interview with Jerry
White, co-founder of Landmine Survivor's Network, who
lost a leg due to a landmine in Israel.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - The Day after Roswell.
Delve into the aftermath and repercussions of the 1947
Roswell incident, when many believe an alien
spacecraft crashed in New Mexico. Based on The Day
after Roswell by Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso and William
Birnes, we explore if technologies like the laser,
fiber optics, the integrated circuit, super-strong
fibers, and night vision were developed with the aid
of aliens. Career officer Corso claims his first alien
encounter came on July 6, `47, while on late-night
security rounds at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where he saw
bodies of EBEs (extraterrestrial biological entities)
inside shipping crates. In 1961, as Chief of Foreign
Technology in the Army's department of Research and
Development, his job included analyzing alien
technology from Roswell, then introducing it into
America's technological mainstream--thus,
reverse-engineering alien artifacts. And we talk to
many scientists involved at the time, who credit hard
work, not alien contact, with these technological

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Holy Grail.
For all its fame, the Holy Grail remains shrouded in
mystery. What exactly was it? Could it have survived
to this day? Why has it inspired so many treasure
seekers? To Christians, it is the holiest of objects,
the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper,
also believed to be the chalice that Joseph of
Arimathea used to catch Christ's blood as he died on
the cross. Though now thought of as a goblet, the
actual word "grail" comes to us from the Latin word
gradalis--a flat dish or shallow vessel brought to the
table during various courses of a meal. The story
itself did not originate until medieval times, when it
helped inflame the Crusaders' quest. Host and
adventurer Josh Bernstein follows the Grail's trail
from Holy Land to medieval French castles to a dark
chapter in the Nazi saga, when Hitler financed a
search for the Grail to unite a secret society of
knights. On the way, Josh learns its true meaning and

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - U-Boat Mystery.
Wick, Scotland, February 16, 1945--Allied convoy
escorts sink a type-VIIC U-boat in the Moray Firth.
But which U-boat is it? Exploring the unidentified
U-boat wreck just recently discovered, we have the
chance to finally determine the identities of the 50
sailors aboard and bring closure to the story. Join
our intrepid deep-sea detectives as they use
cutting-edge technology to make a wreck "tell its


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Combat Training.
Sign up at the ultimate survival school, where
soldiers learn to kill or be killed, and learn how
21st-century warriors are training today for the
battlefields of tomorrow. We follow combat training
throughout history, reviewing survival skills and
psychological tools--from ancient Rome to World Wars
One and Two--and learn how modern training is enhanced
by advanced technology and computer simulation.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - New UFO Revelations: The Gray's
According to ufologists, the Grays--beings from
another world--abduct humans, implant devices, and
conduct reproductive experiments. The most "familiar"
aliens, we see their images in every media. What do
they want? Where are they from? Do alien life forms
kidnap humans in order to replicate their dying race?
Is our government in collusion with extraterrestrials
in exchange for advanced technology? Hundreds of
eyewitnesses swear they encountered aliens and dozens
claim they have actual physical proof. To test their
claims and sift fact from fiction, we conduct a
hypnotic regression in which abductees relive shocking
alien encounters, witness surgery to remove a foreign
object, and sweep the night sky looking for possible
alien-inhabited planets. So join us as we go in search
of the Grays and their alien agenda.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Slot Buster.
Ron Harris worked for the Nevada Gaming Control Board
but became disillusioned with the NGCB's lax attitude
towards criminals he worked so hard to capture. He
began reprogramming computer chips in slot machines
the Board asked him to test and then directed
accomplices to the rigged machines to collect the
cash. As the winnings accumulated, Harris set his
sights on the "random" number generator in the keno
game. His plan? To create a program to replicate the
"pattern" of a given keno board--a program that could
take a series of winning numbers, decipher the code,
and predict the next set of "random" winning numbers.
Using a network of cell phones, calculators, and a
laptop, Harris and partner John O'Connor meticulously
prepare to beat the system for millions. But will it

10-11pm -- 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


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

10-11am -- Wild West Tech: Hunting Tech.
The Wild West was a vast and bountiful frontier, filled with animals, fur … and opportunity. The men who kept up with the latest advances in technology had a big advantage as they tried to tame the West. Whether it was a change in beaver trap production, a new method of making skinning knives, or increases in the power and accuracy of buffalo rifles, the tools of the hunter shaped the story of the West. On WILD WEST TECH: HUNTING TECH, we look at the evolution of hunting tools and weapons, and how advances in technology made the unthinkable -- the near-extinction of the bison -- a reality. TVPG
All 3 episodes repeated in 6 hours, 4pm-7pm

11-12pm -- Wild West Tech:Disaster Tech.
The frontier was full of rivers that needed taming and mountains begging to be blasted--and our forebears hoisted a hefty bag of tools to help them do it all. But of course, no one expected a frontier so dangerous--or so tempting! Trains, ships, towns--nothing could stop our expansion, until those technological monsters started biting back. Even then, we didn't always learn, and sometimes, it took massive disasters to teach us some very tough lessons. In this episode, we'll see how man's folly, pride, and stupidity led to some of the Wild West's worst catastrophes. TVPG   
12-1pm -- Wild West Tech: Train Tech.
Nothing affected settlement of the American West more than construction of the transcontinental railway that connected the Wild West to the civilized East. We spotlight tools as well as techniques used to build tracks, bridges, and tunnels through mountains of solid granite. We also explore technology developed to make trains less vulnerable to bandits and train wrecks--better tracks and rails, arming mechanics with guns, and use of the telegraph as a warning system. Keith Carradine narrates. TVPG  

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.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - New UFO Revelations: Cattle
A rancher's nightmare, the mysterious murder of
livestock has plagued farmlands worldwide for
generations. Commonly known as cattle mutilations,
these bizarre deaths happen to horses, goats, sheep,
rabbits, and others, though the most frequent victims
are cattle. Most often, udders, ears, tongues, and
eyes are somehow surgically removed from the animal
without spilling a drop of blood! We explore the
prevailing belief that extraterrestrial beings bear
responsibility for these grotesque, bloodless
slaughters. Alien presence provides an explanation for
the manner of killings and the ability to perform the
delicate operation so consistently and so precisely.
Viewers will watch an actual field investigation
unfold as we delve into the history of the cattle
mutilation phenomenon and its connection to UFOs.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Edison Tech.
He was the father of the future...electric lights,
power systems, motion pictures, recorded sound--even
the tattoo pen. Life as we know it would be
inconceivable without the prodigious output of the
Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Alva Edison. His intense
focus on his work came with a hefty personal price,
but his reward was a world forever changed by his
genius. Years after his death, Edison's effect is
seen, heard, and felt everywhere. We follow
descendants of his motion-picture camera to the tops
of Earth's highest mountains, to the bottoms of its
deepest oceans, and even into outer space. We track
his innovations in recorded sound to CDs, iPods,
sophisticated movie sound, and satellite radio. And we
illuminate his world of electric light, powering the
world and turning night into day. Along the way, we
discover a little Edison in corners of modern life
less well-known and even look at his failures. From
the Internet to the stock market to pay-per-view; the
Wizard is everywhere. 

10-11pm -- Automaniac - Death Cars.
Ever since the first automobile rolled off the
assembly line, cars have been an exciting part of
life. But all too often, they've been associated with
death. This episode explores some of the most infamous
demises brought about by automobiles. From James Dean,
who died in his Porsche Spyder, nicknamed "The Little
Bastard", in September 1955, to sex-goddess Jayne
Mansfield, killed a decade later in her Buick Electra,
to comedian Sam Kinison, who perished when drunken
teenagers smashed into his Pontiac Trans Am, we recall
stars and the cars they drove on the deadly highways
of America.


Thursday, June 30, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Strategic Air Command.
With the ironic motto "Peace is our Profession", the
Strategic Air Command was in charge of US nuclear
forces from 1946 to 1992. SAC was the ultimate Cold
War military machine, at its height controlling
thousands of nuclear weapons, planes, and missiles,
and boasting over a quarter-million personnel. We
travel to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, located
20 miles from SAC's old headquarters in Nebraska, and
walk through the cavernous bomb bay of SAC's
workhorse, the B-52 Bomber.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - New UFO Revelations: China's
Legends from China tell of 716 mysterious stone discs,
known as "The Dropa Stones". Some believe the stones
hold secrets about ancient contact with
extraterrestrials. Discovered in a cave in 1938, each
12" disc contains a double spiral of tiny hieroglyphs
that are said to contain the historical record of an
alien race called the Dropa that crash-landed in an
isolated region of China 12,000 years ago. The story
of the Dropa Stones is an amazing tale filled with
mystery, deceit, and conspiracy, and today, skeptics
and true believers wage an ongoing battle over what
they are, what they mean, and if they even exist at
all. Regardless, the Dropa Stones continue to consume
the imaginations of scientists, journalists,
historians, UFO buffs, and stargazers in general.

9-10pm -- UFO Files - Roswell: Final Declassification.
In 1947, a strange object fell from the sky near
Roswell, New Mexico, and controversy brewed over what
it really was. In November 2001, we convened a team of
experts at the National Archives for an exclusive
first look at the top-secret government files of the
UFO incident. We unveil the remaining classified
files--11 boxes with 17 notebooks of declassified
files, photos, transcripts and audiotapes of dozens of
witnesses, and 22 films and videos--in a definitive
statement on the 50-year-old mystery.

10-11pm -- 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.


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