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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

6-8pm -- Breaking Vegas - 
They were "Whales"--the highest of high rollers.
Treated like royalty by casinos worldwide, they won
millions throughout the early to mid-1990s. And nobody
had a clue that they were MIT students, part of an
underground blackjack team--card counters who used
mathematical wizardry to win. In this 2-hour special,
we chronicle the true story of the rise and fall of
the MIT Blackjack Team, featuring interviews with Ben
Mezrich, author of Bringing Down the House, casino
executives, security experts, and actual members of
the team.

8-9pm -- Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond - 
As we delve further into the provocative theory that a
cryptogram exists in the Bible outlining past and
future events, we learn how the Code works from
supporters and examine supposed examples of precise
messages. And we hear from critics who present
compelling arguments that the Code is merely a
statistical anomaly. We uncover how military and
intelligence organizations interact with the Code, and
compare it with other sources of biblical prophecy.

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 -- 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


Wednesday, March 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Plumbing: The Arteries of
Each day, billions of gallons of water flow through
cities into homes and back out again in a confusing
mess of pipes, pumps, and fixtures. The history of
plumbing is a tale crucial to our survival--supplying
ourselves with fresh water and disposing of human
waste. From ancient solutions to the future, we'll
plumb plumbing's depths.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Ice Road Truckers.
During the harsh winter of Canada's Northwest
Territory, remote villages and work camps are cut off
from the world. To keep them supplied, a tenacious
group of long-haul truckers drive their rigs over
hundreds of miles on ice roads cut across the surface
of frozen lakes. Sometimes the ice cannot support the
heavy rig, and driver and cargo plunge through the ice
and sink to the bottom. Hitch a risky ride along with
the Ice Road Truckers as they drive headlong into
bone-chilling danger.

10-11pm -- Full Throttle - 1967 VW Beetle.
Fasten your seatbelts as we head to the dragstrip in
popular cars of the past that have been revamped into
fine-tuned machines by two teams--each given the same
model of car in similar disrepair. We supply them with
garages, tools, and parts--and just two days before
they 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, we turn "The
Peoples' Car" into a Quarter-Mile Drag Racer by
ripping out the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle's original
4-cylinder motor and replacing it with a powerful
racing engine and transmission.


Thursday, March 3, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Titanic Tech.
Welcome aboard the luxury liner Titanic, the world's
largest ship and pride of the White Star Line.
Watertight compartments and a steel-plated hull render
it all but unsinkable. Nearly every technological
breakthrough of the previous 50 years is employed
onboard, providing comfort and safety for passengers
and crew. But none of this will matter on April 15,
1912, when the ship bears down on an iceberg on her
maiden voyage, sinking within hours with more than
1,500 lives lost. Learn the details of her
construction and how the achievements of technology
may have masked her vulnerabilities.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 10.
Disasters investigated include: the 1984 Union Carbide
debacle in Bhopal, India, where a toxic chemical
release killed 3,800 people and left 11,000 with
disabling respiratory ailments; and the 2003 sudden
collapse of a 10-story parking garage at the Tropicana
in Atlantic City, New Jersey that killed four and
injured 20. We find out why a series of structures in
Hutchinson, Kansas mysteriously caught fire and
exploded in 2001; and examine the 1933 construction of
a canal ordered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that
later proved to be nearly useless and cost many lives.
And we get to the bottom of a maritime mystery, when a
tanker carrying non-explosive materials in San
Francisco Bay blew up in 1983.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 11.
Join us for look into five engineering disasters... A
dangerous cloud of gas explodes into Cleveland's worst
fiery industrial disaster in 1944, killing 128 people.
A dance competition turns deadly at the new Kansas
City Hyatt in 1981, when a skywalk gives way and kills
114. In 1995, neighbors gaped at the spectacle of a
$1.5-million San Francisco Bay area mansion breaking
into bits as it fell into a massive sinkhole during a
rainstorm. In 1931, one of the worst "natural"
disasters ever occurred in the Yangtze River basin
when six huge flood waves swept down the river
destroying the insufficient dams and levees and
killing at least 145,000 people. The "miracle mineral"
that the U.S. was built upon turns out to be an
invisible killer--an estimated 10,000 people die each
year from asbestos-related diseases.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 14.
In this hour, we examine a massive oil tanker
explosion that killed nine; a subway tunnel cave-in
that swallowed part of Hollywood Boulevard; a
freighter plane crash that destroyed an 11-story
apartment building; an historic molasses flash flood;
and a freeway ramp collapse that buried construction
workers in rubble and concrete. Investigators from
NTSB, Cal/OSHA, and Boeing, structural and
geo-technical engineers, and historians explain how so
much could have gone wrong, costing so many lives. And
aided by computer graphics, footage and photos of the
disasters, and visits to the locations today, we show
viewers what caused these catastrophes and what design
experts have done to make sure they never happen


Friday, March 4, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Machu Picchu.
The engineering marvel Machu Picchu sits perched on a
ridge in the Peruvian Andes. Originally built by the
Incas, this magnificent structure remains a mystery.
Was it an observatory? Pleasure retreat? Fortress?
This program presents the most current theories.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 4-10.
As we explore the high and low points of the march to
war's end, we paint a comprehensive step-by-step
account of the crucial decisions and personalities
that culminated in Allied victory. In this episode,
Operation Lumberjack, the assault into the Rhineland
by General Bradley's U.S. 12th Army Group, is in full
swing. In Berlin, Hitler announces that all males born
in 1929 must be conscripted for military service. To
the south, Patton's lead armored division has
progressed over 40 miles, taking 5,000 German
prisoners. And Allied Supreme Commander Dwight
Eisenhower now must decide where to make his main
crossing of the Rhine. In the Pacific, U.S. firestorms
torch Japan's capital city.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - # 66.
Decked out as a Roman legionnaire, R. Lee Ermey gets
down and dirty with the Ballista--a 2,000-year-old
spear-thrower that still packs quite a punch as Lee
discovers when he takes out the "enemy"--an
8-foot-high inflatable teddy bear! He also gets
trigger time with the Pedersen Device--a WWI-era gizmo
that turned old single-shot Springfield rifles into
automatic weapons. After decimating a few watermelons,
Lee examines up-armoring--getting armor protection for
thin-skinned Humvees currently fighting in Iraq--and
checks out the Rhino PAK (Portable Armor Kit), which
can turn a vulnerable vehicle into an armored
transport. Then, Lee rides on the first single-wing
aircraft (monoplane) to get a shot off in WWII's
Pacific Theater--the Peashooter--and recounts the
landmark plane's history. Finally, Lee strolls down
memory lane, sharing sentimental moments he's enjoyed
with his beloved Jeep!

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Grease Gun/Sten Gun/E-3
Sentry Awacs/J-Stars/Vietnam Fire Support
Bases/"Charlie": #43. 
R. Lee Ermey demonstrates the WWII American M3
submachine gun, a.k.a. the Grease Gun, and a similar
British gun, the Sten Gun; takes viewers inside the
E-3 Sentry early warning and control system--a
high-tech aerial command and control center--and
J-Stars, similar to AWACS, but linked to an Army
command center housed in a Humvee; finds out how U.S.
fire support bases were constructed in Vietnam and
their use, and how the slang term "Charlie" entered GI

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Manhattan Project.
At 5:30 a.m., July 16, 1945, scientists and
dignitaries awaited the detonation of the first atomic
bomb in a desolate area of the New Mexico desert aptly
known as "Jornada del Muerto" (Journey of Death).
Dubbed the Manhattan Project, the top-secret
undertaking was tackled with unprecedented speed and
expense--almost $30-billion in today's money. Los
Alamos scientists and engineers relate their trials,
triumphs, and dark doubts about building the ultimate
weapon of war in the interest of peace.


Saturday, March 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - Area 51.
Each day, they board unmarked 747s at a private
section of Las Vegas's McCarren Airport for
unscheduled flights to a base that doesn't officially
exist to work on projects so hush-hush they can't even
discuss them with their families. Welcome to Area 51!
Born in the Cold War along with flying saucers and
bomb shelters, Area 51 (aka Groom Lake or Dreamland)
became the Air Force's strategic test site for
top-secret planes and the mysterious Aurora
Project--and a symbol of the nefarious
military-industrial-intelligence complex. We interview
Phil Patton, author of Dreamland: Travels inside the
Secret World of Area 51 for an account of the "black
projects", and visit the tiny town of Rachel, which
borders the top-secret base, for a look into
mysterious deaths of base workers. 

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - Reach for the
Stars: Galileo's Trial and the First Space Flight.
The history of science is a story of conquest, not
just of nature but of men's minds. One couldn't happen
without the other. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin
took a step no human had ever taken--from Earth into
outer space, a culmination of decades of technological
development and over 300 years of groundbreaking
scientific thought. Generations of great minds paved
his way, but one stood above of all others--not just
for his work, but for personal sacrifice. Exactly 328
years earlier, on April 12, 1633, Galileo Galilei
stood trial for suspicion of heresy. His crime?
Suggesting the Sun and not Earth was the center of the
universe--a monstrous affront to the Catholic Church's
teachings. Under threat of torture, he publicly
recanted, receiving a sentence of house arrest for
life. His book, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief
Systems of the World--Ptolemaic and Copernican, was
banned for over 200 years.

9-11pm -- The Little Big Horn: The Untold Story - 
We'll look with fresh eyes at the infamous battle,
using over two decades of research by Dr. Herman J.
Viola, Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian
Institution, whose close friendship with Dr. Joseph
Medicine Crow, grandson of one of Custer's six Crow
scouts, afforded him unique access to the
Native-American community's insights.


Sunday, March 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Founding Mothers with Cokie Roberts - 
Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers, sheds light
on female contributions to the American Revolution,
revealing stirring stories about those who helped
raise our nation. As Abigail Adams told husband John:
"All history and every age exhibit instances of
patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering
our situation equals the most heroic of yours." With
the men away, women defended homes, raised children,
managed businesses, and provided political advice. But
not all were patriotic--like Margaret (Peggy) Shippen
Arnold, Benedict's wife. Promised freedom, many slaves
fought for the British, though in 1781, a slave called
Mumbett sued for freedom and won! This founding
mother, who took the name Elizabeth Freeman, set a
precedent that led to Massachusetts' abolition of
slavery. And we examine the role of camp followers and
the few women that actually fought, like Deborah
Sampson who enlisted in the Continental Army under her
dead brother's name.

8-9:30pm -- First Flight around the World - 
Strap yourself into the cockpit and fly along with
daring U.S. airmen as they attempt the impossible and
change the course of aviation history. Today, few know
about the first flight around the world or the men who
flew it, though it remains one of aviation's most
important milestones. Three years before Lindbergh's
transatlantic flight, eight U.S. aviators boarded four
Douglas World Cruisers in a race with five other
countries to complete the first around-the-world
flight. It was an odyssey that ended 175 days later
when two U.S. biplanes and four crewmen became the
first to circumnavigate Earth by air. Join us as we
chronicle the amazing adventure through the pilots'
firsthand accounts, reenactments using similar planes,
archival footage, and 3D graphics.

9:30-10pm -- Great Blunders in History - The Spruce
In a look at some of history's greatest design blunders, 
we examine Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose and the Bristol
Brabazon. Hailed as the largest and quietest flying
boat and largest airliner in the world, both lumbering
giants creaked into the air, suffering from design
blunders and outdated technology.

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - 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
Joe Bob's review of Fire In The Sky


Monday, March 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Police Technology.
When police forces were born in the 1800s, British
"bobbies" made due with a billy club. Public wariness
and institutional resistance to change held back
technological advances for much of the 20th century.
But in the last decades, police have been swept up in
a technological revolution that has transformed nearly
all aspects of crime fighting.

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"
alien, 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 -- Digging for the Truth - Passage to the Maya
The Maya of Central America were the greatest pyramid
builders of the ancient world. The Egyptians built
less than a 100 pyramids--the Maya built thousands.
But what was the significance of these towering
structures? Determined to solve the meaning of the
Mayan pyramids, host and explorer Josh Bernstein sets
out on a remarkable journey that takes him from the
great Mayan cities of Southern Mexico to the
hinterland of Guatemala. Josh explores ancient tombs,
dives in flooded caverns, and shoots whitewater
rapids. Finally, he reaches a secret place in the high
jungle of Guatemala where a mountain, a cave, and a
river converge. It's here, according to the Maya, that
the world was born, and it's this mystical place upon
which all Mayan pyramids are modeled.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Japanese Sub at Pearl
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a move of
unprecedented aggression that shook the U.S. out of
its peaceful slumber and into WWII. But for 60 years,
veterans of the destroyer USS Ward claimed they sank
an enemy submarine outside the harbor more than an
hour before the aerial attack began. The wreck was
never found, and the story was dismissed. In August
2002, a dive team crossed its path and their find made
headlines worldwide. We travel to Pearl Harbor to
investigate the midget sub mystery. 


Tuesday, March 8, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Surveillance Tech.
In the world of surveillance, Big Brother is not only
watching, he's also listening, analyzing, recording,
scanning, and tracking every aspect of our lives. And
with advanced surveillance technology, there's
virtually no place to hide. We'll examine some of the
most important and potentially terrifying equipment
the world has ever seen...or rather, not
this thriving surveillance revolution. We check out
parabolic microphones that pick up conversations a
mile a way, cameras that learn what and who to
photograph, RadarVision that "sees through walls", and
Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). And we explore the
mind-bending future of surveillance technology, while,
of course, reviewing its surprising history.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Deadwood Tech.
Touted as one of the "liveliest and peculiar places
west of the Mississippi", in Deadwood, speculators,
misfits, and cold-blooded killers came together to
stake their claim. Located in South Dakota's Black
Hills, in this raunchy, rip-roaring town, primitive
technology met bold innovations, commerce and
corruption collided, and shootouts were as common as
the filth that filled the streets. We examine the
good, bad, and ugly technologies of the last and
richest gold-rush town, including stagecoaches and
stagecoach robberies; bull whacking and bull trains;
gold counterfeiting; saw mills; smelter and cyanide
mills; electric marquees; and mortuary science. And we
feature forensic analysis of Wild Bill Hickok's death,
and say howdy to a few of Deadwood's other famous
characters like Calamity Jane.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Professor Blackjack.
In 1961, lifelong gambler Manny Kimmel, a "connected"
New York businessman, read an article by MIT math
professor Ed Thorp claiming that anyone could make a
fortune at blackjack by using math theory to count
cards. The mob-connected sharpie offered the young
professor a deal: he would put up the money, if Thorp
would put his theory to action and card-count their
way to millions. From Thorp's initial research to the
partnership's explosive effect on the blackjack
landscape, this episode boasts fascinating facts about
the game's history, colorful interviews (including
with Thorp), and archival footage that evokes the
timeless allure and excitement of the thriving casinos
in the early `60s.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - High Tech Sex.
Join us for a walk on the wild side of the history of
sexual enhancement and contraception--from Cleopatra's
box of buzzing bees to 17th-century condoms to
Internet sex and 21st-century holographic pornography!
In an explicit exploration of the aphrodisiacs, drugs,
contraceptives, toys, and cyber-tech innovations that
have ushered in a brave new world of modern sexuality,
we talk to sexologists and historians for ribald romp
behind the bedroom's closed doors.


Wednesday, March 9, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - SWAT.
Special weapons and tactics (SWAT) originated in the
mid-1960s after several sniping incidents against
civilians and police officers nationwide, particularly
in Los Angeles during and after the Watts Riots. But
on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman changed the face of
police tactics forever, when he randomly killed dozens
of people using a high-powered rifle from atop the
University of Texas clock tower. We explore the
origins, tools, and dramatic stories of LA, Austin,
and St. Louis SWAT units.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature's Engineers.
Towering skyscrapers buzzing with life, intricate
tunnels connecting entire communities, mighty dams
that tame the wildest rivers--this is construction
animal style! Take a walk on the wild side as we
investigate common creatures seemingly designed to
alter their habitat and remake the world. Our ability
to learn and capacity for abstract thought may
separate us from beavers, honeybees, birds, termites,
and spiders, but these engineers of nature remind us
that we're merely the latest in a long line.

9-10pm -- 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!

10-11pm -- 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!


Thursday, March 10, 2005

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

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


Friday, March 11, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bunkers.
From the earliest bunkers of WWI through the
ultra-futuristic ones of tomorrow's wars, we trace the
story of defensive fortifications. In the constant
struggle to hold off ever more potent forms of attack,
bunkers function in a variety of forms. Three mammoth
block structures comprise a submarine bunker at
Lorient, France, able to house 20 subs. We visit
Churchill's Cabinet War Room and Hitler's Berlin
bunker, as well as backyard Cold War bunkers and those
that protect nuclear weapons themselves.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 11 - March 17.
Join us for a detailed, week by week look at the last
six months of World War Two. In this episode, we begin
in the Pacific Theater where American bombers continue
their assault on mainland Japan. The B-29s blitz and
the U.S. Air Force's new low-level bombing tactics
using incendiary bombs prove deadly for the Japanese.
General Curtis LeMay hopes to force a Japanese
surrender before American ground forces are scheduled
to invade the mainland. Meanwhile in Europe, the
Allies are closing in. With the Rhine breached, most
Nazis realize their days are numbered and the end is
inevitable. Hitler leaves the Reich Chancellery for
the last time, and 16-year-old Anne Frank succumbs to
typhus in the Belsen concentration camp.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - # 67.
Host R. Lee Ermey hits the road to give us an inside
look at one of the most secure and super-secret
facilities in the world--NORAD. Lee gets through tight
security to enter Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center,
America's eye in the sky where everything that flies
is monitored 24/7. During a tour of the Battle
Management Center, an incident of concern puts the
center on alert and we see how NORAD operates under
pressure. We also tour the Missile Command Center and
find out what keeps the 800 military personnel inside
on their toes. And Brigadier General Jim Hunter
unlocks the door for Lee to the most secret part of
Cheyenne Mountain--the Command Center, or what a lot
of people call the War Room. We see how the men and
women who work here monitor planes, missiles, and even
space junk to make sure North America stays safe. The
General and Lee talk about how NORAD's mission has
changed since September 11th and we get a sneak peak
at the new command center.
Joe Bob's review of WarGames with Col. David Hackworth

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - M-1 Garand Rifle/First
Assault Rifle/Jato/Golden Knights Parachute
Team/Barrage Balloons
R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about the M-1
Garand, the rifle General Patton called "the greatest
battle implement ever devised", and demonstrates the
world's first assault rifle, the German MP-44. He
takes to the sky to explain jet assisted take-off
(JATO); offers an eye-popping look at the stunts
performed by the Golden Knights, the Army's precision
freefall parachute team; explains how barrage balloons
protected London during the Blitz; and goes through
the alphabet--military style!

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Mosquito Attack!
During WWII, one airplane was equally at home at
30,000 feet on a reconnaissance mission as it was
skimming over treetops while taking the fight to the
enemy. With a speed of over 400 mph, the Mosquito was
so fast and maneuverable that Germany awarded pilots
two kills if they shot one down. Powered by two Rolls
Royce Merlin engines, its revolutionary leap of design
had no armor, no weapons, could carry the same bomb
load as a B-17, and was built entirely of wood! By
war's end, over 40 versions of this amazing aircraft
were in use. Fly into the heat of battle on one of
these wooden wonders--from bombing Berlin to flying at
10 feet against Gestapo prisons; from night fighter
against the Luftwaffe to pathfinder on D-Day.


Saturday, March 12, 2005

7-8pm -- Conspiracy? - 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

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - Caught Spies:
Gary Powers and the Rudolph Abel Spy Swap.
During the Cold War, a time of mistrust and suspicion
between East and West, espionage became the favorite
tactic to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Among the
Cold War spy stories, two days stand out--the shooting
down of America's top-secret U-2 spy plane over Russia
and the day the Soviet Union and the U.S. traded its
pilot, Francis Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph
Ivanovich Abel on Berlin's Glienicker Bridge. Based on
eyewitness accounts, this is a dramatized
reconstruction of events as they happened on these two
days that shook the world.

9-11pm -- The Lincoln Assassination - 
He is perhaps the most beloved president in American
history. But in his lifetime, Abraham Lincoln was
hated by so many that an envelope inside his desk
marked "Assassination" was stuffed with 100 morbid
letters. What led Lincoln to predict his own murder
and handsome actor John Wilkes Booth to kill him?


Sunday, March 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Ancient Monster Hunters - 
One-breasted female warriors; the one-eyed, man-eating
Cyclops; the ferocious griffin, part bird, part lion.
Were these creatures, celebrated by the ancient Greeks
and immortalized by Homer, something more than myth?
Join the hunt with some of today's leading
paleontologists as we explore newly-translated
evidence and examine remains that may link the Greek
classical age with Earth's prehistoric past. New data
suggests that the ancients searched for, excavated,
measured, and displayed massive fossils.
MonsterVision looks at Clash Of The Titans

8-10pm -- Cannibals - 
Steeped in controversy, human cannibalism both
fascinates and repulses. Many anthropologists argue
that cannibalism is an instinctive part of human
nature; that it was an institution in many ancient
cultures; that people will turn to cannibalism without
reservation in a survival situation; and that our very
bones are imprinted with evidence that we are
creatures who eat our own. Other experts vehemently
disagree, questioning eyewitness accounts and taking
issue with what archaeologists claim is hard
scientific evidence. This 2-hour special gets to the
heart of the debate by investigating both well-known
and little-known scenarios in which humans may have
resorted to eating other humans. 

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - Oklahoma City Bombing.
At 9:02 a.m., on April 19, 1995, a massive explosion
detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City, collapsing the 9-story
building and killing 168, 19 of them children, and
wounding more than 700. Convicted by the federal
government and executed in June 2001, Gulf War veteran
Timothy McVeigh claimed he acted alone. Yet, multiple
eyewitnesses identified McVeigh at ground zero with
unknown accomplices before and after the blast. The
original indictment charged McVeigh, Terry Nichols,
and "others unknown" with conspiracy and murder. Was
the bombing part of a greater pattern of Middle
East-sponsored terrorist attacks, including the 1993
World Trade Center attack, bombing of the Khobar
Towers and the USS Cole, and 9/11? Were homegrown
neo-Nazi militia groups involved? 
3000 Names


Monday, March 14, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Race Cars.
Today, race cars tear up the tracks at 300 mph.
Computers and space-age composite materials are as
much as part of racing as the drivers. They're fast,
they're thrilling, and they've gone high-tech. We'll
review the history of the innovations that led to
today's technological wonders.

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 -- Digging for the Truth - The Lost Tribe of
The mystery of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel has
fascinated people through the ages. Explorers claim to
have discovered evidence of the "lost tribes" all over
the world, from Australia to Siberia, but few if any
such claims have been backed up by solid evidence. But
now a provocative possibility about the whereabouts of
one of the tribes has emerged--and it's 4,000 miles
from Israel--in Southern Africa. Host and explorer
Josh Bernstein retraces the amazing journey that the
Lemba people claim they made centuries ago. It
stretches from the heart of modern South Africa to the
ancient stone cities of Zimbabwe...and then onto the
shores of the Mediterranean and the city of Jerusalem.
And the evidence for this journey is more than
anecdotal. As Josh discovers, recent DNA studies point
to the Lemba's true origin in the Middle East.

10-11pm -- Mummy: The Inside Story - 
In an incredible investigation that uncovers the
inside story of how the British Museum in London
resurrected an Egyptian mummy in cyberspace, we begin
in the museum basement and end where no one has gone
before. Egyptologist John Taylor and a team of virtual
reality experts from computer giant SGI transformed
the mummified body of Nesperennub--an ancient Egyptian
priest--into the world's first virtual mummy. From a
set of 1500 CAT scans, they created a 3-D model of the
mummy that could be "unwrapped" in the computer. The
stunning stereoscopic images reveal Nesperennub's body
in amazing clarity--and exactly like the embalmers
left it in 800 BC! By going under the wraps of
Nesperennub, we journey into the life and times of
this ancient Egyptian. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gasoline.
Traces the history and evolution of the world's most
important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life
would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million
gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could
not function without gas, very few understand what it
really is, how it is made, what all those different
octane numbers really mean, and how researchers
developed cleaner-burning gasoline. All these
questions will be answered as we look at the history
of this "supreme" fuel.

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 Gadget Gambler.
Keith Taft was the last person you'd imagine as a
Vegas cheat--a deeply religious Baptist, director of
church choirs, and family man. But in fact, a
serendipitous visit to a Reno casino transformed Taft
into a "mad scientist" obsessed with beating
blackjack, who even enlisted his children as
accomplices. A creative gadget genius, Taft built
everything from LED eyeglasses to handheld lasers that
could mark cards from 15 feet away. Join us for a
riotous ride with one of the unlikeliest of casino
cheats in the driver's seat as we reveal the raucous
trials, outrageous close calls, exhilarating triumphs,
and tumultuous ups and downs of this odd clan of Vegas

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Autobahn.
Imagine a superhighway designed for speed...thousands
of miles of roadway unhindered by limits of any kind.
Buckle up for safety as we take you for the ride of
your life when we explore the fascinating history and
current reality of the world's fastest freeway. The
number-one works project of the Third Reich, the
Autobahn was known as Adolf Hitler's Road until
Germany's defeat in WWII. Reconstructed and extended
to more than four times its original size, it became a
symbol of the New Germany.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil.
From the first well in Pennsylvania to the gushing
Spindletop and modern supertankers, the story of oil
is the story of civilization as we know it. We'll take
a look at the ingenious and outrageous men who risked
everything for "black gold" and unimaginable wealth.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Bombs.
Bombs...the most feared and powerful weapon in any
nation's arsenal. What began as incendiary devices in
the 7th century has evolved into weapons that can
literally blow the human race off the face of the
earth! From the use of diseased carcasses flung over
castle walls to Greek Fire to today's smart bombs, we
review the evolution of bombs.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Deadliest Weapons.
In this fiery hour, we profile five of the world's
deadliest weapons, focusing on the inventors, battles,
and dark technology behind their lethality. Beginning
with the deadliest bomb ever created, the Tsar
Bomba--a 50-megaton nuclear bomb--we move on to the
deadliest weapons ever used on people, the atomic
bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August
1945. During WWI, the machine gun led to the deaths of
over 8-million, and in WWII, the use of incendiary
bombs killed hundreds of thousands of people. Another
deadly invention of WWII was the proximity fuse, or VT
fuse, that allowed artillery to detonate within a
predetermined range of an enemy target. Finally, we
examine VX nerve gas--a deadly chemical agent used
twice by Saddam Hussein with devastating results--and
visit Edgewood Chemical BioCenter, where suspicious
items in the current war in Iraq are examined for
traces of VX.

10-11pm -- 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 we head 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


Thursday, March 17, 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)

8-10pm -- 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 -- Modern Marvels - Distilleries.
From water and mash...still...vat...barrel
and bottle--the distilling of alcoholic spirits is a
big business and near-sacred religion. Its acolytes
eye the color, swirl the glass, inhale the bouquet,
sip, then ponder their ambrosia. What's your pleasure?
Bourbon, Scotch, Rum, Gin, Vodka, or Tequila? We trace
the history of distilling from the one-man/one-still
tradition to the Voldstead Act of 1920 that devastated
American distilleries to the mega-sales and
high-volume distillery of today.


Friday, March 18, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Convertibles.
Topless, unobstructed--the convertible completely
transforms the driving experience and unlike any other
car, sets the driver free. During this face-paced
hour, experts highlight the history of the world's
most dynamic car design and the essential quality that
makes it so unique. From the very first convertible
design in 1915 to modern-day marvels of retractable
hardtops, we peer under the hoods to see why the
convertible remains the car that everybody wants, but
only a few are bold enough to own.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 18-24.
Under the command of Generals Montgomery, Bradley, and
Devers, Allied forces are poised to make their way
across the Rhine and head for Berlin. In the East,
German-occupied territories are collapsing under the
Red Army. It will be a race of men and egos from the
East and West to see who will reach the besieged city
of Berlin first. Meanwhile, in occupied Denmark,
Mosquito fighter-bombers from the RAF's Number 140
Wing head for the Danish Gestapo headquarters, where
many innocent civilians have been killed. In the
Pacific, fighting continues and U.S. forces invade the
Philippine Island of Panay. Join us for a week by
week, detailed look at the last six months of World
War II.

9-9:30pm -- Mail Call - Afghanistan: #68.
R. Lee Ermey returns to Afghanistan for a special hour
from Bagram Air Base devoted to the hard-charging
Marines stationed there. After an historical overview
of the role of the Marine Corps in Afghanistan, the
Gunny goes on foot patrol into the rural villages
surrounding Kabul. With his armed Marine Corps
escorts, the Gunny shows what it's like to gather
intelligence and promote goodwill among the Afghanis.
Next, Lee goes for a ride in the Ch-53 Super Stallion,
gets a little trigger time on a helicopter
gunship--the Cobra attack helicopter, and test drives
the Marine Corps' newest heavy duty truck, the MTVR.
Finally, Lee spends time with the lifeline for the
Marines in Afghanistan, the Medical Corpsman, and
finds out how they treat injuries on base and on the

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Bren Gun & Carrier/Special
Forces Final Exam/Beasts of Burden/Predator/1st RPV:
R. Lee Ermey rolls up to HQ toting a WWII light
machine gun, the Bren Gun, and rides in a "Tankette",
the armored vehicle that carried the Bren and its
2-man team. At the Army's Special Warfare Center and
School, he checks out "Operation Robin Sage", the
final exam--a 14-day "war" waged in North Carolina.
Lee learns that Green Berets are training to handle
pack beasts like camels and donkeys, and looks at the
leading remote-powered vehicle, the Predator, and the
first RPV, WWII's Weary Willy.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Edwards Air Force Base.
Examine the colorful history of the premier flight
test center, and America's most important aviation
facility for more than 60 years, Edwards Air Force
Base in California. Every single aircraft to enter the
Air Force's inventory has been put through its paces
at Edwards, along with many Navy and Army aircraft as
well. With unprecedented access to several forgotten
and abandoned facilities on the base, we are guided by
Richard Hallion, former chief historian for the U.S.
Air Force. Today, Edwards continues to push the
envelope. Among the many cutting-edge projects
currently being tested is the Airborne Laser, designed
to focus a basketball-sized spot of intense heat that
could destroy a ballistic missile.


Saturday, March 19, 2005

7-8pm -- Mothers of Invention - 
Hang gliders, brown paper bags, windshield wipers,
Barbie dolls, and liquid paper. What do they have in
common? They were all conceived of by women. From the
early 1800s when women weren't allowed to hold patents
to today, we review the extraordinary stories of
unrecognized women and their well-known inventions
that we just can't live without. Explore the
discoveries, accomplishments, and struggles of these
innovative trailblazers who happen to hail from the
distaff side of life.

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)


Sunday, March 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Days That Shook the World - Hoaxes: The First
Dinosaur and the Piltdown Man.
In September 1824, amateur geologist Dr. Gideon
Mantell first identified the bones of an ancient,
plant-eating, giant reptile--what will later be called
a "Dinosaur". And 130 years later, a similarly
enthusiastic amateur threw the world of archaeology
into disrepute. 40 years earlier, Charles Dawson, a
solicitor and amateur antiquarian, announced the
discovery of remains from the earliest known human
being. "Piltdown Man" was heralded as the "missing
link" between ape and man, proof of Darwin's theory of
evolution. But the bones were in fact a cleverly
constructed forgery. Features interviews with Drs. Joe
Weiner and Kenneth Oakley, who revealed in 1953 that
the Piltdown Man was an elaborate hoax.

8-9pm -- The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon - 
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked
within the Bible that outlines past and future events?
Does the Code contain hidden messages about people
such as Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key world
events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers'
assassinations, and 9/11? More frightening are
references to future events--including Earth's
impending end. We take a balanced look through the
eyes of Code supporters and critics and let viewers
determine its accuracy in predicting the future.

9-10pm -- Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond - 
As we delve further into the provocative theory that a
cryptogram exists in the Bible outlining past and
future events, we learn how the Code works from
supporters and examine supposed examples of precise
messages. And we hear from critics who present
compelling arguments that the Code is merely a
statistical anomaly. We uncover how military and
intelligence organizations interact with the Code, and
compare it with other sources of biblical prophecy.

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.


Monday, March 21, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Private Jets, Part 1.
From today's ultra chic, state-of-the-art private jets
to Lockheed's 1957 Jetstar, this 2-part special
investigates the history, the luxury, and technology
of America's corporate jets. We meet a few of the men
and women who pioneered them--Bill Lear, Clyde Cessna
and his nephews, Walter and Olive Beech.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Secrets of the Nazca
Etched into the driest desert in the world, the
mysterious lines and figures of Nazca in Southern Peru
are invisible from the ground. Thought to have been
made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200
BC and 600 AD, in fact, these huge drawings were not
discovered until the 1930s--and only then by
commercial airline pilots who happened to over-fly
them. Ever since, they have intrigued the world. Who
built them, and why? Host, explorer, and survival
expert Josh Bernstein takes on the secrets of the
Nazca Lines, while flying micro-lites and powered
para-gliders, clambering through thousand-year old
irrigation tunnels, and even recreating rituals with
contemporary Native Americans. 

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - U-Boats in the Gulf!
In Summer 1942, with the U.S. at war in Europe and the
Pacific, few Americans knew that the war raged in
their own backyard. Dozens of Hitler's U-boats had
penetrated the Gulf of Mexico, sinking merchant
vessels and oil tankers. Of all the U-boats that
attacked the Gulf, only one rests at the bottom of the
sea--the U-166. Experience the excitement of the first
thorough investigation into the wreckage since
discovery in 2001 and learn of the technological
advances that made its identification possible.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Private Jets, Part 2.
Viewers learn what it takes to buy a previously-owned
jet, and we travel to Dallas to visit the Associated
Air Center, a company that creates very high-end,
lavish jet interiors. We also review the latest in kit
jets, and look into the new must-have of the super
rich--personal jets the size of commercial airliners.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - The Road West.
During the 1800s, the road west in America was a
dangerous path into the unknown. As pioneers headed
toward a new life, they faced unpredictable weather,
uneven trails, and sometimes unforgiving Native
Americans. Remarkable feats of engineering, such as
blasting mile-long tunnels or building a bridge to
span 300 feet across a mighty river, helped tame the
frontier. Host David Carradine discovers the amazing
advances made by settlers and the technology they used
to help them on their journey into the vast

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Card Count King.
Follows the revolutionary rise of the legendary
blackjack team, the Tommy Hyland Team. Beginning with
Hyland's bold decision to turn blackjack card-counting
into a business venture, we follow as he implements a
multi-person card-counting system. The well-oiled plan
works without a flaw, and the team begins collecting
hundreds of thousands of dollars from blackjack tables
worldwide. Eventually, when several teammates were
captured in a Canadian casino and placed under arrest,
Hyland put his freedom on the line to win their
release--and to settle the legal status of
card-counting once and for all. The result was an
extraordinary trial that provoked furious debate
between casinos and blackjack players over the
fairness of card-counting.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Snackfood Tech.
Extruders, molds, in-line conveyor belts. Are these
machines manufacturing adhesives, plastics, or parts
for your car? No, they're making treats for your
mouth--and you will see them doing their seductively
tasty work in this scrumptious episode. First, we
visit Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, Pennsylvania, that
produces more than one million pounds of chips per
week, and Snyder's of Hanover, the leading U.S.
pretzel manufacturer. Next, we focus on the world's
largest candy manufacturer, Masterfoods USA, which
makes Milky Way, Snickers, Mars, and M&Ms, and take a
lick at the world's largest lollipop producer, Tootsie
Roll Industries. And at Flower Foods' Crossville,
Tennessee plant, an army of cupcakes rolls down a
conveyer belt. The final stop is Dreyer's Bakersfield,
California plant, where 20,000 ice cream bars and
9,600 drumsticks roll off the line in an hour.


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Muscle Cars.
Pop open the hood, check out the carbs, and hear the
engines roar as we journey back to a time when gas was
cheap, emission controls non-existent, and all that
mattered was acceleration and speed. During the 1960s
and '70s, GM, Ford, and Chrysler competed to create
high-performance cars at prices teenage baby boomers
could afford. Featuring interviews with John DeLorean,
creator of the Pontiac GTO, and his marketing partner
Jim Wangers, we go behind the scene of the muscle-car

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Dangerous Cargo.
Toxic traffic is everywhere! An average of 800,000
shipments of hazardous materials hit our highways and
railways daily. From Wild West wooden crates filled
with explosives to HAZMAT containers of nuclear waste,
we shadow dangerous cargo. We ride shotgun on a
hazardous material shipment that's tracked by
satellites; hunt down the hush-hush "ghost
fleet"--trucks carrying classified government
materials; and board a Con-Air flight moving another
kind of nasty stuff--dangerous felons!

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

10-11pm -- Full Throttle - 1975 Firebird.
Two teams are given classic cars in similar disrepair.
We supply them with a garage, tools, and parts. After
20 hours of repair time, we hold an old-fashioned drag
race on a legal, certified track with safety devices
for the novice drivers. The winner gets to keep both
cars. The loser gets nothing. As we follow the teams,
we interject history at each step they take, including
factory footage and interviews with the legends behind
the vintage vehicles. In this episode, the 1975
Firebird is the prize.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Commercial Jets.
Fasten your seatbelts as we take off on a flight
through the history of commercial aviation--from the
first jet passenger plane, the de Havilland Comet, to
today's wide-body jets and supersonic Concorde. It's a
story of high-tech worldwide competition among a field
of high-stakes players. Billion-dollar deals ride on
cutting-edge designs. Pilots train for hours in
ground-based simulators, while computers fly the
planes. We also catch a glimpse of the double-decker
flying hotels of the future.

8-9pm -- Joseph: The Silent Saint - 
Join us for an engrossing hour as we unravel one of
the greatest biblical mysteries: who, exactly, was the
earthly spouse of Mary and father of Jesus? According
to the Bible, though a humble tradesman, he was
descended from royalty. He was counseled by angels,
chased into a strange land by murderers, and adored by
a son who would grow up to be called the King of
Kings. And yet not one word of Joseph's is recorded in
the Bible. Through interviews with leading theologians
and priests, examination of the Gospels, and aided by
dramatic recreations, we paint the clearest picture
yet of the man who spoke with his actions and helped
shape the very foundations of Christianity.

9-11pm -- 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.


Friday, March 25, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Drag Racing.
Legendary drivers lead us on a record-breaking race
through a century-long search for sheer acceleration
that began before World War One, when hot-rodders
modified Model-T Fords to see how fast they could go.
Today's dragsters can cover a quarter-mile from a
standing start in 4.5 seconds, hitting top speeds
above 330 mph. Top driver Gary Clapshaw shows us how
to put together a modern dragster and revolutionary
designer Bob Norwood unveils his newest car.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - March 25-31.
Allied troops continue Operation Plunder, their thrust
across the Rhine into Germany's heartland. Realizing
the situation is hopeless, thousands of German troops
surrender. The race to Berlin continues, and
disagreement over their strategy plagues the Allies.
Hitler is now holed up in his Berlin bunker, totally
divorced from reality. In the Pacific, fighting
finally comes to a head on Iwo Jima. As U.S. Marines
close in around them, 200 Japanese soldiers make a
last desperate mass suicide--or banzai--charge at the
Americans. The attack on Okinawa begins. 

9-11pm -- The Search for John the Baptist - 
John the Baptist's time on the biblical stage was
brief, yet he left an indelible mark on Christianity.
We know that he began the sacrament of baptism, but
was he also the man behind the message of Jesus? Does
a secretive Middle Eastern sect practice ancient
rituals handed down directly from John? Despite
mentions in the Gospels and the works of the Jewish
historian Josephus, little was known about the
historical John until now. We follow in the footsteps
of the prophet and examine startling new
archaeological evidence that provides the first
concrete proof of the life of this enigmatic biblical


Saturday, March 26, 2005

6-8pm -- Jesus of Nazareth - Part 2.
Movie. Jesus (Robert Powell) grows up to become a
prophet, healer, and spiritual leader, and his
teachings and miracles begin to draw large crowds and
a number of followers. When he travels to Jerusalem,
he's greeted with suspicion at the local Jewish
temple, where the rabbis view him as a threat. With
Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, and James Mason.

8-10pm -- Jesus of Nazareth - Part 3.
Movie. Beautiful location filming in Jordan lends
authenticity to director Franco Zeffirelli's reverent
depiction of the life of Christ. Zeffirelli diligently
provides the socio-political background that gave rise
to Jesus's (Robert Powell) following and the crisis of
belief that he caused within the people of Israel.

10-12am -- Jesus of Nazareth - Part 4.
Movie. Jesus (Robert Powell) is on the road to
Calvary, and Part 3 paints an unforgettable picture of
the Crucifixion and the Resurrection three days later.
With Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, Rod Steiger as
Pontius Pilate, Peter Ustinov as Herod the Great,
Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion, Ian McShane as Judas
Iscariot, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas. Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli. (1977)


Sunday, March 27, 2005

7-8pm -- History Alive - The Mysteries of Golgotha.
Recounting the final footsteps in the life of Jesus,
we explore the traditional sites of his crucifixion
and burial. Does the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
truly contain the Rock of Calvary and the tomb of
Jesus, or could the Garden Tomb be the authentic site?
We investigate the most recent archaeological evidence
and learn how it may finally answer this fascinating

8-10pm -- Visions of Mary - 
The death of Jesus sparked birth of a religion, but
little is known about the woman who gave him life and
witnessed his crucifixion. Who was Mary? What happened
to her after Jesus died? In the two millennia
following her death, thousands have reported
experiencing supernatural phenomena known as Marian
apparitions--visits from Mary. Some say Mary reveals
secrets and prophecies of global consequence.
Additionally, signs and wonders confirming an
apparition are said to occur. But can the seers'
claims be authenticated? This 2-hour special includes
dramatic recreations of apparitions; archival footage
and photos of historic apparitions; and interviews
with religious and secular scholars and visionaries.

10-12am -- Beyond The Da Vinci Code - 
Is it the greatest story ever told - or the greatest
story ever sold? A best-selling novel sparks a debate
that could change Christianity forever. Were Jesus and
Mary Magdalene married and co-leaders of their
movement? Was Mary Magdalene, herself, the Holy Grail
- the vessel said to hold Jesus's blood--and mother of
his descendants? Did the early Church know this
"truth" and deliberately mislead followers? Is there a
secret, ancient society, the Priory of Sion, which
still protects this bloodline? Have some of the most
illustrious names in art and science been members?
These are some of the questions that Dan Brown's
best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code raises. We
examine both sides of the story--the conventional view
of Christianity and the "alternate history" proposed
by Brown--so that viewers can decide.


Monday, March 28, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Tanks.
The rousing story of the tank, from its primitive
appearance in WWI to the high-tech world of modern
tank warfare, with emphasis on the tank's Golden Age
during WWII.

8-9pm -- Reign of Terror - 
The bloody life and times of the Saudi terrorist who
has been linked to a number of deadly attacks against
U.S. troops and citizens and who called on Muslims to
kill Americans everywhere in the world. Follow Osama
bin Laden's trail from his privileged childhood as the
son of a wealthy oil businessman to his battle against
the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and his involvement in
the infamous 2001 World Trade Center bombing.
3000 Names

9-10pm -- Conquest of America - Southwest.
In 1540, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, the young
governor of a province in northern Mexico, mounted the
largest expedition of conquest yet assembled in North
America. This is the story of Coronado's quest, which
would lead him to the Grand Canyon and take him into
present-day Kansas in search of riches. Two years
after returning to Mexico, Coronado was put on trial
for cruelty to the Indians, but was exonerated. While
his mission could be deemed a failure, it proved that
the region did not possess mythical riches.

10-11pm -- Conquest of America - Southeast.
Old World rivalries spill over onto the virgin soil of
Florida when France seeks to gain a foothold and Spain
is determined not to let any country trespass on its
claims. By 1560, the Spanish have yet to establish a
colony in North America and France decides to make a
bid for land. This is the story of the race between
France and Spain to be the first to colonize the area
now know as Florida, and the war they waged in the New
World. We'll see how St. Augustine became the first
permanent settlement in Florida (and remains the
oldest continuously occupied town in the U.S.), and
why the French shifted their attention to the interior
of the continent and far to the north in Canada.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

7-8pm -- Conquest of America - Southwest.
In 1540, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, the young
governor of a province in northern Mexico, mounted the
largest expedition of conquest yet assembled in North
America. This is the story of Coronado's quest, which
would lead him to the Grand Canyon and take him into
present-day Kansas in search of riches. Two years
after returning to Mexico, Coronado was put on trial
for cruelty to the Indians, but was exonerated. While
his mission could be deemed a failure, it proved that
the region did not possess mythical riches.

8-9pm -- Conquest of America - Southeast.
Old World rivalries spill over onto the virgin soil of
Florida when France seeks to gain a foothold and Spain
is determined not to let any country trespass on its
claims. By 1560, the Spanish have yet to establish a
colony in North America and France decides to make a
bid for land. This is the story of the race between
France and Spain to be the first to colonize the area
now know as Florida, and the war they waged in the New
World. We'll see how St. Augustine became the first
permanent settlement in Florida (and remains the
oldest continuously occupied town in the U.S.), and
why the French shifted their attention to the interior
of the continent and far to the north in Canada.

9-10pm -- Conquest of America - Northeast.
It was one of the great intellectual debates of the
day: was there a northern sea route to the East
Indies? Henry Hudson, chosen by an English merchant
company, leads what will be the first of four epic
voyages in search of a northern passage. But Hudson's
obsessive search and his ultimate failure leads to
something far more significant--the conquest and
colonization of Northeast America. The Dutch colony of
New Netherland, founded in 1624, is a model of
multiculturalism and religious tolerance. By contrast,
the English have only established a shaky beachhead in
Virginia and the Pilgrims won't land for a few more
years. The Dutch and the English soon become enemies,
and the American northeast will experience decades of
Anglo-Dutch conflict--until 1664, when the English
take over the thriving Dutch colony that will one day
become New York City.

10-11pm -- Conquest of America - Northwest.
By 1725, Russia was the only major European nation
that had not yet taken part in the conquest of the New
World. But that was about to change. Peter the Great
was interested in knowing whether or not Asia and
North America were connected at any point. Peter
selected Danish sea captain Vitus Bering to lead an
expedition that became a direct challenge to Spanish,
English, and French dominance in North America. We'll
see how Russia's fur trade led to two decades of
wealth in "Russian America" and why the Russians
eventually sold their land in 1841 to John Sutter for
the equivalent of $30,000 dollars. Seven years later,
California became part of the United States, and then
gold was discovered on Sutter's land near Sacramento.
The California gold rush would finish what the fur
rush had started, the conquest of the last corner of
America, the Pacific Northwest.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Survival Technology.
In an historic survey of man's adaptation to killer
environmental conditions, we travel to the desert, the
Arctic, the sea, jungle, and space, charting the
body's physiological responses to extreme
circumstances such as frostbite, heatstroke, and
hypothermia. We talk with military survival experts
and learn about the latest cutting-edge survival gear,
as well as the equipment aboard the space station, and
look to the future, when nano-technology will create a
new type of technology.

8-9pm -- Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil - 
An examination of the minds of two of the 20th
century's most brutal dictators and mass
murderers--Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Based on
recent psychological and medical studies, the program
explores the personalities of these ruthless leaders,
who were directly responsible for millions of
deaths--their paranoia, suspiciousness,
cold-bloodedness, sadism, and lack of human feeling.
Includes interviews with Martin Bormann's son and
Hitler's butler.

9-10pm -- The Conquerors - William the Conqueror.
William's story begins in Northern France with his
accession as William of Normandy in 1035. Over the
next 30 years, he solidifies his rule through
marriage, diplomacy, battle, intrigue, and savage
intimidation. His foes prove no match. He builds
numerous castles and cathedrals in Normandy to
legitimize his rule, while laying claim as the
rightful heir of Edward the Confessor and the throne
of England. But when Edward dies in 1066, he bestows
heir status on the Anglo-Saxon King Harold of Godwin.
An enraged William, feeling betrayed by Edward and
Harold, seeks papal support of his claim to the
English throne. When it is granted what follows is the
first D-Day--but in reverse: William's invasion of
England from France. Join us for a riveting look at
the invasion and the innovations William brought to
his new empire.

10-11pm -- 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."


Thursday, March 31, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Inventions of War.
Arising from the horrible carnage, deprivation, and
suffering caused by war is a countless array of
everyday items--from hairbrushes to microwaves--that
directly descend from wartime innovations. Wartime
research and development have revolutionized
communication, transportation, and medicine. From Spam
to nuclear power to hairspray and cell phones, life as
we know it ironically owes a lot to war. We'll follow
the day-to-day life of an ordinary woman and see the
influence of war on her life.

8-9pm -- The Horrors of Hussein - 
Everyone knows Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but the
invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003 revealed
the full extent of the terror apparatus Saddam used to
maintain power. In this gripping hour, we examine the
roots of this dictator-madman--how he used violence
beginning in his teens to achieve his ends--and talk
to victims of his terror. We also see how his ministry
of terror became a family affair: his two sons, Ouday
and Qusay, intended to establish a reign of terror
that would last generations.

9-10pm -- The Conquerors - General Howe: Conqueror of
New York.
As the American Revolution unfolded, English King
George III sought to put down the rebellious colonies
by sending one of his most talented and respected
generals to fight and conquer the
insurrectionists--General William Howe. Arriving in
June 1776, General Howe amassed his forces and then,
in August, soundly defeated General George Washington
at the Battle of Long Island in a brilliant tactical
display. The victory provided England with the most
strategically critical position in America--New York
City. By controlling New York, Howe held the center of
American finance, the largest port in the colonies,
and the vital commercial gateway to the interior--the
Hudson River. We'll see how Howe's success in New York
served to strengthen the English cause and prolong the

10-11pm -- Caligula: Reign of Madness - 
Caligula ruled the Roman Empire fewer than four years,
and was only 28 when assassinated by officers of his
guard in 41 AD. His reign was a legendary frenzy of
lunacy, murder, and lust. Between executions, he
staged spectacular orgies, made love to his sister,
and declared himself a living god. Join us for a look
at this devoted son, murderer, pervert, and loving
father whose anguished life was far more bizarre than
the myth that surrounds him.

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