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Sunday, May 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Cannibals - Part 1.
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-part 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.

8-9pm -- Cannibals - Part 2.
Throughout history, humans have resorted to
cannibalism for a variety of reasons...some men have
actually killed for the flesh that saved them, while
others seized the opportunity presented by the deaths
of starving companions. Some believe that humans have
used cannibalism to intimidate enemies. And history
proves that there have been those who have even eaten
the flesh of family to convey love and respect. Does
all of this suggest that our species has a propensity
for devouring human flesh? Though tabooed and
repugnant to most, the fact remains that some of us
have chosen to consume our own species. Join us as we
explore why.

9-10pm -- Voodoo Secrets - 
A cult of magic spells, diabolical curses, satanic
worship, human sacrifice, zombies, and dolls stuck
with pins? Experts explain how, over the past few
centuries, the ancient religion of Voodoo has been
systematically maligned, persecuted, and nearly wiped
out. To uncover the truth behind Voodoo, we travel to
where it began at least 5,000 years ago on the central
west coast of Africa. In the tiny nation of Benin,
Voodoo is practiced today as it has been for thousands
of years. Our cameras captured a rarely-seen event--an
African Voodoo ceremony with animal sacrifice. We also
investigate grisly events blamed on Voodoo, such as:
the sinking of a ferry in Haiti that killed 200 people
and was blamed on a Voodoo curse; death of Robert
Tallant, author of the 1947 bestseller Voodoo in New
Orleans; and how Marie Laveau, the "Queen of Voodoo"
in New Orleans, saved two men from the gallows in
1850. Could these tales be true? Michael Dorn

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - El Cid.
Known as El Cid (The Leader), the 11-century warrior
Rodrigo Díaz liberated his fatherland from the Moors.
Yet recent scholarship reveals many contradictions
between reality and myth about Spain's first national
hero. In one contemporary's words he was "the scourge
of his time". Was he arrogant and insubordinate, a
stern overlord driven by an unquenchable thirst for
money? Before his death, he was already celebrated in
a poem written in tribute of the conquest of Almería;
posthumously he was immortalized in the great epic
Poema de Mío Cid and was the centerpiece for countless
other works of literature. Equally at home in the
feudal kingdoms of northern Spain and the exotic
Moorish-held lands of the south, when he died in
Valencia in 1099, he was ruler of an independent
principality that he had carved out of eastern Spain.
Was Rodrigo a zealous Christian leader or a mercenary
that sold his martial skills to Christian and Muslim


Monday, May 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Fire and Ice.
Who could imagine life without our "man-made weather"?
On cold winter nights and hot summer days, we are
forever grateful to the visionaries who took two basic
elements--fire and ice--and turned them into true
modern marvels. Fire warmed the caves and primitive
dwellings of mankind for centuries, yet the technology
of keeping cool lagged far behind as we learn in this
chronicle of heating and air conditioning that covers
advancements from the home and industry to outer space
and beyond!

8-9pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: The Gates
of Moscow.
On June 22, 1941, Germany's Wehrmacht attacked the
Soviet Union. Operation Barbarossa was the largest
battlefront in world history--a murderous campaign
that claimed 30 million lives. The speed with which
they advanced in the first weeks was unbelievable. By
early August, they were 160 miles from Moscow. But
those in command waited in vain for orders to
attack--weeks passed before Hitler finally gave
instructions to storm the Soviet capital. On October
2, a lethal advance began. Recently released documents
reveal that Stalin had actually given up Moscow for
lost before ordering General Georgi Zhukov to take
command. But the muddy terrain slowed the German
advance. In December, when the vanguard had the
Kremlin in its sights, the Blitzkrieg turned into a
debacle. The Germans were defenseless against the
Russian winter, but Hitler continued to wage a war he
could no longer win. The Red Army reversed the tide,
but it took 3-1/2 years for the end to finally come.

9-10pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: Turning
Point at Stalingrad.
The Soviets called their victory in Stalingrad the
"biggest battle in history". For Germany, it was
catastrophe. In the winter of 1942/43, the city on the
Volga became a mass grave for over 1/4-million German
soldiers. It began with Operation Blue--a plan to
capture Russia's oil fields in the Caucasus. The
Germans advanced in June '42 and rapidly won ground.
But reports of success were deceptive: the Soviets
evaded the attackers, allowing them to rush into a
vacuum. A bitter struggle ensued in the streets: the
Red Army and Wehrmacht clashed in hand-to-hand combat,
fighting for each house, cellar, and dugout.
Encircled, the Germans suffered from hunger and cold
as the Red Army tightened the noose. By February `43,
the 6th Army was beaten. Some 300,000 soldiers had
come to conquer Stalingrad--90,000 were taken
prisoner. Never-before-shown color shots provide a new
impression of the battle, while German and Red Army
survivors describe their experiences.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Forgotten Sub of
On June 20, 1941, the US Submarine O-9 headed out of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and nosed below the surface
carrying 33 hands and never returned. Inquiries into
her sinking failed to find answers. But 60 years
later, she was rediscovered. Today, our team of Deep
Sea Detectives heads out with the National Undersea
Research Center to take the first ever video survey of
the wreck in an attempt to solve this long forgotten


Tuesday, May 3, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Hand Tools.
Well over 2-million years before modern man evolved,
his primitive ancestors were making tools. The ability
to extend the hand and strengthen the arm is
considered one of the keys to human evolution. Join us
as we nail down the history of hand tools, and look at
a new generation of computer-designed, high-tech hand

8-9pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: Assault on
Hitler's Reich.
While the Red Army prepared for a major assault on
Germany, the Nazi regime announced that no Soviet
soldier would ever cross their border. When the
Soviets, with far superior forces, advanced on East
Prussia in mid-October 1944, many people refused to
recognize the danger. Then came the first atrocities
involving German civilians. Panic spread, but no one
was permitted to flee. One man did beat a hasty
retreat out of East Prussia--at the end of November,
Hitler abandoned his Wolf's Lair military
headquarters. On January 12, when the long-planned
major assault began, it did so with vehemence. Only
when the villages and towns could be seen burning on
the horizon was the prohibition to flee lifted, but it
too was too late for many. We recount the story of
civilians at the mercy of total war, and former Soviet
and German soldiers discuss these first battles on
German soil during the last months of the war in the
East, which in its brutality surpassed everything

9-10pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: The
Russians Are Coming.
In January 1945, the Red Army invaded the East German
provinces of Pomerania, Brandenburg, and Silesia. But
the Wehrmacht was now hopelessly inferior. While
bitter fighting was still going on in East Prussia,
the Soviets had reached the River Oder by the end of
January. We see how, when surrender became evident,
the terror of the Nazi henchmen intensified. So-called
flying "garrison courts" prosecuted presumed
defeatists and deserters and displayed the executed
in public. "Hold out" was the motto--but the war was
long since lost. As in East Prussia, hundreds of
thousands of civilians were driven to their deaths
after being forced by local Nazi leaders to hold out
in their hometowns. "The Russians are coming!" became
the cry of dismay. Plunder and rape by the victorious
Soviet Army was the order of the day, and many
desperate Germans took their lives. Now the last major
assault of the Red Army, the storming of Berlin, was
about to begin.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Harvesting.
Cutting, digging, picking, stripping, shaking, and
raking--whatever the crop, there's a custom machine to
harvest it. It all began with handpicking and today
it's often one man and one machine harvesting hundreds
of acres in a single day. The farmer may even get a
little help from satellites. Far above the earth,
high-resolution photography is giving the grower more
opportunities to cut costs and maximize the harvest.
From the debut of the sickle in ancient Egypt to
McCormick's famous Reaper to the field of ergonomics
that assists human harvesters, we'll dig into the past
and future of the harvest.


Wednesday, May 4, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Power Tools.
The history of civilization could easily be measured
in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve
tools--an activity that is at least 4-million years
old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power
tools. We'll examine today's power tool industry,
which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and
quieter cordless tools.

8-9pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: The Death
By mid-April 1945, US troops reached the Elbe putting
Berlin within their reach. But the Allied powers had
decided the Soviets should take the city. On April 16,
the Red Army's last major assault began. On the Seelow
Heights, east of Berlin, in simultaneous assaults by
Marshals Zhukov and Konev, they turned Berlin's
hinterland into an enormous death trap. The German 9th
Army retreated from the Oder and was surrounded in the
woodlands southeast of Berlin--carnage on an
inconceivable scale followed. Hilter ordered "Wenck's
army", made up of 17- and 18-year-olds, to march from
the Elbe to Berlin. But General Wenck, ignoring
Hitler's last commands, surrendered to General
Simpson's 9th US Army. Acceptance of this "individual
mass capitulation" was at odds with an agreement
amongst the Allies. But the politically explosive
decision saved tens of thousands of Germans from
Stalin's camps.

9-10pm -- Hitler's War - The Eastern Front: The End in
When the Red Army crossed Germany's border in January
1945, retaliation for untold suffering in Russia had
one target: Berlin. After crossing the city boundary
on April 21, they found it devastated by bombing and
artillery fire and its war-weary citizens facing the
avenging victors full of fear. Yet fanatical Nazis
continued to resist; child soldiers and Hitler Youth
were sacrificed in a senseless "final battle" against
a superior enemy. Although Hitler had committed
suicide in his bunker under the Reich Chancellery on
April 30, the fighting among the ruins of Berlin, the
shooting and the killing, continued. It wasn't until
May 2 that the guns were silenced and Berlin defeated.
The final episode documents the stories of those who
suffered through the nightmare of Berlin's fall.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 4.
Engineering disasters can result in personal tragedy,
national humiliation, and economic ruin. But buried
within their wreckage lie lessons that point the way
to a safer future. The fire at the Las Vegas MGM Grand
Hotel, the collapse of Seattle's Lacey V. Murrow
Floating Bridge, the car that spurred creation of the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration,
and the flaw that grounded the first commercial jet
are among the engineering disasters that led to
improvements in design and safety.


Thursday, May 5, 2005

7-8pm -- History Vs. Hollywood - Kingdom of Heaven.
Is it History or just Hollywood? Our experts take a
look at Kingdom of Heaven--a film set during the
Crusades of the 12th century that stars Orlando Bloom,
Liam Neeson, and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Ridley
Scott, modern master of the epic adventure film, we
highlight select scenes from the movie and provide the
viewer with inside information on the veracity of the

8-9pm -- Hitler's War - The Western Front: The Longest
Our series depicting WWII's Western Front begins on
D-Day, June 6, 1944. The invasion caught the Germans
off-guard, but bad weather caused many bombs and
shells to land too far inland leaving German defensive
positions intact and Allied soldiers open to
machine-gun fire. Former US pilots tell of recurring
nightmares, French voices criticize the bombardment
that killed 10,000 civilians, Montgomery's adjutant
Sir Carol Mather admits Allied mistakes, and family of
combatants on both sides comment.

9-10pm -- Hitler's War - The Western Front: The Battle
for Monte Cassino.
On February, 15, 1944, the US Air Force reduced the
monastery at Monte Cassino to rubble. Built in 529 by
St. Benedict, it sheltered about 800 refugees and
wounded. The Allies called it "a key installation,
equipped with heavy artillery." Nazi propaganda
declaimed the destruction of "the cradle of
civilization" around which they had established a
300-meter secure zone to protect it. Eyewitnesses shed
light on the controversy, including Bradford Evans,
who piloted the lead bomber.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Hydraulics.
The machines that helped build our world have been
powered by hydraulics, a compact system of valves,
hoses, and pumps that transmits forces from point to
point through fluid. This basic concept of powerful
force transmission through fluid provides the drive
for most machines today. From the ancient Roman
mastery of the aqueduct to Universal Studios, a
veritable hydraulic theme park, we see how hydraulics
power industry, keep planes flying, and make that
3-point-turn a U-turn.


Friday, May 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sherman Tanks.
From the D-Day beaches to the crushing defeat of the
German Army in France, the U.S. M-4 Sherman tank
fought in some of the bloodiest battles of WWII. This
is the dramatic story of America's triumphant
industrial mobilization and the manufacture of a tank
that would blast its way into history and pave the way
for the liberation of Europe. Miniature cameras
provide an inside look at the horrifying reality of
being inside a Sherman tank in combat and under fire.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - May 6 -12.
After nearly six years of conflict and the death of
millions, Germany surrenders unconditionally. The war
in Europe is over at last. In London, Paris, New York,
and Moscow, people take to the streets celebrating
victory. Denmark, Norway, and the Channel Islands are
liberated. However, in the Pacific Theater there is
still heavy fighting on Okinawa and in the
Philippines. It's a matter of honor for the Japanese
who cannot contemplate the shame of defeat and
surrender. US General Simon Buckner is determined to
keep up the pressure.

9-10pm -- Hitler's War - The Western Front: The Battle
for Paris.
On August 19, 1944, Paris erupted against German
occupation that held the crippled city in its grip.
Without warning, Parisians erected barricades,
ambushed soldiers, and attacked tanks with Molotov
cocktails. But Hitler would much rather see Paris
reduced to rubble than abandon the site of his
greatest victory, and the rebels learn there will be
no Allied support. We depict the dramatic events of
those days when France's fate hung by the thinnest of
threads, and how the city was finally liberated.

10-11pm -- Hitler's War - The Western Front: The
Bridge at Arnhem.
In late Summer 1944, routed German units flee to
Holland and Germany's borders. The Allies believe the
war might be over by Christmas. But in the months to
come, they confront bloody surprises--the British are
defeated at Arnhem, the US advance stalls at Aachen,
and on December 16, the Battle of the Bulge begins.
Civilians and veterans offer recollections, including
US officer Harry W.O. Kinnard, who details why General
McAuliffe replied "Nuts!" to the German demand for
surrender at Bastogne.


Saturday, May 7, 2005

7-8pm -- The SS - Power Struggle.
The incarnation of terror and executor of mass
genocide, the SS, like no other Nazi organization,
embodied the murderous mania of the "master race". In
a 6-part story of unbridled madness and inconceivable
crimes, we watch the Schutzstaffel (Defense Squadron),
an insignificant guard corps, transform into an
omnipotent evil empire. It began with a night of
murder--June 30, 1934, Night of the Long Knives, when
SS commandos, on Hitler's orders, executed leaders of
the Nazi Storm Troopers, the SA.

8-9pm -- The SS - Himmler's Mania.
Presented in meticulous detail, our 6-part
investigation of the SS reveals film footage long
believed lost and eyewitnesses only now prepared to
discuss Hitler's sinister reign of terror. Focusing on
the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, we see how his
penchant for the occult determined his barbaric
politics, and how he mixed anti-Semitism with
blood-and-soil mysticism. A chicken farmer with an
agriculture diploma, he instigated "breeding" a new
race and administered mass genocide like a tax

9-10pm -- The SS - Heydrich--The Hangman.
Hitler called him "the man with the iron heart" and as
head of the Security Police and SD (Security Service),
Reinhard Heydrich commanded killing squads in Poland
and the Soviet Union that shot hundreds of thousands
of the "racially and nationally undesirable".
Architect of the Holocaust, he authorized Adolf
Eichmann to work out a large-scale deportation program
for Europe's Jews that would end in extermination
centers. Features footage of Heydrich's personal life
from private archives.

10-11pm -- The SS - Death's Head.
Regarded as SS elite and perpetrators of its most
diabolic crimes, Death's Head battalions were deployed
whenever particular cruelty and absolute devotion to
duty were required and were responsible for the
implementation of mass genocide in Nazi extermination
camps. We show how willing henchmen were schooled to
place themselves body and soul in the service of
unimaginable barbarity--and how, or if, these
atrocities weighed upon their consciences. Features an
interview with Simon Wiesenthal.


Sunday, May 8, 2005

7-8pm -- D-Day to Berlin - The Struggle toward
Hitler's armies were in headlong retreat. Paris was
liberated in August 1944, Brussels in the first week
of September. Only one thing stood between the Allies
and the German border--the Allied generals themselves.
In this hour, we see how the most basic debate
remained unsolved--how to conquer Germany itself.
Personality differences and radical disagreements over
strategy threatened to create a rift between
Eisenhower and Montgomery, and burst the alliance wide

8-9pm -- D-Day to Berlin - Last Days of the Reich.
Hitler's last great offensive in the Ardennes failed.
With British and US armies poised to cross the Rhine
in the west, and Soviet forces advancing towards the
River Oder in the east, only one offer was on the
table for Germany--unconditional surrender. The Allies
would not negotiate with a country that had plunged
Europe into war twice in 30 years. When the
unconditional surrender came, it did give birth to a
new European order--but one dominated by Stalin, not
democracy and freedom.

9-10pm -- The Nazi Expeditions - 
A ship sailing under the Swastika flag glides through
the Antarctic Ocean in search of stone and ice samples
to support the "global ice theory", according to which
a comet crashed to Earth in prehistoric times and
scattered the "original Aryans" worldwide. In Tibet,
an expedition hunted for new findings relating to
early Germanic history. The Nazis believed in a Nordic
master race that survived the demise of Atlantis.
These expeditions within and beyond the German Reich
were planned in direct collusion with Reichsführer
Heinrich Himmler. They were funded to produce proof of
the superiority of the German race and reinforce the
Nazi claim to world supremacy. Featuring previously
unpublished library material and statements by
witnesses, expedition members, historians, and
scientists, we shed light on these bizarre operations.
Unpublished film shots, propaganda films, and photos
from public and private archives provide incredible

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Marshal Zhukov: WWII
Conqueror of Berlin.
In April 1945, Stalin was in a hurry. The Americans
had recently crossed the Rhine and he was worried they
might capture Berlin. To speed up his campaign, he
split command between Marshal Zhukov in the center and
Marshal Konev in the south triggering a race between
his most senior commanders--both eager to be credited
with conquest of the German capital. On April 15,
Soviet forces launched one of history's most powerful
artillery barrages. But the Germans had withdrawn to
fortified positions on the Seelow heights further
inland, having learned of the imminent Soviet attack.
It took Zhukov three days to break the resistance, and
his losses were devastating. Over 30,000 Soviet
soldiers died compared to the 10,000 lost by the
Germans. One local witness remembers how the narrow
paths leading through the forest were piled high with
corpses. It took the local population months to clear
the site. Even today, 1,000 corpses are found each
year in and around Berlin.


Monday, May 9, 2005

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

8-9pm -- Investigating History - Lincoln: Man or Myth?
Abraham Lincoln remains our country's most beloved
president--but nearly 200 years after his birth, we're
still trying to piece together a true picture of this
man who never fails to fascinate, surprise, and
enlighten us. Scholars and historians examine how
Lincoln became a myth. Was he really the Great
Emancipator who deeply wanted to free slaves or a
racist and white supremacist? Did the writings that
inspired a nation truly come from his pen? Do we
really even know what he looked like?

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Mystery of the
In the American Southwest, there is no more puzzling
mystery than the magnificent stone cliff dwellings of
Mesa Verde. Why did the Anasazi Indians suddenly move
their villages to these perilous cliffs in the 13th
century--and then abandon them just decades later--and
seemingly disappear from history? Was it drought?
Invading tribes? Or an insidious "cancer" from within
that may have caused them to turn to fierce warfare
and even cannibalism? In search of answers, our host,
the intrepid explorer and survival expert Josh
Bernstein, travels from Mesa Verde, Colorado to remote
canyons in Utah where the Anasazi took refuge. Piecing
together the story from both archaeologists and Native
Americans, he finally ends up, in his search for the
truth, in the eerie and desolate ruins of the
Anasazi's greatest cultural center--Chaco Canyon.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - D-Day Destroyer.
June 6, 1944--the destroyer USS Meredith joined the
D-Day invasion of Normandy. Her 5-inch guns pounded
German coastal batteries as American troops fought
their way ashore at Utah Beach. On the night of June
7, the Meredith moved out into dangerous mine-infested
waters to defend the Allied ships against a new
threat, fast German torpedo boats. Shortly before 2
a.m., a huge explosion ripped through the destroyer.
Did she hit a mine? Sail into the path of a torpedo?
Or was the Meredith struck by a top-secret German
glide bomb, the world's first guided missile? Teams of
deep-water detectives use today's cutting-edge
technology to make this wreck "tell its story", along
with CGI graphics, expert interviews, archival
materials, and dramatic reenactments.


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nuclear Tech.
Nuclear research ranges from well-known applications,
such as bombs and reactors, to little-known uses in
medicine, food preparation, and radiation detection.
It's also spawned ancillary technologies to store
nuclear waste and clean up accidents. Despite the risk
of use and abuse for destructive purposes, many
scientists remain optimistic about what's next for the
atom. In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war
and peace, and the latest in nuclear power generation,
safety, and security.

8-9pm -- 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

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Blackjack Man.
He had an IQ of 169, an MBA from Harvard Graduate
School of Business Administration; graduated Magna cum
Laude with a degree in Economics from Yale; and
possessed uncanny musical talents. Meet Ken Uston--a
38-year-old senior vice president of the Pacific Stock
Exchange in San least during the week.
On weekends, Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos knew
him as "The Mad Bomber", "The Roadrunner", "The
Phantom", and other assumed names. He was the fearless
ringleader of a team of elusive, handpicked card
counters that terrorized the gaming industry. We
reveal how this promising young executive began living
a double life, ultimately emerging as one of the
greatest legends and inspirations in gambling history.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Uston's mentor,
teammates, and family members, the program explores
this iconic gambler's journey--up to his untimely,
mysterious death in 1987.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 12.
In Milwaukee, 104 died after drinking contaminated tap
water. At Texas A&M, a tradition turned tragic when a
pile of bonfire logs collapsed onto its builders.
Thousands of US soldiers expired in known WWII
deathtraps--Sherman Tanks. In 1973, 14 men working on
a 26-story building died when supports were removed
from wet concrete. And in 1993, Denver's "dream"
airport became a nightmare when its baggage-handling
system ran amok. Aided by computer graphics,
catastrophe footage, and visits to the locations
today, MIT scientists, Center for Disease Control
experts, WWII vets, bonfire builders, and construction
engineers explain these tragedies and measures taken
to prevent them in future.


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Concrete.
Invented by the ancient Romans, concrete is a
relatively simple formula that changed the world.
Concrete has been used to divide an entire country, as
in the Berlin Wall, and to unite nations, as in the
Chunnel. We'll review the history of this building
block of civilization and look at modern applications.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Metal.
They constitute the very essence of the modern world;
the cadence of our progress sounds in the measured
ring of the blacksmith's hammer. From soaring
skyscrapers and sturdy bridges to jet planes and
rockets, metals play a key role. Our journey begins
before the Bronze Age and takes us into the shiny
future when new metal structures--engineered at a
molecular level to be stronger, lighter, and
cheaper--shape human progress, as they have since man
first thrust copper into a fire and forged a tool.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bricks.
From the birth of flight to the history of toilet
paper, Modern Marvels deals with the great engineering
wonders of our world and examines not only how they
were built, but also the key personalities involved in
their construction. Join us for a fun, fascinating,
and sometimes frightening look at the technology that
surrounds us.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

7-8pm -- History's Mysteries - Ship of Gold.
In 1857, en route to New York from California, the
steamship Central America vanished in a killer storm
off North Carolina's coast, taking with her 400
passengers and nearly 21 tons of gold bullion. Here is
the story of the worst US peacetime sea disaster, and
how high-tech treasure hunters recovered her fortune
over 130 years later.

8-10pm -- First Invasion: The War of 1812 - 
Just 30 years after the closing days of the American
Revolution, an immature United States faced
annihilation by its parent! Join us for an epic 2-hour
look at the War of 1812, when the mighty British
Empire once again waged war against the fledgling US.
This largely forgotten war witnessed Washington in
flames, inspired the national anthem, allowed the
Founding Fathers to step aside for a new generation of
common men and women with uncommon courage, and saw
America emerge as a world power.

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


Friday, May 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Casino Technology.
Place your bets and join us for an exciting spin
through the history of the casino. We'll go behind the
neon lights, free drinks, and 24-hour gambling to see
how the gaming industry has evolved from a simple
house of cards to a high-tech multi-billion dollar

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - May 13-19.
In Europe, the Nazi threat is all but gone as the "Big
3" nations begin to tackle the problem of
restructuring the shattered continent. In the Pacific,
the situation in Okinawa has turned into a bloody
stalemate between the Americans and Japanese.
Meanwhile, significant progress is being made in
overcoming the enemy in the Philippines. The US also
continues to soften the enemy's defenses on mainland
Japan. In the US, shocking evidence of a
Japanese/German bombmaking alliance ends up on the
shores of New Hampshire--a timely and valuable
discovery for the United States government and its
atomic bomb project. Join us for another gripping hour
of our series that takes a week-by-week look at the
end of World War Two.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - PT Boat.
Pound for pound, the Patrol Torpedo (PT) boats were
WWII's most heavily armed fighting boats. Screwed and
glued together on a hull made of wood, these 50 tons
of fast fighting fury were hated by the Japanese who
nicknamed them "The Devil Boats of the Night". With
their three powerful marine engines and speedboat
designs, they took on the enemy at close quarters with
greater frequency than any other type of surface
craft--from firefights with coastal barges to
protecting the invasion fleet at D-Day. And they
attacked the enemy from the freezing seas of the
Aleutian Islands to the treacherous waters of the
South Pacific. Using unique archive film,
reenactments, and extraordinary interviews, here is
the story of how this wooden wonder struggled for
early recognition, but through the brilliance of its
design, daring of its missions, and courage and
sacrifice of its crews would play a major part in

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - 29 Palms: #71.
Host R. Lee Ermey takes viewers on a tour of the
Marine Corps Training Command Center, a.k.a. 29 Palms.
It's the largest Marine Corps base in the world and
covers half-a-million acres of Southern California
desert. The Gunny gives us a short course on 29 Palms'
history before engaging in a training exercise called
MOUT--Military Operations on Urban Terrain. In a
"town" created in the desert to resemble an Iraqi
neighborhood, Marines train in street-to-street
fighting tactics. Next, he heads to the sea and mounts
up on the Marine Corps' newest and most versatile
assault vehicle--the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
(EFV). And he answers a viewer email asking for a
comparison between the Germans fighters and US Marines
during World War I. We see both sides' gear and guns
and learn how the Marines prevailed against German
firepower in the bloody Battle of Belleau Wood--a
victory that turned the tide of WWI and earned the
Marines the nickname "Devil Dogs".

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Future Gear/Marine
Camouflage/Army's New Armored Vehicle: #13.
R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant in Full Metal Jacket,
applies his gruff sense of humor in this half-hour
series that answers viewers' mail about what the armed
forces were, and really are, like! Shot on location,
Ermey reads questions on air and then sends them out
to military experts in the field for answers and brief
demonstrations. Ermey looks at possible gear for GIs
on tomorrow's battlefields; how the Marines designed
their new camo pattern; and examines the Army's new
armored vehicle, the Stryker.


Saturday, May 14, 2005

4-8pm -- 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)

8-12am -- Movies in Time - 
Movie. Beautifully shot in South Dakota, Kevin
Costner's directing debut took home seven Oscars
including Best Picture, Director, and Cinematography.
Costner stars as the idealistic Lt. John Dunbar, who
requests a position on the western frontier after the
Civil War, where he makes friends with a wolf and a
Sioux tribe that dubs him "Dances with Wolves". As the
frontier disappears and the army advances, Dunbar must
make a decision that will affect the lives of the
Sioux he now calls his people. (1990)


Sunday, May 15, 2005

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

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

9-10pm -- The Hurricane That Saved London - 
Only one fighter plane ever crashed in the streets of
London during WWII, and the story of the crash is the
stuff of novels. We join a team of excavators, at a
busy intersection just blocks from Buckingham Palace,
that is about to uncover what remains of it. We also
get the firsthand account of the crash from the doomed
plane's pilot Ray Holmes, who is still alive to tell
his story. While defending London from Nazi attacks,
Holmes rammed his fighter plane into a German bomber
in a desperate attempt to deflect the bomber from its
target--Buckingham Palace. It worked, but not before
Holmes lost control of his own plane and was forced to

10-11pm -- 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

Monday, May 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Colosseum.
Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or
Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum.
Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a
retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble
seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as
the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity
of its construction, the beauty of its architecture,
and the functionality of its design made it the
perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the
bloody spectacles it contained.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Ancient Aliens.
Since the dawn of time, stargazers have looked to the
sky wondering if earth has had heavenly visitors.
Scientists investigate ancient ruins, artifacts, and
texts from around the world exploring the possibility
of previous extraterrestrial visits and the
plausibility of future stopovers!

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Who Built Egypt's
The great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza have inspired awe
and wonder and, quite likely, fierce speculation from
the moment they were built. In fact, even the date of
their construction has become a topic of debate.
Explorer, survival expert, and host Josh Bernstein
takes a hard look at the competing theories as to who
really built the pyramids--and when. Archaeologists
say it was the ancient Egyptians, others argue for an
even older civilization. Filmed in HDTV, this fresh
and engaging series digs for the truth and goes to
extremes to do it! Josh examines the evidence,
explores secret chambers in the heart of the Great
Pyramid of Khufu, visits the first pyramid ever built,
and tries his hand at ancient stone-quarrying
techniques. It's a hard-won perspective, but, with the
discovery of a mysterious flooded chamber deep beneath
the Sphinx, Josh learns what appears to be the final

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Winter of Disaster.
January 1999. In less than two weeks, three clam
fishing boats and 10 men are lost inexplicably off the
Eastern seaboard--two off the New Jersey shore and one
near Cape Cod. The vessels--the Beth Dee Bob, Cape
Fear, and Adriatic--all sank suddenly, with almost no
warning. While the weather may have been a factor in
each sinking, these were experienced crews and they
had survived worse. Deep Sea Detectives John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler try to find common
denominators in the sinkings, hoping to provide
answers for the still-grieving families. Were the
vessels safe when they set sail? How did the captains
run their boats? Is there something about clamming
itself that could present a vital clue? Chatterton, a
former clam fisherman, has his own theories.


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gunslingers.
During America's western expansion, a new breed of man
arose--the gunslinger. Sometimes he wore a badge,
sometimes he was an outlaw. But he always had a gun at
his side, and the urge to step to the edge and pull
the trigger. Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Wyatt
Earp--see how, the weapons these men carried, etched
the gunmen's existence into American history.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Shootout Tech.
Shootouts are a staple of western-themed movies and TV
shows. Funny thing is, they weren't everyday
occurrences in the Old West. But when they happened
they were wild and weird, and liquor was usually the
fuel that ignited the spontaneous conflicts.
Participants faced off at close range and fired with
the technology of the day--the 6-shooter. Host David
Carradine examines techniques and tricks employed by
some of the best pistoleers around (the terms
"gunfighter" and "gunslinger" are modern ones). We'll
show you how practice made perfect and how even the
experts needed a little luck to survive as we
illustrate various shootout stories brought to life
through multi-dimensional graphics.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - The Roulette Assault.
Many gamblers have a favorite game that possesses
them. For Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo it was roulette. This
Spanish patriarch's obsession would transform his
family into a gambling enterprise, embroil him in a
vicious standoff with casinos, and threaten his life.
Follow the international exploits of the struggling
record producer whose life took a wild turn when he
discovered a secret about roulette--the tendency of
certain numbers to win repeatedly over time due to a
tangible, consistent effect of a bias in the wheel. A
father of five, Gonzalo had a trustworthy "team" and
devoted his life into making his family the most
profitable roulette gang in gambling history. But as
word of their success spread, it triggered a
cat-and-mouse game with the casinos. Shot in Madrid
and Las Vegas, the program features interviews with
Gonzalo, his son and team member Ivan, and Patrick
Santacruz, the "cat" who ultimately befriended the

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5.
Examines some of the most notorious engineering
failures of recent years and asks what went wrong and
what we learned from them. We take viewers to the
southern coast of Louisiana, where a misplaced oilrig
caused an entire lake to be sucked into an underground
salt mine; review the 1972 Buffalo Creek dam disaster;
revisit the Exxon Valdez oil spill; see how radio and
TV antenna towers collapse with alarming regularity;
and look at the collision of two California
icons--freeways and earthquakes!


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Salt Mines.
It's in our blood, sweat, and tears. Join us as we dig
up salt mining's history--from the "white gold" on the
table to the oceanic and underground deposits whence
it came. Though today we take salt for granted, most
life depends on it. Roman soldiers were sometimes paid
in it--hence the word salary. And many slaves died
procuring it.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Magnets.
We played with them as children, but the world of
magnets isn't kid's stuff! The pervasive magnet serves
as the underpinning for much of modern technology.
They can be found in computers, cars, phones, VCRs,
TVs, vacuum cleaners, the washer and dryer, the
ubiquitous refrigerator magnet, and even in an
electric guitar! On the cutting edge of technology,
scientists experiment with a variety of magnets.
Magnets' amazing forces of attraction and repulsion
may some day take us to the far reaches of outer

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Rubber.
The story of rubber is more than tires, toys, gloves,
and gum--it's imbedded in modern life, from the
controversial Challenger O-rings to seals on hydrogen
fuel cells. A gigantic worldwide synthetic rubber
industry creates exotic elastomers for high-tech
applications, while China's rapid industrialization
plays havoc with the world's natural rubber supply.
From the ancient Olmecs of Yucatán, who knew the
secret of vulcanization, to modern processing plants,
we trace rubber's history and future.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Glue.
It's Super! It's Krazy! And it can be found in
everything from carpet to computers, books to boats,
shoes to the Space Shuttle. It's even used in surgery!
Without it, our material world would simply fall
apart. In this episode, we'll visit the stuck-up,
tacky world of glue. Glue's sticky trajectory spans
human history and we'll cover it all--from Neolithic
cave dwellers who used animal glue to decorate
ceremonial skulls to modern everyday glues and their
uses, including Elmer's glue, 3M's masking and Scotch
tape, and the super glues. Remember the Krazy Glue
commercial in which a man held himself suspended from
a hard hat that had just been glued to a beam? Well,
that 1970s vintage ad understates the power of glue.
With the help of a crane, we're going to hoist a
6,000-pound pickup truck off the ground by a steel
joint that's been bonded with glue!


Thursday, May 19, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 3.
When design flaws fell projects, the cost is often
exacted in lives as we see in this look at engineering
disasters. Why did the Tower of Pisa begin to lean by
as much as 17 feet; what caused the first nuclear
accident in 1961 in Idaho; what killed three Soyuz 11
cosmonauts aboard the world's first orbiting space
station; how did a winter storm destroy the Air
Force's Texas Tower Radar Station, killing 28; and
what errors led to NASA's loss of the Mars Climate
Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander?

8-10pm -- Countdown to Armageddon - 
Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super
volcanoes, global warming, killer viruses--all are
potential catastrophes that threaten to wipe out life
on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters that
have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are
these threats terrifying prophesies from the Bible
that are at last coming true? Are our fears overblown?
Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?

10-11pm -- Knievel's Wild Ride - Kaptain Undependable.
It's the last jump of the season and things are
boiling over. Robbie's jumping in Tucson over a bunch
of RV's, but the town is home to a known Knievel
saboteur and Master Gates has to beef up security.
Meanwhile, Robbie skips out on a radio show and the
radio guys bad-mouth him. And when Robbie is late for
a big promotional Harley ride, hundreds of Harley
riders leave without him seeing him. The event
coordinator dubs Robbie "Kaptain Undependable."


Friday, May 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Drive-Thru.
Join us for a ride through the history of car-culture
commerce from the first gas station to the drive-thru
funeral parlors and wedding chapels of today. We
chronicle the birth of the first drive-in restaurants
that paved the way for a billion-dollar fast-food
dynasty, and feature many lesser-known drive-thru
venues, such as dry cleaners, flu-shot clinics, liquor
stands, and drug stores. And we'll take a journey to
the future to see what products might be passing
through the drive-thru of tomorrow.

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - May 20-26.
Americans suffer terrible losses on Okinawa as they
continue their advance. It's the last stepping stone
on the way to mainland Japan. The Pacific island's
capture is deemed absolutely vital by the Allied High
Command. The region is hit by torrential rain and the
battlefield becomes a quagmire. Meanwhile, US bombers
continue to pound mainland Japan. Submarines have
isolated the country from the outside world. In the
Philippines, Japanese troops are now desperately
trying to hold the Wawa Dam on the Marikina River,
following the successful US assault on the Ipo Dam on
Luzon a few days earlier. In Europe, several
high-ranking Nazi officials are arrested, including
Heinrich Himmler, one of Hitler's most notorious and
brutal henchmen. Soon after, Himmler commits suicide.
Join us for a week-by-week account of activities in
both theaters of war as the Second World War nears its
end in Europe and continues to rage across the

9-10pm -- The Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri - 
Join us for a review of the incredible 51-year career
of BB-63, the battleship Missouri, which fought in
WWII, the Korean War, and Desert Storm. The crew that
served on her last voyage could have been
grandchildren of the men who fought on her first.
Though this behemoth should have been a relic after
WWII, she was continually upgraded, making her a
formidable first-line warrior to her final day in
commission. Launched in 1944, she was the last
battleship built and the last in service. But her most
enduring image came in 1945, when the Allies accepted
Japan's surrender on her deck in Tokyo Bay. Now a
national monument in Pearl Harbor preserving the
details of that historic day, we step aboard with some
of the great men who served in her during the long
career of this icon of US naval history.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - F/A-22 Raptor.
Built around "first look, first shot, first kill"
design, the F/A-22 Raptor, the most advanced aircraft
of its breed, is set to become the Air Dominance
Fighter of the 21st century. Deadly and undetectable
at long-range, this super-jet is the latest in 5th
generation fighter technology. Capable of super-cruise
and packing an array of deadly missile systems, this
stealth jet blends dogfighting skill with
precision-strike ground attack capability and can
intercept and strike any target with near impunity. In
the 1980s, as Cold War tensions heightened and US
defense spending increased, the Air Force decided it
needed a replacement fighter for its F15 Eagle. The
Advanced Tactical Fighter program was born, and the
largest, most expensive program of its kind hatched
the Raptor. Follow the 25-year development of
America's deadliest fighter and see how stealth,
super-cruise, and integrated avionics combine to
create a fighter without equal.


Saturday, May 21, 2005

7-8pm -- 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 US 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.

8-10pm -- Bat*21 - 
(movie) Based on a true story, the film reveals the
riveting rescue of Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Gene
Hackman) during the Vietnam War. On Easter Sunday,
April 2, 1972, Hambleton was flying as navigator in an
EB-66 electronic counter-measures aircraft (callsign
Bat-21). When the aircraft was struck by a
surface-to-air missile (SAM), he was the only man to
eject safely. Alone in the jungle, with no infantry
training and minimum survival gear, he must fend for
himself until a reconnaissance flyer obsessed with his
rescue, Captain Bartholomew ("Bird Dog") Clark (Danny
Glover), spots him. Directed by Peter Markle. (1988)

10-12am -- Flying Misfits - 
(movie) Robert Conrad stars as maverick Marine aviator
Greg "Pappy" Boyington, who, against all military
protocol, formed his own fighter squadron after Pearl
Harbor--one of the most decorated, yet least
disciplined, squadrons in the Pacific Theater. With
Dana Elcar, James Whitmore Jr., Dirk Blocker, John
Larroquette, Peter Donat, and Sharon Gless. (1976)


Sunday, May 22, 2005

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

8-9:30pm -- The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War -

This 90-minute special explores Civil War naval
history, specifically the exploits of the war's
greatest naval hero, Lieutenant William B. Cushing.
The high point of his daring career was the attack on
the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle at Plymouth,
North Carolina. On a cold, rainy night in late October
1864, Cushing and a group of volunteers used a tiny
steam launch and spar torpedo in a surprise attack.
Their virtual suicide mission succeeded and the
warship was destroyed. Of the 13 men in the launch,
Cushing was the only one to successfully escape from
the rebel-held river where the attack took place. The
others were drowned, shot, or captured. From Naval
Academy wash-out to flamboyant warrior, this is the
story of the celebrated hero's bold raid that freed
the Roanoke of the obstacle that had prevented Union
forces from advancing in to eastern North Carolina.

9:30-10pm -- Mail Call - Civil War Special: #72.
Host R. Lee Ermey, dressed in the uniform of a Civil
War Marine Corps sergeant, dedicates the entire
half-hour to the Civil War, answering a slew of email
questions about the guns and gear used in the War
between the States. First, the Gunny performs
live-fire demonstrations with four different weapons:
the Union's Springfield rifle, the Confederacy's
Enfield rifle, the 1842 Springfield muzzleloader,
which was the last smoothbore musket used by the US
military, and last but not least, a powerful cannon.
Next, Lee shows viewers cavalry gear, including
weapons, tack, and personal gear. In particular, we
get a look at the rare 9-shot pistol called "Le
Mat"--it also fired a shotgun shell for a lethal
blast. Then, the Gunny cooks up some salt port and
hardtack, the Civil War version of an MRE. Finally, he
dons the fancy pants and embroidered vest of the
regiment known as the Zouaves and takes part in their
bang-up bayonet training.

10-11pm -- The Conquerors - Sherman's March to the
On November 15, 1864, Union General William Tecumseh
Sherman launches a new kind of military campaign--its
objectives are to take the war to the Southerners, and
destroy the Confederate South's infrastructure and
ability to make war. General Sherman leaves Atlanta
with 62,000 men, and travels the routes of the rail
lines toward Savannah, laying waste to all the areas
through which they pass. Sherman orders his troops to
burn crops, confiscate supplies, destroy buildings,
and rip up rail tracks--anything that can be
considered useful to the Confederates is to be utterly
destroyed. When Sherman finally reaches Savannah in
December, he leaves behind him a route of destruction
from which the South will not recover. Find out why
today he is considered one of the foremost architects
of modern warfare.


Monday, May 23, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Basement.
Venture down that creaky staircase to explore the most
misunderstood room in the house! From Pompeii to
Pittsburgh, the dark, cool, and forlorn spaces beneath
our living quarters have always contained things that
helped us live comfortably. Ancient Hittites,
Phrygians, and Persians carved subterranean rooms for
food, water, and wine storage, and for shelter from
weather and marauders. For ancient Greeks and Romans,
a basement greatly increased a house's value. Ruins of
homes at Pompeii reveal the importance of basements in
providing both heat and storage for rich Roman
families. Renaissance architects placed kitchens,
servant quarters, and laundry rooms there, hidden from
the eyes of their aristocratic patrons! Colonial
Americans expanded the practice, and by the 20th
century, the basement was a routine feature. Come
along as we demystify this domestic underworld, which
turns out to be an area of innovation, imagination,
and creativity.

8-10pm -- Secret Missions of the Civil War - 
In the annals of the Civil War, the great battles
dominate. Names like Gettysburg, Chancellorsville or
Antietam are famous by sheer weight of blood and
horror. Where armies of men by the tens of thousands
opposed each other, these were the vast, open, visible
spectacles of the conflict. But the well-worn archives
of that time are also filled with the details of far
lesser-known actions like a Confederate attempt to
burn down New York City. They were clever, daring,
covert operations designed to frighten the enemy,
disrupt his supplies, and destroy his morale.
Clandestine plans, fueled by ingenuity and bravado,
they defied the odds for a chance at success. In this
2-hour special, we'll explore these little-known but
exciting acts of ingenuity and bravery.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Mysterious Loss of
the German Fleet.
The Scapa Flow is one of Great Britain's most historic
stretches of water. Located within the Orkney Islands,
Scotland, this sheltered open lagoon has been used by
ships since prehistory and for years was the main
anchorage of the British Royal Navy. It also played an
important role in both World Wars. We travel back to
June 21, 1919, which begins with calm seas and clear
skies. Yet by day's end, over 50 ships, including some
of the most powerful battleships in the world, will
sink in what amounts to the greatest loss of shipping
ever in one day. Join the Deep Sea Detectives team as
it dives to the bottom of one of the strangest stories
in Maritime History!!!


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech.
From tub to toilet to toothpaste, here's everything
you ever wanted to know about the most used and least
discussed room in the house. From the first home
bathrooms in ancient India, Roman latrines, and
bizarre Victorian-era bath contraptions, to modern
luxurious master bathroom suites, we trace the history
of bathing, showering, and oral hygiene. And we reveal
the messy truth about what was used before toilet
paper--brainchild of the Scott Brothers of
Philadelphia--and why astronauts wear diapers.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Civil War in the West.
The Civil War is thought of as a conflict between
North and South. But the West figured into it, too.
There were more than 2,000 battles west of the
Mississippi River--action stretched clear to the
California coast. The rugged, wide-open West presented
special challenges for armies. Soldiers had to be
hearty--able to maneuver themselves and equipment
through ice, snow, and mountain passes. They often
improvised with whatever they had. Shovels and belts
proved especially useful. Then there were the arid
plains, which required armies to adapt in different
ways. Men had to cover great distances in order to get
food, arms, and other supplies. We'll take a look at
the weapons, clothing, transportation, and tools
employed on the Civil War's Western Front. Host: David

9-10pm -- Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial
of Henry Wirz - 
An angry peace lay over Washington during the summer
of 1865, following the Civil War's end and President
Lincoln's assassination. This was the tense atmosphere
surrounding the trial and execution of Captain Henry
Wirz, commandant of Andersonville Prison, where 13,000
Union POWs perished. In a collision of vengeance and
justice, his trial proved a pivotal point in the
nation's reconstruction. We illustrate the horrors of
the prison camp, the drama of Wirz's trial, and the
roles that others--from both South and North--may have
played in the Andersonville atrocities. And we see why
the controversial trial, one of the nation's first war
crime tribunals, created enduring moral and legal
notions and established the precedent that certain
wartime behavior is unacceptable, regardless if
committed under the orders of superiors or on one's

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech.
When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw
today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that
feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving
to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the
woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to
topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to
19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as
large as the timber they felled; and travel with a
tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood
uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste!


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Garage Gadgets.
Handy around the house? You will be after this history
of the household garage. From lawn care products to
snow removal and outdoor cooking, the garage gadgets
for do-it-yourselfers have evolved over the decades to
meet the ever-changing challenges of maintaining a
home. With a typical garage as our starting point,
we'll explore the uncommon histories behind some
common garage items such as the lawn mower, string
trimmer, leaf blower, barbecue grill, and more.

8-9pm -- Battlefield Detectives - The Civil War:
General Robert E. Lee's first invasion into the North
ended in the Battle of Antietam--the bloodiest single
day in the Civil War--and in all US history. Just 12
hours of fighting resulted in nearly 23,000
casualties. On September 17, 1862, two determined
armies gathered near Sharpsburg, a quiet backwater
near Antietam Creek in western Maryland. Union forces
were desperate to repel the South's invasion of their
territory. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia,
its back to the Potomac River, was fighting for its
very existence. Much was at stake. But just why was
Antietam such a terrible killing field? Now the latest
forensic techniques are shedding new light on the
question. Experts from the fields of archaeology,
geology, weapons technology, and pathology investigate
this uniquely horrific moment in American history.

9-10pm -- Battlefield Detectives - The Civil War:
July 1-3, 1863: Over three hot days, Union and
Confederate forces clashed in and around a small
Pennsylvania town. When the Battle of Gettysburg
ended, the two exhausted sides had inflicted more than
50,000 casualties upon one another--the largest battle
ever fought on American soil. The third day is
considered the Confederacy's "high-water mark"--when
General Robert E. Lee lost the decisive battle of the
Civil War. But scientific battlefield evidence now
suggests that by the time the artillery began firing
that day, the Confederate fight was already doomed.
And when Pickett's Charge--the famous full frontal
attack against Union lines--got underway, the battle
effectively was over. Experts in physics, geology,
crowd control, and cartography join forces with
military historians to better understand this epic

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Civil War Tech.
America protects its homeland with the most
technologically advanced military force ever
conceived. Although they fight 21st-century battles
worldwide, the technology unleashed is directly
descended from a war fought more than 140 years ago.
This episode explores how the War between North and
South was the first modern war, and the technology
used in it was a quantum leap beyond any previous
conflict. The machine gun, aerial reconnaissance,
advanced battlefield medicine, instantaneous
communication, ironclad ships, even the first aircraft
carrier were all innovations developed during the
Civil War. We'll investigate improvements in weapons,
sea power, transportation, troop conveyance, food
processing, medical care, and telecommunications. At a
time when the nation was divided, Civil War technology
revolutionized the way war was waged. Today, those
technological milestones have evolved to ensure that
our modern military has no equal in the world.


Thursday, May 26, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - MiG 15.
The MiG 15 was one of the 20th century's most feared
high-performance weapons. When it first appeared in
1950, its high speed, lightning maneuverability, and
intense firepower outclassed everything in the sky.
During the Korean War, when Soviet MiGs engaged with
America's F 86 Sabre jets, they finally met their
match and a new era in air warfare had begun. Features
exclusive interviews with MiG fighter pilots who flew
against US pilots and the nephew of the founder of the
MiG Design Bureau.

8-10pm -- Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters - 
This 2-hour special features stories about slave
catchers and slave resistance, from the colonial era
through the Civil War and its aftermath. Slavery was
built on a brutal system of slave policing--enforced
by armed community patrols, paid slave catchers, and
federal law. And most of us think that slave catchers
were always successful. But the bounty hunters'
bloodhounds occasionally lost against the intelligence
and courage of the enslaved. In the North, slave
catchers were sometimes defeated by an organized--and
armed--free black community. Using recreations,
archival material, and scholar interviews, we hear
stories of actual slave catchers and fleeing slaves
that have never before been portrayed on film. Through
the hunter/prey lens of time, these stories
demonstrate that within the darkness, there was also
light. For even when freedom seemed no more than an
illusive dream, the enslaved and their supporters
struggled for the day when America could be
America...for all its people.

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


Friday, May 27, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - More Doomsday Tech.
The second deadly hour examines more threats--both
natural and manmade--that may endanger civilization.
From the far reaches of space to tiny viruses,
doomsday sources are many. But so are technologies
used to keep doomsday at bay. Asteroids of significant
size have hit our planet before and likely will again.
Asteroid hunters demonstrate the Near Earth Asteroid
Tracking (NEAT) program and methods being developed to
destroy earth-aimed asteroids. Then, it's onto
bioterrorism's sinister technologies--how highly
virulent agents like smallpox and plague can be
weaponized. Next, an ex-hacker turned cyber-security
expert shows how vulnerable the nation's computers are
to cyberterror. Finally, we visit the controversial
world of biotechnology. Could genetically engineered
crops backfire? Does a brave new world of genetically
selected beings loom in our not-so-distant future?

8-9pm -- The Last Days of WWII - May 27-June 2.
Fighting on Okinawa intensifies as the Japanese begin
their retreat. Enemy forces on the island of Borneo
send hundreds of Australian and British soldiers on a
death march across the island, while US forces
continue to wipe out scattered opposition on the
Philippines. In Europe, British troops oversee the
transfer of thousands of Nazi sympathizers from Russia
to Yugoslavia. And the continent's food shortage is
now a top priority in Washington. In this episode of
our week-by-week overview of the closing months of
WWII, we'll profile US General Simon Bolivar Buckner
and highlight the P-51 Mustang escort fighter.

9-10pm -- WWII Sub Rescue - 
Focusing on a daring and dangerous operation that took
place near WWII's end, this is the story of US
missionaries and civilians trapped in the Philippines
during the island nation's occupation by Japanese
troops. The dramatic story also involves top-secret
documents. In 1944, a Japanese plane went down in the
Philippines carrying a copy of "Z-Plan"--Japan's
strategy to win the war in the Pacific. The papers
fell into the hands of pro-American guerrilla forces,
and US military officials desperately wanted to
retrieve them and get them to Australia, site of
General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters. The closest
sub in the area, the USS Crevalle, was instructed to
proceed immediately to the island of Negros, where it
would pick up the refugees and the "Z-Plan". The
secret documents could perhaps shorten the war--if
only they could make it to Australia. Based on Steven
Trent Smith's book The Rescue.

10-11pm -- Mail Call - Iwo Jima Special: #73/74.
R. Lee Ermey travels to the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima
with 86 veterans of the WWII invasion to relive the US
Marine Corps' most heroic battle. In an hour-long
special, Lee interviews Marines, Navy Corpsmen, and
Coast Guard sailors who fought in the battle. Vivid
color footage brings the invasion to life and tracks
the courage, gear, and guts needed to plant that
famous flag on Mount Suribachi. The Gunny walks the
black-sand beach and explores pillboxes and caves of
the Japanese underground defenses. He views rare
footage from combat cameraman Bill Genaust and places
a memorial plaque near the spot where Genaust died.
And he welcomes returning vets and their families,
including two brothers who come to scatter their
father's and grandmother's ashes to "reunite" them
with their grandfather--killed in action on Iwo Jima
and buried at sea. Though an emotional trip for Lee,
it's filled with the firepower, hardware, and vehicles
that activate his interest.


Saturday, May 28, 2005

7-8pm -- High Tech Lincoln - 
For years, Hollywood special-effects wizards worked
with historians and museum specialists to create a new
way to experience history. Join us for an
unforgettable tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The
facility spreads over 200,000 square-feet and houses
the Illinois State Historical Library's 12-million
items, such as the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation
Proclamation, and Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Speech.
Historical archives are presented alongside
state-of-the-art technology, including a holographic
"Ghost of Lincoln"; a Special Effects Theater, where
six historical figures present their views on the 16th
President; stunningly lifelike figures of Abe and
family; and recreations of Lincoln's log cabin and the
White House. Features comments from author Gore Vidal
and museum director Richard Norton Smith, who has
said, "In size, in scope and, above all, in
imagination, this institution dwarfs anything that

8-9pm -- Save Our History - Gold Rush Ghost Towns.
Join us as we travel back in time to ghost towns in
Montana and northern California and bring to life the
gold-rush era of the mid to late 19th century and
explore how gold was mined, what challenges
prospectors faced, and what technology they used to
hit pay dirt. Combining archival material, original
footage, and demo scenes with host Steve Thomas, we
meet gold-rush historians and aficionados, set off an
explosion in a gold mine, and walk the streets of
lawless towns that boomed fast and went bust even
faster--where fortunes were made and killings and
robberies were almost daily events. It's a fascinating
journey back in time that brings gold-rush ghost town
history to life.

9-11pm -- Mountain Men - 
Join us as we trek across America's vast wilderness
with the fur trappers who helped open up the unknown
and savage land, and risked everything for a life of
adventure, money, and wanderlust. Although their era
(1807-1840) lasted little more than a generation,
their impact was enormous as they blazed across the
west. Highlights of this 2-hour special include an
interview with author Robert Utley and narration by
Pernell Roberts.


Sunday, May 29, 2005

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

8-9pm -- Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death - 
The 2004 Tsunami, centered in the Indian Ocean, was
caused by a 9.3 earthquake--the second strongest quake
on record. Join us for a minute-by-minute look at
nature's fury at its worst, when the tsunami kills
more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. In this
special, we examine the tsunami as it moves from coast
to coast through the eyes of people who lived through
it and scientists now studying its path of
devastation. Drawing on the extraordinary volume of
amateur video that recorded the disaster, we take
viewers inside the world's deadliest tsunami.

9-11pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - 
Meteors, comets, and asteroids cross the solar system
to offer clues about our planet and universe. Can they
destroy civilizations? Did they wipe out the
dinosaurs? Have they brought life to our planet? And
when will the next one hit? Aided by elaborate
animation and live-action footage, we learn what these
mysterious space rocks really are and imagine what
likely happened 65-million years ago, when an object
plowed into the Yucatan Peninsula. We see how certain
spectacular meteor falls advanced our understanding of
what they are and the danger that they pose. We talk
to leading experts--astronomers and geologists
including David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker,
co-discoverers of the Shoemaker-Levy comet that fell
into Jupiter in 1994. And we talk to NASA scientists
about recent missions to asteroids and comets and
speculate on ways to move Earth-threatening asteroids
and comets out of our way. Because it isn't a question
of if but when the next deadly impact will take place.


Monday, May 30, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Concept Cars.
They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to
make the heart race and the mind ask...what if?
Explore the world of 1950s concept cars--automotive
art built to attract public attention, test wild
engineering ideas, and give motorists a fleeting
glimpse down the highway of tomorrow. Fasten your
safety belt as we road test "rocket cars" like the
aircraft-inspired 1951 Buick LeSabre, Cadillac
Cyclone, Firebird I, and the original Corvette
Stingray, and view Harley Earl's visionary designs.

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.

9-11pm -- 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.


Tuesday, May 31, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - George Washington Carver
One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George
Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising
from slavery to become one of the world's most
respected and honored men, he devoted his life to
understanding nature and the many uses for the
simplest of plant life. His scientific research in the
late 1800s produced agricultural innovations like crop
rotation and composting. Part of the "chemurgist"
movement that changed the rural economy, he found
ingenious applications for the peanut, soybean, and
sweet potato. At Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Carver
invented more than 300 uses for the peanut, while
convincing poor farmers to rotate cotton crops with
things that would add nutrients to the soil. A
visionary, Carver shared his knowledge free of charge,
happy in his Tuskegee laboratory where he could use
his gifts to help others.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Gambling Tech.
Ride on a luxurious riverboat to the rough-and-tumble
mining and cattle towns where prospectors and cowboys
earned and lost fortunes as we explore Wild West
games, techniques, and cheating devices. Meet
professional players who made a living by outwitting
others, including famous riverboat gamblers George
Devol and Canada Bill Jones, and Tombstone duo Wyatt
Earp and Doc Holliday. Keith Carradine introduces the
rules of each game and demonstrates the types of
weaponry gamblers carried.

9-10pm -- Breaking Vegas - Vegas Vixen.
Standing 5'3" and weighing about 100 pounds, this
mother of four (three from different husbands) is
hardly the typical casino hustler or high roller. But
in fact, that's exactly what Ida Summers was during
the 1960s and '70s, some of the most dangerous decades
in Vegas. With nerves of steel and the looks of
Elizabeth Taylor, Summers raked in tens of thousands
of dollars in a single weekend--and earned the respect
of not only the gangs of Vegas cheats she wrangled,
but also the casino investigators and FBI agents that
were determined to bring her down. Highlights include
intimate accounts from Ida, plus interviews with
fellow crossroader legend John Soares, and her
nemesis, FBI Special Agent Dave Spencer.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 6.
An in-depth look at the modern era's most complex,
deadly, and controversial engineering failures. With
the aid of 3-D animation, forensic experts, and
footage of disasters, we seek to understand what went
wrong and how mishap led to remedy. Stories include:
the Marines' AV-8 Harrier "Jump Jet"; the Ford
Explorer/Firestone rollovers; fire on the Piper Alpha
offshore oilrig; derailment of a high-speed train in
Germany; and computer errors that brought the world to
the brink of accidental nuclear war 
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