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November 1, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engines.
Story of the development of engines and motors, with
particular emphasis on the ones that have profoundly
changed society. Beginning with the steam engine, we
see how it was created, how it works, and how it led
to the Industrial Revolution. We review the electric
motor, internal combustion engine, jet engine, and
rocket engine, and conclude with a look at futuristic
engine technologies, including hydrogen-powered cars
and microtechnology engines so small that they fit on
the tip of a finger.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Grim Reaper.
The trek west was a dangerous one--if the elements
didn't get you, disease, hostile people, starvation,
and accidents of all kinds could. There were no 911
calls at the time. Hospitals were few and far between.
Chances of recovering from illness or mishaps were
slim or none. This episode takes a look at how
settlers met their deaths. Technology, in particular,
played a hand. The reaper, for example, was
responsible for the passing of many. As it sped up
harvesting, it increased the speed at which farm
workers were maimed--or worse. Then there were trains,
wild animals, and "friendly" innkeepers, who in the
end, weren't so nice.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Iraq's Ambush Alley.
In March of 2003, the Marine Corps plan to send two
columns north across the Iraqi desert to help the Army
seize Baghdad. If there's going to be trouble, it will
happen when the Marines try to traverse a north/south
stretch of road between two bridges in Nasiriyah. On
March 23, nothing goes right. When a convoy of supply
trucks takes a wrong turn, they travel north up
"Ambush Alley" almost to the end before they recognize
their mistake and turn around. Returning south,
they've almost made it back to the Euphrates River
when gunfire explodes from buildings on both sides of
the road. The Marines find themselves in a heated
firefight with black-robed Fedayeen fighters. Over the
next several hours, they try to fight their way out,
save their wounded comrades and complete their

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - 25,000 Miles
Non-Stop: Voyager Aircraft.
In the pre-dawn darkness of December 14, 1986, a
peculiar aircraft lumbers down an immense runway in
the California high desert. With a wingspan larger
than a 727, it weighs scarcely 2000 pounds when empty.
Maverick aircraft designer Burt Rutan has designed
this plane to fly nonstop around the globe. With his
brother, decorated fighter pilot Dick Rutan at the
controls, this is the moment of truth--the culmination
of six years of work. The bizarre craft, Voyager, is
like no flying machine ever built. When Voyager does
get airborne, there are nine more days of perilous
near-death experiences as it attempts to set the last
great aviation record.


Wednesday, November 2, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Trucks.
Hop into the cab for the ride of your life as we
examine extreme trucks, including: a jet truck that
can travel 300 mph; the Baltimore Technical Assistance
Response Unit's mobile command truck; a garbage truck
with an articulated arm; a concrete pumper truck with
telescoping boom and pumping mechanism; and a
4-wheel-drive truck that can convert from mower to
street sweeper to backhoe to snow blower in mere
minutes. Learn how SWAT, bomb squad, HAZMAT, and crime
scene specialty trucks are built.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 15.
A series of construction errors causes a devastating
flood that brings Chicago to a standstill. A deadly
accident traps hundreds in a smoke-filled Alpine
tunnel, with no ventilation. Three boilers explode on
a Mississippi riverboat resulting in thousands of
deaths and earning the disaster the title of the worst
in maritime history. Two buildings, halfway around the
world from each other, collapse from the same type of
shoddy construction methods--14 years apart. And a
cockpit warning system malfunctions, causing a fiery,
fatal crash before the jetliner ever takes off. We
interview design and construction experts as we
investigate what went wrong. And we talk with rescue
personnel, eyewitnesses, and victims as we visit the
tragedies' sites to see what improvements have been
implemented to insure against these kinds of

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil Fire Fighting.
When a burning gusher shoots flames into the air, only
a handful of men know how to snuff out the monster.
Fighting fire with fire, they place explosives around
the flames to blow it out, or douse it with tons of
water. The modern world depends on these risk takers,
yet their industry began less than 100 years ago. Join
us for a scorching hour as we review the rich history
of this "breed apart", and look at modern
heat-resistant clothing, new technology, and
regulations that protect oil firefighters.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 17.
It's another chapter of complex, deadly and
controversial engineering failures, using 3-D
animation, forensic engineering experts, and footage
of the actual disasters to understand what went wrong,
and how disaster has led to improvement. In Sun
Valley, California, weeks of record rain turn a crack
in the middle of a street into a 200-foot long
sinkhole. Months later, rain led to the Laguna Beach,
California landslide, which destroyed 11 homes and
caused millions in damage. On May 23, 2004, four
people were killed when the roof of the new Terminal
2E at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris
collapses. Other disasters: the 1931 crash of Fokker
F-10 passenger airplane with coach Knute Rockne
aboard; the sinking of the coal ship Marine Electric
off the coast of Virginia; and the blinding reflection
of the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


Thursday, November 3, 2005

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

8-10pm -- Behind the Mask of Zorro - 
The legend of Zorro was inspired by the early
California bandito, Joaquin Murrieta. A colorful and
romantic desperado with Robin-Hood charisma, Murrieta
defended the oppressed against intruders who stole
their land and gold. For his ability to elude his
pursuers, some called him "The Fox" or "El Zorro". In
the heady days of the California gold rush, when
Easterners making a mad dash for gold figured it was
easier to steal Mexican claims than to dig their own,
Murrieta was allegedly claim-jumped by intruding
miners who not only stole his gold claim, but also
unjustly lynched his older brother and raped his wife.
He decided to seek justice for himself. As the guilty
miners turned up dead, Murrieta began a reign of
terror in which he stole more than $1,400,000 in gold
and more than 10,000 horses.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Axes, Swords and Knives.
Blade implements have been a part of civilized man's
arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools
were chipped off of flint or obsidian. But with the
discovery of metallurgy, people were able to forge
stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an
axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an introduction
to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then we visit
a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work
in traditional methods from ancient sources, and
review the history of knives.


Friday, November 4, 2005

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

8-10pm -- Dog Fights - 
Ever imagine what it would be like to participate in
the most historic air battles of all time? Imagine no
more. This special puts viewers in the cockpit to
recreate four famous air battles, using computer
graphics, animation, firsthand accounts, and archival
footage to make these thrilling and dangerous
dogfights all too real. Each segment begins with an
introduction to a pilot as we learn of the conflict he
is engaged in, the history and technology of the
aircraft that he flies, and the mortal enemy he must
face. Then comes the moment of contact with the
enemy--the fight begins! Experience a
computer-generated recreation of the aerial battle as
the voice of the pilot plays out this life and death

10-11pm -- 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.


Saturday, November 5, 2005

7-8pm -- Busting the Mob - 
Put your ear to the keyhole and listen to
conversations that brought major crime figures to
their knees. Former undercover agents describe
planting listening devices and infiltrating and
cutting through the Mob's hierarchy. In the early
1980s, one of the biggest heroin rings in the world
was brought to its knees - not with violence, or
murder, but with a small bundle of wires and
electronic listening devices. The Pizza Connection was
one of the most important and far-reaching wiretapping
cases ever, and ushered in a golden age in law
enforcement's fight against the mafia. In the coming
years, the FBI would use wiretapping to go after all
of the "Five Families" in New York by bugging the
leaders' homes, their meeting places and even the cars
they rode in. The evidence those wires uncovered
helped the FBI take down the biggest mafia leaders in
New York.

8-10:30pm -- Reel To Real - The Siege.
Movie. After a special branch of the US military takes
prisoner a suspected Muslim terrorist mastermind, New
York City becomes the target of escalating attacks.
Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington), the head of the
FBI/NYPD Terrorism Task Force, teams up with CIA
operative Elise Kraft (Annette Bening) to track the
responsible organization. As bomb attacks rage, the
federal government decides to send the army into the
city streets, led by General Devereaux (Bruce Willis),
and declares martial law. With Tony Shalhoub (1998)

10:30-11:30pm -- Reel To Real - The Day the Towers
A riveting special that reveals the never-before-told
stories of eyewitnesses, including amateur and
professional photographers, caught in the horror of
the World Trade Center tragedy. Images captured by
many of the photographers are seen for the first time
on television. Together, they provide startling and
intensely personal firsthand accounts of that fateful
day--stories of terror, hope, and survival.
3000 names

Sunday, November 6, 2005

7-8pm -- Shootout - D-Day: Fallujah.
November 2004--Fallujah, Iraq has become a viper pit.
Over the last six months, this once holy city has
become the center of gravity for the Iraqi insurgency
with Al Qaeda terrorists and Islamic radicals from
across the Muslim world congregating here to resist
the US occupation. Many have come to martyr themselves
and to take as many coalition troops with them as
possible. On November 8, six battalions of US soldiers
and Marines storm the city to kill the insurgents. It
will be the fight of their lives. With riveting and
insightful commentary from the men who sweated and
bled on the dusty avenues of Fallujah, this episode
highlights the strategies, cutting-edge technologies,
and harrowing stories of mortal combat--many told here
for the first time--of the deadliest house-to-house
street brawl since the battle for Hue City, Vietnam.
As one Marine tells us, if Fallujah isn't hell, it's
in the same zip code.

8-9pm -- Shootout - Hunt for Bin Laden.
If you thought the war in Afghanistan was over, think
again. Young Americans continue to fight and die as
they pursue Osama bin Laden, battle with al-Qaida, and
destroy the last remnants of the Taliban regime.
Fighting a tenacious enemy across searing deserts and
frigid mountain peaks requires strong weaponry and
sound tactics. These American veterans had both.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant William Bodette shows us how
he fought off three enemy ambushes in one month and
lived to tell the tale. Three National Guardsmen--all
cops back in America's heartland--diagram their rescue
of two Special Forces snipers pinned down by al-Qaida
gunmen. Sergeant Jason Thompson breaks down the
shootout on an Afghanistan hillside that left him
seriously wounded and took the life of one of the
young Marines under his command.

9-11pm -- The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross - #1.
The shadow of war between Christian and Muslim hangs
over us today, but it is a war that began nearly a
thousand years ago. By the close of the 11th century,
Jerusalem had been in Muslim hands for over 400 years.
In 1095 Pope Urban II launched an unprecedented
military campaign to seize it back--a "Crusade" to
purge the Holy Land of "the infidel". Over 60,000
Christian warriors would journey 3000 miles and for
almost three years to reclaim the Holy City in the
name of God. But their adversaries, the Turkish
warlords of the Middle East would resist them every
step of the way. In a series of epic battles and
bloody massacres, tens of thousands would die as the
crusaders inched ever closer towards Jerusalem.


Monday, November 7, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bible Tech.
Arguably the most influential book ever written, the
Bible provides a glimpse into the origins of ancient
technology and its use to withstand the elements,
build great structures, wage war, and conserve
precious water. We examine the technological
plausibility of biblical structures and
machines--including the Tower of Babylon, the Temple
of Jerusalem, ancient bronze and iron forging, and
shipbuilding skills that might have been employed to
build Noah's Ark.

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - The Templar Code: Crusade
of Secrecy.
For nearly two centuries, the Knights Templar were the
most powerful order in the Medieval world, a fearsome
and unstoppable Crusader militia. Then came
accusations of unspeakable crimes. Who were the
Templars, really? How did they become so powerful, so
fast, and why did they fall just as quickly? Evidence
hints that the Templars excavated under Jerusalem's
Temple of Solomon. What did they find there? Was it,
as The Da Vinci Code suggests, the true identity of
the holy grail--the bloodline of Christ? Or an
unimaginable treasure, documented in the Dead Sea
Scrolls, buried a thousand years before the birth of
Christ? This hour explores where the Templars came
from, how they lived, trained, fought and became a
Medieval world power, and the suspicious circumstances
behind their sudden downfall. Narrated by Ed Herrmann
and featuring the preeminent Templar authors and
scholars from Europe and America.

9-11pm -- The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross - #2.
In 1099 the Crusaders took Jerusalem in the bloodiest
of battles, wrenching it back from the Muslims for the
first time in 400 years. But, over the decades that
followed, the Islamic world dreamed of fighting back.
In 1144 the Muslims seized the city of Edessa from the
Christians. The news reverberated back to Europe, and
the Pope called for a Second Crusade. But this Crusade
was a disaster. It failed to expand the Christian
empire, and strengthened the resolve of the Muslims.
Under their great leader, Saladin, the Muslim swept
through the Christian Kingdom taking town after town.
In 1187 he took Jerusalem. This shocked the west into
responding, with a Third Crusade. Led by Richard the
Lionheart they defeated Saladin and marched on
Jerusalem. Richard failed to take the city and the
Third Crusade failed.


Tuesday, November 8, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Farming Technology.
The US agricultural process, from seed to shelf, is so
efficient that most people don't think much about it.
But food growing and processing is ever more
sophisticated, employing computer-guided,
ground-shaking machinery, and sometimes controversial
techniques. It's an industry of declining family
farms, diminishing returns, yet higher yields. We
review the evolution of the tools used to produce
food, show the steps in the cycle that bring food to
the table, and look at the future of farming.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Gadgets.
They could be violent...wicked...or downright absurd.
Whether they helped to take down outlaws, save a life,
or just plain amuse, these techno gizmos
revolutionized the unruly frontier. This episode looks
at contraptions practical--and not--devised to tame
the frontier. Objects include Wild West mouse traps,
lie detectors, a metal detector (to locate bullets),
an Elgin Cutlass Pistol (a Bowie/Revolver in one),
kerosene headlamp, electrified brass rails, a
self-containing breathing device, stream heat, a
syringe, rubber condoms, a donkey engine and much more
of the good, the bad and the technologically ugly. 

9-10pm -- Shootout - Battle for Baghdad.
For 21 days in the spring of 2003, two US Army and
Marine divisions race north across the Iraqi desert
from Kuwait. Their mission: seize the Iraqi capital as
quickly as possible. The planners of Operation Iraqi
Freedom believe that taking Baghdad in a hurry will be
like "cutting off the head of the snake" and will
bring a speedy end to the war. But it won't be a
cakewalk. A tenacious force of guerrilla fighters
throw up roadblocks. They call themselves Saddam
Fedayeen--Saddam's Men of Sacrifice. The Fedayeen
weapon of choice is the RPG--the rocket-propelled
grenade. This nasty piece of handheld artillery can
stop the Marines' thin-shelled armored personnel
carrier, and it can even put a tank out of commission
if it hits it in just the right spot. We'll hear from
troops who found themselves on the receiving end of
punishing RPG barrages and veterans who recount
stories of brutal shootouts on the bloody road to

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Sikorsky and the
Rescue Chopper.
November 29th, 1945, an oil barge is driven onto a
reef in Long Island Sound during one of the most
violent storms of the decade. The barge is being
pounded by the fierce waves, and if they are not
rescued soon, the two men stranded on it face certain
death. All attempts to rescue them have failed and the
situation looks hopeless. Just across the sound is
Igor Sikorsky, brilliant inventor, daring aviator and
pioneer of rotary flight. His dream that helicopters
will one day be used in life saving, rescue operations
is about to be realized. The Sikorsky R-5 helicopter
is called in to pluck the men from doom. The rescue
attempt is highly risky; the hurricane-like conditions
could bring down the pilot and his machine. But Igor
Sikorsky knows his pilot and helicopter can do the


Wednesday, November 9, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Mackinac Bridge.
Until recently, the Mackinac Bridge was the longest
suspension bridge in the world. One of the top
engineering marvels of the 20th century, the bridge
spans the 4-mile wide straits of Mackinac, where Lakes
Huron and Michigan come together. The Mighty Mac
connects the pastoral northern mainland of Michigan
with the state's heavily forested Upper Peninsula and
stands as a testament to the dreams, determination,
and hard work of a small few who created a true
masterpiece of modern engineering.

8-9pm -- 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!

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Paint.
From the Impressionist canvas to the Space
Shuttle...from customized hotrods to the brilliant
orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge or tiny
electronic devices--paint is one of our most
ubiquitous products. And paint adds more than just
pigmentation. It's a crucial engineering element,
protecting ships from water corrosion, stovetops from
heat, and the Stealth Bomber from radar detection. In
homes and businesses, it provides a balanced spectrum
of light and protects surfaces from wear. In this
colorful hour, we discover how this marvel of
chemistry and engineering is made, and how it is
applied. Come see what's beneath the surface as we
reveal one of man's most ingenious methods of
defeating the elements and adding spice to life!

10-11pm -- 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.


Thursday, November 10, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Lightning.
Since time immemorial, flashes of light have startled
our senses and piqued our imagination. But it's only
in recent years that we've begun to unlock the secrets
behind this terrifying phenomenon, as we learn in this
high-tech look at how man has tried to control nature
throughout history. Lightning kills nearly 100 people
yearly in the United States and injures hundreds of
others. Meet men and women who look for new ways of
detection, prevention, and how to save lives when
Mother Nature strikes!

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

9-10pm -- The Man Who Predicted 9/11 - 
In 2001, Rick Rescorla was the 62-year-old head of
security at the Morgan Stanley Bank situated high up
in the South Tower at the World Trade Center. Rescorla
was convinced that Osama Bin Laden would use jet
planes to try and destroy the World Trade Center. Long
before September 11th, he developed an evacuation plan
for the bank, hugely unpopular amongst the city whiz
kids who worked there who thought he was mad. His
evacuation plan however ultimately saved 3,000 of
their lives. Rescorla's plan was put into effect after
the first jet hit the North Tower--even though WTC
managers were instructing everyone to stay in the
buildings. When the second jet hit the South Tower, he
averted panic and organized a rapid evacuation.
Rescorla went back inside to help those injured and
trapped get out. He was still inside when the building
collapsed. His body was never found.

10-11pm -- Citizen Soldiers - 
Right now, some 35% of the military in Iraq is made up
of the National Guard and and women who
had been "weekend warriors" and now have been called
up to active duty far longer than they expected. In
this special, we will weave the contemporary stories
of National Guard and Reservists who are currently
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with the rich history
of both branches of the military. We will travel with
some of them, see up-close what their jobs are, and
compare their stories with those from the past.


Friday, November 11, 2005

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

8-10pm -- Mail Call - Ermey's Vietnam.
For the first time since leaving on a Freedom Bird
back in 1969, R. Lee Ermey travels back to Vietnam. In
this two-hour special Lee visits his old stomping
grounds, Da Nang, where he served 13 months as Staff
Sergeant assigned to the Marine Air Support Group. Lee
also pays tribute to our fighting men and women at
such historic locations as Hue, Khe Sanh, Hanoi and
the US Embassy in Saigon. And, of course, Lee answers
viewers' questions about what it was like to fight
during the long, bloody conflict. Features interviews
with veterans spanning the entire history of the
war--from the Commanding Officer of the first combat
troops to arrive in 1965 through the last Marine to
step off the Embassy roof ten years later. Hear first
hand what it was like to survive an ambush, engage in
urban warfare, shoot down a MiG, and spend years as a

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Jungle Ambush.
Vietnam, August 23, 1968: Sergeant Pat Watkins, was a
member of SOG, a special unit of the Green Berets.
During a classified mission in Da Nang, three Vietcong
companies attack a SOG outpost; vastly outnumbered the
SOG team miraculously repels the invasion, but not
without the loss of 17 Special Forces soldiers, the
most ever killed in a single incident. Many more might
have died if not for the heroic efforts of Watkins and
the others.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 17.
It's another chapter of complex, deadly and
controversial engineering failures, using 3-D
animation, forensic engineering experts, and footage
of the actual disasters to understand what went wrong,
and how disaster has led to improvement. In Sun
Valley, California, weeks of record rain turn a crack
in the middle of a street into a 200-foot long
sinkhole. Months later, rain led to the Laguna Beach,
California landslide, which destroyed 11 homes and
caused millions in damage. On May 23, 2004, four
people were killed when the roof of the new Terminal
2E at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris
collapses. Other disasters: the 1931 crash of Fokker
F-10 passenger airplane with coach Knute Rockne
aboard; the sinking of the coal ship Marine Electric
off the coast of Virginia; and the blinding reflection
of the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

8-10pm -- The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross - #1.
The shadow of war between Christian and Muslim hangs
over us today, but it is a war that began nearly a
thousand years ago. By the close of the 11th century,
Jerusalem had been in Muslim hands for over 400 years.
In 1095 Pope Urban II launched an unprecedented
military campaign to seize it back--a "Crusade" to
purge the Holy Land of "the infidel". Over 60,000
Christian warriors would journey 3000 miles and for
almost three years to reclaim the Holy City in the
name of God. But their adversaries, the Turkish
warlords of the Middle East would resist them every
step of the way. In a series of epic battles and
bloody massacres, tens of thousands would die as the
crusaders inched ever closer towards Jerusalem.

10-12am -- The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross - #2.
In 1099 the Crusaders took Jerusalem in the bloodiest
of battles, wrenching it back from the Muslims for the
first time in 400 years. But, over the decades that
followed, the Islamic world dreamed of fighting back.
In 1144 the Muslims seized the city of Edessa from the
Christians. The news reverberated back to Europe, and
the Pope called for a Second Crusade. But this Crusade
was a disaster. It failed to expand the Christian
empire, and strengthened the resolve of the Muslims.
Under their great leader, Saladin, the Muslim swept
through the Christian Kingdom taking town after town.
In 1187 he took Jerusalem. This shocked the west into
responding, with a Third Crusade. Led by Richard the
Lionheart they defeated Saladin and marched on
Jerusalem. Richard failed to take the city and the
Third Crusade failed.


Sunday, November 13, 2005

7-8pm -- Hitler and the Occult - 
Did Hitler's obsession with astrology, numerology,
ancient runes, and German mythology enable his early
brash moves and ultimately spell the Third Reich's

8-10pm -- Saddam and the Third Reich - 
Few people realize that the Baath party was actually
formed upon the principles and organizational
structure of the Nazi party. Iraq, because of its oil
and hatred of Jews, was an important battleground
between the Axis and Allied powers in World War II.
Nazi propaganda was broadcast throughout Baghdad, and
Iraqis often went on rampages against Jews throughout
the war. One of the most ardent Nazi supporters during
WWII was named Khairallah Talfah. Talfah was Saddam's
uncle. After the war, many of the key Iraqi Nazi
supporters, all of whom evaded prosecution, wound up
involved in Saddam's rise to power. This special
examines the key individuals of the Iraqi-Nazi
connection, the little-known battle for Iraq in WWII,
and the strange link to Saddam Hussein.

10-11:25pm -- Band of Brothers - Currahee.
They were ordinary men, swept up in the most
extraordinary conflict in history. With the eyes of
the world upon them, they found their greatest source
of strength in each other. From Tom Hanks and Steven
Spielberg, this is the story of Easy Company--an elite
team of US paratroopers whose WWII exploits are as
incredible as they are true. Part 1 begins on June 4,
1944, in England, as Lts. Richard Winters (Damian
Lewis) and Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) reflect on the
past that led them to D-Day.


Monday, November 14, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Battlefield Engineering.
Meet some of the most important, yet least-recognized,
warriors--the battlefield engineers who lay the
groundwork for oncoming conflicts. We'll cover combat
engineering from ancient Rome to modern-day Iraq, and
take a look at the "Next Big Thing".

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Real UFO's.
Ever since the military started using sophisticated
airplanes, they have sought ways to build an aircraft
that can fly undetected, maneuver like a helicopter
and fly like a jet. The Nazis were the first to pursue
the idea of building a disc-shaped aircraft. After the
war, the Americans, Canadians and Russians all were
able to build aircraft similar to the German
prototype, perhaps based on the concepts smuggled out
by German engineers. This episode looks at top secret
flying saucer designs of the Air Force, with specific
dates, times and locales of flights that may point to
the real explanation behind the many UFO sightings
beginning in 1947, and why the saucer design was
abandoned for stealth technology.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Templar Code: The
Quest for Templar Treasure.
They were called The Militia of Christ; God's special
forces. But the Medieval Knights Templar were also
brilliant capitalists, traders, and bankers--creating
a hierchy still followed by today's multi-national
super-powers. Then, in 1307, their leaders were
accused of high crimes; arrested; imprisoned; burned.
But the order's ships, gold and records all
disappeared. What happened to the surviving Templars
and the Templar treasure--both sacred and
earthly--they were said to possess? Did they, as some
say, hide gold in Nova Scotia, conceal secrets at
Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel or even use their riches to
establish the Swiss banking system? This episode
reveals why these warriors, dead for seven centuries,
and their treasure still populate hollywood
blockbusters like National Treasure and The Da Vinci
Code. Ed Herrmann narrates. 

10-11pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Battle of the
In 1944 the Ardennes region of Belgium is the frontier
between Nazi Germany and the Allies. After six months
of hard but successful fighting, Allied troops have
taken up winter quarters ready for the expected
invasion of Germany in spring 1945. Then on December
16th a quarter of a million German troops launch a
shattering offensive through the Ardennes. Allied
troops are taken completely off guard. They had
thought the war was almost over. Now they are engulfed
in a great land battle. At first, Hitler's Ardennes
Offensive is successful, but nearly two months of
fighting left the German Army in ruins. Scientists and
historians investigate why did the battle of the Bulge
ended in total defeat for Germany.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - NORAD: #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.
8:30-9pm -- 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

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - 506th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, 101st Airborne Division: #49.
Mail Call devotes an entire show to the gear and guys
of "Easy Company"--the men depicted in Band of
Brothers. Shot in a "You Are There" style, R. Lee
Ermey hosts in a vintage jumpsuit, supported by a team
of paratrooper reenactors using and demonstrating the
real gear, weapons, and medical evac used during the
Invasion of Normandy and through to the end of WWII.
8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Submarine: #50.
R. Lee Ermey goes "underway" with the Navy's Pacific
Fleet onboard the nuclear attack submarine USS Salt
Lake City. He demonstrates diving, steering, and
sonar--submarine basics; gets his hands on the
torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles that put the "attack"
in a nuclear submarine; and gets as close as he can to
the heart of a nuclear sub--its reactor. At program's
end, Lee breaks bread with the crew, after learning
that the USS Salt Lake City just won the Navy's award
for Best Chow on any submarine.

9-10pm -- Shootout - North Hollywood Shootout.
This is the story of the fiercest gun battle in US
police history. On February 28, 1997, a high-stakes
bank robbery went awry and devolved into an urban
firefight that became one of the most violent
shootouts in law enforcement history. With TV cameras
capturing the action from above, two
paramilitary-style gunmen take over a bank using
terrorist technology. Donning full body armor and
automatic weapons, they charge out of a Bank of
America branch in North Hollywood, California, and
with brutal and brazen disregard, they fire
armor-piercing ammo at police and citizens, turning a
congested residential area into a combat zone that
ends with deaths and numerous injuries. Police on the
scene that day recount their ordeal that very
dangerous day.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Hunting Bonnie &
In the height of the Great Depression, legendary
gangsters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker killed 14
people in a 2-year crime spree. Their killing
ground--the Midwest; their weapon of choice, the
lethal Browning Automatic Rifle. Clyde becomes known
for his uncanny ability to escape and his ruthless use
of extreme firepower. Clyde uses his BARs for
robberies and to pull off a jailbreak at the state
prison where he has spent time. The highly publicized
jailbreak draws out a top manhunter--Texas Ranger
Frank Hamer, who sets a trap for the gangsters on a
lonely country road...with Browning Automatic Rifles.
Bonnie and Clyde, inside their Ford V-8 with their
BARs in the backseat, don't have a chance on that day
in 1934. They meet their demise at the wrong end of
dozens of 30.06 caliber armor-piercing rounds fired
from Browning Automatic Rifles; Clyde takes 25 hits
and Bonnie another 28 rounds. Fate's fusion of man,
moment, and machine.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Saloons.
From a ladle and tin cup in an 1850s mining camp and
Civil War tent saloons to Prohibition-era speakeasies,
we investigate the history of the American saloon, and
go behind-the-scenes at Billy Bob's, a 3-acre Texan
saloon, and a Los Angeles sports bar with a
computerized liquor-dispensing system. We see what it
took to create the elaborate carved bars, the purpose
of the brass foot-rail, the impact of refrigerated
railroad cars on beer supply, and the transformational
power of the bottle cap.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Coffee.
Traces the origins of this tasty drink from Ethiopia
over 1,000 years ago to the espresso-fueled explosion
of specialty coffee stores like Starbucks today. Along
the way, we'll see how American companies like Hills
Brothers, Maxwell House, Folgers, and MJB grew to be
giants. Discover how billions of coffee beans make
their journey from coffee farms and plantations, and
are processed in gigantic roasting and packaging
plants before showing up in coffee cups all over the
world. Details the invention and production of instant
coffee, decaffeinated coffee, freeze-dried coffee, and
the espresso machine. Also, we explain how coffee made
shift work in factories possible, while coffeehouses
provided a creative cauldron that brewed political and
artistic progress in the 18th and 19th centuries. And,
we also provide tips on how to make a better cup at

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Brewing.
It's one of the world's oldest and most beloved
beverages--revered by Pharaohs and brewed by America's
Founding Fathers. Today, brewing the bitter elixir is
a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Join us for an
invigorating look at brewing's history from
prehistoric times to today's cutting-edge craft
breweries, focusing on its gradually evolving
technologies and breakthroughs. We'll find the
earliest known traces of brewing, which sprang up
independently in such far-flung places as ancient
Sumeria, China, and Finland; examine the surprising
importance that beer held in the daily and ceremonial
life of ancient Egypt; and at Delaware's Dogfish Head
Craft Brewery, an adventurous anthropologist and a
cutting-edge brewer show us the beer they've concocted
based on 2,700-year-old DNA found in drinking vessels
from the funerary of the legendary King Midas.


Thursday, November 17, 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 -- 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 - Icebreakers.
They are the toughest ships in the water, plowing
headlong into one of nature's hardest obstacles.
Modern icebreakers can smash through 10-foot thick ice
sheets without stopping, allowing scientists and
commercial shipping access to some of Earth's most
inhospitable spots. Join our blustery journey as we
patrol the Great Lakes on the USCG Cutter Mackinaw and
traverse the infamous Northwest Passage on the maiden
voyage of the USCG Healy, the newest Polar Class
Icebreaker in the US Fleet.


Friday, November 18, 2005

7-8pm -- 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!

8-9pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Pearl Harbor.
December 7, 1941--"a date which will live in infamy".
The unprovoked attack on the US Pacific Fleet moored
at Pearl Harbor is one of the key moments in modern
history, signalling the US entry into WWII, turning
the war into a global conflict, and marking America's
emergence as a military superpower. In this hour, we
offer an unprecedented viewpoint of the attack. Aerial
photographs taken of Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian
Island of Oahu are layered over a 3-D contour map to
create a CGI "model". But, this isn't a computer game.
Rather, a facsimile of Pearl Harbor as the battle
raged. These original high-resolution images allow the
viewer to track the attack from the air. Individual
stories of courage and heroism are explored in the
exact spots where they took place. Using cutting-edge
techniques, rare archive film, reenactments, and
extraordinary interviews with men who were there, we
tell, in a totally new way, the story of WWII's
greatest surprise attack.

9-10pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Iwo Jima.
On February 19, 1945, men of the US Marine Corps
invaded Iwo Jima. Over the next 36 days, the island
became the site of a titanic struggle of sheer bloody
will and determination. The Marines had to expel over
21,000 tenacious Japanese troops from a labyrinth of
fortifications dug into the very bowels of this
sulphurous island. Aerial photographs taken of the
island during the war have now been layered over a 3-D
contour map to create a CGI "model" of the island. But
this is no computer game--it's a model of the actual
island as the battle raged. The original
high-resolution images allow viewers to track the
conquest of the island, step by step, from the air.
Individual stories of courage and heroism can be
placed in the exact spot on the island where they took
place. The Marines eventually secured the island, but
half of the land combatants were killed or maimed. The
battle assumed legendary status and earned its place
in the collective consciousness of the American

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - The Great Raid.
The Philippines, January 28, 1945. The 6th Ranger
Battalion embarks from its base on the most audacious
rescue operation ever undertaken--to penetrate 30
miles behind enemy lines and liberate 511 POWs from
Cabanatuan, the notorious Japanese POW camp. Join us
for the dramatic and action-packed stories of heroes
from WWII to the present day. From Delta Force
Operators to CIA Field Officers, SWAT teams to bomb
squads, SAS Commandos to Navy SEALs, this series
recounts the stories of those who distinguish
themselves above all others in perilous situations of
combat, rescue missions, covert assignments, drug
wars, and hostile intelligence operations.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Doomsday Tech 1.
Doomsday threats range from very real (nuclear
arsenals) to controversial (global warming) to
futuristic (nanotechnology, cyborgs, and robots).
Despite the Cold War's end, we live under the shadow
of nuclear weapons, arms races, and accidental
launches. Next, we stir up a hotter topic--the
connection between global warming and fossil
fuels--and ask if they're cooking up a sudden, new Ice
Age. And we examine 21st-century technologies that
typify the dual-edged sword of Doomsday Tech with
massive potential for both creation and
destruction--nanotechnology (engineering on a tiny
scale), robotics, and cybernetics. We witness amazing
applications in the works, wonder at the limitless
promise, and hear warnings of a possible
nano-doomsday, with tiny, out-of-control machines
devouring everything around them.

8-10pm -- Reel To Real - Saints and Soldiers.
Movie. Based on actual events during WWII, this
award-winning film tells the dramatic story of a small
band of Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines
with information that could save thousands of American
lives. Outgunned and ill-equipped, they must now
battle a frigid wilderness and roving German troops to
smuggle the critical intelligence back to Allied
territory and survive the tragic event now known as
the Malmedy Massacre. With Corbin Allred, Alexander
Polinsky, Kirby Heyborne, Larry Bagby, Peter Asle
Holden, and Ethan Vincent. (2003)

10-11pm -- Reel To Real - Massacre at Malmedy.
Chronicles one of WWII's most infamous atrocities, the
massacre of 86 American prisoners of war by the German
S.S. in 1945. Includes an account of the war-crimes
trial in which 72 Germans were convicted for their
part in the killings. 


Sunday, November 20, 2005

7-8pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - Part 2.
It isn't a question of if but when the next deadly
impact will take place. When will the next
Earth-killer hit? 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.
Part 2 of 2.

8-10pm -- Little Ice Age: Big Chill - 
Not so long ago, civilization learned that it was no
match for just a few degrees drop in temperature.
Scientists call it the Little Ice Age--but its impact
was anything but small. From 1300 to 1850, a period of
cataclysmic cold caused havoc. It froze Viking
colonists in Greenland, accelerated the Black Death in
Europe, decimated the Spanish Armada, and helped
trigger the French Revolution. The Little Ice Age
reshaped the world in ways that now seem the stuff of
fantasy--New York Harbor froze and people walked from
Manhattan to Staten Island, Eskimos sailed kayaks as
far south as Scotland, and two feet of snow fell on
New England in June and July during "the Year Without
a Summer". Could another catastrophic cold snap strike
in the 21st century? Leading climatologists offer the
latest theories, and scholars and historians recreate
the history that could be a glimpse of things to come.
Face the cold, hard truth of the past--an era that may
be a window to our future.

10-11pm -- 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.


Monday, November 21, 2005

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

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Beyond The War of the Worlds.
In print worldwide for over a century, The War of the
Worlds is H.G. Wells at his best. Beginning with its
literary origins, we trace the path of this amazing
story from riveting magazine serial through the panic
broadcast of 1938, and then to major motion pictures.
We uncover the long-forgotten 1968 broadcast that
again drove thousands into the streets of Buffalo, New
York; and gain exclusive access to a new animated
feature film. Loaded with state-of-the-art special
effects and stunning reenactments, we revisit not only
the famous but the obscure, including the radio
broadcast in Ecuador that cost 20 people their lives.
Filled with vintage film clips and previously unseen
interpretations of the Martians, this is one you won't
want to miss!

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Cults.
Since ancient times, controversy has shrouded cults.
Whether promising a new messiah or guilt-free fleshly
pleasures, cults offer haven to those in search of
meaning. Some of the cults examined include: the Greek
cult of Dionysus, early Christians, Church of Satan,
People's Temple, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and
millennial cults.

10-11pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Battle of Britain.
Britain stands alone against the might of the
advancing German armed forces. But before Hitler can
put his planned invasion into effect, he needs to
destroy Britain's Royal Air Force. The Germans believe
they are invincible. For four long months in the
summer of 1940, the RAF and the German Luftwaffe
fought an epic battle in the blue skies over the green
fields of southeast England. For more than 60 years,
the story of the battle has been the story of an
unprepared nation winning against overwhelming odds--a
tale of heroism, of a handful of plucky pilots, of the
battle-winning Spitfire aircraft. In our
investigation, scientists, historians, and veterans
reveal that in fact Britain was far from unprepared.
What were the secret systems and tactics that forced
the Germans to withdraw from battle--and that led them
to postpone, and then cancel, their plans for


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Secrets of the Acropolis.
With a thrilling combination of dramatic
reconstructions and 3-D animation, we step back in
time to the Golden Age of Greece and the birth of
democracy, to an era of unparalleled human creativity
that produced the magnificent architecture on the
Acropolis. Powerfully evoking the pagan rituals that
made the Acropolis the heart of Athenian life, we
explore all four key buildings: the Propylaia, the
Erectheion, Athena Nike, and the Parthenon--the most
influential buildings in Western civilization.

8-9pm -- Mail Call - Minot AFB.
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer in this series that answers viewers' questions
about military methods and technology with practical
demonstrations by military experts. Viewers go on the
frontlines, to foreign lands, and into basic training
as Lee demonstrates the hows and whys behind weaponry,
military hardware, vehicles, and jargon. It's a
glimpse of military life and history that civilians
rarely see. (1-hour version.)

9-10pm -- Shootout - Hunt for Bin Laden.
If you thought the war in Afghanistan was over, think
again. Young Americans continue to fight and die as
they pursue Osama bin Laden, battle with al-Qaida, and
destroy the last remnants of the Taliban regime.
Fighting a tenacious enemy across searing deserts and
frigid mountain peaks requires strong weaponry and
sound tactics. These American veterans had both.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant William Bodette shows us how
he fought off three enemy ambushes in one month and
lived to tell the tale. Three National Guardsmen--all
cops back in America's heartland--diagram their rescue
of two Special Forces snipers pinned down by al-Qaida
gunmen. Sergeant Jason Thompson breaks down the
shootout on an Afghanistan hillside that left him
seriously wounded and took the life of one of the
young Marines under his command.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Stormin' Norman and
the Abrams Tank.
The Date: 1991. The Mission: Drive Saddam Hussein's
army and elite Republican Guard from Kuwait. The Man:
US 4-star General Norman Schwarzkopf. The Machine of
Choice: the M1A1 "Abrams" tank, firing what the
gunners call "the silver bullet". Saddam predicts it
will be the "Mother of all Battles," but Schwarzkopf
knows he can beat the Republican Guard with the
"Mother-of-all-Tanks"--the most technologically
advanced tank in the history of warfare. Inside the
tank, host Hunter Ellis demonstrates how what they
call "Sabot" rounds can be loaded and fired in three
seconds. Just one of these "silver bullets" can
penetrate an Iraqi tank and completely destroy it. In
just 100 hours of battle, Schwarzkopf drives the
Iraqis from Kuwait and shatters Saddam's army.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

7-8pm -- The History of Thanksgiving - 
From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, Lincoln's 1863
declaration naming it a national holiday, to turkey,
Macy's parade, and football, we'll share the abundant
feast of Thanksgiving history--including all the

8-9pm -- The Presidents - 1789-1825.
Based on the book To the Best of My Ability, this
8-part series provides an insightful look at the
exclusive group of men from all walks of life and
parts of the country who have led America from the
Oval Office. Part 1 probes the Constitutional Era,
when the fledgling nation's revolutionary Founding
Fathers became its first administrators. From George
Washington, who defined the presidency, to James
Monroe, the last of the Revolutionary War heroes, the
office of president evolves and is tested as the
United States undergoes growing pains. Defining
moments include Washington's Whisky Rebellion, John
Adams' XYZ Affair, Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana
Purchase, James Madison's War of 1812, and the Monroe
Doctrine. We also examine the human side of the
Presidents, offering a look at their strengths and
weaknesses, their families, and accomplishments.

9-10pm -- The Presidents - 1825-1849.
In Part 2, America's leadership changes hands from the
Founding Fathers to a new breed of Founding Sons. The
period marked rapid growth and contentious politics,
including the bitterest election in US history and
first decided by popular vote--the election of 1828.
The imposing figure of Andrew Jackson dominates as he
impresses his will upon the nation, heralding the era
of the Common Man and Manifest Destiny. We also peruse
the putrid politics of John Quincy Adams' presidency;
Battle of the Petticoats; Indian Removal Act; Bank
War; economic turmoil during Martin Van Buren's term;
William Henry Harrison's death, the first succession
crisis, elevation of Vice President John Tyler ("His
Accidency"), and the first impeachment resolution
against a president; and exploits of James K. Polk,
who took the US to war with Mexico and expanded the
nation "from Sea to Shining Sea."

10-11pm -- The Presidents - 1849-1865.
Marked by polar opposites, this hour scrutinizes a
fractious era of the presidency--from Taylor to
Lincoln--one of the most turbulent in US history, when
the volatile issues of states' rights and slavery
erupted in civil war. We highlight the rough-hewn
style of Zachary Taylor, the second president to die
in office, through the compromising weaknesses of
Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce (Barbara Pierce
Bush's fourth cousin four times removed), the
near-treasonous James Buchanan administration, to
Abraham Lincoln, savior of the republic to some,
destroyer of the nation to others. The episode ends
with the first presidential assassination on Good
Friday, April 14, 1865, when Southern sympathizer and
actor John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head at
Ford's Theater in Washington during a performance of
Our American Cousin.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Washington Monument.
The US capital boasts many memorials, but none with a
more bizarre history than the obelisk erected to
America's first president. Over 55 stories high and
weighing over 90,000 tons, the Washington Monument
stands stalwart in the city's center. From concept to
completion, it took 100 years--years filled with
mystery, ceremony, conflict, government action, and
inaction. Proposed in the late 1700s by a group of
prominent citizens and finished in the late 1800s by
the Army Corps of Engineers, the exterior is mainly
Maryland white marble, while the interior is made of
granite, iron...and a few surprises. How did it come
together and why did it take so long? Historians tell
stories of stalling bureaucracy, secret societies, and
triumphant engineering. Stark and daunting on the
outside, we let viewers know what's inside.

8-9pm -- The Presidents - 1865-1885.
During America's Age of Reconstruction, from Andrew
Johnson (Lincoln's vice president) to Chester A.
Arthur, the ruptured nation faced the difficult task
of rebuilding a union after four years of civil war
and a presidential assassination. This period was also
known as the era of "The Ohio Generals"--three of the
five presidents featured in this hour were generals in
the Civil War, all from the state of Ohio. Defining
moments include the impeachment trial of Andrew
Johnson (by a margin of one, the Senate voted not to
convict him), the triumphant ascendancy of Ulysses S.
Grant, the back-room politics of Rutherford B. Hayes,
the unrequited aspirations of James Garfield, and the
civil service reforms of Chester A. Arthur.

9-10pm -- The Presidents - 1885-1913.
From Grover Cleveland to William Howard Taft, the
Gilded Age of the American Presidency, featured a new
breed of men who occupied the White House. It was an
era of unbridled economic growth, combined with the
completion of America's "Manifest Destiny" policy, and
dominated by the emerging figure of Theodore
Roosevelt. Defining moments include Grover Cleveland's
two nonconsecutive terms in office, William McKinley's
assassination, Teddy Roosevelt's anti-trust assaults
on big-money monopolies, and William Howard Taft's
political estrangement from his mentor and friend TR,
which led to a split in the Republican Party.

10-11pm -- The Presidents - 1913-1945.
The sixth hour looks at a challenging period of US
history that was marked by financial depression and
two world wars. This era also witnessed America's
emergence as a player on the world stage and
ultimately a superpower. In 1917, Woodrow Wilson
proclaimed American entrance into World War One a
crusade to make the world "safe for democracy." After
the war's end, he asserted international leadership in
building a new world order. Warren Harding watched as
scandals rocked his administration. Calvin Coolidge
ushered the nation to a dangerous economic precipice
that became the Great Depression during Herbert
Hoover's years. And finally, we look at the three
terms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who helped the
nation recover from the Depression and led it through
the Second World War.


Friday, November 25, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature's Engineers 2.
Think man is unique within the animal kingdom? You
might not after this hour that features an amazing
collection of earth's non-human inhabitants that use
tools, build intricate structures, create traps to
capture prey, and perform complex procedures,
including farming. From Egyptian vultures utilizing
stones to crack open hard-shelled ostrich eggs to
chimpanzees using a "tool kit" to extract termites
from their nests, we learn that our ability to create
tools is not exclusive. Other mammals create
subterranean structures, including those prodigious
diggers Prairie Dogs, and many animals and insects
make devices to augment hunting, such as the
Ogre-faced Spider that spins a small web to throw down
on unsuspecting passersby. And we're not the only ones
to work as a unified, multi-skilled force.
Aphid-Raising Ants protect and care for herds of plant
juice-sucking aphids that they "milk".

8-9pm -- The Presidents - 1945-1977.
An era of seeming bliss turns into a period of total
political disenfranchisement. Plain-spoken Harry
Truman becomes president after FDR dies in office and
presides during the last days of WWII. He also ushers
the US into the Atomic Age and the beginning of the
Cold War. Truman is followed by the hero of D-Day,
Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike's grandfatherly image and
"hidden hand" politics are replaced by youth and
charisma when John F. Kennedy is elected.
Assassination thrusts Lyndon B. Johnson into office
and Vietnam drives him out. After Richard Nixon
resigns in disgrace, Gerald Ford tries to heal a
wounded nation. Defining moments include the dropping
of the first atom bombs, containment of communism, the
Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, man on the Moon, JFK's
assassination, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War,
Watergate, and the first presidential resignation.

9-10pm -- The Presidents - 1977-Present.
The final hour of the series brings us to precipice of
the 2005 inauguration. This is an era marked by a new
world order, defined by the fall of the Berlin Wall,
then shattered by the specter of global terrorism.
Defining moments include Jimmy Carter's economic
malaise and the Iran Hostage Crisis; the election of
actor Ronald Reagan, bringing another assassination
attempt, Iran-Contra, and the Strategic Defense
Initiative; George H.W. Bush's Gulf War; Bill
Clinton's booming economy, sex scandals, and
impeachment; and the terror strikes on America on
9/11, George W. Bush's handling of the crisis, the War
on Terror, doctrine of preemptive strikes, and
invasion of Iraq. We also look at the contentious 2004
reelection of Bush over John Kerry.

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Captain Crunch.
The dramatic, action-packed stories of modern
heroes--individuals and small teams who distinguish
themselves in perilous situations of modern combat,
rescue missions, covert assignments, drug wars, and
hostile intelligence operations. Beirut Lebanon, 1983:
When the US Embassy is decimated by a car bomb, it is
not just a symbolic strike against America. Someone
has deliberately targeted those they believe to be
calling the shots in this volatile region--the CIA.
Nearly the entire Middle East CIA Station is
wiped-out. The agency calls on "Captain Crunch" Keith
Hall, a former Marine, who is one of the CIA's best
men in the field and he is quickly dispatched to
Beirut with one mission--find out who did it.


Saturday, November 26, 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?

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

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


Sunday, November 27, 2005

7-8pm -- Comanche Warriors - 
They invented the swirling, circling wagon train
attack. They took captives...or decorated their lances
with the scalps of those who fought back. From a
ragtag band of scavengers, the Comanche transformed
themselves into superior warriors by becoming the
first tribe to tame the wild mustangs. In less than a
generation, the Comanche became the world's greatest
horsemen. For more than 150 years, the Comanche of the
Southwest were ferocious raiders who stuck terror into
the hearts of the plains tribes, Mexican villagers,
and frontier settlers. They became the most feared and
powerful tribe to follow the massive buffalo herds
across the American heartland. We detail the
motivation, tactics, weapons, and experiences of these
nomadic Native Americans known as the "Lords of the
Southern Plains".

8-10pm -- Time Machine - 
In a 2-hour special, we scrutinize ancient writings
that didn't "make the cut" in the battle to create a
Christian Bible in the new religion's first few
centuries. Biblical archaeologists and scholars
examine why they were left out and if others might yet
be found. Beginning with the little-known Life of Adam
and Eve, we also peruse the Book of Jubilees, the Book
of Enoch, the Gospel of Thomas, the Protevangelium of
James, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Nicodemus,
and the Apocalypse of Peter.

10-11pm -- Sodom & Gomorrah - 
Did the sinful biblical cities Sodom and Gomorrah
exist or was the story of their destruction crafted
for other purposes? Near the Dead Sea, archaeologists
uncovered the ruins of two ancient cities,
Bab-edh-dhra and Numeira, that show evidence of fire
and collapse and an inscription on a sanctuary near a
cave calling it a shrine to Lot. Is this the cave
where Lot and his daughters sought refuge after the
demise of the evil cities? We examine the many


Monday, November 28, 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 -- UFO Files - UFOs and the White House.
Did you know that the office of President of the
United States has had a direct involvement with UFOs
for over 50 years? Since WWII, every Chief Executive
has publicly discussed, issued, or received documents
from the White House pertaining to "Unidentified
Flying Objects". Many of these documents have never
been seen on television before and some of the stories
surrounding these UFO-presidential encounters are
broadcast for the first time. Find out which
administrations had to defend our country from
unidentified objects...who was sitting in the Oval
Office during the biggest UFO sightings...and how the
government's UFO files are handled, depending on
political affiliations. We'll gather the facts and
glean information from presidential libraries that
reveal startling insight on UFOs and the White House.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Other Nostradamus.

10-11pm -- Battlefield Detectives - Waterloo.
It's 10 o' clock on the evening of June 18, 1815. For
the last 11 hours, a quarter of a million men have
been fighting one of the most intense, bitter clashes
in history--the Battle of Waterloo. As many as 50,000
men and 10,000 horses lie dead on the battlefield. The
British Commander, the Duke of Wellington, greets
Field Marshall von Blucher, Commander-in-Chief of the
Prussian army. Their forces have achieved the
unthinkable--the defeat of the legendary Emperor of
France, Napoleon Bonaparte. How had Wellington
achieved such a remarkable victory? Using the latest
scientific techniques and historical analysis, we'll
discover what gave Wellington the edge at Waterloo.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Aswan Dam.
In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Arab Republic of
Egypt's first prime minister, had a plan to bring his
poor country into the 20th century. To pull it off, he
needed to harness the flow of the world's longest
river--the Nile. The ambitious plan called for
construction of a high dam in southern Egypt at Aswan.
But the builders of the pyramids and the Suez Canal
were no strangers to large undertakings. We'll see how
the Aswan High Dam socially, politically, culturally,
and agriculturally affected Egypt.

8-8:30pm -- Mail Call - #90.
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer in this series that answers viewers' questions
about military methods and technology with practical
demonstrations by military experts. Viewers go on the
frontlines, to foreign lands, and into basic training
as Lee demonstrates the hows and whys behind weaponry,
military hardware, vehicles, and jargon. It's a
glimpse of military life and history that civilians
rarely see.

8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Longbow/National Technical
Systems/WWI Machine Gun/P-51 Mustang/WWII Flight
Jacket: #44.
Medieval expert Jeffrey Hedgecock shows R. Lee Ermey
why the longbow was such a feared weapon and how it
helped England become a dominant European power in the
Middle Ages, and demonstrates the brigandine variety
of archer protection. Then, Lee heads to Arkansas,
where National Technical Systems tests weapons and
equipment; profiles the WWI Chauchat machine gun, a
fabulous French flop; gets an up-close look at a
restored P-51 Mustang; and swaggers around in an A-2
flight Jacket, a WWII icon.

9-10pm -- Shootout - WWII: Storming France.
D-Day was hell, but it was just the beginning. For
five months, in the villages and fields of France,
American GIs fought and died for every yard of turf,
as Hitler tried to push them back into the sea. Don
Malarkey, of the famous "Band of Brothers", brings us
into the trenches for Easy Company's daring attack on
a German gun battery. Paratrooper John Hinchliff puts
us behind his machine gun as he tries to hold off a
German assault. Three vets of the 379th Regimental
Combat Scouts recount a harrowing dance with death
when their cover is blown. Bryan Bell, an infantry
platoon leader in Patton's Third Army, leads his men
on a charge up a hillside where death comes much
easier than glory. Computer graphics and battle
reenactments show you how these soldiers fought and
why they won.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Doolittle's Daring
It's 1942--the height of WWII. Bombers have never
before taken off from an aircraft carrier, but the
moment has come. Daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle and
his handpicked squadron train for a one-way mission
using modified B-25s. They're on a mission to bomb
Tokyo, avenge Pearl Harbor, and hopefully bring an end
to the war. There is not enough fuel for them to land
safely. They know they will either make history, or
die trying. In this episode, host Hunter Ellis
examines The Man--celebrated pilot Lieutenant Colonel
James H. Doolittle; The Machine--the B-25 Bomber; and
The Moment--Doolittle's dramatic raid on Japan.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- 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!

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Lumberyard.
At the center of the American Dream is the home--and
at the center of its creation or renovation is the
lumberyard. We'll explore the options lumberyards
provide for builders and renovators--from natural to
engineered woods. We'll show how plywood and pressed
woods are made, trace exotic woods to jungle and
desert, visit a special lumberyard that deals in
recycled and antique woods, and go on an underwater
expedition as divers locate ancient logs buried in the
Great Lakes and New Zealand. We'll see how
50,000-year-old ancient Kauri wood is "mined" from a
bog and is now all the rage among those who live in
mansions and travel on yachts. From the lowly 2-by-4
used to build a tract home, to a reclaimed set of
historic planks used to make a million-dollar bar in a
5-star hotel, this eye-opening program hits the nail
right on the head.
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