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Tuesday, October 4, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Emergency Room.
Emergency room medicine has only been a recognized
specialty since 1989, and it took close to two
millennia to get to this point. We'll examine advances
that led to the modern emergency room--from the
Byzantine's establishment of the first hospitals
around 1050 A.D. to today's telemedicine. The
prognosis for its future looks good.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Massacres II.
Genocide on the untamed frontier? Western technology
did much to help--and harm--folks heading West. We
examine various incidents, like the Camp Grant
Massacre in Tucson, Arizona in April 1871, when a
mongrel band of Anglos, Mexicans, and San Xavier
Papagos Indians, savagely slew 140 Apache men, women,
and children in their sleep. The Goliad
Massacre--Texas, March 1836, hundreds of Mexican
soldiers executed 342 Texans in a bloody betrayal
during the Texas Revolution. The Council House
Massacre--March 1840, in San Antonio, when a band of
Comanche are blown away by a vengeful volley of
gunfire. The Dragoon Springs Massacre--September 1858,
in Arizona, stage company workers are brutally
murdered in their sleep at the Dragoon Springs Stage
Station. The motives for the massacre are still
unknown. David Carradine hosts.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Guadalcanal.
A small island in the southwestern Pacific,
Guadalcanal was the place the US chose to confront the
Japanese on the ground for the first time in WWII.
Here, beginning in August 1942, Americans and Japanese
were brought face-to-face in close-quarter shootouts
that became a turning point of the war. From the
near-total annihilation of Colonel Frank Goettge's
intelligence patrol to the battles of Bloody Ridge,
both sides learned what the other was made of. The
Japanese were willing to fight to the death, and the
Americans were eager to offer them that chance. The
victory ultimately belonged to the US, but in the
man-on-man struggles that characterized the campaign,
winning or losing became personal and the difference
between survival and death. Experience the thick of
battle from the perspective of soldiers from both
sides. 

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Howard Hughes and
the Spruce Goose.
Howard Hughes was a celebrity persona known around the
world and an aeronautical genus, but he was a man with
personal demons that drew the public to watch his
every step. From producing movies to building aircraft
for the government, Hughes was a dynamic figure. In
1948 Howard Hughes set out to prove many of his
critics wrong by flying a machine that was termed "the
Spruce Goose"--the H-4 Hercules, to date the largest
plane ever built, was a flying boat designed to hold
as many as 750 soldiers. In a moment only Howard
Hughes could pull off, he would make history and prove
that a 400,000-pound bird can fly. 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Medical Imaging: The Voyage
Inward.
The story of medical imaging, the technology that
allows us to see inside the human body, is full of
amazing stories. Learn how X-rays were discovered in
1895, completely by accident; how ultrasound was
developed to locate enemy submarines; and how the CAT
Scan might never have been built if it weren't for The
Beatles!

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The Auto Store.
Need a car part or an accessory to give it
personality? Since 1903, when Sears dedicated a
portion of its catalog, the automotive after-market
grew into a billion-dollar juggernaut. We visit Auto
Zone, the retail leader, whose largest store carries
25,000 parts. At SO-CAL Speed Shop, a sedan is
transformed into a hot rod. Achieving $100-billion in
annual sales didn't happen overnight, but largely on
the shoulders of three entrepreneurs--cartoon
characters Manny, Moe, and Jack, who were real people.
In 1921, they opened their first store in
Philadelphia--Pep Auto Supplies. By developing brand
names, carrying key parts, and providing hands-on
service, they set the standard. Finally, we look at
odd products sold by auto stores, discover how Armor
All transforms dull interiors into brand-new, and how
a tire sealant named Slime may replace the spare tire.

10-11pm -- 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
space.

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Thursday, October 6, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Machine Tools.
Machine tools, power-driven machines of all shapes and
sizes, are used to make metal parts and have built our
modern world. Life today would not be possible without
them. Beginning with the story of the steam engine and
traveling forward to modern-day "machining centers"
that are used to make incredibly complex space shuttle
parts, we'll examine the basic types of machine tools
and their development. We'll also look at machine
tools of the future that will change the way products
are made.

8-9pm -- Mail Call - Hurricane Katrina.
Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey hits the skies with the
Air Force Pararescue Teams, the PJs, to take a look at
how these helicopter hard-chargers pulled refugees out
harm's way and flew them to safety after the recent
Katrina catastrophe in the Gulf Coast. Next, Gunny
heads out on patrol with the Marines for door-to-door
searches, water-main repair, and the rescue of a
defenseless kitten. Now this isn't the first time the
military has been faced with this sort of situation,
so the Gunny gives a history lesson on previous
military responses to natural disasters. Then, Lee
takes a look at how the Marines are beginning the
cleanup effort. But the Marines aren't the only
ground-pounders in the area. The Gunny patrols the
French Quarter with the 82nd Airborne to get the
skinny on the work they did to secure the Superdome
and what they and the Army National Guard are doing to
help get the displaced citizens of New Orleans back on
their feet.

9-10pm -- Katrina: American Catastrophe - 
A special that interweaves the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina with New Orleans' history. Learn how
the city, built precariously below sea level and
between two bodies of water, came to be. What
engineering feats made it survive for as long as it
did, weathering other dire storms? Why did the various
systems fail this time? How did so much of the
nation's oil and gas repositories come to be in this
environmentally fragile area? Was there anything that
could have averted the disaster, given that the
meteorology predictions of Katrina's path were quite
accurate? Hear stories of shame and heroism that etch
this devastation into our nation's history forever.
This special mixes news footage, personal video,
historical archive, and expert and witness interviews
into a compelling hour looking at this disaster from a
technology and historical perspective.

10-11pm -- 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.

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Friday, October 7, 2005
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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.

8-10pm -- The True Story of Killing Pablo - 
An exploration of the criminal life of Pablo Escobar
that culminated in the largest manhunt in history and
the controversial 1993 killing of Escobar on a rooftop
in Medellin, Colombia. Based on his book Killing
Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw,
author Mark Bowden anchors the program, guiding us
through pivotal moments of Escobar's life and sharing
startling revelations he uncovered during the research
for his book. Features interviews with key officials
of Colombia and the US.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - DOD Firefighter/USMC Martial
Arts Training/Little David: #82.
Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, dons the duds of a
Department of Defense firefighter at their training
facility at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside,
California. Highlighted is the DOD's new crash
vehicle, a heavy-duty firefighting truck. Back at HQ,
the Gunny provides a short history of Napalm--what it
is and why we don't use it anymore. Next, Lee travels
to Camp Pendleton, California for a demonstration of
USMC martial arts training. Then, it's trigger time
with the pistol favored by Japanese officers during
WWII--the Nambu pistol. And, the Gunny shows some
amazing archival footage of a secret US government
project called Little David--a remote-controlled
weapons platform that never made it out of the
prototype stage. And along with Little David, is, of
course, the story of Goliath--a WWII German
remote-controlled tank bomb.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Golden Knights/WWII Army Air
Force or Air Corps?/Flying Tigers/AC-130U Spooky: #40.
Join R. Lee Ermey as he prepares to jump with the
Army's Golden Knights--and find out if he's too
chicken! Since people get confused about what to call
the Air Force during WWII, when it was a part of the
Army, he digs into the history. Then, Lee focuses on
the Flying Tiger volunteers who risked their lives in
China before America entered WWII. And, he profiles
the modern gunship AC-130U. Terrifying to the enemy,
it flies at night, hence its nickname Spooky.

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Saturday, October 8, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Poison.
Since ancient times, man has tried to control the
"devil's bounty"--deadly substances found throughout
nature. Paradoxically, some of these lethal compounds
are now found to possess life-giving properties. In
this hour, we explore how ancient Egyptians, Greeks,
and Romans came to rely on the pernicious power of
poisons and learn the physiological action of these
potent killers. During the Renaissance, known as the
Golden Age of Poison, the deadly practice helped shape
European history--most especially that of the Catholic
Church. We continue our investigation into the gas
attacks of WWI and up to the 21st century, when a new
and serious threat of bioterrorism plagues the globe.
Finally, we peer into the future with scientists
experimenting with poisons and venoms from the plant
and animal kingdoms that may play an important part in
healing diseases such as arthritis and even cancer.

8-9pm -- History Alive - Marijuana.
In a series investigating the history of drug use, we
begin our trip tracing the rise of marijuana and
synthetic amphetamines. Marijuana, from the Indian
hemp plant, has been used worldwide as a source of
rope, cloth, and paper; its medicinal qualities were
first documented 4,000 years ago in China. But it's
best known as the drug of choice of the 1960s. During
WWII, US troops were given an estimated 200 million
amphetamines to fight drowsiness and battle fatigue,
and they're still used to fight depression.

9-10pm -- History Alive - Cocaine.
Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was
touted as a cure-all in the late 19th century and was
the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs
such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly
diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept
of the "cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to
strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38.
We'll see how, though it was outlawed in 1914, its
popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth
to a deadlier form--crack.

10-11pm -- History Alive - LSD, Ecstasy and the Raves.
How did the psychedelic drugs LSD and Ecstasy journey
from a scientific discovery to a popular recreation to
banned drugs? Mental health professionals once
believed that LSD could treat schizophrenia or
alcoholism. Meanwhile, Ecstasy, the "penicillin for
the soul", was used in marriage counseling. Now,
continuing the cycle of the hallucinogen, some of the
latest derivatives in this category of drugs, the
"rave" drugs such as GHB and Ketamine, are about to be
banned.

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Sunday, October 9, 2005
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7-8pm -- History Now - Al Qaeda's Navy.
Al Qaeda owns 15 to 20 large merchant freighters
necessary for trade--carrying cargo like cement and
sesame seeds. But they're also used for deadlier
purposes. Their existence is one of the major concerns
of the US and its allies. An attack at sea or on a
coastal target could be catastrophic and bring the
shipping industry to a halt. But the greatest threat
is not posed by an individual terrorist or suicide
bomber hidden in a container. It's that terrorists
could ship explosives in a container, and the chances
of security personnel finding them would be small. US
ports are instituting new measures, but critics claim
that the right balance hasn't been found and ports
aren't adequately protected. The question remains:
Will the new defenses be enough to stop an attack from
cunning and determined members of al Qaeda's Navy?

8-9:30pm -- The Cole Conspiracy - 
The War on Terror began long before fuel-laden jets
slammed into the World Trade Center's twin towers.
Almost a year earlier, on a quiet sweltering morning
off the coast of Yemen, a small fiberglass boat
exploded alongside an American destroyer. Join us for
a minute-by-minute look at the attack that killed 17
sailors, wounded more than 30, and nearly sank a US
warship. Learn firsthand about the heroic actions of
the men and women aboard the crippled destroyer as
they fought to rescue crewmates and prevent their ship
from sinking to a watery grave in the Gulf of Aden.
It's also the story of the al Qaeda terrorists who
meticulously planned and carried out the first
military strike in their declared war against the
United States.

9:30-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 8,
Part 1.
Join us for a devastating but enlightening look as we
delve into complex and often-tragic engineering
failures that have shaped our world. Dramatic events
unfold as we discover what happened. (1/2 hour
version.)

10-11:15pm -- Band of Brothers - The Patrol.
Easy Company arrives in an Alsatian town near the
German border, and is ordered to send a patrol across
the river to take enemy prisoners. Lt. Hank Jones
(Colin Hanks), fresh from West Point and eager for
combat experience, volunteers to lead, though he must
convince a skeptical Winters (Damian Lewis). Also
assigned to the patrol is Pvt. David Webster (Eion
Bailey), back in Easy after rehabilitation of an
injury. While successful, the mission costs a
soldier's life.

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Monday, October 10, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Surveillance Tech.
In the world of surveillance, Big Brother is not only
watching, he's also listening, analyzing, recording,
scanning, and tracking every aspect of our lives. And
with advanced surveillance technology, there's
virtually no place to hide. We'll examine some of the
most important and potentially terrifying equipment
the world has ever seen...or rather, not seen...in
this thriving surveillance revolution. We check out
parabolic microphones that pick up conversations a
mile a way, cameras that learn what and who to
photograph, RadarVision that "sees through walls", and
Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). And we explore the
mind-bending future of surveillance technology, while,
of course, reviewing its surprising history.

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

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Nazi Prophecies.
Some say that the rise of Nazi Germany was foretold in
prophecies that began in biblical times and continued
for centuries until the emergence of Adolf Hitler and
the Third Reich. These predictions paint a chilling
portrait of an evil, sinister force that would
terrorize the world. We expose the prophecies
throughout history that foresaw the rise and fall of
Hitler and the Third Reich. The program includes
biblical prophecies in the Book of Ester and the Book
of Daniel, the haunting predictions of the infamous
Nostradamus, the disturbing and exact predictions of
Eric Jan Hanussen--Hitler's personal clairvoyant--and
more...much more. Plus, we delve into the roots of
Nazism: into Germanic and Aryan legends, the occult,
mysticism, and astrology.

10-11pm -- Digging for the Truth - Hunt for the Lost
Ark.
For centuries, adventurers, and archaeologists--the
devout and determined, and even Indiana Jones--have
all searched for the Bible's most sacred lost
treasure: the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, despite all
its fame, it mysteriously disappeared from the pages
of history tens of centuries ago. How could something
so powerful and holy simply vanish? That's what host
and adventurer Josh Bernstein is determined to find
out when he follows a trail that starts where the
Ark's story begins--on Mount Sinai. Next, he explores
a secret maze beneath Jerusalem's streets and visits
Deir es Sultan, an Ethiopian monastery located on the
roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Ethiopia,
he climbs up a sheer cliff to reach Debre Damo, one of
the country's most ancient monasteries, and travels
across Lake Tana to the place where some say the Ark
is kept today. But how close can he get to this mighty
and mysterious treasure?

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nordhausen.
It was the world's largest underground factory--seven
miles of tunnels built to manufacture Hitler's secret
weapons, primarily the V-2 rocket. But Nordhausen kept
more than one secret. Technology and torture went
hand-in-hand--25,000 concentration camp workers died
there--and some of those associated with Nordhausen
later helped take America to the moon.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Bounty Hunters.
They were the men who wouldn't take no for an answer,
pursuing every lead, tracking every trail, and
finally, bringing in their man--dead or alive. Follow
along with some of the greatest trackers the West ever
saw--men hunting human prey, with huge rewards waiting
for those who succeeded. Join us as we separate Wild
West fact from Hollywood fiction, and meet men like
Charlie Siringo, who would travel tens of thousands of
miles before he'd let a bail jumper go free; or Frank
Hamer, who brought law to the most lawless parts of
Texas, and death to the most notorious criminals of
the early 20th Century. Hosted by David Carradine.

9-10pm -- Shootout - Wild West.
Savage...sadistic...often justified--America's western
frontier triggered many a shootout. The motivation?
Money...women...religion--sometimes a dirty look
triggered a melee. Western shootouts were messy,
drunken, and deadly affairs. The vision of two
gunslingers meeting in the street at high noon is pure
myth. Shootouts were typically up-close and personal.
They involved lawmen against outlaws, outlaws against
outlaws, and sometimes lawmen against lawmen. We take
a look at the Northfield Raid (James/Younger Gang vs.
the Town of Northfield), the shootout at Hanska Slough
(James/Younger Gang vs. the Medelia Posse), and
Ingalls Raid (Doolin/Dalton Gang vs. US Marshals). And
as we provide the motivation, strategy, and tactics,
and examine the firearms involved on both sides of the
gun battles, we detail each phase of the combat and
its aftermath.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Ultimate Weapon:
Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Father of the A-bomb,
creates the world's deadliest weapon of mass
destruction--with the "power of 1,000 suns" it can
annihilate tens of thousands in a moment. His
scientific brilliance is the power behind the atom
bombs used against the Japanese during WWII, but his
conscience led him to question the invention that
helped end the war. Watch as Oppenheimer paces
anxiously in New Mexico while the crew on a B-29
bomber, the Enola Gay, deploys the massive "Little
Boy" bomb towards the Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima. The
resulting massive loss of life leads Oppenheimer to
rethink the way in which nuclear energy was to be
used.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
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7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster #2.
The amazing machines of human invention most often do
our bidding with uncomplaining proficiency. But when
they go wrong, they exact a terrible wage. In August
2000, the Russian submarine Kursk glided through the
depths of the Arctic Sea. But the demands of the Cold
War had planted the seeds of disaster in this great
ship--118 men would pay with their lives. Their deaths
would bring about an enormous step forward in Russia's
evolving democracy. Based on James Chiles's book
Inviting Disaster.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil Tankers.
The biggest moving objects ever built by man, oil
tankers dominate the world's waterways, both in size
and numbers. Upwards of 10,000 strong, the world
tanker fleet's vast number results from the modern,
insatiable thirst for oil. We'll dig into the history
of oil transport--from Civil War days to the critical
WWII years and invention of the supertanker in the
1950s. And we examine the financial impact of
modifying these steel leviathans to prevent future
catastrophic environmental disasters.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Dredging.
They dig, scoop, suck, and spew an ocean of silt and
sediment. Dredgers are the mechanical beasts that fuel
the world's economic engine by clearing and deepening
ports for mega-container ships. The roots of dredging
go back as far as the Egyptians, who used their hands
to open channels on the Nile to keep crops watered.
The Romans, who used harbor dredging to keep a tight
fist on Europe, pioneered the "spoon and bag" dredge
to speed up the process. Steam power brought about the
first large-scale dredges and helped create the Panama
Canal. We'll go aboard two of the largest US dredgers
and see how they keep waters moving. And in Holland,
we meet the biggest players on the dredging world and
witness the launching of the largest dredge ever
built. From there, we head to Dubai in the Middle
East, where 90 square miles of new islands was dredged
from the sea and will now create a pleasure world for
the rich and powerful.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - City Water.
When you tap your faucet does clean, pure water flow?
Can your city supply enough water for industry,
firefighting, and street cleaning? U.S. public
water-supply systems serve nearly 99 percent of the
population, yet few users know how the system of
aqueducts, pipes, and pumps work. Learn the colorful
history of the water systems in Chicago, New York
City, and Los Angeles when we scour the past and look
to the future, including desalination plants that turn
seawater into drinking water.

8-10pm -- Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives - 
Where do machines go when they die? From B-52 Bombers
to massive aircraft carriers, from passenger cars to
Cold War cruise missiles and remnants of the Twin
Towers, all that we manufacture has a lifespan. But
reaching the end of their original purposes can be
just the beginning. Join us on a fascinating visual
journey as we follow some of our greatest achievements
in manufacturing, design engineering, and construction
to their after-lives and final resting places.

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

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Friday, October 14, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Berlin Wall.
During the Cold War, the Berlin Wall stood as a
forbidding barrier in an embattled world. Erected in
August 1961, the Wall system stretched 103 miles
through and around Berlin, locking in 1.3-million
people. 261 died trying to get over, under, around,
and through it. We review the daunting devices within
the Death Strip--one of the deadliest obstacle courses
ever--and the ingenious ways people ran it. When the
Wall fell with a thud in 1989, its pieces became
souvenirs or were recycled for new roads.

8-9pm -- Hitler's Lost Plan - 
In 1958, in a sweltering, converted torpedo factory in
Alexandria, Virginia, historian Gerhard L. Weinberg
was combing through massive stacks of documents that
the U.S. had captured from Nazi Germany. In a faded
green box, Weinberg came across an unknown prize--a
secret book dictated by Adolf Hitler in 1928, the
unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf. Mixed in with
Hitler's racial hatred, the book contained shocking
revelations of his master plan for continuous war. We
follow the clues to its discovery and show the
rigorous steps taken to authenticate the document--the
book is considered legitimate. And we reveal the
contents of the book, including Hitler's plan for
global domination culminating in an invasion of
America!

9-10pm -- Hitler's Family - 
Nazi propaganda portrayed Adolf Hitler as a man minus
family or private life. As a matter of fact, he kept
in touch with his family--mainly to control them.
There was shady half-brother Alois, a Berlin innkeeper
who tried to profit from his name, and half-sister
Angela, in charge of housekeeping at the Berghof
retreat, who had neighbors chased away. His niece
Geli, who called her uncle a "jailer", committed
suicide. His "favorite nephew" was educated at an
elite Nazi school. His sister Paula wanted to marry a
surgeon and mass murderer. And his English-born nephew
William Patrick, a playboy in Berlin, extorted money
by threatening to expose family secrets. We present
previously unknown documents and personal records and
descendants of the Hitler family talk about living in
the shadow of a dictator.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Secret Allied Aircraft of
WWII.
At WWII's outset, US and UK military aircraft designs
were woefully behind Germany's and Japan's
technologically superior planes. But the genius and
ingenuity of innovators on both sides of the Atlantic
closed the gap. For America, it was a handful of
visionaries and their teams; for Great Britain, a
creative and thoughtful spirit emanated from the top
leadership on down. In this hour, we recount the
untold stories of their cutting-edge designs and
solutions, some of which proved decades ahead of their
time.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005
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7-8pm -- Hitler's Managers - Alfried Krupp: The
Weapons Builder.
In 1948, an American military tribunal sentenced
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach to 12 years
imprisonment and confiscated his fortune. No other
German industrialist was punished so severely for
activities during WWII. The biggest armament
manufacturers of the Third Reich, for generations the
family business had made weapons for Prussian kings
and German kaisers. After a close association with
Hitler, Gustav Krupp groomed his son Alfried, a
lonely, unhappy man, to take over. But Nazi leaders
were disappointed in Alfried, who lacked the
characteristics demanded of an ideal manager. In 1951,
Alfried was pardoned and his fortune restored.
Ultimately, he accepted some responsibility, ensuring
that Jewish forced laborers received compensation.

8-9pm -- Hitler's Managers - Albert Speer: The
Architect.
As Munitions Minister, Albert Speer gave shape to the
Nazi ideology in stone and concrete. Yet, he never
regarded himself as a political enforcer of Nazi
ideology or as a believer in that creed. For the rest
of his life, he denied any awareness of the Holocaust.
However, a document has recently come to light, a
letter from Speer to SS chief Heinrich Himmler dated
September 1941, that shows just how involved Speer was
in Nazi atrocities. But at the Nuremberg Trial, the
close links between Speer and the SS were not
revealed. Speer was found guilty at Nuremberg of
bearing general administrative responsibility for the
crimes committed by the Nazi regime, along with a
large number of other defendants. Speer was released
after serving 20 years in prison.

9-10pm -- Hitler's Managers - Alfred Jodl: The
General.
On May 7, 1945, General Alfred Jodl signed the
document of German capitulation. As Supreme Commander
of the army, he managed the daily course of the war.
While other generals led men into battle, Jodl stayed
in headquarters, taking part in over 5,000 meetings.
He reported to Hitler, putting his orders on paper and
ensuring they were forwarded to the responsible
authorities. After Hitler committed suicide, Jodl
signed the surrender. At the Nuremberg Trials, he
vehemently denied personal responsibility for the
crimes committed by the Nazi regime, though he had
issued several of the relevant orders. He presented
himself as a loyal but politically naive army officer
who had applied himself solely to his military duties
and knew nothing of the Holocaust and other
atrocities. 

10-11pm -- Hitler's Managers - Ferdinand Porsche: The
Engineer.
Ferdinand Porsche fought for his automotive technical
innovations with unwavering ambition. But established
car manufacturers thought many of his ideas expensive
and impractical, so he turned to Adolf Hitler. The
Volkswagen was their joint project. But his new car
factory was then charged with providing vehicles for
the German Army. At the peak of wartime production,
two-thirds of the workforce were forced laborers. The
factory also produced aircraft components, bomber
engines, and the V1 (Vengeance Weapon). After the war,
the 70-year-old Porsche spent six months in a French
prison, which he felt was a great insult. He was never
put on trial: in political and legal terms he was
considered free from guilt. Workers on the first
Volkswagens give accounts of the famous factory's
construction, while forced laborers describe
conditions as it was given over to munitions production.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005
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7-8pm -- Nazi Prophecies - 
Some say that the rise of Nazi Germany was foretold in
prophecies that began in biblical times and continued
for centuries until the emergence of Adolf Hitler and
the Third Reich. These predictions paint a chilling
portrait of an evil, sinister force that would
terrorize the world. We expose the prophecies
throughout history that foresaw the rise and fall of
Hitler and the Third Reich. The program includes
biblical prophecies in the Book of Ester and the Book
of Daniel, the haunting predictions of the infamous
Nostradamus, the remarkably accurate prophecies of
Matthias Stormberger and Henrich Heine, the disturbing
and exact predictions of Eric Jan Hanussen--Hitler's
personal clairvoyant--and more...much more. Plus, we
delve into the roots of Nazism: into Germanic and
Aryan legends, the occult, mysticism, astrology, and
more to uncover prophecies that foretold the emergence
of one of the most horrifying tyrants in history:
Adolf Hitler.

8-9pm -- 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
testimony.

9-10pm -- Auschwitz: The Forgotten Evidence - 
When an Allied photo reconnaissance plane flew over
southern Poland in the summer of 1944, it took
horrifying images of the Nazi's most evil
extermination camp--Auschwitz. The gas chambers and
the crematoria in which 12,000 people were being
murdered daily are clearly visible. But the photos
were not analyzed at the time--simply filed away.
Using these photos as a unique starting point, we take
a new look at the Holocaust and ask what the Allies
knew about the extermination camp and when they found
out. When Churchill heard about Auschwitz, he implored
the RAF to bomb it or the railway lines leading to it.
But this was not done. We explore all the arguments
around the practical difficulties of bombing
Auschwitz, but the question remains whether the Allies
should not have done something to stop the killing.
Includes interviews with Auschwitz survivors and
expert historians.

10-11:10pm -- Band of Brothers - Why We Fight.
Easy Company finally enters Germany to surprisingly
little resistance, and relaxes for the first time in
months. A patrol in a nearby forest discovers an
abandoned Nazi concentration camp, still filled with
emaciated prisoners. The local citizenry, unbelievably
disavowing knowledge of its existence, is made to
clean it up. Suddenly, news arrives from Berlin--Adolf
Hitler committed suicide!

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Monday, October 17, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Satellites.
Strong enough to survive their fiery launch into
orbit, sophisticated enough to provide life-saving
images or relay tens of thousands of phone calls at
the same time. By monitoring weapons systems and troop
movements, these "eyes in the sky" may be the
difference between security and annihilation. From the
futuristic visions of a British sci-fi writer to
creations of a German rocket designer for the Nazi war
machine to the Cold War technological race, we review
the satellites that link our world.

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

9-11pm -- Decoding The Past - 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.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Observatories: Stonehenge to
Space Telescopes.
From Stonehenge to the Hubble Telescope, man has
always been a species of stargazers. Unforgettable
film footage and expert accounts reveal the facts of
astronomy's most mind-boggling discoveries.

8-9pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - The Higgins Landing
Craft.
In the early morning of June 6, 1944, history's
largest amphibious invasion force amassed off the
Normandy coast. Hundreds of 36-foot shoebox-shaped
boats, known as LCVPs, or Higgins Boats, bob in the
waves. These landing craft, which deliver soldiers to
the beach, are designed and built largely through the
efforts of one man--Andrew Jackson Higgins. We examine
Higgins' life and study the boat that could land a
platoon of 36 men with equipment, or a jeep and 12
men. By 4 AM on June 6, 1944, the first wave of
Higgins Boats is loaded with troops for the 12-mile
journey to the Omaha and Utah Beaches. The first wave
of landings is close to disastrous, but as wave after
wave of Higgins Boats unload, the tide begins to turn.

9-10pm -- Shootout - WWII Assault on Germany.
In 1944, General Eisenhower's order was short and to
the point: destroy the German army. If successful,
Allied forces would win the war in Europe. To American
GIs that meant defeating a foe bent on defending his
homeland at all cost. This episode recounts and
reenacts the experiences of US soldiers who
participated in one of WWII's greatest military
campaigns Through interviews, archival footage, and
recreations, vets share graphic memories of
penetrating the Siegfried Line, the formidable German
border-defense system; fighting in the Hurtgen Forest,
a dark, dense wooded area that rendered tanks and air
power useless; and sewing up the industrial region
known as the Ruhr Pocket. Veterans put viewers right
in harm's way with their deeply personal stories of
what it was like to conquer Germany one pillbox, one
troop shelter, one hilltop, and one town at a time.
They shed tears over lost comrades and reveal the
effects of combat, including psychological stress that
still haunts them.

10-11pm -- Wild West Tech - Vices.
In the Old West, there were whores a-plenty and rivers
of homemade hooch. Sin was in and available in various
flavors. Most vices were still legal back in the 19th
century, and inventors could make a fortune creating
new technologies to bring them to the masses. Back in
the good old days, cocaine was even found in soda pop,
and the cure for alcoholism was said to be heroin!
Thanks to technology, you didn't have to slump at the
opium den, you could get high at home. Take a "trip"
out West to the frontier of sex, drugs, and
lock'n'load!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Apollo 11.
As mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century,
Apollo 11 stood as the apogee of science, exploration,
flight, and technological prowess. In scarcely 10
years, America went from rocketing monkeys to landing
a man on the moon. Leaving Earth on July 16, 1969,
Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Mike Collins pushed
the limits of skill and endurance. See and experience
the flight of Apollo 11 through the eyes of the
astronauts, mission controllers, engineers, and
designers who made it happen.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 13.
In this hour, death seeps out of the ground into a
neighborhood sitting on a toxic waste dump at Love
Canal in New York; soldiers die during Desert Storm in
1991 when software flaws render Patriot Missiles
inaccurate; on September 11, 2001, World Trade Center
Building #7 wasn't attacked, but seven hours after the
Twin Towers collapsed, it too is mysteriously reduced
to a pile of rubble; a night of revelry in Boston
turns the Cocoanut Grove nightclub into an inferno
that kills over 400 people in 1942; and the science of
demolition is put to the test and fails when a
building in Rhode Island, the "Leaning Tower of
Providence", stands its ground.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Apollo 13.
The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine"
trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded,
the spacecraft was crippled and its 3-man crew placed
in mortal danger. The Lunar Module, intended for
deployment on the moon's surface, instead became a
lifeboat. Scientists and engineers on earth fought a
race against time to save the crew. We'll examine the
mission, which nearly ended in tragedy, but instead
was a resounding success, and in some ways became
NASA's finest hour.

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

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Butcher.
In a carnivorous world, a butcher is a necessary link
in the food chain, carving a carcass of unsavory flesh
into mouthwatering cuts. We trace the grisly trade's
evolution--from yesteryear's butcher-on-every-corner
to today's industrial butcher working on a
"disassembly" line. We tour the infamous remains of
the Chicago Stockyards, where Upton Sinclair, Clarence
Birdseye, and refrigeration changed butchering
forever; witness high-speed butchering; and travel to
a non-stop sausage factory. And if you're still
squeamish, a USDA inspector offers the lowdown on
HACCP--the country's new system of checks and balances
on everything from quality grading to E. coli,
Salmonella, and Mad Cow Disease. Finally, we visit the
last bastion of old-school butchering--the rural
custom butcher, who slaughters, eviscerates, skins,
and cuts to his customer's wishes.

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Friday, October 21, 2005
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6-8pm -- 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.

8-10:30pm -- 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)

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - #83.
At ease, Private! R. Lee Ermey is your commanding
officer in this weekly 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.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft.
Join us for a supersonic look at some of the most
cutting-edge aircraft ever developed--from the X-1
that first broke the sound barrier to the X-43
Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7. These extreme
aircraft have made their mark on aeronautical history,
and sometimes on political history as well. The U-2
and SR-71 spy planes played a crucial role in the Cold
War, and now Lockheed Martin's top-secret "Skunkworks"
division is touting the new "air dominance" fighter
plane-- the F/A-22 Raptor.

8-11pm -- Reel To Real - Battle of the Bulge
(movie) Epic story of the Nazi war machine's last
desperate offensive. Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, and
Charles Bronson star. (1965)

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Sunday, October 23, 2005
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7-8pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Quest for
Vertical Take-Off.
Military planners fear the runway's vulnerability to
preemptive attack. Their solution? Vertical Takeoff
and Landing Aircraft able to launch without runways.
The Cold War's onset led to Western Europe's need to
defend from Soviet invasion and the Luftwaffe's
rebirth; we revisit their WWII engineering
breakthroughs. Next we turn to US efforts to build a
VTOL aircraft--"Pogo" aircraft, the Ryan X-13
Vertijet, F-104, and Sikorsky S-57. Meanwhile, British
designers develop the P.1127. NATO nearly adopts it as
the European standard, but politics kill full
deployment. Its technology ends up in the Harrier. We
also examine Soviet VTOL design efforts and a look at
the post-9/11 world. 

8-9pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Secret
Superpower Bombers.
An analysis of the awesome aircraft deployed by West
and East to gain an edge in the high-stakes game of
delivering total nuclear annihilation anywhere. We
open with the first of many Soviet propaganda ploys.
At a Moscow military air show Western guests are
stunned by an overflight of massive Soviet M-4 "Bison"
bombers. Though there were truly only 18 aircraft in
prototype stage, the ruse of circling the same 18
planes worked. Western military raced to catch up. We
review Soviet efforts to build a long-range bomber
fleet and recall their successful reverse engineering
of the US B-29. We move to the US program to develop
long-range, nuclear bombers capable of extended flight
for weeks or months and the quest for a perfect
long-range bomber. We also look at the impressive
bombing accuracy of the B-2 Stealth Bomber during the
opening phases of the Iraq War.

9-10pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Secret
Superpower Fighters.
We open with Moscow's 1952 revelation that its air
defenses and fighter jets were outdated. Stalin's fury
over the inability of MiG fighters to catch British
reconnaissance aircraft leads to reorganization of air
defenses and the MiG 21. Meanwhile, fighter defenses
over the US are left to Korean War vintage F-86 Sabre
jets. A new jet fighter, the F-103 Thunder Warrior, is
developed, but military politics intervene, and it's
cancelled. Next, we turn to the defense of long-range
bombers whose deep penetration of Soviet air space was
crucial. We also recall the story of one of the most
remarkable fighters ever devised--the Canadian Avro
Arrow--and the reason for its abrupt cancellation. We
close with a look at the upcoming F-22, the first
totally new fighter design in 20 years.

10-11:15pm -- Band of Brothers - Points.
Major Winters (Damian Lewis) leads Easy Company into
the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden--once home to top
Nazi officers--and receives orders to take the
abandoned Eagle's Nest, Hitler's mountaintop fortress.
As German officers hand over their weapons, soldiers
raid wine cellars and snap up souvenirs. But their
elation is short-lived--most of the division faces
redeployment to the Pacific Theater. A closing
vignette tells what happened to the men of Easy
Company after they returned home.

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Monday, October 24, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - D-Day Tech.
By the spring of 1942, Hitler had made a fortress of
Europe, and the Allies began to plan the biggest
invasion in military history. The history-altering
success of the D-Day Invasion depended on innovative
engineering and technological advances. This is the
story of those scientific and mechanical
breakthroughs--the overwhelming array of landing
craft, specialized weapons, and ingenious
electronics--used to breach Fortress Europe on June 6,
1944.

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

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Presidential Prophecies.
It's a little-known, but fascinating aspect of the
Presidency. Throughout history, numerous Presidents
have claimed to prophesy through visions. In 1778,
George Washington claimed that an apparition of a
woman appeared to him one evening and foretold of the
birth, progress, and future of the United States.
While in office, both Ronald Reagan and Woodrow Wilson
consulted psychics who predicted their deaths.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt consulted a psychic in the
last years of his Presidency about world relations,
post WWII. Perhaps the most well-known Presidential
prophecies concern Abraham Lincoln, who participated
in séances and experienced visions--including an
incident that predicted his assassination. Join us for
a Presidential peek at the past.

10-11pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Holy Grail.
For all its fame, the Holy Grail remains shrouded in
mystery. What exactly was it? Could it have survived
to this day? Why has it inspired so many treasure
seekers? To Christians, it is the holiest of objects,
the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper,
also believed to be the chalice that Joseph of
Arimathea used to catch Christ's blood as he died on
the cross. Though now thought of as a goblet, the
actual word "grail" comes to us from the Latin word
gradalis--a flat dish or shallow vessel brought to the
table during various courses of a meal. The story
itself did not originate until medieval times, when it
helped inflame the Crusaders' quest. Host and
adventurer Josh Bernstein follows the Grail's trail
from Holy Land to medieval French castles to a dark
chapter in the Nazi saga, when Hitler financed a
search for the Grail to unite a secret society of
knights. On the way, Josh learns its true meaning and
power.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
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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 -- Monsters - 
One of our most popular series, History's Mysteries
explores the stories, events, legends, and myths that
captivate the imagination and ignite fierce debate. In
this special, we take a look at various historical
monsters pulled from five of our most popular shows:
The Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot & Other Monsters,
Legends of the Werewolves, The Loch Ness Monster, and
The Real Dracula.

9-10pm -- Mysteries on the High Seas - 
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main! Join us for a
salty voyage through various stories extracted from
our highly-rated series History's Mysteries. Watery
legends we wade through come from The Mysteries of
Devil's Triangle, Monsters of the Sea, Ghost Ships,
Shark Attack 1916, and Alaska's Bermuda Triangle.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Dam Buster: WWII's
Bouncing Bomb.
It's 1943 and the war is not going well for the
Allies. With the Nazis in firm control of Europe and
the coastline, the enemy is only approachable by air.
Engineer Barnes Wallis thinks he can turn the war
around. His idea--wipe out the heart of the Nazi
industrial machine by destroying Germany's great dams.
His machine--a bouncing bomb--an innovative blend of
simple physics and precision flying. It's an idea so
simple, yet so far-fetched that only a man supremely
confident in his own talent could persuade the Royal
Air Force to use it. On May 16, 1943, 19 bomber crews
embark on one of the riskiest missions of WWII. Their
planes fly under cover of darkness 100 feet off the
ground, across the English Channel, over Holland, and
into the heart of Germany. If they make it, they'll
take out Nazi industry by destroying Germany's dams.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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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.

8-9pm -- Miracles, Mystics, & Prophecies - 
Journey to the mystical world as we explore events
that captivate the imagination and ignite debate. The
stories in this mysterious hour are pulled from
episodes of our popular series History's Mysteries,
including Prophecies of the Past, America's Psychic
Past, Fatima Secrets Unveiled, and Rasputin.

9-10pm -- Mysteries of the Bible - 
Have faith! In this hour, we examine biblical enigmas
that have ignited debate between believers and
non-believers for eons. In this hour, we cull stories
from episodes of our highly-rated series History's
Mysteries, including The Shroud of Turin, Sodom &
Gomorrah, The Hunt for Noah's Ark, and Predicting
Armageddon.

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

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Thursday, October 27, 2005
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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 -- Out of This World - 
We investigate man's fascination with alien visitors
and life on other planets, pulling stories from some
of our most popular episodes of History's Mysteries,
including: Asteroid!, Roswell: Secrets Unveiled, The
Search for Life on Mars, and Secret UFO Files.

9-10pm -- Cover Up? - 
Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors? In an
hour that pulls segments from episodes of our popular
series History's Mysteries, we examine stories from
episodes including Area 51: Beyond Top Secret, Jack
Ruby on Trial, Death of Marilyn Monroe, and A Question
of Conspiracy: The RFK Murder.

10-11pm -- Conspiracy? - TWA Flight 800.
On July 17, 1996, at 8:31 pm/et, TWA Flight 800
exploded midair and fell into the Atlantic. All 230
onboard perished. Federal investigators meticulously
reconstructed the aircraft, looking for any evidence
of terrorism and found none. They concluded that a
malfunction in the center fuel tank caused the
explosion. But this official conclusion has never
satisfied a coterie of independent investigators and
conspiracy theorists. We weigh existing evidence
against various theories to let you decide.

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Friday, October 28, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Plumbing: The Arteries of
Civilization.
Each day, billions of gallons of water flow through
cities into homes and back out again in a confusing
mess of pipes, pumps, and fixtures. The history of
plumbing is a tale crucial to our survival--supplying
ourselves with fresh water and disposing of human
waste. From ancient solutions to the future, we'll
plumb plumbing's depths.

8-9pm -- Lost Worlds - 
Vanished peoples...one-breasted, female
warriors...civilizations recorded in stone... We'll
examine legends and myths that captivate the
imagination, with stories coming from popular episodes
of our highly-regarded series, History's Mysteries,
including: Lost City of Atlantis, Amazon Women,
Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge, Japan's Mysterious
Pyramids, and Mysteries of Easter Island.

9-10pm -- Strange Behavior - 
No controversy is overlooked, no theory disregarded as
we examine strange behavior around the world. Stories
are culled from episodes of our popular series
History's Mysteries, including Most Ancient Taboo:
Cannibalism, Cults, Getting High: The History of LSD,
and Body Snatchers.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - #84.
No episode description available.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - M-16/Viet Cong Booby
Traps/Ravens/Wild Weasels/River Patrol Boats/Green
Beret: #30.
Why did the military replace the M-14 rifle with the
M-16 during Vietnam? What kind of booby traps did the
Viet Cong use? Who were the super-secret Ravens? What
did the Wild Weasels do during the Vietnam War? What
types of missions did river patrol boats take care of
in Vietnam? How did the Green Berets get their name?
In an episode devoted to the Vietnam War, R. Lee Ermey
answers viewers' questions on military technology with
practical demonstrations by military experts in the
field.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Butcher.
In a carnivorous world, a butcher is a necessary link
in the food chain, carving a carcass of unsavory flesh
into mouthwatering cuts. We trace the grisly trade's
evolution--from yesteryear's butcher-on-every-corner
to today's industrial butcher working on a
"disassembly" line. We tour the infamous remains of
the Chicago Stockyards, where Upton Sinclair, Clarence
Birdseye, and refrigeration changed butchering
forever; witness high-speed butchering; and travel to
a non-stop sausage factory. And if you're still
squeamish, a USDA inspector offers the lowdown on
HACCP--the country's new system of checks and balances
on everything from quality grading to E. coli,
Salmonella, and Mad Cow Disease. Finally, we visit the
last bastion of old-school butchering--the rural
custom butcher, who slaughters, eviscerates, skins,
and cuts to his customer's wishes.

8-9pm -- The Haunted History of Halloween - 
On October 31, when pint-sized ghouls and goblins
trick or treat, they're upholding an ancient northern
European ritual dating back thousands of years. From
the Celtic festival of Samhain to the mumming
tradition and the Christian feast day All Hallows'
Eve, we find out why this night is the scariest of the
year!

9-10pm -- Monsters - 
See description above on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

10-12am -- The True Story of Hannibal - 
One of history's greatest military leaders, at age
nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on
the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before
embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his
people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC,
he left New Carthage (now Cartagena, Spain) to wage
war on "The Eternal City" with an army of about
40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After
crossing the Pyrénées and Rhône River, he traversed
the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and
hostile mountain tribes. This 2-hour special brings to
life the story of the Carthaginian general who struck
fear in all Roman hearts and wreaked havoc with his
masterful military tactics, bringing the mighty Roman
Republic to the brink of ruin. Archaeologists,
historians, and military experts guide us through
ancient Carthage and give insight into his military
strategy up to defeat at Zama in 203 BC.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005
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7-8pm -- 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.

8-10pm -- The Plague - 
It began like the common cold. Then fever,
baseball-sized black swellings on the neck, coughing
of blood. Few lived more than two days. The
year--1437. It was history's worst biological disaster
and almost half of Europe's population died within
three years. Visit the plague ships' rat-infested
holds, witness the terror that swept through the
towns, and walk with the religious flagellants. Follow
a princess as she travels into the center of the
plague, a doctor who struggles to understand what is
happening, and a Jewish merchant caught up in violent
attacks. Hear the actual words of the victims, taken
from diaries and journals. From the Pope's palace to
the humble huts of medieval peasants, watch as people
live and die in the unforgiving grip of fear and
death, and wonder how we would act if such a terrible
event happened today. 

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.

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Monday, October 31, 2005
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7-8pm -- The Haunted History of Halloween - 
On October 31, when pint-sized ghouls and goblins
trick or treat, they're upholding an ancient northern
European ritual dating back thousands of years. From
the Celtic festival of Samhain to the mumming
tradition and the Christian feast day All Hallows'
Eve, we find out why this night is the scariest of the
year! John Carpenter movies scheduled inc. Halloween

8-10pm -- Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery - 
In one of magic history's rarest events, a private
collector auctioned off the largest collection of
personally-owned Harry Houdini artifacts and
memorabilia, providing an unprecedented peek behind
the curtain at the world's great showman and magician.
In a 2-hour special, hosted by renowned magician Lance
Burton, we explore the life and magic of the great
escape artist through his most prized possessions: the
Chinese Water Torture Cell, the Milkcan, his
straitjackets and handcuffs, and lockpicks that were
"key" to his handcuff escapes, revealed to the public
for the first time. We also unlock secrets of the
man--brash showman, fierce competitor, loyal son and
husband. With expert commentary, including a
great-nephew and the last surviving member of his
magic troop.

10-11pm -- UFO Files - Russian Roswell.
Welcome to the remote, top-secret military base
Kapustin Yar, the Soviet "Area 51"--where the wreckage
from no fewer than eight UFO crash incidents and their
occupants were transported and studied between 1945
and `91. We expose this never-before-seen installation
through interviews, on-camera tours, dramatic
reenactments, and extensive recreations. We also
explore the many Russian UFO crashes over the decades
and show the ways in which Soviet UFO research
scientists at Kapustin Yar used and processed the
wreckage...and the alien bodies. Join us as we
investigate the facts and myths surrounding Kapustin
Yar, as well as the many UFO crashes that still
circulate in the lore and consciousness of the Russian
people.
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