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Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For Sept. 2005

Tactical to Practical NOTE: We are listing both EST/Pacific Time and individual television ratings. All rated [G] or [PG] unless noted. [NR] = Not Rated, news-related program.

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Thursday, September 1, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
In the land of Mardi Gras, jambalaya, and zydeco, exists an
engineering marvel called the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that seems
to go on forever. Two ribbons of concrete span the largest inland body
of water in Louisiana, and at nearly 23.87 and 23.88 miles long, these
two spans form the world's longest automobile bridge. At midpoint--12
miles out--water surrounds travelers who are unable to see either
shoreline. The bridge is so long, it actually transverses 1/1000th of
the earth's circumference!

8-10pm -- Isaac's Storm -
September 8, 1900. Galveston, Texas. A typically hot and humid day.
Women tended to chores; men traveled downtown to work, including Isaac
Cline, head of the National Weather Bureau's local office. Cline
believed the island was safe from hurricane, but by afternoon, a
Category-4 storm proved how wrong he was. In a 2-hour special based on
Erik Larson's book Isaac's Storm, weather experts, historians, and
survivors' descendents guide us through that horrific day that claimed
over 6,000.

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, September 2, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Machu Picchu.
The engineering marvel Machu Picchu sits perched on a ridge in the
Peruvian Andes. Originally built by the Incas, this magnificent
structure remains a mystery. Was it an observatory? Pleasure retreat?
Fortress? This program presents the most current theories.

8-9pm -- The Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri -
Join us for a review of the incredible 51-year career of BB-63, the
battleship Missouri, which fought in WWII, the Korean War, and Desert
Storm. The crew that served on her last voyage could have been
grandchildren of the men who fought on her first. Though this behemoth
should have been a relic after WWII, she was continually upgraded,
making her a formidable first-line warrior to her final day in
commission. Launched in 1944, she was the last battleship built and
the last in service. But her most enduring image came in 1945, when
the Allies accepted Japan's surrender on her deck in Tokyo Bay. Now a
national monument in Pearl Harbor preserving the details of that
historic day, we step aboard with some of the great men who served in
her during the long career of this icon of US naval history.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - HMS Victory.
The HMS Victory would play a crucial role in the foremost naval
engagement in 19th century maritime history, the battle of Trafalgar.
This victory was so decisive that no fleet challenged Britain's Royal
Navy for more than one hundred years. Built with enough wood to cover
the Empire State Building one and a half times, propelled by wind and
firing solid shots from smooth bored muzzle-loading canons, ships like
HMS Victory ruled the waves for over two centuries. Manned by a crew
of 850 and capable of firing one and a half tons of iron shot in a
single devastating broadside, these eighteenth century floating
fortresses were as complex and sophisticated in their day as a
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is today. Using color re-enactments
and the actual recollections of those who fought on board, this
profile goes below the decks of the famous warship

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - Fastest Army Vehicle/Uncle Sam/Tank
Destroyers/Anti-Tank Rifle/Dive Bomber/Sea Dart: #47.
R. Lee Ermey pits his trusty Jeep against the Army's nitro-burning
dragster "Sarge" at an Arizona speedway; finds out if a real guy posed
for the original Uncle Sam recruitment poster; reviews the evolution
of Tank Destroyers; demonstrates a Boys .55 Caliber anti-tank
"elephant gun" using a Spam tower as his target; finds out what caused
the screaming noise when dive bombers attacked; and digs into his
Fabulous Flops File to examine the Sea Dart--America's attempt to put
a jet fighter on water skies.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Sniper School/Hand Signals/Ho Chi Minh
Trail/Motorcycles/Loading Palettes/C-119: #32.
How do the Marines train snipers? What kind of hand signals do our
soldiers use? How did the Viet Cong manage to bring so many supplies
into South Vietnam on the primitive Ho Chi Minh Trail? What types of
motorcycles have the military used through the years? Can the military
air drop tanks? When did the C-119 Flying Boxcar transport plane
operate and what did it carry? R. Lee Ermey heads to the field to
answer these exciting viewers' questions on military technology.

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Saturday, September 3, 2005
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5:30-8pm -- Alive -
Movie. The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that
crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will
to survive and pull through alive. Forced to do anything and
everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the
freezing cold, the only thing the team has riding on after losing so
many of their good friends and family members is the slim chance of
making it through alive and their faithfulness to God. Ethan Hawke
stars with Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton. (1993)

8-9pm -- Alaska's Bermuda Triangle - Alaska's Bermuda Triangle.
There's something about Alaska that the tourist bureau doesn't want
you to know. In Alaska, people, planes, and ships disappear. Suddenly,
inexplicably, and permanently! Natives say that shape-shifting spirits
kidnap lost travelers. Scientists tell of giant crevasses that swallow
the unwary. Others tell of conspiracies to wreck aircraft. We take a
detailed look at the 1972 incident that confounded the US military,
when an airplane carrying two Congressmen vanished between Anchorage
and Juneau.

9-11pm -- 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.

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Sunday, September 4, 2005
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7-8pm -- The Day the Towers Fell -
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.

8-10pm -- The World Trade Center -
On September 11, 2001, terrorists did the unthinkable when they flew
two fuel-loaded jetliners into the World Trade Center. The Twin
Towers' physical height and symbolic stature made them the perfect
target. They were remarkable achievements in architecture,
construction, and technology. In this 2-hour profile, we look at how
the WTC was constructed and talk to representatives from the Army
Corps of Engineers, New York's Office of Emergency Management, FEMA,
and DNA experts about the aftermath.

10-11:20pm -- Band of Brothers - Carentan.
After regrouping in the town of Angoville-au-Plain, Easy Company tries
to capture the town of Carentan. Two days after D-Day, some members of
Easy Company are still lost and alone in Normandy, including Pvt.
Albert Blithe (Marc Warren), who finds the rest of the unit just in
time to help take Carentan, which Allied armor from Utah and Omaha
beaches need in order to link up. Later, the company returns to
England, but celebrations are short-lived when news comes that they'll
be moving out again.

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Monday, September 5, 2005
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6-8pm -- 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.

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

9-11pm -- Rome: Engineering an Empire -
For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful and advanced
civilization the world had ever known, ruled by visionaries and
tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable.
One characteristic linked them all--ambition--and the thirst for power
that all Roman emperors shared fueled an unprecedented mastery of
engineering and labor. This documentary special chronicles the
spectacular and sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise of
Julius Caesar in 55 BC to its eventual fall around 537 AD, detailing
the remarkable engineering feats that set Rome apart from the rest of
the ancient world. Featuring extensive state-of-the-art CGI animation,
and exclusive never-before-seen footage shot on a diving expedition in
the water channels underneath the Colosseum.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005
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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 -- Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death -
The 2004 Tsunami, centered in the Indian Ocean, was caused by a 9.3
earthquake--the second strongest quake on record. Join us for a
minute-by-minute look at nature's fury at its worst, when the tsunami
kills more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. In this special, we
examine the tsunami as it moves from coast to coast through the eyes
of people who lived through it and scientists now studying its path of
devastation. Drawing on the extraordinary volume of amateur video that
recorded the disaster, we take viewers inside the world's deadliest
tsunami.

9-11pm -- Roman Vice -
The flowering of the Roman Empire saw incomparable power and
civilization - and at the same time corruption, cruelty and depravity
on an unparalleled scale. Emperors from Augustus to Tiberius and Nero
built the biggest empire the world had ever seen, while presiding over
a way of life riddled with violence, deviancy and excess. This special
visits the archaeological sites of ancient Rome, talks to leading
historians world-wide and uses stylish reconstructions to describe and
explain how good and evil went side by side.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Security Systems.
Since civilization's earliest days, man has sought protection from
those who would rob him of riches, knowledge, and even life. This is
the story of the evolving systems designed to safeguard our most
precious possessions, and of the enduring psychological war between
protectors and thieves, each intent on outfoxing the other.

8-9pm -- The Real Attila the Hun -
No ruler in history represents the unbridled rage and brutality of the
barbarian as much as Attila the Hun. In the 5th century, Attila swept
through Europe, effectively extinguishing the classical Roman Empire.
And for a time, he held the destiny of all of Western Europe firmly in
his grasp. But in the end, it was Attila who unwittingly secured the
future of the civilized world and Christian Europe. After his death,
the Hun Empire began to break up, and the marauding Huns "scattered to
the winds."

9-10pm -- Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle -
In an eight-year campaign through what is now France, Julius Caesar
killed one million people, took a million more hostage and destroyed
more than 800 cities. Follow in the footsteps of Caesar and the leader
of the Gallic uprising, Vercingetorix, as the bloody conflict in Gaul
reaches its climax. In 52 BC at Alesia, Caesar and Vergingetorix lead
their armies into one of the greatest sieges in the history of
warfare: a battle that will decide the fate of Gaul and shape the
future of the entire Western World.

10-11pm -- Life and Death in Rome - Capital of the World.
This provocative new series takes us back 2,000 years to an Ancient
Rome you have never seen before. Our time-traveling guide (Neil Stuke)
penetrates the heart of history's ultimate city as we reveal the
extraordinary lives of real Romans and see how they lived, loved, and
conquered the world. We discover a surprisingly modern place that gave
us many things we take for granted--and see how the Romans turned
murder into mass entertainment. In this hour, we follow three lads as
they struggle to succeed. Two just want to make some cash and chase
girls, but the third wants to be the first emperor and ruler of the
world. Meanwhile, his daughter gives new meaning to royal sex
scandals!

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Thursday, September 8, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Car Crashes.
In the mid-1960s, the US lost an average of 55,000 people yearly to
car crashes. Since then, the number of cars on the road has doubled,
but fatalities have decreased by nearly a third. The dramatic
reduction is the culmination of research and development that led to
safer roads and cars and quicker emergency response. But car-crash
technology's future involves removal of its biggest threat--human
drivers! Find out if computers and radar can prevent everything from
fender-benders to pile-ups.

8-9pm -- The Real Spartacus -
Long before Stanley Kubrick's film starring Kirk Douglas, Spartacus
had unwittingly become a mythological icon of resistance against
oppression worldwide. We'll look at the real Spartacus, focusing on
his struggle against Roman forces, his time as a gladiator, and his
role in the infamous slave revolt against Rome in 73 BC, which
convulsed the great empire for two years before the uprising was put
down and 6,000 slave rebels were crucified along 150 miles of the
Appian Way.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Life and Death in Rome - Sex and the Imperial City.
Though Rome was a city built by men, behind them were many equally
powerful women. This episode looks at the Empire's wives and mothers,
its prostitutes and priestesses, and the conventions that controlled
all their lives. We discover how sex shaped their day-to-day
experiences and we tell the tragic story of Cornelia, a priestess in
the cult of the Vestal Virgins for whom sex meant death.

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Friday, September 9, 2005
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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!

8-10pm -- Rome: Engineering an Empire -
For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful and advanced
civilization the world had ever known, ruled by visionaries and
tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable.
One characteristic linked them all--ambition--and the thirst for power
that all Roman emperors shared fueled an unprecedented mastery of
engineering and labor. This documentary special chronicles the
spectacular and sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise of
Julius Caesar in 55 BC to its eventual fall around 537 AD, detailing
the remarkable engineering feats that set Rome apart from the rest of
the ancient world. Featuring extensive state-of-the-art CGI animation,
and exclusive never-before-seen footage shot on a diving expedition in
the water channels underneath the Colosseum.

10-11pm -- Life and Death in Rome - Chaos.
In the 3rd Century AD, the Roman Empire faced its greatest threat--as
the world's superpower. A combination of plague, bloody civil war, and
imperial debauchery tore the Empire apart and brought it to its knees.
This is the story of how the crisis came about, and it is the tragic
tale of the unknown Emperor who pulled Rome back from the brink of
disaster.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005
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7-8pm -- Brotherhood of Terror -
For many Americans, the morning of September 11, 2001 made the threat
of Islamic Fundamentalism a grave reality. But long before al Qaeda,
the roots of the threat to America from the Middle East grew in an
organization called the Muslim Brotherhood. Journey to Cairo, Egypt,
where the Brotherhood was born in the late 1920s. Learn how
Brotherhood members passed radical ideologies to legions of followers,
including Ayman Zawahiri, who would become Osama bin Laden's
right-hand man. Today, some experts say the Brotherhood could be a
powerful ally in fighting the war on terror, while others believe that
its dark history makes this movement one that can never be trusted.

8-9pm -- The 9/11 Hijackers: Inside the Hamburg Cell -
For years, they remained nearly invisible, a small group of dedicated
men waiting for the perfect chance to strike. Then, on September 11,
2001, after five years of preparation, they took action. The men's
full stories and the details of their ambitious plan have now come to
light. We track the progress of this unlikely group of young men who
developed from unassuming college students into religious martyrs.
These men, now known as the Hamburg Cell, were responsible for the
cultivation of the al-Qaeda plot code-named "the planes operation".
The group's leaders were four well-educated Muslim men who shared a
common belief in radical Islam. Though Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi,
Ziad Jarrah, and Ramzi Binalshibh hailed from different
countries--Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Yemen--a spirit
of brotherhood prevailed among them. And in time, they committed to a
singular purpose--to translate their religious fanaticism into
catastrophic action.

9-12am -- 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)

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Sunday, September 11, 2005
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7-8pm -- Osama's Hideouts -
Osama's Hideouts traces the movements of the world's most wanted man,
Osama bin Laden, from his early activism in Pakistan through the
mystery of his present-day location. Elaborate graphic recreations
demonstrate the likely appearances of Osama's various lairs.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Grounded on 9/11 -
In response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, the FAA orders all
planes out of the air. US and Canadian air traffic controllers face a
calamity of epic proportions--how to safely re-route and land 6,500
planes carrying close to a million people. For individual air traffic
controllers, the work is chaotic, intense, and deceptively simple:
pick a new route for each flight; radio instructions to turn; listen
for pilot confirmation; hold traffic to keep airways from
overcrowding. From Cleveland, Ohio to Gander, Newfoundland,
controllers on September 11th searched for alternate airports to land
large jets even as their traumatized colleagues stream back from break
rooms after watching the attacks on TV.

10-11:15pm -- Band of Brothers - Replacements.
Fresh replacements join Easy Company in time for a massive paradrop
into German-occupied Holland. The Dutch townspeople of Eindhoven
welcome them as liberators, but when Easy and a cluster of British
tanks move into a nearby town, a superior German force inflicts many
casualties and forces a retreat. As they move onto another assignment
in Holland, Capt. Winters (Damian Lewis) laments the retreat, and
Capt. Nixon (Ron Livingston) thinks that the ambitious Allied
operation seems to have failed.

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Monday, September 12, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Gadgets.
Join us for an exploration of the technological innovations that have
made extreme sports a reality. The world's best extreme athletes,
designers, manufacturers, and engineers explain and demonstrate why
the gadgets, gear, and technology of these sports have captured the
public's imagination and revolutionized the sporting industry. Sports
covered include surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, in-line skating,
street luge, wakeboarding, sport climbing, BMX biking, and sky
surfing. (1-hour version)

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFO Hot Spots.
For those who study the UFO phenomenon, "UFO Hot Spots" are places
around the globe known for a long history of UFO sightings and
reports. From Brazil to Mexico, from Washington State to Florida,
multiple witnesses, including air traffic controllers and even
military personnel, confirm that something unexplained is repeatedly
happening in the night sky. Tales of alien abductions, bizarre and
chilling photographs of UFOs, and hours of videotape all abound as we
search for UFO Hot Spots.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon.
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked within the Bible
that outlines past and future events? Does the Code contain hidden
messages about people such as Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key
world events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers' assassinations, and
9/11? More frightening are references to future events--including
Earth's impending end. We take a balanced look through the eyes of
Code supporters and critics and let viewers determine its accuracy in
predicting the future.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Weirdly Departed.
Hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran dig up some of the strangest tales
from the grave as they try to figure out what happens after we die.
The boys head to Key West to look for the gravesite of a poor dead
woman who just couldn't rest in peace--due to one man's undying love
for her corpse. All this leads our two Marks to a town of mediums in
Florida, where the residents communicate with spirits of the dead. On
this madcap tour of America, Mark and Mark trek the country in search
of bizarre, unexplained, or just plain zany stories. So put away your
textbooks and get ready for something a tad more titillating.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - More Gadgets.
A salute to the tools and toys that have stood the test of time--from
the Zippo lighter to the Palm Pilot, the 21st century's first great
gadget. As we focus on the technology behind familiar gadgets, we see
the subtle ways they have changed our lives. Other items include the
flashlight, transistor radio, safety razor, and the metronome. We also
go behind the scenes at Herbst-Lazar-Bell, a cutting-edge industrial
design firm, and Gadget Universe, a fledgling retailer trying to
topple the Sharper Image.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Revenge Tech.
It's said revenge is a dish best served cold, but in the Wild West, it
was often served with a heaping helping of technology. From a
liver-eating madman bent on avenging the death of a loved one to a
teenage girl who switched her gender to exact vengeance on her
husband's murderer, technology made a uniquely brutal form of frontier
justice possible. Host David Carradine guides viewers through the most
grizzly stories of score-settling the West ever saw.

9-10pm -- Shootout - North Hollywood Shootout.
This is the story of the fiercest gun battle in U.S. 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 - Mine Rescue Mask.
It's 1916, and several workers involved in building a tunnel 250 feet
beneath Lake Erie become trapped after an explosion. The workers and
their rescuers have only one hope for getting out--Cleveland resident
Garrett Morgan and his new rescue hood invention. After a tragic fire
at rival sewing factory killed hundreds, Morgan became determined to
invent a device that could save workers trapped in a fire or
industrial accident. In 1914, he receives a patent for a large
heat-resistant canvas hood with a tube that hangs toward the ground
and enables the rescuers to breathe the filtered air. When the
explosion occurs, eight workers are killed instantly, while eight more
lay dying. Morgan arrives and, when no one else is willing to test the
hoods, Garrett and his brother don the masks and heroically head down
into the tunnel to pull out survivors.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Digi-Tech.
DVD, CD, PDA, HDTV, PVR--they are the ultimate in "gotta have it"
gadgets and gizmos and "to die for" technology that populate a digital
world of acronyms. We trace digital technology back to the early 1940s
and the first high-speed electronic computer used to calculate cannon
trajectory charts for new artillery in WWII, and look at the rapidly
approaching future in places such as MIT's Media Lab, where tomorrow's
technologies are being developed today.

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 and 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 home!

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Sugar.
The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves toiling in
Caribbean fields, and British desire to control production of sugar
and its byproduct, rum. Sugar also played a surprisingly critical part
in America's battle for independence. Tour a sugar plantation on Maui,
Hawaii to get an inside look at how cane sugar is produced today and
learn how the sugar stalks are put through an extensive process of
extraction and purification--and how a ton of harvested cane results
in 200 pounds of raw sugar. Learn the technology behind creating the
sweetener in all of its permutations, including corn syrup, brown
sugar, powdered sugar and cube sugar, and how it's used in candies,
soda and sauces as well as more exotic uses such as in pipe tobacco
and processed meat.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Cereal: History in a Bowl.
Move over pancakes, step aside bacon! Cereal is arguably the true
breakfast king, a $9-billion industry with an indisputable place in
pop-culture history. Full of surprise, nostalgia, and fascinating
facts, our special celebrates the colorful--and crunchy--saga of a
distinctly American breakfast. We see how a Presbyterian
minister-turned-health-food-fanatic--Sylvester Graham, of "Graham
cracker" fame--turned his countrymen from fried pork breakfasts to
grain- and bran-heavy diets in 1824. We reveal the rivalries, tricks,
and accidents that turned cereal into a breakfast sensation. And we
examine the amazing feats of marketing used to promote the
product--from creating iconic characters for packaging, to ingenious
prizes that drove consumers to the shelves in droves.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Tech.
For millennia, luxury toys have functioned as flashy instruments of
affluence, authority, and identity and driven many kingly consumers to
covet, create, and purchase these status symbols. From the Roman
Emperor Caligula's special barges to Carl Faberge's impossibly
intricate eggs, from plasma screen TVs to $600,000 Bentleys and Rolex
watches, we examine spectacular personal possessions--paeans to the
lords of a consumer culture that grows richer and technologically more
sophisticated daily.

8-10pm -- Hell: The Devil's Domain -
Our in-depth history of Hades begins with the story of a negative
near-death experience, in which a man thinks he went to Hell after
being declared clinically dead and before resuscitation. Following
Lucifer's trail from cave paintings in France circa 6,000 BC to
current portrayals in popular culture, our 2-hour exploration shows
how Hell and the Devil remain powerful forces--at a church in Texas,
where souls are delivered from Satan's grip; in talks with a survivor
of the 1980s recovered memory craze, who "recalled" attending Witches'
Sabbaths that practiced cannibalism; and at the modern Church of
Satan. We review literary landmarks that expanded our ideas of the
Underworld, from Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost to Mark
Twain's anti-hero, and trace development of Christian, Moslem, Jewish,
and Buddhist conceptions of the afterlife.
The Devil's Rain MonsterVision host segments

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

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Friday, September 16, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Future Tech.
A paper-thin, wall-sized holographic television...a
car that runs on processed seawater...an army of
robotic killing machines...outer-space luxury resorts
and a cleaning droid controlled by your mind?
Buckle-up for safety as we race into the near
future--where fantasy becomes fact. There have always
been visionaries, futurists, and dreamers predicting
the world of tomorrow--flying cars, space-station
colonies, and android personal assistants. But time
has proven the fallacy of many of their predictions.
So what future technology can we realistically expect?
With the help of 3D animation, we present some pretty
far-out predictions and take you to various research
labs to see working prototypes of these technologies
in their infancy. Join us on a rollicking ride through
the entertainment room, down the road, over the
battlefield, through the mind, out in space, and into
the future, where science fiction becomes science
fact.
Back To The Future MonsterVision host segments

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
combat. 

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - MK-19 Grenade
Launcher/PPSH-41/WWII Weasel/Vertijet: # 79.
R. Lee Ermey, is back at HQ for a new season of shows
jam-packed with gear, gun and guts. First, the Gunny
is pitching horseshoes and because "close only counts
in horseshoes and hand grenades," it's the perfect
introduction to Lee's trip to Camp Pendleton where he
gets some trigger time with the MK-19 grenade
launcher. Next, the focus is on Russian tactics and
weapons of WWII. Lee shows us the Russian sub machine
gun of choice during the campaign, the PPSH-41. Then,
it's time for a test drive when a WWII Weasel shows up
at HQ. Finally, it's time to dip into the Gunny's
Fabulous Flops file for a segment about the Vertijet,
America's first vertical take-off jet aircraft.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - M-1 Garand Rifle/First
Assault Rifle/Jato/Golden Knights Parachute
Team/Barrage Balloons
R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about the M-1
Garand, the rifle General Patton called "the greatest
battle implement ever devised", and demonstrates the
world's first assault rifle, the German MP-44. He
takes to the sky to explain jet assisted take-off
(JATO); offers an eye-popping look at the stunts
performed by the Golden Knights, the Army's precision
freefall parachute team; explains how barrage balloons
protected London during the Blitz; and goes through
the alphabet--military style!

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Saturday, September 17, 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.

8-11pm -- 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, September 18, 2005
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7-8pm -- The Horrors of Hussein - 
Everyone knows Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but the
invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003 revealed
the full extent of the terror apparatus Saddam used to
maintain power. In this gripping hour, we examine the
roots of this dictator-madman--how he used violence
beginning in his teens to achieve his ends--and talk
to victims of his terror. We also see how his ministry
of terror became a family affair: his two sons, Ouday
and Qusay, intended to establish a reign of terror
that would last generations.

8-9pm -- High Hitler - 
Adolf Hitler dreamt of creating a master race, but
achieved a Holocaust--the murder of millions of Jews
and those deemed physical or mental defects. But the
Führer, an appalling hypochondriac, abused laxatives
and suffered from stomach cramps and embarrassing
flatulence. And that was just the start! When he
committed suicide in 1945, the great dictator was
frail with tremors and a shuffling walk--a feeble
condition concealed from the world. We explore the
relationship between Hitler and his personal
physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine
abuse, Parkinson's Disease, and tertiary syphilis
impact on his state of mind?

9-10pm -- Saddam's Doctor: An Insider's Story - 
For more than 15 years Dr. Ala Bashir was a close
confidante of Saddam Hussein. Bashir, a plastic
surgeon, came to the attention of the Iraqi dictator
for the pioneering work he carried out during the
1980s repairing injured soldiers and civilians from
the eight-year long war with Iran. He not only treated
Saddam and his son Uday, but also tended to Saddam's
various wives and mistresses. In those years with
Saddam he was a reluctant witness to some of the worst
excesses of the regime and of Saddam's family. As
Baghdad came under American bombardment in 2003, Dr.
Bashir disobeyed one last order from Saddam and made
his escape. Bashir gives first hand accounts of the
brutality, the arbitrary violence and the terror of
Saddam's regime. He describes a ruthless despot
consumed by paranoia, obsessed by fears for his own
safety, deeply superstitious and resorting to
fortune-tellers to relieve his doubts.

10-11:10pm -- Band of Brothers - Crossroads.
Capt. Winters (Damian Lewis) leads a contingent of
Easy Company men on a risky mission over a Dutch dike
that results in a "turkey shoot" of fleeing Germans,
and is promoted to Battalion Executive Officer,
leaving Easy Company in the hands of Lt. "Moose"
Heyliger (Stephen McCole). After moving back off the
line to France, Lt. Nixon (Ron Livingston) insists
that Winters take a break and see Paris. But when
Winters returns, news comes in of a massive German
counterattack in the Ardennes Forest.

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Monday, September 19, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Hand Tools.
Well over 2-million years before modern man evolved,
his primitive ancestors were making tools. The ability
to extend the hand and strengthen the arm is
considered one of the keys to human evolution. Join us
as we nail down the history of hand tools, and look at
a new generation of computer-designed, high-tech hand
tools.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Britain's X-Files.
Flying saucers...Close encounters...Top-secret
government files...the Royal family. Join us for the
amazing story of Britain's X-Files as we examine the
bizarre and intriguing history of Britain's UFO
phenomenon. The journey takes in skeptical prime
ministers, senior RAF officers, and Royal believers
Prince Philip and Lord Mountbatten. It begins in 1950,
when Clement Attlee's government established the
extraordinary Flying Saucer Working Party, and ends in
2000, when the Ministry of Defense disbanded its UFO
intelligence unit. In between, flying saucers played
on deep fears of the Communist threat during the Cold
War, and exploded into popular culture in the 1960s.
But why did flying saucers suddenly appear in England,
and why did the government take so long to admit that
something was going on? We track down eyewitnesses and
reveal the incredible true story of an encounter in
1955 between Prince Philip's equerry and a mysterious
"alien" called Mr. Janus.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Bible Code:
Predicting Armageddon.
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked
within the Bible that outlines past and future events?
Does the Code contain hidden messages about people
such as Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key world
events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers'
assassinations, and 9/11? More frightening are
references to future events--including Earth's
impending end. We take a balanced look through the
eyes of Code supporters and critics and let viewers
determine its accuracy in predicting the future.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - Weirdly Departed.
Hosts Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran dig up some of the
strangest tales from the grave as they try to figure
out what happens after we die. The boys head to Key
West to look for the gravesite of a poor dead woman
who just couldn't rest in peace--due to one man's
undying love for her corpse. All this leads our two
Marks to a town of mediums in Florida, where the
residents communicate with spirits of the dead. On
this madcap tour of America, Mark and Mark trek the
country in search of bizarre, unexplained, or just
plain zany stories. So put away your textbooks and get
ready for something a tad more titillating.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Tool Bench: Power Tools.
The history of civilization could easily be measured
in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve
tools--an activity that is at least 4-million years
old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power
tools. We'll examine today's power tool industry,
which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and
quieter cordless tools.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - Freak Shows ll.
For over 100 years, the "freak show" was one of
America's most popular and acceptable forms of
entertainment. The whole family would venture out to
these early museums to see "once in a lifetime"
spectacles. Animal curiosities and strangely shaped
vegetables quickly gave way to human serpents,
savages, simian women, snake eaters, and even the
supernatural. Sideshow denizens were the biggest, the
smallest, and the strangest people ever to inhabit the
West. But there was more! Cowboys and farmhands got a
chance to see some freaky technologies, too, at these
"cavalcades of perversion." Hosted by David Carradine.

9-10pm -- Shootout - WWII: The Pacific.
The Pacific Ocean is a vast emptiness, where World War
Two is fought on tiny specks of land. As the big
battles unfold, soldiers come face- to-face at close
quarters with their enemies. In this episode, we head
right into the middle of a daring raid on the Makin
Atoll; on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, a solo
machine gunner is outnumbered; two dozen Marines face
hundreds of Japanese on Peleliu; and a single rifleman
holds off two companies in the Philippines. Sometimes
they took minutes, at others they took hours. Join us
as we examine these famous shootouts in history--from
the perspectives of both sides of the fight. Meet the
men with guns in their hands, thousands of miles from
home, where the winners are the only ones left alive.

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Wernher von Braun
and the V2 Rocket.
In 1942, Hitler demands a silent, deadly weapon that
is capable of completely destroying London in a matter
of days. At a top-secret facility, young physicist
Wernher von Braun complies, creating the world's first
supersonic rocket-powered delivery system. Armed with
a warhead, von Braun's V2 rockets become Hitler's last
hope and the world's first ballistic missile. The "V"
stands for vengeance--and Hitler plans to rain down
thousands of V2s every day on the Allies. Hitler
believes his V2 arsenal will change the course of
WWII. Join us as we explore history's fusion of man,
moment, and machine--the life of von Braun, his
incredible invention, Hitler's plan to destroy London,
and with war's end imminent, von Braun's hidden
treasure of technical documents and carefully planned
surrender to the Americans. Hosted by former Navy "Top
Gun" pilot Hunter Ellis.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hardware Stores.
Join us for a nuts-and-bolts look at the history and
evolution of those places that hold our world
together. From the local blacksmith to Home Depot,
it's the story of nails, screws, mollybolts, duct
tape, and superglue. We visit one of the oldest
hardware stores in America, Placerville True Value,
and wander the aisles of the mega-giants. As we
chronicle the rise of the hardware "Big Box"
superstores, we also see how the mom-and-pop local
hardware stores still manage to survive.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Sewers.
A simple flush and it's forgotten. But haven't you
secretly wondered where it all goes when we go? Join
us as we explore this less-than-polite topic, and
examine the network of underground pipes and tunnels
that carries human waste and excess storm water away.
From ancient Rome's pristine sewage-conveying systems,
through the disease-spreading, out-the-window system
of Europe in the Middle Ages, and into the progressive
sanitation engineering of the 19th and 20th centuries,
we go with the flow of sewage history. And we sift
through the flotsam and jetsam of our cities' sewer
systems and delve into the sewers of Paris, Boston,
and Los Angeles to study waste management's evolution.
We meet a sewer diver (and his robotic counterpart)
who inspects and ensures the efficient operation of
the conduits; decipher the myths about "treasures" and
creatures found in the murky depths; and find out
exactly where it goes, how it gets there, and how
we've learned to use it to our benefit.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Race Cars.
Today, race cars tear up the tracks at 300 mph.
Computers and space-age composite materials are as
much as part of racing as the drivers. They're fast,
they're thrilling, and they've gone high-tech. We'll
review the history of the innovations that led to
today's technological wonders.

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

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - F117 Nighthawk Stealth.
Designed in 1977 by Lockheed's covert development arm,
the F117 Nighthawk was America's most secret armament
program. Dogged by controversy and shrouded in
secrecy, F117s have become the world's first truly
stealth aircraft. First bloodied in Panama in 1989,
F117s have been involved in all major conflicts of the
past 20 years, providing the US an unbeatable
advantage in combat. Using archive film and color
reenactments, we reveal the top-secret "black" world
of stealth--the F117 Nighthawk.

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Friday, September 23, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil.
From the first well in Pennsylvania to the gushing
Spindletop and modern supertankers, the story of oil
is the story of civilization as we know it. We'll take
a look at the ingenious and outrageous men who risked
everything for "black gold" and unimaginable wealth.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFO Hot Spots.
For those who study the UFO phenomenon, "UFO Hot
Spots" are places around the globe known for a long
history of UFO sightings and reports. From Brazil to
Mexico, from Washington State to Florida, multiple
witnesses, including air traffic controllers and even
military personnel, confirm that something unexplained
is repeatedly happening in the night sky. Tales of
alien abductions, bizarre and chilling photographs of
UFOs, and hours of videotape all abound as we search
for UFO Hot Spots.

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

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - episode to be announced.
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.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - #80.
Navy beach masters are known as the traffic cops of
the beach and host R. Lee Ermey travels to Coronado
Naval Base to find out how they get the job done and
checks out their gear, including the new LARC, a
floating tow truck used for search and rescue. Next,
Lee travels to the Defense Language Institute in
Monterrey, California, where military personnel learn
how to speak Afghani, Korean, Arabic, and other
languages in a flash. In this installment of "GI
Jargon", the Gunny explains origins of the word
"hooch". And we get a tour of the Gunny's new digs--a
state-of-the-art Eureka MPTGS Type 3 tent with
internal arch configuration. Then, he takes us back to
the end of WWII and the raid at Cabanatuan. Not a lot
of people know about it, but this raid by Army
Rangers, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas saved
the lives of more than 500 POWs in the Philippines.
Then, Lee demonstrates the Arisaka rifle, the
bolt-action rifle used by the Japanese Imperial Army.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - German Small Arms of WWII.
An evaluation of the evolution of German "small arms"
from the end of WWI, when the defeated nation was
denied the right to rearm by the Treaty of Versailles,
to the end of WWII, after Hitler had again supplied
the country with the means to wage war. See how
Lugers, P-38s, and Mausers wrote an agonizing chapter
in the gun's history.

8-9pm -- The SS - Power Struggle.
The incarnation of terror and executor of mass
genocide, the SS, like no other Nazi organization,
embodied the murderous mania of the "master race". In
a 6-part story of unbridled madness and inconceivable
crimes, we watch the Schutzstaffel (Defense Squadron),
an insignificant guard corps, transform into an
omnipotent evil empire. It began with a night of
murder--June 30, 1934, Night of the Long Knives, when
SS commandos, on Hitler's orders, executed leaders of
the Nazi Storm Troopers, the SA.

9-10pm -- The SS - Himmler's Mania.
Presented in meticulous detail, our 6-part
investigation of the SS reveals film footage long
believed lost and eyewitnesses only now prepared to
discuss Hitler's sinister reign of terror. Focusing on
the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, we see how his
penchant for the occult determined his barbaric
politics, and how he mixed anti-Semitism with
blood-and-soil mysticism. A chicken farmer with an
agriculture diploma, he instigated "breeding" a new
race and administered mass genocide like a tax
official.

10-11pm -- The SS - Heydrich--The Hangman.
Hitler called him "the man with the iron heart" and as
head of the Security Police and SD (Security Service),
Reinhard Heydrich commanded killing squads in Poland
and the Soviet Union that shot hundreds of thousands
of the "racially and nationally undesirable".
Architect of the Holocaust, he authorized Adolf
Eichmann to work out a large-scale deportation program
for Europe's Jews that would end in extermination
centers. Features footage of Heydrich's personal life
from private archives.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005
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7-8pm -- Mummy: The Inside Story - 
In an incredible investigation that uncovers the
inside story of how the British Museum in London
resurrected an Egyptian mummy in cyberspace, we begin
in the museum basement and end where no one has gone
before. Egyptologist John Taylor and a team of virtual
reality experts from computer giant SGI transformed
the mummified body of Nesperennub--an ancient Egyptian
priest--into the world's first virtual mummy. From a
set of 1500 CAT scans, they created a 3-D model of the
mummy that could be "unwrapped" in the computer. The
stunning stereoscopic images reveal Nesperennub's body
in amazing clarity--and exactly like the embalmers
left it in 800 BC! By going under the wraps of
Nesperennub, we journey into the life and times of
this ancient Egyptian. 
I want my Mummy

8-9pm -- Hitler's End - 
Legends, lies, and half-truths for a long time have
surrounded Hitler's last days in his bunker beneath
Berlin's Reich Chancellery. What exactly happened in
the days leading up to his suicide on April 30, 1945?
Why did the dictator protract the end for so long? Was
he still capable of making decisions? A Russian secret
service dossier discovered in Moscow sheds new light
on events in the bunker. Contemporary witnesses such
as Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge, officers Ulrich de
Maiziere and Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven, together
with renowned historians and Hitler researchers Ian
Kershaw and Joachim Fest, analyze events in the bunker
from April 20 to 30--from Hitler's last birthday to
suicide. Many explosive revelations are scrutinized,
for example the claim by Hitler's chief pilot Hans
Baur that Eva Braun was pregnant at war's end.
Utilizing 3-D tours through the bunker, library
discoveries, and unknown statements, a shocking
picture of Hitler's last days emerges.

9-10pm -- Betrayal: The Battle for Warsaw - 
This is a story told by eyewitnesses, the insurgent
soldiers and citizens of Warsaw. On August 1, 1944,
one of the most desperate and tragic battles in modern
warfare occurred. Waged by an ill-equipped but heroic
insurgent army against the mighty German war machine,
the bloody 63-day battle ultimately led to the total
destruction of Warsaw, Poland's ancient capital city
and to the death of over 250,000 Polish civilians and
soldiers. It was a battle that could have changed
world history. If the Poles had won, they and the
whole of Eastern Europe might have escaped Soviet
domination for the next 45 years. Yet, even as the
fighting raged in the heart of their beloved city, the
Poles were callously betrayed--not by their enemies,
but by their allies...

10-11:20pm -- Band of Brothers - Bastogne.
In the dead of winter, in the forest outside of
Bastogne, Belgium, Easy Company struggles to hold the
line alone, while fending off frostbite and hunger. An
overwhelmed Medic Eugene Roe (Shane Taylor), on edge
and close to combat exhaustion, finds friendship with
a Belgian nurse (Lucie Jeanne). Easy spends a
miserable Christmas in the trenches, but is buoyed
after hearing news that General McAuliffe met the
German Army's demand for surrender with the defiant
answer: "Nuts!"

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Monday, September 26, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bulletproof.
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body armor to
armored cars and trucks, we review the history of the
race between the bullet and a successful way to stop
it. It's not exactly easy to design material that can
catch gunfire traveling up to 3,000 feet per second.
We'll look at little-known advances like bulletproof
layering hidden in walls, futuristic smart materials
that "remember" how to stop a bullet, and a system
that deploys a shield within milliseconds when it
detects an oncoming round.

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
advances.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Resurrection.
Did Jesus rise from the dead? The stories of the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ inspire faith and fuel
controversy to this day. But what do we know about
what really happened on that first Easter more than
2,000 years ago, a day that changed the course of
history? Elizabeth Vargas takes viewers on an
extraordinary journey into the heart of the debate
where it all began in Jerusalem in search of the truth
about the story that is at the core of the Christian
faith ... the Resurrection.

10-11pm -- Weird U.S. - History or Hoax?
Based on the best-selling book, this deliciously
demented tour of offbeat American history scours the
country in search of the bizarre, unexplained, and
really weird stories that never made it into
schoolbooks. In this episode, hosts Mark Sceurman and
Mark Moran examine if history books are correct when
they claim that President Warren Harding died of a
heart attack. Was it really foul play? Did the CIA
actually spend millions of taxpayer dollars in the
1970s and '80s on psychic research? Did Aaron Burr try
to set up his own country in the American Southwest?
Sometimes there are stories from history that sound so
outrageous they can't be true...but are. Some stories
are said to be truth, but are out and out lies. Our
two Marks investigate some of the strangest stories
they've ever heard, and realize just because something
is weird doesn't mean it isn't true. Mark and Mark
want to find out: When it comes to history, how do you
separate fact from fiction?

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nuclear Tech.
Nuclear research ranges from well-known applications,
such as bombs and reactors, to little-known uses in
medicine, food preparation, and radiation detection.
It's also spawned ancillary technologies to store
nuclear waste and clean up accidents. Despite the risk
of use and abuse for destructive purposes, many
scientists remain optimistic about what's next for the
atom. In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war
and peace, and the latest in nuclear power generation,
safety, and security.

8-9pm -- Wild West Tech - The Unexplained.
Lights in the sky, strange sounds in the woods,
vicious attacks that couldn't be explained away....
The Wild West was overflowing with unexplained
happenings. Some people even said the skies were
filled with UFO's! How did technology help to craft
the legends that have scared people for generations?
And could technology finally help put some of these
enduring myths to rest, once and for all? Join host
David Carradine as he enters the Wild West Tech Zone!

9-10pm -- Shootout - Swat Team Shootouts.
SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams leap into the
middle of some of the most dangerous situations
around. Follow them as they plan to rescue dozens of
hostages held at gunpoint in a bar. Track their
strategy as they get ready to lay siege to an
electronics store held captive by four armed men.
Learn how they confront a disgruntled employee who
threatens to kill a former co-worker. Interviews with
former hostages and the SWAT officers who saved them
guide viewers minute-by-minute through real crises.
The tactics and technology used by the experts are
detailed and dramatized, taking those watching along
for the ride whether the ending is happy--or not. 

10-11pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Thomas Edison and
the Electric Chair.
Explores the history-making intersection between a
dynamic leader, a significant moment in time and an
important technology. Hosted by former Navy Top Gun
fighter pilot Hunter Ellis, we go on location to
illustrate these historic triads--walking in the shoes
of the man, reliving the moment and operating the
machine that came together to make history.
Top Gun MonsterVision host segments

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Deadliest Weapons.
In this fiery hour, we profile five of man's deadliest
weapons, focusing on the inventors, battles, and dark
technology behind their lethality. We begin with the
deadliest bomb ever created, the Tsar Bomba--a
50-megaton nuclear bomb with a yield thousands of
times greater than the one dropped on Hiroshima.
During WWI, technological advances in weaponry led to
the deaths of over 8-million, and one of the deadliest
killers was the machine gun. In WWII, the use of
incendiary bombs killed hundreds of thousands of
people. Another deadly invention of WWII was the
proximity fuse, or VT fuse, that allowed artillery to
detonate within a predetermined range of an enemy
target. Finally, we examine VX nerve gas, thought by
many to be the deadliest chemical agent ever created
and suspected to have been used by Saddam Hussein with
devastating results. We'll visit Edgewood Chemical
BioCenter, which plays a large role in protection and
detection for our troops in Iraq.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines 4.
From a giant machine press that stamps out an entire
car body to a 125-ton chainsaw that cuts through the
world's hardest rock; from a huge telescope that
glimpses the ends of the known universe to the world's
largest rock crusher. Join us for a workout of the
world's largest machines, and take a long look through
the lens of the world's biggest optical telescope, the
Keck Observatory, atop 13,800-foot Mauna Kea in
Hawaii.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - More of the World's Biggest
Machines.
On land, in the air, or on the sea--we examine some of
the biggest machines ever built, including: the
Antonov AN-225, the world's biggest aircraft; the GE
90-115B jet engine; the Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter;
the Union Pacific's biggest steam locomotive, the "Big
Boy" 4000 and GE's AC 6000; the Discoverer Enterprise,
the world's largest oil-drilling ship; the RB 293
bucket-wheel mine excavator; and the LED Viva Vision,
the world's largest printing screen, which stretches
4-blocks long in Las Vegas.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines
3.
Giant robots on the factory floor and in outer space. 
A floating fortress that's home to 6,000 military
personnel, which is almost as long as the Empire State
Building is tall. And a diesel engine with 108,000
horsepower. (You read that right.) These giants must
be seen to be believed! In this episode, we travel
over land and sea to find these and more of the
biggest, baddest, most audacious feats of engineering
in the world.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nuclear Subs.
The most priceless jewels in the arsenals of a handful
of countries, some nuclear submarines carry more
firepower than all the bombs dropped in history. Since
the 1950s, these lethal steel sharks have been a
cornerstone of American defense policy. The Cold War
launched an underwater race for supremacy with the
Soviet Union. The result: engineering miracles, which
roam 70% of the earth's surface, providing deterrence
to enemies, intelligence about adversaries, and an
abiding sense of dread.

8-10pm -- Engineering Disasters - Engineering
Disasters.
Throughout history, the builders and engineers who
paved our way out of the caves and into the modern
world have also caused some of our worst disasters.
What happens when their calculations prove wrong and
it all comes tumbling down? From Hammurabi's days,
when the first building laws were instituted, to
today's potential nuclear or chemical disasters that
can spell death for thousands, we'll take a harrowing
2-hour tour through some of history's greatest
engineering mistakes.

10-11pm -- 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!

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Friday, September 30, 2005
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7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sub Zero.
Come in from the cold while we explore some of Earth's
most frigid places and examine how man copes with
sub-zero climates. With the advance of technology, our
boundaries have expanded--from the North and South
Poles, to the depths beneath the Arctic and Antarctic
sea ice, to the Moon, Mars, and outward to Saturn.
Enter these forbidding territories, guided by a
special breed of experts as we inspect the new US
South Pole Station, try on the latest Polartec
fashions with anti-microbial fibers, ride on the
newest snowmobiles and Sno-Cats, sail through glacial
waters on ice-breaking ships, and fly on an LC-130
transport plane. And we'll see what NASA has on the
planning board for deep-space exploration, including a
beach-ball robot explorer, and learn from scientists
studying fish in the waters off Antarctica to
understand glycoproteins, which may keep frozen tissue
healthy longer for transplantation.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Torture Devices.
For more than 3,000 years, emperors and generals,
dictators and police, criminals, clerics, and even
medical doctors have created and used a vast array of
torture devices--everything from the ancient Greeks'
Brazen Bull, which slowly barbecued the victim, to the
elaborate mechanical apparatuses of the Spanish
Inquisition. A medical doctor who specializes in
victims of torture reveals how the human body responds
to their use--from the earliest excruciating
contrivances to the more modern.

9-10pm -- Caligula: Reign of Madness - 
Caligula ruled the Roman Empire fewer than four years,
and was only 28 when assassinated by officers of his
guard in 41 AD. His reign was a legendary frenzy of
lunacy, murder, and lust. Between executions, he
staged spectacular orgies, made love to his sister,
and declared himself a living god. Join us for a look
at this devoted son, murderer, pervert, and loving
father whose anguished life was far more bizarre than
the myth that surrounds him.

10-10:30pm -- Mail Call - # 81.
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.

10:30-11pm -- Mail Call - Cobra Attack
Helicopter/Sidewinder Missile/C-54
Skymaster/Mps/Flintlock Pistol: #39.
What puts the "super" in the Marines' attack
helicopter, the AH-1W Super Cobra? As long as we're
talking snakes, why are there so many AIM (Air
Intercept Missile) Sidewinders? Why do many consider
the C-54 Skymaster transport plane the true hero of
the Berlin Airlift and the first Air Force One plane?
What kind of training and gear are supplied to our
military police? How accurate were the old Flintlock
Pistols? Shot on location, R. Lee Ermey answers
viewers' questions on military technology.
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