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Primetime Programming Schedule

Listings For This Month (schedules available after the 1st & 15th)

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Atlantic Wall.
Join us for an exploration of the Nazi construction
called the Atlantic Wall--3,000 miles of shore
fortifications along occupied European coastline.
We'll highlight the logistics of construction, types
of fortifications, weapons, and obstacles in the wall
used by the Germans. We also detail the Allied D-Day

8-11pm -- Reel To Real - Windtalkers.
(movie) World War II drama about Navajo Indians trained
to use their native language as code to help US
Marines battling the Japanese in the Pacific. Nicolas
Cage plays a Marine with difficult orders: Protect the
life of one of the Navajos, but kill him if he's about
to be captured to protect the code. With Adam Beach,
Christian Slater, and Noah Emmerich. (2002)


Sunday, April 2, 2006

7-8pm -- The Wrath of God - Death in the Potomac: The
Crash of Flight 90.
Every winter, planes face an insidious threat--ice! A
thin coating of ice on the wings, which can form in
seconds, can interfere with the lift necessary for
take-off. Such was the case on January 13, 1982, when
Air Florida Flight 90 left Washington, DC en route to
Tampa. This is the story of the harrowing crash.

8-9pm -- Secrets of the Black Box - Aloha Air Flight
On April 28, 1988, an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737, based
at Honolulu International Airport, with 89 passengers
onboard, was scheduled for a series of inter-island
flights. As the airplane leveled at 24,000 feet, both
pilots heard a loud "clap" or "whooshing" sound
followed by a wind noise behind them. The captain
observed that the cockpit entry door was missing and
that there was blue sky where the first-class ceiling
had been. The aircraft had suffered an explosive
decompression and lost approximately 1/3 of its roof! 
One flight attendant was ejected from the aircraft.
But, through the heroic efforts of the crew--which
were captured by the plane's Black Box--the plane was
skillfully guided to a safe landing back at Honolulu.
Incredibly, the pilots had managed to fly the aircraft
for nearly a half-hour with a full third of the
aircraft's roof missing.

9-10pm -- Secrets of the Black Box - KAL Flight 007.
September 1, 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a 747
jumbo jet with 269 passengers aboard, including a US
Congressman, strays off-course into Soviet airspace
over a secret missile installation on the Kamchatka
peninsula. Soviet interceptors are scrambled and the
plane is shot down--killing all aboard. World reaction
is explosive. The Soviets claim that flight 007 was
really a spy plane. But US representatives give a
vivid presentation at the United Nations "proving"
that the Russians knew flight 007 was a civilian
airliner before they shot it down. Years after the
shootdown of Flight 007, its "black boxes" are finally
uncovered. By thoroughly examining this data,
investigators are finally able to unravel the mystery
of Flight 007. For the first time, we tell the true
story of KAL 007--its doomed flight...and tragic

10-12am -- 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


Monday, April 3, 2006

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

8-9pm -- UFO Files - UFO Hunters.
They look to the stars, to Earth, and within the human
body. They are the UFO research elite that seeks
answers to the mysteries of the UFO phenomenon. Their
determination, attitude, and methodologies stand
strong against ridicule and disbelief. In the end, UFO
hunters exhibit scientific evidence that pushes the
boundary of modern-day thinking. At annual
conferences, they share findings and are often stunned
by the commonality of their cases. Follow UFO hunters
as they search for UFOs and investigate crash sites.
Their hunts for physical evidence of UFOs and alien
life forms sometimes end up as global wild goose
chases, but there are other times, when what they find
is just too intriguing....and might just prove that it
is possible that we are not alone in the universe.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Giants of Patagonia.
Many explorers throughout the centuries, including the
great Ferdinand Magellan, visited the region in South
America now known as Patagonia and reported sighting
giants. From these accounts we get the name
"Patagonia"--Land of the Big Feet. But what exactly
did these explorers see? Now, some experts suggest
that the giant, upright-walking ground sloth, once
widespread throughout Patagonia, could have been the
source of these stories. Josh Bernstein accompanies
paleontologists, naturalists, and crypto-zoologists on
a search to determine whether the ground sloth could
have lived into the era of human habitation. He treks
across the glaciers of Patagonia, descends deep in the
mountain caves, accompanies a band of gauchos on
horseback, and joins a modern-day paleontology dig to
try to discover evidence that the ground sloth still
exists today.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Disaster of
Napoleon's Fleet.
The Battle of the Nile--August 1, 1798. A mighty
French fleet under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte
is anchored in Aboukir Bay, Egypt. Just hours before
sunset, an outnumbered British fleet, commanded by the
famous Admiral Horatio Nelson, discovers the French
and battle ensues. In the dark of night, the French
flagship, L'Orient, one of the most powerful warships
in the world, suddenly explodes. She sinks quickly,
taking an estimated $20 million in gold and silver to
the bottom. How did the mighty battleship sink so
quickly that night? And what happened to the lost
fortune in gold and silver? Veteran divers John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler plunge into Aboukir
Bay--and discover that history's telling of the
L'Orient's demise is wrong. Did Admiral Nelson "spin"
the events of that day?


Tuesday, April 4, 2006

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.

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

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Containers.
They hold just about everything--Containers. We follow
a day-in-the-life of a steel freight container from
port to port and see how standard containers can be
transported by ship, train, or truck while looking
into new technology and security measures being used
today. We visit a Georgia Pacific plant to see how raw
materials are processed in a state-of-the-art plant.
We also visit the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an
underground container used for extraordinary amounts
of vital product. The containers that hold the US
Strategic Petroleum Reserve are actually underground
salt domes. In a visit to Bryan Mound, Texas, one of
four locations housing the SPR, we learn how the
caverns within the salt domes are created and how the
oil contained in these caverns actually benefits from
this type of storage. We also check out silos that
were necessary for farmers' progress. And finally, we
sip from metal cans, which revolutionized the food and
beverage industry.


Wednesday, April 5, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - American Steel: Built to
For over a century, the US steel industry was a
powerful symbol of the nation's industrial might.
Steel helped explode the stock market into an
overnight powerhouse, and transformed a country of
farmers and merchants into a nation of visionary
builders. But America's domination of the market would
meet new challenges in the 1970s.

8-10pm -- Comets: Prophets of Doom - 
Comets--these celestial travelers have forever filled
us with fear and wonder. Lurking in the furthest
reaches of our solar system, they come close to Earth
as they orbit our Sun. Could something as destructive
as comets hold the key to life? Are the building
blocks of carbon-based life forms frozen inside? Might
they contain information about the creation of our
solar system? At the conclusion of two spectacular
NASA missions that sent spaceships to rendezvous with
these mysterious objects, we examine the scientific
and historical record of comets, including man's
reaction to them. Did a comet lead the Wise Men to
Bethlehem? Did they foretell the death of kings, the
destruction of civilizations? How did Halley's Comet
provide Isaac Newton with the clues for his theories
of gravity? Finally, what comprises this "dirty
snowball" and how can we protect ourselves if headed
on a collision-course with one?

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Fire.
Fire--we have learned to create and control it, but
have yet to tame it? It's alive--it breathes, feeds,
and grows. Fire is behind essentially every component
of the modern world and has spawned entire industries.
We'll feature great feats in pyrotechnology, or the
intentional use and control of fire by humans--from
the massive 8-story fire-breathing boilers that create
steam heat for downtown Philadelphia, to the nearly
2,000 degree flames that create electricity at a
biomass plant. From the massive coal-fired locomotives
that powered us across the continent, to the rocket
engines that took us to the moon, we'll cover what
fire is, how we have learned to create and harness it,
and its behavior with various fuel sources. At a match
factory, we see how the seeds of fire are made and
explore the significance of this seemingly simple
innovation. We also take a look at the important role
that fire has played in technological advances as well
as warfare.


Thursday, April 6, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cranes.
One of the most useful machines ever created, the
crane is a simple but important combination of the
pulley and the lever. Though cranes have been helping
us build civilization from at least the time of the
Egyptian pyramids, the modern steel-framed
construction cranes are a relatively recent
development. Put on your work boots as we ride through
the history of cranes from ancient days to skyscraper
construction sites, ocean-freighter docks, and the
International Space Station.

8-9pm -- The Antichrist - Part 1.
How would you recognize the most evil person on Earth?
According to many historical texts, you should look
for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who
transforms the world for good--for a while. 
Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human
emissary. While many believe the Antichrist has come
and gone, just as many believe he will soon arrive, if
he's not already in our midst. Join us for harrowing
look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to
Satan. Real? Our group of prophecy believers and
historical experts help sort it out. We follow the
emergence of the Antichrist from pre-Judaic texts,
through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into
Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other
religious traditions as well. Aided by interviewees
both religious and secular, comprised of eminent
clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and
culture makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from
every conceivable angle.
9-10pm -- The Antichrist - Zero Hour
From popes and presidents to dictators, Antichrists
have been identified in all periods of recorded
history and in all walks of life. Even nations,
movements, and technologies have been thought by some
to be the agents of the Antichrist. Throughout
history, people have seen their own times as the most
morally bankrupt and have recognized signs of the
coming of the Apocalypse. If the end is near, what
will it be like? What is the Antichrist's agenda? How
does he intend to take over the world and wreak
destruction? Is this escapist fantasy or inescapable

10-12am -- Bible Battles - 
In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an
ancient people called the Israelites forged an army
and carved out an empire. Their ancient military
exploits are described in one of history's most famous
religious texts--the Old Testament of the Bible. But
by reading between the religious lines, military
historians unlock the soldiers' secrets of the Bible
by examining the weapons, strategies, and the
commanders, some of whom are not always thought of as
warriors, like Abraham, Moses, and Deborah. In this
2-hour special, we explore the biblical world from a
military perspective from the time of Abraham until
David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows
more freely than holy water in the days of the Old
Testament, and the military secrets of the Bible have
yet to be revealed...until now!
Major Religions compared

Friday, April 7, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The St. Louis Arch.
It is a majestic structure that rises boldly over the
Mississippi River--40,000 tons of steel and concrete
that create the biggest arch of its kind in the world.
Nothing like it had ever been built before, nor
attempted since. We'll see how its simple and elegant
form results from remarkable achievements in
construction and engineering.

8-11pm -- Lincoln - 
Was Abraham Lincoln's lifelong anguish the driving
force behind his ultimate transcendence to America's
most beloved President? Award-winning director Vikram
Jayanti takes a look through Lincoln's eyes on his
last day as Lincoln is wracked by memory, premonition,
and regret. His entire life was a continuing battle to
contain and overcome his depressions, suicidal urges,
unsettled sexuality, tragic family life, and a history
of political opportunism--a battle he fought with his
powerful innate wit and charm and his developing
idealism. Yet today, controversy continues to rage
over his ambiguous psychology and sexuality. In this
3-hour special, we are joined by leading Lincoln
biographers Gore Vidal, Jan Morris, and Harold Holzer,
among others, as well as with Andrew Solomon, author
of The Noonday Demon, for a fresh look.


Saturday, April 8, 2006

7-8pm -- The Presidents - 1977-Present.
The final hour of the series brings us to precipice of
the 2005 inauguration. This is an era marked by a new
world order, defined by the fall of the Berlin Wall,
then shattered by the specter of global terrorism.
Defining moments include Jimmy Carter's economic
malaise and the Iran Hostage Crisis; the election of
actor Ronald Reagan, bringing another assassination
attempt, Iran-Contra, and the Strategic Defense
Initiative; George H.W. Bush's Gulf War; Bill
Clinton's booming economy, sex scandals, and
impeachment; and the terror strikes on America on
9/11, George W. Bush's handling of the crisis, the War
on Terror, doctrine of preemptive strikes, and
invasion of Iraq. We also look at the contentious 2004
reelection of Bush over John Kerry.

8-10pm -- Kennedys: The Curse of Power - 
Traces the Kennedy clan's calamities that occurred on
the rise to power--from immigration from Ireland up to
John Kennedy Jr.'s tragic death in 1999. The first
hour sees the loss of Joe Jr. in WWII and the
assassinations of JFK and RFK. Hour two witnesses
Ted's downfall and role as surrogate father to a
fatherless generation.

10-12am -- The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond
Conspiracy - 
No other murder in history has produced as much
speculation as the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy. Forty years after he was fatally shot, more
than 70 percent of polled Americans believe there was
a conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act
alone. In this 2-hour special, ABC News Anchor Peter
Jennings takes a fresh look at the assassination, the
evidence, the various and many theories, and an exact
computer simulation of the famous Abraham Zapruder
film that offers surprising results.


Sunday, April 9, 2006

7-8pm -- 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.

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 -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
On September 17, 1862, there were 23,000 casualties on
both sides of this Civil War battle, making this the
bloodiest day in American history. The Union victory
enabled President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation
Proclamation, making foreign support of the
Confederacy all but impossible.

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Massacre at Mystic.
This was the first time the English settlers engaged
in the slaughter of Native Americans after years of
relatively peaceful coexistence. Known as the Pequot
War, this massacre in Mystic, Connecticut, set the
pattern of possessing Indian land throughout the


Monday, April 10, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Non-Lethal Weapons.
They stun, debilitate, immobilize--providing police
and peacekeepers with options other than shouting or
shooting. From the ancient caltrop--a multi-pointed
contraption hurled by foot soldiers into a horseman's
path--to sting-ball grenades, electrical shock
devices, and sound, light, and energy weapons, we
examine non-lethal weapons that disperse crowds and
take down criminals. And in a whiff of the future, we
see why the government thinks stink bombs might prove
useful in the war against terror.

8-9pm -- Heaven beyond the Grave - 
Heaven has influenced politics, decided the course of
nations, become the obsession of learned scholars, and
inspired countless works of art. Most of all, the
promise of heaven has determined how people have lived
their lives...and how they've died. Through interviews
with religious scholars and leaders, we explore the
concept of heaven and its rich history. We trace the
evolution of the idea of an afterlife--from ancient
Egypt, through Renaissance writers and artists whose
work it inspired, to the uniquely American vision that
traveled across the sea on the Mayflower--and explore
other religious views of heaven. Our experts also
tackle the difficult subject: Can only those who
accept Jesus Christ be admitted to heaven? What of the
virtuous of other religions? Will they be excluded
because they aren't Christian? Our experts discuss
this delicate question, reflecting on the idea that
perhaps a heaven as we know it waits for each of us on
the other side of death.
Major Religions compared

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Einstein's Letter.
Albert Einstein's letter to FDR urged the development
of an unthinkably powerful new weapon. The result,
known as the Manhattan Project, brought government and
science together to build a bomb that would change the
world forever.

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President
Set against the backdrop of the 1901 World's Fair and
the dawning of the new century, the assassination of
President William McKinley ushered in a new
Progressive Era under the presidency of Teddy


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Unraveling the Shroud - 
For centuries the Shroud of Turin has been a
touchstone of faith for millions. Many believe it is
the primary evidence of the way Jesus Christ died on
the cross. But is it real or a clever forgery? Did
Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci play a trick on
the Roman Catholic Church? We bring you the latest
theories and the most current tests, some commissioned
especially for the program. Despite centuries of
scrutiny from scientists, theologians, and art
historians, the linen cloth with the faint image has
remained a three-and-a-half by fourteen foot enigma.
Like a mirror, for some it has reflected what we know;
for others, what we believe.

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
When America Was Rocked.
Elvis Presley's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on
September 9, 1956, signified a whole new culture that
involved teenage independence, sexuality, race
relations and a new form of music.

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Gold Rush.
The discovery of gold spurred tremendous financial and
physical growth throughout the West. For the first
time in history, individuals--not kings or
sultans--could have gold for the taking, inspiring
tens of thousands of people to make the arduous
journey West.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - ET Tech.
In 2003, with Mars closer to Earth than it had been in
60,000 years, scientists launched three life-seeking
planetary landers. If the long journeys prove
successful, all should be hard at work on the Red
Planet's surface by January 2004. NASA's Spirit and
Opportunity and the European Space Agency's Beagle 2
represent the pinnacle in the history of the search
for extraterrestrial life. Leading scientists, who
believe life may exist beyond Earth, explain
skepticism about ETs having visited Earth.

8-9pm -- Ten Commandments - Part 1.
What's the real story behind history's most famous
written document? Our 2-part special examines the
three different--and sometimes contradictory--biblical
accounts of Moses on the Mount, and then looks at each
of the 10 Commandments in historical context.
Adultery, perjury, murder, theft, graven images,
Sabbath laws, coveting--what did they mean then? And
do they mean anything today? Also examined are the
other 603 commandments prescribed by Moses that took a
backseat to the more famous first 10. What was in
these commandments and why have they been largely
forgotten? Legal, religious and historical scholars,
including legal author Alan Dershowitz and Old
Testament expert Daniel Smith-Christopher, reveal how
the issues raised by the 10 Commandments have been
viewed--and punished--throughout history. From ancient
times to modern times, see how the definitions, the
laws, and morality have changed within the parameters
of history's most formidable "Top 10" list.

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Scopes: The Battle over America's Soul.
The sensational courtroom battle between William
Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow over the teaching
of evolution in a small Tennessee town underscored a
deep schism within the American psyche -- religion
versus science, church versus state, elitism versus

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
The Homestead Strike.
Harsh working conditions at Carnegie's Homestead steel
mill led to a union strike. The battle between
management and labor signaled an end to workers
believing they had an ownership stake in their jobs,
and widened the divide between the two sides.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Junkyard.
It's the place where one man's trash is truly another
man's treasure. Enter the strange and mysterious world
of the junkyard, where many pieces actually do add up
to a whole. Uncover how junkyard operators create
order out of seemingly random piles of junk.

8-9pm -- Ten Commandments - Part 2.
Thousands of years ago, the laws of Moses were given
to the Israelites--laws that prescribed both their
relationship with God and with each other. The 10
Commandments, the word of God, carved into stone--a
sacred covenant between God and the Israelites. In
both Exodus and Deuteronomy, it tells us that Moses
brought down these commandments in the form of two
tablets. It has become traditional to split the
commandments between them, half on one tablet, and
half on the other. The first commandments deal with
God and how He should be worshipped. The second set of
commandments, sometimes called the Laws of Man,
provided society with the means of living with one
another. We'll take a close look at these last
commandments and see how they have translated into our
modern legal system.

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Freedom Summer.
In 1964, national attention turned to Mississippi when
three Civil Rights workers (two white and one black)
were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. This watershed
moment eventually led to the passage of the 1965
Voting Rights Act.

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Shays' Rebellion: America's First Civil War.
A violent protest against debt collection and taxation
practices motivated George Washington to come out of
retirement to help strengthen the fragile new nation.
This was the spark that led to the Constitution and
the Bill of Rights.


Friday, April 14, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Death Devices.
The hangman, guillotine, gas chamber, firing squad,
and electric chair are just a few of the ways in which
societies have rid themselves of those who committed
capital crimes. And throughout history, a select few
have developed the devices that have carried out the
mandate of the people. This is the dark story of those
inventors and the macabre history of execution
mechanics--from the first "stone" of antiquity, the
dungeons of the Inquisition, and Nazi death camps to
today's sterile injection chambers--with a peek at the
future of death technology.

8-9pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Massacre at Mystic (repeat, see description above)

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President
Set against the backdrop of the 1901 World's Fair and
the dawning of the new century, the assassination of
President William McKinley ushered in a new
Progressive Era under the presidency of Teddy

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Gold Rush (repeat, see description April 11 above).


Saturday, April 15, 2006

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. Major Religions compared

8-9pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Einstein's Letter.
Albert Einstein's letter to FDR urged the development
of an unthinkably powerful new weapon. The result,
known as the Manhattan Project, brought government and
science together to build a bomb that would change the
world forever.

9-10pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
When America Was Rocked.
Elvis Presley's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on
September 9, 1956, signified a whole new culture that
involved teenage independence, sexuality, race
relations and a new form of music.

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Freedom Summer.
In 1964, national attention turned to Mississippi when
three Civil Rights workers (two white and one black)
were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. This watershed
moment eventually led to the passage of the 1965
Voting Rights Act.


Sunday, April 16, 2006

7-8pm -- Ten Commandments - Part 2 (repeat, see description April 13 above)

8-10pm -- Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake - 
At the dawn of the 20th century, San Francisco was the
place to be; a hub of trade and travel, business and
banking. Located just to the east of the San Andreas
Fault, the bay area is interlaced with eight major
earthquake-producing faults. We examine the
cataclysmic earthquake that struck on April 18,
1906--it jolted the city for 50 seconds, the earth
split for 270 miles, and a resulting firestorm raged
for three days. Amazing photographs document the
city's destruction and efforts to rebuild. But the
rush to get back in business came at a price--the city
was rebuilt on the same seismic hazards. Now
scientists warn that if it happens again damage and
casualties will be much worse. The potential
catastrophe unfolds through state-of-the-art graphics
with bridges collapsing, high-rise fires, and freeways
destroyed. A similar seismic jolt today would lead to
a mega-disaster in San Francisco, with billions of
dollars in damage and casualties in the tens of

10-11pm -- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America -
Antietam (repeat, see description April 9 above).

Monday, April 17, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Rubber.
The story of rubber is more than tires, toys, gloves,
and gum--it's imbedded in modern life, from the
controversial Challenger O-rings to seals on hydrogen
fuel cells. A gigantic worldwide synthetic rubber
industry creates exotic elastomers for high-tech
applications, while China's rapid industrialization
plays havoc with the world's natural rubber supply.
From the ancient Olmecs of Yucatán, who knew the
secret of vulcanization, to modern processing plants,
we trace rubber's history and future.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Deep Sea UFOs.
Join us for a detailed examination of the little-known
phenomenon of USOs, or "Unidentified Submerged
Objects", an advanced type of UFO that can operate
just as efficiently in water as in the atmosphere.
These supposed otherworldly vessels have been
reported, some believe, as far back as ancient Egypt.
Others believe that USOs were reported by Alexander
the Great and Christopher Columbus, and might even
involve the lost city of Atlantis. Highlights include
the 1967 "Shag Harbour Incident", a
government-documented USO crash off the coast of Nova
Scotia, Canada, and a trip to the area around Laguna
Cartegena in Puerto Rico, a reported hotbed of USO
activity. Interviewees include the US Navy's Bruce
Maccabee, UCLA's Kathryn Morgan, as well as USO and
UFO experts Stanton Friedman, Bill Birnes, and Preston

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Real Sin City:
Sodom & Gomorrah.
According to the Bible, the cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah were destroyed by God to punish them for
their wicked ways. Was this just a biblical parable,
or is their evidence that such a thing actually
happened? Josh Bernstein travels to the Near East to
follow the clues laid out in the Bible. His search
takes him to modern-day Jordan, where, nestled near
the Dead Sea, two sister cities reveal archaeological
evidence of a great destruction. What happened here
and when? Josh will climb Mount Sodom to inspect a
strange "Pillar of Salt"--just like the one the Bible
claims Lot's wife became--and works with a pyrotechnic
expert to reconstruct a natural-gas explosion that
could have resulted in the destruction of Gomorrah.
Could these be the fabled cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah, and if so, can the tools of modern-day
archaeology reconstruct what happened in those fateful
days before these cities were laid to waste? 

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Caught in a Killer
The wrecks of two Coast Guard Cutters, Bedloe and
Jackson, are discovered off North Carolina's Outer
Banks, the notorious Graveyard of the Atlantic. The
two cutters are sister ships, virtually identical, so
no one, not even the living survivors, has been able
to tell which wreck is which. Veteran divers and hosts
John Chatterton and Richie Kohler set out to identify
the wrecks, and find out how they went down, on the
same day, September 14, 1944. They uncover the story
of a risky rescue mission, a race to outrun a killer
storm, and an epic ordeal of survival and courage.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

6-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Las Vegas.
Two words, a thousand definitions. Mythical city that
rose from the Mojave Desert's scorched earth, now
vacation destination to millions, who leave behind
billions of their hard-earned dollars! The place is
booming like never before. It's a city with an unique
present...and an even more intriguing past. And as for
her future, well, ladies and gentlemen, place your
bets! Join us for this 2-hour chronicle of the history
of Sin City--from the Paiute Indians to the Mormons to
the Mob.

8-10pm -- Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake - 

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - 900 Ton Building.
The Matyiko brothers are a legendary Mega Mover
family. Their company Expert House Movers entered the
record books when they moved the historic Gem Theatre
in Detroit, Schubert Theatre in Minneapolis, and the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. In this episode the brothers
battle time and the elements. In Massachusetts, the
clock is ticking to move a 900-ton brick building to
its new location. Any delays will cost the veteran
house movers thousands of dollars. And in North
Carolina, three vacation houses must make a perilous
journey across eight miles of open beach to reach
their new home. Will the homes arrive safely? Or, will
the treacherous waters of the Outer Banks claim yet
another victim?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Demolition.
While a civilization's greatness is reflected in the
achievements of architects and engineers, equally
impressive are spectacular acts of destruction
throughout history. The cycle of construction and
destruction reflects the shifting values of any given
era. We'll trace the evolution of planned destruction
from ancient to modern-day.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 18.
We look at a 1999 tragedy, when three ironworkers
plunged 200 feet when the basket in which they were
working was struck by debris during construction of
Milwaukee's Brewers Baseball Stadium. Next, we travel
to a deadly explosion in China's Sunjiwan coal
mine--antiquated equipment, minimal safety standards,
and a rush to overproduce left the mines susceptible
to fires, floods, and explosions. From the 1920s
through the `50s, US shoe stores featured the
fluoroscope. Based on an early Edison machine, the
fluoroscope took x-rays to determine a customer's
size--while emitting high doses of radiation. In
California, we visit the Salton Sea, an unnatural body
of water with no drainage that grows more salty and
less hospitable to life daily. In the 1950s Soviet
leaders embarked on a massive irrigation project that
diverted water from the Aral Sea. Over time, the
coastline receded 100 miles, killing off many species
of fish and a once thriving fishing industry.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - The Oakland Bay Bridge.
San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge stands as an
incredible feat of engineering against the nearly
impossible. Once chosen as one of the seven
engineering wonders of the modern world, it features
an unique double suspension structure in its west end.
Join us as we cross this triumph of construction,
while we visit its past and look to its future.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters #5
Examines some of the most notorious engineering
failures of recent years and asks what went wrong and
what we learned from them. We take viewers to the
southern coast of Louisiana, where a misplaced oilrig
caused an entire lake to be sucked into an underground
salt mine; review the 1972 Buffalo Creek dam disaster;
revisit the Exxon Valdez oil spill; see how radio and
TV antenna towers collapse with alarming regularity;
and look at the collision of two California
icons--freeways and earthquakes!

8-9pm -- Rome: Engineering an Empire - Part 1.
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 2-part special chronicles the spectacular and
sordid history of the Roman Empire, 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.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - The Other Nostradamus.
He predicted WWII, the deaths of US Presidents, and
the turmoil of the 1960s. He prophesied that Israel
would become a state 15 years before the event and
foretold the Great Depression. Many of his visions
seemed to pass unfulfilled, but are now proven
accurate. His name is Edgar Cayce, and to many, he's
known as the other Nostradamus. Throughout the 1930s
and `40s, Cayce was a well-known American figure,
reputed for his "healing abilities" as well as his
prophecies. Cayce's predictions are documented in the
transcriptions of his readings, which he gave until
his death in 1945. Join us as we examine his life and

10-11pm -- Declassified - The Tet Offensive.
It began with a suicide attack on the US Embassy
Compound, and by the time it was over there were
80,000 casualties. The United States had won the
battle, an American President had been toppled, and
the outcome of the Vietnam War had been decided--in
favor of the North Vietnamese. The year is 1968 and
this decisive military action came to be known as the
Tet Offensive. Newly uncovered materials, including
long-ignored CIA warnings of a sneak attack, help to
reveal the story of the Vietcong surprise attack that
broke the stalemate in Southeast Asia.

Friday, April 21, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Offshore Oil Drilling.
Offshore oil drilling is one of mankind's greatest
technological feats. From the beginning of oil
discovery, the oceans' vast reserves have been the
ultimate frontier. See how these superstructures, both
floating and fixed, revolutionized the search for
crude oil, and the environmental price we pay for
their prolific production.

8-9pm -- The Unholy Battle for Rome - 
In September 1943, the German army marched into Rome,
beginning a 9-month battle for control of the "Eternal
City". It was the Allied aim to preserve the Holy
City's sacred institutions and treasures. So the
staggering human cost before the city's military
conquest is nearly incomprehensible. The special is
based on the book The Battle for Rome--its author
Robert Katz was subject to five penal proceedings over
the years for his contention that fear of Communism
produced a Faustian pact between the Vatican and the
occupying Germans. The research draws on interviews
with participants inside the city, and also on
previously secret documents from Italian, German,
Vatican, OSS and CIA archives. We hear from ordinary
Roman citizens, informants, opportunists, spies,
double agents, and Germans who risked death in efforts
to save Jews. We see Rome as the hotbed of
assassination, intrigue, treason, and bravery that it
was as we look unflinchingly at unresolved

9-11pm -- Time Machine: the Secret D-Day Photos 
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.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

6-8pm -- Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake - 
(Repeated from 8pm last Sunday)

8-9pm -- Days That Shook the World - The OK Corral and
the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
At 3 p.m. on October 26, 1881, 30 shots rang out in 30
seconds in the obscure mining town of Tombstone,
Arizona. In those short 30 seconds, the lives of three
men were ended and the men who killed them--Wyatt Earp
and his brothers Morgan and Virgil, along with a
psychopathic dentist called Doc Holliday--would be
immortalized. And the most enduring legend of Wild
West folklore was born. Next, we travel to Chicago on
February 14, 1929. Al Capone has ordered a reprisal
hit on his bitter rival George "Bugs" Malone. The
ensuing carnage cost the lives of seven men and awoke
America to a new brand of unbridled lawlessness on its
streets. No one was ever brought to justice for the
crime. Using brand new evidence and testimonies that
have never been made public before, this episode will
cast new light on the most spectacular mob slaying in

9-10pm -- Wild West Tech - Freak Show Tech.
The deformed didn't ask to be born...and sometimes,
they weren't! Sure, Wild West freak shows featured
plenty of people who were different through the
circumstances of their birth. But many so-called
"freaks" were man-made. Technology helped pull the
wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting masses. Freak
show operators used every trick in the trade to
provide some of the most disturbing "entertainment"
the West would ever see. From pickled severed heads to
mummified outlaws, we look at the wild, the woolly,
the weird, and the swindlers who assured that the
freak shows would be unforgettable. Hosted by David

10-11pm -- Wild West Tech - Brothel Tech.
As prospectors and frontiersmen moved west, debauchery
followed--and women trekked across the frontier to
serve these sex-starved men. We examine the technology
used by prostitutes to protect themselves from
violence and disease, prevent pregnancy, and
occasionally please themselves! Host Keith Carradine
takes us back to the 19th century to see how condoms
were made, how steam-powered vibrators operated, and
how brothel architecture allowed for easy access--and

Sunday, April 23, 2006

7-8pm -- Prince of Poker - 
The biggest and most important annual poker event, the
World Series of Poker draws more than 500 players
vying for a pot worth $1.5-million and up. With a
$10,000 buy-in, the stakes are high for any
player--but when you're a down-and-out writer with
four kids, making it to the final table could mean a
fairy-tale ending. Join us for an exhilarating,
nail-biting, roller-coaster ride with amateur player
Jim McManus as he battles the odds in the 2000 World
Series of Poker. Sent by Harper's magazine to cover
the tournament, McManus uses his writing fee to enter
the satellite tournaments for a chance in the big
leagues. When McManus makes it into the World Series,
the competition gets tougher--to beat the 500-to-1
odds, he must defeat champion T.J. Cloutier. Will
McManus snare the $1.5-million pot, or go home
empty-handed and devastatingly in debt? Features
interviews with McManus, poker legend Cloutier, and
surprise challenger Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

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.

10-12am -- How William Shatner Changed the World - 
You've got a cell phone at one ear, an iPod at the
other. You know that Blackberry is now a verb and Spam
is not only canned meat. But just how did we get here?
Blame William Shatner--yes, that William Shatner--
Captain Kirk. We'll boldly go where few have
gone before to reveal how scientists, inspired by the
series, would revolutionize medicine and are
surpassing the far-out vision of the future
foreshadowed in Star Trek in the 1960s. From cell
phones to computers to even leading-edge medical
advancements, this 2-hour special explores how those
sci-fi inventions have now permeated everyday life as
we know it. Hosted and narrated by Shatner and based
on his book, I'm Working on That, we'll meet the
brightest minds of Silicon Valley and the
Trek-inspired inventions that have help change the
world. Gotta go, my satallite cell-phone just chirped.

Monday, April 24, 2006

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 -- UFO Files - Out of This World.
Are we alone in the universe? Is the earth on the
brink of a cosmic catastrophe? Do aliens really exist?
And if they do, how do they get here? Long before man
landed on the moon, people have been asking these and
other questions that are out of this world. Perhaps
clues to some of these questions lie in understanding
the behavior of asteroids, life on Mars, and secrets
that our government may hold about UFOs and Roswell.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Lost Cities of the
For 500 years, explorers have been searching the
Amazon for traces of its fabled lost host
Josh Bernstein searches for the most famous of them
all. Following in the footsteps of explorer Colonel
Percy Heath Fawcett, Josh treks through thick
overgrown regions of the Amazon rainforest on the
trail of the legendary "Lost City of Z". Along the
way, he braves piranha-infested rivers, hacks through
virgin jungle, and comes to terms with massive regions
of deforestation. Finally, he joins up with the
Kuikuro tribe. This warrior people will take him to
investigate the archaeological remains of a huge
forgotten city. Could it be the "Lost City of Z"?
They'll teach him the ancient hunting, fishing, and
horticultural techniques that allowed them to flourish
long before European contact...and which may be the
key to the rainforest's future.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Captain's Last Stand.
December 1951. The S.S. Flying Enterprise, a
privately-owned American cargo freighter leaves
Hamburg, Germany bound for New York. In the North
Atlantic, the ship encounters some of the worst storms
of the century. The ship cracks and takes a permanent
60º list. All 51 persons aboard the ship are evacuated
except for one, the Danish captain, Kurt Carlsen. As
the world watches, Captain Carlsen stays aboard the
foundering ship for 14 stormy days trying to save her,
but to no avail. The Flying Enterprise sinks. Exactly
how did the ship go down? What caused her to crack and
list: was it just the storm or was there a problem
with the loading of her cargo? What compelled the
captain to stay aboard the doomed ship for two weeks?
Hosts John Chatterton and Richie Kohler dive the
English Channel to find out.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Shootout - Iraq's Most Wanted.
They're cold-blooded killers, not particularly
selective about their victims--coalition troops,
international journalists, Iraqi civilians--just about
anyone will do. These slaughterers want political
power. In the south, militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
unleashes his militia on US Marines policing Najaf.
The two forces battle hand-to-hand in a 1,000-year-old
cemetery. In central Iraq, a skilled insurgent mortar
team tries to disrupt national elections by targeting
polling places in and around Fallujah. Marine Recon
squads quietly hunt them down and kill them
one-by-one. In the northern city of Mosul, Uday and
Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam, help plan and fund
insurgent training and operations. US Special Forces
and 101st Airborne troops surround their hardened,
reinforced hideout and decimate it. For Iraq's "Most
Wanted", the message is clear: surrender and you might
live; resist and you'll crumble in a storm of lead.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - More Earthmovers.
Join us for a second look at the big earth-moving
machines used to tackle the most challenging jobs on,
under, and off Earth! We'll ride on specialized
behemoth dump trucks, delve below sea level to view
dredging equipment, and leave the planet altogether to
explore earthmoving equipment in space.

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - Oil Machines.
Oil is the lifeblood of the world's economy, and it's
up to the Mega Movers to make sure that this flow is
uninterrupted. Off the coast of Singapore, one of the
largest and most unusual ships ever built will
transport an entire 22,000-ton oil rig to the Gulf of
Mexico. Making the 14,000-mile trek across two oceans
will test the skills of both man and machine. And in
Alaska, the pressure is on to move an 80-by-60-foot
pump station on the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. But an
approaching winter storm threatens to stop this move
cold. Will these vital oil industry components
successfully reach their destinations?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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

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

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Bricks.
The history of civilization has been built on the back
of brick, and it's been said that "architecture itself
began when two bricks were put together well." From
great Egyptian temples to the Roman aqueducts, the
Great Wall of China, and the dome of the Hagia Sophia,
brick is one of the oldest, yet least celebrated,
building materials manufactured by man. In this
hard-packed episode, we explore brick's past,
highlighting defining moments, such as the Great
London Fire of 1666, the zenith years of brick in the
New York Hudson River Valley, and brick as an
essential building block in infrastructure and
industry. We'll feature advancements through the ages
as well as construction techniques, trends, and the
future of brick construction. Essentially, brick is
still just burnt has been around for
thousands of years, but continues to serve as the
backdrop of the modern age.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Insulation.
It keeps us warm. It keeps us cool. It protects us and
makes our world more comfortable. As simple as a pane
of glass, or as complex as the fuselage of a space
station, it's all around us, but is almost always out
of sight. We explore where insulation technology has
been, where it is today, and where it's going. We'll
visit the manufacturing facilities of two of the most
recognizable insulating materials: fiberglass and
foam; and explore how insulation has evolved.
Historical highlights include how the ancient Romans
and Greeks insulated their homes, as well as the
natives of tropical and arctic climates. New
technologies covered include insulated concrete forms
and gas-filled panels. Whether at home or in the
office, on a space station, or beneath the sea,
insulation is essential for making our world
habitable. We'll show that how we use insulation, and
how we develop it, will be a major factor in how we
conserve our supply of energy in the coming years.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - Part 2.
Conquest, lust, murder, revenge--and the power of
unrivalled technology. These are the cornerstones in
the foundation of the Roman Empire. Yet Rome wasn't
built in a day--but in this 2-part special we rebuild
it all in just two hours! Extensive state-of-the-art
CGI animation helps viewers see Rome's greatest
structures the way the ancient Romans saw them. With
insights from engineers, archaeologists, and
historians from around the globe.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Mysteries of the Bermuda
Triangle, Part 1.
The legend of the Bermuda Triangle is filled with
strange stories of boats and planes that vanish. It's
a massive area--over 500,000 square miles of rough
Atlantic Ocean waters. Although not officially
recognized by governments or geographers, it stretches
from Florida to Puerto Rico and to Bermuda. Some
theories about the disappearances venture into the
paranormal, some hang on the fringe of accepted
science. Many claim that the accidents can be
explained by logic and reasoning. Believers in the
Triangle mystery trace the origins of strange
occurrences back to the time of Columbus. We examine
some of the theories--UFOs, sea monsters, and piracy.
One of the more creative explanations claims that the
ancient lost city of Atlantis is submerged near the
Bermuda Islands and that energy from crystals buried
in the city alters navigation systems. We also
investigate the 1945 disappearance of Flight 19, a
squadron of five Navy Avenger jets.

10-11pm -- 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.

Friday, April 28, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Las Vegas Hotels.
Out of the bleakness of a vast desert arose a city
built on wish fulfillment and indulgence. Unencumbered
by tradition or notions of good taste, for 50 years
Las Vegas has taken tourists to the height of their
imaginations while reaching into their pockets. Visit
11 of the world's largest hotels in the country's
biggest playground.

8-9pm -- Zero Hour - The Last Hour of Flight 11.
At 08:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001,
American Airlines Flight 11, a fully fueled Boeing
767, exploded into the North Tower of New York City's
World Trade Center. It's the first terrorist strike on
that day of infamy. On the fateful morning, Mohammed
Atta and a small army of hijackers take thousands of
lives. The sheer number of dead makes it easy to
forget that the day's first victims were the pilots,
flight attendants, and passengers aboard Flight 11.
Using a real-time split-screen format, the viewer
experiences these 60 critical minutes as they happen
to the terrorists, flight crew, Air Traffic Control in
Boston and New York, and a mother-to-be as she makes
her way from her Brooklyn home to her office in the
Tower. Interviews with anti-terrorism experts and
victims' relatives offer new information and detailed
insight into the story of Flight 11 and Mohammed
Atta's mindset. 3000 Names

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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Paint.
From the Impressionist canvas to the Space
Shuttle...from customized hotrods to the brilliant
orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge or tiny
electronic devices--paint is one of our most
ubiquitous products. And paint adds more than just
pigmentation. It's a crucial engineering element,
protecting ships from water corrosion, stovetops from
heat, and the Stealth Bomber from radar detection. In
homes and businesses, it provides a balanced spectrum
of light and protects surfaces from wear. In this
colorful hour, we discover how this marvel of
chemistry and engineering is made, and how it is
applied. Come see what's beneath the surface as we
reveal one of man's most ingenious methods of
defeating the elements and adding spice to life!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters #19
We'll examine one of the most mysterious maritime
tragedies, when the sturdy Edmund Fitzgerald suddenly
sank on a
stormy night in November 1975; and unlock the
mysteries of the rudder problems behind two Boeing 737
crashes--a 1991 United flight and 1994 US Air flight.
Then, we take viewers inside one of the most dangerous
but least-known nuclear disasters in US history--a
meltdown at a secret government facility in 1959. We
also travel to an oil storage facility where nearly
4-million gallons of diesel fuel suddenly flowed out
as the storage tank cracked and catastrophically
unzipped from top to bottom. Finally, we take a "close
look" at microscopic structures causing gigantic
problems in the electronics industry--tin whiskers, as
they are known by researchers, that spontaneously grow
from pure tin coatings on electronic boards and

8-9pm -- Giganto: The Real King Kong - 
An exploration of the Giganto (King Kong) legend using
modern science, technology, and historic eyewitness
accounts. Gigantopithecus (the Latin term for "Giant
Ape") is believed to have existed 9 to 5-million years
ago and supposedly was around 10-feet tall. Some
fossil evidence shows that it may have lived in China
or India. Scientists of varying fields will attempt to
genetically connect Giganto to modern-day creatures
from around the world. Could Bigfoot be a relative?
Forensic testing, extensive scientific research, 3-D
animation, and body reconstruction will help determine
the true mystery behind this prehistoric ape.

9-11pm -- Quest for Dragons - 
A spirited exploration of the history, science, and
legend of the world's most notorious beast--the
dragon, the best-known creature that never was.
Throughout history, dragons influenced wars, science,
art, and religion. They appear in almost every culture
and many still believe in dragons. How could different
cultures, isolated by geology and millennia, all
invent the same creature? If the dragon is simply the
product of our imagination, how could distant peoples,
with no knowledge of each other, all invent the same
beast? One of the reasons dragons are a perennial
favorite is that even though they are the ultimate
predator and antagonist, it's also fun to identify
with them. In the end, we want to be the dragon as
much as we may want to slay the dragon.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

7-8pm -- Relics of The Passion - 
Relics of the Passion of Christ are sacred objects
supposedly scattered around the globe. Are they what
the faithful believe them to be? We do the detective
work to track down where these relics originated and
where they can be found today, explain their meaning,
and often question their authenticity. The Passion of
Jesus Christ encompasses the violent end of a martyr,
an unsolved forensic puzzle, and the start of a
worldwide religious movement. In this hour, we use the
Passion as a focus to begin tracking the most
important relics of the Christian faith, including:
the True Cross; the Crown of Thorns; the Holy Nails of
the Cross; the Titulus, a small sign stating Christ's
name and crime atop the Cross; the Spear of Destiny; a
mysterious burial cloth called the Sudarium; an image
of Jesus that appears on the Veil of Veronica; and the
Holy Grail.

8-9pm -- Time Machine - Ancient Computer?
Journey back in time for an eye-opening look at the
amazing ancient roots of technologies we like to think
of as modern. New research suggests that many of the
inventions of the last 200 years may, in fact, have
already been known to the ancients. In this hour, we
explore the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient machine
that was discovered deep in the Aegean Sea. Could it
perhaps have been an ancient computer? Could
Archimedes have had a hand in its creation?

9-10pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Warfare.
Warfare was a way of life in the ancient world. The
technology of war drove ancient inventors and
engineers to ever-greater lengths to defeat their
enemies. They were, perhaps, the greatest masterminds
of the battlefield-- yet who were they, and how did
they make their sophisticated lethal machines more
than 2,000 years ago? Ancient warfare was every bit as
technical and lethal as today's warfare. Just witness
the colossal and lethal Helepolis ("city taker"),
history's most sophisticated siege machine. From the
sinister machines that could bring a city's wall
crashing down to Greek Fire, the napalm of the ancient
world--warfare was as terrible then as now. The sheer
ingenuity and complexity with which these war machines
were created proves that the people of the ancient
world were great inventors, mathematicians, and

10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ships.
Lurking beneath Lake Nemi's blue waters lay the titans
of Roman naval engineering--the Nemi Ships. Titanic
luxury liners of the ancient world, they held
inventions lost for thousands of years. But why were
they built? Were they Caligula's notorious floating
pleasure palaces--rife with excess and debauchery?
Flagships of a giant sea force? It took Mussolini's
obsession with all things Roman to finally prise the
two wrecks from the depths of Lake Nemi near Rome.
Using an ancient Roman waterway, he drained the lake
and rescued the ships, an accomplishment captured on
film that we access to illustrate this astounding
story. Sophisticated ancient technology discovered in
the boats transformed the understanding of Roman
engineering overnight. Yet by 1944, the adventure had
turned sour and the retreating German army torched the
boats. We reveal the mysteries of the Nemi Ships and
the ancient technology that made them possible.
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