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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Alaskan Oil Pipeline.
In 1973, a desperate America, starved by an OPEC
embargo, began construction on an 800-mile lifeline
for its insatiable oil hunger. We'll examine this
technological triumph, built over impenetrable
mountains and tundra, where temperatures drop to 75
below zero. We also study its impact on a fragile
ecological system.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Dredging.
They dig, scoop, suck, and spew an ocean of silt and
sediment. Dredgers are the mechanical beasts that fuel
the world's economic engine by clearing and deepening
ports for mega-container ships. The roots of dredging
go back as far as the Egyptians, who used their hands
to open channels on the Nile to keep crops watered.
The Romans, who used harbor dredging to keep a tight
fist on Europe, pioneered the "spoon and bag" dredge
to speed up the process. Steam power brought about the
first large-scale dredges and helped create the Panama
Canal. We'll go aboard two of the largest US dredgers
and see how they keep waters moving. And in Holland,
we meet the biggest players on the dredging world and
witness the launching of the largest dredge ever
built. From there, we head to Dubai in the Middle
East, where 90 square miles of new islands was dredged
from the sea and will now create a pleasure world for
the rich and powerful.

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

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


Thursday, February 2, 2006

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.

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - Ancient Discoveries: Galen,
Doctor to the Gladiators.
In this fascinating series, we examine ancient
inventions once believed to have been created in
modern times, and test the wits of ancient inventors
against some of the world's great modern inventors.
Part 2 uncovers the revolutionary work of Galen, the
great Roman doctor to the gladiators, who was
performing brain surgery 2,000 years ahead of his
time. We also explore the sophistication of Roman
medicine and compare it to modern techniques.

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

10-11pm -- Declassified - Joseph Stalin.
Stalin remains a powerful and dark figure even 50
years after his death--as many as 20-million Soviets
died during his purges. He has a lasting distinction
as a personification of evil in the 20th century,
rivaling Adolf Hitler. Using newly unearthed materials
and testimony, we reveal a never-before-seen Stalin.
We'll illuminate the vast foundation--human,
psychological, and physical--that supported and
encouraged him. Join our investigation as we present
portraits of the men and women who did his bidding,
lived in fear of him and, more often than not, were
betrayed by him.


Friday, February 3, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Monster Trucks.
Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the Monster
Truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob
Chandler, whose Bigfoot gave birth to the sport in a
cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the
behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to
breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and
Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes,
rattles, and rolls drivers experience; and meet the
men who race these mechanical mammoths in one of the
world's fastest-growing motorsports.

8-10pm -- The 9/11 Commission Report - 
Released July 22, 2004, one of the most significant
findings of the 9/11 Commission Report is that a
number of opportunities existed prior to that tragic
day to disrupt the plot. The 500-plus page document by
a bipartisan federal panel was the result of months of
research and testimony that was spurred on by families
of the victims and largely opposed by the Bush
Administration. We learn about the findings from those
who testified, those who wrote the report, and from
the Commissioners themselves.
3000 names

10-11pm -- Special Ops with John Milius - 
Hollywood legend, writer-director John Milius
(Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, Hunt for the Red
October) and guests explore, analyze, and debate an
historic, military Spec Ops mission. Using military
and archival footage, dramatic reenactments and
interviews, they'll take viewers inside the strategy
and execution of a daring military operation,
analyzing the situational background and goal, and how
strategy is being applied as each mission unfolds.
Includes the 1970 storied raid on Son Tay Prison just
outside Hanoi to free American POWs during the Vietnam
War. Milius's guests include: John Plaster, author and
former Special Operations Officer, and Special Forces
Sergeant Terry Buckler, the youngest soldier on the
Son Tay Raid. MonsterVision review and host segments for Red Dawn


Saturday, February 4, 2006

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

8-10pm -- Giants - 
Giants appear in every culture throughout history.
From David and Goliath to Paul Bunyon to Andre the
Giant, they've wrestled gods, conquered empires, and
inspired heroes to rise in stature. Why are we
average-sized humans so fascinated with
larger-than-life characters? In a cyclopean 2-hour
special, we consider the origins of these colossal
creatures by exploring folklore and legends worldwide,
and examining scientific evidence of their existence.

10-11pm -- Circus Freaks and Sideshows.
Join us for a trip through the bizarre world of
midgets, giants, tattooed ladies, and other human
curiosities as we trace the colorful history of a
distinctly American form of entertainment--the circus
sideshow. From the 1840s, when P.T. Barnum exhibited
Tom Thumb, to the last remaining shows struggling to
survive at New York's Coney Island, we learn the truth
behind the sideshow adage that freaks are not born,
but rather created, as performers share their memories
of the magical midway.


Sunday, February 5, 2006

7-8pm -- Digging for the Truth - America's Pyramids.
In 1539, Hernando de Soto's Conquistadors landed in
Florida in search of new lands and treasure for the
Spanish Crown. Three years later, they were run off
the continent by Native American warriors that lived
on enormous, earthen pyramids along the Mississippi
River. Who were these people? And how did they defeat
one of the world's most powerful armies? Follow Josh
Bernstein as he paddles down the bayous; builds his
own earthen pyramid with modern equipment; and
scuba-dives the cold, dark waters of Wisconsin to
solve the mystery of America's pyramid builders.

8-10:30pm -- Who Wrote the Bible? - 
What are the origins of the Bible? Who actually wrote
it? We'll explore possible answers with visits to
Egypt, the Galilee, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem,
and the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls
were discovered. (2.5-hour version)
10 words

10:30-12am -- Sex in the Bible - 
From erotic poetry to sinful sex, we'll explore the
uncensored Bible. Discover scriptures brimming with
lustful tales like King Solomon's 700 concubines,
Sodom and Gomorrah, and Jesus and the adulteress. Dr.
Ruth Westheimer and other experts discuss a Bible
where passion and sexual deviancy live alongside the
quest for the Holy. (90-minute version)


Monday, February 6, 2006

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

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Alien Engineering, Part 1.
Prepare for an exercise in imagination. Suppose that
an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert and we
humans recovered it. What could we learn from its
engineers? Using data gleaned from years of UFO
sightings, we recreate a typical ship using
cutting-edge animation, discover why aliens choose the
craft shapes they do, learn how they overcome the
effects of Earth's atmosphere, defy gravity, cancel
inertia, and travel faster than the speed of light!
Our experts--reverse engineers---show us what's "under
the hood" of alien craft. We explore the technology
that makes other-world visitations possible, what
distance-shrinking device or wormhole excavator
permits ships to travel space's expanse in minutes,
and how the semi-transparent spacecraft skin
functions. At first inspection, the technology seems
crazy, but according to our experts, nothing is beyond
the realm of possibility.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Stonehenge Secrets
Stonehenge is one of the most famous and mysterious
structures in the world. Now, host Josh Bernstein
investigates the origins of Stonehenge and the
prehistoric world that surrounded it. From the depths
of a 5,000-year-old copper mine to an ancient quarry
from which the stones were carved, Josh deploys the
latest archaeological evidence to reveal who built
this great monument. Then, using prehistoric
technology as his guide, he reveals how it was built,
and why!

10-11pm -- Decoding The Past: Monsters.
For centuries, tales of monsters have piqued our
curiosity. Legendary beasts from folklore, literature,
and film have captivated audiences around the world.
But some say monsters are not confined to just our
imaginations. Stories of the Abominable Snowman,
Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster have triggered
worldwide investigations...and continue to enthrall
believers and skeptics alike.


Tuesday, February 7, 2006

7-8pm -- 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!

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

8:30-9pm -- Mail Call - Grease Gun/Sten Gun/E-3 Sentry
Awacs/J-Stars/Vietnam Fire Support Bases/"Charlie":
R. Lee Ermey demonstrates the WWII American M3
submachine gun, a.k.a. the Grease Gun, and a similar
British gun, the Sten Gun; takes viewers inside the
E-3 Sentry early warning and control system--a
high-tech aerial command and control center--and
J-Stars, similar to AWACs, but linked to an Army
command center housed in a Humvee; finds out how US
fire support bases were constructed in Vietnam and
their use, and how the slang term "Charlie" entered GI

9-10pm -- Man, Moment, Machine: Doolittle's Daring
It's 1942--the height of WWII. Bombers have never
before taken off from an aircraft carrier, but the
moment has come. Daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle and
his handpicked squadron train for a one-way mission
using modified B-25s. They're on a mission to bomb
Tokyo, avenge Pearl Harbor, and hopefully bring an end
to the war. There is not enough fuel for them to land
safely. They know they will either make history, or
die trying. In this episode, host Hunter Ellis
examines The Man--celebrated pilot Lieutenant Colonel
James H. Doolittle; The Machine--the B-25 Bomber; and
The Moment--Doolittle's dramatic raid on Japan.

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


Wednesday, February 8, 2006

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 - Weird Weapons: The Allies.
In this hour we uncover Allied secrets off WWII, such
as a battleship made of ice, bat bombs, floating
tanks, rocket-propelled wheels that would roll through
enemy lines, pigeon-guided missiles, and earthquake
bombs designed to penetrate the earth and shake
structures to pieces. Join us for more bizarre stories
of extraordinary armaments dreamt up by the some of
the time's most inventive minds--weird weapons unlike
anything before. And what about the atomic bomb?

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 18.
In this hour, we investigate the Army's Stryker Light
Armored Vehicle--did competing interests, political
pressures, and military policy put US soldiers at
unnecessary risk? 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.
Next, we travel to a deadly explosion in China's
Sunjiwan coal mine--antiquated equipment, minimal
safety standards, and a rush to overproduce left
China's mines susceptible to fires, floods, and
explosions. And, 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. Finally, 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.


Thursday, February 9, 2006

7-8pm -- 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.

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - Ancient Discoveries: Heron
of Alexandria.
In this hour, we travel to Alexandria, Egypt--the home
of inventors and philosophers in ancient times. One of
the greatest inventors was Heron of Alexandria, a
Greek mathematician, geometer, and worker in
mechanics, who taught at the famous Museum. His
strange inventions, such as automaton theaters--puppet
theaters worked by strings, drums, and
weights--automatic doors, and coin-operated machines,
were famous throughout the ancient world.

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 -- Declassified - Castro - The Survivor.
Despite the best efforts of the US government, legal
and illegal, Fidel Castro still rules in Havana. The
target of a protracted and often bizarre series of
assassination attempts, he survived them all. Using
unique footage from the former East Germany, this
program will explore his career and his skill at
avoiding death. It will also trace the widely accepted
theory that the CIA's failed assassination attempts
were what prompted Lee Harvey Oswald to offer his
services to the Cuban consulate in Mexico City, and
then (when rebuffed) to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
Join us as we mine formerly guarded vaults and
archives to tell this intriguing story in an unique


Friday, February 10, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Lumberyard.
At the center of the American Dream is the home--and
at the center of its creation or renovation is the
lumberyard. We'll explore the options lumberyards
provide for builders and renovators--from natural to
engineered woods. We'll show how plywood and pressed
woods are made, trace exotic woods to jungle and
desert, visit a special lumberyard that deals in
recycled and antique woods, and go on an underwater
expedition as divers locate ancient logs buried in the
Great Lakes and New Zealand. We'll see how
50,000-year-old ancient Kauri wood is "mined" from a
bog and is now all the rage among those who live in
mansions and travel on yachts. From the lowly 2-by-4
used to build a tract home, to a reclaimed set of
historic planks used to make a million-dollar bar in a
5-star hotel, this eye-opening program hits the nail
right on the head.

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 -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Guadalcanal.
On August 7, 1942, more than 19,000 Marines invaded
Guadalcanal with orders to seize and hold the tropical
island. In the first US offensive of the Pacific War,
these young Americans took on the seemingly invincible
Japanese and fought a series of bitter battles. Aerial
photographs taken during the war have now been layered
over a 3-D contour map to create a CGI "model" of the
battlefield. But this is no computer game, rather a
model of the actual island as the battle raged. These
original high-resolution images allow the viewer to
track the battle step-by-step. Individual stories of
courage and heroism are placed in the exact spot where
they took place. Using cutting-edge techniques, unique
archive film, reenactments, and extraordinary
interviews, we'll tell a story rarely heard.


Saturday, February 11, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Honor Deferred - 
African-Americans have fought bravely for America
throughout our history. But sadly, until recently,
they didn't receive deserved commendations. This is
the story of seven men who deserved the Medal of Honor
for their valor during WWII, but only recently
received their medals--six had already died. More than
a million African-Americans served within the army's
segregated ranks. Despite their bravery and courage,
not one of the 432 Medal of Honors awarded went to a
black soldier. Was the army racist? Did
African-Americans receive appropriate training? We
explore all these issues and more in breathtaking
recreations as we document the stories of the seven
black Congressional Medal of Honor winners. Vernon
Baker is the last living awardee. Witness as President
Clinton presents these medals to Baker and the proud
family members of the other six.

9-10pm -- Pacific: The Lost Evidence - Okinawa.
It was the greatest and most costly American campaign
in the Pacific Theater in which over a quarter of a
million people lost their lives. It was a conflict
that was to test a vast modern war machine against an
increasingly desperate enemy. As the Allied juggernaut
closed in on the home islands of Japan, the Okinawa's
defenders would rely on suicide tactics and banzai
charges to stall the invasion force. It became known
as "the last great battle". Using cutting-edge
techniques, unique archive film, re-enactments, and
extraordinary interviews with men who were there, we
tell the story of the last great battle of World War

10-11pm -- Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The
502 - Part 1: D-Day.
Regarded as the turning point of WWII, the daybreak
invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 actually began
the night before. Shrouded in darkness, 18,000 Allied
paratroopers jumped into the fog and flak-filled
skies, landing behind enemy lines before the full
invasion. Among them, the 502nd Parachute Infantry
Regiment, part of the famed 101st Airborne Division.
Although they became one of the most decorated units
in the D-Day operation, their story has never been
fully told. We illustrate how the 502nd earned
distinction by achieving vital objectives through acts
of great personal bravery and strong tactical
leadership. The story travels from their final staging
in England to the massive confusion of that perilous
night--when most troops, under heavy enemy fire,
missed their intended drop zones--to their setting
upon the intended targets.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

7-8pm -- Digging for the Truth - Stonehenge Secrets
Revealed (see previous description above).

8-9pm -- Hitler's Family - 
Nazi propaganda portrayed Adolf Hitler as a man minus
family or private life. As a matter of fact, he kept
in touch with his family--mainly to control them.
There was shady half-brother Alois, a Berlin innkeeper
who tried to profit from his name, and half-sister
Angela, in charge of housekeeping at the Berghof
retreat, who had neighbors chased away. His niece
Geli, who called her uncle a "jailer", committed
suicide. His "favorite nephew" was educated at an
elite Nazi school. His sister Paula wanted to marry a
surgeon and mass murderer. And his English-born nephew
William Patrick, a playboy in Berlin, extorted money
by threatening to expose family secrets. We present
previously unknown documents and personal records and
descendants of the Hitler family talk about living in
the shadow of a dictator.

9-10pm -- Hi-Tech Hitler - 
Was it possible for good science to come out of the
Nazi regime, and why did science and technology thrive
during this time? When Hitler came to power, Germany
was one of the world's most advanced technological
countries. We'll examine five crucial scientific
advances of the Nazi period that still have an impact
today. Nazi scientists were the first to establish a
direct link between smoking and cancer. Hitler
exploited the discovery of Hi-Fi recording equipment
to boost Nazi propaganda broadcasts. The first jet
fighter flew in Germany, eventually commissioned by
Hitler, but too late to win the war in the air, and
with it came the first pilot ejection seat. Even the
electron microscope, one of the greatest inventions of
the 20th century, was discovered in Germany, but
ignored by the Nazis. This is the true story of the
scientific feats and failures of Hitler's Nazi

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, February 13, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Magnets.
We played with them as children, but the world of
magnets isn't kid's stuff! The pervasive magnet serves
as the underpinning for much of modern technology.
They can be found in computers, cars, phones, VCRs,
TVs, vacuum cleaners, the washer and dryer, the
ubiquitous refrigerator magnet, and even in an
electric guitar! On the cutting edge of technology,
scientists experiment with a variety of magnets.
Magnets' amazing forces of attraction and repulsion
may some day take us to the far reaches of outer

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Alien Engineering, Part 2.
If an alien spaceship crash-lands on Earth, the first
thing we'll want to do is take it apart and learn how
it works. Maybe go for a tour inside and learn what
kind of options it has--like an anti-matter reactor,
laser weapons, and even a teletransporter. Amazingly,
many of these "science fiction" devises are based on
real science. And many have human-designed
counterparts right here on Earth. Super-powerful laser
weapons can be found on our own prototype weapons.
We're even researching ways to hide vehicles behind
plasma-generated "invisibility cloaks". Cutting-edge
animation and live-action recreations help us
"imagine" an alien spacecraft and learn how many
amazing devices and mechanisms are really possible,
and likely to be available in a few years. 

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Vikings: Voyage
to America.
Did the Viking explorers Erik the Red and Leif the
Lucky make it all the way across the Atlantic to
America 500 years before Columbus? Josh Bernstein
sails a Viking ship from Denmark to discover what made
the Vikings such masterful mariners. With the ancient
Viking sagas as a guide, he embarks on a 4,000-mile
journey from Scandinavia to Newfoundland, via Iceland
and the wilds of southern Greenland. Along the way, he
tracks down the archaeological evidence behind the
Viking legends and proves, once and for all, that they
really did beat Columbus to become the first Europeans
in the New World!

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


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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.

8-10pm -- Time Machine - 
February 1929: Al Capone takes on "Bugs" Moran in a
battle for Chicago's underworld. Then: a burst from a
Tommy gun and only one boss remained. Rare films and
recreations offer the inside dope on organized crime's
greatest mass murder. Narrated by Paul Sorvino.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Candy.
It pulls, stretches, bubbles, hardens, crunches, and
melts! We eat about 7-billion tons of it yearly. We're
talking about Candy--loved by kids and savored by
adults. Candy-making evolved from a handmade operation
to high-tech mass production. Nowhere is that more
apparent than at Hershey's. On a tour of their newest
production facility, we learn how they process the
cocoa bean. At See's Candy, we see how they make their
famous boxed chocolates--on a slightly smaller scale
than Hershey's. We get a sweet history lesson at
Schimpff's Confectionery, where they still use small
kettles, natural flavors, and hand-operated equipment.
Then, we visit Jelly Belly, purveyors of the original
gourmet jellybean. Saltwater-taffy pullers hypnotize
us on our sweet-tooth tour; we gaze at extruders
making miles of licorice rope; and watch as nostalgia
candy bars Abba-Zaba and Big Hunk get packaged. And in
this sugary hour, we digest the latest
sensations--gourmet chocolates and scorpion on a


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sears Tower.
Some 23,000 people walk through the Sears Tower's
domed entrances daily. 104 elevators (some
double-decker), moving at speeds up to 1,600 feet per
minute, transport workers and visitors to the 110
floors of North America's tallest building. Sears,
Roebuck and Company began as a small mail-order
business in Chicago, and by 1960, had grown into the
biggest global retailer. Sears Chairman Gordon Metcalf
proposed bringing the company under one roof to create
the world's largest headquarters. Join us for a look
at this pioneering building that remains a symbol of
the future and a tribute to the company that dreamt
big enough to build it!

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Cannons.
Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs,
changed the way wars are fought, and now come equipped
with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century
cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the
day, we'll see how cannons were first cast and later
forged, and show how large cannons terrorized
civilians and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the
present, we feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader
that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more
than 33 miles.
8-9pm -- 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

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - B-2 Bomber.
In any battle, the key to victory is the ability to
strike the enemy without them knowing what hit them.
Within the US arsenal one such weapon can go into
harm's way, deliver 40,000 pounds of either
conventional or nuclear bombs, and slip away
unobserved--the B-2 Stealth Bomber. With its origins
in single-wing experimentation in Germany in the
1930s, the B-2 was developed under a cloak of secrecy.
But when that cloak was lifted, the world was awed by
what stood before them. Able to fly over 6,000 miles
without refueling, it can reach whatever target the US
military wants to attack and deliver its awesome array
of laser-guided weapons with pinpoint accuracy. Using
state-of-the-art technology, including over 130
onboard computers, and shrouded by a mantle of
stealth, it's undetectable by any radar. 

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


Thursday, February 16, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hoover Dam.
The task was monumental: Build the world's largest dam
in the middle of the desert, and tame the river that
carved the Grand Canyon--all in seven years! When the
Hoover Dam was completed in 1935, it was the largest
dam in the world. We'll reveal how this engineering
wonder of the world was conceived and built.

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - 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

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Lost Worlds.
The world has been captivated by legends of ancient
civilizations that flourished only to vanish without a
trace. Can Atlantis be found? Did the ferocious Amazon
women really exist? What mystery lies behind
Stonehenge or the giant heads of Easter Island? Modern
science can help us draw back the veils of time and,
at last, give us answers to the elusive mysteries of
lost worlds.

10-11pm -- Declassified - Viet Cong.
Jungle warfare was perfected by the North Vietnamese.
From their hidden tunnel cities, the Viet Cong
launched operations that were terrifying in their
ingenuity, savagery, and persistence. The 10-day
battle for the place that came to be known as
Hamburger Hill was perhaps the classic conflict of the
Vietnam War. Piecing together newly disclosed stories
from both sides, we learn how American commanders made
the mistake of fighting this battle as they had fought
WWII. The North Vietnamese, employing a very different
set of strategies, built a massive warren of tunnels
and then faded into Laos when the battle turned
against them.


Friday, February 17, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Future Tech.
A paper-thin, wall-sized holographic television...a
car that runs on processed 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

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

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Jungle Ambush.
During the Vietnam War, a daring group of Army Green
Berets known as SOG launches highly classified
missions into neighboring countries Laos and Cambodia,
in an attempt to foil the cross-border activities of
the North Vietnamese Army. The "Secret War" as it is
known, is fought by SOG's unique blend of elite,
highly trained American and indigenous troops who,
while grossly outnumbered, brazenly venture into
combat. On October 5th, 1968, SOG Spike Team Alabama
is deployed into a high threat area of Laos on a
reconnaissance mission to silently track a regiment of
enemy troops. However, within the first minutes of
their operation, Alabama's worst nightmare becomes a
reality when they realize they've fallen into a
horrible trap set by the North Vietnamese Army.
Outnumbered a thousand to one, Spike Team Alabama will
fight a staggering battle for their lives, and earn
their place amongst the greatest in the history of
American military.


Saturday, February 18, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Tsunamis.
Among the most mysterious disasters,
tsunamis--Japanese for "harbor waves"--claimed over
50,000 lives in the 20th century! Generated by
offshore earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and
landslides, these giant water walls result from
large-scale displacement of seabed sediment. Rolling
rapidly over the ocean floor, a tsunami rises to
rapturous heights when it hits land. Scientists in
Japan, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and California show
the latest technology used to predict these killer
waves. It's not Irwin Allen's Tidal Wave

8-10pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later -
The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval
Europe at the time of the Great Plague and the
Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and
magic and believed that he could foretell the future.
For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic,
and his cryptic journals continue to inspire
controversy just as they did in the 16th century. In
this 2-hour examination of his life, we visit his
birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor,
astrologer, father, and seer.
Followed by:
10-11pm -- Decoding The Past - The Other Nostradamus.


Sunday, February 19, 2006

7-8pm -- First to Fight: The Black Tankers of WWII -
A group of African-American men who fought and died
for the country that discriminated against them,
during WWII, the 761st Tank Battalion made history as
the first all black tank unit to see combat. And like
the Tuskegee Airmen, they proved they were as
competent as any soldier in the US military. Over the
course of 183 days on the front, the 761st helped
liberate more than 30 towns under Nazi control.
Collectively they were awarded 11 Silver Stars, 70
Bronze Stars, 250 Purple Hearts, and a Medal of Honor.
And more than 30 years after coming home, the 761st
was finally recognized with the prestigious
Presidential Unit Citation. Through the stories of a
select group of surviving veterans, we examine the
history of the battalion--how they came to be; the
racism they faced; their battles to be allowed to
fight; and courageous service in the European Theater.
We also examine the larger issue of how the US
military has evolved from a segregated institution.

8-9pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Fighters.
We open with Moscow's 1952 revelation that its air
defenses and fighter jets were outdated. Stalin's fury
over the inability of MiG fighters to catch British
reconnaissance aircraft leads to reorganization of air
defenses and the MiG 21. Meanwhile, fighter defenses
over the US are left to Korean War vintage F-86 Sabre
jets. A new jet fighter, the F-103 Thunder Warrior, is
developed, but military politics intervene, and it's
cancelled. Next, we turn to the defense of long-range
bombers whose deep penetration of Soviet air space was
crucial. We also recall the story of one of the most
remarkable fighters ever devised--the Canadian Avro
Arrow--and the reason for its abrupt cancellation. We
close with a look at the upcoming F-22, the first
totally new fighter design in 20 years.

9-10pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Bombers.
An analysis of the awesome aircraft deployed by West
and East to gain an edge in the high-stakes game of
delivering total nuclear annihilation anywhere. We
open with the first of many Soviet propaganda ploys.
At a Moscow military air show Western guests are
stunned by an overflight of massive Soviet M-4 "Bison"
bombers. Though there were truly only 18 aircraft in
prototype stage, the ruse of circling the same 18
planes worked. Western military raced to catch up. We
review Soviet efforts to build a long-range bomber
fleet and recall their successful reverse engineering
of the US B-29. We move to the US program to develop
long-range, nuclear bombers capable of extended flight
for weeks or months and the quest for a perfect
long-range bomber. We also look at the impressive
bombing accuracy of the B-2 Stealth Bomber during the
opening phases of the Iraq War.

10-11pm -- Secret Superpower Aircraft - Quest for
Vertical Take-Off.
Military planners fear the runway's vulnerability to
preemptive attack. Their solution? Vertical Takeoff
and Landing Aircraft able to launch without runways.
The Cold War's onset led to Western Europe's need to
defend from Soviet invasion and the Luftwaffe's
rebirth; we revisit their WWII engineering
breakthroughs. Next we turn to US efforts to build a
VTOL aircraft--"Pogo" aircraft, the Ryan X-13
Vertijet, F-104, and Sikorsky S-57. Meanwhile, British
designers develop the P.1127. NATO nearly adopts it as
the European standard, but politics kill full
deployment. Its technology ends up in the Harrier. We
also examine Soviet VTOL design efforts and a look at
the post-9/11 world.


Monday, February 20, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - World War 1 Tech.
The first bombing airplanes and widespread use of
chemical weapons...earliest tanks...submarines. When
Industrial-Age technology and war first mixed on a
large scale, the end result was ruthlessly efficient
destruction. World War One epitomized the dark
underbelly of the Industrial Revolution. We see how
technological achievements that streamlined
19th-century production, improved transportation, and
expanded science were used to efficiently decimate a
generation of soldiers in the early 20th century.

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.

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Roanoke: The Lost
In 1587, over 100 settlers landed in the New World to
establish England's first permanent colony. Three
years later, they had vanished... Josh Bernstein is on
the trail of America's oldest missing-persons case. He
flies high above Roanoke Island in a powered
para-glider; climbs and cores a cypress tree to study
the climate conditions the settlers faced;
participates in an American-Indian powwow; and learns
to cook as the local 16th-century natives once did.
Finally, Josh travels back to England to trace the
roots of a family that could be descendants of the
Roanoke colony. Using DNA science, he makes a
groundbreaking discovery--and, amazingly, it suggests
that one of the 1587 lost colonists may have survived.

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


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Combat Training.
Sign up at the ultimate survival school, where
soldiers learn to kill or be killed, and learn how
21st-century warriors are training today for the
battlefields of tomorrow. We follow combat training
throughout history, reviewing survival skills and
psychological tools--from ancient Rome to World Wars
One and Two--and learn how modern training is enhanced
by advanced technology and computer simulation.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Ice Road Truckers.
During the harsh winter of Canada's Northwest
Territory, remote villages and work camps are cut off
from the world. To keep them supplied, a tenacious
group of long-haul truckers drive their rigs over
hundreds of miles on ice roads cut across the surface
of frozen lakes. Sometimes the ice cannot support the
heavy rig, and driver and cargo plunge through the ice
and sink to the bottom. Hitch a risky ride along with
the Ice Road Truckers as they drive headlong into
bone-chilling danger.

9-10pm -- Man, Moment, Machine - Stormin' Norman and
the Abrams Tank.
The Date: 1991. 
The Mission: Drive Saddam Hussein's army and elite 
Republican Guard from Kuwait. 
The Man: US 4-star General Norman Schwarzkopf. 
The Machine of Choice: the M1A1 "Abrams" tank, firing what the
gunners call "the silver bullet". Saddam predicts it
will be the "Mother of all Battles," but Schwarzkopf
knows he can beat the Republican Guard with the
"Mother-of-all-Tanks"--the most technologically
advanced tank in the history of warfare. 
Just one of these "silver bullets" can
penetrate an Iraqi tank and completely destroy it. In
just 100 hours of battle, Schwarzkopf drives the
Iraqis from Kuwait and shatters Saddam's army.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Weird Weapons: The Axis.
Between 1939 and `45, the world was locked in a
nightmare struggle of unprecedented ferocity. When the
smoke from WWII cleared, bizarre stories emerged of
extraordinary armaments dreamt up by both sides' most
inventive minds--weird weapons unlike anything before.
New ways of bringing destruction to the enemy were
born of desperation and wild imagination. And in a
world gone mad, nothing seemed too strange to try.
Axis powers tested a strange range of weapons: a
vortex cannon designed to tear wings off aircraft, an
assault rifle that could shoot round corners, a death
ray that could boil people alive, and most bizarre of
all, an army in space. MonsterVision movie Zone Troopers


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Prisons.
"All hope abandon, ye who enter here!" This sentiment
has permeated the masonry and clanging bars of prisons
built throughout the ages. We'll see how the
philosophy and architecture of today's American
prisons emerged from the sewer cells and castles and
dungeons of ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and
18th-century England.

8-9pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - Part 1.
Meteors, comets, and asteroids cross the solar system
to offer clues about our planet and universe. Can they
destroy civilizations? Did they wipe out the
dinosaurs? Have they brought life to our planet? And
when will the next one hit? Aided by elaborate
animation and live-action footage, we learn what these
mysterious space rocks really are and imagine what
likely happened 65-million years ago, when an object
plowed into the Yucatan Peninsula. We see how certain
spectacular meteor falls advanced our understanding of
what they are and the danger that they pose. We talk
to leading experts--astronomers and geologists
including David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker,
co-discoverers of the Shoemaker-Levy comet that fell
into Jupiter in 1994. Part 1 of 2.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Secret Japanese Aircraft of
In the 1930s, Japanese designers created a range of
warplanes, culminating in the legendary Ki-43 Oscar
and the A6M Zero. As the war turned against Japan,
designers created the rocket-powered Shusui, the Kikka
jet fighter, and the experimental R2Y Keiun. We also
disclose frantic preparations to assemble a secret
airforce of jet and rocket planes to counter an
anticipated US invasion in 1945, and chronicle post-war
aviation and the birth of the Japanese rocket program
in the 1950s and '60s.

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


Thursday, February 23, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Meteors: Fire in the Sky - Part 2.
It isn't a question of if but when the next deadly
impact will take place. When will the next
Earth-killer hit? We talk to leading
experts--astronomers and geologists including David
Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker, co-discoverers of the
Shoemaker-Levy comet that fell into Jupiter in 1994.
And we talk to NASA scientists about recent missions
to asteroids and comets and speculate on ways to move
Earth-threatening asteroids and comets out of our way.
Part 2 of 2.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Giganto: The Real King
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.

10-11pm -- Declassified - Radical America, Left &
The United States was founded by radicals--men and
women who fought using guerrilla tactics against the
orderly British. Nothing's changed on the edges:
America is still the home of radical movements, from
the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground to the
Militia movement and the Aryan Brotherhood. Every
decade of American history has its bombings, terrorist
attacks, kidnappings, and threats: sometimes from the
left and sometimes from the right. This is the
declassified story of the movements, right and left,
that make up Radical America.


Friday, February 24, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Avalanches.
An avalanche can stretch a mile wide, weigh more than
a million tons, and accelerate to 80 miles per hour in
five seconds. Though majestic and beautiful, the
avalanche is the only natural disaster almost always
caused by its victims, and the only natural force used
by man as a weapon of war. Follow in the path of the
"White Death"--from decimation of Hannibal's army,
including elephants and horses while crossing the Alps
to the snowmobilers, skiers, and highway motorists
that fall victim yearly.

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

10-11pm -- Heroes Under Fire - Deadly Reckoning.
Join us for the incredible true story of the last
battle of the Vietnam War. When an American merchant
ship is seized by Cambodian pirates, US Marines are
sent in to get the ship back. Ambushed on the sands of
Koh Tang Island, brave young Americans fresh from boot
camp must pull together to accomplish the
mission...and get out alive. Blending dramatic
interviews with news and historic footage and
cinematic recreations, we'll tell the heartbreaking
story of the men who made it...and the men who
didn't...the last 41 names engraved in the wall of the
Vietnam War Memorial.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Candy.
It pulls, stretches, bubbles, hardens, crunches, and
melts! We eat about 7-billion tons of it yearly. We're
talking about Candy--loved by kids and savored by
adults. Candy-making evolved from a handmade operation
to high-tech mass production. Nowhere is that more
apparent than at Hershey's. On a tour of their newest
production facility, we learn how they process the
cocoa bean. At See's Candy, we see how they make their
famous boxed chocolates--on a slightly smaller scale
than Hershey's. We get a sweet history lesson at
Schimpff's Confectionery, where they still use small
kettles, natural flavors, and hand-operated equipment.
Then, we visit Jelly Belly, purveyors of the original
gourmet jellybean. Just like Willy Wonka

8-11pm -- Jaws.
(movie) Steven Spielberg's masterpiece about a beach
community terrorized by a man-eating great white
shark. When it premiered in 1975, it became the
must-see film of the year, and practically invented
the summer blockbuster movie. Now, over 25 years
later, it's just as scary and entertaining as ever.
Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and
Murray Hamilton star. (1975) Repeated @ midnight
MonsterVision review & host segments for Jaws

Sunday, February 26, 2006

7-8pm -- 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.
8-9pm -- Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle - Part 2.
In this hour we take a scientific look at just what
may be the causes for shipwrecks and plane crashes in
the Triangle. We employ a team of scientific
investigators from various disciplines to help us in
the search for legitimate explanations. Included on
the team are a meteorologist, oceanographer, aviation
expert, and an accident investigator. Using this team
of scientific investigators, we attempt to unravel
Triangle mysteries, with a focus on the tragedy of
Flight 19. We examine likely causes such as the area's
harsh weather conditions, rapid underwater currents,
and mechanical and human error. Finally, we provide a
minute-by-minute reconstruction of Flight 19. In it,
our accident investigator sorts through all the
evidence and presents the logical verdict as to just
what caused 27 airmen to lose their lives in 1945 over
the Bermuda Triangle.

9-11pm -- Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces -
In August 2005, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler,
hosts of Deep Sea Detectives, led an expedition to the
wreck of RMS Titanic. Diving 212 miles down in
Russian submersibles, they searched outside the known
debris field for new evidence. On their final dive
they made an extraordinary find: two large intact
sections of the bottom hull of the Titanic in pristine
condition with the red bottom paint still on them. For
four months, a team of historians, marine architects,
and engineers has been conducting a forensic analysis
of this find. All agree that it's the most significant
new discovery since the wreck was located in 1985.
Analysis is ongoing, but preliminary indications are
that these bottom sections will change our
understanding of how the ship broke apart, and rewrite
the story of the final moments of the Titanic.


Monday, February 27, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Magnum.
It's known as the most powerful handgun in the world,
made famous by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry
movies. But its origins stretch back more than a
century to the Indian Wars of the American West and
African safaris, where hunters stalked big game. Join
us for a review of the history of the biggest, baddest
gun available today--unlimited firepower at the pull
of a trigger!

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

9-10pm -- Digging for the Truth - Cleopatra: The Last
She ruled over men, bedding the likes of Julius Caesar
and Marc Anthony, and led one of the world's greatest
civilizations. Her name has been immortalized in myth
and legend. So, how did Cleopatra become the last of
the pharaohs? In the shadow of the pyramids, Josh
Bernstein joins Zahi Hawass on a hunt for mummies from
the time of Cleopatra. He'll come face to face with
Cleopatra's killer, the Egyptian cobra, and sail down
the Nile River searching for clues to her true
history. In Alexandria, Josh will descend into the
cisterns below the modern city to look for evidence of
Cleopatra's reign. Finally he'll dive into the harbor
of Alexandria, where a beautiful palace lies--possibly
the last vestige of Cleopatra's legendary wealth--the
only testament to a woman who was perhaps the wisest
and most cunning of all of Egypt's pharaohs.

10-11pm -- Deep Sea Detectives - Pharaoh's Lost
In 290 BC, the Egyptian Pharaohs construct one of the
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the tallest
lighthouse ever built: the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
In the 14th century, an earthquake toppled her and the
tower's remains fell into Alexandria harbor where they
were forgotten for centuries. Now, researchers believe
they have found the stones from the lighthouse. But
others say these can't be her stones because they
believe the lighthouse stood in a very different
location. Join our deep-water detectives, John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler, as they dive in
Alexandria for the archaeological ruins that hold the
key to solving this ancient mystery.


Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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 -- Risk Takers/History Makers -
A modern-day team of adventurers tackles one of
America's most unforgiving landscapes to trace,
experience, and recount the journey of one-armed
explorer John Wesley Powell. At the end of the 19th
Century Powell led an expedition into the last unknown
territory in the Continental United States: the Grand
Canyon. Over the course of the three-month journey the
men would face starvation, dizzying cliffs, terrifying
rapids, and even death. But Powell was determined the
mission succeed, and by summer's end, he and his crew
floated out of the Grand Canyon and into the history
books. Now our team is heading back into this brutal
oasis to discover how Powell tamed the southwest.
Chris Warner and Greg Davenport are teaming up with
historian Tim McNeese to swim deadly rock-infested
rapids, and scale cliffs as tall as skyscrapers. If
the trio hopes to better understand Powell's enormous
accomplishment, they'll have to rely on each other's
individual skills to survive.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters: New
One of the deadliest natural disasters experienced by
US, Hurricane Katrina devastated New
Orleans--submerging it under a torrent of floodwater.
We investigate why the levees and water-pumping system
failed and join "Geological Detectives" as they sift
through the rubble to uncover how 80% of the city was
left underwater; expose how the levee system was a
disaster in the making; and delve deep into the
100-year-old pump system to unearth why it failed and
took weeks to drain the city. We learn the engineering
cause behind the nightmare suffered by victims seeking
shelter in the Superdome. And our investigators
discover the design flaws on one of the major escape
routes of the city. How can New Orleans stop this from
ever happening again and should it be rebuilt at all?
Using satellite global positioning, we determine New
Orleans and the entire Louisiana wetland coastline is
actually sinking and may become a modern-day
"Atlantis" in less then a century.
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