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Thursday, June 1, 2006

9:30am, Mail Call #41: Blimp/Military Shotguns/Navy Graveyard/Poop Deck
repeated @ 3:30pm 

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

8-9pm -- Ancient 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.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Fatima Secrets Unveiled.
In 1917, the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared six times
to three children near Fatima, Portugal, and revealed
three prophecies--two of which were made public. She
bore a message of peace and prayer--but warned of a
horrifying hell. The second part prophesized the end
of WWI, the outbreak of WWII, and the rise and fall of
Soviet Communism. In 1978, the third secret was
revealed to the Pope, who just recently related the
prediction--that an assassin would try to kill the
Pope in St. Peter's Square!

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


Friday, June 2, 2006

7-8pm -- 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.

8-10pm -- Storm on the Horizon - 
On January 29, 1991, Saddam Hussein launched his three
best armored divisions across the Kuwaiti border and
into the Islamic Holy Land of Saudi Arabia. Scattered
groups of lightly armed US Marines were caught without
warning in their path. This 2-hour special is the
gripping story of how these elite fighting men escaped
the enemy onslaught and reversed the assault with an
unprecedented combination of high-tech weaponry and
old-fashioned Marine know-how. Based on the book,
Storm on the Horizon, this is the story of the first
battle of the Smart-Bomb Age, as told by the book's
author and the men who fought through it.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Bombs.
Bombs...the most feared and powerful weapon in any
nation's arsenal. What began as incendiary devices in
the 7th century has evolved into weapons that can
literally blow the human race off the face of the
earth! From the use of diseased carcasses flung over
castle walls to Greek Fire to today's smart bombs, we
review the evolution of bombs.


Saturday, June 3, 2006

11am, Mail Call #36: Military Pilot Training/Flak/
Doolittle Raid/One-Man Submarine/Military Radios

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 11.
Join us for look into five engineering disasters... A
dangerous cloud of gas explodes into Cleveland's worst
fiery industrial disaster in 1944, killing 128 people.
A dance competition turns deadly at the new Kansas
City Hyatt in 1981, when a skywalk gives way and kills
114. In 1995, neighbors gaped at the spectacle of a
$1.5-million San Francisco Bay area mansion breaking
into bits as it fell into a massive sinkhole during a
rainstorm. In 1931, one of the worst "natural"
disasters ever occurred in the Yangtze River basin
when six huge flood waves swept down the river
destroying the insufficient dams and levees and
killing at least 145,000 people. The "miracle mineral"
that the US was built upon turns out to be an
invisible killer--an estimated 10,000 people die each
year from asbestos-related diseases.

8-10pm -- Washington the Warrior - 
The George Washington we all know is larger than life,
an icon of mythic proportions. But before becoming
"Father" of his country, he was a soldier. This
unique, in-depth portrait of the Washington we don't
always think about begins in 1753, when the
21-year-old obtained an officer's commission in the
Virginia militia. While serving alongside British
regulars, did brash and sometimes reckless decisions
help ignite the French and Indian War? Washington
retired from the militia in 1758, but continued to
hone his leadership skills. Managing his vast Mount
Vernon estate required many of the same talents as
commanding soldiers in the field. When America
declared independence, Washington was the consensus
choice to lead the Continental Army. This is the epic
story of Washington's journey to greatness--propelled
by intense, often painful, transformation. The man who
emerged was a warrior of the purest sort...a man who
preferred liberty to power and justice to glory.

10-12am -- Eighty Acres of Hell - 
"To the Victor, Belongs the Silence." Hidden until
now, we uncover an important and shocking chapter of
the American Civil War. Although our nation is
well-versed about the atrocities committed against
Union POWs at Andersonville, Georgia, few have heard
of the wholesale annihilation of Confederate prisoners
at Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois (12,000 inmates
were incarcerated, 6,000 never left). Unlike
Andersonville, Camp Douglas had the resources
necessary to house and care for its prisoners, but
calculated cruelty, torture, and neglect by the US
military conspired to exterminate Southern soldiers
who entered this "80 Acres of Hell". But, Southern
prisoners were not the only victims. Under martial
law, prominent Chicago citizens were unjustly tried
and imprisoned by a ruthless military tribunal. From
1862 to 1866, more than 6,000 Rebel prisoners and 14
civilians died at the hands of a corrupt and murderous
system with tentacles to the White House.


Sunday, June 4, 2006

7-8pm -- Digging for the Truth - The Da Vinci Code:
Josh Bernstein searches for solid evidence behind the
controversial theory laid out in Dan Brown's book The
Da Vinci Code. Brown's theory claims that Jesus
married Mary Magdalene and that she conceived a child.
It also suggests that the bloodline
continues--unbroken--to this day. Josh shows what's
true and what's clearly make-believe in Dan Brown's
bestseller. From musty libraries to ancient churches,
Josh's unique quest leads him to seek the DNA evidence
that might prove or disprove one of the most
sensational claims in modern history. Most remarkably,
he'll orchestrate the first ever DNA test on a
Merovingian royal to find out if the story of a divine
bloodline stretching back to Jesus and Mary Magdalene
could possibly be true.

8-9pm -- Mysteries of the Freemasons - The Beginning.
Suspected throughout their long history of plotting to
overtake the world, accused of fomenting revolution,
and reviled as devil worshippers that stole King
Solomon's treasure, the Freemasons claim they're
merely a civic-minded fraternity, bound together by
harmless rituals. Our high-energy cocktail of dramatic
reenactment, expert interviews, and on-location
footage entertains historians Akram Elias, Stephen
Bullock, and Brent Morris to retell the Freemasons'
central myth concerning Hiram Abiff, mythical builder
of Jerusalem's Temple of Solomon. During construction,
he was killed by three workers who believed his
"secret" would impart magical powers--representing the
three evils against which Freemasons believe they're
still struggling: ignorance, fanaticism, and tyranny.
Today, the world's 2.5 million Freemasons meet to
reenact the ritual of Hiram's murder as the initiation
ceremony for the main rank of Master Mason.

9-10pm -- Mysteries of the Freemasons - America.
Is America the creation of the Freemasons? For
hundreds of years, suspicions of a plot to take over
America have swirled around the Freemasons, the
world's oldest secret society. Freemasons led the
Revolution, framed the Declaration of Independence and
Constitution, designed our nation's capital, and in
the early years of the Republic, grew to unmatched
heights of influence and power. The untold story of
the Freemasons in America reveals secret codes,
patterns in the sky, murder, and a radically new
picture of the nation's Founding Fathers. We'll
explore this remarkable story through dramatic
reenactments, expert interviews, sophisticated CGI,
and original location documentary footage. Features
historians Stephen Bullock, Dan Burstein, Brent
Morris, Akram Elias, and author David Shugarts. But
will a rational view reveal the Freemasons as an
important and honorable thread in the fabric of

10-11pm -- The Revolution - Boston, Bloody Boston.
Relive the drama in this exciting documentary series
that explores the founding of the United States. The
opening episode dramatizes the controversies and
conflicts leading to war--the Stamp Act riots, Boston
Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battles of Lexington
and Concord. A Continental Congress is convened and we
are introduced to some of the major political players
involved in the rebellion, including Samuel Adams,
John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and
Thomas Hutchinson, as well as England's King George
III and British General Thomas Gage.


Monday, June 5, 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 - Russian Roswell.
Welcome to the remote, top-secret military base
Kapustin Yar, the Soviet "Area 51"--where the wreckage
from no fewer than eight UFO crash incidents and their
occupants were transported and studied between 1945
and `91. We expose this never-before-seen installation
through interviews, on-camera tours, dramatic
reenactments, and extensive recreations. We also
explore the many Russian UFO crashes over the decades
and show the ways in which Soviet UFO research
scientists at Kapustin Yar used and processed the
wreckage...and the alien bodies. Join us as we
investigate the facts and myths surrounding Kapustin
Yar, as well as the many UFO crashes that still
circulate in the lore and consciousness of the Russian

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 -- Deep Sea Detectives - Secret Underwater
Within the Island of Cozumel in Mexico, there winds a
6-mile underwater cave system named Cueva Quebrada.
Almost a mile from any entrance lies a significant
cache of Mayan artifacts, a burial mound, found in
1991 by cave explorers Jeff Bozanic and Steve
Ormeroid. How did the Mayans place these objects a
mile back into the cave system? Deep Sea Detective
John Chatterton trains to become a cave diver and uses
the newest technology for a deep and treacherous dive
to solve the mystery.


Tuesday, June 6, 2006

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

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - The Antichrist: Zero
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

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Asteroid Apocalypse.
Many scientists now believe that a "killer asteroid"
wiped out the dinosaurs and 70% of all living things
160-million years ago. How likely is it that a similar
event can occur again? In this episode, we explore the
catastrophic effects of a 2-kilometer-long asteroid
hitting just off the coast of Los Angeles. Using the
Chicxulub asteroid impact of 160-million years ago
(the one that killed off the dinosaurs), we
watch--moment by moment--as the blast annihilates not
just Los Angeles, but communities within 100 miles of
the coast. A firestorm consumes much of southern
California and tsunamis wreak havoc up and down the
entire western US coast. The resultant dust cloud
covers much of the Midwest, devastating crops for at
least a year. Millions of people die from the direct
effects of the impact, and millions suffer a famine
the likes of which the world has never seen. The good
news is that technology has given us the tools
to--perhaps--avert such a disaster.

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - Peril in Paradise.
When it comes to working in extreme environments, our
movers are ready! In this episode, we travel from
Hawaii to North Carolina where our movers confront two
different working conditions--both considered danger
zones. In Hawaii, an old plantation house is moved
deep into a rain forest on the edge of an active
volcano. In North Carolina, a crew battles a flooded
field packed with tree stumps to move a pre-Civil War
farmhouse. Join us as we learn the ways the pros who
know the conditions get the job done.


Wednesday, June 7, 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 - Transcontinental Railroads.
With California finally part of the United States, two
rail companies raced to connect the monied East and
the promising West. Along the way, fortunes would be
made, lives lost, and adversity overcome. Join us for
the exciting story of the largest, most expensive
challenge of the 19th century.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- 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.


Thursday, June 8, 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!

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - Japan's Mysterious
Most historians and archaeologists maintain that
civilization as we know it began about 5,000 years ago
with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian dynasty.
But, a small yet persuasive number of scientists
believes that a highly advanced civilization, nearly
twice as old, flourished during the last Ice Age.
Solid evidence of this 10,000-year-old civilization is
difficult to produce, but some feel a recent discovery
off the coast of a tiny Japanese island, Yonaguni, may
be the proof they seek.

9-10pm -- Decoding The Past - Monsters of the Sea.
Gargantuan creatures rising from ocean depths to wreak
havoc on man! Are they figments of the imagination or
living relics of prehistoric times? We investigate the
first documented American sea serpent sighted at Cape
Ann, Massachusetts in 1639, and the weird fish
Coelacanth, caught off Africa and thought to be
extinct for 70-million years. We also feature footage,
shot by a fisherman off Vancouver's coast, of
Cadborosauras, a large creature that is "to science,
an unknown animal."

10-11pm -- Declassified - Cover-Up?
Are some of the most enduring mysteries of our time
the product of conspiracy and cover-up? What really
lies hidden at the secret government facilities at
Area 51? Did Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald to keep
him from telling the truth about the JFK
assassination? Did Marilyn Monroe commit suicide-or
was she murdered? Was Robert Kennedy killed by one
disturbed young man or a sinister criminal syndicate?


Friday, June 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.

8-10pm -- Building in the Name of God - 
The greatest religious structures are marvels of
engineering, technology, and invention, representing
not only the glory of God, but also the ingenuity of
man. This 2-hour special charts the challenge of
erecting the five breakthrough monuments from the
birth of Christianity to the present day. Each
structure broke the engineering mold by demanding that
their builders go higher and bigger than ever
before--sometimes leading to disaster as domes
collapsed and massive walls and pillars buckled under
the strain. We'll reveal the secrets of their epic
construction using computer-generated imagery coupled
with material specially-shot on location, and
interviews with experts. Each building combines major
technical innovation with breathtaking human endeavor,
strokes of genius, ambition, and intrigue. We'll visit
the Hagia Sofia, Notre Dame, St. Peters Cathedral,
Barcelona's Segrada Familia, and the Crystal Cathedral
in LA.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Da Vinci Tech.
Nearly 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci
still intrigues us. Most people think of him as a
great artist, but he was also a remarkable scientist
and inventor. His love of mechanics was unparalleled
and he filled his notebooks with pages of incredible
machines--from weapons of war to "Ships of the Skies",
from submarines and scuba suits to robots and an
analogue computer...even contact lenses and alarm
clocks! How did a 15th-century man envision such
modern innovations? If we follow his plans, would any
of his designs work? We need wonder no more. With
recent technological advances and new materials, we're
the first generation able to bring Leonardo's drawings
to life--to learn whether his "mechanical dreams" were
workable plans. We explore the fascinating
intersection of his art, science, and engineering
marvels, and use them to offer insight into this
"Genius of Geniuses", who remains as elusive as Mona
Lisa's smile.


Saturday, June 10, 2006

10:20am Mail Call: D-Day Special. 
Host R. Lee Ermey takes an in-depth look at the technology 
used throughout the "longest day"--and travels to Dover, 
England and Normandy, France for a view from both sides of 
the operation in a special hour-long program
11am Mail Call: F-15 Eagle/Flying Platform/Atomic Annie/
Army Missiles/Tommy Gun v. Burp Gun/Bullets: #37 
R. Lee Ermey rides in an F-15 Eagle, courtesy of the Oregon Air National Guard
--and proudly returns all three of his airsickness bags empty! 
Find out about a wacky single-man vertical flight machine tested in the 1950s
--the Hiller Flying Platform; Atomic Annie, a howitzer that fired both 
conventional and nuclear warheads; why the Army controlled missile programs 
in the 1940s and '50s; which WWII submachine gun was better, the US Tommy Gun 
or German Burp Gun; and the terms used to measure bullets 

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech.
When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw
today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that
feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving
to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the
woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to
topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to
19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as
large as the timber they felled; and travel with a
tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood
uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste!

8-10pm -- Amazon Adventures - 
In a 2-hour special shot on location in the Brazilian
rainforest, we recount the story of intrepid
adventurers who tried to tame the Amazon, and
investigate tales of heroism, greed, and death in this
hostile region. From Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Ford
to Hiram Bingham, who uncovered Machu Picchu, we
travel through time along this magnificent river, and
meet unsung hero Walter Earnest Hardenberg, whose
bravery brought one of the most harrowing tales of
human torture in the 20th century to world attention.
We also join ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, who
embarked on an adventure to seek the botanical source
of a plant known as curare, a muscle relaxant that's
derivatives are used in surgery today. The Amazon has
challenged these adventurers to perform acts of almost
superhuman endurance, inspired folly in the cautious,
bravery in the coward, and brought great men to their

10-12am -- 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.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

7-8pm -- Decoding The Past - Bible Mysteries.
The Bible has been studied by millions of people over
thousands of years-but it continues to mystify us even
today. Did Noah's Ark really exist-and is it trapped
in the snow and ice on a mountaintop in Turkey? Have
archeologists found the remains of the evil cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah? Was the Shroud of Turin really the
burial cloth of Jesus Christ-or just a medieval
forgery? And are there secret messages and codes
hidden within the text of the Old Testament?

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

10-11pm -- The Revolution - Rebellion to Revolution.
Rebellion escalates into war with the Battle at Bunker
Hill. The Continental Congress establishes an army and
appoints George Washington as Commander-in-Chief. But
Washington faces nearly insurmountable obstacles in
turning the motley militias into a battle-ready army.
When the Continental Army surrounds British troops
that occupy Boston, Britain sends additional troops
and its three best generals--William Howe, John
Burgoyne, and Henry Clinton--to take over command in
the insurgent colonies. The Continental assault from
Dorchester Heights forces the British and Loyalists to
evacuate the city.


Monday, June 12, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Copper Kings.
More than a century ago, two men controlled nearly all
of U.S. copper production, transforming Butte, Montana
from a washed-up gold-mining camp into a global
powerhouse. William Clark, a ruthless banker known for
preying on the misfortune of miners, and Marcus Daly,
a self-made man with a knack for knowing where to dig,
created huge empires and lived like kings, while
fighting a ferocious, personal, battle that lasted
nearly 25 years. We follow the rivalry between these
giants of American industry.

8-9pm -- UFO Files - Canada's Roswell.
Roswell conjures up the most famous UFO case in US
history, luring believers on an unending search for a
"smoking gun" locked away in some secret government
vault. Could Canada have the real thing--a UFO case
with a certifiable paper trail? In Nova Scotia, on the
night of October 4, 1967, in the remote town of Shag
Harbour, dozens of eyewitnesses--airline pilots,
fishermen, teenagers, and police officers--see what
appears to be an extraterrestrial craft hovering above
the water's surface. Some claim to have seen and heard
the UFO plunge into the waters off the shoreline.
Canadian authorities dispatched the Navy, Coast Guard,
and police, and after a full government inquiry,
claimed not a trace of anything suspicious. But does
the government know more than it's telling? Lingering
questions lead two UFO researchers to launch an
investigation--and they uncovered documents that make
it clear that the case should never have been closed.

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 -- 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, June 13, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Stock Exchange.
Welcome to the center of the American economy, where
nearly $90-million changes hands each minute. Journey
back to the wooden wall, built to hold back Indians,
where early traders signed a pact creating the New
York Stock Exchange; watch worldwide markets quake
with the crash of 1929; and visit today's
computer-driven wonder.

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - The Bible Code:
Predicting Armageddon.
Is there a prophetic, highly accurate code locked
within the Bible that outlines past and future events?
Does the Code contain hidden messages about people
such as Napoleon, Einstein, and Hitler, and key world
events like WWII, the Kennedy brothers'
assassinations, and 9/11? More frightening are
references to future events--including Earth's
impending end. We take a balanced look through the
eyes of Code supporters and critics and let viewers
determine its accuracy in predicting the future.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Earthquake in the
Could a killer earthquake strike America's heartland?
If history proves true, the answer is yes. The
1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes (centered in
southeast Missouri) rank as some of North America's
most catastrophic natural disasters. Stretching more
than 160 miles, a system of earthquake faults lurks
beneath the Mississippi River basin, loaded and ready
to erupt. And it's happened before. Pioneer residents
of New Madrid, Missouri were thrown from their beds in
the early hours of December 16, 1811 when an estimated
8-point earthquake hit. But it wasn't just one event.
Multiple shocks were experienced over the next three
months--the largest caused the Mississippi to flow
backwards. No earthquake sequence has lasted so long,
produced so many shocks, nor created such astonishing
phenomena on land and water. The New Madrid Fault
remains a seismically active area and experts expect a
repeat. The only question is when...

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - Tower Crane
Whether it's at the top of a towering skyscraper or at
the bottom of the ocean, if it's got to be moved, the
Mega Movers are always up to the challenge. In this
episode, we look at two very different moves in two
extreme environments. In California, the team must
disassemble and move a tower crane that soars
36-stories high in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
And in Florida, they battle the elements to preserve a
hurricane-ravaged beach by moving 4-million cubic
yards of sand from the ocean floor to the coastline.
See the unique methods and tools that these movers use
to get the job done.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Breweries.
From Pilgrim brew masters to early commercial ventures
to today's monolithic corporations, we'll imbibe
American beer's long history, focusing on the
commercial brewing industry that developed in the 19th
century and continues to today. We'll also taste
social experiments from the past, like the Temperance
Movement and Prohibition, to see how they left scars
on the industry and continue to influence sobriety

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Leather.
Sometime at the dawn of civilization, animal hides
were rubbed down with animal fat, making them more
flexible, durable, and malleable. By the 5th Century
BC, this "tanning" process expanded to include
vegetable and tree oil washes, creating what's now
known as "leather"--one of man's most reliable and
versatile products. Without advances in leather shoes,
the Romans could never have marched to the Tigris; nor
could the Pilgrims have survived winters in Plymouth.
Today, leather is a staple of our daily lives. Modern
tanners have devised techniques to make leather more
versatile, colorful, and luxurious than ever. We visit
modern tanneries of conventional cowhide leather, and
explore the more exotic leathers made from alligator,
snakes, and even sting-ray. And we'll examine the race
of modern science to create synthetic leathers that
are supposedly more convenient in today's fast-paced
life. We'll see how leather binds us to the past in an
unparalleled way.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Heavy Metals.
They are elements that occupy a select portion of the
periodic table and are so essential to America's
economic and military might that they are stored in
the National Defense Stockpile in case of all-out war.
We plan a riveting visit. Some of the vital heavy
metals that we survey include copper, uranium, lead,
zinc, and nickel. We also take a look at
superalloys--consisting of steel combined with
chromium, cobalt, and dozens of other heavy
metals--that resist corrosion and perform increasingly
elaborate functions. From Earth to space, from
cosmetics to vitamins, in a million different ways,
heavy metals are here to stay!


Thursday, June 15, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Assembly Line.
While the basic principles of the assembly-line
technique for mass production haven't changed in over
100 years, the people and the products that exploit
the assembly line have. We'll focus primarily on the
industries responsible for its development as well as
significant inventions and world events influential to
its growth. We also hear from four generations of
assembly line workers who provide perspective, as well
as heart and soul, for this revolutionary production

8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - The Colosseum.
Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or
Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum.
Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a
retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble
seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as
the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity
of its construction, the beauty of its architecture,
and the functionality of its design made it the
perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the
bloody spectacles it contained.

9-11pm -- Mega Movers - Moving the Impossible.
From the engineers of ancient Egypt to the architects
of Renaissance Rome and the modern era's moving
miracles--the men, methods, and machines of structural
moving have pushed the limits of imagination and
technology for over 5,000 years. In this 2-hour
chronicle, we'll investigate the amazing feats of mega
moving from primitive civilization through the
Industrial Revolution into the 21st Century--including
the evolution of technology that allows a 3,000-ton
building to be driven down the street by remote
control! From the granite blocks of Stonehenge to the
awesome Vatican Obelisk and the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse, see how ambition and ingenuity have
continued to defy convention, break records, and
achieve the unthinkable in moving!


Friday, June 16, 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!

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

10-11pm -- Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond - 
As we delve further into the provocative theory that a
cryptogram exists in the Bible outlining past and
future events, we learn how the Code works from
supporters and examine supposed examples of precise
messages. And we hear from critics who present
compelling arguments that the Code is merely a
statistical anomaly. We uncover how military and
intelligence organizations interact with the Code, and
compare it with other sources of biblical prophecy.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

11am -- Mail Call: Avenger/Stinger & Red Eye Missiles/
Military Firefighter & Smokejumper: #38. 
R. Lee Ermey checks out the Marine Corps' Avenger Air Defense System;
 explains the difference in the Stinger and Red Eye missile that 
replaced it; finds out how military firefighters train differently 
than their civilian counterparts; learns about the first military 
smokejumpers--an all African-American unit known as the 555th Test 
Platoon or Triple Nickels; discovers the function of the Kiowa Scout 
Helicopter on the battlefield; and unravels the mystery behind the 
WWII drawings "Kilroy was here."   

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Erie Canal.
Begun in 1817, the Erie Canal was an engineering
wonder--363 miles of water highway linking the western
frontier to the Atlantic seaboard. It took eight years
to construct and thousands of hours of brutal labor,
but by the time it was done, 3,000 canal boats
traveled the new corridor, making New York City a
commercial capital.

8-9pm -- Save Our History - Jefferson's Other
Thomas Jefferson was a very busy man. He drafted the
Declaration of Independence, was the United States'
Minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice
President, and America's third President. In the midst
of a prolific public career, Jefferson maintained a
vibrant private life: father, friend, farmer,
inventor...and America's first great architect. Host
Steve Thomas explores the private versus the public
Jefferson as reflected primarily in the restoration of
Poplar Forest, his hideaway retreat, considered to be
one of his most extraordinary architectural
achievements. He also travels to two of Jefferson's
other monumental achievements: the Virginia State
Capitol, Jefferson's first public building designed
while in Paris in 1785, and the University of
Virginia, his last major architectural endeavor
designed in 1817.

9-11:30pm -- The Fog of War - 
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris, and
winner of the 2004 Best Documentary Oscar, this
interview with Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense
in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, gives a
uniquely unsettling viewpoint on much of 20th-century
American history. Employing a ton of archival
material, Morris probes the reasons behind the U.S.
commitment to the Vietnam War. McNamara himself
emerges as clearly haunted by the what-ifs of Vietnam.
He also mulls the bombing of Japan in World War II and
the Cuban Missile Crisis, raising more questions than
he answers. (2003)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

7-8pm -- Cannibals #2 - 
Cannibalism evokes an image of uncivilized people
roasting enemies over a fire. But the reality is that
even the most civilized humans have resorted to
cannibalism. And there's new evidence that some of
Europe's first humans had a taste for their own kind
of flesh. Usually cannibalism occurs as a last
resort--people being pushed to do the unthinkable in
order to survive. And while there's little doubt that
it occurred, survivors struggle to conceal the truth
or simply deny it happened. Was it a practice accepted
by societies long ago? We also investigate the recent
discovery of Neolithic bones in England that show
signs of cannibalism--a discovery that shocked experts
and horrified many since some bones belonged to
newborns. Our three tales of cannibalism suggest that
those who ate human meat are far from alone. Secrecy,
denial, even pride, are emotions that accompany the
act of eating human flesh. But how do we handle the
truth behind the act?

8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Walt Disney World.
Journey underground and backstage at the technological
marvel that is Walt Disney World. Enter a make-believe
world spanning some 27,000 acres, brought to life by
cutting-edge technology. What was once Florida
swampland now boasts the world's largest theme park.
The ride technology ranges from space-age centrifuges
to enhanced motion vehicles powered by 3,000 PSI of
hydraulic pressure. And hundreds of audio animatronics
brought to life through the power of pneumatics,
hydraulics, and electrical systems. Walt Disney World
is made up of four separate theme parks, each with its
own innovations: the 107-acre Magic Kingdom, Epcot,
Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The
four parks are all part of a megaplex of a resort.
Twice the size of Manhattan, it was the final vision
and crowning achievement of a man who spent more than
40 years pushing the limits of technology to create
entertainment magic: Walt Disney.

10-11pm -- The Revolution - Declaring Independence.
1776: Noble ideas and dreams of independence ring out
as America is born. However, dark and devastating
struggles will quickly challenge these hopes and leave
few believing that the glorious cause will survive.
Join us as we relive the drama surrounding the birth
of the United States in this documentary series.


Monday, June 19, 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 -- UFO Files - Mexico's Roswell.
Coyame, Mexico is a small town not far from the US
border. It's home to three thousand people and
possibly the best-kept secret of all-time. In August
of 1974, the USA military was tracking a mysterious
object over Mexico; then suddenly it disappeared from
radar near Coyame. At the same time a civilian plane
headed in the opposite direction is reported missing.
What follows next is the stuff Hollywood blockbusters
are made of: a crash site, a spacecraft, dead bodies,
a covert recovery mission, and a government cover-up.
Is this the story of the century, or just a piece of
Mexican folklore? Over the last 15 years, Mexico has
experienced an unprecedented UFO wave. While the sheer
volume of encounters garners attention, it's the
apparent quality, or credibility, of these incidents
that has our attention. Through interviews with
witnesses and experts we examine the evidence, and
controversial footage released by the Mexican military
reveals never before seen video.

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 -- Deep Sea Detectives - Train Wreck in Lake
Railroad car ferries were thought to be some of the
safest vessels on the Great Lakes, built to withstand
ice and waves year round. But on October 22nd, 1929,
the SS Milwaukee sailed into a Force-9 Gale and
disappeared. Was it foolishness on the part of the
ship's captain, Robert "Heavy Weather" McKay? Or was
he ordered to sail by the railroad company? Was there
a design flaw with the ship itself? Or was there a
conspiracy to cover up unsafe business practices? Our
hosts, veteran divers John Chatterton and Richie
Kohler, using cutting-edge technology, fascinating
underwater footage, and expert interviews, compare the
official post-accident investigation with the wreck
itself, and possibly rewrite history.


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gasoline.
Traces the history and evolution of the world's most
important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life
would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million
gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could
not function without gas, very few understand what it
really is, how it is made, what all those different
octane numbers really mean, and how researchers
developed cleaner-burning gasoline. All these
questions will be answered as we look at the history
of this "supreme" fuel.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - West Coast Tsunami.
What would happen if a massive earthquake and tsunami
were to strike the West Coast of the United States?
Experts say it could easily match the catastrophic
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in scale and might. A
700-mile stretch of coast, from northern California to
southern British Columbia lies just off the extremely
volatile Cascadia Subduction Zone. Many seismologists
say that after more than 300 years of massive pressure
build-up, it is likely to erupt in the not too distant
future. And it has happened in the past. Geologists
have discovered evidence of a massive tsunami that
struck the Pacific Northwest in 1700--as powerful as
the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. Hundreds
of thousands of lives are at stake. We'll talk to
emergency planners, seismologists, and other
researchers who are trying to get a handle on when
Cascadia will blow, and what--if anything--we can do
to minimize the disaster.

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - Giant Structures.
When it comes to moving giant structures, few moves
are as impressive as those that take place at sea.
These types of moves require unique techniques and
tools as well as careful, detailed planning. In
Canada, a team of engineers will attempt to move a
gigantic 702-ton ship-loading device from the coast of
Vancouver to a small mining island 70 miles away.
Meanwhile, off the coast of Virginia, our movers will
try to save an endangered island house by loading the
entire structure onto a barge and sailing five miles
to the mainland. But there is little margin for error
in this chaotic environment, requiring all of the
skill and ingenuity that the movers can muster. Join
us for this mobile series in which we follow the
relocation of the biggest, heaviest, and least movable
of historic structures imaginable.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Titanic Tech.
Welcome aboard the luxury liner Titanic, the world's
largest ship and pride of the White Star Line.
Watertight compartments and a steel-plated hull render
it all but unsinkable. Nearly every technological
breakthrough of the previous 50 years is employed
onboard, providing comfort and safety for passengers
and crew. But none of this will matter on April 15,
1912, when the ship bears down on an iceberg on her
maiden voyage, sinking within hours with more than
1,500 lives lost. Learn the details of her
construction and how the achievements of technology
may have masked her vulnerabilities.

8-9pm -- 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.

9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - The World's Fastest.
Perhaps no field has experienced the revolution in
velocity more acutely than transportation. We look at
five blazingly fast technological marvels that have
pushed the speed limits to the very edge, each with
its own unique and dramatic history: the world's
fastest production car (Sweden's Koenigsegg CCR); the
world's fastest train (the Maglev in Shanghai); the
world's fastest boat (The Spirit of Australia); the
world's fastest roller coaster (the Kingda Ka) and the
fastest thing on earth (the Holloman High Speed Test
Track), used to test highly sensitive equipment for
many branches of the government and commercial

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - Horsepower.
Buckle up for a rip-roaring ride through the world of
extreme horsepower. Experience the fastest
accelerating cars on earth. Find out how horsepower
was first coined as a marketing tool for the steam
engine in the early 1800s and meet the horsepower
police--the Society of Automotive Engineers who test
today's most powerful car engines. Feel the amazing
power of Unlimited Hydroplane racing as 3-ton
boat-beasts careen across water at speeds of over 200
miles per hour. Journey to the bowels of an enormous
container ship where the world's most powerful diesel
engine provides over 100,000 horsepower. At the Hoover
Dam, watch as it harnesses the enormous power of
water. Explore the 80,000 horsepower pumping units at
the Edmonston Pumping Plant that delivers 2-billion
gallons of water a day to thirsty Californians. And
sit behind the steering wheel of a new generation of
hybrid cars that boast 400-horsepower yet get 42 miles
per gallon of gas.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bullets.
From "safe" bullets that stop hijackers but leave
aircraft unscathed to bullets that chain-saw through
steel and "smart" bullets computer-programmed to hit a
target, this explosive hour examines the evolution of
bullets from origin in the 1300s--stones and round
lead balls shot from iron and bamboo tubes. Lead balls
ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet changed
ammo forever. We learn how to construct a modern
cartridge, and at pistol and rifle ranges view
demonstrations of modern firepower.

8-10pm -- Ottoman Empire: The War Machine - 
The Ottoman Empire was born in a fight for survival.
Under constant attack, tribes of Muslim Turks banded
together in self-defense and created an empire that
endured for over 600 years. We delve into the history
of this vast empire--from the 14th Century up until
today. In WWI, the Ottomans sided with Germany. The
Gallipoli Campaign stands out as a landmark in the
history of the Great War. Nine months of bloody war in
the area resulted in more than 100,000 deaths and the
Allies retreated without gaining territory. A
commander named Mustafa Kemal led his troops to
several victories over the Allies, and in the
tradition of Mehmet and Suleyman, the magnificent
Mustafa established himself in Ankara as the leader of
the Turkish Republic. Kemal transformed a country in
ruins and implemented westernization, modernization,
solidarity, and equality. Out went the Arabic
alphabet--in came the Latin. The Ottoman Empire is a
mere memory--Turkey is the future.

10-11pm -- 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.


Friday, June 23, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - World War I 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.

8-12am -- Spartacus - 
Movie. By 72 BC, the Roman Empire had swept across the
European continent, conquering countries and selling
the people into slavery. But one slave dared to take a
stand. This is the story of Spartacus (Goran Visnjic),
from the country of Thrace, who, after witnessing his
father's brutal death and enduring being sold into
slavery, swears to one day live again as a free man.
Based on Howard Fast's acclaimed novel, the miniseries
was filmed in Bulgaria and directed by Robert
Dornhelm. The cast includes Alan Bates, Assen
Blatechki, Ben Cross, Henry Simmons, Angus MacFadyen,
and Rhona Mitra. (2004)
Part 2 - 
The gladiator Spartacus leads the largest
uprising of escaped gladiators and slaves in Roman
history and nearly causes the downfall of Rome. The
battles against the Romans during the Third Servile
War turned Spartacus the man into a legend. Based on
Howard Fast's acclaimed novel and directed by Robert
Dornhelm. The cast includes Alan Bates, Assen
Blatechki, Ben Cross, Henry Simmons, Angus MacFadyen,
and Rhona Mitra. (2004)


Saturday, June 24, 2006

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

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Axes, Swords and Knives.
Blade implements have been a part of civilized man's
arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools
were chipped off of flint or obsidian. But with the
discovery of metallurgy, people were able to forge
stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an
axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an introduction
to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then we visit
a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work
in traditional methods from ancient sources, and
review the history of knives.

8-11pm -- The True Story of Alexander the Great - 
334 BC--a 20-year-old military commander from Northern
Greece set out to conquer the known world. During the
next 12 years, King Alexander of Macedon led 40,000
troops more than 20,000 miles, defeated the world's
most powerful ruler, King Darius of Persia, and
conquered West Asia before dying at age 32. In a
3-hour special, host Peter Woodward explores the true
story of Alexander the Great--a tale of conquest,
love, hate, revenge, and ultimately tragedy. He visits
locations of Alexander's youth, temples dedicated to
Greek gods where Alexander sought divine counsel, and
actual battlefields, as well as demonstrating his
signature battle plans and weaponry. How could one man
accomplish so much at such a young age? What led to
his demise? These questions drive our analysis of
Alexander's complex character, delicately balanced
between genius and insanity.


Sunday, June 25, 2006

7-8pm -- Cities of the Underworld - 
Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and
exotic cities in the world. Once the capital city of
three of the world's most powerful empires--The Roman,
Byzantine, and Ottoman--its strategic location made it
the perfect spot for empires to rise, fall...and rise
again. Today Istanbul's residents are walking on top
of remnants of these fallen civilizations...literally.
Taxis drive over parts of Constantine's Lost Great
Palace; children play on cobblestone streets
concealing a massive Byzantine dungeon; a high school
sits on a 3rd century wall leading to the bowels of a
100,000 seat ancient Roman Hippodrome; and basement's
of old Ottoman homes lead to subterranean tunnels and
secret cisterns. Join host Eric Geller as he leaves
the buzz of the city streets behind and follows the
pull of the past. Teamed with leading archeologists
and experts, Eric peels back the layers of the
past--to reveal a hidden history that hasn't seen the
light of day for ages.

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

10-11pm -- The Revolution - American Crisis.
The newly proclaimed nation stares at the stark
realization that it could soon be dead. Desperate and
determined, General George Washington gambles on a
brilliant yet dangerously daring stroke to save his
army and America.


Monday, June 26, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Guns of the Civil War.
It was a war in which brother fought brother and
battlefields became slaughterhouses. During the Civil
War, the country was in the midst of an industrial
revolution and developed the most destructive killing
machines the world had ever seen. Join us for a test
fire of Civil War guns--the first truly modern

8-9pm -- UFO Files - An Alien History of Planet Earth,
Part 1.
Nick Cook, a British aerospace journalist with a
20-year history of "getting below the surface" of some
of the strangest military aircraft to take to the
skies, applies his expert, investigative skills to a
world of mystery and deceit--a fantastical place full
of UFOs, strange encounters, and alien abductions. His
job is to investigate secret programs--the shadow
defense industry, worth billions of dollars, but
hidden from public view. Now, with more people than
ever believing in UFOs, Cook wants to know what really
has been flying through our air space. In part one, he
traces the phenomenon from early sightings of UFOs
during WWII to the mass reports of alien abductions
that swept America in the 1980s and `90s. 

9-10pm -- Psychic History - 
John Holland is a psychic medium with an extraordinary
talent. At any given location, John can sense what
took place there, even if it was 100 years ago. His
ability to reveal past events makes him uniquely
suited to investigate history as it has never been
investigated before. Join John as he focuses on Waco
where David Koresh's cult of Branch Davidians took on
the forces of the US government. Holland applies his
special skills to resolving the lingering mysteries of
Waco: Who fired first? The Federal agents or the
Branch Davidians? And were Koresh's followers being
held against their will? John also makes an amazing
observation--that a house half way across the country
from Waco was where the cult assembled their guns.
Only the police knew this; the fact was never made
public. Expect more stunning revelations as John
continues to apply his psychic gifts to investigating

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, June 27, 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.

8-9pm -- Decoding The Past - The Holy Grail.
The Holy Grail...Christ's cup from the Last Supper.
Medieval poets sang its praises, and King Arthur's
knights chased it to the ends of the earth. Did Joseph
of Arimathea really claim the cup after the Last
Supper and collect Jesus's blood in it at the
Crucifixion? Why are there so many Grail tales, no two
of which fully agree? And why does the scent of heresy
linger about the sacred cup? Many treasures are
bigger, but none more precious or elusive as we
discover in this quest for the venerable vessel.

9-10pm -- Mega Disasters - Yellowstone Eruption.
The world's largest, most active volcano system exists
in the western US. 6,000 years ago, the Yellowstone
Volcano erupted. Lava and pyroclastic flows covered
3,000-square miles with ash 3-feet thick. Fossils
discovered as far away as Nebraska were found to have
died from inhaling the Yellowstone debris. If--or
perhaps we should say when--it erupts again, the
Yellowstone "Mega-Volcano" will create a global
cataclysm beyond human comprehension. Everything
within 150 miles--including the cities of Cody,
Wyoming and Bozeman, Montana--will be hit by an
800-degree blast of heat and 200 miles-per-hour winds.
Thousands will be killed. That's just the local
effects. Half the US will be buried beneath a blanket
of volcanic ash. Crops in the Midwest--the world's
breadbasket--will be destroyed. And it will take years
before crops can grow again. Starvation, epidemics,
and social chaos won't be long in coming.

10-11pm -- Mega Movers - Massive Bridges.
Bridges move people and cargo daily, but what happens
when the bridge itself needs to be moved? In this
episode, we see how two very different bridges are
moved--using two very different methods. In Missouri,
local bridge preservationists attempt to transport a
137-ton railroad bridge right through the heart of
downtown Kansas City. And in Iowa, the National Guard
rallies to save a 129-year-old bridge using one of the
most modern mega-moving tools available: a Chinook
Helicopter. Will our Mega Movers succeed in preserving
these beloved bridges for future pedestrians to use?


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Bunkers.
From the earliest bunkers of WWI through the
ultra-futuristic ones of tomorrow's wars, we trace the
story of defensive fortifications. In the constant
struggle to hold off ever more potent forms of attack,
bunkers function in a variety of forms. Three mammoth
block structures comprise a submarine bunker at
Lorient, France, able to house 20 subs. We visit
Churchill's Cabinet War Room and Hitler's Berlin
bunker, as well as backyard Cold War bunkers and those
that protect nuclear weapons themselves.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - The Butcher.
In a carnivorous world, a butcher is a necessary link
in the food chain, carving a carcass of unsavory flesh
into mouthwatering cuts. We trace the grisly trade's
evolution--from yesteryear's butcher-on-every-corner
to today's industrial butcher working on a
"disassembly" line. We tour the infamous remains of
the Chicago Stockyards, where Upton Sinclair, Clarence
Birdseye, and refrigeration changed butchering
forever; witness high-speed butchering; and travel to
a non-stop sausage factory. And if you're still
squeamish, a USDA inspector offers the lowdown on
HACCP--the country's new system of checks and balances
on everything from quality grading to E. coli,
Salmonella, and Mad Cow Disease. Finally, we visit the
last bastion of old-school butchering--the rural
custom butcher, who slaughters, eviscerates, skins,
and cuts to his customer's wishes.

9-10pm -- 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.

10-11pm -- Modern Marvels - BBQ Tech.
An old-fashioned style of cooking, barbecue has
evolved into a modern food craze and spawned a
multi-billion dollar industry. We digest famous
barbecue cook-offs and visit long-established barbecue
restaurants like Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City, where
the huge grills and taste thrills of true barbecue are
more popular than ever. At home, three out of four US
households own a grill. After WWII's end, the
phenomenon of backyard barbecuing swept the nation,
thanks to inexpensive and mass-produced grills,
including the kettle-shaped Weber. Our tour of Weber's
modern factories shows how they keep pace with demand
by manufacturing more choices than ever, including
portable mini-grills. We also examine the variety of
fuels available for the savory selection of spicy
sauces and rubs. Join us as we devour the
mouthwatering flavors of BBQ in this episode.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Cereal: History in a Bowl.
Move over pancakes, step aside bacon! Cereal is
arguably the true breakfast king, a $9-billion
industry with an indisputable place in pop-culture
history. Full of surprise, nostalgia, and fascinating
facts, we celebrate the colorful--and crunchy--saga of
a distinctly American breakfast. We see how a
Presbyterian minister-turned-health-food-fanatic--Sylvester Graham,
of "graham cracker" fame--turned his countrymen from
fried pork breakfasts to grain- and bran-heavy diets
in 1824. We reveal the rivalries, tricks, and
accidents that turned cereal into a breakfast
sensation. And we examine the amazing feats of
marketing used to promote the product--from creating
iconic characters for packaging, to ingenious prizes
that drove consumers to the shelves in droves.

8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Snackfood Tech.
Extruders, molds, in-line conveyor belts. Are these
machines manufacturing adhesives, plastics, or parts
for your car? No, they're making treats for your
mouth--and you will see them doing their seductively
tasty work in this scrumptious episode. First, we
visit Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, Pennsylvania, that
produces more than one million pounds of chips per
week, and Snyder's of Hanover, the leading US pretzel
manufacturer. Next, we focus on the world's largest
candy manufacturer, Masterfoods USA, which makes Milky
Way, Snickers, Mars, and M&Ms, and take a lick at the
world's largest lollipop producer, Tootsie Roll
Industries. And at Flower Foods' Crossville, Tennessee
plant, an army of cupcakes rolls down a conveyer belt.
The final stop is Dreyer's Bakersfield, California
plant, where 20,000 ice cream bars and 9,600
drumsticks roll off the line in an hour.

9-10pm -- 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

10-11pm -- American Eats - Pizza.
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,
that's amore." And nothing sums up the American
relationship with pizza better than that word.
Americans eat approximately 350 slices per
second--about 100 acres of pizza a day! At last count,
there were close to 70,000 pizzerias in the US working
tirelessly to satisfy that $11-billion a year craving
with a seemingly endless variety. Pizza's American
journey has taken it full circle--from small
Italian-American communities, through the cutthroat
competition of global chains, to the mass-produced
world of frozen pizza, and back to distinctive,
personal pies. But all the while, pizza has managed to
retain its original identity--its versatility and
strong heritage have given it a staying power like no
other. Despite fierce passions and regional
preferences, there's room for everybody at the pizza


Friday, June 30, 2006

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Shipyards.
Shipyards are waterside construction sites where the
extraordinary takes shape and where some of the
largest tools built by humans help create the biggest
machines on earth. But shipyards and ships of today
bear little resemblance to those of antiquity. From
ancient days to the 18th-century Industrial Revolution
to the epic effort performed at Pearl Harbor, we
examine the shipyard, and look to its future. Will the
craftsmanship and practical knowledge of how to build
ships disappear in the 21st century?

8-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Walt Disney World.
Journey underground and backstage at the technological
marvel that is Walt Disney World. Enter a make-believe
world spanning some 27,000 acres, brought to life by
cutting-edge technology. What was once Florida
swampland now boasts the world's largest theme park.
The ride technology ranges from space-age centrifuges
to enhanced motion vehicles powered by 3,000 PSI of
hydraulic pressure. And hundreds of audio animatronics
brought to life through the power of pneumatics,
hydraulics, and electrical systems. Walt Disney World
is made up of four separate theme parks, each with its
own innovations: the 107-acre Magic Kingdom, Epcot,
Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The
four parks are all part of a megaplex of a resort.
Twice the size of Manhattan, it was the final vision
and crowning achievement of a man who spent more than
40 years pushing the limits of technology to create
entertainment magic: Walt Disney.

10-12am -- Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story - 
His life story reads like a soap opera script. Born
Robert Craig Knievel, this wild, young man from the
rough mining town of Butte, Montana dreamed of
becoming rich and famous. After years of struggle,
Bobbie's alter ego Evel Knievel became the world's
most famous daredevil. His exploits are legendary and
it's unlikely his accomplishments--or notoriety--will
ever be duplicated. Now, he's paying a high price for
the life he led. He lives in constant pain from the
incredible abuse his body suffered during his
daredevil days. As he enters the twilight of life,
this 2-hour special may be his last chance at a public
forum. He's a man who is outspoken, outrageous, at
times hilarious, but always fascinating. From humble
beginnings in Butte to iconic status and everything in
between, Evel candidly shares every aspect of his
life. The aging daredevil reflects on his incredible
experiences and how he would like to be remembered.
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