Schedule for August 21, 2014(all times ET/PT)

8/21/2014
  • Japanese Bow: Built to Kill

    6:00am

    Japanese Bow: Built to Kill

    It is one of the world's ultimate combat weapons, prized by samurai warriors and revered by modern day martial arts experts. Examine the bloody history of the Yumi, and uncover the science behind its unbeatable efficiency and incredible strength.


  • Ninja: Shadow Warriors

    7:00am

    Ninja: Shadow Warriors

    Turn out the lights, hide in the shadows, and enter the secretive realm of the infamous ninja. We explore the untold history of these shadow soldiers; from their formation in the 14th Century to their battles against Samurai forces, led by ninja master Tanba, one of the most feared warriors in ancient Japan. Uncover guarded ninja techniques in spying, sabotage and ruthless undercover warfare, tactics that have earned them a reputation in their homeland as both heroic fighters and cunning, cold-hearted killers.


  • Secrets of the Taj Mahal

    8:00am

    Secrets of the Taj Mahal

    It is considered a wonder of the world, and one of the most popular tourist attractions on Earth, but few realize that the Taj Mahal was built as a monument to eternal love. This is the story of Shah Jahan, ruler of India's mighty Mogul Empire, and his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, and of a love too perfect to survive. The Queen's tragic death moved Jahan to construct a shrine worthy of her name, but with this iconic structure, he would ultimately pay a terrible price to complete his life's work.


  • The Romans

    9:00am

    The Lost Gods: The Romans

    Romans took their gods from the Etruscans, on the ruins of whose civilization they built their own. As we explore the spectacular rise and fall of the Roman Empire, which fascinates us to this day, visit the Forum, the epicenter of Roman religion, and the Pantheon, sanctuary of the Roman gods.


  • The Inca

    9:30am

    The Lost Gods: The Inca

    Travel to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of the Inca civilization, worshippers of one god as well as the sun, moon, and stars. See the city of Pisac, designed in the shape of a sacred animal. Explore Cajamarca, where the Spaniards murdered Atahualpa, and witness the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.


  • Inside the National Museum of Anthropology

    10:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the National Museum of Anthropology

    Extraordinary ancient cultures are the highlight of Mexico City's National Museum of Anthropology. Enter the galleries and travel into the past to explore fascinating history from Aztec civilization to Spanish conquest. The building holds many ghoulish secrets, including a grizzly sacrifice, a watery cave of souls, and a sport played to the death. Uncover the world's sharpest sword, a supernatural skull, a dress that had the power to change history, and more.


  • The Gospel of Jesus's Wife

    11:00am

    The Gospel of Jesus's Wife

    Damaged and fragile, a fragment of ancient papyrus has unleashed a new interpretation of a religious story we thought we knew. In one of the most startling discoveries in recent memory, scholars confirm that a codex written in the ancient Coptic language refers to the wife of Jesus. Dr. Karen King, a Harvard professor, reveals that the papyrus bears the line "Jesus said to them, my wife..." It doesn't prove Jesus was married, but it raises questions about that possibility--and how some early Christians viewed the role of women in the church.


  • Fangs, Flippers and Tusks

    1:00pm

    Zoo Vets: Fangs, Flippers and Tusks

    With nearly 28,000 patients representing almost 2,000 species, the vets of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo never know what animal ailments await them and each day brings new challenges. Join the doctors on their rounds as they treat a Silverback Gorilla suffering from heart disease, a dolphin with past lung infections, and a family of wily meerkats in need of a checkup. Using technology, teamwork, and their own creative ingenuity, the vets push the limits of science and forge a future for the world's most endangered species.


  • Elephant Murder Mystery

    2:00pm

    Nature Shock: Elephant Murder Mystery

    Game wardens at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in South India are horror-stricken when they discover dead female elephants littering the once peaceful 350-square-mile block of land. The cause of death isn't clear: one has a mutilated trunk, two have head injuries, and one has a shattered jaw. Local conservationists are forced to become investigators, but they are running out of possible explanations for these mystifying deaths. Can they track down who or what is killing these gentle giants?


  • Great White Code Red

    3:00pm

    Great White Code Red

    Shark specialist Dr. Geremy Cliff and sensory biologist Dr. Craig O'Connell have joined forces to unlock the hunting secrets of the ocean's perfect predator, the great white shark. To do so, they'll go beneath its skin, dissecting the giant to reveal the six incredible senses that drive this powerful creature to the ultimate attack. Enter the operating room and see how the great white is not a cold-blooded killer to fear, but an evolutionary marvel that should be respected and revered.


  • Break and Enter

    4:00pm

    System Crash: Break and Enter

    Take a disturbing trip to the dark side of the Internet, where cyber crooks pose a constant threat to our finances, privacy, even our national security. See how hackers can attack major corporations and bring entire countries to a standstill, and what, if anything, we can do to stop them.


  • The Ghost of U-513

    5:00pm

    Secrets of the Third Reich: The Ghost of U-513

    The pride of the wolfpacks, German sub U-513, became a tomb for all but seven of her crew after being bombed by a U.S. patrol plane in 1943. The U-boat then vanished off the South American coast, where it was lost for more than 68 years. Now, witness the ghost ship's story through rare archival footage and interviews with U-boat vets, and follow the Brazilian entrepreneur who set out to uncover her buried secrets.


  • FPSO Maersk Peregrino

    6:00pm

    Mighty Ships: FPSO Maersk Peregrino

    Years of planning, $1.5 billion in spending, and 16 million man-hours of labor have come down to this moment. Super tanker Maersk Peregrino is being converted into one of the largest, floating oil production facilities in the world. Stationed off the coast of Brazil, she'll pump, store and off-load billions of dollars worth of crude oil. But first, the crew must complete the makeover. Follow the crew as they attempt to finish an operation fraught with challenges, including strong currents, heavy winds, and even government bureaucracy.


  • The World Ablaze

    8:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War: The World Ablaze

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tragic images of the US Navy fleet burning and sinking at anchor have been engraved in memory as Roosevelt's "date which will live in infamy." Now, for the first time, see Japanese pilots and crewmen waking up in the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, as they prepare to attack their powerful neighbor across the ocean. In 1941 it is anything but obvious, but the tide has already begun to turn against the Axis powers.


  • Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    9:00pm

    Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    Forensic archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls has been granted unprecedented access to excavate one of history's greatest crime scenes: Hitler's secret extermination camp in the Polish village of Treblinka. Here, between 1942 and 1943, 900,000 Jews were sent to their deaths, but for 70 years, all evidence of the camp and its victims had vanished... until now. Follow the quest to unearth the processing rooms, gas chambers, and mass graves Hitler tried to erase from existence and journey into the dark heart of the Nazi's Final Solution.


  • The World Ablaze

    11:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War: The World Ablaze

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tragic images of the US Navy fleet burning and sinking at anchor have been engraved in memory as Roosevelt's "date which will live in infamy." Now, for the first time, see Japanese pilots and crewmen waking up in the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, as they prepare to attack their powerful neighbor across the ocean. In 1941 it is anything but obvious, but the tide has already begun to turn against the Axis powers.


  • Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    12:00am

    Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    Forensic archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls has been granted unprecedented access to excavate one of history's greatest crime scenes: Hitler's secret extermination camp in the Polish village of Treblinka. Here, between 1942 and 1943, 900,000 Jews were sent to their deaths, but for 70 years, all evidence of the camp and its victims had vanished... until now. Follow the quest to unearth the processing rooms, gas chambers, and mass graves Hitler tried to erase from existence and journey into the dark heart of the Nazi's Final Solution.


  • Subtle Incapacitation

    1:00am

    Air Disasters: Subtle Incapacitation

    Five minutes into Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, something goes wrong. The pilots lose control of their aircraft, and before they can regain command, they begin an unstoppable descent into the Mediterranean Sea. All 90 aboard are dead and experts are scrambling for answers. There was a storm, but was it big enough to take down a 737? Or was there a more ominous explanation? Experience the terrifying disaster of January 25, 2010, and follow the investigation that led to a finding so controversial, some still refuse to believe it.


  • Break and Enter

    2:00am

    System Crash: Break and Enter

    Take a disturbing trip to the dark side of the Internet, where cyber crooks pose a constant threat to our finances, privacy, even our national security. See how hackers can attack major corporations and bring entire countries to a standstill, and what, if anything, we can do to stop them.


  • Elephants in the Room

    3:00am

    Elephants in the Room

    At a five-star lodge in Zambia, a bizarre phenomenon is stumping wildlife experts and delighting tourists. An elephant family, led by a matriarch named Wonky Tusk, is overtaking the lobby. Though elephants can be violent in the wild, here they climb the stairs of Mfuwe Lodge and grace past reception without bumping a chair. Why the paradox? Wildlife cameraman Nathan Pilcher is on a mission to find out. What he discovers may reveal elephants to be far more intelligent than we could've imagined.


  • Running with Wolves

    4:00am

    Running with Wolves

    Gudrun Pflueger, first seen in A Woman Among Wolves, returns to wolf country after a grueling and terrifying bout with cancer. Determined to fight for the wolves who gave her the strength to survive her illness, Pflueger battles freezing temperatures and personal setbacks to track the wolves in the wild. The data she collects in the wolves' dwindling habitat may one day help stave off extinction of this keystone species. Witness the dramatic story of survival and endurance that culminates in nothing less than a scientific miracle.


  • The North Pole Conspiracy

    5:00am

    The North Pole Conspiracy

    Two Arctic explorers fought harsh, bitter elements in separate quests to be the first to reach the North Pole. Little did they know that when they returned home, a more vicious battle would await them. Join our in-depth investigation into one of the great historical controversies of the 20th Century: Who was the first man to reach the final goal in the great Age of Exploration? Dr. Frederick Cook or Robert Peary? This thrilling detective story is brought to life with arresting re-enactments and insights from researchers, polar explorers and photogrammetric experts.