Schedule for October 25, 2014(all times ET/PT)

10/25/2014
  • Polar Bear: Living on Thin Ice

    6:00am

    Polar Bear: Living on Thin Ice

    Enter the icy combat zone of the Arctic Circle, home to the biggest predator of the north, the polar bear. It's a realm full of creatures scarcely known to man, and for young polar bears, it's a world full of danger. Join us as we track two polar bear families over the course of one bitter year as they battle starvation, each other, and the damaging effects of climate change. Some will survive. Some will not. With an increase in global warming and a decrease in native hunting grounds, larger questions loom for the survival of these Arctic animals.


  • When Lions Attack

    7:00am

    When Lions Attack

    The dry season in northern Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park is as deadly as any predator. The rains stop, the temperatures rise, and the water sources evaporate, pushing herbivores past the normal boundaries of caution and into dangerous territory. Two lion families patiently await their arrival, one, a team of rookies, the other, seasoned pros, each with one shared goal: to hunt the thirsty herds. Get a remarkable look at their daily battles for survival as we take you on an action-packed journey into one of the wildest springs in Africa.


  • The Real Lion Queen

    8:00am

    The Real Lion Queen

    The circle of life is broken in Zambia's Liuwa Plains National Park. Settlers, poachers, and professional hunters have almost wiped out the lion population, leaving just one lioness in the vast wilderness... but not for long. This is the story of "Lady Liuwa," a lion queen without a kingdom, and Herbert Brauer, a wildlife cinematographer on a six-year journey to find her a mate in hopes of forming a new pride. It's a mission full of setbacks and disappointments, chaos and danger, and the magic of unexpected relationships.


  • Leopard Fight Club

    9:00am

    Leopard Fight Club

    Witness a remarkable coming-of-age story as we track a young leopard's journey from rookie to royalty in South Africa's lethal Big Five landscape. When we first meet Jack, he's clumsy, fearful, and weak, but he's a fast learner... and he'll need to be. He's destined for a showdown with the area's current leopard monarch, an alpha male with a real mean streak. We follow Jack as he hones his skills and builds up muscle for the ultimate catfight. It's a battle where only the winner will walk out alive.


  • William Edward Boeing

    10:00am

    Pioneers Turned Millionaires: William Edward Boeing

    His path was a continual journey into the unknown, but William Boeing's life story is one of amazing ascent, from a trouble-making child shipped off to a Swiss boarding school to a starry-eyed adult who reached for the skies when few others dared. Boeing's journey was marked by turbulence and triumphs on his long path to creating a global enterprise. Take your seat as we follow the seminal moments of a life driven by passion, not profits, and a career that influenced the events of World War I, the Prohibition-era, and the Great Depression.


  • C-17 Globemaster III

    11:00am

    Mighty Planes: C-17 Globemaster III

    The C-17 Globemaster III is the most versatile cargo plane in the U.S. Air Force fleet. It's a tireless workhorse, designed to carry more than 170,000 pounds of cargo, yet agile enough to land and take off on short, rough runways. Watch as two of these $200 million jets take off on separate missions. One ventures into an intense war training operation over unforgiving terrain, while the other embarks on a grueling three-day journey to deliver missile launchers from a remote Pacific island to California. Both jobs will push these C-17s to the limit.


  • Stealth: Flying Invisible

    1:00pm

    Stealth: Flying Invisible

    Learn the secrets, strengths, and fatal flaws of the fighter plane that changed the landscape of air dominance in the 1990s-until it all came crashing down. See the first interview with Dale Zelko, the only pilot to ever be shot down in a stealth fighter, and the Bosnian soldier who fired the shots responsible for that crash. And follow the quest for the ultimate undetectable aircraft, from the U-2 to the F-117 Nighthawk, through the eyes of the scientists, historians, and aviators who developed this technology.


  • Martin Mars

    2:00pm

    Mighty Planes: Martin Mars

    When firefighters are powerless to extinguish wildfires on the ground, Martin Mars is the go-to aircraft to battle blazes from above. This water bomber has 8,000 missions under its belt, but this next assignment may be the toughest one yet. Take to the skies and witness an aerial assault against one of the worst fire seasons in Mexico's history. Over 16 days, this mighty plane will scoop and dump more than half a million tons of water on the flames, but mechanical breakdowns, severe weather, and exhaustion threaten to end the mission first.


  • Wilderness

    3:00pm

    Aerial America: Wilderness

    Some are vital sanctuaries for endangered species. Some can only be reached by plane. All are magnificent. These are the untamed pockets of the U.S. protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Take a cross-country flight over icy landscapes in Alaska's Denali, vast wetlands in Florida's Everglades, and over 100 million acres of badlands, deserts, and mountains where nature rules. Then learn how the nation's wildest places are tied to America's native history, its pioneering spirit, its extraordinary leaders, and its untouched beauty.


  • New Mexico

    4:00pm

    Aerial America: New Mexico

    Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life," and this aerial tour of the state will show you exactly why. Take flight over 121,000 square miles of timeless beauty and national treasures, from the Rio Grande, to adobe structures and dormant volcanoes. See what brought O'Keeffe to the Land of Enchantment, as well as Billy the Kid, the makers of the atomic bomb and perhaps even visitors from far away galaxies.


  • Wanted: Anaconda

    5:00pm

    Wanted: Anaconda

    Few snakes are feared more and understood less than the Anaconda. Shrouded in mystery and exaggerated in legend, the world's largest serpent has gained the reputation of being a merciless, all-consuming monster. But is that based on fact or fiction? A crew of German wildlife photographers and biologists sets out on an expedition deep into the jungles and swamps of Guyana, determined to find the truth behind the myth of this awesome predator.


  • Titanoboa: Monster Snake

    6:00pm

    Titanoboa: Monster Snake

    In the pantheon of predators, it's one of the greatest discoveries since the T-Rex: a snake 48 feet long, weighing in at 2,500 pounds. Uncovered from a treasure trove of fossils in a Colombian coal mine, this serpent is revealing a lost world of giant creatures. Travel back to the period following the extinction of dinosaurs and encounter this monster predator.


  • Great Pyramid

    8:00pm

    Secrets: Great Pyramid

    The Great Pyramid at Giza is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence and one of history's greatest mysteries. How was the 50-story monument built by a Bronze Age society with only simple hand tools at their disposal? Follow experts Mark Lehner and Peter James as they attempt to solve this puzzle, armed with a radical new approach and a 4,500-year-old diary that gives an eyewitness account of the monument's construction.


  • The Center of the World, Part 1

    9:00pm

    China's Forbidden City: The Center of the World, Part 1

    Explore the origins of the Forbidden City, the savage and self-appointed emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ordered its construction, and the architect whose cosmic vision brought ritualistic significance to every detail. The greatest palace ever built was constructed with miraculous speed but harbored fatal flaws and became marked by a devastating fire that foreshadowed the city's ultimate fate-and that of the Ming Dynasty.


  • The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2

    10:00pm

    China's Forbidden City: The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2

    A simple concubine, one of sixty women serving the Xianfeng Emperor, rose to become the de facto ruler of the Qing dynasty. This is the story of Cixi, who, using charisma, political shrewdness, and manipulation, governed the Forbidden City through the latter half of the nineteenth century, and who, by breaking with tradition, may have heralded the end of an empire.


  • Great Pyramid

    11:00pm

    Secrets: Great Pyramid

    The Great Pyramid at Giza is the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence and one of history's greatest mysteries. How was the 50-story monument built by a Bronze Age society with only simple hand tools at their disposal? Follow experts Mark Lehner and Peter James as they attempt to solve this puzzle, armed with a radical new approach and a 4,500-year-old diary that gives an eyewitness account of the monument's construction.


  • The Center of the World, Part 1

    12:00am

    China's Forbidden City: The Center of the World, Part 1

    Explore the origins of the Forbidden City, the savage and self-appointed emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ordered its construction, and the architect whose cosmic vision brought ritualistic significance to every detail. The greatest palace ever built was constructed with miraculous speed but harbored fatal flaws and became marked by a devastating fire that foreshadowed the city's ultimate fate-and that of the Ming Dynasty.


  • The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2

    1:00am

    China's Forbidden City: The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2

    A simple concubine, one of sixty women serving the Xianfeng Emperor, rose to become the de facto ruler of the Qing dynasty. This is the story of Cixi, who, using charisma, political shrewdness, and manipulation, governed the Forbidden City through the latter half of the nineteenth century, and who, by breaking with tradition, may have heralded the end of an empire.


  • No End in Sight

    2:00am

    Dangerous Flights: No End in Sight

    Pete Zaccagnino and Brad White's frustration with the lemon they're flying to the Philippines turns to terror when the plane's windshield heater malfunctions over Alaska. Watch their hellish landing as Pete, with nothing but an icy view in front of him, must rely on instincts and experience to bring the aircraft down. Then witness a battle for command halfway around the world, as Kerry McCauley and Stu Sprung fight for the right to captain a high-tech, high performance Cirrus on its epic journey of almost 12,000 miles from Singapore to the U.S.


  • Cockpit Crisis

    3:00am

    Dangerous Flights: Cockpit Crisis

    Ferry fliers Stu Sprung and Kerry McCauley are caught in the teeth of a desert storm while flying over the Middle East. Navigating around the thunderhead is not an option, as it would take them into Iraqi airspace. Meanwhile, their boss Cory Bengtzen and Randy McGehee are caught in their own battle for survival, flying through Northeastern Russia. Witness the effects of hypothermia firsthand as the two desperately fight to keep their mental clarity and their body temperatures up amid rapidly dropping temperatures.


  • Onslaught

    4:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain: Onslaught

    The Romans came to Britain and conquered it, ruling the island for centuries. But why did they come and how did they succeed in the face of the inhabitants' ferocious resistance? Go back in time to see how they inspired shock and awe. Host Bettany Hughes analyzes the motives and actions of Roman emperors and generals, and of their opponents like Caratacus, a warrior from southeast England who became a hero to the Britons.


  • Revolt

    5:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain: Revolt

    Under Roman rule, Britain became a civilized nation. Roads were built, governments were formed, and the land's bountiful resources of minerals, grain, and timber were harvested. But as Rome's profits grew off its exploitation of the land, so too did resistance from North Wales and other areas of Britain. Using the latest archaeological and scientific research, combined with spectacular war re-enactments, we examine this turning point in the occupation, as a rising British rebellion forced Rome to spread out its already diluted armada.