Schedule for August 2, 2014(all times ET/PT)

8/2/2014
  • The Da Vinci Detective

    6:00am

    The Da Vinci Detective

    One of the only real-life characters in Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," Maurizio Seracini is a controversial scientist on the trail of two fascinating unsolved mysteries. For thirty years, he has searched for a lost Leonardo Da Vinci mural unseen since the 1540s. Along the way, he has uncovered a series of magnificent Da Vinci drawings that were hidden for years. Follow along with the Smithsonian Channel as all of the clues fall into place.


  • Part 1

    8:00am

    Cromwell: God's Executioner: Part 1

    From 1649-50, Oliver Cromwell, the Protestant Lord Protector of England, waged a brutal campaign of total war against the Catholic and Royalist citizenry of Ireland, remaining a polarizing cultural figure in both countries centuries later. In part one, Cromwell's initial attacks against the Catholic and Royalist forces are successful, resulting in atrocities at Drogheda and Wexford and the death of opposition leader Owen Roe O'Neill.


  • Golden Raft of El Dorado

    9:00am

    Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado

    A ten-inch golden statue discovered in a cave near Bogota may be the key to the greatest treasure never found: El Dorado. For centuries, rumors of a "Lost City of Gold" attracted explorers and fortune hunters to the Colombian Andes in search of riches. Now, after 500 years of futility and bloodshed, investigators try to finish the job, using the found statue, a beautiful model of a golden raft, as their guide. See legend and fact collide as we apply forensic techniques and decipher ancient documents to uncover the truth behind the myth.


  • The Silence of the Lambs

    10:00am

    The Real Story: The Silence of the Lambs

    Meet the deranged serial killers and the determined FBI agents who inspired one of Hollywood's most terrifying thrillers and gave Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster the roles of a lifetime. We go behind the scenes at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit to meet the profilers who became the basis for Harris's characters and to uncover the details of real-life murderers Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, and others.


  • Saving Species

    11:00am

    Baby Planet: Saving Species

    Behind-the-scenes at wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, and animal parks, vets and caregivers strive beyond simply saving a species-they want to prompt a new animal baby boom. See infant bears, lions, lemurs, and leopards surviving and thriving, thanks to these dedicated men and women.


  • The Real Lion Queen

    12:00pm

    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.


  • Doomsday in Tunguska

    1:00pm

    Doomsday in Tunguska

    On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused. Some speculate asteroids, space aliens and black holes were the culprit. Others focus on the earth, pinning the blame on everything from subterranean volcanoes to acclaimed physicist Nikola Tesla. Join the ongoing investigation over what caused one of the biggest explosions in history.


  • Pilot Error

    2:00pm

    Terror in the Skies: Pilot Error

    One pilot falls asleep in the cockpit. Another suffers a panic attack in the cabin. Yet another, distracted by his laptop, overshoots his destination by 150 miles. Are these freak occurrences or the new normal in air travel? Witness pilot mishaps, as revealed through shocking footage captured by passengers on their cameras and phones. These firsthand accounts, combined with newly released cockpit recordings, give a chilling view into the world of overstressed, undertrained pilots, and what it could mean to passengers if changes aren't made.


  • America's Hangar

    3:00pm

    America's Hangar

    The famous aircraft of the first century of flight can only be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, housed in Washington, DC, and in the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Discover the inspirational stories and amazing aircraft of legendary pilots and daring astronauts, like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Amelia Earhart.


  • Hitler's General

    7:00pm

    Secrets of the Third Reich: Hitler's General

    Erwin Rommel was Hitler's favorite general, a military marvel and the German Army's idol. He was also a morally conflicted high-ranking member of the Nazi Party, often refusing to carry out extreme orders and ultimately aiding an assassination plot against the Fuhrer. What happened? The truth about the Desert Fox reveals one of the most complex and intriguing figures of World War II. Join us as we trace his rise and fall through rare archival footage and interviews with Rommel biographers, historians, and the general's own family.


  • Crushing Defeat

    8:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War: Crushing Defeat

    Holland, Belgium, Norway, and once-mighty France. One by one, allied and neutral countries alike find themselves outmaneuvered and overrun by a ruthless, seemingly unstoppable Wehrmacht. Rare footage reveals British and French forces packed like sardines on the beaches of Dunkirk, panic and exodus from Paris, German soldiers gloating over their captives or stuck in military traffic in the Ardennes, the burning of Rotterdam, the terrifying sirens of Stuka dive-bombers as they slaughtered soldiers and civilians alike. The fear and anguish of ordinary Europeans are brought to vivid life as, one by one, their countries share the terrible fate of Poland.


  • America's Yellowstone

    10:00pm

    America's Yellowstone

    Welcome to Yellowstone, America's oldest and largest national park. Lose yourself in the majestic landscapes that serve as a giant natural laboratory, with over three million geysers, fifty species of mammals, and three hundred species of birds.


  • Crushing Defeat

    11:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War: Crushing Defeat

    Holland, Belgium, Norway, and once-mighty France. One by one, allied and neutral countries alike find themselves outmaneuvered and overrun by a ruthless, seemingly unstoppable Wehrmacht. Rare footage reveals British and French forces packed like sardines on the beaches of Dunkirk, panic and exodus from Paris, German soldiers gloating over their captives or stuck in military traffic in the Ardennes, the burning of Rotterdam, the terrifying sirens of Stuka dive-bombers as they slaughtered soldiers and civilians alike. The fear and anguish of ordinary Europeans are brought to vivid life as, one by one, their countries share the terrible fate of Poland.


  • Focused on Failure

    12:00am

    Air Disasters: Focused on Failure

    Just minutes before touching down in Portland International Airport, all four engines of a DC-8 mysteriously flame out. With the aircraft dropping 3,000 feet per minute, the pilots realize they have no option but to crash land in the middle of a major American city. Witness the harrowing emergency landing of United Airlines Flight 173 in Portland, Oregon, and uncover the shocking reasons for its massive engine failure.


  • America's Yellowstone

    1:00am

    America's Yellowstone

    Welcome to Yellowstone, America's oldest and largest national park. Lose yourself in the majestic landscapes that serve as a giant natural laboratory, with over three million geysers, fifty species of mammals, and three hundred species of birds.


  • Hitler's General

    2:00am

    Secrets of the Third Reich: Hitler's General

    Erwin Rommel was Hitler's favorite general, a military marvel and the German Army's idol. He was also a morally conflicted high-ranking member of the Nazi Party, often refusing to carry out extreme orders and ultimately aiding an assassination plot against the Fuhrer. What happened? The truth about the Desert Fox reveals one of the most complex and intriguing figures of World War II. Join us as we trace his rise and fall through rare archival footage and interviews with Rommel biographers, historians, and the general's own family.


  • Part 1

    3:00am

    Cromwell: God's Executioner: Part 1

    From 1649-50, Oliver Cromwell, the Protestant Lord Protector of England, waged a brutal campaign of total war against the Catholic and Royalist citizenry of Ireland, remaining a polarizing cultural figure in both countries centuries later. In part one, Cromwell's initial attacks against the Catholic and Royalist forces are successful, resulting in atrocities at Drogheda and Wexford and the death of opposition leader Owen Roe O'Neill.


  • Saving Species

    4:00am

    Baby Planet: Saving Species

    Behind-the-scenes at wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, and animal parks, vets and caregivers strive beyond simply saving a species-they want to prompt a new animal baby boom. See infant bears, lions, lemurs, and leopards surviving and thriving, thanks to these dedicated men and women.


  • Doomsday in Tunguska

    5:00am

    Doomsday in Tunguska

    On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused. Some speculate asteroids, space aliens and black holes were the culprit. Others focus on the earth, pinning the blame on everything from subterranean volcanoes to acclaimed physicist Nikola Tesla. Join the ongoing investigation over what caused one of the biggest explosions in history.