Schedule for September 30, 2014(all times ET/PT)

9/30/2014
  • Big Cats of the Savannah

    6:00am

    Big Cats of the Savannah

    The grasslands of Africa are a banquet for feline predators. The unique grasses attract herbivores by the millions including herds of wildebeests and zebras who come to graze in spite of the danger of being eaten themselves. Take a closer look at the African savannah as we explore the hunting and nurturing habits of lions, leopards and cheetahs inside one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth.


  • Cheetah: Price of Speed

    7:00am

    Cheetah: Price of Speed

    The cheetah excels at acceleration, gathering speeds of over 60 MPH in just a few strides. It runs down high-speed prey faster than any mammal on Earth, but its quickness comes at a cost. For one mother raising three cubs, the stakes are especially high. Her lack of stamina results in many failed attempts to capture prey, and as a single parent, hunting means leaving her cubs unattended and vulnerable to other predators of the Serengeti. The race for survival is on. The cheetah has the speed, but does she have the endurance to make it?


  • Coral Kingdoms

    8:00am

    Undersea Edens: Coral Kingdoms

    Off the coast of Australia's Heron Island lies the Great Barrier Reef, a 1,200-mile natural wonder, visible from outer space. This 6,000-year old underwater empire hosts myriad species of coral and holds some of the world's most iconic animals like clownfish, green sea turtles and barracuda. It also teeters on the brink of collapse. We investigate how manmade conditions have damaged one reef, but spawned another, courtesy of a sunken luxury liner that now serves as a vibrant, living memorial.


  • The Emerald Isle

    8:30am

    Sky View: The Emerald Isle

    Enjoy a scenic journey over Ireland's most stunning landmarks. Discover Donegal and its bay, and then journey to the impressive mountain of Ben Bulben. Finally, we visit a Bronze Age cemetery set on a hilltop of the Bricklieve Mountains, overlooking Lough Arrow.


  • 9/11: Stories in Fragments

    9:00am

    9/11: Stories in Fragments

    How do you grasp an event as enormous as September 11? At the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, you start small: A briefcase, a Blackberry, a victim's sweatshirt, and a hero's nametag. Simple objects that tell personal stories, recounted in the donors' own words. Stories from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA remind us that the legacy of 9/11 is not fear - it's friendship, courage, and ordinary people pushed by extraordinary circumstances. Their stories deserve to be remembered across decades and generations. By telling them, we triumph over tragedy.


  • A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    10:00am

    A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the battle that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.


  • Platoon

    11:00am

    The Real Story: Platoon

    Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning film "Platoon" brought the true horror of the Vietnam War to the big screen. Based on Stone's own experiences as a soldier in the conflict, the film captivated millions of viewers all over the world. But how much of the film was real and how much was Hollywood fiction? To reveal the real story, we recreate scenes; uncover a radio transmission from the battle that inspired the movie's climax, and interview writer/director Oliver Stone and cast member Willem Dafoe.


  • The Da Vinci Code

    12:00pm

    The Real Story: The Da Vinci Code

    The Hollywood blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" captivated audiences worldwide while outraging the Catholic Church. Its plot line, suggesting Jesus was married and fathered children, is presented as fact but how much of the movie is really true? Did da Vinci actually leave hidden clues in his paintings? Is there indeed a secret society protecting the bloodline of Christ? Join our team of real-life code breakers, Renaissance experts, and professors of religion and language as we uncover the truth behind this controversial film.


  • Inside the Vatican

    1:00pm

    Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the Vatican

    The museums of Vatican City contain some of the most remarkable objects on Earth. Raphael masterpieces, the Sistine Chapel, and tens of thousands of underexplored historical documents are distributed among nine museums rife with history. Astonishing objects embody compelling tales involving clashing egos, gory conflicts, and shocking censorship. Join us as we climb scaffolds, walk dim corridors, and examine ancient parchments and unbelievable art to uncover secrets from Rome's past and reopen chapters from history.


  • Part 1

    2:00pm

    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.


  • Part 2

    3:00pm

    Cromwell: God's Executioner: Part 2

    In part two, Cromwell's army unexpectedly begins to founder as he fails to take two key strategic positions at Duncannon and Waterford. Then, in the driving rain of Kilmacthomas, his army reaches a low point when it is reduced by disease and slowed by the foul weather.


  • Day of the Kamikaze

    5:30pm

    Day of the Kamikaze

    Trace the origins of kamikaze battle, and relive two days of horror in 1945, when the Japanese launched "Operation Heaven" against the allied fleet in the Pacific. This award-winning documentary details the biggest and bloodiest suicide attack in history, with unforgettable footage and eyewitness accounts.


  • The Hittites

    8:00pm

    The Hittites

    How can a civilization that heavily influenced our language, legal system, mythology, and the Bible possibly be forgotten? Through thrilling reenactments and on-location interviews with world-renowned experts, we examine the world of the Hittites, a dynasty that, 3,500 years ago, vanquished armies, toppled empires, and fought off plagues-yet somehow got lost in the annals of history.


  • The Celts

    10:30pm

    The Lost Gods: The Celts

    As they faded into history, their gods died with them. Discover the lost religion of the ancient Celts, whose druid priests presided over polytheistic rituals and ceremonies until Christianity replaced the old beliefs.


  • The Hittites

    11:00pm

    The Hittites

    How can a civilization that heavily influenced our language, legal system, mythology, and the Bible possibly be forgotten? Through thrilling reenactments and on-location interviews with world-renowned experts, we examine the world of the Hittites, a dynasty that, 3,500 years ago, vanquished armies, toppled empires, and fought off plagues-yet somehow got lost in the annals of history.


  • The Celts

    1:30am

    The Lost Gods: The Celts

    As they faded into history, their gods died with them. Discover the lost religion of the ancient Celts, whose druid priests presided over polytheistic rituals and ceremonies until Christianity replaced the old beliefs.


  • 9/11: Stories in Fragments

    2:00am

    9/11: Stories in Fragments

    How do you grasp an event as enormous as September 11? At the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, you start small: A briefcase, a Blackberry, a victim's sweatshirt, and a hero's nametag. Simple objects that tell personal stories, recounted in the donors' own words. Stories from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA remind us that the legacy of 9/11 is not fear - it's friendship, courage, and ordinary people pushed by extraordinary circumstances. Their stories deserve to be remembered across decades and generations. By telling them, we triumph over tragedy.


  • A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    3:00am

    A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the battle that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.


  • The Hunt for Bin Laden

    4:00am

    The Hunt for Bin Laden

    On May 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 bombings, was killed by American special forces, marking an end to the longest, most expensive manhunt in American history. Witness the 20-year search for the most wanted man on Earth, as counter-terrorism experts in the White House, the CIA, and the FBI divulge their firsthand accounts. This inside story reveals the presidential frustrations, missed opportunities, and vicious turf wars that tainted the operation right up until the night Navy SEALs ended Bin Laden's reign of terror.