Schedule for July 23, 2014(all times ET/PT)

7/23/2014
  • Sacred Sites: Ireland

    6:00am

    Sacred Sites: Ireland

    Ireland's history is steeped in religion and mystery. Why did its people stop worshipping the earth 5,000 years ago? Did St. Patrick really act alone in converting the Irish to Christianity in the 5th century? Historians, astronomers, and other scientists believe answers to these and other questions lie in the stars. Discover the role that celestial occurrences have played in Irish religious beliefs and practices as we explore ancient hallowed sites and even the heavens above.


  • Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia

    7:00am

    Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia

    On January 13, 2012, the largest passenger shipwreck in history occurred when the Costa Concordia struck a submerged rock off Italy's Tuscan coast. Once a floating pleasure palace for more than 4,200 passengers and crew, the half-sunken ship spent the next two years as a grisly tourist attraction...and an ecological time bomb. Relive the night of her crash, captured on video by those aboard the liner. Then witness the monumental engineering challenge that followed as 500 experts from 24 nations teamed up to pry this 114,000-ton ship from her rocky grave.


  • The Celts

    8:00am

    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.


  • Picturing the President: George Washington

    8:30am

    Picturing the President: George Washington

    We all know the many stories of George Washington, but what about the story behind his portrait, one of the most famous paintings in American history? Examine Gilbert Stuart's unforgettable portrait, which captures the spirit of this victorious general, stalwart leader, and pioneering president of the United States of America. The story of the painting reverberates to present times.


  • Wired Sharks

    9:00am

    HydroTech: Wired Sharks

    Adelaide, Australia - The appealing sand and surf of South Australia draws locals and tourists alike, but just beneath the waves lurks the Great White Shark. Man and shark frequently cross paths and when they do, the meeting is often fatal for one or the other. But what if we could learn where the sharks are going to be, before they even get there? Join us as we follow an Australian shark researcher as he comes face-to-face with the Great White and uses space-age technology to learn more about these mysterious predators.


  • Scourge of Fascism

    10:00am

    Mussolini in Color: Scourge of Fascism

    At the pinnacle of his dictatorial power, Benito Mussolini bent institutions, individuals and even his own family to his will. But an unholy alliance with Adolf Hitler would eventually lead to military failures and a shameful death. Based on letters, diaries, police reports, telephone taps, secret memos and expert interviews, this comprehensive and dramatic portrait reveals how the Iron Dictator became Hitler's political puppet and suffered a tragic downfall of Shakespearean intensity.


  • Nature's Matchmaker

    11:00am

    Nature's Matchmaker

    The business of the birds and the bees gets more complicated when it comes to the endangered species of the world. Female giant pandas are only fertile once a year, for 48 hours. Male Clouded Leopards often try to kill their mates. But when nature fails, science steps in. Join us as we follow Dr. JoGayle Howard, matchmaker, surgeon and reproductive sleuth on her mission to stave off extinction one litter at a time.


  • Thunderheads

    12:00pm

    Thunderheads

    In a daredevil quest into the eye of the storm, an intrepid group of scientists, researchers, and top-gun pilots-armed with the best high-tech gadgets money can buy-embark on a treacherous journey to understand the role of thunderstorms in the global warming puzzle. The 250 experts who comprise I.C.E. (the International Cloud Experiment) converge on Darwin, Australia, the lair of "Hector," one of the planet's largest thunderstorms. As the pilots perilously edge closer, they battle life-threatening turbulence, lightning, grapefruit-sized hail, microbursts, mysterious gravity waves, and mechanical mishaps.


  • Submarine Graveyard

    1:00pm

    Dive Detectives: Submarine Graveyard

    In the summer of 1944, two submarines, the USS Flier and the Robalo, vanished under a treacherous stretch of water in the Philippines. Neither sub has been found, nor a cause for why they sank. The Dive Detectives join forces with the son of The Flier's sole survivor to locate the lost submarine. And the deathbed revelation of a retired Naval officer helps launch the search for the Robalo. The clues are in place but with rough seas, killer sharks, and local pirates in their path, the two lost subs may be the least of their concerns.


  • Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    3:00pm

    Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Join us as we track the evolution of the crash test dummy, one spectacular car wreck at a time. We examine each member of the dummy family tree, from 1948's Thin Man, the grandfather of them all, to 1976's industry standard Hybrid III, to today's THOR, the $750,000 god of safety. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down.


  • The Exorcist

    4:00pm

    The Real Story: The Exorcist

    Perhaps the scariest part of "The Exorcist" is that it's not a work of complete fiction. We recount the 1949 exorcism of a young boy through reenactments and witness accounts. We also show how exorcism continues to this day and how neuroscientists' recent discoveries dispute this controversial, centuries-old ritual.


  • Proving Poison

    5:00pm

    Catching Killers: Proving Poison

    A rash of unexplained deaths at a Northport, New York hospital in the 1990s and the suspicious death of a wealthy businessman in the 1840s have one thing in common: poison. These sensational cases, 150 years apart, are landmark moments in the history of forensic toxicology. Revolutionizing crime fighting, then and now, toxicology may one day be ahead of the crime. Join our investigation as scientists, detectives and criminal historians trace the poisonous compounds and indispensable tools of crime fighting.


  • Sacred Sites: Ireland

    6:00pm

    Sacred Sites: Ireland

    Ireland's history is steeped in religion and mystery. Why did its people stop worshipping the earth 5,000 years ago? Did St. Patrick really act alone in converting the Irish to Christianity in the 5th century? Historians, astronomers, and other scientists believe answers to these and other questions lie in the stars. Discover the role that celestial occurrences have played in Irish religious beliefs and practices as we explore ancient hallowed sites and even the heavens above.


  • Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night

    7:00pm

    Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night

    The BBC called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." But on a stormy December night in 2006, before the world saw her as a superstar, she was simply Amy Winehouse, playing an acoustic set in a tiny church for an Irish TV music series. Witness that evening's searing performance, featuring songs from the album, Back To Black, including "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good." Then hear, in her own words, how the influences of Mahalia Jackson, Thelonious Monk, and even Salt-N-Pepa helped her forge her own jazz pop style.


  • Leopard Fight Club

    8:00pm

    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.


  • Meet the Meerkats

    9:00pm

    Meet the Meerkats

    They stand a foot tall, weigh just two pounds, and are one of the animal kingdom's most adorable creatures. But make no mistake: meerkats have what it takes to survive in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Follow Olivia and her family of five as they battle through a tough year, living under constant threat from predators in the Namib Desert. Relying on teamwork to survive, each will play a role in protecting their young, foraging for food, and fighting off their enemies...even when the enemy is one of their own.


  • Intensive Care

    10:00pm

    Baby Planet: Intensive Care

    Intensive care, like the baby animals in need of it, comes in all varieties. Follow the journey of a puma cub with a mysterious illness, a wombat found alive in his dead mother's pouch after a road accident, a tiny marmoset who's rejected by its mother, and an infant anteater facing starvation.


  • Leopard Fight Club

    11:00pm

    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.


  • Meet the Meerkats

    12:00am

    Meet the Meerkats

    They stand a foot tall, weigh just two pounds, and are one of the animal kingdom's most adorable creatures. But make no mistake: meerkats have what it takes to survive in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Follow Olivia and her family of five as they battle through a tough year, living under constant threat from predators in the Namib Desert. Relying on teamwork to survive, each will play a role in protecting their young, foraging for food, and fighting off their enemies...even when the enemy is one of their own.


  • Intensive Care

    1:00am

    Baby Planet: Intensive Care

    Intensive care, like the baby animals in need of it, comes in all varieties. Follow the journey of a puma cub with a mysterious illness, a wombat found alive in his dead mother's pouch after a road accident, a tiny marmoset who's rejected by its mother, and an infant anteater facing starvation.


  • Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night

    2:00am

    Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night

    The BBC called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." But on a stormy December night in 2006, before the world saw her as a superstar, she was simply Amy Winehouse, playing an acoustic set in a tiny church for an Irish TV music series. Witness that evening's searing performance, featuring songs from the album, Back To Black, including "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good." Then hear, in her own words, how the influences of Mahalia Jackson, Thelonious Monk, and even Salt-N-Pepa helped her forge her own jazz pop style.


  • Submarine Graveyard

    3:00am

    Dive Detectives: Submarine Graveyard

    In the summer of 1944, two submarines, the USS Flier and the Robalo, vanished under a treacherous stretch of water in the Philippines. Neither sub has been found, nor a cause for why they sank. The Dive Detectives join forces with the son of The Flier's sole survivor to locate the lost submarine. And the deathbed revelation of a retired Naval officer helps launch the search for the Robalo. The clues are in place but with rough seas, killer sharks, and local pirates in their path, the two lost subs may be the least of their concerns.


  • Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    4:00am

    Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Join us as we track the evolution of the crash test dummy, one spectacular car wreck at a time. We examine each member of the dummy family tree, from 1948's Thin Man, the grandfather of them all, to 1976's industry standard Hybrid III, to today's THOR, the $750,000 god of safety. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down.


  • Thunderheads

    5:00am

    Thunderheads

    In a daredevil quest into the eye of the storm, an intrepid group of scientists, researchers, and top-gun pilots-armed with the best high-tech gadgets money can buy-embark on a treacherous journey to understand the role of thunderstorms in the global warming puzzle. The 250 experts who comprise I.C.E. (the International Cloud Experiment) converge on Darwin, Australia, the lair of "Hector," one of the planet's largest thunderstorms. As the pilots perilously edge closer, they battle life-threatening turbulence, lightning, grapefruit-sized hail, microbursts, mysterious gravity waves, and mechanical mishaps.