Schedule for September 22, 2014(all times ET/PT)

9/22/2014
  • Claws, Paws and Fins

    6:00am

    Zoo Vets: Claws, Paws and Fins

    Enter the unpredictable ER environment behind the scenes of our nation's largest zoos. Every day brings new and baffling challenges, forcing vets into the roles of surgeons, dentists, caregivers, and innovators as they take on an almost endless variety of anatomies, personalities, and peculiarities.


  • Turf War: Lions and Hippos

    7:30am

    Turf War: Lions and Hippos

    The merciless dry season has scorched Africa's Luangwa Rift Valley and ignited an extraordinary battle between the king of beasts and their three-ton foes. Here on the banks of a dwindling river, lions and hippos fight for territory along this last source of life, a clash that grows more heated as the water level continues to drop. Enter a world where deadly force meets lethal power, where cubs and calves become collateral damage, and where a bull's fearsome leadership and a mother lion's devotion set the stage for a true-life drama.


  • Hippo Ganglands

    8:30am

    Hippo Ganglands

    There's a gang war happening in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, a battle among hippos for territory, dominance, mating rights, and survival. The reason? Dry season: a seven-month drought that forces over 30,000 hippos to the deepest part of the river to stay wet and cool. Follow these three-ton beasts as they fight lions, crocodiles, and other hippo gangs, struggling to stay alive until the next rainfall. Only then can they return to the lush paradise they once called home.


  • Top Secret

    9:30am

    Stories from the Vaults: Top Secret

    Tom unlocks some of the Smithsonian's most compelling mysteries. Can an artist outsmart the world's top spies? How does a missile filled with mail make a political statement to the world? These questions-and many more-will be answered.


  • Stornes

    10:00am

    Mighty Ships: Stornes

    In the competitive world of offshore oil and gas, Stornes keep things on a level playing field. Her job is to lay rocks onto the ocean floor and flatten the foundation where pipelines are laid. Built to be the most advanced and automated ship in her class, it's time to prove her might on a deep-water mission off the coast of Norway. The Norwegian Sea is volatile, but it is faulty equipment, not fierce waters, that threatens to put the mission, and Stornes in serious peril.


  • The Da Vinci Code

    11:00am

    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.


  • The Da Vinci Detective

    12:00pm

    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.


  • The Romans

    2:00pm

    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 Egyptians

    2:30pm

    The Lost Gods: The Egyptians

    The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with divinity, death, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Visit Saqqara, south of Cairo, where the Egyptians learned the technique of mummification and built the first pyramid. Explore the ruins at Abydos, Karnak and Luxor, and Philae, the site of the last hieroglyphics and a little-known shrine to Egypt's lost gods.


  • The Celts

    3:00pm

    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 Golden Age of Zeppelins

    3:30pm

    The Golden Age of Zeppelins

    Witness an idyllic time in aviation history. Archival footage, historical illustrations, modern HD video, and interviews with aviation experts put you aboard the Graf Zeppelin and one of the largest aircraft ever built, the Hindenburg.


  • B2: Stealth at War

    4:00pm

    B2: Stealth at War

    The most expensive and specialized airplane ever built, the B2 Stealth bomber carries a price tag of more than two billion dollars. Highly effective and extremely technically advanced, it has been an integral part of the Air Force arsenal for the past 20 years. From a Cold War scrap heap candidate, to the go-to bomber in the 2011 strike against Qaddafi's army in Libya, "Spirit" has seen its share of trials and triumphs. Join us as we detail how this secret weapon evolved to overcome critics, espionage, and even tragedy, to change the shape of aviation forever.


  • Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25

    5:00pm

    Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25

    In 1979, a Vietnam vet named Jan Scruggs had a vision to create a memorial to the 2.7 million Americans who served in the nation's longest and most controversial war. Despite initial cynicism and opposition, the Memorial was built in 1982. The black granite wall, designed by Yale undergraduate Maya Lin, was called a black gash of shame and stirred up so much controversy that the whole project was almost stopped. Every year, millions of visitors visit the iconic wall, some to pay tribute and others to heal old wounds.


  • America's Greatest Monuments

    6:00pm

    America's Greatest Monuments

    They are studied in school and visited by millions. They are world-renowned symbols of our nation. But they are also shrouded in misinformation, mystery, and mythology. How much do we really know about America's greatest monuments? From war memorials, to monuments honoring America's founding fathers, to Arlington's eternal flame, these soaring tributes in stone, steel, soil, and sky have amazing stories to tell. They are a permanent record of our nation's history and our evolution into the world's greatest democracy-a country of the people.


  • The Hunt

    7:00pm

    Battle for the Atlantic: The Hunt

    "Wolfpacks," teams of German U-boats that attack at night, are sinking convoys of allied ships along with Britain's hopes of ever controlling the Atlantic. However, the development of radar allows escort warships to lock in on U-boats ten miles away. This new technology, plus the lucky discovery of German codebooks and equipment, gives Britain the upper hand, but the triumph is short-lived. Hitler orders the mass production of U-boats and the carnage continues. Britain needs America's help, and thanks to the Japanese, their wish comes true.


  • Throne of Power

    8:00pm

    Angkor: Land of the Gods: Throne of Power

    The most spectacular architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor were built after its darkest days. Journey with us as we trace the rise of Jayavarman VII who, after being exiled, became king of the Khmer Empire following his defeat of the Champa kingdom. See how the sprawling city complex of Angkor Thom grew under his rule to support the vibrant and thriving Khmer civilization. Witness the palaces and temples he built, as they first appeared hundreds of years ago, before time and nature took its toll on this once great city.


  • Stonehenge Empire

    9:00pm

    Stonehenge Empire

    For centuries, Stonehenge has been cloaked in mystery. Who built it? How did they do it? Why did they do it and what is its significance? Now, a team of archaeologists takes a high-tech approach to find out, and their discoveries will exceed all expectations. Learn the full story of the world's most investigated prehistoric site, featuring a forgotten people who were meticulous planners, profound believers and true warriors. It's a 10,000-year-old tale, pieced together by state-of-the-art survey equipment and compelling archaeological evidence.


  • Throne of Power

    11:00pm

    Angkor: Land of the Gods: Throne of Power

    The most spectacular architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor were built after its darkest days. Journey with us as we trace the rise of Jayavarman VII who, after being exiled, became king of the Khmer Empire following his defeat of the Champa kingdom. See how the sprawling city complex of Angkor Thom grew under his rule to support the vibrant and thriving Khmer civilization. Witness the palaces and temples he built, as they first appeared hundreds of years ago, before time and nature took its toll on this once great city.


  • Stonehenge Empire

    12:00am

    Stonehenge Empire

    For centuries, Stonehenge has been cloaked in mystery. Who built it? How did they do it? Why did they do it and what is its significance? Now, a team of archaeologists takes a high-tech approach to find out, and their discoveries will exceed all expectations. Learn the full story of the world's most investigated prehistoric site, featuring a forgotten people who were meticulous planners, profound believers and true warriors. It's a 10,000-year-old tale, pieced together by state-of-the-art survey equipment and compelling archaeological evidence.


  • Dominion

    2:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain: Dominion

    Once considered a mere nuisance, Scottish barbarians and opposition tribes were growing in numbers. Rome's centuries-long hold on Britain was quickly slipping from its weakening grasp. Its diluted army could no longer fight off the enemy, which cost them dearly, not only in military loss, but also in trade and business. Witness the beginning of the end of the Great Empire as we reconstruct some of the opposition's most daring raids, and discover why the Romans were unable to muster the energy to save themselves and their reign over Britannia.


  • Wings of Honor

    3:00am

    Wings of Honor

    Three veterans from "The Greatest Generation" are invited to the National World War II Memorial as part of a program called the Honor Flights. The celebration culminates in a visit to a monument commemorating their years of service, generating waves of pride and a flood of memories.


  • 21st Century Elephant

    4:00am

    21st Century Elephant

    Elephants live a privileged life in the wild, surrounded by a strong family unit and threatened by very few predators. However, in areas where they live side by side with humans, it's a much different story. We track land's biggest mammal around the globe to see how they cope in our modern world, and how man impacts their lives in both negative and positive ways. From the giant bulls of the African bushveld to the timber elephants of Asia, we follow these gentle giants and the dedicated men and women helping them to change with the times.


  • Big Cats of the Savannah

    5:00am

    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.