Schedule for September 1, 2014(all times ET/PT)

9/1/2014
  • Secrets of the Taj Mahal

    6:00am

    Secrets of the Taj Mahal

    It is considered a wonder of the world, and one of the most popular tourist attractions on Earth, but few realize that the Taj Mahal was built as a monument to eternal love. This is the story of Shah Jahan, ruler of India's mighty Mogul Empire, and his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, and of a love too perfect to survive. The Queen's tragic death moved Jahan to construct a shrine worthy of her name, but with this iconic structure, he would ultimately pay a terrible price to complete his life's work.


  • Taj Mahal

    7:00am

    Mystery Files: Taj Mahal

    The Taj Mahal in Agra, India is a World Wonder, famed for its near perfect symmetry. It is the world's greatest tourist attraction, and arguably the greatest public declaration of lost love ever created. Over the last 350 years, it has spawned numerous tall tales, perhaps the most famous myth of all: that its creator, the heart-broken Moghul ruler Shah Jahan planned to build a black marble twin of the Taj. Is this one of the greatest lost buildings in history or Indian legend? Join us as scholars, archeologists and excavators dig up the truth.


  • The Hittites

    7:30am

    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.


  • Le Boreal

    10:00am

    Mighty Ships: Le Boreal

    For the adventurous seafarer, Le Boreal leaves all other cruise ships in its wake. Passengers pay up to $15,000 for the opportunity to board this luxurious liner, but they're not here to be pampered. They pay to enter a continent few will ever experience: Antarctica. Join us on Le Boreal's maiden voyage, as she travels in high style to the bottom of the world. To get there, she will venture into the harshest maritime environment on Earth, and it will take every bit of her staff's skills to reach their destination on time and in one piece.


  • Titanic's Final Mystery

    12:00pm

    Titanic's Final Mystery

    A century ago, the "unsinkable" Titanic plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. With each passing year, the myth surrounding the ship has grown, as have arguments over why and how she met her demise. However, a recent study blows all other theories out of the water. Follow Titanic detective Tim Maltin as he shares the results of his 20-year investigation. Combining thousands of hours of eyewitness testimony with modern scientific investigation, he reveals that the real culprits may have been forces beyond human control.


  • Master and Commander

    2:00pm

    The Real Story: Master and Commander

    Though it is a work of fiction, few films have been as meticulously researched as director Peter Weir's maritime masterpiece, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." The historians and experts who worked behind the scenes will now share the real story of how they brought their stunning recreation of the 19th-century seafaring adventure to the big screen. Join us as we detail the brutal conditions of life at sea, and reveal the real-life swashbuckling captain who inspired the Hollywood character "Lucky" Jack Aubrey.


  • The Sphinx

    3:00pm

    Secrets: The Sphinx

    It stands as tall as a six-story building and is the length of a jumbo jet. Egypt's Great Sphinx is the biggest single stone statue in existence, and the mysteries surrounding it are equally sizable. When was the monument built, and why? Was it an act of devotion or part of a much larger plan? Join a team of international investigators as they attempt to shed new light on these age-old questions, using the latest research and techniques in order to solve the complex riddle of the Sphinx once and for all.


  • Legend of the Crystal Skulls

    4:00pm

    Legend of the Crystal Skulls

    Ancient artifacts with mystical powers or ingenious hoax? The mystery has inspired believers and baffled scientists for decades. This incredible true story separates fact from fiction.


  • The Hunt for Bin Laden

    5:00pm

    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.


  • Inferno

    7:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War: Inferno

    Unconditional Surrender. Two fateful words full of terrible implications for the Axis countries-but also for the Allies. There would be no negotiations, no Treaty of Versailles, no bargaining for territories, no concessions. The policy meant that the Axis armies had to be beaten in every city and street and field in Germany and Japan. It meant governments had to fall, war-making powers crushed, and civilians brought to taste the agony of war their leaders had unleashed on the world. This final episode follows unique and powerful footage from D-Day to Japan's final surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri. As survivors emerge from the ruins, we catch one last glimpse of little Rose and her family. She has lived to grow up in a world permanently altered by war.


  • A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    8:00pm

    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.


  • Lincoln's Washington at War

    9:00pm

    Lincoln's Washington at War

    Washington, D.C. in 1861. The Civil War is at the doorstep and the city is bracing for disaster. America is a country torn in two. An untested President Lincoln strives to make the nation's capital the political center of the Union, but finds he is surrounded by Southern sympathies and under constant threat of attack. See how this once sleepy small town grew into the metropolis we know today. A city cast in marble, a symbol of American liberty and a memorial to those who fought tooth and nail to preserve it.


  • White House Revealed

    10:00pm

    White House Revealed

    The people who help run the world's most famous home are anonymous to the public, but the presidents know their names. From the devoted doormen to the butlers, plumbers, chefs, housekeepers, engineers, and florists, we meet the dedicated individuals who serve president after president inside one of the most powerful houses in the world.


  • A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    11:00pm

    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.


  • Lincoln's Washington at War

    12:00am

    Lincoln's Washington at War

    Washington, D.C. in 1861. The Civil War is at the doorstep and the city is bracing for disaster. America is a country torn in two. An untested President Lincoln strives to make the nation's capital the political center of the Union, but finds he is surrounded by Southern sympathies and under constant threat of attack. See how this once sleepy small town grew into the metropolis we know today. A city cast in marble, a symbol of American liberty and a memorial to those who fought tooth and nail to preserve it.


  • White House Revealed

    1:00am

    White House Revealed

    The people who help run the world's most famous home are anonymous to the public, but the presidents know their names. From the devoted doormen to the butlers, plumbers, chefs, housekeepers, engineers, and florists, we meet the dedicated individuals who serve president after president inside one of the most powerful houses in the world.


  • Jefferson's Secret Bible

    2:00am

    Jefferson's Secret Bible

    Relatively few people know that along with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson also compiled his own text, drawn carefully from passages extracted out of the New Testament, that he titled "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth." The book, which focused on the ethical teachings of Jesus, was a private undertaking for Jefferson and never made public in his lifetime. Now, experts at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History are meticulously conserving this fragile volume, page by brittle page. Along the way, they discover subtle hidden clues to Jefferson himself.


  • Search for Truth

    3:00am

    Bible Hunters: Search for Truth

    Half a century after Robert Curzon and Constantin von Tischendorf discovered highly controversial early texts of the Holy Scripture, new explorers unearthed even more spectacular treasures. Follow archaeologist Dr. Jeff Rose as he travels deep within Egypt's remote settlements on the trail of 19th and 20th century Bible Hunters. We'll meet daring twin sisters, two lucky young scholars, and one American millionaire, whose findings of early and missing Gospels transformed our understanding of Christianity's sacred texts.


  • Hidden in the Sands

    4:00am

    Bible Hunters: Hidden in the Sands

    Christianity's sacred text faced a crisis over 200 years ago. Culture wars and scientific breakthroughs called many elements of the Bible into question. A handful of bold adventurers set out to prove the authority and historic accuracy of the Holy Scripture. But their quests did just the opposite -- unearthing disturbing inconsistencies and raising more questions than ever before. Join archeologist Dr. Jeff Rose as he details the discoveries made by early Bible Hunters and learn how their findings changed how we look at the Bible.


  • Arabia Uncovered

    5:00am

    Arabia Uncovered

    Discover Saudi Arabia's fascinating past, captured in over 200 artifacts. Each item reveals stories of the migrants, traders, and pilgrims who have been drawn to this land for centuries. The rich heritage of the Arabian Peninsula is coming into focus, thanks to recent excavations and an extraordinary exhibition that has just reached American soil. Get a firsthand look at these priceless artifacts, from fragile glassware to massive stone statues, and see how these relics are just the first of many discoveries to come.