Schedule for December 21, 2014(all times ET/PT)

12/21/2014
  • Sword of Fascism

    6:00am

    Mussolini in Color: Sword of Fascism

    Benito Mussolini's rise to power from revered activist to fascist dictator was swift. Along the way, the Pope praised him and Winston Churchill deemed him a "Roman Genius." Before the world knew it, he had taken complete and total power over Italy. The question became: What would he do with this power? The answer would shake the world. Witness the untold story of Mussolini's early years, presented in color for the first time.


  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    7:00am

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    It's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's called "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts believe a manmade mass extinction could be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to answer these very questions.


  • Search for Truth

    8:00am

    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.


  • The Real Lion Queen

    9:00am

    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.


  • When Lions Attack

    10:00am

    When Lions Attack

    The dry season in northern Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park is as deadly as any predator. The rains stop, the temperatures rise, and the water sources evaporate, pushing herbivores past the normal boundaries of caution and into dangerous territory. Two lion families patiently await their arrival, one, a team of rookies, the other, seasoned pros, each with one shared goal: to hunt the thirsty herds. Get a remarkable look at their daily battles for survival as we take you on an action-packed journey into one of the wildest springs in Africa.


  • Black Mamba: Kiss of Death

    11:00am

    Black Mamba: Kiss of Death

    The bite of the black mamba is known by South African locals as the "kiss of death." A single strike can deliver enough neurotoxic venom to kill 15 grown men. It has one of Africa's worst reputations, but does it deserve its bad rap? Behind the bad press lies a mercurial reptile that is quite shy. Follow a female mamba looking for a home to incubate her eggs while avoiding her main enemy: humans. Then join snake bounty hunter Simon Keys, whose black mamba sanctuary offers a unique look at the secret behavior of this much-maligned snake.


  • The Lockerbie Bombing

    12:00pm

    The Lockerbie Bombing

    On a December night in 1988, just days before Christmas, one of the worst air disasters in history occurred over Scotland. Pan Am Flight 103, carrying 259 passengers and crew, exploded at 31,000 feet. It fell to Earth in large, fiery sections across the sleepy, hillside town of Lockerbie. Witness the aftermath of a tragedy that shocked the world and changed a small town forever. Watch rare footage, much of which has never been broadcast before, and hear stories from those who were there and those whose lives were forever torn apart.


  • Nebraska

    1:00pm

    Aerial America: Nebraska

    This is a land of bold landscapes and brave history. It’s where uninhabitable desert plains have been transformed into cornfields and cattle ranges that feed America. Soar above this agricultural powerhouse as we explore the Cornhusker State’s vast farms, towering spires, desolate badlands, and gleaming cities. We also celebrate Johnny Carson, Warren Buffet, Carhenge, the College World Series, and other great figures, landmarks, and pastimes that call Nebraska home.


  • The Great Galveston Hurricane

    3:30pm

    Perfect Storms: The Great Galveston Hurricane

    It hit the city at 145 MPH, with 15 foot-high waves. So why was there no evacuation call? This is the story of the deadliest natural disaster in American history, the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and how weather bureau chief Isaac Cline's overconfidence in the city's safety would prove tragic. Relive the build-up, the impact, and the aftermath of this massive Category 4 hurricane. Then see how the lessons learned from that catastrophe helped Galveston properly prepare for Hurricane Ike 108 years later.


  • The Heart of Italy

    4:30pm

    Sky View: The Heart of Italy

    Soar over Florence and its unbaked landscape of terra cotta rooftops as we move swiftly west to Pisa, with its famous leaning tower. From here, zigzag southeast through a series of unique medieval towns, including Siena and Montepulciano, before arriving at the dramatic cathedral at Assisi.


  • Norwegian Epic

    5:00pm

    Mighty Ships: Norwegian Epic

    Grab your ticket for a 7-day celebration at sea aboard Norwegian Epic. This billion dollar mega-cruise ship is custom-built for one purpose only: pure entertainment. Witness the nonstop party atmosphere enjoyed by the ship's 4,100 passengers, featuring name-brand entertainment and more than 20 bars and restaurants. Then go behind the scenes and see how narrow harbors, threatening storms and missing passengers keep the captain and crew working hard so their passengers can play hard.


  • Oasis of the Seas

    6:00pm

    Mighty Ships: Oasis of the Seas

    The Oasis of the Seas accommodates 5,400 guests, all in lavish luxury. With 21 pools, 24 restaurants, and her own version of Central Park and the Atlantic City Boardwalk, no expense has been spared. But running a massive cruise ship comes with a price, and demands cutting edge technologies to navigate her through the shallow waters of the Caribbean. Grab your first class ticket and witness the inside story of the maiden voyage of the world's greatest cruise ship. It could be the most important voyage she will ever take.


  • Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia

    7:00pm

    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.


  • Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

    8:00pm

    Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

    It's the deadliest tsunami on record, causing 230,000 deaths and $15 billion in damages. Triggered by a massive undersea quake off the coast of Indonesia, the 2004 Asian tsunami pounded Indian Ocean coastlines with waves up to 100 feet high, catching victims and the world's leading scientists by storm. Are we better prepared for the next big one? Where will the next one hit? See how early warning systems are currently being developed and meet the lucky few who survived this epic disaster.


  • Fire Twister

    9:00pm

    Perfect Storms: Fire Twister

    On September 1, 1923, Japan was hit by its worst earthquake ever, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Instantly, the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are leveled, but their troubles are only beginning. Relive the Great Kanto Earthquake, a perfect storm of catastrophic events, including a landslide, a firestorm and a monstrous force of nature called a "dragon twist," a tornado of fire that would bring the death toll to 140,000 lives in just minutes. Then see how this disaster shaped the destiny of a nation and changed the course of the 20th century.


  • Washington

    10:00pm

    Aerial America: Washington

    Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America's oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.


  • Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

    11:00pm

    Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

    It's the deadliest tsunami on record, causing 230,000 deaths and $15 billion in damages. Triggered by a massive undersea quake off the coast of Indonesia, the 2004 Asian tsunami pounded Indian Ocean coastlines with waves up to 100 feet high, catching victims and the world's leading scientists by storm. Are we better prepared for the next big one? Where will the next one hit? See how early warning systems are currently being developed and meet the lucky few who survived this epic disaster.


  • Fire Twister

    12:00am

    Perfect Storms: Fire Twister

    On September 1, 1923, Japan was hit by its worst earthquake ever, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Instantly, the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are leveled, but their troubles are only beginning. Relive the Great Kanto Earthquake, a perfect storm of catastrophic events, including a landslide, a firestorm and a monstrous force of nature called a "dragon twist," a tornado of fire that would bring the death toll to 140,000 lives in just minutes. Then see how this disaster shaped the destiny of a nation and changed the course of the 20th century.


  • Washington

    1:00am

    Aerial America: Washington

    Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America's oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.


  • Melting Pot

    3:30am

    Seriously Amazing Objects: Melting Pot

    America is truly a melting pot, one that's been simmering for centuries, and made up of warriors, innovators, icons, and the objects they left behind. Follow one lucky couple as they're whisked to Montana to witness a re-creation of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Then watch as a friends' trip to the zoo turns into an art project with pandas. Private tours of the secret vaults to see Edison's first bulbs, the first Colt revolver, and other incredible artifacts make for a Smithsonian visit they'll never forget.


  • The Golden Age of Zeppelins

    4:30am

    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.


  • The Last Bomb

    5:00am

    History in HD: The Last Bomb

    Take a perilous journey on one of the 21st Bomber Command's long distance, low altitude, daylight strikes over Tokyo during the spring and summer of 1945. Launched from the hard-won South Pacific island of Iwo Jima, the three-thousand-mile death-defying mission was considered one of the most dangerous of World War II.