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  • 6:00am

    Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena:

    Predator Challenge

    "Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plains. How will Welgedacht Game Reserve's lions and hyenas measure up to these tests designed to explore their ability to learn, recognize, and hunt in new and unfamiliar settings? Witness the last of these remarkable experiments as these apex predators use mirrors to their advantage, play a numbers game deciding how and who to attack, and cooperate to survive in their natural environment.

  • 7:00am

    Kings of the Prairie

    Buffalo grazing in front of sunset

    Millions of American Bison once roamed the Great Plains of North America. The imposing mammal reigned supreme over the grassland before they were hunted to the edge of extinction. Now protected, their very existence relies on their instinct and ability to weather the ravages of the prairie's extreme seasonal shifts. Spend a year where the buffalo roam. Witness their seasonal battle for survival alongside the Great Plain's neighboring residents: prairie dogs, burrowing owls, camel crickets and many other grassland dwellers.

  • 8:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Becrux

    The Becrux, a ship

    MV Becrux is a modern day Noah's Ark, a $100-million custom-built ship designed to carry one of Australia's most important exports: livestock. Join her on her latest mission delivering 16,000 cattle and $12 million of cargo to Indonesia. The job will require 300 tons of feed and 100,000 gallons of water a day, plus a high-powered ventilation system and state-of-the-art electronics just to get moving. Add in a tight deadline, heavy traffic, and pirate-infested seas, and it makes for one intense journey.

  • 9:00am

    Dangerous Flights:

    Fuel Critical

    Pilot Randy McGehee and copilot on a U.N. relief mission

    Dense jungles, steep learning curves, and big personalities cause turbulence and tension during two pressure-filled aircraft deliveries. Jump into the cockpit with owner Cory Bengtzen and co-pilot Kerry McCauley as they try to find their feet as a team while flying over the Amazon rainforest. Then follow pilot Randy McGehee on a U.N. relief mission to war-ravaged South Sudan, aboard a 1998 Dornier. It's a plane Randy's never flown, and he has just 48 hours to master it before embarking on the 6,000-mile journey.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    Maine

    Aerial view of Harbor Islands in Maine, showing autumnal foliage

    Journey across rugged shores and into the great wilderness seafarers once called "The Mainland." From Portland to Kennebunkport, Moosehead Lake to Casco Bay, this expedition offers a stunning view of one of the most beautiful states on the Atlantic Coast. The Pine Tree State has attracted sailors, artists, and presidents for centuries. Discover how Maine's rich resources, and varied cast of characters have helped shape not just the state, but also the nation.

  • 11:00am

    America's Yellowstone

    Buffalo on a plain in Yellowstone National Park

    Welcome to Yellowstone, America's oldest and largest national park. Lose yourself in the majestic landscapes that serve as a giant natural laboratory, with over three million geysers, fifty species of mammals, and three hundred species of birds.

  • 12:00pm

    Boomtowners:

    Shootin' Blanks

    There's no such thing as "routine" when you live in the Bakken, where the work, the towns, and the people are constantly changing and not always for the better. Sidney police officer Alex and his drug-sniffing dog go on their round. The population explosion has also created a crime wave, one that has greatly affected him, Judge Mohr, and the entire town. Production specialist Scott struggles to keep the crude flowing.

  • 1:00pm

    Doomsday in Tunguska

    Earth from space with the word Tunguska superimposed on the globe

    On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused. Some speculate asteroids, space aliens and black holes were the culprit. Others focus on the earth, pinning the blame on everything from subterranean volcanoes to acclaimed physicist Nikola Tesla. Join the ongoing investigation over what caused one of the biggest explosions in history.

  • 2:00pm

    Sacred Sites: Ireland

    St. Patrick by the River Shannon

    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.

  • 3:00pm

    Stonehenge Empire

    © October Films

    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.

  • 5:00pm

    Mystery of the Nazca Lines

    Carved ancient Peruvian mythical creatures and geometrical lines

    An ancient Peruvian civilization is gone, but they certainly left their mark. In fact, they left thousands of marks. Massive mythical creatures and geometric lines etched more than 1,000 years ago are preserved on the parched surface of the Nazca Desert. They are messages left behind, but what are they trying to say? Follow a team of scientists, using the latest forensic research technology, to determine who the people of Nazca were, where they came from, and why their advanced civilization came to a sudden and dramatic end.

  • 6:00pm

    Legend of the Crystal Skulls

    Lit up crystal skull

    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.

  • 7:00pm

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Inside the Royal Ontario Museum

    Royal Ontario Museum © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    Mysteries filled darkened rooms in the archives of Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. Join us as we unwrap the story behind a 2,000-year-old baby mummy, uncover the explosive function of a peculiar piece of ancient Islamic pottery, and unearth a missing dinosaur lost for decades within the museum's walls. These stories, plus a Sioux headdress without an owner and a stuffed prize-winning bulldog with a dark secret of its own, all hidden in plain sight at Canada's most popular museum.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    The Plane That Flew Too High

    Illuminated commercial aircraft takes off in rainstorm at night

    An overweight plane, an overworked crew, or an overpowering storm? What caused the fatal crash of West Caribbean Airways Flight 708? The plane was considered to be one of the safest in the world. Yet, its sudden plummet to Earth from over 30,000 feet leaves investigators scrambling for clues. Join them as they gather evidence, test theories, and uncover the myriad factors that contributed to the crash that killed all 160 individuals on board and ultimately grounded the airline for good.

  • 9:00pm

    Boomtowners:

    Shootin' Blanks

    There's no such thing as "routine" when you live in the Bakken, where the work, the towns, and the people are constantly changing and not always for the better. Sidney police officer Alex and his drug-sniffing dog go on their round. The population explosion has also created a crime wave, one that has greatly affected him, Judge Mohr, and the entire town. Production specialist Scott struggles to keep the crude flowing.

  • 10:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Iowa

    Patterns in cultivated fields

    Soar beyond Iowa's rows of crops, towering silos, and old farmhouses and discover a state where promise and opportunity stretch as far as its endless skies. This aerial tour celebrates such landmarks as the covered bridges of Madison County and John Wayne's birthplace. We also explore the state's rich history and iconic figures, from Napoleon and Jefferson to Lewis and Clark, as we track the 29th State's remarkable journey from near wilderness to statehood.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    The Plane That Flew Too High

    Illuminated commercial aircraft takes off in rainstorm at night

    An overweight plane, an overworked crew, or an overpowering storm? What caused the fatal crash of West Caribbean Airways Flight 708? The plane was considered to be one of the safest in the world. Yet, its sudden plummet to Earth from over 30,000 feet leaves investigators scrambling for clues. Join them as they gather evidence, test theories, and uncover the myriad factors that contributed to the crash that killed all 160 individuals on board and ultimately grounded the airline for good.

  • 12:00am

    Boomtowners:

    Shootin' Blanks

    There's no such thing as "routine" when you live in the Bakken, where the work, the towns, and the people are constantly changing and not always for the better. Sidney police officer Alex and his drug-sniffing dog go on their round. The population explosion has also created a crime wave, one that has greatly affected him, Judge Mohr, and the entire town. Production specialist Scott struggles to keep the crude flowing.

  • 1:00am

    Aerial America:

    Iowa

    Patterns in cultivated fields

    Soar beyond Iowa's rows of crops, towering silos, and old farmhouses and discover a state where promise and opportunity stretch as far as its endless skies. This aerial tour celebrates such landmarks as the covered bridges of Madison County and John Wayne's birthplace. We also explore the state's rich history and iconic figures, from Napoleon and Jefferson to Lewis and Clark, as we track the 29th State's remarkable journey from near wilderness to statehood.

  • 2:00am

    The Accordion Kings

    man playing accordion at Vallenato Kings Festival

    Once every decade in a small Colombian village, musicians engage in a fierce battle for the title of the Accordion King. Travel down to Colombia, and go behind the scenes of the Vallenato Kings Festival where, each April, the world's greatest accordionists assemble to perform, compete, and celebrate the squeezebox. Meet the players and hear their stories, including professors of the Turco Gil Academy, where over two thousand children dedicate themselves to their instrument, and Yeime, a young girl who overcame cultural stereotypes to become the first woman to win the competition in over forty years.

  • 3:30am

    The Real Beauty and the Beast

    Painting of Petrus Gonsalvus © epo-film

    It's a condition known as "hypertrichosis" or "Ambras Syndrome," but in the 1500s it would transform one man into a national sensation and iconic fairy-tale character. His name: Petrus Gonsalvus, more commonly known today as the hairy hero of Beauty and the Beast. Discover the facts behind the fable as we follow Petrus's remarkable life with a very rare and hairy genetic condition. Then learn about this medical phenomenon, which continues to fascinate and perplex scientists to this day.

  • 4:30am

    Concorde: Flying Supersonic

    Concorde SST airplane in flight

    This is the definitive story of the world's first and last supersonic passenger jet, exploring the defining moments in Concorde's history and revealing the untold story behind the devastating crash of Flight AF4590 in 2000. Today, arguments still rage about what caused the crash that helped seal Concorde's fate, but could Concorde still be flying today? What really destroyed the most ambitious dream in aviation history?