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  • 6:00am

    Dino Stampede

    Animation of carnivorous dinosaurs on the run

    In remote Queensland, Australia, scientists are working to unravel a 100-million-year-old mystery. Their main lead is a site that holds the most remarkable set of dinosaur tracks that science has ever seen. It reveals evidence of hundreds of prehistoric animals fleeing across mud in the only dinosaur stampeded known to man. But why did they run? One set of monstrous tracks may be proof of a previously unknown killer. Join the team as they work together, using modern technology and gut instincts to solve this ancient whodunit and gain new insights into dinosaur behavior.

  • 7:00am

    Meet the Meerkats

    3 Meerkats standing guard

    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.

  • 8:00am

    Pandas in the Wild

    Panda Bear amidst bamboo stalks

    The giant panda is indigenous only to a few mountain ranges in central and southern China. Travel to China's remote Qinling Mountains to observe the eating habits, mating rituals, and survival methods of these beloved but increasingly endangered creatures. With only about 1,600 wild giant pandas in existence, see how manmade changes to their environment have made it crucial to support conservation research in China as an insurance policy against extinction.

  • 9:00am

    Haiti's Treasures: Out of the Rubble

    Restored artwork from Haiti of three children looking at an image of the Virgin Mary with Jesus, in earthquake rubble

    It's an incredible story of treasures saved, and hope restored. In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a cultural recovery project is born. The Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the Haitian government, embark on a mission to restore thousands of damaged artworks gathered from the ruins of public museums, private galleries, and toppled cathedrals. Follow the volunteer art conservators as they work tirelessly, and carefully, not only to salvage these tarnished historic relics, but to save Haiti's identity as well.

  • 10:00am

    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.

  • 11:00am

    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.

  • 12:00pm

    Perfect Storms:

    God's Wrath

    A catastrophe of biblical proportions walloped Lisbon, Portugal on November 1, 1755. A combination of earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm devastated the devoutly religious city on All Saint's Day, turning churches into deathtraps and transforming the streets of the capital into a hellish landscape. Experience the catastrophe firsthand as we recreate the disaster through the eyes of one of its survivors and reveal how this event brought an empire to its knees and shook its belief in God.

  • 1:00pm

    Mystery Files:

    Princes in the Tower

    Prince Edward V in battle

    In 1483, the rightful king of England, 12-year-old Prince Edward V, and his younger brother Richard disappeared from the Tower of London amid rumors of murder. For more than 500 years, Richard III has been tagged as the orchestrator of this atrocity. However, new evidence reveals the case against Richard is surprisingly weak. Was he the victim of Tudor propaganda? Join the investigation as historical investigators uncover the motives of two alternative suspects of this infamous crime that altered the course of British history.

  • 1:30pm

    Mystery Files:

    Hitler

    Nazi soldiers seated, one reading a book

    On October 14th, 1918, Private Adolf Hitler suffers a poison gas attack in the trenches of the Western Front. Blinded, he is taken to a psychiatric military hospital, where he makes a fateful decision: to go into politics. Scholars and military psychologists now believe that this, and all of Hitler's future decisions, were colored by the traumatic experience. By using the latest neurological research on shellshock victims and exploring a top-secret American report, we examine how this quiet soldier transformed into a monster.

  • 2:00pm

    Picturing the Presidents

    Painting of President Kennedy

    We go behind the scenes and into the minds of artists as they capture, commemorate, and, at times, condemn our presidents. From Elaine de Kooning's abstract portraits of John F. Kennedy to Pat Oliphant's skewering caricatures of the Bushes, we examine the divisive results that occur when art and politics collide.

  • 3:00pm

    Ninja: Shadow Warriors

    Ninja dressed in black and holding sword

    Turn out the lights, hide in the shadows, and enter the secretive realm of the infamous ninja. We explore the untold history of these shadow soldiers; from their formation in the 14th Century to their battles against Samurai forces, led by ninja master Tanba, one of the most feared warriors in ancient Japan. Uncover guarded ninja techniques in spying, sabotage and ruthless undercover warfare, tactics that have earned them a reputation in their homeland as both heroic fighters and cunning, cold-hearted killers.

  • 4:00pm

    Samurai Headhunters

    Samurai Warriors in uniform

    Since the eighth century, the Samurai have held a special place in Japanese history and culture. But over the years, legend has obscured the truth about how these elite knights actually lived, loved, fought, and died. Using rare 16th century war documents, we tell the story of a Samurai coming of age during that time. Witness his rise from peasant boy to foot soldier to ruthless warrior, all brought to life through stunning re-enactments and expert testimony from Japanese and martial arts historians.

  • 5:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Osprey

    The story of the U.S. Marine's V-22 Osprey is one of transformation. It can convert from helicopter to plane, and back again. But what led to its invention? And how did it survive more than two decades of political turmoil and media scrutiny? Join us as we look back on this historic tiltrotor's tumultuous history. We detail how it escaped the political chopping block, how it built its reputation in battles and on humanitarian rescue efforts, and how it ultimately transformed the landscape of military aviation forever.

  • 6:00pm

    Battle for the Atlantic:

    Death Blow

    Two male bodies floating in water

    It's 1943 and German U-boats continue to decimate allied shipping. The allies must find a way to defeat Admiral Karl Donitz's "wolfpack" or they will lose the war. The stakes have never been higher, the battles have never been larger and the casualties have never been higher. By the time World War II ends, no other branch of the armed forces will suffer as a high a mortality rate. Hear the stories from the German and allied soldiers, who still carry with them the haunting memories of the Battle of the Atlantic.

  • 7:00pm

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Inside the Imperial War Museum

    Fighter plane on display in Imperial War Museum

    From field guns to Tornado jets, cyanide pills to rag dolls, every item on display at London's Imperial War Museum has its own tale to tell about the heroes and the horrors of war. Join us as we travel throughout England to visit the five branches of the museum and reveal Britain's little-known war stories. From Churchill's secret, underground bunker, to the story of a beautiful spy who withstood Nazi torture, this time around top secrets will be revealed.

  • 8:00pm

    Secrets:

    Ark of the Covenant

    It's a wooden box, covered in gold, and topped with two winged figures. It also may be the most famous lost treasure in history. The Ark of the Covenant was built by the Israelites at God's command 3,000 years ago to hold the stone tablets with the original Ten Commandments. Most scholars believe it was destroyed 25 centuries ago, if it existed at all, but some Ethiopian religious leaders claim to know exactly where it is. What is the truth? Join the investigation as we attempt to uncover the secrets of the lost ark.

  • 9:00pm

    Sky View:

    The Tudor Age

    Round Tudor fortress

    Take an aerial trip through time as we visit the mansions of the Tudor period, an era best remembered for its great houses built not for the glory of God but for the glory of the people who lived in them.

  • 10:00pm

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 11:00pm

    Secrets:

    Ark of the Covenant

    It's a wooden box, covered in gold, and topped with two winged figures. It also may be the most famous lost treasure in history. The Ark of the Covenant was built by the Israelites at God's command 3,000 years ago to hold the stone tablets with the original Ten Commandments. Most scholars believe it was destroyed 25 centuries ago, if it existed at all, but some Ethiopian religious leaders claim to know exactly where it is. What is the truth? Join the investigation as we attempt to uncover the secrets of the lost ark.

  • 12:00am

    Sky View:

    The Tudor Age

    Round Tudor fortress

    Take an aerial trip through time as we visit the mansions of the Tudor period, an era best remembered for its great houses built not for the glory of God but for the glory of the people who lived in them.

  • 1:00am

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 2:00am

    Mystery Files:

    Hitler

    Nazi soldiers seated, one reading a book

    On October 14th, 1918, Private Adolf Hitler suffers a poison gas attack in the trenches of the Western Front. Blinded, he is taken to a psychiatric military hospital, where he makes a fateful decision: to go into politics. Scholars and military psychologists now believe that this, and all of Hitler's future decisions, were colored by the traumatic experience. By using the latest neurological research on shellshock victims and exploring a top-secret American report, we examine how this quiet soldier transformed into a monster.

  • 2:30am

    Mighty Ships:

    Stornes

    The Stornes, a cargo ship

    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.

  • 3:30am

    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.

  • 5:00am

    Ninja: Shadow Warriors

    Ninja dressed in black and holding sword

    Turn out the lights, hide in the shadows, and enter the secretive realm of the infamous ninja. We explore the untold history of these shadow soldiers; from their formation in the 14th Century to their battles against Samurai forces, led by ninja master Tanba, one of the most feared warriors in ancient Japan. Uncover guarded ninja techniques in spying, sabotage and ruthless undercover warfare, tactics that have earned them a reputation in their homeland as both heroic fighters and cunning, cold-hearted killers.