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  • 6:00am

    The Real Story:

    Saving Private Ryan

    Three World War II American soldiers aiming rifles

    Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" is one of the greatest war films ever made, capturing the sheer horror and brutality of combat. The film is famous for its realism, but how much of this epic drama is truly accurate? Was there a real Private Ryan? Uncover the real story behind this Hollywood blockbuster as we conduct tests with weapons experts and gain insights from war historians. Then hear the moving testimony of soldiers who landed at Normandy and meet the families whose tragic stories inspired the film.

  • 7:00am

    Hell Below:

    Destroyer Killer

    The USS Harder, led by Commander Sam Dealey, sank multiple Japanese destroyers, rescued Allied operatives from capture in Borneo, and outmatched many rival ships and aircraft to return home. And that was during just one patrol. Take a deep dive aboard this submarine as we relive this incredible war patrol in the spring of 1944, and witness the events that accelerated the campaign against the Japanese and earned Dealey the Medal of Honor.

  • 8:00am

    Crazy Monster:

    Bats

    Enter nature's house of horrors and witness a weird and wonderful collection of bats. We've gathered winged beasts from around the globe, from acrobats to bloodsuckers to scorpion hunters and beyond, and detail how they thrive, not only in underground caves but also in arid deserts and tropical jungles. We reveal how 50 million years have equipped these flying mammals with some bizarre adaptations, including ultrasonic hearing, oddly long tongues, and more.

  • 9:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Under Pressure

    Illustration of commercial aircraft with engines on fire

    Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 races back to a Saudi Arabian airport just a few minutes after takeoff. The hydraulics system has failed, the cabin is filling with smoke, and flames in the wheel well are seconds away from igniting into a deadly fireball. Will the pilots be able to safely land the crippled DC-8 and save the lives of 247 passengers? Witness the harrowing 1991 emergency landing of Flight 2120 and the tragic truth behind its mechanical troubles.

  • 10:00am

    Air Disasters:

    The Final Push

    Two nearly identical air disasters, nearly 12 years apart, each involving the MD-11, a popular cargo-carrier. The first accident was blamed on pilot error. Would investigators of the crash of FedEx Flight 80 at Tokyo's Narita Airport reach the same conclusion? Or could a hidden plane design flaw be endangering the lives of passengers and crews around the world? Follow the NTSB as they study wind shear, flight data recordings, and even the pilots' sleep patterns in an investigation that would raise a flag on the dangers of bounced landings.

  • 11:00am

    The Missing Evidence:

    The Nevada Triangle

    Something strange is happening in the Sierra Nevada skies. Over several decades, an estimated 2,000 aviation incidents have occurred there, with death tolls and disappearances far outnumbering those of the Bermuda Triangle. Why have so many pilots lost their lives or simply vanished without a trace? The phenomenon is explored on the ground and in the air, in hot deserts, cold mountains, high-tech labs, and even the outskirts of Area 51, all in search of the deadly truth of the Nevada Triangle.

  • 12:00pm

    747: The Jumbo Revolution

    Jumbo Jet in production

    At any given moment hundreds of people are soaring above us in a 747. From the moment the very first jumbo jet took off in 1969, it has been the aircraft against which all others are judged. But its 45-year journey has been anything but smooth. This is the definitive story of the Boeing 747, from its milestones and triumphs to its turning points and disasters. Witness its history through rare archival footage and tales from pilots, engineers, designers, and passengers who were there when it all began.

  • 2:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Airbus A380

    Airbus A380 Engine

    A revolution in aircraft design, the Airbus A380 is the word's largest passenger airliner. With room for more than 500 passengers, a tail as high as an eight-story building, and a wingspan nearly the length of a football field, this massive commercial airliner is a game changer. But it's also a big gamble for Lufthansa. Take flight on this mighty plane's maiden journey from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco, California as they try to win over customers and maximize profits. If the flight is successful, this Airbus may force other airlines to go big or go home.

  • 3:00pm

    Planes That Changed the World:

    A380 Superjumbo

    It began with a mission to take on Boeing's queen of the skies, the mighty 747. The plan: to build the world's first superjumbo, a double-decker jetliner. Building it would be no small undertaking, and failure could mean the end of the Airbus. This is the story of the A380, from its planning to its building to its first big test. It was a high-stakes gamble, with engineering and logistical challenges on a scale never seen before. Engineers wondered if a plane this size could ever get off the ground, and they risked everything to find out.

  • 4:00pm

    The Day Kennedy Died

    John and Jacqueline Kennedy at Love Field on the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963, with Governor John Connolly in the background COURTESY JFK LIBRARY

    The doctor who tried to save him. The Secret Service agent who was seconds too late. The man wrongly accused of his murder. And the woman who unwittingly sheltered an assassin. The death of JFK has inspired thousands of books and debates over the last 50 years, but the stories of the people there on that day have gone largely untold...until now. Experience November 22, 1963 as it has never been presented before, in this minute-by-minute account of that day, narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, and brought to life through rarely seen footage and rarely heard testimonies.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    A-10 Warthog

    The A-10 Thunderbolt II was made for durability and power. With seeming indestructibility, it can eliminate armored vehicles, tanks, and even buildings with remarkable accuracy, all the while protecting American troops on the ground. Over the decades, it has repeatedly proved its worth, not only on the battlefield but in the eyes of its toughest critic: the U.S. Air Force. Discover the story of the ugly duckling affectionately named "Warthog," and see how this clunky but robust fighter continually out-flies and out-guns its competitors.

  • 7:00pm

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 2

    German soldiers with machine guns in room decorated with a swastika Chris Vile

    A battle-weary paratrooper stumbles upon a ghastly Nazi secret. An Australian Air Force Lt. goes on what is either a flight of mercy, or a suicide mission. A Canadian Officer sneaks past enemy lines to save thousands of starving people. It's the end of World War II. Mussolini and Hitler are dead, but the stakes are still high for 10 soldiers and civilians. Hear their stories firsthand and learn the political positioning that factored into Germany's surrender, and determined the shape of Europe for generations to come.

  • 8:00pm

    Rock 'N' Roll Inventions:

    This Damn Music

    © Bosie Vincent/Sky Vision

    The jukebox. The transistor radio. The shellac record. The methods of how we listen to rock 'n' roll have been as transformative as the genre itself, constantly changing the music industry and how listeners experience it. Put your headphones on as we journey from wind-up gramophones to vinyl records to radio to the digital revolution. Some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll producing and recording explain the impact of each innovation, and how it shaped rock 'n' roll as well as American culture.

  • 9:00pm

    The Real Mad Men of Advertising:

    The 1960s

    After a decade of the hard sell, ad men and women needed to reinvent how they spoke to audiences in the 1960s. They tapped into the growing counter-cultural movement, using irreverence and wit, and as a result, changed advertising forever. Track advertising's evolution, from innovative car campaigns that kicked off the decade to the co-opting of youth, freedom, and anti-establishment as the '60s drew to a close.

  • 10:00pm

    MLK: The Assassination Tapes

    Logo for MLK the assassination tapes

    April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era.

  • 11:00pm

    Rock 'N' Roll Inventions:

    This Damn Music

    © Bosie Vincent/Sky Vision

    The jukebox. The transistor radio. The shellac record. The methods of how we listen to rock 'n' roll have been as transformative as the genre itself, constantly changing the music industry and how listeners experience it. Put your headphones on as we journey from wind-up gramophones to vinyl records to radio to the digital revolution. Some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll producing and recording explain the impact of each innovation, and how it shaped rock 'n' roll as well as American culture.

  • 12:00am

    The Real Mad Men of Advertising:

    The 1960s

    After a decade of the hard sell, ad men and women needed to reinvent how they spoke to audiences in the 1960s. They tapped into the growing counter-cultural movement, using irreverence and wit, and as a result, changed advertising forever. Track advertising's evolution, from innovative car campaigns that kicked off the decade to the co-opting of youth, freedom, and anti-establishment as the '60s drew to a close.

  • 1:00am

    MLK: The Assassination Tapes

    Logo for MLK the assassination tapes

    April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era.

  • 2:00am

    Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

    © Independent Television News

    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.

  • 3:00am

    Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia

    Capsized Costa Concordia and salvage crew

    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.

  • 4:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Quantum of the Seas

    Quantum is Latin for "quantity" and Royal Caribbean's latest mega-cruise ship has plenty of it, with 16 passenger decks, 19 restaurants, and more toys and gadgets than any other luxury liner. Mighty Ships invites you on a 12-day tropical adventure aboard Quantum of the Seas, as she embarks on her first-ever full-length cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Packed with more technological innovations than any other cruiser, she may be a floating amusement park for her 4,000 guests, but for Captain Ban and his crew, this is no time to play.

  • 5:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Maersk Interceptor

    The largest offshore drilling jack-up rig on Earth, Maersk Interceptor, is being deployed for the first time and her grand debut promises to be one bumpy ride. Join us as we follow her out to the rough waters and high winds of the North Sea as her crew sets up to drill in the worst storm Norway has seen in decades. A job that was supposed to take ten days may now take up to a month to complete, and with each day costing hundreds of thousands in lost revenue, the pressure is on for this $650-million-dollar Mighty Ship to start performing, fast.