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  • 6:00am

    Secrets:

    Egypt's Lost City

    Ramesses II was the most powerful pharaoh ever to rule Egypt, and his capital city, Pi-Ramesses, was his crowning achievement. It was the biggest building program since the pyramids, but somehow, this metropolis completely vanished from history. What happened? Where did it go? And where was it built to begin with? Join us on the hunt for the lost city of Ramesses the Great, a story of dramatic ruins that misled archaeologists for decades and the brilliant detective work that finally uncovered the fate of this magnificent city.

  • 7:00am

    UFOs Declassified:

    Pilot Eyewitness

    Each year, there are millions of commercial flights around the world, and thousands of aircraft in the sky at any given moment. With that many eyes in the skies, it's little wonder that some of the most stunning UFO sightings have been reported by airline pilots. Relive three of the most riveting encounters, which took place over Alaska, New Mexico, and the English Channel. Join us as we open up recently declassified government files and talk to eyewitnesses in an attempt to explain the seemingly unexplainable.

  • 8:00am

    Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4

    Black and white: four African-American college students sitting at Woolworths lunch counter

    In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter started a revolution.

  • 9:00am

    Sports Detectives:

    Ali's Missing Gold Medal

    A young Muhammad Ali returned from the Olympic Games a champion in 1960, only to be victimized by bigotry in his segregated home city of Louisville. Disillusioned, he threw his gold medal off the Second Street Bridge and into the Ohio River. This dramatic story appears in Ali's autobiography, but can we prove any of it is actually true? Join hosts Kevin Barrows and Lauren Gardner as they head to Kentucky to get some answers, search for the missing medal, and discover the story of this complex and compelling sports legend.

  • 10:00am

    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.

  • 11:00am

    Africa's Predator Zones:

    Trenches

    Two East African rivers stand in the way of a massive migration. Over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebras will be forced to cross the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in order to complete their epic annual journey, and every crocodile knows it. Discover the very different hunting strategies crocs must use to attack their prey, based on the demands of the ever-changing waterscapes they live in. As trenches shift and levels fluctuate, see how these fierce reptiles adapt to the rivers' wild tempers to become ultimate predators.

  • 12:00pm

    Crazy Monster:

    Frogs

    Mutants armed with regenerative powers. Giants lurking in underground tombs. Prehistoric creatures with a taste for dinosaurs. These are not horror movie monsters. They're the world's wildest frogs. Join us as we explore this family of freaks and their weird and wonderful abilities, from bone claws to glass skin to lethal poisons. You'll see the invisible, hairy, and disfigured creatures of the amphibian world. Then you'll meet the prehistoric devil frog, a carnivorous, pit bull-sized beast that lunched on dinosaurs.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Helicopter Down

    The Super Puma helicopter is the workhorse of the North Sea oil industry, able to ferry workers to and from offshore drilling platforms in the harshest of conditions. However, a January 1995 storm proves too much for one chopper, sending it spiraling into the frigid sea, and putting the lives of 18 in peril. Follow the passengers' and crew's hair-raising struggle to stay alive on a tiny raft in a vast, turbulent sea, the race for rescuers to find them, and the follow-up investigation that revealed a shocking, hidden danger.

  • 2:00pm

    Stranded: Alpine Air Crash

    Passengers and crew stranded in Swiss alps

    In November 19, 1946, a U.S. military transport plane goes out of control while flying over the Swiss Alps and crashes high in the mountains. Miraculously, all 12 passengers and crew survive the accident, but their safety is anything but assured. The aircraft has flown miles off course, and its position is unknown. Food supplies are low, the temperature is dropping, and their radio battery is running out of juice. Time is quickly running out. The fate of the survivors will depend on one man, one plane, and one inspired idea.

  • 3:00pm

    The Lockerbie Bombing

    Part of Lockerbie bombing memorial

    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.

  • 4:00pm

    Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished

    Candles and paper plane in memory of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 PRESS ASSOCIATION

    On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished into thin air one hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. What followed was the biggest search in aviation history, with an entire world watching on in fascination and bewilderment. How, in today's age of cutting-edge technology, could a 300-ton aircraft, and the 239 people aboard, simply disappear? Join us as we explore the accident, the theories behind it, and worldwide investigation for clues. And see how this catastrophe will shape the future of air technology and safety.

  • 5:00pm

    Mighty Ships:

    USS Gravely

    The USS Gravely, a Navy ship

    Guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely is the very definition of a fighting ship. She's the youngest warship in the US Navy's fleet and you've been granted exclusive access to see her in operation. When called into duty, she'll be armed with everything from Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack helicopters, but for now, she and her crew must prove they are combat-ready. Witness the live-fire training exercises they go though, and see how she weathers the storm of simulated air and sea attacks, fires and an unexpected visit from a wandering civilian vessel.

  • 6:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    P-3 Orion

    P-3 Orion parked on runway

    Meet a battle-tested Mighty Plane with a nose for adventure and danger. P-3 Orions once hunted Soviet submarines. NOAA's P-3 'Kermit' hunts deadly weather. It slices through the eye walls of hurricanes with one objective in mind: to collect information that will save lives. Loaded up by NOAA with data sensors, recording devices, and airborne radars, this laboratory in the sky is one smart (and tough) cookie. Go where no plane was ever meant to fly as Kermit flies into today's worst tempests, including "Frankenstorm" herself, Hurricane Sandy.

  • 7:00pm

    Battle for the Atlantic:

    Wolfpack Rising

    Soldier with headphones reads instruments inside a submarine

    Winston Churchill said the only thing that frightened him during World War II was the U-boat peril, and for good reason. A mere 15 months into the war, fleets of the German subs, known as "wolfpacks," sink 2.5 million tons of shipping supplies from Canada, nearly starving Britain into submission. Surrender would mean Europe now belonged to Hitler. Relive these early days of this Atlantic struggle through the harrowing stories of German and British soldiers, and witness it all via stirring reenactments and explosive archival war footage.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    C-17

    The C-17 Globemaster III is the Air Force's favorite heavy hauler, a flying warehouse that has stood tall against the mightiest of enemies for decades. Strangely, some of its toughest battles were fought right in America, where critics in Congress nearly scrapped the big gray beast before it even left the ground. This is the story of how the C-17 flew through all opposition to prove it could pull its weight in any situation, as told by the men and women who flew the "Moose" into and out of danger in Eastern Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

  • 9:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    No Clear Options

    On a foggy morning in Cork, Ireland, pilots of Manx2 Flight 7100 try to land their turboprop commuter plane after two aborted attempts. Without warning, the aircraft goes into a severe roll and crashes into the grass beside the runway, killing six of the 12 people aboard. Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit faces immediate pressure to find out why this landing went so horribly wrong. What they discover is a startling gap in aviation safety that is much more dangerous to passengers than the dense fog that morning.

  • 10:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Big Bad B-25

    The B-25 bomber was a deadly Swiss Army knife in the sky, built to strike in a variety of ways, with up to 13 .50-caliber machine guns and a payload of up to 3,000 pounds of bombs. Host Paul Shull is helping the United States Commemorative Air Force in the restoration of the only B-25 left in the world, but in order to complete the task he must find a critical missing part. Follow him as he attempts to locate a rare Norden bombsight before taking to sky to learn how to drop a bomb just like a WWII bombardier.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    C-17

    The C-17 Globemaster III is the Air Force's favorite heavy hauler, a flying warehouse that has stood tall against the mightiest of enemies for decades. Strangely, some of its toughest battles were fought right in America, where critics in Congress nearly scrapped the big gray beast before it even left the ground. This is the story of how the C-17 flew through all opposition to prove it could pull its weight in any situation, as told by the men and women who flew the "Moose" into and out of danger in Eastern Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

  • 12:00am

    Air Disasters:

    No Clear Options

    On a foggy morning in Cork, Ireland, pilots of Manx2 Flight 7100 try to land their turboprop commuter plane after two aborted attempts. Without warning, the aircraft goes into a severe roll and crashes into the grass beside the runway, killing six of the 12 people aboard. Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit faces immediate pressure to find out why this landing went so horribly wrong. What they discover is a startling gap in aviation safety that is much more dangerous to passengers than the dense fog that morning.

  • 1:00am

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Big Bad B-25

    The B-25 bomber was a deadly Swiss Army knife in the sky, built to strike in a variety of ways, with up to 13 .50-caliber machine guns and a payload of up to 3,000 pounds of bombs. Host Paul Shull is helping the United States Commemorative Air Force in the restoration of the only B-25 left in the world, but in order to complete the task he must find a critical missing part. Follow him as he attempts to locate a rare Norden bombsight before taking to sky to learn how to drop a bomb just like a WWII bombardier.

  • 2:00am

    Aerial America:

    Vermont

    Covered bridge with foliage

    When Robert Frost penned "The Road Not Taken," he was writing about Vermont, and his poem captures the state's unscathed beauty and independent spirit. This state of freethinking and green living attracts all sorts, from artists like Norman Rockwell and the von Trapp family, to nature enthusiasts drawn to its hiking trails, ski slopes and autumn foliage. This aerial tour over the Green Mountain State captures the beauty and history of a state that chose its own path.

  • 3:00am

    Aerial America:

    Virginia

    Old wooden mill with water wheel

    It's been called the New World and the Old Dominion. It is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents, and the legend of Pocahontas. It's the site of Williamsburg, perhaps the most ambitious history lesson in America. Virginia proudly celebrates its past without losing its sense of fun. Join us as we travel across a diverse and rugged landscape into the realm of pirates, the source of myths and the heart of American democracy.

  • 4:00am

    Polar Bear Town:

    Paparazzi Alert

    © Bostjan Skrlj

    Polar bear season is officially underway in Churchill, Manitoba. Now that these beautiful animals have arrived, it's up to bear guides to keep tourists and clients happy. For two guides, this proves difficult when their client insists on approaching dangerous territory that could get them into trouble. Meanwhile, Big Bear steers clear of the tourists when he finds a resting place on the outskirts of town.

  • 5:00am

    Alaska Aircrash Investigations:

    Trapper Creek Tragedy

    After officiating his daughter's wedding, a pilot flies celebratory passes over the reception party, with tragic results. Two months earlier, a seasoned pilot crashes his plane into the river while conducting a routine post-maintenance flight. Follow the NTSB Alaska Regional Office investigations of two crashes: one which resulted in an unexplained loss of control, the other, in a surprising medical discovery. To find the cause of these accidents, they must navigate rough terrains and help the grieving families and friends learn what happened.