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  • 6:00am

    Enemies Within: Joe McCarthy

    Senator Joseph McCarthy consulting with Roy Cohn © Willi Weber

    He was the face of the Red Scare, and his name has become synonymous with political witch-hunting. Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy investigated Communist subversion in America in the 1950s, wielding enormous power, until his tactics, his alliances, and his drinking ruined both his career and reputation. But was McCarthy really a villainous demagogue, or was he a victim of false accusations? Separate the man from the myth as we present a comprehensive picture of this divisive figure.

  • 8:00am

    Planes, Cranes and Rockets

    Service being performed on a National Air and Space Museum airplane exhibit

    The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum holds more than 70,000 objects, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 capsule. Meet the people who keep it running, and see how they tackle their biggest challenge to date. They must move all of the contents from the crumbling Paul E. Garber Facility in Maryland to the Steven Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. And everything, from a massive F100 supersonic fighter jet to small toys and games, must arrive without a scratch.

  • 9:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    DSV Skandi Arctic

    The DSV Skandi Arctic, a ship

    Climb aboard the world's most advanced dive support vessel, the Skandi Arctic. Onboard, a crew of more than 90 life support supervisors will assist saturation divers hired to repair a gas pipeline on the floor of the icy North Sea. To prepare, the divers must live in a pressurized habitat aboard the ship before diving hundreds of feet below the surface in diving bells. For both the divers and the ship's crew, the mission is critical, the environment hostile, the technology space age, and the potential for disaster constant. Can they handle the pressure?

  • 10:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    MV Stena Britannica

    Cruise ship the MV Stena Britannica

    Take a tour of the largest, most luxurious, most technically advanced ferry in the world. Stena Britannica caters to everyone, from truck drivers to business professionals to vacationing families on its 6-hour jaunt across the English Channel. With 530 cabins, three restaurants, a movie theater, even a casino, she's one super-sized ferry sailing a very busy ferry route. The crew must run a tight ship in tight traffic. One mistake on the bridge, in the engine room, or at the terminal could mean super problems.

  • 11:00am

    The Incredible Bionic Man

    Bionic man with scientists working with robotic insides

    How close is today's technology to catching up with the human body? Two roboticists are on a quest to find out. Follow their mission as they collect the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and combine them into one single functioning body, complete with an artificial heart, microchip brain, synthetic lungs, kidneys, and even a spleen. Their incredible bionic man reveals just how far science has come and demonstrates where this technology is headed, all the while posing the eternal question of what it means to be human.

  • 12:00pm

    Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    Two crash test dummies Ian A. Hunt

    They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Join us as we track the evolution of the crash test dummy, one spectacular car wreck at a time. We examine each member of the dummy family tree, from 1948's Thin Man, the grandfather of them all, to 1976's industry standard Hybrid III, to today's THOR, the $750,000 god of safety. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down.

  • 1:00pm

    America's Hangar

    Jets in a hangar display

    The famous aircraft of the first century of flight can only be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, housed in Washington, DC, and in the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Discover the inspirational stories and amazing aircraft of legendary pilots and daring astronauts, like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Amelia Earhart.

  • 2:00pm

    Stealth: Flying Invisible

    Stealth aircraft landing

    Learn the secrets, strengths, and fatal flaws of the fighter plane that changed the landscape of air dominance in the 1990s-until it all came crashing down. See the first interview with Dale Zelko, the only pilot to ever be shot down in a stealth fighter, and the Bosnian soldier who fired the shots responsible for that crash. And follow the quest for the ultimate undetectable aircraft, from the U-2 to the F-117 Nighthawk, through the eyes of the scientists, historians, and aviators who developed this technology.

  • 3:00pm

    Tanks of Fury

    US Army Signal Corps

    They were out-gunned and out-armored by superior German tanks, but what the American M4 Sherman tank crews lacked in firepower, they made up for in courage. Discover the stories of the heroic GIs who rolled into Nazi territory in the final weeks of WWII and faced off against an enemy that refused to surrender. Then, go behind the scenes of the film "Fury" and inside the tankers' world, as we hear accounts from veterans who survived the intense tank battles firsthand.

  • 4:00pm

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 1

    Japanese soldier using small machine gun at the end of World War II Chris Vile

    It's the waning days of World War II. Hitler, losing the war and his mind, has holed up in a bunker. Fifty feet above him, the Soviet Bear is at Berlin's door and knocking hard. While Allied forces crush Nazi Germany, the lives of ten people in Berlin, Holland, the Baltic and Italy are being forever shaped by the chaos and devastation around them. One will capture a city. One will hide for her life. One will try to bring relief to a starving nation. One will stumble upon the Third Reich's greatest atrocity. Hear all of their stories - firsthand.

  • 5:00pm

    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.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Nowhere to Land

    Commercial aircraft with two engines on fire

    Caught in a severe thunderstorm en route from Belize to New Orleans, TACA Airlines Flight 110 is in trouble. Just 20 miles from the airport, the engines quit, effectively turning the Boeing 737 into a multi-ton glider. With no thrust and dropping 1,500 feet a minute, the crew needs to find a place to land, and fast. Brace for impact along with 38 passengers as the pilots, armed with little more than calm nerves and determination, attempt one of the most remarkable landings in the history of commercial aviation.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Fight for Control

    Female flight attendant with oxygen mask on and passengers using yellow masks dropped from cabin ceiling

    The Lockheed Electra was the workhorse of Reeve Aleutian Airways, one of the few links from Cold Bay, Alaska, to the outside world. But on June 8, 1983, the plane nearly plunged 19,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean after one of its propellers tore from the aircraft and cut a hole through the cabin. Join us as we document this incredible story of survival, from the cockpit to the cabin, with witness accounts, official records, and dramatic recreations.

  • 8:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Maryland & Delaware

    View of Chesapeake Bay and nearby uncultivated land

    Visit the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner and explore the sites where Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth and the DuPont family made their marks on American history. Maryland and Delaware are two small states of great historical significance. Highlighted by the great bays of the eastern seaboard: Chesapeake and Delaware, both states are defined by the legacies of their colonial pasts. This aerial journey reveals their giant stature in the history of America.

  • 9:00pm

    Mighty Ships:

    The Best of Mighty Ships

    Some are built for business. Some are built to party. Still others are built for war. All of them are built to be the best of the best, able to take on the heaviest, biggest, and deepest jobs the sea has to offer. This special episode revisits the most memorable characters and moments from our many voyages over the past seasons of Mighty Ships. From the high north to the South Pole and across every ocean, this action-packed, eye-popping look at life on the high seas is a celebration of the vessels that dazzle, deliver, protect, and inspire.

  • 10:00pm

    Carrier at War: The USS Enterprise

    Air traffic workers and plane on aircraft carrier

    Going from 0 to 150 mph in three seconds, withstanding three Gs of force, and taking off from what's often called "the most dangerous place on the planet" are just parts of everyday life for an aircraft carrier pilot-and it's no different for the crew aboard the USS Enterprise. After being stationed in the Middle East for a year, these pilots have seen heavy action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, finally, they're returning home. With amazing personal stories and real-time footage from missions, this is an exciting insider's peek at life onboard a wartime aircraft carrier.

  • 11:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Maryland & Delaware

    View of Chesapeake Bay and nearby uncultivated land

    Visit the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner and explore the sites where Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth and the DuPont family made their marks on American history. Maryland and Delaware are two small states of great historical significance. Highlighted by the great bays of the eastern seaboard: Chesapeake and Delaware, both states are defined by the legacies of their colonial pasts. This aerial journey reveals their giant stature in the history of America.

  • 12:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    The Best of Mighty Ships

    Some are built for business. Some are built to party. Still others are built for war. All of them are built to be the best of the best, able to take on the heaviest, biggest, and deepest jobs the sea has to offer. This special episode revisits the most memorable characters and moments from our many voyages over the past seasons of Mighty Ships. From the high north to the South Pole and across every ocean, this action-packed, eye-popping look at life on the high seas is a celebration of the vessels that dazzle, deliver, protect, and inspire.

  • 1:00am

    Carrier at War: The USS Enterprise

    Air traffic workers and plane on aircraft carrier

    Going from 0 to 150 mph in three seconds, withstanding three Gs of force, and taking off from what's often called "the most dangerous place on the planet" are just parts of everyday life for an aircraft carrier pilot-and it's no different for the crew aboard the USS Enterprise. After being stationed in the Middle East for a year, these pilots have seen heavy action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, finally, they're returning home. With amazing personal stories and real-time footage from missions, this is an exciting insider's peek at life onboard a wartime aircraft carrier.

  • 2:00am

    Catching Killers:

    Blood Spatter

    Criminal investigator in front of blood spatter on wall

    For over 50 years, crime investigators have been playing a grisly game of connect the dots, linking blood spatter at violent crime scenes to ruthless killers. Join two investigations and see how the ever-evolving forensic science of bloodstain pattern analysis helped investigators solve both the 1954 murder of the wife of a prominent doctor and the death of a Las Vegas playboy 40 years later. Both deaths made headlines and led to scandalous accusations, but it was the blood on the walls that told the true story.

  • 3:00am

    The Real Story:

    Star Trek

    USS Enterprise from JJ Abrams timeline flying away from a bright star

    The biggest movie and TV franchise of all time, Star Trek spawned more than 700 TV episodes and twelve films. Creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future helped inspire today's scientists to develop the first scientific principles of teleportation, the creation of artificial intelligence, androids, and more. Now, scientists, series producers, the first Trekkies, and Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, provide new insights into a show that inspired audiences everywhere to create a better world.

  • 4:00am

    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.

  • 5:00am

    Arabia Uncovered

    Open doorway of Arabian tomb

    Discover Saudi Arabia's fascinating past, captured in over 200 artifacts. Each item reveals stories of the migrants, traders, and pilgrims who have been drawn to this land for centuries. The rich heritage of the Arabian Peninsula is coming into focus, thanks to recent excavations and an extraordinary exhibition that has just reached American soil. Get a firsthand look at these priceless artifacts, from fragile glassware to massive stone statues, and see how these relics are just the first of many discoveries to come.