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  • 6:00am

    Shark Girl

    Scuba diver with mouth open underwater © Ernst Stewart

    For 20-year-old Madison Stewart, nothing feels safer or more natural than diving straight into shark-infested waters. Since childhood, growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she's treated these predators as family. But they're vanishing from existence, and because of their bad reputation, few people seem to care. Follow Madison on her mission to protect our sharks, a battle that began when she put her studies on hold, grabbed a camera, and set out to save these incredible, misunderstood creatures.

  • 7:00am

    Death Beach

    Five great white sharks EARTH-TOUCH

    Man-eating sharks seemingly flock to South Africa's Second Beach. This remote coastline was once considered a surfer's best-kept secret, but now its regarded as Earth's most dangerous beach. Here, sharks don't simply attack; they kill. Gruesome attacks have claimed six lives in five years. Something has triggered bizarrely aggressive behavior in these predators, and biologist Matt Dicken is on a quest to find out why. Join him as he confronts the killers in their own domain.

  • 8:00am

    Smithsonian Spotlight:

    National Museum of African American History

    National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch

    Discover the inspirations, efforts, and challenges involved in establishing an American museum dedicated to presenting and preserving the African American experience. It's still a work in progress, but the first exhibit is already assembled: an extraordinary collection of photographs of this country's most celebrated and influential African Americans.

  • 8:30am

    Smithsonian Spotlight:

    Museum in the Making

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Starting a museum is monumental task. Join us for a first look at Smithsonian's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2016. Founding Director Lonnie Bunch guides us through the challenges, from designing the building to collecting and selecting artifacts that'll represent the 400-year-long African American experience. From Harriet Tubman's prayer hymnal to Louis Armstrong's trumpet, the vast array of artifacts will serve to tell a triumphant story of resiliency, strength, and hope.

  • 9:00am

    David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates:

    From the Seas to the Skies

    Hundreds of millions of years before mammals roamed the planet, a worm-like creature known as Myllokunmingia swam the Cambrian seas. Scientists believe it to be the word's first vertebrate and the forefather of many backboned creatures we see in every environment on the planet today. Join host David Attenborough as he explores the ancient origins of the very first vertebrates. He'll investigates the key advances they developed over 500 million years to help them master the seas, colonize the land and take to the skies.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    Alabama

    Small docks jutting from forested area over a foggy body of water

    Buckle up and "Roll Tide" as we journey over vast cotton fields, endless waters, storied football stadiums, and historical landmarks that collectively tell the tale of Sweet Home Alabama. Discover its rich history as we reveal the astronomical discoveries that helped us reach the moon and the civil rights victories that forged a path to equality for millions. The story of the Cotton State has as many dramatic turns as the tracks of the Talladega Superspeedway.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Louisiana

    New Orleans at night, showing twin bridges over Mississippi River

    Visit the state where the Big Muddy comes to an end and the Big Easy comes to life. Louisiana is home to both great celebrations and great devastation. From cool jazz to hot cooking; from a vast paradise of wetlands to the giant industries endangering its fragile ecosystems, explore the stark contradictions of the Sugar State from soaring heights. Having survived natural and manmade disasters, Louisiana proves it has never lost its festive, fighting spirit.

  • 12:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Mississippi

    Mississippi mansion with white columns

    In Mississippi, culture and history run as deep as its mighty river. Soar over landmarks where Civil Rights movements were waged, Civil War battles were lost and the Blues were born. The Magnolia State is also a land of seductive landscapes and endless creativity, giving us literary geniuses such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, plus musical legends Muddy Waters and Elvis. Take flight on this journey over a land of hospitality, beauty and complexity.

  • 1:00pm

    Mississippi Inferno:

    Seeds of Revolt

    They poured into Mississippi a thousand strong, activists and volunteers, intent on ending racial repression through the Freedom Summer Project. The effort's success relied on local black landowners, families who offered shelter and a degree of economic independence in the form of dirt and deeds. In part one of this two-part series, Danny Glover narrates this untold chapter of American civil rights history, chronicled through archival footage and interviews with the men and women who literally stood their ground against injustice.

  • 2:00pm

    Mississippi Inferno:

    Deeds of Defiance

    For African-American landowners and the activists they supported, change finally came to Mississippi in the 1960s. After beatings, arrests, fire bombings, and murder, congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination nationwide. But the fight for constitutional rights was far from over. Danny Glover narrates the untold story of the courageous black landowners who brought change to Mississippi, leading to the Voting Rights Act, school desegregation, and, ultimately, seats in public office.

  • 3:00pm

    Major League Legends:

    Babe Ruth

    He was known as The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, and simply The Babe, but in the annals of history he's known simply as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Discover the rags-to-riches story of George Herman Ruth and witness his climb from reformatory student to baseball great to America's first modern mega-celebrity. His story transcends his baseball accomplishments, which were legion, and we look beyond the caricature and mythic legends to reveal the real Babe Ruth, an American Hercules who redefined the game of baseball.

  • 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

    WWII's Most Daring Raids:

    Stealing Hitler's Radar

    The code name is Operation Biting, a planned British raid on Bruneval, in Nazi-occupied Northern France. The mission is to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines and capture a powerful German radar system, but there is an even greater goal to be achieved: show Hitler that they still have plenty of fight in them. But what the brave men of C Company are about to do has never been attempted before, and pulling it off will require sneaking past the very radar they are trying to capture.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Out of Sight

    A DC-9 is just minutes from landing at LAX Airport when it is rocked by a sudden jolt. Within seconds, it crashes to Earth, demolishing a small L.A. community. Soon after, a wrecked private plane is found, leading to an unmistakable conclusion: a midair collision. Follow investigators as they determine what happened in the skies over Cerritos, CA, what caused this disaster, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Fog of War

    The White House is rocked when a military jet carrying American politicians and distinguished visitors mysteriously vanishes in the mountains of Croatia during a storm. When the crashed plane is found, the hard questions begin: why did this specially redesigned US Air Force 737 crash? Was it simply a case of bad weather or, in a war-ravaged part of the world, was there another cause? Relive the 1996 air disaster that killed a star in the Democratic Party, Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, and put the Air Force on the defensive.

  • 9:00pm

    WWII's Most Daring Raids:

    Easy Company's First Assault

    Hours before the most ambitious amphibious invasion in history, Douglas C-47s drop a small group of American paratroopers from Easy Company, the 101st Airborne Division, behind enemy lines. The mission: to take out four German howitzers about to assault Utah Beach. Witness the moments before the D-Day invasion through the perspective of the men carrying out this daring raid, including commanding officer Lieutenant Winters, whose remarkable improvised assault against a much larger force would make history.

  • 10:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Nevada

    Las Vegas at night, showing imitation Eiffel Tower

    Nevada is known as a Wild West state that's still a little wild, but there's more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada's vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of American ingenuity: the Hoover Dam. Discover the highs and lows of Nevada's history, and the booms and busts that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Fog of War

    The White House is rocked when a military jet carrying American politicians and distinguished visitors mysteriously vanishes in the mountains of Croatia during a storm. When the crashed plane is found, the hard questions begin: why did this specially redesigned US Air Force 737 crash? Was it simply a case of bad weather or, in a war-ravaged part of the world, was there another cause? Relive the 1996 air disaster that killed a star in the Democratic Party, Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, and put the Air Force on the defensive.

  • 12:00am

    WWII's Most Daring Raids:

    Easy Company's First Assault

    Hours before the most ambitious amphibious invasion in history, Douglas C-47s drop a small group of American paratroopers from Easy Company, the 101st Airborne Division, behind enemy lines. The mission: to take out four German howitzers about to assault Utah Beach. Witness the moments before the D-Day invasion through the perspective of the men carrying out this daring raid, including commanding officer Lieutenant Winters, whose remarkable improvised assault against a much larger force would make history.

  • 1:00am

    Aerial America:

    Nevada

    Las Vegas at night, showing imitation Eiffel Tower

    Nevada is known as a Wild West state that's still a little wild, but there's more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada's vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of American ingenuity: the Hoover Dam. Discover the highs and lows of Nevada's history, and the booms and busts that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers.

  • 2:00am

    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.

  • 3:00am

    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.

  • 4:00am

    Planes That Changed the World:

    SR-71 Blackbird

    The SR-71 Blackbird can travel at three times the speed of sound and at heights of 80,000 feet, at the very edge of space. But its greatest legacy is helping maintain peace when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Even today, this marvel of engineering remains one of the fastest, highest-flying manned planes in the world. This is its remarkable history, through interviews with the men and women who built it and dared to fly it.

  • 5:00am

    Planes That Changed the World:

    DC-3

    Wing flaps. A circular fuselage. Swept back wings. A little bit of the historic DC-3 exists in every plane that flies today. This masterpiece of engineering went against all received aviation wisdom when it was created in the 1930s, but the gamble paid off magnificently, and created a revolution. The DC-3 helped boost an economy still reeling from the Depression, played the lead role in the D-Day invasion, and through its versatility, rugged reliability, and economy, changed air travel forever.