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  • 6:00am

    Fighting Irish of the Civil War:

    Clear The Way

    Fighting Irish troops aiming rifles in battle Tile Films Ltd.

    It wasn't long after the Civil War began that Lincoln knew he was in for a fight. For the North to prevail, it would need the efforts of its immigrants. The Irish Brigade was the brainchild of a charismatic revolutionary, Thomas Francis Meagher, who years ago in Ireland was sentenced to death by the English and later exiled to Australia. Embraced by Irish Americans as a rebel, Meagher rallied his people and they flocked to the Union banner. For the first 18 months of the Civil War, they fought with remarkable courage in battle after battle.

  • 7:00am

    A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    American flag in the wind with two soldiers with fixed bayonets

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the battle that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.

  • 8:00am

    America's Lost Submarine

    Rusted submarine wreckage

    A vacation along Panama's Pearl Islands led archaeologist James Delgado to an astounding discovery, the world's first working submarine, rusting on a remote beach, forgotten for over 135 years. We follow Delgado as he uncovers the mystery surrounding this maritime treasure. How did the vessel work, what killed its inventor and crew, and why did it end up here in this deserted archipelago? We also trace the amazing life of German engineer Julius Kroehl and how he invented a diving craft that was half a century ahead of its time.

  • 9:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Umiak I

    The Umiak I, an ice cutter

    Umiak I is the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carrier in the world, and she has to be in order to survive the rough seas and thick ice off the eastern coast of Canada. She is the lifeline to the remote Voisey's Bay Nickel Mine in Labrador. Her job is to deliver desperately needed supplies and return home with 30,000 tons of nickel concentrate, worth over $120 million. Hop aboard and join her fearless crew on a treacherous mission, featuring heavy fog, howling winds, towering waves, and volatile cargo in constant need of monitoring.

  • 10:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    FPSO Maersk Peregrino

    The FPSO Maersk Peregrino, a ship

    Years of planning, $1.5 billion in spending, and 16 million man-hours of labor have come down to this moment. Super tanker Maersk Peregrino is being converted into one of the largest, floating oil production facilities in the world. Stationed off the coast of Brazil, she'll pump, store and off-load billions of dollars worth of crude oil. But first, the crew must complete the makeover. Follow the crew as they attempt to finish an operation fraught with challenges, including strong currents, heavy winds, and even government bureaucracy.

  • 11:00am

    Bible Hunters:

    Search for Truth

    Elderly eastern orthodox priest

    Half a century after Robert Curzon and Constantin von Tischendorf discovered highly controversial early texts of the Holy Scripture, new explorers unearthed even more spectacular treasures. Follow archaeologist Dr. Jeff Rose as he travels deep within Egypt's remote settlements on the trail of 19th and 20th century Bible Hunters. We'll meet daring twin sisters, two lucky young scholars, and one American millionaire, whose findings of early and missing Gospels transformed our understanding of Christianity's sacred texts.

  • 12:00pm

    Bible Hunters:

    Hidden in the Sands

    Archeologist Dr. Jeff Rose at the Egyptian pyramids

    Christianity's sacred text faced a crisis over 200 years ago. Culture wars and scientific breakthroughs called many elements of the Bible into question. A handful of bold adventurers set out to prove the authority and historic accuracy of the Holy Scripture. But their quests did just the opposite -- unearthing disturbing inconsistencies and raising more questions than ever before. Join archeologist Dr. Jeff Rose as he details the discoveries made by early Bible Hunters and learn how their findings changed how we look at the Bible.

  • 1:00pm

    The Da Vinci Detective

    Close up of Da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi

    One of the only real-life characters in Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," Maurizio Seracini is a controversial scientist on the trail of two fascinating unsolved mysteries. For thirty years, he has searched for a lost Leonardo Da Vinci mural unseen since the 1540s. Along the way, he has uncovered a series of magnificent Da Vinci drawings that were hidden for years. Follow along with the Smithsonian Channel as all of the clues fall into place.

  • 3:00pm

    Merlin: The Legend

    Merlin sitting under a tree near a campfire

    A mystical hero and a historical mystery. A wizard and a scientist. A prophet and a politician. A fighter of evil and the antichrist. Merlin transformed and reinvented himself for generations, constantly shape-shifting and adapting to answer the societal needs of the age. He transcended Welsh and Celtic folklore, entered Arthurian legend, and cast his spell on artists, poets, kings and queens for centuries. If you think Merlin's just a kindly old man with a pointed hat, long white beard and a wand, it's time for another look.

  • 4:00pm

    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.

  • 5:00pm

    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.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Grand Canyon

    Investigator photographing downed plane in Grand Canyon

    Two commercial airliners go missing over the Arizona desert, and are later found in pieces, scattered along the Grand Canyon floor. It's 1956, and air disaster examiner Jack Parshall is pressed for answers. There are no black boxes or any of the advanced technology used by modern day investigators. And all he has to go on are plane fragments and his own expertise. See how Parshall and his team of experts literally pieced the accident together, and how their findings helped transform air travel as we currently know it.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Catastrophe at O'Hare

    Investigators photographing taped-off crash site with debris

    It was the deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history of its time. The 1979 crash of American Airlines Flight 191 terrified a nation and nearly put the DC-10 out of commission forever. Relive the horrific crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport that claimed 273 lives, and see how investigators, under intense pressure from the FAA, the media, and airline companies across the globe, finally identified the cause.

  • 8:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Texas

    McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas

    To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."

  • 9:00pm

    Siege of Masada

    It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.

  • 10:00pm

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Azamara Journey

    When it comes to exploring the heart of Asia's most exotic locales, Azamara Journey is in a class of her own. She reaches destinations big cruise ships cannot, navigating through narrow, winding rivers to deliver her passengers to breathtaking worlds. Set sail on a 15-day cruise, highlighted by elephant-guided tours through tropical jungles and overnight stays in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi. Then meet the dedicated crew as they handle shallow waters, fierce weather, and stubborn local pilots en route to an unforgettable journey.

  • 11:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Texas

    McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas

    To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."

  • 12:00am

    Siege of Masada

    It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.

  • 1:00am

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Azamara Journey

    When it comes to exploring the heart of Asia's most exotic locales, Azamara Journey is in a class of her own. She reaches destinations big cruise ships cannot, navigating through narrow, winding rivers to deliver her passengers to breathtaking worlds. Set sail on a 15-day cruise, highlighted by elephant-guided tours through tropical jungles and overnight stays in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi. Then meet the dedicated crew as they handle shallow waters, fierce weather, and stubborn local pilots en route to an unforgettable journey.

  • 2:00am

    Catching Killers:

    Plant Evidence

    Forensic botanist in lab

    The son of Charles Lindbergh, America's favorite aviator, is kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The crime grips the nation and baffles police. It also catches the attention of a mild mannered wood expert from Wisconsin whose expertise will blow the case wide open and establish the science of forensic botany. Discover how a simple slat of wood helped catch the man who killed "The Eaglet." Then see how, 60 years later, plant evidence in a man's truck is used to link him to an Arizona woman found murdered by a cluster of Palo Verde trees.

  • 3:00am

    L.A. Frock Stars:

    Vintage Rebranded

    Concerned that her vintage boutique shop may be seen as too high-end, Doris Raymond decides to rebrand the store's website to attract a newer and more youthful clientele. Challenges arise, and the relaunch deadline is rapidly approaching. But Doris and The Way We Wore® team do not let that slow them down for a minute. Follow them as they dress burlesque artist Dita von Teese, sell design inspiration to celebrity stylist Jen Rade, and take a private studio tour with revered jeweler to the stars, Joseff of Hollywood.

  • 4:00am

    America's Treasures

    Open wooden music box

    From the desk on which Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence to Dorothy's ruby slippers, the National Museum of American History houses many of America's greatest treasures and icons. Learn the stories of how they came to be a part of the museum's collection, and meet the people who have restored some of these treasures.

  • 5:00am

    How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth

    The Siberian discovery of the best-preserved woolly mammoth on record has teams of experts working around the globe, and around the clock, on some of the most ambitious projects in science. In Russia, paleontologists are conducting a historic autopsy on the 40,000-year-old beast to find out how it lived, and how it died. Meanwhile labs in South Korea and at Harvard University are using the latest advances in DNA manipulation in hopes of cloning the furry giant and introducing it to the modern world.