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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Michigan

    Barge on Lake Michigan in early morning

    Michigan is a Midwestern powerhouse, where one man's assembly lines brought the automobile to America and another man's "Hit Factory" brought the Motown sound to the world. Named after the Native American term for "big lake," Michigan is defined not only by the Great Lakes that shape it, but how its residents shaped America. Discover its diverse history and its visionaries who built empires, started unions, and helped win a World War.

  • 7:00am

    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.

  • 8:00am

    The Wild Andes:

    Life in the Clouds

    Light & Shadow GmbH

    In the northern Andes, towering mountains straddle the equator. The contrast between icy peaks and tropical forests has created one of the most diverse collection of creatures on the planet. Explore the northerly part of the world's longest mountain chain, from the breathless heights of the paramo to the dank world of the cloud forest to the dry forests in the foothills. Discover the unique species that call this land of extremes home, including poison frogs, spectacled bears, and nearly 150 different types of hummingbirds.

  • 9:00am

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

    From the Seas to the Skies

    Rendering of a tiktaalik coming onto land.

    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

    Air Warriors:

    F-4 Phantom

    It's called Double Ugly, the Rhino, and MiG Killer, but to the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and even NASA, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is known for being one of the greatest frontline fighters of all time. Witness the remarkable story of an aircraft that was built for the Cold War, chased rockets to advance the Space Race, and transformed itself to serve in Vietnam and Iraq. It's a tale that spans six decades, beginning with a supersonic bang and ending in a blaze of glory.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    The Dakotas

    Field of yellow flowers with trees in background

    Take in the soaring views above a state that inspired a future president, launched the country's first millionaire, and kept a dark, rich secret under its expansive prairies for centuries. This lofty journey over North Dakota highlights the Roughrider State's grand beauty, which healed a grieving Teddy Roosevelt and transformed him into a defender of America's wild land. Explore the state's booms and busts, from fur trade explosions to frontier battles to the thousands of oil wells that dot the land and house flaming vents that are visible from space.

  • 12:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Deadly Reputation

    Commercial aircraft on slick runway at Congonhas Airport in Brazil

    Runway 35L at Congonhas Airport in Brazil is considered to be one of the most dangerous landing strips in the world. On July 17, 2007, it lived up to its bad reputation when an A320 Airbus skidded off the tarmac and crashed into a building, claiming 199 lives. But was this accident actually the result of anxiety over the runway and not the runway itself? Join the investigation as experts scrutinize everything from the asphalt, to the weather, to the stressful conditions that gravely affected the pilot's judgment and actions.

  • 1:00pm

    Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI

    A soldier showing Jeff Gusky a WWI stone cave carving.

    An amazing discovery has been made beneath a farm field in Northern France: a vast underground city where World War I soldiers, on both sides of the conflict, took refuge a century ago. Even more remarkable, it is one of hundreds of buried havens set up close to a 45-mile stretch of the Western Front. Follow American explorer and photographer Jeff Gusky as he documents one of these long forgotten shelters, and witness his attempts to connect the names of the American soldiers etched into the limestone walls to their living descendants.

  • 2:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Chaco Canyon

    Remains of Chaco Canyon in the American Southwest.

    Embedded on a canyon floor in New Mexico are the broken ruins of ancient structures, buildings constructed over 1,000 years ago by the Pueblo civilization of Chaco Canyon. For over 300 years, this community grew and prospered under the leadership of a shadowy elite. But something happened that led to claims of bloodshed, human sacrifice, and even cannibalism. What happened? Our team of experts visits the remarkable landscape that this ancient civilization once called home to see what caused its swift and violent demise.

  • 3:00pm

    Battle of Okinawa in Color

    Colorized: soldiers raising the U.S. flag after the Battle of Okinawa.

    By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

  • 4:00pm

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Ocean Endeavour

    The Ocean Endeavour cruise ship in the Mediterranean sea.

    Ocean Endeavour is about the furthest thing you can imagine from a tropical pleasure cruise. This Arctic expedition offers guests the ultimate ocean odyssey through glacial waters and into remote regions larger cruise ships won't dare go. Join us on a priceless 12-day polar adventure from Greenland's west coast across the Davis Strait into Canada and through the Northwest Passage. For passengers, it's a trip of a lifetime, but for the ship's crew, every experience brings uncertainty and the potential for danger.

  • 5:00pm

    Secrets:

    Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China with mountains in the background.

    The Great Wall of China is more than just a part of history, it's part of the world's geography, a sprawling, massive edifice of mud, reeds, and billions of bricks. But why did the Chinese go to such lengths to build it? And what secrets have enabled it to survive for over 2,000 years? We unravel its mysteries and rewrite its complex history through groundbreaking science and pioneering drone technology. This is how the wall was built, what its real purpose was, how it has survived multiple earthquakes and attacks, and how long it really runs.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Free Fall

    Qantas Airways Flight 72 cruises at 37,000 feet to Perth, Australia from Singapore. Suddenly, the highly automated A-330 fires off a series of contradictory warnings and repeatedly nosedives toward the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the heroic flying of a former fighter pilot, the accident does not end in all-out disaster, but the danger is far from over. With almost 600 A-330s in service around the globe, investigators must find out what went wrong before calamity strikes again.

  • 7:00pm

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Saturn V

    The Saturn V NASA rocket launching from Kennedy Space Center. NASA

    It's 1961 and the Soviets are dominating the Space Race. President Kennedy ups the stakes dramatically, giving NASA until the end of the decade to land a man on the moon. Led by Wernher von Braun, engineers across America work together to build a rocket that will get them to this seemingly impossible destination: the Saturn V. This is the remarkable story of the engineers who rose to the challenge to build the most complex and powerful machine ever made by man, and the impact their phenomenal achievements continue to have to this day.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Storming Out

    It was supposed to be a routine 50-minute hop from Columbia, SC to Charlotte, NC for USAir Flight 1016. But in an instant, a beautiful summer day gave way to one of the most powerful microbursts on record, sending the DC-9 crashing to Earth and killing 37 of the 52 passengers on board. While the storm was intense, investigators are not convinced weather alone caused the disaster. Revisit the harrowing crash and discover how the plane's extreme changes in speed, direction, and altitude created fatal confusion in the cockpit.

  • 9:00pm

    Atomic Age Declassified:

    Born with the Bomb

    Ken Hackman

    The bombing of Japan, the Soviet's "First Lightning" test, and America's H-bomb detonations were powerful signs that the Nuclear Age was upon us. But as recently declassified files reveal, explosive events were also carried out in secret. Discover how far the U.S. government went to protect its Cold War intel and how close the world came to total annihilation. From the framing of Ethel Rosenberg to radiation experiments on unsuspecting civilians, this is a grim look at the quieter side of the Atomic Age.

  • 10:00pm

    A-Bombs Over Nevada

    A mushroom cloud from nuclear bomb testing in Nevada. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Field Office

    The dropping of "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" on Japan marked the end of World War II and the dawn of the Atomic Age. The race against the Soviet Union to build a bigger, better bomb was on. The U.S. put their new nukes to the test on a desolate stretch of desert just 65 miles away from Las Vegas, and people traveled from all over the country to witness the detonations. This is the story of the nation's grand atomic experiment and the bizarre atomic subculture that spawned beauty queens, new hairdos, and radioactive superheroes.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Storming Out

    It was supposed to be a routine 50-minute hop from Columbia, SC to Charlotte, NC for USAir Flight 1016. But in an instant, a beautiful summer day gave way to one of the most powerful microbursts on record, sending the DC-9 crashing to Earth and killing 37 of the 52 passengers on board. While the storm was intense, investigators are not convinced weather alone caused the disaster. Revisit the harrowing crash and discover how the plane's extreme changes in speed, direction, and altitude created fatal confusion in the cockpit.

  • 12:00am

    Atomic Age Declassified:

    Born with the Bomb

    Ken Hackman

    The bombing of Japan, the Soviet's "First Lightning" test, and America's H-bomb detonations were powerful signs that the Nuclear Age was upon us. But as recently declassified files reveal, explosive events were also carried out in secret. Discover how far the U.S. government went to protect its Cold War intel and how close the world came to total annihilation. From the framing of Ethel Rosenberg to radiation experiments on unsuspecting civilians, this is a grim look at the quieter side of the Atomic Age.

  • 1:00am

    A-Bombs Over Nevada

    A mushroom cloud from nuclear bomb testing in Nevada. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Field Office

    The dropping of "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" on Japan marked the end of World War II and the dawn of the Atomic Age. The race against the Soviet Union to build a bigger, better bomb was on. The U.S. put their new nukes to the test on a desolate stretch of desert just 65 miles away from Las Vegas, and people traveled from all over the country to witness the detonations. This is the story of the nation's grand atomic experiment and the bizarre atomic subculture that spawned beauty queens, new hairdos, and radioactive superheroes.

  • 2:00am

    Building The Ultimate Telescope

    Radio telescopes at the ALMA observatory in Chile. © Terra Mater / Marco Polo Film AG

    On a high plateau in a remote desert in northern Chile lies the largest observatory on Earth, ALMA, or Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array. The name refers to a network of 66 massive radio telescopes, working in unison to observe the birth and death of stars and planets, and answer centuries-old questions about the origins of our universe. Witness the history of ALMA, the remarkable product of a 20-year global effort, and see how it is already changing our basic understanding of the cosmos, and astronomy itself.

  • 3:00am

    Disasters at Sea:

    Deadly Neglect

    Thirty miles off the coast of Virginia on February 11, 1983, bulk carrier Marine Electric struggles to stay afloat in a savage winter storm and sinks into the Atlantic. 31 of its 34 crewmembers are dead, leaving the Coast Guard and the NTSB scrambling for answers. Revisit the harrowing final moments of the 40-year-old vessel and follow the investigation that found dozens of other carriers and their crews at risk.

  • 4:00am

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Europa 2

    The luxury cruise ship Europa 2.

    Europa 2 is a cruise ship that's small in size but big on luxury, with 370 crew members tending to the needs of just 500 guests, and more space per passenger than any other cruise liner. This floating boutique hotel will do anything to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience to its guests, including letting them choose where the ship will go. Take a ride on Europa's very first "surprise cruise," where a vote will determine which ports they will visit over the course of 10 days in the Mediterranean--a daring concept with the potential for chaos.

  • 5:00am

    Tales From Zambia:

    Wild Heavyweights

    It's the dry season in Zambia's Luangwa Valley, where some of the planet's largest animals live side by side. Elephants, buffalo, hippos, giraffes, and crocodiles--all weighing in at over a ton--need a constant supply of food and water to survive. But with temperatures regularly topping 120 degrees, resources are scarce and tensions are running high. Discover the ingenious strategies and amazing adaptations that help these heavyweights make it through the lean times in one of the hottest places in Africa.

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