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  • 6:00am

    Aerial Cities:

    San Francisco 24

    Aerial view look north over the Golden Gate Bridge.

    The jewel of Northern California: the San Francisco Bay Area, home of iconic landmarks, heavy fog, dramatic history, and an amazing group of people who keep this metropolis humming. Take flight on an aerial tour above the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman's Wharf, as well as the city's many hidden treasures. Witness the different ways people here spend their days and nights, from the federal agents keeping the area safe to the grape pickers in Napa to the legion of fans cheering on their beloved 49ers and Warriors.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial Cities:

    Los Angeles 24

    Aerial view of downtown Los Angeles with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

    Whether you're peering down on the movie studios of Hollywood, the boardwalk of Venice Beach, or the ever-active freeways that pulse through the city, there's nothing like a day in the skies over Los Angeles. Join us as we explore the hills, valleys, beaches, and bustle of the second largest metropolis in America, and see what it takes to keep it running around the clock. From sunrise over the San Gabriel Mountains to sunset off the tip of the Santa Monica Pier, celebrate the spectacular daytime and nighttime wonders of the City of Angels.

  • 8:00am

    Fishing for Giants:

    The Nile Swallower

    Andy Coetzee's boat approaching a hippo in the Nile River.

    Angling legend Andy Coetzee heads to Central Africa in search of a leviathan--a fish that legends say can swallow a man and grow to be as heavy as a sumo wrestler. Catching a Nile perch is a fisherman's dream, but finding one could become a nightmare for Andy. Join him as he ventures deep into Uganda and the wilderness European explorers called "Darkest Africa." It's an epic battle against angry waters, hippos, crocodiles, and a fish that has no intentions of being caught.

  • 9:00am

    Fishing for Giants:

    The Dogtooth

    A scuba diver swimming past a reef in the Indian Ocean.

    Fishermen talk of a giant beast that hunts the tropical abyss of the Seychelles archipelago. Wily, strong, and tough as nails, the dogtooth tuna is said to be as ferocious as any shark. Naturalist and extreme angler Andy Coetzee is on a quest to find out if the legends about this sea creature are true. But to find out, he'll need to push himself to the limit, free dive deep into a seemingly bottomless abyss, and brave a storm at the start of monsoon season.

  • 10:00am

    Fishing for Giants:

    Giant Barracuda

    Andy Coetzee holding a giant barracuda.

    Legends speak of a wolf of the sea infamous for maiming, and even killing, fishermen and divers. Extreme angler Andy Coetzee is determined to hook the ferocious giant barracuda and get an up-close look at the apex predator. Follow him into "Africa's Eden" as he braves the murky depths of the 100-pound monster's domain.

  • 11:00am

    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.

  • 12:00pm

    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.

  • 1:00pm

    Cleopatra:

    Blood and Betrayal

    Cleopatra wearing a cloak and carrying a torch.

    In 69 BC, Cleopatra is born into one of history's most merciless and treacherous royal families. Her father, the pharaoh, earmarks her as the next ruler of Egypt, but soon after his death, the teenaged queen finds herself at the center of a struggle, not just for power, but for survival. Witness Cleopatra's early years as she runs for her life, seduces a general, and uses every weapon in her arsenal to guarantee the safety of herself and her country.

  • 2:00pm

    Cleopatra:

    Love and Death

    A hooded Cleopatra looking down at Julius Caesar's body.

    After the death of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra needed a new political ally in Rome. With her life, her son's life, and the fate of Egypt hanging in the balance, she set her sights on the new co-ruler of the Roman Empire: Mark Antony. Their romance would become the ancient world's greatest love story and darkest tragedy. See how their relationship grew from a calculated political move to a passionate affair before devolving into a catastrophic tale of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 3:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Egypt

    The Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Of all the ancient civilizations, Egypt has left the greatest legacy. Its monuments all evoke one indisputable truth: Early Egyptians were obsessed with death and the afterlife. On papyrus rolls and tomb walls, they recorded spells to help the deceased pass all the tests and creatures they would encounter in the underworld. These recordings were known as the Book of the Dead. But what if this book is hiding something deeper about these ancient Egyptian beliefs? The answers could lie within one unique artifact.

  • 4:00pm

    Aerial Cities:

    Seattle 24

    The sun setting behind Puget Sound and Seattle's Space Needle.

    Seattle may be famous for its rainy days, but people here live to get outdoors, to race on its lakes, climb icy summits, ferry to work, or cheer on the Seattle Seahawks in one of the world's loudest stadiums. Spend a day soaring over the city's iconic landmarks and best-kept secrets. From the precise engineering of its Space Needle to the eerie hums of the Sound Garden to a waterfront that rivals any in the world, we salute this shining beacon of America's Pacific Northwest and the people who keep it running 24/7.

  • 5:00pm

    America in Color:

    The 1950s

    Colorized: Rosa Parks fingerprinted at a police station.

    It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Steep Impact

    Two NTSB agents reviewing physical evidence.

    The 1991 crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 to Brunswick, Georgia claims the lives of a NASA astronaut and a former U.S. senator and becomes an international media sensation. Commuter planes like this twin-turboprop aircraft aren't required to carry flight recorders, so investigators must rely on physical evidence to find the cause of the disaster. The strange angle of one of the propeller blades seems to offer an explanation, but in order to prove the detectives' theory, they'll need to take a huge and potentially lethal gamble.

  • 7:00pm

    Combat Ships:

    War Beneath the Waves

    A docked submarine.

    It began with a barrel-shaped submersible that patrolled New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. Since then, the submarine has evolved into a vital weapon of war. Dive in as we track its history, from the 1775 Turtle to the 1879 Resurgam to the mighty German U-boats and nuclear subs of today. Rare archival footage, visits to surviving decommissioned subs, and interviews with crewmembers help explain how these machines became such a powerful symbol of naval supremacy.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Speed Trap

    Man putting together pieces of evidence from the crash of Hughes Airwest Flight 706.

    Just moments after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 suddenly disappears from radar. Soon after, the military reports that an F-4 Phantom fighter jet is also missing from nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Fears of a midair collision are quickly confirmed, raising two key questions: Who hit whom, and why? Join the 1971 investigation and see how this preventable accident led to important changes to the rules of governing aviation, for both commercial and military air traffic.

  • 9:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Mistaken Identity

    Man in a mission control room staring up at a screen.

    A passing civilian airliner or an attacking Iranian fighter jet? That is the question facing Capt. Rogers after his Navy cruiser, stationed in the Persian Gulf, picks up the track of an incoming plane. All attempts to contact the aircraft are unsuccessful. The rules of engagement are clear: anything approaching their vessel is to be considered a threat. But what if it's a friend and not a foe? Witness the crew's intense seven-minute race for answers, the decision they're forced to make, and the major impact it will have on the world.

  • 10:00pm

    Carriers at War:

    Strike Force Arabian Gulf

    An aircraft aboard the USS George HW Bush.

    Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush cruises deep in the Arabian Gulf for a six-month deployment in April 2017 to help ground troops defeat ISIS. Twenty stories high and more than three football fields long, this 100,000-ton ship carries 70 specialized aircraft armed and ready to fly into battle. Witness an up-close look at life aboard the carrier and the rigorous preparation highly skilled pilots and crew undergo before risking their lives to give air support to allied forces fighting on the ground.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Speed Trap

    Man putting together pieces of evidence from the crash of Hughes Airwest Flight 706.

    Just moments after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, Hughes Airwest Flight 706 suddenly disappears from radar. Soon after, the military reports that an F-4 Phantom fighter jet is also missing from nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Fears of a midair collision are quickly confirmed, raising two key questions: Who hit whom, and why? Join the 1971 investigation and see how this preventable accident led to important changes to the rules of governing aviation, for both commercial and military air traffic.

  • 12:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Mistaken Identity

    Man in a mission control room staring up at a screen.

    A passing civilian airliner or an attacking Iranian fighter jet? That is the question facing Capt. Rogers after his Navy cruiser, stationed in the Persian Gulf, picks up the track of an incoming plane. All attempts to contact the aircraft are unsuccessful. The rules of engagement are clear: anything approaching their vessel is to be considered a threat. But what if it's a friend and not a foe? Witness the crew's intense seven-minute race for answers, the decision they're forced to make, and the major impact it will have on the world.

  • 1:00am

    Carriers at War:

    Strike Force Arabian Gulf

    An aircraft aboard the USS George HW Bush.

    Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush cruises deep in the Arabian Gulf for a six-month deployment in April 2017 to help ground troops defeat ISIS. Twenty stories high and more than three football fields long, this 100,000-ton ship carries 70 specialized aircraft armed and ready to fly into battle. Witness an up-close look at life aboard the carrier and the rigorous preparation highly skilled pilots and crew undergo before risking their lives to give air support to allied forces fighting on the ground.

  • 2:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Fog of War

    Soldiers lay American flags over bodies recovered from a military jet crash.

    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.

  • 3:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Vertigo

    The three pilots of Flash Airlines Flight 604 attempting to regain control.

    In the darkness before dawn on January 3, 2004, a pilot loses control of his charter jet and crashes into the Red Sea just minutes after taking off. Was it terrorism? A mechanical failure? Or did the very experienced and respected pilot make a mistake that cost all 148 on board their lives? We revisit the crash of Flash Airlines Flight 604, one of the strangest air disasters in recent history, and reexamine an investigation in search for answers that perhaps will forever remain at the bottom of the Red Sea.

  • 4:00am

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    The World Ablaze

    Five kamikaze pilots drink tea © CC ET C / Tous droits réservés

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tragic images of the US Navy fleet burning and sinking at anchor have been engraved in memory as Roosevelt's "date which will live in infamy." Now, for the first time, see Japanese pilots and crewmen waking up in the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, as they prepare to attack their powerful neighbor across the ocean. In 1941 it is anything but obvious, but the tide has already begun to turn against the Axis powers.

  • 5:00am

    America in Color:

    The 1950s

    Colorized: Rosa Parks fingerprinted at a police station.

    It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.