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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    On the Water

    The Shasta Dam in California.

    Water is a resource, a recreation, and a requirement for life itself. It is also a sight to behold, whether it's the product of millions of years of geological evolution or a remarkable feat of modern engineering. This aerial excursion whisks you above America's massive lakes, powerful rivers, mind-boggling glaciers, and shape-shifting wetlands as well as its man-made dams and canals. See how our interaction with water has shaped our nation's landscape and its history, and how its importance continues to ripple from coast to coast.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Roadside Attractions

    Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

    Who said road trips actually have to be on the road? Take a soaring tour above America's famous routes, country lanes, and long highways on a coast-to-coast excursion to some of the most majestic sights on Earth. From the Oregon Trail to the fields of Gettysburg, and from Mount Rushmore to the Grand Canyon, we visit some of our country's many roadside attractions. We also share the larger-than-life figures, tragic tales, and inspiring stories that give us a better sense of our country's long and winding journey to the nation we know today.

  • 8:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Dangerous Approach

    NTSB agent shining flashlight onto plane crash wreckage.

    A Trans-Colorado Airlines commuter plane flies over the Rocky Mountains heading to Durango-La Plata County Airport in 1988. Five miles from touchdown, something goes terribly wrong. There's no sign of the runway and before both pilots can react, the aircraft crashes in the frozen wilderness. Nine of the 17 people on board are killed, and investigators are left scrambling for answers. One survivor's testimony troubles the examiners, but it's an unexpected phone call that points to a shocking discovery.

  • 9:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Murder in the Skies

    Airline pilot staring at his reflection in a mirror.

    It's a routine takeoff on an ordinary morning in 2015 when Germanwings Flight 9525 leaves Barcelona for Dusseldorf. But something goes horribly wrong over the French Alps. The plane begins rapidly descending and air traffic control gets no response from the cockpit. Everyone's worst fears are realized when the plane is found smashed to pieces in the mountains. All passengers and crew aboard are dead. As the investigation unfolds, grief soon turns to horror when black box data points to a possibility so dark, it's almost beyond belief.

  • 10:00am

    Disasters at Sea:

    Trapped in Typhoon Alley

    Massive cargo ship MV Derbyshire, carrying nearly 160,000 tons of iron ore, is passing through the Northwest Pacific en route to Japan. Just a few days from her destination, a raging typhoon swallows up the ship and all 44 people on board. Witness the investigation launched by the family of the doomed ship's crew members, and see how their dogged determination for the truth uncovered a shocking problem potentially affecting an entire fleet of bulk carriers.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial Britain:

    Northern England

    Northern England: birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Beatles, and a long list of mythical, historical, and literary legends. From Hadrian's Wall, the ancient stone boundary that stretches across the country, to the brooding Yorkshire Moors, the setting for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, this aerial tour explores the region's most dramatic natural and manmade landmarks.

  • 12:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Fatal Transmission

    NTSB agent investigating runway accident at Quincy Regional Airport.

    A small airport with intersecting runways and no control tower. A mysterious transmission that may have steered a plane into danger. And a malfunctioning air stair door that turned a survivable accident into one of the worst runway disasters in American history. See how small failures culminated in a tragedy that took the lives of everyone on board United Express Flight 5925 at Quincy Regional Airport in Illinois on November 19, 1996. Then follow the investigation that highlighted the importance of listening to preflight safety briefings.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Prowler/ Growler

    Two men visually signaling a military aircraft from the tarmac.

    What they do is untraceable and highly classified. Instead of utilizing bullets and bombs, they use force and frequency. This is the story of the Prowler, the U.S. Navy's electronic warrior, and its leading counterpart, the Growler. These aircraft are the first line of attack, able to locate, jam, and destroy enemy radar, giving fighter planes more time to complete their missions. With the capability to fight in the electromagnetic spectrum, these Air Warriors have an advantage in the new age of defense.

  • 2:00pm

    Volcanoes: Dual Destruction

    Demian Barrios

    In 2018, two volcanoes unleashed terror on their communities, but in very different ways. Fuego, the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala, sent boiling clouds of gas, ash, and rock down the volcano's slopes and into villages, killing hundreds. In Hawaii, Kilauea spewed out over four billion cubic feet of lava, razing estates, destroying roads, and changing the landscape. Using the latest scientific evidence, we explore what made the eruptions unique, why they were so hard to predict, and whether or not these two catastrophes were somehow connected.

  • 3:00pm

    Mummies Alive:

    Hero of Herculaneum

    Skeletal remains of three victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius wreaked havoc on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum 2,000 years ago, burying them in ash. But there's a forgotten chapter to this tragedy, involving a mass grave of 300 men, women, and children, unearthed in a Herculaneum boathouse in 1982. Found among the corpses: the mummified remains of a man, separated from the others, armed to the teeth and carrying a cache of gold and silver. Was he a hero or a villain? Scientists look for clues in the ancient city and on the body itself.

  • 4:00pm

    America in Color:

    Coming to America

    Alamy

    For many immigrants, their first sight of the U.S. is the Statue of Liberty. The iconic structure promises sanctuary, hope, and a fresh start, but they soon learn that America's arms are not always open. Colorized rare home movies and archival footage reveal the amazing stories of ordinary people who share the same dream. From Caribbean immigrants who settled in Harlem to Italian "radicals" shipped back home to celebrities such as Albert Einstein, see how America changed as immigrants brought new cultures from the margins to the mainstream.

  • 5:00pm

    Secrets:

    Headless Gladiators of York

    A scientist examining decapitated remains found in an ancient gladiatorial cemetery in York, England.

    It remains one of the grisliest finds in ancient archaeology: the skeletons of over 80 battle-scarred men, many of them ritualistically decapitated and then buried nearly 2,000 years ago in York, England. Who were these people? Now, after more than a decade, a team of archaeologists and scientists believe they've finally solved the mystery. Could this site actually be the largest gladiatorial cemetery ever found? Join us as we apply modern day technology to reveal the secrets hidden in these ancient bones and remains of the Roman Empire.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Terror in Paradise

    Passenger aboard a small aircraft staring at the pilot.

    Air Moorea specializes in short flights, providing a vital link between the islands of French Polynesia. It's just a seven-minute hop to Tahiti, but two minutes after takeoff, Flight 1121 falls into a steep dive into the ocean, killing all 20 people on board. Examiners have no idea what happened, until the cockpit voice recorder reveals a sudden cry of alarm that leads them to a remarkable discovery. Relive the crash and the investigation that raised awareness about a hidden threat lurking at commercial airports all over the world.

  • 7:00pm

    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.

  • 8:00pm

    Secrets:

    Tut's Last Mission

    Tutankhamun's tomb remains the greatest archaeological find of all time. For almost a century, its dazzling treasures have told the story of the Boy King's short life. As all 5,000 artifacts from his tomb are being brought together at the Grand Egyptian Museum, a far stranger tale is emerging of the young pharaoh's supernatural experiences after death. Join Egyptologists as they gather evidence and attempt to decode the secrets of Tut's underworld adventure.

  • 9:00pm

    Secrets:

    Tut's Tomb

    Nefertiti pointing, with Akhenaten behind her.

    Since its discovery nearly a century ago, archaeologists have been trying to unlock the secrets of King Tut's tomb, but many questions remain. Why does the tomb appear to be so hastily built? Why is there a strange, black mold peppering the walls? And most intriguingly, does the tomb also house the mummy of ancient Egypt's most iconic queen, Nefertiti? Travel with us to the Valley of the Kings, where Howard Carter made his spectacular discovery in 1922, as we use the latest in digital technology to solve these puzzling mysteries.

  • 10:00pm

    King Tut's Final Mystery

    Man looking into a glass case containing King Tut's mummy.

    King Tut's sudden death at the age of 19 has been a hotly debated topic ever since his tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Why did he die so young? Was he murdered? Was he killed in a chariot accident? To solve this 3,000-year-old cold case, a team of scientists will perform a virtual autopsy on the boy king, using modern technology. Their mission: to determine the cause of Tutankhamun's death and reveal, for the first time, the real boy behind the golden mask.

  • 11:00pm

    Secrets:

    Tut's Last Mission

    Tutankhamun's tomb remains the greatest archaeological find of all time. For almost a century, its dazzling treasures have told the story of the Boy King's short life. As all 5,000 artifacts from his tomb are being brought together at the Grand Egyptian Museum, a far stranger tale is emerging of the young pharaoh's supernatural experiences after death. Join Egyptologists as they gather evidence and attempt to decode the secrets of Tut's underworld adventure.

  • 12:00am

    Secrets:

    Tut's Tomb

    Nefertiti pointing, with Akhenaten behind her.

    Since its discovery nearly a century ago, archaeologists have been trying to unlock the secrets of King Tut's tomb, but many questions remain. Why does the tomb appear to be so hastily built? Why is there a strange, black mold peppering the walls? And most intriguingly, does the tomb also house the mummy of ancient Egypt's most iconic queen, Nefertiti? Travel with us to the Valley of the Kings, where Howard Carter made his spectacular discovery in 1922, as we use the latest in digital technology to solve these puzzling mysteries.

  • 1:00am

    King Tut's Final Mystery

    Man looking into a glass case containing King Tut's mummy.

    King Tut's sudden death at the age of 19 has been a hotly debated topic ever since his tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Why did he die so young? Was he murdered? Was he killed in a chariot accident? To solve this 3,000-year-old cold case, a team of scientists will perform a virtual autopsy on the boy king, using modern technology. Their mission: to determine the cause of Tutankhamun's death and reveal, for the first time, the real boy behind the golden mask.

  • 2:00am

    China's Emperor of Evil

    Stone carving in the Longmen Grottoes.

    In China's Valley of the Kings, there stands a tall, carved stone. It honors the resting place of a woman named Wu Zetian, who rose from concubine to become China's only female emperor. For more than a millennia, history claimed she killed her own children, held power through a ruthless rule of terror, and brought China to the edge of ruin. But are any of these claims true? Join the investigation as we revisit old evidence and reveal new truths, using artifacts and forensic tools to tell the true story of China's Emperor of Evil.

  • 3:00am

    China's Dragon Emperor:

    Creating a Nation

    The army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in formation before the palace.

    Was he an incompetent ruler, a brutal tyrant, or a great leader? 2,000 years after his death, the legacy of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, remains a point of debate. His role in ending centuries of conflict between warring factions and creating China's first imperial dynasty is indisputable, yet he has questionably been portrayed as a violent oppressor. Through ancient texts, artifacts, and expert insights, revisit the life of this complicated and influential figure.

  • 4:00am

    China's Dragon Emperor:

    Architect of the Afterlife

    Emperor Qin Shi Huang ascending the palace steps.

    In the summer of 1974, archaeologists in Northwest China made a remarkable find: an army of life-sized clay soldiers buried underground. These Terracotta Warriors--over 8,000 of them--were created to guard over the first emperor of China in his massive burial mound. Enter his royal tomb, a structure bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza, and discover how it was constructed over 38 years through the hard labor of 700,000 workers. Then see the elaborate measures taken to preserve these ancient findings and bring the past to light.

  • 5:00am

    Predator Road Trip:

    Backseat Lions

    Kevin Richardson petting a male lion's mane.

    Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson is tasked with his greatest challenge yet: moving 27 lions, 14 hyenas and four black leopards to a new sanctuary, but relocating these predators is the least of his problems. After months of clearing bureaucratic hurdles, the permits to transfer the animals are turned down weeks before the move. See how these wild animals are prepared for their new lives in a new reserve and how Kevin's fight to gain permission keeps him away from his four-legged family, straining relationships it took over a decade to build.

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