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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Best Small Towns

    Small midwestern town with bridges in foreground and distance

    Smithsonian Magazine and Smithsonian Channel team up to take one of our signature series to even greater heights! Join us on a cross-country tour over our nation's most fascinating small towns, from Medora, North Dakota, where Teddy Roosevelt once sought solace, to Carmel, California, where Dirty Harry became mayor. This soaring journey shows the road less traveled is often the one best traveled, as only Aerial America can.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Alaska's Fire and Ice

    Small plane soaring over Alaska's mountains

    It's twice the size of Texas, features 16 of the 20 tallest mountains in the nation and is home to the biggest earthquake of the 20th century. Everything about Alaska is larger, tougher, and more extreme than any other state. This breathtaking two-part journey soars over its one-half million square miles of winter wonderland and shows why countless adventurers have come to the 49th State over the centuries in search of gold, silver, mountain-peak views, dog-sledding glory, and more.

  • 8:00am

    America in Color:

    The 1920s

    Colorized: Babe Ruth with a woman in fur.

    The 1920s was a decade of unprecedented change for America. Soldiers returned from war. Well-paid jobs were plentiful. Women cast aside "proper behavior," and the Jazz Age erupted. It was an era of vibrant times and colorful characters, but for nearly a century, many have only seen it in black and white, until now. For the first time, we present the Roaring '20s in color, from Ford's assembly line to Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and from speakeasies to New York's Wall Street, before and after the crash.

  • 9:00am

    America in Color:

    The 1930s

    Colorized: black men lining up for the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike in San Francisco. Everett Collection Historical/Alamy Stock Photo

    During the turbulent 1930s the stock market crash sent the United States into a tailspin of violence and disorder. As one president flounders, another offers a New Deal, putting America back to work and reshaping the landscape in the process. Revisit a decade when our nation was pushed to its limits and fought its way through, presented like it's never been seen before -- in color. From the end of Prohibition to the start of bold projects and from Dust Bowl nightmares to Technicolor Hollywood dreams, it's the '30s as only few have seen them.

  • 10:00am

    Spy Wars with Damian Lewis:

    Bombs in the Sky

    Alaska tv

    It was the largest surveillance operation in British history, involving 800 agents monitoring 24 suspects around the clock in order to thwart a fiendish terrorist plot. Host Damian Lewis examines the 2006 joint investigation between MI5, London's Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Unit, and the CIA to track down a homegrown Al Qaeda cell in east London and stop its plan to blow up multiple U.S.-bound passenger planes using liquid bombs.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial Africa:

    Western Cape

    Panoramic view of Table Bay and Cape Town, South Africa. Aquavision TV Productions

    At the southern tip of Africa, where two oceans violently collide, the spectacular flat-topped Table Mountain stands guard over a richly diverse metropolis of cultures and people. Welcome to the Western Cape, a region transformed by diamonds and wine, film and tourism, and a message of peace and freedom from a one-time banished exile. Take flight and discover the breathtaking wonder of this remarkable province from above.

  • 12:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Terror in San Francisco

    NTSB investigator making notes on a clear board.

    It's July 6th, 2013, and Asiana Airlines Flight 214 nears the end of an overnight trip from Seoul to San Francisco. It's a perfect day for flying, but as the pilots prepare for landing, something goes horribly wrong. The aircraft comes in too low and slams into the seawall at the edge of the runway before careening across the tarmac. Eyewitness videos capture the dramatic scene as hundreds of passengers appear from the smoking fuselage. Join the investigation as air safety experts attempt to figure out what exactly doomed the Boeing 777.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Spitfire

    The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the greatest air-to-air fighters in history, entering into combat over the skies of Dunkirk, London, and Malta when Britain needed it most. But before earning its reputation as the defense of the free world, the Spitfire experienced its share of turbulence against the mighty Luftwaffe. Thanks to a radical idea for an elliptical-shaped wing, a Rolls Royce engine, and ace pilots, this is the story of how it ultimately prevailed and helped free the world of tyranny.

  • 2:00pm

    America in Color:

    Organized Crime

    It's the 1920s. America is on the rise, and so is a dark underworld run by a new kind of criminal, one that is organized, sophisticated, and ruthless. For the next 40 years, legendary gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello build vast empires thanks to bootlegging, illegal gambling, and shady alliances with politicians. Follow the violent rise and fall of organized crime, presented in color for the first time through remastered archival footage and never-before-broadcast home movies.

  • 3:00pm

    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.

  • 4:00pm

    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.

  • 5:00pm

    Secrets:

    Egypt's Apocalypse Volcano

    Not only was Cleopatra's Roman lover and protector Julius Caesar murdered in 44 B.C., but the world itself seemed to have turned against her. Ominous celestial visions filled the skies, and Egypt became gripped by drought, famine, and disease. New evidence found in Greenland's ice sheets suggests the fall of ancient Egypt shouldn't entirely be linked to Cleopatra; it may have been hastened by a colossal volcanic eruption.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Disaster at Tenerife

    Air traffic controller looking through binoculars.

    Nearly half a century later, it remains history's deadliest air crash. The 1977 collision of two jumbo jets at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands horrified the world and sent investigators scrambling to understand what happened. Witness the runway disaster that claimed the lives of 583 passengers and crew. Then watch as examiners from Spain, the Netherlands, and the U.S. sift through the wreckage, the tower transcripts, and one pilot's flight log to untangle the chain of events that led to this catastrophic accident.

  • 7:00pm

    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.

  • 8:00pm

    Dung Dynasty

    During the rainy season in Africa, a herd of buffalo can create thousands of pounds of waste in a day, which would be an environmental disaster if not for the dung beetle. These extraordinary insects depend on waste to survive. They eat it, attract mates with it, and raise families in it. Although dung beetles are critical to the ecosystem, they don't have it easy. Every day, they must avoid being trampled, evade predators like bullfrogs, honey badgers, and rock monitor lizards, and rival dung beetle families desperate for the same fecal prize.

  • 9:00pm

    When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time

    Did you know that whales once walked the earth and crocodiles were once bipeds? Or that 95% of the bird population was wiped out in the last mass extinction? Or that elephants have grown shorter tusks to survive poachers? For generations, the histories of our planet's greatest creatures were a mystery, but thanks to new fossil finds and modern science, we're piecing it all together. Witness the surprising evolutionary stories of four remarkable creatures and the role humans may play in their next chapters.

  • 11:00pm

    Dung Dynasty

    During the rainy season in Africa, a herd of buffalo can create thousands of pounds of waste in a day, which would be an environmental disaster if not for the dung beetle. These extraordinary insects depend on waste to survive. They eat it, attract mates with it, and raise families in it. Although dung beetles are critical to the ecosystem, they don't have it easy. Every day, they must avoid being trampled, evade predators like bullfrogs, honey badgers, and rock monitor lizards, and rival dung beetle families desperate for the same fecal prize.

  • 12:00am

    When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time

    Did you know that whales once walked the earth and crocodiles were once bipeds? Or that 95% of the bird population was wiped out in the last mass extinction? Or that elephants have grown shorter tusks to survive poachers? For generations, the histories of our planet's greatest creatures were a mystery, but thanks to new fossil finds and modern science, we're piecing it all together. Witness the surprising evolutionary stories of four remarkable creatures and the role humans may play in their next chapters.

  • 2:00am

    Aerial America:

    Montana

    View of Glacier National Park

    Big skies, big adventure, and big spirits: this is Montana. It's where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country's fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It's also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases the Treasure State's mountains and milestones, its legends and landmarks, all from spectacular heights.

  • 3:00am

    Aerial America:

    Nebraska

    Dirt houses with grass roofs

    This is a land of bold landscapes and brave history. It's where uninhabitable desert plains have been transformed into cornfields and cattle ranges that feed America. Soar above this agricultural powerhouse as we explore the Cornhusker State's vast farms, towering spires, desolate badlands, and gleaming cities. We also celebrate Johnny Carson, Warren Buffet, Carhenge, the College World Series, and other great figures, landmarks, and pastimes that call Nebraska home.

  • 4:00am

    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.

  • 5:00am

    The Mountain Lion and Me

    A mountain lion peering into a night vision camera.

    On the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park is Paradise Valley, Montana, home to bears, wolves, elk, and an animal so secretive, few ever get to see it: the mountain lion. Wildlife filmmaker Casey Anderson became one of those lucky few after following the tracks of the elusive cat from his backyard into the world of a mother and her three cubs. It was the beginning of what would become a remarkable relationship that gave Casey a rare glimpse into the life of a mountain lion family and a new understanding of an animal we know so little about.

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