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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Oregon

    Smith Rock

    Individualistic, eccentric and freethinking: a mix that's intrinsically "Made in Oregon." These traits belong not just to the people of this diverse state, but also to the landscape itself. From Crater Lake to the High Cascades to the perilous Pacific coastline, this state is full of natural beauty. From Lewis and Clark's search for "land's end" to the thousands of emigrants who arrived via the Oregon Trail, the state has always attracted the adventurous type.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Dutch Farmland

    This thrilling ride over the Keystone State takes you over large cities and across small towns, where tradition thrives, Nittany Lions roar, and freedom rings. It's where the first football game was played and the bloodiest Civil War battle was fought. Where American Independence began and America's westward expansion commenced. Whether you prefer cheesesteak or chocolate, Andy Warhol or Rocky Balboa, this aerial tour of Pennsylvania has something for everyone!

  • 8:00am

    Africa's Wild Havens:

    Camelthorn Tree

    A fluttering bird backlit next to a tree.

    It stands tall in the semi-arid desert of the Kalahari, giving its inhabitants much-needed shade during summer days, large pods when food is scarce, and a foundation for one of the most remarkable constructions built by a colony of birds. It's the camelthorn, one of only a handful of large trees that can take root in the Kalahari's deficient soil. Discover the evolutionary secrets that allow it to tower as a master of survival in the vast expanses of these African plains, where living is an often unthinkable challenge.

  • 9:00am

    Wild Castles:

    Carcassonne

    North of the Pyrenees mountain range stands France's ancient Carcassonne, a stone fortress that has faced sieges, endured the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition, and thrived as a center of wealth during the salt trade a millennia ago. Today, it's a protected sanctuary and an avian paradise for robust avocets, exotic flamingos, and other birds.

  • 10:00am

    Amazing Pigs

    Terra Mater Factual Studios / Matt Hamilton

    Forget what you think you know about pigs. These remarkable animals have talents we're only beginning to understand. See how pigs have conquered nearly every habitat on Earth, thanks to their remarkable senses, intelligence, and adaptability. From the islands of Indonesia to the beaches of the Bahamas to the frozen tundra of Siberia, meet eight-inch pygmy hogs, cheetah-avoiding warthogs, domesticated pigs with super senses, and more.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Maryland & Delaware

    View of Chesapeake Bay and nearby uncultivated land

    Visit the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner and explore the sites where Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth and the DuPont family made their marks on American history. Maryland and Delaware are two small states of great historical significance. Highlighted by the great bays of the eastern seaboard: Chesapeake and Delaware, both states are defined by the legacies of their colonial pasts. This aerial journey reveals their giant stature in the history of America.

  • 12:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Deadly Descent

    Just twenty minutes from touching down in Hong Kong from Indonesia, a sudden engine malfunction transforms an airbus A330 into a 200-ton glider. The plane appears destined to ditch into the South China Sea unless the captain can come up with a better plan. Miraculously, he does. Witness the emergency landing of Cathay Pacific Flight 780, and hear from the pilots and crew who somehow found a way to beat the odds and save the lives of all 322 people on board.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    KC-135 Stratotanker

    U.S. Air Force aerial refueller on a tarmac.

    Quite simply, the KC-135 Stratotanker is the backbone of American air power. This aerial refueler has allowed America's military aircraft to reach across the globe for the past 60 years, carrying up to 200,000 pounds of fuel with a transfer rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. Join us as we celebrate an aircraft that's always on call, always ready to adapt to unexpected situations, and always carrying enough fuel to feed thirsty U.S. fighter jets and keep them flying around the clock.

  • 2:00pm

    America in Color:

    Titans of Industry

    Image from the Collections of The Henry Ford

    America is still a rural nation in 1910. Most homes don't have electricity, and less than one percent of the population owns a car. But that changes with the rise of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison, who help foster the economic and technological booms of the early 20th century. Through colorized archival footage and personal home movies, explore the business relationships that transformed America and glimpse into powerful friendships that lasted a lifetime.

  • 3:00pm

    A Shot to Save the World

    Young boy receives Polio vaccine Copyright owned by University of Pittsburgh. All rights reserved.

    It was 1952, and polio had reached outbreak levels in America. There was no known cause, no cure, and no help in sight for parents desperate to protect their children. Our nation's hope was placed in a 33-year-old scientist, working from a basement lab in Pittsburgh. His name was Jonas Salk, and in just a few years, he would bring infantile paralysis to its knees and change the course of medical history. Travel back to a world gripped in fear and see how Dr. Salk, with his dedicated staff, a young charity, and a faithful nation, came together to conquer polio.

  • 4:00pm

    COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai

    As the Coronavirus bursts into the world's consciousness, follow the residents of one apartment building in Shanghai as they face a daunting new reality. Join filmmaker Yu Kung and his wife Crystal Liu as they document tales of their neighbors: a doctor risking her life every day; a family trying to keep its wedding-dress business afloat; a self-described workaholic lawyer reconnecting with his young son at home. This firsthand look captures an unprecedented pandemic, fueling anxiety, uncertainty, but also unexpected, life-affirming moments.

  • 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:

    Fatal Friction

    Passengers place their lives in the hands of pilots on every flight. While pilots are highly trained to handle a wide variety of emergencies, it is often personal problems like impatience, arrogance, and incompetence that can lead to tragedy. Witness three air disasters caused by human flaws and tension in the cockpit, including the 1972 crash of a British Trident, a Minnesota commuter plane that slammed into a hillside, and a Colorado flight doomed by a hungover captain.

  • 7:00pm

    Battle of Midway: The True Story

    It's June 1942 and the world's fate is about to be decided by a handful of pilots and their untested aircraft. Experience an inside look at the Battle of Midway, captured through rarely seen battle footage and firsthand accounts from its hero dive-bombing pilot, "Dusty" Kleiss. This is an hour-by-hour recount of one of the most pivotal conflicts of the 20th century. Take a closer look at how this desperately needed victory came about through the design of U.S. airplanes, the skill of the pilots, the element of surprise, and a stroke of luck.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    U-2 Dragon Lady

    CIA spy plane coming in to land. US Department of Defense/DVIDS

    Over the last half century, the U-2 Dragon Lady has become one of the most reliable aerial reconnaissance platforms in the sky today. But its history has been turbulent, marked by Cold War scandals that sent relations with the Soviet Union into a nosedive. This spy plane was so secret, it was commissioned not by the Air Force, but by the CIA. See how this plane and its pilots have been pushed to the limit in order to stay off of enemy radar and save the lives of soldiers around the world.

  • 9:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Death Race

    Legendary pilot Jimmy Leeward is determined to make news at the 2011 Reno Air Races by pushing his World War II P-51 Mustang to a record-breaking speed of 500 MPH. He succeeds, but at a tragic cost. Mid-race, Leeward loses control of his plane and crashes, killing himself and ten air show spectators. Witness the shocking crash and aftermath captured on video, then follow the 11-month investigation to determine the cause.

  • 10:00pm

    Disasters at Sea:

    Storm Watch

    Containership SS El Faro is halfway into its run from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, carrying 12,000 tons of cargo. The massive 790-foot vessel is built for rough weather, but it's about to meet its match in the form of Category 3 hurricane Joaquin. After the 33-person crew loses a battle against 115-MPH winds and 26-foot swells, the U.S. Coast Guard and NTSB join forces to find out why the ship sailed straight towards the eye of the storm.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    U-2 Dragon Lady

    CIA spy plane coming in to land. US Department of Defense/DVIDS

    Over the last half century, the U-2 Dragon Lady has become one of the most reliable aerial reconnaissance platforms in the sky today. But its history has been turbulent, marked by Cold War scandals that sent relations with the Soviet Union into a nosedive. This spy plane was so secret, it was commissioned not by the Air Force, but by the CIA. See how this plane and its pilots have been pushed to the limit in order to stay off of enemy radar and save the lives of soldiers around the world.

  • 12:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Death Race

    Legendary pilot Jimmy Leeward is determined to make news at the 2011 Reno Air Races by pushing his World War II P-51 Mustang to a record-breaking speed of 500 MPH. He succeeds, but at a tragic cost. Mid-race, Leeward loses control of his plane and crashes, killing himself and ten air show spectators. Witness the shocking crash and aftermath captured on video, then follow the 11-month investigation to determine the cause.

  • 1:00am

    Disasters at Sea:

    Storm Watch

    Containership SS El Faro is halfway into its run from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, carrying 12,000 tons of cargo. The massive 790-foot vessel is built for rough weather, but it's about to meet its match in the form of Category 3 hurricane Joaquin. After the 33-person crew loses a battle against 115-MPH winds and 26-foot swells, the U.S. Coast Guard and NTSB join forces to find out why the ship sailed straight towards the eye of the storm.

  • 2:00am

    Secrets of the Third Reich:

    Nazi Treasure Hoard

    Nazi soldiers hailing a train to secretly transport crates of valuables at night.

    The mountains of southern Germany hold one of the 'Secrets of the Third Reich,' and perhaps millions in lost Nazi treasure. It was here, at the tail end of World War II, that Heinrich Himmler planned an Alpine Fortress for a hardcore group of Hitler's elite army. The plan never happened, but what about the hundreds of millions of dollars in government and private funds that made their way to the Alps from Berlin? We examine the myth of "Alpenfestung," which has fascinated historians and treasure hunters alike for many decades.

  • 3:00am

    Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine

    Forensic archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls © Furneaux and Edgar Productions

    Forensic archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls has been granted unprecedented access to excavate one of history's greatest crime scenes: Hitler's secret extermination camp in the Polish village of Treblinka. Here, between 1942 and 1943, 900,000 Jews were sent to their deaths, but for 70 years, all evidence of the camp and its victims had vanished... until now. Follow the quest to unearth the processing rooms, gas chambers, and mass graves Hitler tried to erase from existence and journey into the dark heart of the Nazi's Final Solution.

  • 4:00am

    China From Above:

    Mountains and Rivers

    From stunning heights, witness the mountains, rivers, and people that make up China's great interior. Visit celebrations at the center of the Buddhist world and on the edges of river cities, soar over the world's most famous peak 29,000 feet in the air, and dive into an ancient city submerged under a lake. China's heartland is a place where urban and rural communities embrace the challenges of a changing 21st century world.

  • 5:00am

    Into the Wild India:

    Youngsters of the Desert

    Kalyan Varma

    In northwest India lies the great Thar Desert, where four youngsters are about to be tested by the full force of their harsh habitat. A pair of leopard cubs must fend for themselves when their mother suddenly abandons them. A young lion survives a purge of his pride, but without his mother's milk, he's staring at a death sentence. In the nearby grassy scrublands, a young blackbuck faces a different kind of trial: his first mating season. Can this callow cast of animals prove they have the resourcefulness and resilience to survive?

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