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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Vermont

    Covered bridge with foliage

    When Robert Frost penned "The Road Not Taken," he was writing about Vermont, and his poem captures the state's unscathed beauty and independent spirit. This state of freethinking and green living attracts all sorts, from artists like Norman Rockwell and the von Trapp family, to nature enthusiasts drawn to its hiking trails, ski slopes and autumn foliage. This aerial tour over the Green Mountain State captures the beauty and history of a state that chose its own path.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Arkansas

    Arkansas Queen riverboat at a dock

    Embark on a journey over the land where settlers' westward journeys began and Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree ended. The Natural State is rich with the stories of brave pioneers, notorious desperadoes, and hanging judges. It's a state with great rivers, great battles and great promise, and the birthplace of Johnny Cash, Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton. Delve into America's wild interior, from the Mississippi River bottomlands to towering mountain peaks.

  • 8:00am

    Perfect Storms:

    Dark Age Volcano

    In 536 A.D., the greatest volcanic catastrophe in human history rocked Central America and set off a lethal chain of events, from climate change to famine to the Bubonic plague. How could one volcano have such a cataclysmic effect? Follow experts in environmental hazards as they investigate the eruption that smothered the planet with billions of tons of ash. Then see how new evidence and theories have shed new light on the apocalyptic disaster that destroyed empires and gave birth to the Dark Ages.

  • 9:00am

    Wild Burma:

    Chasing Tigers

    Scientists venturing deep into the Burmese jungle, wading in a river © Mark Wheeler

    Throughout Asia, tigers are under siege and on the brink of extinction. Burma may be their last hope -- if it's not already too late. Join our team of scientists and filmmakers as they venture deep into the Burmese jungles to prove tigers and other endangered creatures exist here and need protection from hunters and commercial development. The more animals they find, the more proof they'll have. But it's a tall order: A tiger hasn't been caught on film in this area in years, and this is no time to be camera shy.

  • 10:00am

    Tiger on the Run

    In the heart of India, young tiger Kumal has been banished from his home. Hungry and alone, he must develop his skills as a predator and a fighter if he has any hope of surviving. But his journey will prove to be long and dangerous, fraught with challenges from a variety of foes, including a fierce rogue male tiger and nearby villagers on an aggressive campaign to hunt him down and kill him. Follow Kumal as he runs for his life, searching to find a territory of his own as well as a mate to continue his legacy.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    New Hampshire

    Portsmouth lighthouse

    Soar over the most independent-minded state in the Union: New Hampshire. Amid its mountains, rivers, and colonial villages exists a community of people who take their motto of "Live free or die" to heart. From an infamous poet who favored the road less traveled, to the founders of both the industrial and fast food revolutions, this state is brimming with free thinkers. Discover the sights and stories of the Granite State, from Concord to White Mountain State Park and beyond.

  • 12:00pm

    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.

  • 1:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Colorado

    Herd of elk in Colorado

    Get ready for a Rocky Mountain adventure over the state that boasts some of the highest peaks, tallest sand dunes and largest single-site brewery in America. Every year Colorado attracts music lovers, ski buffs, and sports fans drawn to its Red Rocks, Aspen slopes and the Broncos' Mile High Stadium. But it is also a state with a history, marked by war, a gold rush and legendary bank robberies. Through it all, Colorado remains a feast for the eyes.

  • 2:00pm

    Terror in the Skies:

    Nature Strikes Back

    Airplane crashed on runway with emergency vehicle

    Lightning sparks a fire on a plane thousands of feet in the air. Volcanic ash knocks out all four engines of an aircraft. Geese force an Airbus A320 onto the surface of the Hudson River. As passengers, we expect to be able to fly anywhere, anytime. But sometimes nature has other plans. See what happens when wicked storms, wild turbulence, and angry birds strike modern airliners, with newly released pilot voice recordings and never-before-seen passenger cell phone video. This footage puts you in the cockpit, the cabin, and the eye of the storm.

  • 3:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Nolinor 737

    She's the "Workhorse of the North," powering through the vast Arctic region, where conditions can turn deadly in seconds. Nolinor Aviation's 737-200 C is a combination cargo and passenger aircraft, delivering essential food, equipment, and workers to Meadowbank, the coldest mine on Earth. The gold mine depends on this super hauler four times a week, but common temperatures of minus 50 degrees often wreak havoc on the aircraft and her missions. Follow her on a typical job, which poses challenges that are anything but routine.

  • 4:00pm

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Ocean Endeavour

    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

    Air Disasters:

    The Invisible Plane

    Foggy runway in Milan showing Cessna and MD-87 aircraft about to collide

    A foggy morning in Milan turns deadly when an MD-87, leaving Italy's Linate Airport, collides with a Cessna crossing the same runway. Tragically, the crash site goes unnoticed in the control tower for several minutes because of near-zero visibility. It's only after the wounded come looking for help that authorities realize the magnitude of the catastrophe before them. Revisit the 2001 collision that claimed 118 lives, and discover the airport's shocking history of similar runway incursions and near misses.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Massacre Over the Mediterranean

    Italy is stunned when Itavia Flight 870 plunges into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone aboard...but there are more shocks to come. A mysterious call to an Italian journalist claims the disaster was the result of a warplane missile, an accusation that will throw the investigation into turmoil. Decide for yourself what took down the commercial DC-9 on June 27, 1980 as we track three inquiries over three decades, each in search of one valid explanation for this explosive disaster.

  • 7:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    Crushing Defeat

    Sergeant in the Royal Marines looks at five British women holding wooden mock rifles © Tous droits réservés/CC ET C

    Holland, Belgium, Norway, and once-mighty France. One by one, allied and neutral countries alike find themselves outmaneuvered and overrun by a ruthless, seemingly unstoppable Wehrmacht. Rare footage reveals British and French forces packed like sardines on the beaches of Dunkirk, panic and exodus from Paris, German soldiers gloating over their captives or stuck in military traffic in the Ardennes, the burning of Rotterdam, the terrifying sirens of Stuka dive-bombers as they slaughtered soldiers and civilians alike. The fear and anguish of ordinary Europeans are brought to vivid life as, one by one, their countries share the terrible fate of Poland.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Terror in San Francisco

    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.

  • 9:00pm

    Make It Out Alive:

    Dam Disaster

    On October 9, 1963, a massive landslide slammed into a dam reservoir, unleashing a six-billion-gallon wall of water onto the unsuspecting village of Longarone, Italy. In less than five terrifying minutes, over 1,500 people were killed and a town was reduced to little more than mud and rubble. Revisit the 1963 Vajont Dam tragedy, one of the world's worst man-made disasters in history, through the firsthand accounts of those swept up in the calamity.

  • 10:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Steep Impact

    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.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Terror in San Francisco

    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.

  • 12:00am

    Make It Out Alive:

    Dam Disaster

    On October 9, 1963, a massive landslide slammed into a dam reservoir, unleashing a six-billion-gallon wall of water onto the unsuspecting village of Longarone, Italy. In less than five terrifying minutes, over 1,500 people were killed and a town was reduced to little more than mud and rubble. Revisit the 1963 Vajont Dam tragedy, one of the world's worst man-made disasters in history, through the firsthand accounts of those swept up in the calamity.

  • 1:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Steep Impact

    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.

  • 2:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Under Pressure

    Illustration of commercial aircraft with engines on fire

    Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 races back to a Saudi Arabian airport just a few minutes after takeoff. The hydraulics system has failed, the cabin is filling with smoke, and flames in the wheel well are seconds away from igniting into a deadly fireball. Will the pilots be able to safely land the crippled DC-8 and save the lives of 247 passengers? Witness the harrowing 1991 emergency landing of Flight 2120 and the tragic truth behind its mechanical troubles.

  • 3:00am

    Air Disasters:

    The Invisible Plane

    Foggy runway in Milan showing Cessna and MD-87 aircraft about to collide

    A foggy morning in Milan turns deadly when an MD-87, leaving Italy's Linate Airport, collides with a Cessna crossing the same runway. Tragically, the crash site goes unnoticed in the control tower for several minutes because of near-zero visibility. It's only after the wounded come looking for help that authorities realize the magnitude of the catastrophe before them. Revisit the 2001 collision that claimed 118 lives, and discover the airport's shocking history of similar runway incursions and near misses.

  • 4:00am

    Civil War 360:

    The Union

    Ashley Judd looking at a top hat

    We all know who won the Civil War, but there were many moments when victory was anything but certain. Join Ashley Judd, great-great-great granddaughter of two Union soldiers, as she takes us back 150 years for an intimate look at the North's battles and struggles during those bloody four years. From iconic artifacts like Old Glory to small objects like field medical kits and soldiers' photos, discover the stunning backstories of seemingly ordinary pieces from our past.

  • 5:00am

    Civil War 360:

    The Confederacy

    Country music singer Trace Adkins

    Millions of dollars worth of Confederate currency. Sheet music filled with boasts of triumph. J.E.B. Stuart's handgun. Smithsonian curators have collected thousands of objects from the Civil War, which collectively offer a rich understanding of the South's viewpoint during this pivotal era in American history. Join country music singer Trace Adkins, whose ancestor fought for the South, as he follows the rise and fall of the Confederacy, from the men who fought to define freedom on their own terms to those who were caught in the wake of war.