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  • 6:00am

    The Real Story:

    Gladiator

    Gladiator in battle as soldier and Roman Senator look on

    In the year 2000, masses lined up to cheer on Russell Crowe's Maximus in the Ridley Scott film, "Gladiator." More than 1,900 years earlier, they lined up for the real thing. It was a scene far bloodier and more brutal than any of the battles presented in the Oscar-winning film. We uncover the real story of "Gladiator," a tale of blood, death, obsession and violence. Demonstrations and new experiments reveal how these men really fought and died, and examine the emperor Commodus, a man who obsessed over gladiators while his empire crumbled around him.

  • 7:00am

    The Real Story:

    Jurassic Park

    Replicas of carnivorous dinosaurs

    Would the raptors in "Jurassic Park" have been as terrifying if they were covered in feathers? Would the T-Rex be as threatening if its speed tapped out at 10 MPH? No, but as a work of science fiction, it's forgivable. How much of the Steven Spielberg blockbuster was inspired by reality? Its characters were based on real people. Its shocking premise was influenced by real discoveries. Look beyond the Hollywood magic and into the scientific facts, with expert opinions from research scientists, fossil hunters and paleontologist Jack Horner, the inspiration for Dr. Grant, the main character in "Jurassic Park."

  • 8:00am

    The Real Story:

    Saving Private Ryan

    Three World War II American soldiers aiming rifles

    Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" is one of the greatest war films ever made, capturing the sheer horror and brutality of combat. The film is famous for its realism, but how much of this epic drama is truly accurate? Was there a real Private Ryan? Uncover the real story behind this Hollywood blockbuster as we conduct tests with weapons experts and gain insights from war historians. Then hear the moving testimony of soldiers who landed at Normandy and meet the families whose tragic stories inspired the film.

  • 9:00am

    Aerial America:

    The South

    The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

    What is it that makes America's southern states "the South"? Is it the legacy of eclectic music, from hip-hop to blues to country? Is it the rich history that survived notorious pirates, epic battles, and human rights movements? Or is it the stunning Gulf Shores, cotton fields, and towering rocky peaks? Whatever it is, it's easy to understand why Southerners feel such a deep connection to their land. Join us on this soaring tour over a region rich with history, culture, and a rare American lure that can only be found in the South.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    The Wild West

    A covered wagon following a trail.

    The American West has fascinated people for generations and it's no wonder. It's a region of tall tales and larger-than-life characters, intermingling cultures and powerful industries, and stunning landscapes best enjoyed from breathtaking heights. Aerial America: The Wild West whisks you across the western frontier, from the St. Louis Arch to the Pacific shores to the Alaskan wilderness. Watch as we capture its many visual wonders and celebrate the men, women, and children who made their way across our nation and into the pages of history.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    New York City 24

    The Staten Island ferry passing by the Statue of Liberty at dawn.

    There's nothing like a day in the life of New York City, and there's no better way to appreciate it than from above. Join us as we span the five boroughs, capturing the city's man-made and natural wonders and revealing the surprising ways its citizens live, work, and play. From crane operators working 1,000 feet over Manhattan to beachgoers frolicking at Coney Island to the pulsing lights of Times Square, this aerial tour captures the excitement of a city that is always on the go.

  • 12:00pm

    Supercar Superbuild:

    Chevy Camaro

    Two sixth-generation blue Chevy Camaros.

    It's a uniquely American sports car that's been resurrected by a company that, like the Motor City itself, never gave up. Crushed by a global financial meltdown of epic proportions, GM fought through bankruptcy and can now build the machine it has always wanted to. Take a ride in the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, a high-performance roadster that's fast, lightweight, and affordable. Then meet some of the members of the Chevy family who are as resilient as the supercar they build.

  • 1:00pm

    Planes That Changed the World:

    DC-3

    DC-3 military plane.

    Wing flaps. A circular fuselage. Swept back wings. A little bit of the historic DC-3 exists in every plane that flies today. This masterpiece of engineering went against all received aviation wisdom when it was created in the 1930s, but the gamble paid off magnificently, and created a revolution. The DC-3 helped boost an economy still reeling from the Depression, played the lead role in the D-Day invasion, and through its versatility, rugged reliability, and economy, changed air travel forever.

  • 2:00pm

    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.

  • 3:00pm

    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.

  • 4:00pm

    America in Color:

    The 1940s

    Colorized: soldiers celebrating the end of WWII atop a naval ship.

    It was an American era defined by a world war that united a nation and triggered an economic boom, but also unleashed fear and prejudice. This is the story of the 1940s like it's never been seen before, thanks to digital colorization technology. Watch our transformation from an isolated country to a global superpower, captured by rarely seen footage of the Pearl Harbor attacks, home movies behind the barbed wire fences of Japanese American internment camps, and newsreels of post-war celebration, discontentment, and growing prosperity.

  • 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

    America in Color:

    The 1960s

    JFK's campaign motorcade through New York.

    The 1960s in the United States is a decade that played out on national television, decided a presidency, divided a nation about a war, and on July 20, 1969, declared a winner of the Space Race. Witness the dawn of modern America as it unfolded, through famous, and infamous, images and footage, shown in full color. From the drama of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the music of the Beatles, and from the March on Washington to the walk on the moon, we present the '60s like they've never been seen before.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Deadly Detour

    Man viewing images from a projector.

    A short hop from Lyon, France to Brittany in 1998 is extended when pilots of Proteus Airlines Flight 706 decide to give passengers a bird's-eye view of a legendary French ocean liner nearby. Suddenly, the commuter plane explodes in midair and spirals into Quiberon Bay, tragically ending 15 lives. Despite hundreds of eyewitnesses, no one seems to know what brought down the twin-engine Beechcraft. Follow the unimaginable chain of events that led to this crash and discover its impact on innovations in airline safety.

  • 8:00pm

    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.

  • 9:00pm

    Aerial Ireland

    Panorama of Ladies View in Ireland's Killarney National Park.

    Take a cross-country flight over Ireland's natural wonders and ancient ruins. In this spectacular overview of the historically significant Emerald Isle, we soar over Neolithic tombs of the Celtic era, medieval castles of the Vikings, and modern cities humming with life. From the tower that inspired a novelist to the ancestral home of a famous stout, we explore the sites, the people, and the milestones of this unique gem of Western Europe.

  • 10:00pm

    Supercar Superbuild:

    Jaguar

    A white Jaguar F-Type SVR.

    It charges off the line from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with a supercharged V8 motor that cranks out 575 horsepower. It's the Jaguar F-Type SVR, the spiritual successor to one of the most famous sports cars ever built. Witness the creation of the British motoring company's first sports car since its industry-changing E-Type roared to life in 1961. Then enter Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations, where hot rod engineers challenge the laws of physics to create a supercar that can reach a top speed of 200 mph.

  • 11:00pm

    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.

  • 12:00am

    The Lost Tapes:

    Patty Hearst

    Patty Hearst's SLA photo and mugshot.

    Was she a victim of thought-control by terrorists or a millionaire turned revolutionary? The kidnapping of Patty Hearst by a leftist guerilla group that called itself the Symbionese Liberation Army made front-page national news in 1974. But over the months, the drama and the media attention deepened as Hearst turned from a teenage American heiress to a machine gun-toting fugitive named "Tania." The Lost Tapes places you at the heart of this astonishing story, presented solely through newscasts and rarely seen footage of the day.

  • 1:00am

    Aerial Ireland

    Panorama of Ladies View in Ireland's Killarney National Park.

    Take a cross-country flight over Ireland's natural wonders and ancient ruins. In this spectacular overview of the historically significant Emerald Isle, we soar over Neolithic tombs of the Celtic era, medieval castles of the Vikings, and modern cities humming with life. From the tower that inspired a novelist to the ancestral home of a famous stout, we explore the sites, the people, and the milestones of this unique gem of Western Europe.

  • 2:00am

    Combat Ships:

    Torpedo Boats

    The barrel of a gun aboard a torpedo boat.

    In the late 1800s, the invention of the self-propelled torpedo incited a revolution in ship design. Navies needed new vessels to fire them and to defend against them. Enter torpedo boats--fast, lightweight ships that would play a big role in both World Wars. Examine some of these sophisticated speedsters, from the German S-boats, which turned one D-Day rehearsal into a very real battle, the MTB 102, the smallest vessel to ever serve as a Royal Navy flagship, and the PT 109, which made a hero of a young JFK.

  • 3:00am

    Combat Trains:

    WWII The Home Front

    World War II Mallard steam locomotive.

    In the 1940s, Britain's railways were repeatedly relied upon to serve the war effort, and time and again, they delivered. They moved millions of children from the bombs of London to the relative safety of the countryside and rescued thousands of retreating soldiers at Dunkirk. We detail how Britain's trains functioned so well while under severe attack, and show tales of heroism involving the railway staff. We then feature a small Hampshire station that played a large role in the biggest amphibious invasion the world has ever known.

  • 4:00am

    The Missing Evidence:

    Jack the Ripper

    Black and white: an 1800s era British woman holding her child. Courtesy Museum of London

    The identity of Jack the Ripper is the greatest mystery in the history of British crime. For three decades, Swedish journalist Christer Holmgren has sifted through over 120 years of clues, searching for evidence that will unravel the case and reveal the true killer. He believes he's finally found his man, and he's off to London to prove it. Holmgren and a team of historians, detectives, and forensic pathologists revisit crime scenes and examine a series of eerie coincidences that tie six extraordinary murders to one ordinary man.

  • 5:00am

    The Missing Evidence:

    9/11 Secret Explosions in the Towers

    Downtown Manhattan and One World Trade Center.

    The World Trade Center towers were once the tallest buildings in the world, marvels of engineering and architecture. But on 9/11, within two hours of being hit by a terrorist attack, they collapsed. The official report has left many questions unanswered and spawned countless conspiracy theories. But two scientists, working independently, have come up with the same new theory, based on missing evidence, which may finally explain what happened on that tragic morning.