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Some people like to hop in a car to take a road trip across America, visiting as many landmarks as possible along the way. Since such a trek can take a while to complete, taking a flight across America might be a better option for some people. "Aerial America" takes viewers on such a flight, offering rare looks at some of the nation's best-loved landmarks from high in the sky. Cameras capture the history and pageantry of America as they zoom over busy cityscapes and quiet, rural lands. Many episodes focus on a specific state, showcasing highlights of the state's beauty, while others revolve around themes such as the best small towns and natural wonders found in the country.
Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case. Episodes include a discussion of how the weather affects flights -- including stories of aviation disasters and near-misses -- and a New Year's Eve flight that fell from the sky into the Florida Everglades.
"Air Warrriors" puts the spotlight on some of the airplanes that have been used by American forces in combat battles through the years. The program profiles the dedicated pilots and other team members who fly and maintain the aircraft. Rarely seen combat footage and pilots' stories help bring to life the journeys that have been taken by the flying machines, which include a plane-chopper hybrid that saves lives and an attack helicopter that is called the Black Death by America's enemies.
Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes takes viewers on an adventure, from the defeat of the Carthaginian Empire, Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon River, and Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Her travels take her across Italy's ancient sites and into the psyches of the emperors, gladiators, and generals of the Roman Empire. Join her as she explores the rise and fall of one of history's most incredile reigns -- and it all took eight days.
Some of the world's famous relics have secrets behind them that contribute to their complete stories. "Secrets" explores the mysteries relating to some of these historic landmarks to reveal the truths behind them. The latest research and forensic techniques are used to find out the stories behind the fabled cities, monuments and remnants featured on the show. Episodes include Egyptian historians on a mission to decode the mysteries of the Great Sphinx, archeologists unearthing secrets of Richard III, and an investigation into whether the bust of Nefertiti is real or a hoax.
Shipwrecks of massive scale have rocked the world and baffled investigators, as the truth of what happened is often lost to the depths of the ocean. This series examines some of the most mysterious sea disasters within the past 50 years. These include an icy fight for survival on an Antarctic cruise, the mysterious sinking of cargo carrier MV Derbyshire in 1980, and the largest cold water rescue in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. Investigators look into the true story of the Mary Celeste, what was left behind in shipwrecks, and what might cause a crew to abandon ship.
The Pacific War was unlike any other conflict. Witness the scale and scope of it and the savagery used by the varying parties. Attacks such as Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki that were the major pieces of the war to all the smaller conflicts in between. Viewers see color combat footage from those who experienced it firsthand-- marines, airmen, and sailors. Footage also reveals the brutal reality of life on the frontline during this major conflict.
Home to millions of wild animals and untouched rocky coastlines, the Sea of Okhotsk is both hell and paradise.
Stories of some of the greatest and deadliest submarine patrols of World War II.
In the early years of TV, from its invention in the 1920s until the mid-'60s, most shows were broadcast in black and white before color TV gained in popularity and become economically viable for broadcasters. That means many historic pieces of video -- including rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Nixon-Kennedy debate -- have all been relegated to being viewed in the colorless format. "America in Color" looks to change that by restoring and colorizing archival footage from the early 20th century through the '60s. Producers meticulously researched the original colors to make sure the tones are correct when they use revolutionary methods to add the proper hues to footage that looks different than when people have seen it previously. Each episode of the hourlong series highlights newly restored footage from a specific decade in the history of the medium. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates the five-part series.
This is a look at some of the most important and innovative weapons, from slings and arrows to nuclear bombs to biological warfare; explore how and why these weapons work and the role each one has played in shaping the world we know today.
Europe's abandoned castles, once homes to royalty, are now being overtaken by wildlife and natural environments.
History's greatest mysteries are revisited and reexamined, using modern research and cutting edge technology.
"Orangutan Jungle School" follows a group of young endangered orangutans as they learn the skills they'll need to survive in the wild at a forest school for orphaned apes run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Borneo. These orangutans who have lost their mothers to poaching and deforestation progress through a series of classes and grade levels. The documentary series overflows with hilarious antics, emotional moments and dramatic cliffhangers as it showcases the incredible work being done by human caregivers to provide these young apes with a chance to survive in the wild.
Accounts of the Civil War from different perspectives.
An account of the high-risk operations to find Hitler and turn the tide of the WWII.
Windsor Castle, originally founded by William the Conqueror, is the longest-occupied castle in the world. It has been home to England's royal family for nearly a thousand years and has seen numerous births, deaths and marriages. As 2017 marks the centenary of the Windsor dynasty, this documentary series exposes the hidden secrets and treasures that lie behind the castle's walls by using dramatic reconstructions, intimate interviews and a stunning archived film. The episodes uncover the scandals, victories, betrayals and drama that have been hidden inside Windsor Castle for centuries.
"Into the Wild India" provides a journey into India's wilderness highlighting some of its most iconic creatures. India has many diverse habitats ranging from tundra to extreme desert, rainforest to urban jungle which provide varied ecological and geographical areas for many species to survive. Each episode focuses on an individual animal or family group showcasing their amazing lives and what they must do to survive the everyday challenges they face.
In "The Hunt for Eagle 56," Smithsonian Channel follows the Nomad Exploration Team as it makes the stunning discovery of the USS Eagle 56 shipwreck off the coast of Maine. The team is made up of citizen-historians and amateur divers who set out to solve a 74-year-old naval mystery. The three-part series features interviews with relatives of Eagle 56 sailors and accounts from survivors. It also provides never-before-seen images of the lost warship lying at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Missing for more than 74 years, the sinking of the World War II warship was long believed to be the result of a boiler room explosion. Now, the team pieces together the evidence to prove that a German U-boat torpedoed the ship in April 1945 just five miles off shore, killing 49 of the 62 crew members on board. The team presents its finding to the U.S. Navy, which, in turn, changes its classification from accidental to combat loss due to enemy action.
Robert Powell portrayed Jesus Christ in the Emmy-nominated 1977 miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" and now, decades later, he takes a journey through modern Israel in an attempt to reconstruct the story of the man who changed history. While there, he meets archaeologists and scholars who help him on his quest to learn more about Jesus. This limited series intersperses footage from the miniseries with Powell's current-day excursion to illustrate how the Holy Land has changed over the course of 40 years as the actor seeks clues to the real historical figure who inspired Christianity.
This docuseries uses scientific breakthroughs and archaeological research to bring new perspectives to some of the most remarkable, but mysterious, religious locations. Each episode focuses on a site, exploring fundamental questions about the landmarks and the people who constructed them. Exploring the sites allows the show to provide insight into the ancient civilizations and how their practices and struggles are reflected in the shrines and temples they constructed. The sites featured include the rock-cut city of Petra and New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, which contains the remains of an ancient city.