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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.
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.
Europe's abandoned castles, once homes to royalty, are now being overtaken by wildlife and natural environments.
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.
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.
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.
Follows an archaeological team in Cambodia as it uncovers the mysteries of Angkor Wat.
China is a land full of extreme contrasts with its great blending of skyscrapers and ancient civilizations. The steep river valleys and harsh desert landscapes provide an epic cross-country journey that spans nearly 5,000 years of history. Soar over the valleys and other natural wonders like Mount Everest and man-made wonders like the Great Wall of China. With incredible aerial views and stories from those on the ground, take a step into exploring the landscapes of China.
Prohibition failed to see America sober. It weakened the country's respect for the law, organized crime became more pronounced, and the streets were turned into warzones. However, because of it, it caused an expasion of the United States prison system and federal criminal law enforcement. Delve deep into the area of speakeasies, the 1920s, bootlegging, and the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic drinks in the United States from 1920 to 1933.
Soar above the majesty of Africa with "Aerial Africa" to experience and see parts of the country that can be seen by air. The series highlights the natural beauty of the African landscapes including --the wildlife rich savannahs and straight into the deep history and earliest civilizations. Viewers also explore famous personalities of those who left a very permanent imprint on the country including a Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Fly above Western Cape, the Wild South Coast, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia.
Some of the greatest warships have gone on to shape the history of the world and have even pushed their crews into unbelievable and incredible acts of bravery. Take a look at the very first submarine which is rumored to have lurked beneath New York harbor during the Revolutionary War, the smaller ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk, or the destroyer in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over the years, conflicts and wars have prompted extreme advances to ship designs and now they are faster, stronger, and smarter than ever before.
Technology has significantly changed the music industry over the years, with inventions like the electric guitar and synthesizers changing the way music is performed and heard. This documentary series tracks the history of inventions in music, with each episode built around a theme, including devices that allow people to listen to music and how technology has changed the experience of going to a rock `n' roll concert. From the wind-up gramophone to digital downloads and concerts utilizing laser shows and giant video screens, the series runs the gamut from early innovations to the latest technology. Among the people discussing the evolution of innovations are musical artists Moby, Martha Reeves and Graham Nash.
Motivation and key moments in the Russian Revolution revealed through footage, personal accounts and letters.
These super carriers have always been a vital part of the U.S. Navy. These powerful metal beasts are capable of carrying billions of dollars' worth of aircraft to hostile locations to bring air power against the enemies. This is an in-depth look at what makes these super carriers function and into everyday life aboard their decks. Viewers get a look into how they are built and to the jobs required to keep them all running smoothly.
The Middle East has an impact on religious, scientific and cultural development in the West.
Every year millions of people visit Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution, which includes the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery among the sections of the multifaceted complex, but they don't see everything there is to see. In this series, actor Tom Cavanaugh takes viewers behind the scenes of the tourist attractions and into the private rooms, high-tech vaults and cutting-edge research labs that aren't part of the museums' regular tours. Cavanaugh reveals artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors miss. The show discusses each object's origin, how it is being preserved and studied, and what each thing might tell us.
A behind-the-scenes look at the voyages of a variety of cruise-ship voyages.