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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.
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.
Stories of some of the greatest and deadliest submarine patrols of World War II.
Europe's abandoned castles, once homes to royalty, are now being overtaken by wildlife and natural environments.
Flight and aircraft throughout time; how aviation has influenced history.
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.
"Epic Yellowstone" is narrated by actor Bill Pullman and was filmed over a three year period. Yellowstone is a place where snow meets fire, where the waters travel from the Rocky Mountain peaks to the Great Plains -- and where the never-ending battle between predator and prey lurk. The landscape is home to some of the most spectacular views and wildlife in America and Pullman explores the colorful springs and raging waters with its glistening winters and verdant summers as the hordes of animals return.
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.
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.
The lost tapes of kidnappings, murders, riots, and attacks have been unearthed to be shown for the first time in decades. The Patty Hearst's kidnapping, the Pearl Harbor attacks, the riots in Los Angeles, and the Son of Sam murders that rocked and terrified New York City are all presented as they unfolded on radios and televisions across America. Each of these 20th-century events is presented in real-time as they were covered by journalists and local news broadcasts.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada is a town with a population of about 800 people. During tourist season, though, that number swells to 10,000, with many of those visitors hoping to encounter a polar bear. The chances of that happening are pretty high considering that every fall 1,000 of the animals make their way through the frontier town as they migrate to Hudson Bay in search of seals. Kelsey Eliasson and Dennis Compayre are guides who help the tourists get close to the bears while keeping both the animals and people safe. Brian Ladoon runs a roadside attraction in Churchill, an Eskimo dog kennel that attracts curious bears and cash-toting travelers.
Motivation and key moments in the Russian Revolution revealed through footage, personal accounts and letters.
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.
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.
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Charles Goodyear are among the visionaries who have come up with inventions that have changed people's lives for generations. Those three are among the inventors profiled on this documentary series that tells the story behind major innovations and the people behind them, some more famous than others. Each hourlong episode -- focused around a theme such as speed or crime -- takes a look at the history of four inventions, including what it took for them to be brought to life and the legacy each has left on the world. In addition to creations from well-known people, innovations from more obscure individuals -- one-hit wonders, to borrow a term from the music industry -- are also included. An example of a lesser-known individual is underwear manufacturer LaMarcus Thompson, who helped bring about the advent of roller coasters through his ideas.
"America's Hidden Stories" delves into the secrets of America and the stories the viewers need to know. Discover if Revolutionary War hero Gen. Pulaski was actually a woman and was the heartland of the America's the birthplace of the Spanish flu? Modern historians use state-of-the-art equipment and technology along with newly discovered evidence to rewrite the narrative of some of the United States' most iconic stories. Sift beneath the surface as teams dig deep into America's past to uncover truths about the Salem witches and the trials, an alleged spy network behind Pearl Harbor and many other hidden gems.
Billion-dollar cruise ships, secret submarines, high-tech ocean dredgers, floating state-of-the-art hospitals -- all are part of the cutting-edge vessels featured in this series, which reveals everything from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human drama seafarers face.