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  • 6:00am

    Crazy Monster:

    Gulpers

    Step right up and witness a collection of real bigmouths, a gathering of strange creatures with a real appetite for destruction. Join us as we look to the skies, seas, and land to present weird and wonderful animals that prefer to swallow their food whole. From beasts that use their mouths as traps to botanical death pits to one giant with a mouth so large it can kill millions in one bite, you better keep your eye on this group of gulping creatures before they swallow you whole.

  • 7:00am

    Amazing Monkeys:

    Conquest of Africa

    From the island of Madagascar to the mountains of Ethiopia, primates have conquered every corner of Africa, successfully adapting to specific environments and evolving over tens and millions of years. Follow biologist Patrick Aryee across the continent on his face-to-face encounters with lemurs, baboons, chimpanzees, and a gigantic ape of mythical proportions. His goal: to discover how they became acrobats and masterminds in order to survive and thrive in Africa's vast and varied landscapes.

  • 8:00am

    Africa's Wild Havens:

    Sausage Tree

    Each winter in Zambia, Africa, the dry season saps the land of moisture and sets off a battle for survival. Hippos and crocs guard the shrinking Luangwa River. Lions and leopards plot their attacks on migrating beasts in order to feed their cubs. Standing tall like a beacon of brilliant green in this bleak landscape stands something that defies nature's rhythms: a sausage tree. It's a miracle of Zambia that bears sweet gifts of large fruits and crimson flowers that sustain these wild residents until the unforgiving season ends.

  • 9:00am

    Aerial New Zealand

    Take an epic voyage over the remote island nation of New Zealand, the last habitable landmass to be discovered on the planet. No bigger than the state of Colorado, this small country offers an incredibly diverse landscape view that changes dramatically with each mile. From snow-capped mountains to sandy beaches, and from the glacier-carved Fiordland National Park to the crater lake of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand is a land of extremes. It's a place where fire clashes with ice and people are always pushing the limits.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    Texas

    McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas

    To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Louisiana

    New Orleans at night, showing twin bridges over Mississippi River

    Visit the state where the Big Muddy comes to an end and the Big Easy comes to life. Louisiana is home to both great celebrations and great devastation. From cool jazz to hot cooking; from a vast paradise of wetlands to the giant industries endangering its fragile ecosystems, explore the stark contradictions of the Sugar State from soaring heights. Having survived natural and manmade disasters, Louisiana proves it has never lost its festive, fighting spirit.

  • 12:00pm

    Combat Trains:

    The Death Railway

    Australian War Memorial

    It was one of the most accomplished engineering feats of World War II, but also one of the cruelest. The Thai-Burma Railway, built to supply Japan's invasion of India, cut through mountains and jungles and required over 600 bridges, including the legendary bridge over the River Kwai. But the mission came at the expense of thousands of Allied POWs who were forced to build it. This is the story of the construction of this 258-mile railway, including the notorious Hellfire Pass, through the accounts of veterans who lived to tell the tale.

  • 1:00pm

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Space Station

    NASA

    It began as an audacious idea: to establish a permanent human presence in the most hostile environment known to man -- space. It's a dream that would bring together two former Cold War enemies and lead to the most expensive structure ever built. Discover the inside story of the International Space Station. See how NASA engineers triumphed over decades of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to develop Skylab, Space Station Freedom, and finally the International Space Station.

  • 2:00pm

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Hubble Telescope

    The Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990, has captured unparalleled views of the universe, transforming modern astronomy and transfixing the world with its spectacular images. But building this orbiting observatory would prove to be a rollercoaster ride for all involved, requiring engineers, scientists, and astronauts to venture into uncharted territory. From construction to release, from ridicule to redemption, this is the story of the unsung heroes who turned man's quest to uncover the mysteries of the universe into reality.

  • 3:00pm

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Viking Mars Mission

    NASA

    After the success of the first manned moon landing, NASA ups the stakes by aiming for a new destination tens of millions of miles away: Mars. This is the inside story of Project Viking. Witness the overwhelming challenges engineers and scientists faced, not only to reach the Red Planet, but to land their spacecraft and deploy computer-operated experiments to answer the universal question: Is there life beyond Earth?

  • 4:00pm

    Hell Below:

    America Fights Back

    It's January 1943 in the Pacific and American submarine skipper Dudley Morton is just 10 days into his first patrol aboard USS Wahoo. His mission: to sink Japanese ships and disrupt supply lines. This aggressive strategy is a radically new tactic for the U.S. Navy, and Morton is just the man to carry it out. See these water wars up close and witness Morton take on entire Japanese convoys above and below the Pacific in this thrilling exploration.

  • 5:00pm

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 1

    Japanese soldier using small machine gun at the end of World War II Chris Vile

    It's the waning days of World War II. Hitler, losing the war and his mind, has holed up in a bunker. Fifty feet above him, the Soviet Bear is at Berlin's door and knocking hard. While Allied forces crush Nazi Germany, the lives of ten people in Berlin, Holland, the Baltic and Italy are being forever shaped by the chaos and devastation around them. One will capture a city. One will hide for her life. One will try to bring relief to a starving nation. One will stumble upon the Third Reich's greatest atrocity. Hear all of their stories - firsthand.

  • 6:00pm

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 2

    German soldiers with machine guns in room decorated with a swastika Chris Vile

    A battle-weary paratrooper stumbles upon a ghastly Nazi secret. An Australian Air Force Lt. goes on what is either a flight of mercy, or a suicide mission. A Canadian Officer sneaks past enemy lines to save thousands of starving people. It's the end of World War II. Mussolini and Hitler are dead, but the stakes are still high for 10 soldiers and civilians. Hear their stories firsthand and learn the political positioning that factored into Germany's surrender, and determined the shape of Europe for generations to come.

  • 7:00pm

    The Day The Bomb Dropped

    Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

    The key scientists of the Manhattan Project. The pilot who navigated Enola Gay over its target. The man who broke the news to Truman that the bomb had been dropped. And the citizens of Hiroshima who somehow survived to see their city obliterated. These are the stories of August 6, 1945, the day that launched the atomic age, told by the people who were there. Through their heroic, harrowing, and heartbreaking accounts, we relive the tragic day that hastened the end of a war and changed the world forever.

  • 8:00pm

    Battle of Okinawa in Color

    By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

  • 9:00pm

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 10:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    Inferno

    Troops climb a steep hillside near the end of World War II © Tous droits réservés/CC ET C

    Unconditional Surrender. Two fateful words full of terrible implications for the Axis countries-but also for the Allies. There would be no negotiations, no Treaty of Versailles, no bargaining for territories, no concessions. The policy meant that the Axis armies had to be beaten in every city and street and field in Germany and Japan. It meant governments had to fall, war-making powers crushed, and civilians brought to taste the agony of war their leaders had unleashed on the world. This final episode follows unique and powerful footage from D-Day to Japan's final surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri. As survivors emerge from the ruins, we catch one last glimpse of little Rose and her family. She has lived to grow up in a world permanently altered by war.

  • 11:00pm

    Battle of Okinawa in Color

    By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

  • 12:00am

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 1:00am

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    Inferno

    Troops climb a steep hillside near the end of World War II © Tous droits réservés/CC ET C

    Unconditional Surrender. Two fateful words full of terrible implications for the Axis countries-but also for the Allies. There would be no negotiations, no Treaty of Versailles, no bargaining for territories, no concessions. The policy meant that the Axis armies had to be beaten in every city and street and field in Germany and Japan. It meant governments had to fall, war-making powers crushed, and civilians brought to taste the agony of war their leaders had unleashed on the world. This final episode follows unique and powerful footage from D-Day to Japan's final surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri. As survivors emerge from the ruins, we catch one last glimpse of little Rose and her family. She has lived to grow up in a world permanently altered by war.

  • 2:00am

    Battle of Okinawa in Color

    By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

  • 3:00am

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 4:00am

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 1

    Japanese soldier using small machine gun at the end of World War II Chris Vile

    It's the waning days of World War II. Hitler, losing the war and his mind, has holed up in a bunker. Fifty feet above him, the Soviet Bear is at Berlin's door and knocking hard. While Allied forces crush Nazi Germany, the lives of ten people in Berlin, Holland, the Baltic and Italy are being forever shaped by the chaos and devastation around them. One will capture a city. One will hide for her life. One will try to bring relief to a starving nation. One will stumble upon the Third Reich's greatest atrocity. Hear all of their stories - firsthand.

  • 5:00am

    World War II: Final Days:

    Part 2

    German soldiers with machine guns in room decorated with a swastika Chris Vile

    A battle-weary paratrooper stumbles upon a ghastly Nazi secret. An Australian Air Force Lt. goes on what is either a flight of mercy, or a suicide mission. A Canadian Officer sneaks past enemy lines to save thousands of starving people. It's the end of World War II. Mussolini and Hitler are dead, but the stakes are still high for 10 soldiers and civilians. Hear their stories firsthand and learn the political positioning that factored into Germany's surrender, and determined the shape of Europe for generations to come.