Wednesday, 12/6 @ 9pm E/P
Space Balloons: 120,000 Above Earth
Despite the earliest of beginnings, Scientific Ballooning continues adapting to the times, having emerged as one the most efficient and economical avenues to outer space research. It's a driving and irreplaceable force in the future of space science.
Thursday, 12/7 @ 10pm E/P
Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
See the miniscule world of insects magnified and explore the miracle of their success. From metamorphosis to master, predator to prey, and community to concealment, Bugs! brings audiences face-to-face with this amazing universe of creatures.
Friday, 12/8 @ 10pm E/P
Becoming a Man in Siberia
Follow the epic ordeals of young men who live in different communities in giant Siberia. And though they'll never meet each other, they share a common, singular goal: to make the difficult passage into manhood.
Saturday, 12/9 @ 9pm E/P
Treasures of the Trust: Powis Castle
Powis Castle, sitting high on a ridge overlooking the Severn Valley in Wales, dates back to medieval times around 1200. Built by Welsh princes and frequently fought over, it became a family home to the Herbert family in 1587,whose son William became the Earls of Powis. The Herberts created palatial interiors, including a stunning suite of Baroque rooms, but got themselves into terrible debt. With marriage into the Clive family (the "conquerors" of India) came organization and beautiful treasures from the Indian subcontinent.
Sunday, 12/10 @ 10pm E/P
I Shouldn't Be Alive: Blood in the Water
A boating party up South Africa's Zambezi River gets thrown over by a hippo, dumping them in a river of crocodiles. When one man heads for shore only to be attacked, he must survive a night of predators while the others have only an oar for protection.
Monday, 12/11 @ 8pm E/P
Risk Takers: Border Patrol Agents (SEASON PREMIERE)
The U.S. Arizona-Mexican border is the most heavily used corridor for illegal alien traffic on America's southern boundary. The Mountains are riddled with hundreds of deep canyons, caves and arroyos that offer superb concealment for the masses of illegal aliens that annually cross there. Last year, 1.5 million where captured. Most are sent back home.
Tuesday, 12/12 @ 10pm E/P
Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk
Go on a breathtaking journey from extraordinary heights -- featuring spectacular footage of extreme skydiving -- while delving into both the biology of risk-taking and the physics that make human flight possible. Featuring world champion skydiver, Adrian Nicholas.
Wednesday, 12/13 @ 9pm E/P
Dream Science Classroom
This show chronicles the design-and-build of a new state-of-the-art middle school science classroom. One lucky teacher in the New York City area will be chosen as the recipient of the ultimate classroom makeover.
Thursday, 12/14 @ 8pm E/P
The Real Lost World
This two-hour documentary will be a journey to unveil the mystery of Roraima - the mysterious jungle plateau that was the basis for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book, Lost World. Were the dinosaurs and ape-men featured in the book real or imagined? We'll juxtapose a modern-day expedition into a newly discovered cave, and story of the Lost World book: how an actual Victorian expedition to this place inspired the writing of Doyle's dinosaur tale.
Thursday, 12/14 @ 10pm E/P
Ants: Nature's Secret Power
They wage wars and administer medicines; they are farmers and grazers. They live in a world of coded communications and lightning chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength. They have inhabited our planet for millions of years. And yet no living creature seems more alien to us. Cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and Bert Holldobler, a leading authority on ants, bring us face-to-face with the mysterious world of these social insects.
Friday, 12/15 @ 9pm E/P
Christmas Fun in the Sun
When it comes to Christmas, we all imagine it being cold and white. But what happens when it's 80 degrees outside and there's not a snowflake in sight? Journey from Hawaii to the Caribbean to discover the special ways people celebrate in the warm weather.
Friday, 12/15 @ 10pm E/P
HD Traveler: Portugal (Part 1 of 2)
Part one takes us to Portugal, a colorful land wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and Spain. We follow an 18-year-old woman who sings fado, the distinctive, bittersweet songs of love and separation. Next, we meet an older singer who has spent a lifetime dedicated to her art. Finally, we visit the University of Coimbra to hear their special style of fado and experience a taste of university life.
Saturday, 12/16 @ 9pm E/P
Treasures of the Trust: Willow Road & The Homewood
2 Willow Road in Hampstead, London is a classic piece of functional modernist architecture. Completed in 1939, it was hugely controversial in its time, its architect and owner, Hungarian born Erno Goldfinger having demolished three traditional cottages to build his 'futuristic' concrete terrace. The real treat however is the collection of artworks and objects inside. The Goldfingers were avid art collectors and the objects hark back to Paris in the 1920s, home of the surrealist movement, to Hampstead in the 1930s, a colony of British and European modern artists, and to modern art of the 40s to the 70s.
The Homewood in Surrey is a similar and yet remarkably contrasting building to Willow Road. It was Patrick Gwynne's 1999 masterpiece, and he too lived there all his life, regularly adapting and updating it. Gwynne created the ultimate modernist English country house. With more than a nod to the continent in its design, it still features a stunning English garden and a planting room. Its linear concrete and brick exterior with large modern artworks juxtapose beautifully with the garden, while the gadgets and multipurpose furniture inside show a great sense of fun and humour. Furniture in the house is an opulent collection of 1930s European classics and Gwynne's own designs.
Sunday, 12/17 @ 8pm E/P
A Year on Earth
Three American teenagers travel the world on a mission to save the Earth from the environmental and ecological dangers it faces around the globe.
Monday, 12/18 @ 7am E/P
Sunrise Earth Europe: Scandinavian Waterfall
Gullfoss, Iceland -- The thunder slowly emerges from the dark, and Europe's highest volume waterfall makes its dawn appearance. "Gullfoss" translates as "Golden Falls" in Icelandic, inspired by the mix of low angle sun and fine mist. On the windswept and treeless plain nearby, dwarf birch, low blueberry, and holy grass hang tight to every rocky nook. A wizened raven perches high overhead, looking down the Hvita river and its plunge over two exhilarating cascades. The day brightens and the steel blue meltwater of the Langjökull glacier continues its southerly flow.
Monday, 12/18 @ 8pm E/P
Risk Takers: High Risk Photographer
Imagine yourself in the wilderness, looking into the eyes of an Alaskan brown bear from only a few feet away. Imagine braving blizzards where the cold is a numbing minus 45 degrees, or climbing mountains in altitudes that would make most people sick. Imagine hanging out of an aircraft being propelled at breakneck speeds through narrow mountain passes. Most of us can't even fathom what these intense environments are like, much less survive in them. But for high-risk photographer Jim Oltersdorf, this is just another day at the office!
Monday, 12/18 @ 10pm E/P
The Big Uneasy
Get inside the massive efforts to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Katrina, and see the investigations into what went wrong and the science of preventing another disaster in the future.
Tuesday, 12/19 @ 7am E/P
Sunrise Earth Europe: Foothills of Turkey
Aspendos, Turkey -- Peaking over the Aegean hills, the sun bathes the valley beneath this 2,800 year old Turkish farming village. A distant Muslim call to prayer, the azan, echoes off stone houses. A Roman aqueduct stretches from the distant hills, built in 125 AD to carry water to the magnificent theater that once graced this town. A cow grazes. An old man picks sweet oranges. A mid-sized raptor, the common buzzard, eyes small mammals in a field. Arching across the eastern sky, the sun tracks the light and shadows of civilizations, rising and falling.
Tuesday, 12/19 @ 8pm E/P
Appraise My Car: Episode 1 (SERIES PREMIERE)
AMC presents an extremely rare 1963 Corvette Split-window Coupe valued at $150,000. It was the first all the famous Stingray Corvettes. We also scrutinize a very original 1973 Mustang Mach 1, trying to find flaws that otherwise would go unnoticed. Finally, the Impala was the best-selling car in the U.S. from 1960 - 1970, we roll-in a beautiful red 1962 Impala Super Sport.
Tuesday, 12/19 @ 9 and 10pm E/P
The Goodwood Revival Meeting (Parts 1 and 2)
Travel to a private estate England to experience the world's most popular and exclusive motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the 1950s and 60s Classic cars, both stock and restored, race with other models of their time period. Rub shoulders with the elite and meet legendary drivers and car designers.
Wednesday 12/20 @7am E/P
Sunrise Earth Europe: Stonehenge Dawn
Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom -- The anthropologist Alison Jolly once said that "Anyone who has lived through a British winter can see the point of building Stonehenge to bring the sun back." In fact, the original meaning and function of these massive stones is not truly known. Theater? Ritual? Calendar? On this remarkable day, a stormy morning breaks dramatically. Clear sun sweeps through cracks and crannies, feeding the living community of gristle lichen that grips these stones. White-eyed jackdaws line their nest with the wool of nearby sheep. The magic of an ancient pre-literate society lingers. Wet tires roll along highway A303.
Thursday, 12/21 @ 8pm E/P
A Kingdom for the Dzanga Gorillas
Along the borders of the Central African Republic and hidden in the densest part of the equatorial forest of the Congo basin, there is a wild and hidden world. It is a reserve of vast clearings enclosed within walls of steep tree buttresses and it is home to the last survivors of a proud and majestic population: the Dzanga Gorillas. They are the victims of forest fragmentation and poaching in this war-torn territory, and their numbers are in sharp decline.
Thursday, 12/21 @ 10pm E/P
Sunrise Earth: Polar Bears
Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada -- In the remote Churchill region of Canada's Manitoba province, early winter lays a blanket of white over the barren tundra. Along with the fresh snow arrives a much larger white presence - the highest concentration of polar bears in the world. They've traveled for months to get here and they're starving, having lived primarily off their body fat. The mid-winter attraction is a frozen Hudson's Bay, full of seals and other favorite holiday meals. Anxiously, the bears wait for the ice to freeze. Soon, the short days will start getting longer. On this morning, they roam about and play-fight, observe and wait. They scent the winds that blow across the wide expansive plain during the long, red hours of the sub-arctic dawn.
Friday, 12/22 @ 7am E/P
Sunrise Earth Europe: Icelandic Geyser
Geysir, Iceland -- The morning sun struggles to pierce a late winter snowstorm, while deep below the surface the mid-Atlantic ridge roils in its geo-thermal heat. Water trapped in caverns can be contained no longer, bursting into the cool blue sky. This is the fabled Icelandic home of Geysir, the 200 foot high gushing hot spring that gave its name to geysers all over the world before going dormant. On this day, we witness its nephew Stokkur, a smaller fountain of steam and water. It explodes every 10 minutes. Rich green moss catches and melts the falling snow flakes.
Friday, 12/22 @ 9pm E/P
Crazy for Christmas
Everyone enjoys the holidays but some have a passion for Christmas that inspires them to do and make extraordinary things. Enjoy a six-foot tall gingerbread replica of the Transamerica building, and the world's only Christmas museum, just to name a few.
Friday, 12/22 @ 10pm E/P
HD Traveler: Portugal (Part 2 of 2)
In part two we journey to Sao Miguel Island, part of the Azores. We see the citizens keep alive their traditions of folk dance, pottery, and a style of cuisine called volcanic cooking. Then, we meet a fado singer hailed as the successor to Portugal's beloved fado queen, Amalia Rodriguez. Finally, we see what makes Portuguese guitars look and sound distinctive.
Saturday, 12/23 @ 9pm E/P
Treasures of the Trust: Ham House
Ham House in Richmond-Upon-Thames is unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th-century fashion and power. One of a series of palaces and grand houses along the banks of the Thames, it was built in 1610 for Sir Thomas Vavasour, Knight Marshal to James I and enlarged in the 1670s, when it was at the heart of Restoration court life and intrigue. It was then occupied by the same family, descendents of the Duchess of Lauderdale, until 1948. Lavish interiors and spectacular collections of fine furniture, textiles and paintings abound. The formal garden is significant for its survival within the area known to be the cradle of the English Landscape Movement.
Sunday, 12/24 @ 8pm E/P
Christmas and the Civil War
The Civil War is known for many things, but one of the least known artefacts of this era is our modern-day notion of Christmas. This program examines how a nation torn apart by slavery was held together, North and South, through a holiday that was transformed from a religious festival to a federal holiday. And in the process America, torn apart by war, became united once again. Based on first-person accounts, follow the stories of individuals affected by the war, including some well-known American historical figures.
Sunday, 12/24 @ 9pm E/P
The Greatest Tree on Earth
Laden with trinkets, surrounded by gifts, it's the ultimate symbol of hope and happiness. A worldwide ritual that transcends culture, religion and economic background. In the state of Oregon alone - the biggest producer of Christmas trees in the US - a staggering 5 million trees will be grown and sold this year. But have you ever stopped to consider why so many of us buy into this custom? Behind the mass market lies an incredible history. This unique one-hour film will reveal a journey rich in legend. Filmed across Europe, the US, and Japan we count down 100 days to the tree's big day. A tale of a tree that has brought people together and torn countries apart. A tree with a dark past that continues to bring hope. Prepare to be illuminated by this biography with a difference: the incredible story of the Christmas tree.
Sunday, 12/24 @ 10pm E/P
Crazy Christmas Lights
In this country everything is big and over the top, even our holidays. Every neighborhood has one, the house that goes above and beyond a string of Christmas lights on the front porch. These are families that set up a working Santa's Workshop on the front lawn at Christmas and a Christmas tree in every room. This special takes you inside the homes and lives of craziest holiday decorations. Experience the madness when holiday decorating is taken to a whole new level! Get up close and see what happens when homeowners go all out with their holiday displays.
Monday, 12/25 @ 7pm E/P
Dazzling Holiday Lights
Nothing celebrates the spirit of Christmas quite like a blazing display of holiday lights. Whether they're strung across a front porch or illuminating the Empire State Building, the bright colors and warm glow of these lights bring cheer to all during December's dark nights. We'll meet a high school sophomore who covers his home in more than 80,000 lights and go behind the scenes of some fierce neighborhood lighting competitions. We'll explore a historic hotel whose light display helped save it from financial ruin and travel to New York, Chicago and Las Vegas to tour the lights of our brightest holiday cities.
Monday, 12/25 @ 8pm E/P
One Six Right: The Romance of Flying
Celebrate the unsung hero of aviation -- the local airport -- by tracing the life, history and struggles of an airport icon: Southern California's Van Nuys Airport. Featuring thrilling aerial photography and a sweeping original score, the film dispels common misconceptions and opposes criticism of General Aviation airports. Through the love story of one airport, past to present, this film shares the timeless romance of flying with all ages.
Tuesday, 12/26 @ 8pm E/P
Appraise My Car: Episode 2
The Mercury Montclair was the car that turned heads in every neighborhood in the country in the 50's. AMC shows off a classic two-tone 1956 model in all original condition. The owner of a classic British sports car, tells his 20 year story from the seat of his 1952 MGTD. The 450 horsepower, 1970 Chevelle SS LS-6, set the muscle car benchmark of the era. Sold new for $4,500, now valued at $150,000.
Tuesday, 12/26 @ 9pm E/P
Every year in Monterey, California thousands of people gather from around the globe to attend the world's largest and most famous automobile extravaganza. It's referred to as Monterey Week. Hundreds of exotic automobiles are auctioned off at numerous car auctions and the surrounding street flow with the rarest cars in existence. Wayne Carini is considered to be one of the best automotive restorers in the nation and we follow him from his restoration shop in Connecticut to Monterey. Wayne gives us an insiders' view of the cars, money and dealings that make this event a must attend if you're at all interested to the car world.
Tuesday, 12/26 @ 10pm E/P
SEMA: The World's Greatest Car Show
Take an hour-long, insider's look at the world's greatest car show. Famous as the exclusive showcase event for after-market automobile design and classic restorations, we take you on a tour of the 2006 SEMA show from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Thursday, 12/28 @ 8pm E/P
Borneo's Pygmy Elephants
This is the story of an unlikely but extraordinary wildlife discovery which has led to a last minute campaign to save one of Borneo's most secretive and charismatic animals. The Pygmy Elephant is much more special and unique than anyone had ever thought possible. In the past two years scientists have found irrefutable evidence that this pachyderm is not the introduced pest that experts once believed it to be, but instead has a history on Borneo that goes back hundreds of thousands of years. Now the race is on to save the Pygmy Elephant before it's swept away by the wave of development that's overwhelming its forest home. Little is known about this fascinating creature because it lives a sedentary life deep in Borneo's forest. We must first enter the dark undergrowth where it lives and discover the secrets of this elusive animal.
Thursday, 12/28 @ 9pm E/P
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Plunge into the ocean 12,000 feet deep for an unprecedented experience of this vast and little-explored dimension of our planet. The film follows a team of scientists as they dive to research mysterious hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge. Narrated by Ed Harris.
Friday, 12/29 @ 8pm E/P
For eighty million years, birds have ruled the skies, seas and earth. Each spring, they fly vast distances. Each Fall, they fly the same route back. This film is the result of four years following their amazing odysseys, in the northern hemisphere and then the south, species by species, flying over seas and continents. Five production teams (more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) were necessary to follow a variety of bird migrations through forty countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the film makers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. This Best Documentary Academy Award nominee is the result of staggering beauty that opens one's eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world.
Friday, 12/29 @ 10pm E/P
Sunrise Earth: Secrets of the Sun
Huge and resolutely brilliant, the sun forever fascinates. This is the sun we think we know-the subject of our children's earliest drawings, of our most romantic settings, of our most restful vacations, indeed the steady and unwavering center of all life on our planet. Our food, our energy, our light, even our sense of time depends on the sun. But for something so important to us, there's much we don't know. This one-hour documentary looks at the science and mythic history of our relationship with the sun, with an eye for its lesser known and most recently uncovered secrets.
Saturday, 12/30 @ 9pm E/P
Treasures of the Trust: Batemans
The interior of this beautiful Jacobean 17th-century house, Rudyard Kipling's home from 1902 to 1936, reflects the author's strong associations with the East. When Rudyard Kipling sought privacy, he and his American wife took up residence at Bateman's the seclusion this house offered was perfect, the home comforts at that time were few, with no electricity, no running water upstairs, and no bathroom. The study was at the heart of Kipling's house where favoured friends were invited to sit whilst he worked. His collection of books cover a most interesting, and wide-ranging, array of subjects from rat catching to manures, or from gates and fences to bridges. There are many oriental rugs and artefacts, and most of the rooms - including his book-lined study - are much as Kipling left them. The delightful grounds run down to the small River Dudwell with its watermill, and contain roses, wild flowers, fruit and herbs. Kipling's Rolls-Royce is also on display.
Saturday, 12/30 @ 10pm E/P
St. Bernard Parish: After the Flood
For all intent and purposes, St. Bernard Parish, on the outskirts of New Orleans, is wiped out. Gone. A Katrina direct hit. 85,000 evacuated. 135 dead. Now the real story begins. Housed in trailers, the elected town officials are determined to rebuild all 25,000 homes and have the residents return. This film captures the struggle between our government and St. Bernard, and it's shaping up to be an epic headliner. Our unlimited access to the process will show that the real story is not in 30 second news clips but in the passion and fortitude of the people fighting for their town.
Sunday 12/31 @ 8pm E/P
Jesse James: Legend, Outlaw, Terrorist
Jesse James is the world's most famous outlaw, but he is really less of a Western hero and more of a Southern hero. We will examine Jesse's life and legend -- from his teenage years as a bloodthirsty guerilla fighter, to his invention of the bank robbery and the train robbery. We'll meet Jesse's family, from his quiet, soft-spoken older brother Frank, to his hell-raising, slave-owning, one-armed mother Zerelda. We'll discover the train of circumstances that led Jesse into a life of crime. We'll find out why his violent antics and increasingly professional approach to robbery made him a threat to the federal government - and a hero to his neighbors. In September 1876, Jesse and his gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, MN - and were thwarted for the first time ever. Our experts will determine how the Northfield Raid went wrong, and how the James Boys managed to survive. We'll discover the secret identity of one of the robbers - who lived well into the 20th Century. Was the Northfield Raid a set-up, intended to kill Jesse and his gang? We'll see Jesse's attempts to start a new gang - which ended when he was apparently shot in the back by two young gang members. Why did Jesse's protégés murder him? Why did the Governor offer a $5,000 reward for a bank robber who had sunk into obscurity - at a time when $500 was considered a fortune? We'll examine the conspiracy theory to see how likely it might be, and who benefited from the outlaw's death.
Sunday, 12/31 @ 10pm E/P
I Shouldn't Be Alive: Dive Into Danger
Two divers set out on an extraordinary tropical water dive to explore an underwater volcano. But when their dive boat loses them in bad weather, they are left drifting in an ocean full of danger. With no sign of rescue, two near strangers have only each other to keep them alive. And if exhaustion, dehydration and hopelessness don't get them, the sharks just might.
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