NonfictionAircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush cruises deep in the Arabian Gulf for a six-month deployment in April 2017 to help ground troops defeat ISIS. Twenty stories high and more than three football fields long, this 100,000-ton ship carries 70 specialized aircraft armed and ready to fly into battle. Witness an up-close look at life aboard the carrier and the rigorous preparation highly skilled pilots and crew undergo before risking their lives to give air support to allied forces fighting on the ground.
Nonfiction246 B.C. On the western border of a crumbling dynasty in Far East Asia, a 13-year-old boy is crowned king. In just over two decades of rule, he unites seven warring states into one imperial superpower, laying the foundations for modern day China. This is the story of Qin Shi Huang, a controversial figure who has been painted in history as both a transformative ruler and a brutal tyrant.
NonfictionWhen Ashley Pegram goes missing after meeting a man through a dating app, the race to find her focuses on her internet admirer. Detectives soon discover she is caught up in a nightmarish trap set by an online predator with murder on his mind.
NonfictionFor the privileged few who have looked down at Earth from space, the thin blue line of our planet’s atmosphere sets it apart from every other planet we’ve seen — it sustains life. The story of how Earth creates and regulates that oxygen-rich atmosphere is mind-blowing and includes a flying river, a global dust storm, a collapsing glacier and the most important creature you’ve never heard of. All connected together to allow the planet to breathe.
NonfictionMina and Karen tackle their first renovation of a brick house in a new neighborhood, giving it a rustic, schoolhouse style. They open up the living, dining and kitchen areas and fit in 3.5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
NonfictionOn August 15th 2015, police are alerted to the body of Fernando Silva on a boat. With the crime scene revealing little about what caused his death, police turn to surveillance footage for clues. Will the cameras help them find out what really happened?
NonfictionOf all life on Earth, why are we the only ones with the smarts to leave our planet? For nearly 3 billion years nothing had a brain. Even today it is estimated over 90 percent of life doesn’t need a brain to survive. So, what happened? What did our planet do to set in motion a chain of impossible and unlikely events that ultimately made us so much more intelligent than anything else?
NonfictionThe country’s 100 favorite novels are announced in this celebration of reading, hosted by Meredith Vieira. With titles on the list spanning four centuries, authors from 15 countries, and every genre imaginable, it is clear that America’s taste in novels is as diverse as the people who make up our nation. Everyday book lovers and celebrities alike reveal their top choices as the vote begins to determine America’s Best-Loved Book.
NonfictionOn Saturday, May 19, the world’s eyes will turn to the town of Windsor to witness the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. With exclusive access to key elements of the big day, “Operation Royal Wedding” is the behind-the-scenes story of a nation pulling together to create a world-class event that celebrates the unsung heroes who make it all happen.
NonfictionBourdain returns to Uruguay after a decade away and finds a progressive nation in the midst of social change, but with evident fragments of its colonial past, most notably in its local cuisine
NonfictionThe series starts with that great paradox. How could the settlement at the end of World War One – the “war to end all wars” – lead to an even greater conflict just a few years later? The answer is a tale with terrible resonance today. This film shows how the Great Depression sapped the will of the emocracies of the West to face up to a new and disturbing political phenomenon – the rise of militaristic dictators, in Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. The result was that the major powers ignored all the warning signs and allowed the likes of Mussolini and above all Hitler to begin the course that would lead the world into cata
NonfictionAfter a string of deadly home invasions, Lt Rod Demery partners up with an ambitious rookie to track down a pair of murderous bandits and exonerate a man railroaded for a crime Demery is convinced he didn't commit.
NonfictionBourdain digs deep into the proud, often misunderstood culture of West Virginia, as he traverses a 5,000 foot mine, observes the demolition derby-like sport of rock-bouncing and dines on signature Appalachian dishes.
NonfictionWhen Michael VanZandt, a veteran and father of three, disappears one night in Hermosa Beach, Ca., police suspect a group of strangers may be involved. But his loved ones are haunted by suspicions about his thrill seeking when considering his fate.
NonfictionExamine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations.
NonfictionEver wonder how our planet got here? It was born in a cosmic storm and shaped by violence. We’re only here because of random collisions in a dangerous cosmos. They could have destroyed us, but instead constructed a planet from the rubble of the early solar system, gave us oceans in a bombardment from the heavens and brought order to our world when two planets collided.
NonfictionIn Baltimore, Maryland, a calculating predator lies in wait, stalking innocent young women and striking when they are most vulnerable... alone at night. But a surprise is in store when one of the victims turns out to be the killer's own worst enemy.
NonfictionWho were the original Assassins? To find out we need to go back to 11th Century Persia, a country torn apart by the age-old conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. To survive, a tiny Shiite community, the Ismailis, begin a lethal terror campaign, targeting top Sunni leaders. In response, the Sunnis try to blacken the Ismailis' reputation, accusing them of being high on hashish. The name sticks and spawns our word, Assassin. In Syria, the Assassins are threatened by both Muslim and Christian enemies. Their lethal tactics seal the Assassins' reputation as the deadliest Special Forces in the medieval world.
NonfictionThe chefs must cook a glorious meal for the judges using only fired-up grill pans. The first basket contains a shocker of a meat and a sweet surprise that the competitors wish they could ignore.
NonfictionA couple that moved to the suburbs for more space and a bigger yard wants to update their bland 1970s house. Designer Jasmine Roth gives the house an edgy, cool exterior and opens up the inside, adding custom industrial touches.
NonfictionWill we find life like ours on another planet? All life on Earth started as single-cell bacteria and stayed like that for 2 billion years. So how did that bacteria become the complex, colorful and diverse life that’s all around us? And could this happen anywhere else in the universe? Hosted by astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.
NonfictionWar addresses the paradox that good comes from bad. The threat of destruction engenders a sense of fear, but also creates tighter bonds within a community, while driving an arms race of technological progress. This happened in the Zapotec civilization in Mexico, but also with the Teotihuacan civilization which overthrew the Zapotecs and emerged as the first superpower of the Americas.
NonfictionAt an ancient city lost in the desert for 5,000 years, experts uncover evidence of human sacrifice and strange rituals, and new discoveries reveal that the people who lived here might have been the first civilization of the Americas.
NonfictionJoin conservationist Maria Diekmann to save pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world. Fall in love with and learn about these scaly yet snuggly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery, hampering conservation efforts.
NonfictionIn recent years, our knowledge of life beneath the waves has been transformed. Using cutting-edge technology, One Ocean takes us on a journey from the intense heat of the tropics to our planet's frozen poles to reveal new worlds and extraordinary never-before-seen animal behaviors.
NonfictionAfter a few solid weeks of fishing, Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com is feeling confident about his chances of taking the top spot again. But Captain Brad Krasowski of the Fish Hawk, who finished at the bottom of the leaderboard last year, is on a hot streak and is ready to make good on his promise to go from “worst to first.” Meanwhile, Captain Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel tries to repair his relationship with his mate.