Week of April 23, 2012
Monday, April 23
Can it be Built?: World’s Tallest Skyscraper
NatGeo, 8pm EST
The Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa stands 2,716 feet tall, or half a mile into the Arabian air. Over the course of seven years and at a cost of $1.5 billion, follow the construction of this desert tower and the never-before-seen obstacles that must be overcome to deem a mega-structure built on shifting sands safe to inhabit. How will construction and engineering teams overcome 115-degree heat and vortex winds at high altitudes, and what happens when the tallest construction crane in the world. [From NatGeo]
Tuesday, April 24
Explorer: Mystery of the Murdered Saints
NatGeo, 12pm EST
For the first time, the Catholic Church will allow scientific experts and historians to openly test the veracity of the remains of reported saints. NGC has exclusive access to the forensic investigation. Deep in the crypt below the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia lie a set of bones believed to be those of two ancient saints, Chrysanthus and Daria. For more than 1,500 years they've been hidden away ... until now. [From NatGeo]
American Experience: The Crash of 1929
PBS, Check Local Listing
Part of the American Experience’s collection, The 1930’s, this special covers how the great mood of the 1920’s drastically changed, and reality set in, after the Crash of ’29.
*Full episode available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/crash/
Wednesday, April 25
Decoding Christianity: Angels
Smithsonian Channel, 5pm EST
Discover who and what angels really are, and where they come from. Smithsonian travels to Rome, where some of the earliest depictions of angels have been found, all the way to Reno, to look at the present-day “angel-industry.”
Thursday, April 26
Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Death Machines
History Channel, 2pm EST
Military innovation is consistently at the cutting edge of technological advances. Almost all technology on the planet today owes its origins to inventions driven by one purpose--war. From apocalyptic skyscraper siege machines to ancient landmines and flamethrowers, which had the potential to extinguish hundreds of lives in minutes, most of today's lethal weapons owe their origins to the inventors of the ancient world. [From History Channel]
Arlington: Call to Honor
Smithsonian Channel, 5pm EST
Every graveyard tells a story, but few can talk to the living like Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the final home of war heroes from the Revolutionary War to 9/11 to the current struggle in Iraq. The American flag flies at half-staff more often than not as more than twenty-seven burials take place daily. Each section of the cemetery reflects a time in history, and each stone signifies a hero. [From Smithsonian]
Jesus Conspiracies: Jesus’ Lost Years
Discovery Channel, 9pm EST
What was Jesus doing from ages 12-30, a huge gap in the Biblical accounts of his life? Scholars explore Jesus' missing years, from a hidden bunker in a Nazareth home to clues that he may have been influenced by an apocalyptic desert sect. [From Discovery Channel]
*Followed by Jesus Conspiracies: Who Was Mary Magdalene?
Friday, April 27
Triggers: Weapons That Changed The World Thompson SMG
Military Channel, 9am
The evolution of one of the most iconic weapons in the world; the submachine gun.
Saturday, April 28
Third Reich: The Rise
History Channel, 1pm EST
A unique perspective on the rise of Nazi Germany and how millions of people were so vulnerable to fascism, told through rare and never-before-seen amateur films shot by the Germans who were there. [From History Channel]
*Followed by Third Reich: The Fall at 2pm EST.
*More on the fall of the Reich? Check out this special on Allied bombing strategies, 3D Spies of WWII, full episode online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/spies-3d.html
Sunday, April 29
Sky View: The Tudor Age
Smithsonian Channel, 6am EST
Take an aerial trip through time as the mansions of the Tudor age are revisited.
The Universe Marathon
H2, 7am -12am EST
The Hunt for Bin Laden
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm EST
Take an in-depth look at the 20-year search for the most wanted man on earth. First-hand accounts, taken from counter-terrorism experts in the White House, the CIA, and the FBI, reveal the inside story of frustrations and missed opportunities, and the operation up until the night Bin Laden’s reign of terror ended.
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