The stunning final moments of TransAsia Flight 235. The mystery and conspiracy theories behind TWA Flight 800. The disorienting forest fire that jeopardized Garuda Indonesia Flight 152. When planes crash, the world takes notice, and so do the experts, whose job it is to figure out what happened. Revisit some of history's most notorious air disasters, retold through eyewitness accounts and interviews with the investigators who ultimately determined what went wrong.
They glide across the prairies of Canada and the deserts of Australia. They power through the cold of the Norwegian Arctic Circle and up the steepest slopes of the mighty Swiss Alps. They zoom into the future in Japan and go back in time in Alaska. Ride the rails to witness the world’s mightiest trains in action and join us as we embark on challenging missions, high-speed thrills, and cross-country adventures aboard these fast and powerful marvels of design and engineering.
Our world holds remarkable relics that are full of secrets, written in stone, gold, and blood. Discovering the truths behind these mysteries could change history as we know it. Join us as we travel the globe and come face-to-face with these puzzling treasures. We explore hidden corners, decipher ancient documents, and apply groundbreaking research and forensic techniques to discover the truth about these fabled cities, monuments, and remnants.
Join Elizabeth McGovern as she takes an in-depth look at the young American heiresses whose real life stories inspired the acclaimed TV drama “Downton Abbey.” This series takes you from the late 1800s, when daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy, to the 20th century, when a new kind of American Princess wields power not through wealth, but through character, style, and wit. Through the decades, these women bring dramatic change to the European aristocracy and eventually the world.
Witness defining moments of early 20th century America like never before: in dramatic color. Roam the untamed Wild West, visit burgeoning cities, and enter the dream factory of Hollywood. Follow larger-than-life figures who drove America’s industrial transformation, turned crime into an organized business, and built political dynasties. Using cutting-edge digital technology, we bring our young country’s most seminal landmarks, people, and moments to vibrant life.
Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it.
Welcome to The Way We Wore®, a high-end vintage clothing boutique and red carpet mainstay owned by Doris Raymond. Doris has been bringing glamour and glitz to the world's most influential stylists and costume designers. Follow Doris and her team of “vintage virtuosos” around the country, high-end auctions, flea markets and private estates in search of lost treasures. Doris’s fabulous finds give designer gowns and fine vintage frocks a second chance to shine in the spotlight at today’s biggest red-carpet events.
We all know Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Sally Ride, and other icons of America’s space program. But behind the scenes, engineers have been the secret heroes, building the spacecraft and instruments that have helped man leave Earth and explore the stars. We reveal the inside stories of how these brilliant minds created such superior machines as the Saturn V moon rocket, the Space Shuttle, and the Hubble Space Telescope, often against incredible odds.
World War II’s most legendary fighter. The world’s first “invisible” plane. The Swiss Army knife of military aircraft. These are just some of the world’s most iconic planes—past and present—that have pushed the boundaries of aviation, gravity, and warfare. Discover the inside stories of the F6F Hellcat, the F-22 Raptor, the OV-10 Bronco, and more.
When disaster strikes, it often comes without warning, catching people off guard and forcing split-second decisions that mean the difference between life and death. This series revisits some of the most harrowing calamities of the last 75 years, from the Oklahoma monster tornado of 1999 to the Mount St. Helens eruption to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Through firsthand accounts, we follow the fortunes of those who found themselves in the middle of catastrophe and fought to make it out alive.
Weather balloons. Atmospheric phenomena. Experimental military aircraft. There are explanations for most unknown flying objects, but not all of them. So, are flying saucers real? Many Americans believe extraterrestrial visits are possible, and in 1952, the U.S. Air Force even launched Project Blue Book, history's most extensive government investigation into UFOs. Join us as we pour over recently declassified reports, meet with science experts, and hear eyewitness accounts to see if we are indeed sharing our friendly skies.
From nearly the time she was born, Cleopatra had to fight for the throne and for her life. She was raised in the palace of one of history’s most ruthless royal families and had to use every skill in her arsenal—her brains, her charm, and her body—in order to survive. She would seduce the world’s greatest leaders, form powerful alliances, and cement her place in history. This is the story of the real Cleopatra, told through lavish reconstructions and testimony from the world’s leading historians.
The National Park Service has been active for over a century preserving and protecting over 400 units across America, from the wild and natural to the man-made and historic. Take a tour through iconic Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and discover smaller, hidden treasures throughout the country as we explore the agency’s evolution over the last century. Through rarely seen footage and stunning aerial views, we celebrate the sites and stories of the national landmarks that reflect our country’s past, present, and future.
They can accelerate faster than a Ferrari, strike with 10 times the g-force of a space shuttle, and outmaneuver a fighter jet. These are the fastest animals on the planet, and they use their speed to lethal effect in order to survive and thrive in the world’s most combative environments. Take a global journey across deserts, dense jungles, and murky lagoons, and see how predators, and their prey, run, swim, and fly for their lives. High-speed cameras capture the carnage, while 3D animation reveals how each creature is uniquely built for speed.
Throughout history, warfare has been seen as the preserve of men, but evidence shows that over the centuries, women were often in on the fight. Join us as we tell the tales of history's most iconic female fighters, from the legendary Amazons of Central Asia to the gladiators of the Roman Empire to the all-female fighting force of West Africa. Discover the extraordinary lives of women who, just as fiercely as men, bravely fought, endured, and sacrificed.
These marvels of marine technology are built for anything the heavens and oceans dole out. See their battle-tested crews manage high-tech, high seas adventures as the world’s mightiest ships embark on some of the most challenging, dangerous jobs a working boat will ever face. Get an all-access look at life aboard these sophisticated vessels, from the mechanics of modern seagoing to the human dramas above and below deck.
When “Star Trek” first aired in 1966, it expanded the imagination of viewers about what was possible in our lifetime. Today, many of the space-age technologies displayed on the show, like space shuttles, cell phones, and desktop computers, have already gone from science fiction to science fact. Other innovations, like warp drive, teleportation, and medical tricorders are actively in development. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Star Trek” - a show that continues to inform, enrich, and inspire.
The Great Barrier Reef. A natural wonder so enormous it can be seen from space and home to one of the most extraordinary communities of animals on the planet. Nearly 60 years since his last visit to this marine paradise, Sir David Attenborough returns, this time armed with a team of scientists and the latest technology. His mission: to explore the reef’s diverse residents and visitors in ways we never could before, to learn more of its surprising origins, and to save it from its most serious threat—mankind.
They traveled alone and in packs. They collected intelligence and launched attacks. They rose above the ocean depths and ultimately changed the course of war. Chart some of the most dramatic and influential submarine patrols of World War II, from the perspective of the naval masterminds who plotted the strategies to the tenacious and aggressive commanders who carried them out. Follow the ongoing challenges the Axis and Allies faced as they pushed the limits of their vessels in pursuit or in escape.
It's harder and harder to get away with murder. Today, detectives are catching and convicting more criminals than ever before, thanks to enormous leaps in forensic science. Fingerprints, bones, hair and genetic markers are now forms of indisputable evidence, but that wasn't always the case. Revisit the most dramatic murder mysteries in history and see how forensic tools forever changed the way crimes are solved.
A wedding flyover that turned tragic. A plane that mysteriously veered off course and slamed into a mountain. A pilot who survived a crash only to succumb to the raging currents of an icy waterway. These are just a few of roughly 125 air disasters that occurred in Alaska in 2015 and challenged one of the busiest branches of the National Transportation Safety Board. Go inside this remote regional office during six air accident investigations, and follow examiners as they attempt to determine the probable cause of each crash, be it man, machine, or environment.
Get up close & personal with some of the biggest, stangest, deadliest, and rarest creatures on earth. Nobody covers the animal kingdom quite like our globe-spanning scientists, researchers and filmmakers, who match their incredible expertise with stunning videography to produce lush images of a world few have ever seen...until now.
From its Florida Everglades to its Great Lakes, its Rocky Mountains to its Manhattan skyline, America is filled with breathtaking beauty. Take a moment to observe the awe-inspiring views of America's stunning landscapes and fuel your fire to travel like never before.
Enter a world filled with the most spectacular freaks of nature on the planet. Here you will find a weird and wonderful collection of leaping spiders, snot-casting fish, blood-sucking bats, flesh-boring bugs, and other bizarre creatures occupying our land, sea, and sky. Join us as we celebrate oddities of all shapes, sizes, and species, giving an up-close view of them in their natural habitat, and revealing how these misfits of nature have developed their strange adaptations over tens of millions of years.
Was the remarkable mountain-carved city of Petra once ruled by women? Did the Knights Templar belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? Did the Pueblo civilization of Chaco Canyon practice cannibalism? Sacred Sites spans the globe to visit some of the world’s most remarkable ancient religious structures. Through recent archaeological discoveries and scientific breakthroughs, we offer fresh insights into the civilizations that built these sites, and examine their sometimes controversial, taboo practices.
Actor Robert Powell, star of the TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” is on a journey across the Holy Land to discover the real story of the role he played decades ago. Guided by the Gospels and the latest archaeological and historical research, Powell will travel to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. With the help of scholars and theologians, he will examine Jesus’s lost adolescent years, the start and growth of his ministry, and his death and believed resurrection, which would spark the birth of one of the largest religions on the planet.
Witness the Tet Offensive, Clinton's impeachment, the Apollo 13 near-disaster, and other seismic moments of American history the way they unfolded on TVs and radios across the nation. Look back on these shocking events as they were covered by national and local news broadcasts of the day. The footage, much of which has not been seen or heard in decades, gives an intimacy and immediacy to stories we thought we knew but will now rediscover through a unique perspective.
Windsor: the oldest and largest continually inhabited castle in the world. For millennia, it’s been the symbol of Britain’s royal dynasties, and for decades it’s been the stage for a series of scandals, secrets, and spectacles for Queen Elizabeth II and her family. Join us as we reveal the stories that took place behind this castle’s walls, from early beginnings to today. Interviews with former castle insiders show what life was, and is, like for the world’s most famous family.
Join Ashley Judd, Dennis Haysbert, and Trace Adkins as they delve into the untold stories of the Civil War.
Meet Titanoboa: She's longer than a bus, eats crocodiles for breakfast and makes the anaconda look like a garter snake.
Join acclaimed broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough on a worldwide journey charting the incredible rise of the creatures that dominate the Earth's land, seas and skies: the vertebrates. This exploration whisks you to excavation sites in China, Germany, North America and beyond, unearthing new fossil evidence that's providing explosive insights into our evolutionary past. From the first fish with a backbone to the growth of today's major mammal groups, it's a remarkable 500 million-year story that only continues to develop over time.
From the medieval metropolis of Angkor to the mystery surrounding a pharaoh's death to the political strategies that would bring empires to their knees. Witness the majestic rise and fall of history's most famous emperors and kings.
A Roman soldier buried under Mount Vesuvius ash. An Irish king preserved in a bog. A teenage Inca girl frozen in time at the peak of the world’s tallest active volcano. Mummies are everywhere, and they are turning up in the most unexpected places. Most are in astonishingly good condition, and all have astonishingly good stories to tell. Discover their secrets as we conduct modern day virtual autopsies to solve ancient cold cases and get unprecedented looks into lost civilizations.
Insects, pterosaurs, and birds all have conquered the skies over the course of 320 million years, thanks to evolution. Follow David Attenborough across the globe as he uncovers the mysteries of nature's most fascinating creatures, from the first flying beasts to the wonderfully strange arthropods that dominate our world.
Sharks play a vital role in the underwater ecosystems and are the ocean's perfect predator. Uncover the hunting secrets of one of the most powerful creatures and get an exclusive look at this evolutionary marvel's biology.
Embark on a series of first-class luxury cruises to remote islands, exotic cities, untamed coasts, and historic wonders. These Mighty Cruise Ships go anywhere adventure calls, whisking passengers to high-end, far-off destinations in Indonesia, French Polynesia, Cape Horn, Russia, and beyond. Delivering breathtaking experiences, however, often means overcoming substantial obstacles, from dangerous waters to extreme weather to temperamental vessels. It’s up to each crew to ensure a smooth ride for all aboard.
Christianity is considered to be the world’s largest religion. With huge followers of faith come vast meanings behind the religious practices and the divine word of God. Learn more about the origins of Christianity and the Bible.
From Mercury to Gemini, from Apollo to Curiosity, NASA's giant leaps in engineering and science over the last 60 years have been nothing short of astronomical. Blast off on a celestial voyage as we explore the first half-century of the Space Age. Celebrate the triumphs, lament the tragedies, and learn how modern engineers are using the past as a blueprint, refining yesterday's technologies in hopes of sending humans off to Mars and beyond.
From the inner workings of the White House to the presidential monuments on the National Mall, from official portraits to scurrilous newspaper cartoons, from the Revolutionary era up to our own day and age, these programs showcase American presidents, offering a unique look at the powerful office and those elected to it.
Worldwide, billions of people have limited access to things that many of us take for granted: shelter, food, clean water, transportation, and health care. But what they lack in resources, many make up for with determination and resourcefulness. Design with the Other 90% celebrates the ingenious ways that people are teaming up with designers, engineers, and architects to find solutions to daunting urban problems. From Africa to South America to Asia, visionaries around the world show how good design can solve problems and create a better future -- for 100% of us.
For 20-year-old Madison Stewart, nothing feels safer or more natural than diving straight into shark-infested waters. Since childhood, growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she's treated these predators as family. But they're vanishing from existence, and because of their bad reputation, few people seem to care. Follow Madison on her mission to protect our sharks, a battle that began when she put her studies on hold, grabbed a camera, and set out to save these incredible, misunderstood creatures.
Some of the most coveted and valuable treasures from history's greatest games and players are missing or misidentified. It's up to the Sports Detectives to find the items and get to the truth. Follow private investigator Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner as they travel the country on the hunt for Ali's missing Olympic gold medal, Jim Craig's Miracle on Ice flag, Dale Earnhardt's first racecar, and other legendary items.
Take off on a thrilling flight across America, a journey that allows you to leave yourself, and your travel organizer, at home. Shot entirely in high definition, this series offers rare glimpses of some of our nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, from historical and cultural landmarks to untouched locations inaccessible by road, we offer the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people occupy it.
Who is Jack the Ripper? Why are planes vanishing over Nevada? How did Marilyn Monroe really die? What is the truth behind Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? Do we know all there is to know about the collapse of the Twin Towers? This series investigates compelling testimonies and explosive accusations surrounding history’s great mysteries and legends. By using cutting-edge technology and analytics, we examine data and eyewitness accounts in search of the missing evidence that will finally separate reality from mystery.
Enjoy a first-class seat aboard the world's most magnificent flying machines. Explore amazing aircraft and meet the men and women around the world who build, maintain, and fly them. Follow the Stargazer as it launches weather satellites into space, the Boeing 747-F8 as it hauls race cars across continents, and the Twin Otter as it flies in and out of inhospitable Arctic regions.
Discover the true stories involving very real people, places and events -- some known to the public, others hidden from it -- that went on to inspire some of Hollywood's biggest hits, most iconic heroes and notorious villains.
Meet the experts who make the Smithsonian Gardens a stunning living museum year round. See how our horticulturists work tirelessly to overcome urban conditions and freezing temperatures. Learn how all gardeners, from amateur to seasoned, can use their secrets to make their own gardens grow.
The very first submarine, which legend claims lurked beneath New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. The small ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk. The destroyer that forced the easing of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over the centuries, conflicts have prompted advances to ship designs, making vessels stronger, faster, smarter, and capable of changing the course of wars. Join us as we examine the world’s greatest Combat Ships, and reveal how they shaped world history and inspired men and women to acts of incredible courage.
Ancient stories of the Roman city of Carnuntum, China’s Valley of the Kings, and Pompeii have been blurred by the passage of time. Join archaeologists as they use modern technology to reveal the fascinating ways of life of the most prosperous ancient empires across the globe.
How do you grasp an event as enormous as September 11? At the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, you start small: A briefcase, a Blackberry, a victim's sweatshirt, and a hero's nametag. Simple objects that tell personal stories, recounted in the donors' own words. Stories from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA remind us that the legacy of 9/11 is not fear -- it's friendship, courage, and ordinary people pushed by extraordinary circumstances. Their stories deserve to be remembered across decades and generations. By telling them, we triumph over tragedy.
The British royal family has been the center of public interest for centuries. Join us as we revisit dramatic events, like the death of Princess Diana, and gain new perspectives and insights.
Every autumn, 1,000 polar bears share the small town of Churchill, Manitoba, with humans until the Arctic ice returns to Hudson Bay. It’s a relatively peaceful coexistence, but this year will prove more challenging than ever. A longer summer has led to an earlier, and larger, influx of bears, and the fatal attack of a beloved dog has the community on edge. Follow these majestic beasts, the local guides who make their living from them, and the men and women who work round-the-clock to protect them through one especially tough season.
They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. WWII's Most Daring Raids puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.
“Mad Men” gave audiences an all-access glimpse into the world of advertising in America during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. It was inspired by the real men and women of Madison Avenue who perfected the art of the sale and transformed American culture in the process. Who were these people and what were the campaigns that created this consumer culture? Follow the evolution of advertising from the 1950s through the 1980s, via interviews with the industry’s top ad executives, and through classic ads and commercials.
Explore history’s perfect storms and witness catastrophic moments when man and nature collided.
The famous aircrafts of the first century of flight can only be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, housed in Washington, DC, and in the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Discover the inspirational stories and amazing aircraft of legendary pilots and daring astronauts, like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Amelia Earhart.
Enter the battlefields of Africa, arenas bathed in a history of savagery and blood, where big cats and big crocs have reigned supreme for centuries. Here in the open plains, muddy swamps, and deep rivers, these super predators don’t simply survive in hostile and unforgiving conditions, they thrive because of them. See how these four-legged assassins adapt to their surroundings and use the terrain to unlock new hunting techniques, seek out new prey, and amplify their age-old skills by using the lay of the land.
Can the length of our fingers predict our sexual preference? Do our genes make us commit adultery? Should breast milk come with a warning label? Thanks to modern medicine and science, we're not just finding out new answers about the human body and condition, we're coming up with brand new questions. Join us as we reopen provocative, and sometimes scandalous subjects once considered closed. We'll separate medicine from myth and science from snake oil to reveal new truths about who we are, what we're made of, and where we may be headed.
Some used captivating style to boost diplomacy. Some offered compassionate calm in days of war. Some embraced the role they never expected to make a difference. And some seized the role they always dreamed of to blaze a trail. Every first lady has their own tale to tell, and this series examines some of the women who left their indelible mark on the White House and in history. Join us as we go beyond the public lives to tell the private stories of Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and more.