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  • rmhowe
    Times are eastern standard time. No idea if they run again during the night but they used to. Monday, July 3, 2006
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      Times are eastern standard time.
      No idea if they run again during the night but they used to.

      Monday, July 3, 2006
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      7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Siege Machines.
      A look at siege machines that convert energy into
      mechanical force to go over, under, or through
      fortified or fixed defenses too strong for
      conventional force. These engines range from man's
      first long-range missile weapon, the slingshot, to the
      laser cannons and satellite-destroying robots of the
      21st century. All of these machines are designed to
      breach barriers--castle walls, entrenched troops, even
      outer space. When the going gets tough, the tough get
      siege machines.
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      Thursday, July 6, 2006
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      8-9pm -- Ancient Marvels - Cities of the Underworld.
      Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and
      exotic cities in the world. Once the capital city of
      three of the world's most powerful empires--The Roman,
      Byzantine, and Ottoman--its strategic location made it
      the perfect spot for empires to rise, fall...and rise
      again. Today Istanbul's residents are walking on top
      of remnants of these fallen civilizations...literally.
      Taxis drive over parts of Constantine's Lost Great
      Palace; children play on cobblestone streets
      concealing a massive Byzantine dungeon; a high school
      sits on a 3rd century wall leading to the bowels of a
      100,000 seat ancient Roman Hippodrome; and basement's
      of old Ottoman homes lead to subterranean tunnels and
      secret cisterns. Join host Eric Geller as he leaves
      the buzz of the city streets behind and follows the
      pull of the past. Teamed with leading archeologists
      and experts, Eric peels back the layers of the
      past--to reveal a hidden history that hasn't seen the
      light of day for ages.
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      Sunday, July 9, 2006
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      7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Pirate Tech.
      Bold, cunning, and audacious, pirates are a breed of
      fighting men and women who have terrorized the high
      seas since before recorded history. At the height of
      their power in the 1700's they literally influenced
      the fate of nations when they became embroiled in the
      rivalry between England and Spain. This special will
      visit maritime museums and shipwreck sites, utilize
      walk-and-talk demonstrations of fire arms, swords, and
      navigation instruments to help spotlight the
      innovations pirates brought to maritime technology.
      Includes a look at how many pirates modified their
      ships to make them faster and more powerful.

      8-10pm -- True Caribbean Pirates -
      Blackbeard. Ann Bonny. Henry Jennings. Calico Jack.
      Henry Morgan. Black Bart Roberts. During the mid to
      late 17th and early 18th centuries, they were feared
      criminals. The Caribbean was their domain, the parade
      of treasure and cargo to Europe their target. The
      origins of Caribbean piracy began when Columbus made
      landfall in the Bahamas. Two years later, the Pope
      granted Spain the exclusive right to the Caribbean and
      most of the New World. The Spanish reaped an immense
      fortune in gold and silver, but with a price. England,
      France, and Holland all desired a portion of this
      wealth and each established Caribbean bases and used
      privateers--private sailors fighting for profit--to
      protect their interests and steal Spanish treasure.
      The line between privateering and piracy became
      blurred. We'll examine this Golden Age of Piracy and
      the true stories of the infamous pirates, how they
      operated, and their successes and failures in this
      dark and deadly profession.
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      Monday, July 10, 2006
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      7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Colosseum.
      Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or
      Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum.
      Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a
      retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble
      seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as
      the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity
      of its construction, the beauty of its architecture,
      and the functionality of its design made it the
      perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the
      bloody spectacles it contained.

      9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Knights Templar.
      They defended the Holy Land through bloodshed and
      prayer. Founded in the 12th century, these Christian
      warrior monks reigned supreme for nearly 200 years
      before suffering a spectacular fall from grace. Tried
      for heresy, they were disbanded and their Grand Master
      burned at the stake. We'll search behind the legend
      for their lost world. We recreate the city they knew
      as Tortosa--now hidden among modern homes in the
      Syrian city of Tartus. We reveal secrets of their
      headquarters at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with
      magnificent underground vaults that could stable 1,000
      horses. And we visit the circular church in London
      built to resemble the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in
      Jerusalem and the site of the Templar's mysterious
      initiation rites. We bring to life the hilltop
      fortress that Lawrence of Arabia called "the finest
      castle in the world", and return to the Mediterranean
      island where the Knights Templars made their last
      stand against Moslem enemies.
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      Wednesday, July 12, 2006
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      7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Taxidermy.
      It began as a tool used by prehistoric man to attract
      animals to the hunt. Over time it became an invaluable
      study aid for the natural scientist and a popular
      hobby for hunters and fishermen. Join us for a
      tantalizing look at the history of taxidermy, the
      craft of preserving animal skins and using them to
      recreate a still life of the animal as it appeared in
      life. We also check out fiberglass reproduction, which
      is gaining popularity as fish and game regulations
      become stricter. Finally, we examine human subjects in
      taxidermy. Using the very latest process of
      plastination, the once taboo science and art of
      preserving and displaying human corpses, now draws
      crowds in Europe, Asia, and the US, proving the
      age-old practice continues to mesmerize us!

      [I bought this one it was so unusual.]


      8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Pirate Tech.
      Bold, cunning, and audacious, pirates are a breed of
      fighting men and women who have terrorized the high
      seas since before recorded history. At the height of
      their power in the 1700's they literally influenced
      the fate of nations when they became embroiled in the
      rivalry between England and Spain. This special will
      visit maritime museums and shipwreck sites, utilize
      walk-and-talk demonstrations of fire arms, swords, and
      navigation instruments to help spotlight the
      innovations pirates brought to maritime technology.
      Includes a look at how many pirates modified their
      ships to make them faster and more powerful.

      9-11pm -- True Caribbean Pirates -
      Blackbeard. Ann Bonny. Henry Jennings. Calico Jack.
      Henry Morgan. Black Bart Roberts. During the mid to
      late 17th and early 18th centuries, they were feared
      criminals. The Caribbean was their domain, the parade
      of treasure and cargo to Europe their target. The
      origins of Caribbean piracy began when Columbus made
      landfall in the Bahamas. Two years later, the Pope
      granted Spain the exclusive right to the Caribbean and
      most of the New World. The Spanish reaped an immense
      fortune in gold and silver, but with a price. England,
      France, and Holland all desired a portion of this
      wealth and each established Caribbean bases and used
      privateers--private sailors fighting for profit--to
      protect their interests and steal Spanish treasure.
      The line between privateering and piracy became
      blurred. We'll examine this Golden Age of Piracy and
      the true stories of the infamous pirates, how they
      operated, and their successes and failures in this
      dark and deadly profession.
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      Thursday, July 13, 2006
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      I have seen the following and been trying to buy the following
      series for several years now. It really is good.
      The best was Heron of Alexandria in the series with
      siege engines and self moving theatres [automatons]
      that would roll onto the stage, perform, and roll back off,
      all done by weights and ropes wound around pulleys [both ways]
      reversed on dowels inset into them. Unfortunately
      they prefer to sell schlock and not the outstanding programs.
      The series of six shows was done by a small welsh company
      and is not for sale in Britain either. Another was on Galen.

      The following program has to do with the Antikythera
      Device, arguably the world's first computer, with moving
      early gears, which could track the movement of planets.
      It is reproduced by hand by an experimenter in the
      London Science Museum. You get to watch, which is
      a real treat. It is a great program.

      8-9pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ancient Discoveries:
      Ancient Computer?
      Journey back in time for an eye-opening look at the
      amazing ancient roots of technologies we like to think
      of as modern. New research suggests that many of the
      inventions of the last 200 years may, in fact, have
      already been known to the ancients. In this hour, we
      explore the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient machine
      that was discovered deep in the Aegean Sea. Could it
      perhaps have been an ancient computer? Could
      Archimedes have had a hand in its creation?
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      Friday, July 14, 2006
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      10-12am -- Bible Battles -
      In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an
      ancient people called the Israelites forged an army
      and carved out an empire. Their ancient military
      exploits are described in one of history's most famous
      religious texts--the Old Testament of the Bible. But
      by reading between the religious lines, military
      historians unlock the soldiers' secrets of the Bible
      by examining the weapons, strategies, and the
      commanders, some of whom are not always thought of as
      warriors, like Abraham, Moses, and Deborah. In this
      2-hour special, we explore the biblical world from a
      military perspective from the time of Abraham until
      David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows
      more freely than holy water in the days of the Old
      Testament, and the military secrets of the Bible have
      yet to be revealed...until now!
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