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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
NonfictionNew tools allow researchers to use cells to create and edit their own DNA with more ease and less cost than ever before. NOVA Wonders explores the benefits and the burden of risk surrounding this controversial new technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NonfictionExplore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways.
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 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.
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
NonfictionA couple conspires with Clint and the Harp Design Co. team to lure their son home from college more often. Clint transforms their bonus room into a family fun space and builds a three-tier bunk bed that's both fun and functional.
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.
NonfictionEarth protects itself from the sun: the David and Goliath story of Earth’s relationship with its greatest threat, our seemingly benign sun. The sun is the big, violent boss of the solar system, throwing out devastating particles and deadly radiation. Without several shields, one generated by our unique planetary core, another by our atmosphere and a third by our interconnected weather systems, life on Earth would never have survived.
NonfictionOur rock is special — it’s alive. Though the building blocks of life are common across the universe, life is rare. So what is it about planet Earth that sets it apart? This is the story of dynamic forces and crazy coincidences that took a bunch of dead ingredients and transformed them into something as wondrously intricate as life. And if it happened here, could it happen elsewhere?
NonfictionThe big blue is the world's greatest wilderness, far from shore and many kilometers deep. It's a vast marine desert where there is little to eat and nowhere to hide. Yet it's home to some of the biggest and most spectacular creatures on earth. This episode reveals what it takes to survive in this savage and forbidding world.
NonfictionIn 2017, a strange, cigar-shaped object entered our solar system from another star system traveling in such an unusual trajectory it caused some astronomers to suggest that it could be an extraterrestrial craft. It brought up an important question--will we have a plan in place for what to do if we encounter alien life?
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.
NonfictionJoanna teams up with the Lee family to turn their plain-Jane house into a classic beauty. The Lees' mutual love for a clean, traditional style presents a challenge for Jo, who must find a way to fill the home with character.
NonfictionGiada De Laurentiis, her daughter and a friend paddleboard in the early morning before they prepare a casual brunch that includes Berries with Spiced Cream, a Peach and Bacon Frittata, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Lemon Shakeratos.
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.
NonfictionMike and Ant drag a rare 1972 Datsun 510 2-door into the 21st century. The engine is in good order, and the car itself could be quite valuable, but the paint job is awful, the gearbox is unresponsive, and the bodywork leaves a lot to be desired.
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.
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.
NonfictionA couple calls on Jeff and his team to restore their historic dining room and exterior facade. Jeff gets to work adding historic charm to the crumbling facade and transforms the dining room with a custom-built mudroom nook.
NonfictionIt's our green seas, not the blue, that bring life to our oceans. Here sunlight powers the growth of enchanted forests of kelp, mangroves and prairies of sea grass. They are the most abundant but fiercely competitive places in the ocean to live. The most bountiful kelp forests are found off the tip of southern Africa, where two great oceans collide.
NonfictionArmed with 700 pages of recently declassified FBI documents, twenty-one year CIA veteran Bob Baer and war crimes investigator Dr. John Cencich begin a worldwide investigation into what happened to Adolf Hitler at the end of WWII.
NonfictionThis film shows how the Nazis developed a terrifying new military tactic – Blitzkrieg - and how it caught first Poland and then Britain and France utterly unprepared. It charts the fall of Poland and how Hitler then conquered France in just a few weeks, an achievement that had eluded Germany throughout all the four years of World war One. It also reveals how heroic French resistance allowed the British to escape from Dunkirk and live to fight another day.
NonfictionSee how seafaring advances and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings around the planet. Distant and disparate cultures met for the first time, and art became the great interface by which civilizations understood each other.
NonfictionAncient Greece is under attack. Threatened by a vast Persian invasion force, the Greeks turn to their dreaded Special Forces, the Spartan 300. Within this elite, the best of the best are known as the Krypteia or Secret Operations Force. For two long days, at Thermopylae, the Spartans withstand the Persian onslaught. Then, betrayed by a Greek traitor, they face annihilation. It's said that the Spartan Krypteia attempt a last-ditch assassination of the Persian Emperor. He survives and the Spartan 300 fight to the last man. Their heroic stand is still an inspiration to today's Special Forces.
NonfictionGrasslands cover one quarter of all land and support the vast gatherings of wildlife, but to survive here animals must endure hostile seasonal changes. From Asia's bizarre looking saiga antelope, to the giant ant-eaters of Brazil, grassland animals have adapted in extraordinary ways to cope with these extremes.
NonfictionAfter a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the South.
NonfictionOn the coast, two worlds collide. Coasts are the most dynamic and challenging habitats in the ocean - that brings great rewards but also great danger. The extraordinary animals that live here must find ingenious ways to cope with two very different worlds.
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.
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.
NonfictionExplore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, life-size and colossal, perform a role - assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear - and were instrumental in depicting the body today.
NonfictionCorals build themselves homes of limestone in the warm, clear, shallow seas of the tropics. Their reefs occupy less than one tenth of one percent of the ocean floor, yet they are home to a quarter of all known marine species. They are complex, infinitely varied structures providing all kinds of homes for their many residents.
NonfictionThe remaining eight bakers are challenged with making the perfect wedding-themed mini mousse cakes before having to create croquembouche-inspir ed wedding towers that include two types of pastry.
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.
NonfictionA young woman is found floating in a river off Merritt Island, east of Orlando, Florida. And as the circumstantial evidence piles up, the shifting story of one suspects' timeline ultimately becomes the smoking gun.
NonfictionA family is ready to trade in their townhouse for a forever home, causing the brothers to juggle their growing wish list. After Drew leverages a deal, Jonathan works with a family member to give the interior heart and soul.
NonfictionTrace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most ingenious, affecting, and breathtaking works of art ever made. Yet beneath great works of religious art often lie conflict, intrigue and divine mysteries.
NonfictionThey were the elite special forces of ancient Germany; a fanatical corps of proud and independent warriors trained to fight at night. They would appear out of nowhere, sowing fear and panic among their enemies. They were known as the 'Ghost Warriors'. In the first century AD they fought the might of the Roman Empire. The result still resounds through history. In the late summer of AD 9, in a carefully prepared ambush, they massacred three entire Roman legions. The Battle of Teutoberg Forest was among Imperial Rome's greatest ever military defeats. Rome never attempted to conquer Germania again.
NonfictionThe world's deserts are lands of extremes that force animals to come up with ingenious ways of coping with hostile conditions. A pride of desert lions are so hungry they risk hunting a giraffe several times their size. Filmed for the first time, a tiny bat does battle with one of the world's deadliest scorpions, and in Madagascar, a locust swarm of biblical proportions is seen as never before.
NonfictionPresident Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
NonfictionAfter looking at houses for months with no luck, a couple calls on Chip and Joanna Gaines to help them find a new place for their family of four. They need four bedrooms and three bathrooms, ideally with some mature trees.
NonfictionIn 2017, it was revealed that the Department of Defense recently spent millions investigating reports of UFOs. This is the latest disclosure about a series of secret government UFO projects dating back decades, but many of their findings have never been released to the public. Could the truth about an extraterrestrial presence on Earth be part of a UFO Conspiracy?
NonfictionWhen an 18-year-old Staten Island woman is murdered in her home, the media turns her secret into a front-page scandal. But a meticulously constructed timeline allows detectives to close in on their number one suspect.
NonfictionA couple moves to Waco, TX, and wants to find a historic house that can be turned into their dream home. While their choice has tons of potential, Chip and Jo will have their hands full drawing out the home's charming elements.
NonfictionWhen Andrea Farrington meets fellow employee Alex Kozak she thinks that romance could be on the horizon. She has no idea that feelings of romance will be replaced by suspicion and fear, leading to a final rejection that has fatal consequences.
NonfictionIn the first round, the chefs find a classic Asian food in an innovative form and some lovely plums. A tough cut of meat and a container full of an unusual mayonnaise product test the chefs' creativity in Round Two.
NonfictionIt’s not enough for Earth to be habitable, it also has to be lethal for life to thrive. Death is hardwired into everything from our cells to the planet itself. Global mass extinctions create the opportunities that evolution seizes, boosting biodiversity. At the heart of this story is a biological superpower – sex, life’s trade-off with death to survive in a restless world.
NonfictionA detailed look at Aaron Hernandez's life, a millionaire athlete with a fiancé and baby, shockingly convicted of murder. Why would he risk it all? New details and never-before-seen interviews explain his troubled past and murder allegations.
NonfictionThe team investigates Nikola Tesla's final residence, The New Yorker Hotel, and find incredible evidence that it served as much more than a home to the controversial inventor. They also travel to Wardenclyffe, Tesla's infamous, abandoned laboratory where even more stunning secrets are discovered deep underground.
NonfictionInvestigators discover novelist Michael Peterson clutching his dead wife Kathleen, in a pool of blood at the bottom of their back staircase. Michael insists that her death is the result of a tragic fall, but investigators believe otherwise.
NonfictionHush puppies and black-eyed peas, y'all! Southern classics are in the first basket, while something fried and something sweet meet in basket two. And fruity, creamy, doughy desserts are the result of a busy final round.
NonfictionHailing all the way from the harsh lands of Scandinavia, these men are said to be the magic-mushroom-fuelled warriors who can turn themselves into wild animals. They're bloodthirsty, pagan fanatics who ruthlessly lead the way into battle. Striking terror into the heart of peace-loving Christians across medieval Europe, these are Viking Berserkers. They're so committed to the fight, they have no fear of death. But it's one lone Berserker's extraordinary last stand on an English Bridge in 1066 which has ensured their place in history as the most formidable of all Ancient Special Forces.
NonfictionJosh explores other great walls around the world, from a cursed fortress along India's Aravalli Mountains to a series of towering metal forks that once defended Britain from the Nazis and were taken over by pirates -- of radio.
NonfictionBourdain's Roman holiday takes a cinematic turn, influenced by his tour guides, actress Asia Argento, screenwriter/director Abel Ferrara, and a host of larger-than-life Romans who take him inside a Rome for the locals.