Following in the wake of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a team of six men risks their lives to discover what it’s like on the greatest survival journey of all time. In a 22-foot replica wooden lifeboat, with 100-year-old equipment, clothes and rations, the team battles 800 miles across the roughest ocean on the planet.
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:00pm
In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky. The lethal payloads rained down from Zeppelins — enormous airships, some the length of two football fields. With a team of engineers, explosives experts and historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. The program explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. Why were these monsters of the sky, filled with flammable hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down? Experts reconstruct and detonate deadly WWI incendiary bombs and test-fire antique flaming bullets to discover how the British devised unique artillery that would finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made.
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:00pm
Space exploration has reached its golden age. Over the last few decades our view of the cosmos has fundamentally changed due to advances in the design of telescopes. From NASA's Sofia infra-red telescope which scans the sky at 45,000 feet in the air, from the back of a converted plane, to the telescope designed to orbit the Earth beyond the moon, Horizon takes a look at the telescopes opening this new window outside our world. These machines are among the most advanced ever built: triumphs of ambition and design, engineered to function perfectly in some of the harshest places on Earth - and beyond.
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:00pm
Just two years in the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is the world’s youngest dictator, ruling one of the world’s most isolated countries. Like his father and grandfather, he wants to maintain tight control over what North Koreans see of the world — and what the world sees of North Korea. But with unique access, FRONTLINE goes inside the secret state to explore life under its new ruler and to investigate the enigmatic “Morning Star King” as he tries to hold onto power. Using new footage smuggled from inside and never-before-told stories from recent defectors living in South Korea, the film offers a rare glimpse of how some North Koreans are defying authority in a country where just being caught with illegal DVDs could mean immediate imprisonment.
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:00pm
It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the Kennedy assassination. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time — Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan — and brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions and anxieties began to turn the country onto a new and different course.
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:00pm
Michael has an IQ of 135. We’re told there are lots of ways we can increase our intelligence – from drugs, to the things we eat and the music we listen to. Can Michael boost his score by 12 points in order to secure a place in Mensa, the society for bright people? Michael meets contestants in the UK Memory Championships to find out. He travels to institutes in America which use training, combined with specific diet and exercise to nurture intelligence in babies. But according to ‘America’s smartest man’ Chris Langan, intelligence is innate. He participates in a neurofeedback session and plays specially designed video games – all in a bid to up his IQ. But will it work?
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Idaho, mining the Gem State for hidden treasures! Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni head to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary to discuss what type of law enforcement collectibles should be locked up in the vault. Highlights include a mid-century pinup painting by Earl Moran, whose work rises in value the more scantily clothed the model; a complete set of lobby cards from the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, a film the guest spent nine cents to see in theaters; and an inherited 1922 Edward Hopper etching titled The Cat Boat, appraised for $250,000.
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:00pm
UNLOCKING SHERLOCK reveals how Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created the television hit SHERLOCK by unlocking the “Mind Palace” of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. We show the voyage Moffat and Gatiss took through the myriad incarnations of Holmes -- the original stories, the factual inspirations, the countless film versions -- to arrive at the thoroughly modern Sherlock. UNLOCKING SHERLOCK breaks down clips from SHERLOCK through the lens of featured characters, with interviews with the cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and reflections from co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 3:00pm
Each program is designed to be an information-packed presentation of woodworking furniture projects, along with the tips and techniques to build them. Whether viewers are just starting out, or have been woodworking for years, they’ll find something new in every episode. All of the cast members are experienced woodworkers who are eager to share their woodworking expertise and helpful opinions. Host and Cast: Host Don Peschke is the founding editor of Woodsmith magazine. He’s joined by four editors from the magazine.