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Smithsonian Channel Premiered Jan 01, 2010 In Season

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  • Beale Street's Memphis Blues

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    7/26/13

    Beale Street in downtown Memphis was officially declared the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress in 1977.
  • The Volcanos of Hawaii

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    7/26/13

    Hawaii was born around 40 million years ago, from sea volcanoes and the shifting Earth.
  • Why Filmmakers Love New York City

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    7/26/13

    There's something about New York City that Hollywood can't resist, since the early 1900's the city has served as the setting for thousands of films.
  • What You Never Knew About Tabasco Sauce

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    7/26/13

    Tabasco sauce got its start after the Civil War, when Edmund McIlhenny of Avery Island, Louisiana, began fermenting his red pepper plants in order to make a spicy sauce.
  • Take a Trip to Glacier National Park

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    7/26/13

    Experience Glacier National Park's awe-inspiring peaks, untouched forests, pristine alpine meadows, and breathtaking lakes.
  • America's First Terrorist or National Hero?

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    7/26/13

    Situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry is the site of legendary abolitionist John Brown's historic raid on the US armory in 1859.
  • The Many Museums of Memphis

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    7/26/13

    From the Smithsonian's Rock and Soul Museum, to the Stax Museum of American Soul, to the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis is a city rich in music, art, culture.
  • Do You Know Who Founded Nike?

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    7/26/13

    In 1971, Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight launched their own sportswear company, Nike, named after the Greek god of victory.
  • The Sandy Shores of Myrtle Beach

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    7/26/13

    At the heart of South Carolina's Grand Strand lies Myrtle Beach, the state's most famous coastal town.
  • Mount St. Helens

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    7/26/13

    Mount St. Helens sits quietly now, but her legacy is one of devastating destruction.
  • The Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

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    7/26/13

    In 1942, one thousand families were pushed out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of The Manhattan Project - the US government's top secret initiative to engineer an atomic bomb.
  • Sedona's Mysterious Energy Field

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    1/10/13

    New-Agers have been coming to Sedona for years because of its mysterious spiritual energy, but they weren't the first to believe in its religious power.
  • The Best View of the Grand Canyon

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    1/10/13

    Scientists still don't entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon; it's a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America.
  • Oklahoma's Strangest Scenery

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    11/16/12

    Sand dunes, salt plains, and toxic soils: the vast "deserts" of Oklahoma are more than unusual.
  • The Black Blizzards of Oklahoma

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    11/11/12

    What the farmers who settled Oklahoma's lands didn't know was that the years of plentiful rain were only a brief segment of a cycle that would bring drought, dust storms, and devastation.
  • The Alabama Burn Men

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    11/1/12

    With a lightweight helicopter, burning fuel, and a lot of skill, professional 'Burn Men' carefully set fire to hundreds of acres of logged forest in order to clear the way for replanting.
  • Where Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

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    11/1/12

    More than half a century ago, civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality in Montgomery, inspiring a national movement through acts of nonviolence.
  • The Awe-Inspiring Monument Rocks

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    10/18/12

    Eighty million years ago, western Kansas was underwater; the remains of what lived in the sea then turned into chalk, eventually eroding into the large rocks that now tower over the flat countryside.moreless
  • Amelia Earhart in the Air Capital

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    10/18/12

    Home of Amelia Earhart and the first commercially produced plane in the country, Kansas has earned its reputation as the capital of flight.
  • Alaska's Call of the Wild

    Full Episode

    S 1 : Ep 47 - 7/6/14

    A flyover tour of Alaska.
  • Alaska's Fire and Ice

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    S 1 : Ep 46 - 7/6/14

    A flyover tour of Alaska.
  • Nebraska

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    S 1 : Ep 44 - 4/6/14

    A flyover tour of Nebraska.
  • Idaho

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    S 1 : Ep 39 - 3/2/14

    A flyover tour of Idaho.
  • West Virginia

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    S 1 : Ep 35 - 8/18/13

    West Virginia. Its where the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Allegheny Mountains converge, and where a fiercely independent spirit, forged during the Civil War, still lives today. From a legendary resort that hid a top-secret bunker to a futuristic facility exploring the mysteries of the universe, to thrill-seekers riding the Class-5 rapids and climbing its famous bluffs, this flight across the states towering peaks reveals why John Denver called it almost heaven.moreless
  • Minnesota

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    S 1 : Ep 34 - 8/4/13

    Soar over Minnesota, where the Mighty Mississippi begins and the blue Midwestern sky never ends. This aerial exploration of the North Star State whisks you across ancient glacial landscapes, iconic bodies of water, and the cornfields, dairies, and farm towns that have fed our county for over a century. From warring settlers and Indians to battling flour titans, and from the massive Mall of America to the mythical town of Lake Wobegon, see how Minnesota is more than the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." It's a world of countless stories.moreless
  • Ohio

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    S 1 : Ep 33 - 7/28/13

    It's where the Wright brothers' visions of flight fully took off and where a young Neil Armstrong first dreamed of the Moon. For many, no matter how far they travel, Ohio will always be a place worth coming home to visit. Take flight over the Buckeye State and witness centuries of American history etched in its soil. Soar over the Ohio River, where Revolutionary War veterans started life anew, and the town of Marietta, where runaway slaves sought shelter. This aerial tour celebrates the state's spirit: built on freedom, sports, and rock and roll.moreless
  • Montana

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    S 1 : Ep 32 - 7/21/13

    Big skies, big adventure, and big spirits: this is Montana. It's where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country's fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It's also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases the Treasure State's mountains and milestones, its legends and landmarks, all from spectacular heights.moreless
  • Arizona

    Full Episode

    S 1 : Ep 30 - 12/2/12

    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.moreless
  • Oklahoma

    Full Episode

    S 1 : Ep 29 - 11/18/12

    Oklahoma is a land steeped in wonder and hidden stories. Home to great tallgrass prairies, where herds of buffalo roam free and oil jacks gush black gold. Where the "Trail of Tears" ended and a mass exodus began 100 years later, prompted by a towering wave of dust. This flight over the Sooner State whisks you over the home of famous "Okies" Will Rogers, Brad Pitt, and Geronimo. Where native cultures flourished for thousands of years and where countless hopeful settlers arrived for a shot at the American Dream.moreless
  • Alabama

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    S 1 : Ep 28 - 11/4/12

    Buckle up and Roll Tide as we take an aerial journey over vast cotton fields, endless waters, storied football stadiums, and historical landmarks that collectively tell the tale of Sweet Home Alabama. Discover its rich history as we reveal the astronomical discoveries that helped us reach the moon and the civil rights victories that forged a path to equality for millions. The story of the Cotton State has as many dramatic turns as the tracks of the Talladega Superspeedway, and you have an unobstructed, breathtaking birds eye view.moreless
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