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  • History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune

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    S 1 : Ep 195 - 9/28/13

    Car collectors from around the world are flocking to a small town in the heart of the Midwest for the chance of a lifetime. In a closed down family car dealership in Nebraska, the mother lode of classic cars--many having less than 10 miles on the odometer--are going up on the auction block. In this special presentation HISTORY will have exclusive access to the collection and the auction. The special will be hosted by Brian Unger and feature Top Gear's Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust.moreless
  • Target Earth

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    S 1 : Ep 194 - 9/13/13

    Electromagnetic explosions, devastating climate change, mysterious diseases...But perhaps the natural disasters carving a deadly path across the globe are not the biggest threat to life as we know it. On Target Earth, a 2-hour special on H2, scientists, government officials and other experts examine earth's infrastructures and life-support systems to theorize how humans would fare in an alien attack. See what they think would happen if extraterrestrial invaders targeted the earth's natural resources, telecommunications, food and water supplies, weapons and even the human body to seize control of our planet - and us. Would we have the weapons to fight back? Or would we be forced to surrender?moreless
  • The Secret World of Gold

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    S 1 : Ep 192 - 7/13/13

    Valued for its permanence, beauty and scarcity, people will lie, cheat, steal and kill in the name of gold. To finance the Third Reich, the Nazis went after the gold of Europe. Allied countries stored their gold offshore to keep it safe. It is estimated that worldwide, 3 million shipwrecks loaded with treasure lie at the bottom of the ocean. Odyssey Marine, an American company, spends huge amounts of money to search for that gold. But there's always the risk they will have to hand it over to countries claiming ownership. In recent years, economic uncertainty is giving gold a new lustre in the world of high finance. Whether it's a few coins or gold bars stored in one of the many vaults around the world, many investors are taking a shine to gold. But there's not a lot of it. Some claim that for every 100 ounces of gold traded, there exists only one ounce of real, physical gold. So, where is the gold--and who really owns it?moreless
  • 101 Weapons that Changed the World

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    S 1 : Ep 191 - 6/16/13

    From the catapult to the stealth fighter, the most basic and the most complex weapons alike have changed the course of history--and with it, our world. Whether it s the Chinese fire tube or the US Air Force s laser-guided smart bombs, weapons have enabled humans to be the ultimate predator at every corner of history and fueled the expansion of every empire. But despite the constant evolution of weapons with all their shock-inducing and awe-inspiring capabilities, some of the simplest weapons (such as the AK-47 with its nine moving parts) kill more people in one year (a quarter-million) than the combined deaths of the Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 (160,000 combined.) This is the ultimate countdown of every "boom" and "bang" since we began walking upright.moreless
  • Ultimate WWII Weapons

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    S 1 : Ep 190 - 5/27/13

    This countdown special reveals the weapons, inventions and vehicles that shaped and decided World War II. Counting down from 10 to 1, we ll provide an expert-led analysis of key game changers, from every theatre of the war. Designed to include surprising information and packed with visually stunning CGI, these instruments of WWII will come to life like never before.moreless
  • What People Earn: Baseball Bats & Cowboy Hats

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    S 1 : Ep 188 - 3/10/13

    Get ready to go on the job with the people who make iconic Stetson cowboy hats, woodworkers who create baseball bats from scratch for Major League Baseball, and a man whose high-stakes job is to keep a nuclear facility in Connecticut safe from terrorist attacks. And we'll stop people on the street to see if they'll answer the taboo question: "How much do you earn?moreless
  • What People Earn: Beer, Knives & Football

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    S 1 : Ep 187 - 3/10/13

    Why are salaries so taboo in America? We'll finally find out--and get people to spill what's in their paychecks. Along the way, we'll meet a small business owner who turned his leather football-making hobby into a growing small business, factory workers with a long history of manufacturing combat knives for the Marines, and the expert beer brewers at Samuel Adams. And we'll learn incredible facts about American salaries past and present, including what George Washington earned as President.moreless
  • The Definitive Guide to the Mob

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    S 1 : Ep 186 - 2/24/13

    What is life really like in the American mafia? How do you get in, get made and make money? What happens when you get in too deep? This two-hour special takes viewers on a step-by-step journey through the world's most famous criminal organization as lived by one of its most notorious members. It will answer all these questions and more by turning to the ultimate authority: former Colombo family captain Michael Franzese.moreless
  • Stories from the Road to Freedom

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    S 1 : Ep 185 - 2/16/13

    This 2-hour special, narrated by Deon Cole, gives a fresh perspective of the black movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. The special uses first-hand accounts, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen archival footage, and home movies to chronicle African American life as lived by regular people, in their own words, through 150 years of social upheaval.moreless
  • Invisible

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    S 1 : Ep 184 - 1/27/13

    As we look at the world around us, we think we're seeing things as they really are. But in fact, our human senses can only perceive less than 1% of what's actually there. The rest is invisible. Every day, unseen rays and waves bombard us. All around us there's an infinite, invisible ecosystem of wondrous and sometimes terrifying microorganisms struggling to survive. With the naked eye we can't see the things that are too fast or too slow, too big or too small...until now. In this fascinating documentary, we count down the 40 most amazing things you can't see with the human eye. We use the latest in cutting edge technology, and state of the art CGI animation to reveal the astonishing reality of the invisible world around us.moreless
  • 101 Objects that Changed the World

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    S 1 : Ep 183 - 1/12/13

    Our lives are so full of stuff these days that the average object is instantly forgettable. But, when fate and history combine, even the simplest of objects become infused with destiny--so much so that they actually change the world. It may look like a lump of rock, but if it's a Moon Rock then it stands for mankind's giant leap. And while it's just a twisted loop of steel, if it's a Slinky it bounces us back to our youth. Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar, but if the guitar you're playing is Jimmy Hendrix's, then you're touching a generation. Some objects are one-of-a-kind (King Tut's mask,) others are ubiquitous (the wedding ring,) but they touch us all...personally and universally. They're icons, and without them, the world wouldn't be the same.moreless
  • 101 Inventions That Changed the World

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    S 1 : Ep 182 - 12/29/12

    It starts with a spark, but some ideas catch fire and in the process change the world. Necessity is the mother of invention--from darkness, man found light (the candle) and from even the farthest distances we can still find each other (the telephone). But some inventions have transformed our lives far beyond our homes (the steam engine), our planet (the telescope), and our wildest dreams (the Internet). This countdown highlights how human ingenuity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some were born from the humblest means (the hammer) while others push the limits of what was ever believed possible (the airplane). But regardless of the ratio of inspiration to perspiration, each invention to make the cut was destined to change our lives forever.moreless
  • 2012 the End is Now

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    S 1 : Ep 181 - 12/20/12

    Brad Meltzer connects the dots between ancient doomsday prophecy, modern science, and human behavior to decode the real threats to humanity when an extinction event strikes. Across the country, "preppers" are building and stocking underground bunkers and drawing up escape plans in anticipation of the apocalypse, but will they survive 2012?moreless
  • WW2 From Space

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    S 1 : Ep 181 - 12/7/12

    This spectacular two-hour special delivers the tipping points of World War II as you ve never seen them before. The key editorial feature of the program is an all-seeing CGI eye; a satellite, flying above earth, bringing a new visual approach to the biggest conflict of all time. Flying through space and time from above, we ll see these monumental moments in their global context, bringing new information to the forefront and explaining how a nation ranked 19th in the world s militaries in 1939, emerged six years later as the planet s only atomic superpower. Our view from above means we can re-interpret WWII; placing key events in perspective, flying around the world to show the importance of simultaneity, revealing the hidden ripple effects of crucial incidents, and re-creating ground-breaking moments that could never have been captured on camera.moreless
  • WW II From Space

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    S 1 : Ep 180 - 12/7/12

    This spectacular two-hour special delivers the tipping points of World War II as you ve never seen them before. The key editorial feature of the program is an all-seeing CGI eye; a satellite, flying above earth, bringing a new visual approach to the biggest conflict of all time. Flying through space and time from above, we ll see these monumental moments in their global context, bringing new information to the forefront and explaining how a nation ranked 19th in the world s militaries in 1939, emerged six years later as the planet s only atomic superpower. Our view from above means we can re-interpret WWII; placing key events in perspective, flying around the world to show the importance of simultaneity, revealing the hidden ripple effects of crucial incidents, and re-creating ground-breaking moments that could never have been captured on camera.moreless
  • Superstorm 2012: Hell And High Water

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    S 1 : Ep 179 - 11/18/12

    Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating super storms to hit our shores, claiming over 160 lives and causing billions of dollars in damage. This special examines what happened when Sandy hit and how it happened. We also hunt for clues that could reveal if we are entering an age when bigger, more deadly storms will become a regular occurrence. Is it possible to tell when the next super storm will strike and ultimately will we be prepared?moreless
  • What's the Earth Worth

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    S 1 : Ep 178 - 10/25/12

    Forged over 4.6 billion years, the Earth is stacked with valuable riches, from timber to cattle to gold. Together, these resources have built our greatest civilizations. But what if we could scan the planet as if it were in a checkout line, counting up every tree and every nugget of gold left on Earth in the biggest inventory ever attempted? WHAT'S THE EARTH WORTH will put a price tag on everything the planet has to offer, look at how much we've used through human history and how much is left, to reveal the absolute value of the Earth.moreless
  • Lost Magic Decoded

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    S 1 : Ep 177 - 10/18/12

    Master illusionist Steve Cohen tracks down, decodes, and resurrects some of the most thrilling and terrifying magic effects ever witnessed. Magic has a secret history, and it takes an insider like Cohen to gain access to the ancient incantations, secret sorcery, and mysterious contraptions that have shocked audiences for centuries. Can their secrets somehow be rediscovered? And can they thrill and shock today's audiences like they once did? Explore the mysteries of how these legendary effects were influenced by their times, and even how the illusions themselves changed the course of history. Steve Cohen discovers that there is much more to magic than meets the eye, and he becomes drawn closer and closer to taking the same sometimes death-defying risks that conjurors have been taking for the sake of an illusion since magic began, over a thousand years ago.moreless
  • How The Earth Made Man

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    S 1 : Ep 176 - 10/11/12

    It is mystery 4.5 billion years in the making: how has our planet transformed, and why? New clues are being discovered not in volcanoes or canyons, but inside each of us. From a case of hiccups to the sensation of d j vu to how we throw a football, quirks of the human body and mind all trace back to enormous transformations on Earth, millions and even billions of years in the past. Inside us are the keys to asteroid impacts, global mass extinctions, and shifting continents...ultimately revealing the epic story of Earth s past--and our own.moreless
  • Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror

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    S 1 : Ep 175 - 10/9/12

    It only takes one person to make a difference and fewer than four years to wreak carnal havoc on the Roman Empire. Through Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror, HISTORY explores the orgies, incest and murderous acts of this reigning lunatic up to his demise at age 28 while looking beyond the legend and into the anguished life of a notorious leader.moreless
  • How Playboy Changed the World

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    S 1 : Ep 174 - 10/2/12

    With the help of one controversial magazine challenging the roles of men and women, 20th-century American culture experienced a climax of reformation in sex, the sexes, race relations and freedom of speech. From the boardroom to the bedroom, HISTORY hops into the Playboy realm offering viewers a tantalizing glimpse through the pages of this 50+-year-old empire while discovering How Playboy Changed the World.moreless
  • Jesse James Blacksmith

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    S 1 : Ep 174 - 9/11/12

    "Known around the world for his vision and ability to turn raw metals into art, Jesse James still has one metalworking discipline he hasn\'t yet mastered. In the special Jesse James Blacksmith on HISTORY, Jesse travels to Israel to study under world-renowned blacksmith Uri Hofi to learn how to forge metal. Uri is Jesse\'s type of guy; over the years, he\'s had the courage to question tradition and convention and has developed new forging systems. Uri teaches his craft all over the world, including inside prisons, and is used to tough guys like Jesse. So when the two strong-willed artisans get together, it can be a clash of the craftsmen. But after absorbing some of Uri\'s very radical ideas, Jesse returns to his shop in Long Beach to apply what he\'s learned to build his most spectacular bike yet.moreless
  • The Godfather Legacy

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    S 1 : Ep 173 - 7/24/12

    The gripping story of an immigrant family that's held us captive for decades continues to make HISTORY. The Godfather trilogy's epic saga became a phenomenon as a best-selling novel and then burst onto the big screen in 1972. On the eve of its 40th anniversary, it remains one of cinema's most iconic films, and the Corleone family continues to influence popular culture. THE GODFATHER LEGACY includes exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, historians, FBI agents, federal prosecutors, and real Mafiosi whose lives and careers have been changed by the films.moreless
  • History Bee

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    S 1 : Ep 172 -

    Who was the first U.S. President from New York? What pre-Revolutionary event involved an unauthorized boarding of the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver? This school year, thousands of students from across the U.S. faced tough questions like these in the first annual National History Bee Competition. The top scorers, one from each of 32 regions, qualified for a two-day National Championship held in Washington, D.C. on May 11-12, where one young scholar walked away with a $50,000 scholarship and a national championship title. HISTORY will air the final rounds of this first-ever, fast-paced competition, in which students will race to demonstrate their knowledge of history from a wide array of eras and disciplines. Al Roker will serve as the moderator during the competition, and the special will be hosted by HISTORY/H2's Brian Unger. Joining them as a roving reporter will be Rutledge Wood from Top Gear, along with expert commentator Bob Harris.moreless
  • National History Bee

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    S 1 : Ep 171 -

    Who was the first U.S. President from New York? What pre-Revolutionary event involved an unauthorized boarding of the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver? This school year, thousands of students from across the U.S. faced tough questions like these in the first annual National History Bee Competition. The top scorers, one from each of 32 regions, qualified for a two-day National Championship held in Washington, D.C. on May 11-12, where one young scholar walked away with a $50,000 scholarship and a national championship title. HISTORY will air the final rounds of this first-ever, fast-paced competition, in which students will race to demonstrate their knowledge of history from a wide array of eras and disciplines. Al Roker will serve as the moderator during the competition, and the special will be hosted by HISTORY/H2's Brian Unger. Joining them as a roving reporter will be Rutledge Wood from Top Gear, along with expert commentator Bob Harris.moreless
  • Titanic At 100: Mystery Solved

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    S 1 : Ep 170 -

    It was called "unsinkable" and its power to fascinate remains unequalled. How was the ship wounded so quickly by an iceberg, forcing 1500 people beneath the waves of the North Atlantic? To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, HISTORY partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and RMS Titanic, Inc. for the most extensive exploration and imaging ever undertaken of the wreck site in Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved. For the first time, the entire ship and debris field is made visible in stunning HD and 3D-HD. CGI illustrates what happened structurally to the ship, minute by minute, after the collision. Never-before-seen views dramatically underscore this tragic history.moreless
  • Nazi Titanic

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    S 1 : Ep 169 -

    Nazi Titanic is the amazing and unknown story of one of the most bizarre chapters of WWII. In the middle of the war, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who was fascinated by the Titanic, decided to make a movie based on the sinking of the ship. This movie was so large in its scale, the Nazis were forced to divert men, materials and ships from their war effort in order to complete the film. Over the course of production, Herbert Selpin, the movie's original director, clashed with Goebbels over their differing visions for the project. Selpin was arrested by the Gestapo and found dead in his cell the next day. Nazi Titanic reveals this little-known story by investigating the making of the film, what happened to the original, as well as the Ally sinking of the Arcona - the German liner used in the film to represent the Titanic - just days before the end of WWII, and how one Hollywood movie used footage from the Nazi-film to portray the sinking of the Titanic.moreless
  • Secret Access: Superpower

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    S 1 : Ep 168 - 3/1/12

    From breakthrough technologies to never before seen weapons and defense systems, Secret Access: Superpower is an all-access pass to America's military might, featuring the most modern weapons taking on the age old challenges of terrorism, war, bomb threats, close combat, the deepest missions of sea and death-defying airborne fights. Hosted by actor/director and military enthusiast, Peter Berg, along with Peter Singer, the noted defense expert and NY Times best-selling author, this two-hour special leads viewers down the war path of America's most remarkable munitions of past and present in an exciting and surprise-filled journey behind the scenes of the world's last remaining superpower.moreless
  • Going Medieval

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    S 1 : Ep 167 - 2/20/12

    In this two-hour H2 special, historian and weapons expert Mike Loades goes medieval diving deep into the world of the Middle Ages. From the 5th to the 15th centuries, Mike battles the realities vs. the myths of this extraordinary time crusading for the core of real life while delivering fun-filled facts. From living, working and fighting to how to keep a knight's armor shiny using a vigorous rub of sand, vinegar and urine, Going Medieval is an expert account of life during medieval times.moreless
  • America's Book of Secrets: The Monuments

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    S 1 : Ep 166 - 1/15/12

    In America, behind the public facade of nine of our most famed institutions and landmark structures, there is another world that is hidden from view. The special pierces the veil of secrecy which conceals forbidden histories and fascinating insider information from the public. Go behind the walls of the Washington Monument to reveal a series of secret symbols and codes, one which was put there by one of the world's most mysterious societies. Dig deep into the dark past of Governor's Island and unearth another possible motive for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. While in the heart of America, the Book of Secrets will uncover the shadowy past of the architect behind the St. Louis Gateway Arch and show how it relates to a theory that the Arch contains mystical powers which ultimately control the weather. Through exclusive channels of access and deep research, viewers will be taken behind the locked doors of seemingly familiar places, into worlds they weren't intended to see.moreless
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