Secrets of the Dead

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Monday 8:00 PM on PBS Premiered May 15, 2000 In Season

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  • Deadliest Battle - Preview

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    11/16/11

    Grasp the full impact of the horrific Battle of Stalingrad, which changed the course of WWII and established the Soviet Union as a superpower. 11/22/2011
  • Mumbai Massacre - Preview

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    11/16/11

    Return to the scene of the Mumbai bombings one year after to learn how consumer technology enabled the terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008. 11/22/2011
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    Investigate the extraordinary survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II. 6/13/2012
  • Bones of the Buddha

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    S 12 : Ep 12 - 7/29/13

    From PBS – When colonial estate manager Willie Peppe set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they'd find. Just over 20 feet down, they made an amazing discovery: a huge stone coffer, containing five reliquary jars, more than 1,000 separate jewels and some ash and bone. One of the jars bore an inscription that appeared to say that these were the remains of the Buddha himself. This seemed to be the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology. But doubt and scandal have hung over this amazing find for more than 100 years. For some, the whole thing is an elaborate hoax. For others, it is no less than the final resting place of the leader of one of the world's great religions, a sage who died nearly 2,500 years ago. For the doubters, suspicion focuses on a key figure from the time, disgraced German archaeologist Dr. Anton Fuhrer. Renowned historian Charles Allen sets out to solve this extraordinary mystery, once and for all.moreless
  • Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

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    S 12 : Ep 2 - 7/29/13

    From PBS – Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. The film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal, in shocking detail, the hearts and minds of the German fighter. Only now have more than 100,000 hours of these secret recordings been declassified, researched and cross referenced. The documentary includes intense, full-dialogue dramatic reconstructions that use the verbatim transcripts of these bugged conversations to reveal the dark heart of the Nazi regime as never before.moreless
  • Death On the Railroad

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    S 12 : Ep 13 - 7/29/13

    From PBS – A classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery explains what happened to a group of Irish men who immigrated to America. In 1832, railroad contractor Philip Duffy hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die — as was widely believed — from cholera? Or were some murdered? In 2003, twin brothers who discovered a secret file among their grandfather’s papers investigated the deaths of these men and found the location of their final resting place. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the U.S., modern detectives and experts unravel this extraordinary story.moreless
  • The World's Biggest Bomb

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    S 10 : Ep 10 - 5/17/11

    Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world's largest bomb.
  • China's Terracotta Warriors

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    S 10 : Ep 9 - 5/4/11

    Secrets of the Dead reveals that the Chinese may have had Henry Ford beat by more than 2,000 years with their own assembly line used to produce 8,000 lavishly painted terracotta warriors.
  • Lost in the Amazon

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    S 10 : Ep 7 - 4/20/11

    A modern day quest to find the truth behind one of exploration's greatest mysteries: What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett who went looking for a city of gold--the Lost City of "Z"--in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever?moreless
  • Lost Ships of Rome

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    S 10 : Ep 6 - 11/17/10

    In 2009 a team of marine archeologists carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the remote Italian island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery.
  • Slave Ship Mutiny

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    S 10 : Ep 5 - 11/10/10

    The slave ship Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766, but the ship would never make it to Cape Town, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom.moreless
  • The Silver Pharaoh

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    S 10 : Ep 4 - 11/3/10

    The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures - even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn't the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt?moreless
  • Deadliest Battle

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    S 9 : Ep 3 - 5/18/10

    The Battle of Stalingrad is known as one of the most pivotal actions of World War II. For decades after the war, the battle was seen as a victory for Stalin, whose carefully executed withdrawal baited Hitler's army into a battle that slowly decimated the German forces. But now, newly-released archives are revealing a very different picture of the battle that changed the course of history.moreless
  • Churchill's Deadly Decision

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    S 9 : Ep 2 - 5/11/10

    July 3, 1940. After only 54 days into office, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his Navy to take control of French ships or destroy them. What led to this unprecedented and controversial attack was a series of events that saw France being overrun by the Nazis in a matter of weeks, Roosevelt fearing that Britain would fall, and Churchill needing a way to prove otherwise.moreless
  • Japanese SuperSub

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    S 9 : Ep 1 - 5/4/10

    Japanese SuperSub recounts Japan's superior submarine technology and reveals how close the Japanese came to using the subs to blow up the Panama Canal, terrorize the U.S. and possibly enact a deadly biological attack. The supersub, obtained by the U.S. at the end of the war, combined the tactical advantages of sea and sky. But why did America sink one of its most prized military captures?moreless
  • Executed in Error

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    S 8 : Ep 3 - 10/1/08

    One of the most notorious and highly publicised murder cases of the early 20th century was that of the American doctor, Hawley Crippen, convicted in England for the murder of his wife. It was one of the first cases where forensic science evidence was considered of major importance to the conviction. This PBS documentary re-examines and evaluates the evidence using modern forensic methods. The results uncover some interesting facts that were unknown at the time of the conviction.moreless
  • Sinking Atlantis

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    S 8 : Ep 2 - 5/14/08

    Sinking Atlantis attempts to explain the disappearance of the Minoans, an early culture which flourished on the island of Crete. The episode begins by examining and discarding the two most common theories behind their disappearance (a giant volcanic eruption and a Greek invasion) before introducing archaeologist Sandy MacGillivray, who explains that the Minoans may have been wiped out by a tsunami.moreless
  • Escape From Auschwitz

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 4/30/08

    The story of Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, two young Slovak Jews who escaped the Auschwitz death camp. They immediately wrote a detailed account of their experiences resulting in thousands of lives being saved.moreless
  • Aztec Massacre

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    S 7 : Ep 1 - 4/23/08

    A recent archaeological discovery of more than 550 bodies near Mexico City suggests that the Aztecs were much more resistant to the Spanish Conquistadors than previously thought.
  • Battle for the Bible

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 4/25/07

    The story behind the creation of the King James Bible from mysterious and inaccessible Latin texts to a book for the common english speaking people.
  • Umbrella Assassin

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    S 6 : Ep 1 - 10/4/06

    Find out just who's responsible for this Cold War assassination and how it all happened.
  • Amazon Warrior Women

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 8/4/04

    Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball explores the mythology and stories surrounding the Amazon women warriors. Tales of these brave and ferocious beauties have been popular in the public imagination for centuries. Davis-Kimball decides to uncover how much of the mythology is real and how much is speculation, with surprising and revealing results.moreless
  • D-Day

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 5/19/04

    Liev Schreiber narrates this exploration of D-Day, the deceptively simple nickname for a significant moment in world history. The Allies had to plan the invasion for a long time beforehand, perfecting their approach. When the actual events came to pass on the beaches of Normandy, it took a blend of technology, savvy and courage, which this documentary unveils.moreless
  • Bridge on the River Kwai

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 11/12/03

    Bridge on the River Kwai from the show Secrets of the Dead, is an episode that tells the story of the Allied POWs and other prisoners forced to build the "Death Railway" for the Japanese army during World War Two. The railway connected Burma and Thailand at the cost of a hundred thousand casualties among those forced to build it.moreless
  • Titanic's Ghosts

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 11/20/02

    Historian Alan Ruffman and forensics expert Dr. Ryan Parr attempt to uncover the lives and identities of hundreds of bodies buried in Nova Scotia. These bodies represent just some of the victims of the Titanic disaster in 1912, recovered by Canadian life boats decades ago. The researchers hope to pay respect to the dead and reveal more about the tragedy by learning the stories of the departed.moreless
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