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  • Secrets Of The Dead

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    Secrets of the Dead uses a unique brand of archaeological sleuthing, employing advances in investigative techniques, forensic science and historical scholarship to offer new evidence about forgotten mysteries.
  • 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
  • Leonardo: The Man Who Saved Science

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    S 16 : Ep 5 - 4/5/17

    An exploration of whether many of Leonardo da Vinci's ideas were borrowed from other sources.
  • Nero's Sunken City

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    S 16 : Ep 4 - 3/29/17

    Archaeologists map the underwater ruins of what was ancient Rome's version of Las Vegas.
  • Graveyard of the Giant Beasts

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    S 16 : Ep 2 - 11/2/16

    Scientists attempt to determine what was the apex predator in northern Colombia 58 million years ago. The candidates include Titanoboa, a 43-foot snake, and a giant crocodilian.
  • Teotihuacan's Lost Kings

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    S 15 : Ep 4 - 5/24/16

    Archaeologists explore hidden chambers beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán.
  • Cleopatra's Lost Tomb

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    S 15 : Ep 3 - 5/17/16

    An amateur archaeologist searches for Cleopatra's tomb.
  • Jamestown's Dark Winter

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    S 14 : Ep 3 - 11/24/15

    The story of the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English colony in the Americas, is seen through the prism of a 14-year-old English girl whose skull and severed leg were discovered during the excavation of the trash layer of a cellar. The study of her remains reveals evidence that one or more of the settlers, who endured a 1609-10 winter that's often called the "Starving Time," resorted to the unthinkable—cannibalism—to feed themselves.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Ben Franklin's Bones

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    BEN FRANKLIN'S BONES solves a modern mystery born in the dark fringes of the Age of Enlightenment, showing how illegal grave robbing practices--taking place right beneath Benjamin Franklin's feet--proved invaluable to the advancement of medical science.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Resurrecting Richard III

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    In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Now, scientists are testing the bones to find out more about the king and also conducting fascinating experiments to determine whether Richard could have fought so ferociously in battle with such a severe deformity.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Dick Cavett's Watergate

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    Dick Cavett's Watergate offers a unique opportunity to mark the 40th anniversary of a defining moment in American history. From 1972 to 1974 the Watergate scandal unfolded on The Dick Cavett Show, as Cavett interviewed nearly every major Watergate figure, even non-political guests expressed their opinions. Dick Cavett's Watergate documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery

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    Hers is the most famous smile in the world, visited and studied by thousands every year, a priceless work of art ?the one and only Mona Lisa. Or is it unique? With its striking similarities to the painting in the Louvre Museum, the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa has remained an art world mystery since she was found in 1912. Did Leonardo da Vinci paint the legendary portrait twice? Or is the Isleworth the work of a talented forger? Secrets of the Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery, airing Wednesday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), sets out to unravel the clues. In 1912, art dealer Hugh Blaker claimed that while traveling through England he purchased the Isleworth Mona Lisa ? which seems to be a younger version of the same woman in the now-famous Louvre portrait. In the century since its discovery, the Isleworth painting has changed hands several times, and was most recently procured in 2008 by a group of international investors who have kept their identities, as well as the price they paid for the painting, closely-guarded secrets. Now, to determine whether the two portraits were both painted by the master himself, or if one is simply a very well-done forgery, an elite group of art historians, research physicists, restoration experts and forensic imaging specialists have gained exclusive access to analyze the Isleworth Mona Lisa first-hand. Applying high-precision scientific techniques, they endeavor to determine if the pigments in the paintings are consistent with mixtures used during da Vinci?s day, verify the painting?s date, and its creator.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: The Lost Gardens Of Babylon

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    A world wonder so elusive, it must be mythical...The Lost Gardens of Babylon follows Dr. Stephanie Dalley as she hunts for the gardens using ancient texts and spy satellite images to uncover evidence to support her theory that the gardens were built 100 years before commonly believed. Her search takes her to one of the most dangerous places on earth in a modern-day adventure story searching to find a site thousands of years old.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Carthage's Lost Warriors

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    At the headwaters of the Amazon, a German professor believes he is able to solve the mystery of the Chachapoya, a tribe which was lost centuries ago. This warrior people of the Andes is surrounded by secrets, and its origin remains the largest secret of all. Could visitors from the other side of the Atlantic have sailed all the way across the ocean and made it to the New World long before Columbus ever did?moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone

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    The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone follows a pioneering American team's ground-breaking attempts to decipher the legendary explorer's last diary. By digging out these forgotten pages, they began an incredible journey inside the mind of this extraordinary 19th-century adventurer. The original pages contain a secret, hidden until now - is it possible that Livingstone, a crusader for the abolition of slavery, worked with slaves?moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: JFK: One Pm Central Standard Time

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    The special recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the New York CBS Newsroom from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite's emotional pronouncement of his death at 1:00 p.m. CST. The program features moving memories from the producers, writers and reporters who were there on the day, including Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Marvin Kalb and Marianne Means.moreless
  • Secrets of the Dead: Bones of the Buddha

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    Did a 19th-century British landowner really discover gold, jewels, and the charred bones of the Lord Buddha in an underground chamber on his estate? Is the site of this 'discovery' the legendary lost city of Kapilavastu, where the real Buddha lived as Prince Siddhartha?moreless
  • 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
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Ultimate Tut

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    Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Ultimate Tut (Trailer 1)

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    Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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