But which of these mega-monsters was the largest of them all? Sign up now to find fans of your favorite movies and shows! Roughly 20 miles off the coast of west Africa, sits a volcanic relic now completely blanketed in equatorial rainforest: the island of Bioko. But an ambitious new plan involving a modern day Noah's Ark, and Smithsonian biologist Brian Gratwicke, just might be a last hope for these species. We create award-winning programming … Wildlife photographer Tadashi Shimada observes three species of kingfishers over the course of a year, tracking their hunting, courting and rearing skills. Full details can be viewed at TVGuide.co.uk There's a killer stalking the caves of North America, from New York, to Vermont and into Canada. He dives into the predator-infested Okavango Delta and the treacherous Congo River on a mission to finally land what is considered to be the hardest fish in the world to catch. Smithsonian Channel is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. She cannot change the past, so she may as well rewrite it and start to build the legend of JFK. Then follow Dr. Dominguez-Bello on her expedition to the Amazon, where DNA samples of a remote group show how drastic the microbial imbalance in the Western world has become. Through rarely seen color footage and firsthand accounts, we document the end of World War II in Europe. Go behind the scenes of the "40 under 40: Craft Futures" exhibition, featuring traditional and non-traditional works of decorative art created by the top 40 American craft artists under the age of 40. What did he know about the crimes committed under the Nazi regime? The American flag flies at half-staff more often than not as more than twenty-seven burials take place daily. Never officially issued, the coin was slated for destruction after being minted, but some Double Eagles escaped the meltdown and immediately became the obsession of billionaires, kings and criminal investigators. But little is known about the man behind it all, and how the people, places and circumstances in his life influenced this timeless tale. For one mother raising three cubs, the stakes are especially high. Join them as they investigate a series of theories and suspects, from wolves to bears to trees to trout, in an attempt to solve this alarming puzzle. What happened to the Mary Celeste is widely regarded as the most famous mystery of the sea. Join us as we detail the events that led to this mass extermination. Then see how they celebrate their love and honor their families, without breaking their budgets. From the desk on which Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence to Dorothy's ruby slippers, the National Museum of American History houses many of America's greatest treasures and icons. The history of America's most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Millions of American Bison once roamed the Great Plains of North America. From M16 rifles to Huey helicopters, the Vietnam War launched weapons that went on to become legendary. The very first submarine, which legend claims lurked beneath New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. He took on the University of Mississippi and the state's governor to desegregate the school, a fight that triggered the largest mobilization of federal troops on U.S. soil since the Civil War. See how a team of archaeologists is using new discoveries and modern dating methods to piece together this lost part of American history. Enter the recording studio with Blondie's frontwoman and namesake, Debbie Harry, the rest of the band, and producer Mike Chapman. Join us as we take a look at the sausage tree of Zambia, the marula of the Manyeleti, and the camel thorn of the Kalahari, each tree uniquely evolved to adapt to Africa's extremes, and each one an integral part of the lives of the inhabitants. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Two child actors, a folk singer, and a country guitarist answered a newspaper advertisement casting "4 insane boys, age 17–21," and quickly found themselves TV and music superstars in the late 1960s, before it all came to a screeching halt. Encompassing 6 countries and 2 million square miles of forest, river and floodplain, it has the highest diversity of life on the planet, but what lies below it is truly shocking. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there's a threat looming on the horizon. Simple objects that tell personal stories, recounted in the donors' own words. In Africa's Simien Mountains, Braveheart is the undisputed king of his gelada family. A massive earthquake rocks Nepal on April 25, 2015. Stream original series and entertaining documentaries inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research facilities, and publications, and explore worlds of history, mystery, science, pop culture, and more. From snow-capped mountains to sandy beaches, and from the glacier-carved Fiordland National Park to the crater lake of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand is a land of extremes. To them, nothing is impossible. Author Tim Maltin presents evidence that the seed for the Titanic accident was sown by a bizarre weather condition. In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. And are they still out there? Witness the palaces and temples he built, as they first appeared hundreds of years ago, before time and nature took its toll on this once great city. Join us as we take an unprecedented look at the world's most famous aircraft: how it was born, how it has developed over the decades, and the role it has played in historic events, from the death of Kennedy to the 9/11 attacks to a morale-building, surprise Thanksgiving visit to Iraq, and more. They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. The pilot who navigated Enola Gay over its target. How many Americans actually died? The Colombian hippo situation is a ticking ecological time bomb in urgent need of defusing. © 2021 TheTVDB.com, A Whip Media Company. For animated series, this should be a picture of their character(s). The Goshawk is a national treasure that reigns over the mountains of Korea. After the success of the SR-71, the goal became to build a fighter that was undetectable: hence the F-117. Compounding the problem, Colombia is proving to be a paradise for African hippos as there are no natural predators and a year-round abundance of water and luscious grass to feed on. These extraordinary insects depend on waste to survive. We reveal how the world's sepia rainbow of skin color is an adaptation to the sun's UV rays and our diet. The great hammerhead is one of the most advanced predators of the ocean, equipped with incredible senses that drive it to detect, locate, and devour its prey. Her presence was a symbol of new hope and a better future during the Great Depression and through the darkest days of World War II. Examine the evolution and modernization of Tokyo through digitally remastered and colorized archival footage. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color. A snake the size of a school bus. Since the eighth century, the Samurai have held a special place in Japanese history and culture. 120 metres down off the wild coast of South Africa lives an animal once thought to have been extinct for 65 million years - the Coelacanth, locally known as Gombessa. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond. Join us as we unveil recently discovered and never-before-seen photographs of the super ship that exposes shocking clues that investigators and historians once dismissed but can no longer ignore. Hungry and alone, he must develop his skills as a predator and a fighter if he has any hope of surviving. Why? - Although dung beetles are critical to the ecosystem, they don't have it easy. March 2019, February 2019 It was a long road for this loyal follower of his commander-in-chief to become the man who tried to kill the Fuhrer on 20 July 1944. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dry season: a seven-month drought that forces over 30,000 hippos to the deepest part of the river to stay wet and cool. Take a closer look at how this desperately needed victory came about through the design of U.S. airplanes, the skill of the pilots, the element of surprise, and a stroke of luck. It's an incredible story of treasures saved, and hope restored. Rainforests cover just six percent of Earth's surface yet contain almost half of the world's plants and animals. Explore some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns" and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. See what happens when we conduct a test to see if the car bomb would have worked, and the impact it might have had on history if President Kennedy had died three years before November 22, 1963. In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. How did it all come together...and nearly fall apart? This two-part series examines this tumultuous political event, detailing its growth from a peaceful bread protest to full-blown social upheaval. See how, in this protected environment known as the Puma Triangle, these big cats behave in ways unlike anywhere else on the planet. They are a permanent record of our nation's history and our evolution into the world's greatest democracy-a country of the people. Get an up-close look at Fidel Castro's diving playground, a forgotten ocean paradise unseen for half a century, and witness exotic species rarely seen elsewhere in the region. Journey with us as we trace the rise of Jayavarman VII who, after being exiled, became king of the Khmer Empire following his defeat of the Champa kingdom. There's a mysterious predator lurking in the depths of Australia's wild Southern Ocean, a beast that savagely devoured a great white shark in front of cinematographer David Riggs 11 years ago. It has one of Africa's worst reputations, but does it deserve its bad rap? COVID-19 afforded no such luxury--it was spreading and killing at an unprecedented rate. The hippos were to be shown off as a 'novelty act' to impress and entertain his drug cartel cronies. Barack Obama launched into our national consciousness at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ever since, he's delivered messages of patriotism, unity, and hope through the power of words. From the first passenger-carrying balloon to the space race, animals have been aviation pioneers. Ultimate predators of the Amazon rainforest, black caiman grow over twenty feet long and weigh in at one ton. Follow these three-ton beasts as they fight lions, crocodiles, and other hippo gangs, struggling to stay alive until the next rainfall. Male clouded leopards often try to kill their mates. Then follow the story of William Temple Hornaday, a chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian Institution who headed west to hunt bison for the museum, but ended up saving the species instead. It's June 1942 and the world's fate is about to be decided by a handful of pilots and their untested aircraft. How did it happen? The most spectacular architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor were built after its darkest days. For one mother raising three cubs, the stakes are especially high. 7. The key scientists of the Manhattan Project. TV-PG. Everything about Alaska is larger, tougher, and more extreme than any other state. But who was the real Archduke Maximilian? His name was Jonas Salk, and in just a few years, he would bring infantile paralysis to its knees and change the course of medical history. For decades, scholars have sought proof that the reports were true, and now they finally have it. Follow the attacks against the famous satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the police, and a local grocery store and the countrywide manhunt that followed. The race for survival is on. On the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park is Paradise Valley, Montana, an animal so secretive few people ever get to see it. The show investigates air crashes, near-crashes, hijackings, bombings and other disasters. Their conversations reveal the real stories behind iconic hits like "Heart of Glass" and "One Way or Another" and how they launched punk music into the mainstream. Then discover the science behind this deadly force, and what, if anything can be done to prevent such a disaster from happening again. Every one of us teems with trillions of microorganisms: Streptococcus, Flavobacterium, and thousands of other kinds of bacteria and fungi. From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all -- and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation. It describes major accomplishments in aeronautics, atmospheric research, the use of scientific and applications satellites, studies of the moon and planets, and manned space flight. Recent excavations and exhilarating recreations bring the races, and the era, vividly back to life. Meet the people who keep it running, and see how they tackle their biggest challenge to date. Kilimanjaro and Florida, witness Earth's changing look--the spectacular and the shocking--from 250 miles up. An outcast in the very world he helped to build, the true legacy of his contributions to military intelligence are only now emerging. Discover the untold story of the notorious dictator's controversial final document, written just hours before he took his life, and learn the secrets he tried to take to his grave. Using electricity, these "Super" fish can communicate wirelessly, control each other remotely and emit shocks that can stop a human heart. Six weeks before D-Day, British, American, and Canadian soldiers took part in a vigorous and dangerous dress rehearsal for their Normandy invasion. Overview; Activity; Recent Episodes; All episodes. From the islands of Indonesia to the beaches of the Bahamas to the frozen tundra of Siberia, meet eight-inch pygmy hogs, cheetah-avoiding warthogs, domesticated pigs with super senses, and more. - Rising temperatures are causing dramatic changes in her ecosystem, leading to desperate struggles to find food for herself and her young cubs. In the African wilderness, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, there was the "Fairchild Eight," a team of young geniuses who discovered an everlasting treasure in the sands of Palo Alto. As this documentary reveals, life in his incredible part of the planet faces changing conditions. Some claim that by studying the features in our hands, we can diagnose attributes or conditions such as cancer, schizophrenia, and even bad teeth. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down. It runs down high-speed prey faster than any mammal on Earth, but its quickness comes at a cost. The Smithsonian Channel features a wide array of programming covering science, nature, culture, history, air and spacecraft, and documentaries. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment. Covered are the World War II origins of stealth; the cold war's stealthy U-2 reconnaissance aircraft; and the development of Lockheed's SR-71. Relatively few people know that along with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson also compiled his own text, drawn carefully from passages extracted out of the New Testament, that he titled "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth." It's a race against time by an international team as they re-invent mine rescue. A mounting body of archeological evidence emerged – a ruined mountain fortress, a siege ramp threatening its walls, a series of ancient Roman camps. This narrow isthmus is a vital pit stop for millions of migrating animals, but it's currently in danger. © 2021 TheTVDB.com, A Whip Media Company. But in an astounding feat of adaptation, this fearsome predator appears to have completely overhauled its hunting strategies and teamed up with another species to find food. This innovative film, by the writer of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, reveals how determination, jealousy, and the sheer joy of making the impossible possible drove these men to build the future and reinvent the American Dream. But now, an international team of experts has uncovered evidence of an epic catastrophe that wiped out a technically advanced and wealthy Mediterranean civilization 3,500 years ago. The untold human stories behind some of the world’s greatest disasters. Across America, the morning of September 11, 2001 began routinely, with news and radio broadcasts sharing local human interest stories and traffic reports. What exactly happened in that claustrophobic labyrinth has long been a mystery, until now. On the evening of June 23, 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron and his inner circle gathered at 10 Downing Street to witness a turning point in British history. Settlers, poachers, and professional hunters have almost wiped out the lion population, leaving just one lioness in the vast wilderness... but not for long. But by now the Basler factory in Oshkosh near Chicago seems to be an airplane boneyard. Part 2: Circus Maximus Take an up-close look at cobras, black mambas, vipers, flying snakes, and some of the other 3,000 species alive today. Food supplies are low, the temperature is dropping, and their radio battery is running out of juice. Witness this incredible story of courage and survival, fueled by ship captain Frank Worsley's exceptional navigational skills, the crew's resiliency, and Shackleton's cool-headed leadership. Through their heroic, harrowing, and heartbreaking accounts, we relive the tragic day that hastened the end of a war and changed the world forever. IMDb: 7. Premiered: 2015. Stream original series and entertaining documentaries inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research facilities, and publications, and explore worlds of history, mystery, science, pop culture, and more. But when nature fails, science steps in. Follow the unique pride that rules over this desert empire during the worst drought in decades and see how they strategize and use their might to dominate their prey. Today however, three main candidate vaccines are competing to be the world’s first malaria vaccine. There was no known cause, no cure, and no help in sight for parents desperate to protect their children. They travel to remote forests and tiny islands across the Caribbean and Latin America to uncover how a tiny reptile can reveal the fundamental rules of nature. Watch spiders that fly, spiders that jump more than 40 times their own height, others that spit to hunt and even ones that live underwater. They also changed the lives of a few fortunate women. The efforts to use engineering to save cities like London and New Orleans are revealed. See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now. Americas National Parks at 100 The National Park Service has been active for over a century preserving and protecting over 400 units across America, from the wild and natural to the man-made and historic. In Austria, he was known as an art collector and idealist. Part of the original team returns to find out more about this bizarre phenomenon. Smithsonian Channel’s signature series tells the stories of expansive natural wonders, the city that never sleeps, and the day we will never forget. They were out-gunned and out-armored by superior German tanks, but what the American M4 Sherman tank crews lacked in firepower, they made up for in courage. Puggles, Schnoodles, Labradoodles-they're not newfangled snack treats, they're actually newfangled dogs. At its peak, Nazi Germany controlled more territory than the Roman Empire, but in 1945, the Third Reich found itself headed for a chaotic collapse. Speeding through woodlands, its four-foot wingspan, long tail, razor-sharp talons and extraordinary eyesight allows it to ambush its prey with precision. Tiger sharks, hammerheads, even great whites, lured here every year by the bountiful reefs, are displaying aggressive behavior, culminating in the island's first shark attacks in its history. Filmed as the pandemic unfolded, we track the first stages of the fight, told by the virologists, modelers, immunologists, and other scientists who led the charge. The cheetah has the speed, but does she have the endurance to make. As the largest alie. That is our job.". Meanwhile labs in South Korea and at Harvard University are using the latest advances in DNA manipulation in hopes of cloning the furry giant and introducing it to the modern world. This show explores one of the most controversial public assistance programs of its time and shows nothing less than the creation of America's first ever self-portrait. It remains one of the grisliest finds in ancient archaeology: the skeletons of over 80 battle-scarred men many of them ritualistically decapitated and then buried nearly 2,000 years ago in York, England. Once a floating pleasure palace for more than 4,200 passengers and crew, the half-sunken ship spent the next two years as a grisly tourist attraction...and an ecological time bomb. Plus, see why spiders eat their own webs when they’re done with them and find out why the scariest-looking spiders are often the least harmful. 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