Multiple versions of the Mona Lisa.

Decoding Da Vinci

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating - and what it took to create it.

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  • 2020-08-10T07:00:00-07:00
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Saving The Dead Sea

There's no place on Earth like it. Cleopatra attributed her beauty to its secrets. King Herod built one of the world's first health spas on its shores. And as the biblical story goes, "rocks and fire falling from the sky" buried Sodom and Gomorrah and the sea became "the sea of salt" — The Dead Sea. Now this wonder of the world is dying. Since 1976, its level has declined by more than sixty-five feet. Its coastline is pockmarked with thousands of sinkholes. Can the Dead Sea be saved?

  • 2020-08-06T07:00:00-07:00
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Rise of the Mammals

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. An amazing new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over, ultimately evolving into the huge array of species, including us, that rule Earth today.

  • 2020-08-07T07:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-09T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-09T18:00:00-07:00
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Decoding Da Vinci

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating - and what it took to create it.

  • 2020-08-10T07:00:00-07:00
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Secrets of the Shining Knight

Discover what it was like to be a knight in shining armor and follow the historic manufacturing process. Join master armorers as they re-engineer the Greenwich armor-considered some of the greatest armor ever made-and then put it to the test.

  • 2020-08-11T07:00:00-07:00
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Secrets of Noah's Ark

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

  • 2020-08-12T07:00:00-07:00
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Building The Great Cathedrals

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse.

  • 2020-08-13T07:00:00-07:00
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Decoding The Great Pyramid

Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza -- and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.

  • 2020-08-14T07:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-16T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-16T18:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-17T07:00:00-07:00
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Secrets of the Forbidden City

Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing's Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

  • 2020-08-23T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-23T18:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-24T07:00:00-07:00
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Chinese Chariot Revealed

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China's battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China's first super-weapon.

  • 2020-08-30T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-30T18:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-08-31T07:00:00-07:00
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