From the secrets of the dead to the ruthless murderer of Al Capone, we have a lineup of programs you don’t want to miss.
Al Capone: Icon – airs at 6 pm The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, this program explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.
History Project ‘Beneath Alcatraz‘ – airs at 7 pm June 11, 1962, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, three prisoners – Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin – did the impossible. Desperate and dangerous, they escaped from Alcatraz prison. This has been an enduring historical mystery and we still don’t have the entire answer.
Secrets of the Dead ‘Alcatraz Escape‘ – airs at 8 pm The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea and drowned, according to conventional wisdom. Now, a team of scientists believes the escapees could have made it to dry land-but only if they left at a specific time.
Secrets of Underground London – airs at 9 pm This program takes a chronological look at the natural and man-made wonders beneath London. It features a large section on the London Underground, how it was built, its use during World War II, the ghost stations and stories and the museum. The film also highlights the lost river fleet, the sewer system, the Brunel Tunnel and the Churchill War Rooms, to name a few.
Learn a lot and have fun doing it this week on Science Night! At 7 p.m., learn about the societal structure of a troop of snow monkeys from Japan. Next at 8 p.m., discover a new version of the Biblical flood story, Noah’s Ark, along with with how to build an ark. Ending the night at 9 p.m. is a film that has proof the Hanging Gardens of Babylon did indeed exist.
Nature Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m.
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place.
NOVA Secrets Of Noah’s Ark at 8 p.m.
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.
Secrets of the Dead The Lost Gardens Of Babylon at 9 p.m.
Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. But they were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.
7:00 PM Nature – “Echo: An Elephant To Remember”
Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many NATURE films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.
8:00 PM NOVA – “Japan’s Killer Quake”
In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. The facts and figures are astonishing. The March 11th earthquake was the world’s fourth largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake Japan. The seismic shock wave released over 4,000 times the energy of the largest nuclear test ever conducted; it shifted the earth’s axis by 6 inches and shortened the day by a few millionths of a second. The tsunami slammed Japan’s coast with 30 feet-high waves that traveled 6 miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. JAPAN’S KILLER QUAKE combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
9:00 PM Secrets Of The Dead – “Japanese Supersub”
Spring, 1946. Ten months after the end of World War II, an explosion rocked the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. America had just destroyed one of Japan’s most advanced weapons systems. But this was no belated attack against the defeated Japanese. Rather, it was an attempt to keep an advanced, top-secret submarine out of the hands of the Russians. What was this sub and where had it come from? Secrets of the Dead: Japanese SuperSub investigates, revealing the startling story of Japan’s successful creation of a technological masterpiece-an aircraft carrier submarine that could blow up the Panama Canal, reach the U.S. main land undetected, and unleash panic-inducing air attacks on American civilians. How close did Japan’s secret sub come to attacking America? And how did America’s own top-secret super-weapon put an end to the Japanese threat?