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Aerial CitiesAerial Cities

The most expansive and ambitious aerial series in U.S. television history - Aerial America - is taking a closer look at the nation's great urban areas in a new six-part spinoff series, Aerial Cities. Each episode reveals fascinating insights in the day and night life of some of America's most famed metropolises: Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Along with showcasing each city's iconic landmarks and often-surprising history, the series' 4K cameras capture a bird's-eye perspective of the frenzy of work and play that make each city so distinctive - from morning yoga on Miami Beach to the dizzying job of changing a lightbulb at the top of Seattle's Space Needle and the highest open-air cocktail bar in the Western Hemisphere in L.A.'s newest skyscraper.


America's Secret Space HeroesAmerica's Secret Space Heroes

America's Secret Space Heroes is about the stories of the engineers and scientists responsible for the space program.


The Curious Life and Death Of...The Curious Life and Death Of...

Author and medical historian Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris will use science, tests, and demonstrations to shed new light on famous deaths, ranging from drug lord Pablo Escobar to magician Harry Houdini. Using her lab to perform virtual autopsies, experiment with blood samples, interview witnesses and conduct real-time demonstrations, Dr. Fitzharris will put everything about these mysterious deaths to the test. Along the way, she'll be joined by a revolving cast of experts, including Scotland Yard detectives, medical examiners, weapons gurus and more.


World of WeaponsWorld of Weapons

Weapons comprise an ever-evolving arsenal that has transformed combat - helping build empires, destroy them and deter aggression. This series highlights some of the world's most important and innovative weapons and how and why they work, what problems they solve on the battlefield and give fresh insight into their role in history. Along the way, renowned international experts look at weapons and war as a way to explain human progress and how they may determine our fate.


An American Aristocrat's Guide to Great EstatesAn American Aristocrat's Guide to Great Estates

American-born Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, visits great estates in the United Kingdom.


Inside Mighty MachinesInside Mighty Machines

Working alongside salvage teams, former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek takes apart huge machines piece by piece to figure out how they were built and how they worked; he explores the impact of each invention and how it changed the world.


The Lost TapesThe Lost Tapes

Encounter the Pearl Harbor attacks, the L.A. riots, the Son of Sam murders and Patty Hearst's kidnapping the way they unfolded on TVs and radios across America. We present these shocking events from the 20th century, not through traditional journalistic reportage, but in real-time, as they were covered by national and local news broadcasts. This footage, much of which has not been seen in decades, gives an intimacy and immediacy to stories we thought we knew but will now rediscover through a unique perspective.


Britain in ColourBritain in Colour

The early half of the 20th century was an era of great power, leadership, and transformation for Britain. The British Empire controlled over a quarter of the earth's land, the Royal Family struggled to rebrand itself in order to save the monarchy, and Winston Churchill boosted morale and resolve in the nation's deepest moment of need. Using cutting-edge digital technology, witness the dramatic stories of kings, queens, colonists, and a maverick prime minister, presented entirely in color.


The Weapon HunterThe Weapon Hunter

History buff and restoration expert Paul Shull goes on a quest to get his hands on some of the world's rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history in the new Smithsonian Channel original series, THE WEAPON HUNTER. The six episode series chronicles Shull's adventures as he finds, fixes, and fires the antique weapons that have been used throughout history.


Make It Out AliveMake It Out Alive
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

When disaster strikes, it often comes without warning, catching people off guard and forcing split-second decisions that mean the difference between life and death. This series revisits some of the most harrowing calamities of the last 75 years, from the Oklahoma monster tornado of 1999 to the Mount St. Helens eruption to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Through firsthand accounts, we follow the fortunes of those who found themselves in the middle of catastrophe and fought to make it out alive.