Disease & Disaster

Try as we might, when humanity takes on Mother Nature, we are usually at its mercy. An event as enormous as a volcanic eruption or as tiny and insidious as a virus can affect civilization in profound ways and serve as a grim reminder of our own mortality.

Sinking Atlantis

Inexplicably, at the height of their power, the Minoans were wiped from the pages of history. The reason for their disappearance has perplexed historians for generations — until now.

Premiered May 13, 2008

Herculaneum Uncovered

Near the fabled Pompeii is Herculaneum, a city frozen in time by Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum Uncovered follows geo-archaeologists as they unearth precious artifacts, revealing how the epic eruption devastated the town in a very different manner than Pompeii.

Premiered May 2, 2008

The Sinking of the Andrea Doria

On its final night at sea, the Andrea Doria luxury liner was broadsided by the 13,000-ton Stockholm in an accident that imperiled more than 1,700 passengers and crew. With the world watching in horror, the Andrea Doria sank, sparking a ferocious debate over fault that remains to this day and ended the era of luxury cruise liners.

Premiered October 2, 2006

The Great Fire of Rome

In 64 AD, Rome was the most magnificent city in the world. Then, in the early hours of July 19, fire broke out in the cook shops and cafés lining the Circus Maximus. Centuries later, questions linger. Was the fire an accident, or was it arson? Is Tacitus a reliable witness? Nero blamed the catastrophe on the Christians — is there any truth to his accusation?

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Mystery of the Black Death

In 1665, a British tailor opened a flea-infested shipment of fabric from London. In a matter of days, the tailor and much of the village were suffering the telltale signs of bubonic plague, the disease that wiped out a third of the European population. 350 years later, an American geneticist is delving into the reasons why some managed to survive the Black Death while others were not so lucky.

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Death at Jamestown

Three years after setting foot on American shores, 440 of the original 500 Jamestown settlers had died. Why did deadly outbreaks strike just after the ships headed home? And is it a coincidence that the only map of the colony today belongs to Spain? Take a 21st-century look at the eerie the plight of these fated settlers.

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The Witches Curse

The trouble in Salem began during the cold, dark Massachusetts winter, in January of 1692. Eight young girls began to take ill, beginning with 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams. But theirs was a strange sickness.

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