Modern Mysteries

While the ancient world provides our minds a wealth of relics and clues of times gone by, the fascinating riddles of our own time hold stories that remain to be told.

Ben Franklin’s Bones

In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven […]

Premiered January 28, 2015

The Mona Lisa Mystery

Hers is the most famous smile in the world — the one and only Mona Lisa. Or is it unique? With its striking similarities to the painting in the Louvre Museum, the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa has remained an art world mystery since she was found in 1912. Did Leonardo da Vinci paint the legendary portrait twice? Or is the Isleworth the work of a talented forger?

Premiered July 9, 2014 | Video expires July 9, 2024

Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers

Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POW’s revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII.

Premiered May 1, 2013
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The Man Who Saved the World

This is the little-known story of how close to nuclear destruction the world really was during those dark October days and how the heroism of one man saved us all.

Premiered October 23, 2012

Mumbai Massacre

Told from the perspective of the victims, the film places viewers inside the maelstrom, where they become witnesses to the critical events and decisions that meant the difference between life and death.

Premiered November 25, 2009

Doping for Gold

Doping for Gold investigates one of the most alarming cover-ups in the history of the Olympic Games – East Germany’s organized use of steroids and testosterone to bolster its athletes’ performance from 1960s through the 1980s.

Premiered May 7, 2008

The World’s Biggest Bomb

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb.

Premiered May 17, 2011

Escape From Auschwitz

Two Auschwitz prisoners, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, were determined to expose the horrors of the Nazi genocide and stop the killing factories forever. To do that, they had to become the first to escape from the heavily-guarded camp.

Premiered April 29, 2008

Deadliest Battle

The Battle of Stalingrad is known as one of the most pivotal actions of World War II. Newly-released archives are revealing a very different picture of the battle that changed the course of history.

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Churchill’s Deadly Decision

After only 54 days into office, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his Navy to take control of French ships or destroy them. What led to this unprecedented and controversial attack?

Premiered May 11, 2010
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