Lead Belly's journey from Louisiana bayou to folk music royalty, with stops in prison and Paris, gave his music a universal appeal that still holds today. Huddie Ledbetter was born on this day in 1888. From the Legend of Lead Belly.
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yesterday at 22:00. Facebook
In the 1880s, one man had an unexpected idea for fighting America’s hedonistic ways: the roller coaster. LaMarcus Thompson’s invention was granted a patent on this day in 1885. Learn the whole story in this video from My Million Dollar Invention: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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The hoodoos at Illinois' Garden of the Gods are just one of the Midwest's supernatural beauties. Tune in to back-to-back episodes of Aerial America starting at 8 for more.
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For babies born prematurely, there’s one medicine more potent than almost any other: breast milk. Watch the full episode of Truly Strange online now: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 23:00. Facebook
Evolution has created some truly fantastic creatures over the ages. We’re celebrating the world’s strangest adaptations in these videos – which is your favorite? Photos from Micro Monsters with David Attenborough. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
Helen Keller grew up in a silent world of complete darkness - and yet, her hope, strength, and perseverance allowed her to accomplish remarkable feats throughout her life. Learn about a few of them on Seriously Amazing Objects: Legends - [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
In development for 13 years before it joined the U.S. Army fleet, the AH-64 Apache’s future was never certain. Today, it’s the most trusted member of the team. See how it got there on Air Warriors tonight at 8. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
It wasn't just the iceberg! New evidence suggests that a potent combination of fire, ice, and gross negligence brought down the "unsinkable" ship. See for yourself Saturday at 8 on Titanic: The New Evidence. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
Nearly two years after a massive quake destroyed half a million homes in Nepal, recovery remains slow. Could this disaster have been averted? Nepal Quake looks at the science tonight at 10. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Who would want to seek out this man-sized, superpowered piranha? Follow the one guy who won't back down from the hunt on Africa's Piranha tonight at 9. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
One of the few animals that can trace electric pulses through the air, the echidna uses her shocking skill to hunt for hidden delicacies. Crazy Monster: Diggers goes below the surface for more tonight at 8. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
What this scorpion lacks in speed in its turf war against a centipede, it makes up for in sting. See more bug battles on a full episode of Micro Monsters with David Attenborough, streaming now: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
In the 1930s, George Barnett thought he was just going to cut some peat in the Northern Irish wilderness. Instead, he found seven mysterious stone circles, whose Bronze Age use has never been determined. Sacred Sites visits Ireland tonight at 10: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 17:01. Facebook
The Civil War was the deadliest conflict in American history due to high-tech weapons like this cannon, the Napoleon 1857. See more history in action on a new Weapon Hunter tonight at 9: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
After more than 100 years underwater, shocking new photographic evidence from the Titanic may hold the secret to the unlucky ship's demise.
Titanic: The New Evidence premieres Saturday at 8: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
They can grow as long as 10 feet, but all the sand striker’s victims will ever see of it are spiny jaws lurking just above the ocean floor. See more underground excitement on the new Crazy Monster: Diggers - coming Wednesday at 8PM. [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
Destroying segregation took thousands of activists, black and white, of all backgrounds, working together for basic human rights. What are you working for today on MLK Day? From Mississippi Inferno: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
The imperative to stand up and speak out is one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s greatest legacies. MLK: The Assassination Tapes has more inspirational footage of the man himself tonight at 10: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Vinyl. 8-tracks. Cassettes. In what format did you buy your first album? Rock ‘N’ Roll Inventions tracks them all, from the gramophone to the MP3, tonight at 8: [ Bitly.com Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
The Miracle on the Hudson astonished the world on this day in 2009. What was going through Capt. Sully Sullenberger’s head when his US Air flight was disabled by a flock of geese? Hear his split-second thinking, from Terror in the Skies: [ Bitly.com Link ]