Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
Tuesday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
NOVA joins an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona. In the dramatic 1941 sinking of the storied battleship, 1,177 crew members perished — the greatest loss of life in United States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that the Arizona was brought down by fire from Japanese aircraft. But NOVA makes an important discovery that raises new questions about the Arizona’s final hours. NOVA sheds new light on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and unravels a WWII mystery that eluded historians for nearly 70 years. Using eyewitness testimony and reports made after the attack, “Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor” re-writes the events that took place on the day of infamy.
Building Pharaoh’s Ship
Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt’s most impressive temples, mere myth — or was it real? NOVA travels to the legendary temple, built some 3,500 years ago for the celebrated female pharaoh Hatshepsut, in search of answers to this tantalizing archeological mystery. Did Punt exist and, if so, where was it? Did the ancient Egyptians, who built elaborate barges to sail down the Nile, also have the expertise to embark on a long sea voyage? NOVA follows a team of archeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel shown on the mysterious carving, and then launch it into the Red Sea on a unique voyage of discovery.
Riddles of the Sphinx
Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
The Great Sphinx is disappearing. It would not be the first time in its nearly 5,000-year-history that the sands of Egypt have buried this wonder of the ancient world, but today, the Sphinx confronts a threat far worse than blanketing by dunes. The face of the mysterious pharaoh is being sandblasted to oblivion, its features eroded beyond recognition by whipping winds, while its limestone lion’s body is being dissolved by rising saltwater and sewage and shaken by planes, cars and construction. An international team of archeologists, architects and engineers, led by Zahi Hawass and Mark Lehner, is racing against time to save the Sphinx.
The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Every year, 100 million Monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance — and how, year after year, the Monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the Monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the Monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.
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