Days That Shaped America: Challenger Disaster, Saturday 24 February 9pm
One of the most tragic and shocking images ever broadcast to the American people, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion left America in mourning. The loss of seven astronauts became more heartbreaking as we learned that the incident could have been avoided if protocols had been different. Hear the emotional recollections of the Challenger commander’s wife, two astronauts who were involved in the launch preparation, an engineer for the rocket boosters that failed, and a reporter who thought this would be a routine workday, as they relive the controversial moments that lead to the most notorious day in NASA’s history.
America's Greatest Threat: Vladimir Putin, Saturday 3 March 9pm
A gripping look at Putin's rise from humble beginnings to brutal dictatorship, and his emergence as one of the gravest threats to America's security.
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 years Later, Saturday 10 March 9pm
An original two-hour documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the infamous L.A. riots that re-examines the intense and life-changing events through the eyes of those who lived it.
Looks back at decades of racial injustice in Los Angeles leading up to April 29, 1992. The story is told through a variety of voices from citizens, council members, law enforcement, rescuers and even from those who committed crimes. The documentary provides a historical perspective through a contemporary lens drawing parallels between the racial injustices of our past and present.
The New Age of Terror: A Rising Enemy, Saturday 17 March 9pm
September 12th, 2001 was the first day of a new era in human history: the Age of Terror. The 9/11 attacks catapulted America to the front lines of a battle without rules or conventional tactics, where victory depended on decoding the DNA of an entirely new kind of warfare. After fifteen years and thousands of lives lost, the world has been transformed by the conflict against terrorism, as nations across the globe struggle to meet the deadly and rising threat.
A new age of terror begins in the aftermath of 9/11; fear becomes a weapon as America and its allies face a new brand of enemy in an unconventional conflict that demands an evolution of warfare as we know it. The American people adjust to a new normal of heightened security at home to prevent another attack. Abroad, the conflict that begins in Afghanistan spreads to Iraq and ultimately morphs into a global battle, as coalition efforts to eliminate the scourge of terror unintentionally give rise to ISIS.
As the Islamic state becomes increasingly difficult to contain using traditional military tactics, its dark message spreads around the world through social media, gathering recruits and inspiring the first lone wolf terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.