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Pompeii Airs Wednesday, February 20 at 9 p.m.


Season 46
In the shadow of Italy’s Vesuvius, a lesser-known volcano rumbles: Campi Flegrei. If it...
Season 46
New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before. As...
Season 46
Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the...
Season 46
Hawaiʻi’s Kīlauea volcano erupted in 2018, sending rivers of lava through communities and...
Season 46
Quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from networks to code breaking...
Season 46
Since it explored Pluto in 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft has been zooming toward NASA...


Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs.
How will we power the planet without wrecking the climate?
Drill underground to see the treasures that power our world—today and into the future.
What is it about the nature of metals that have made them a pillar of human civilization?
What processes in the depths of the Earth forge beautiful and precious stones?
Acclaimed physicist Brian Greene reveals a mind-boggling reality beneath the surface of...
Explore scientific discoveries on television's most acclaimed science documentary series.

Upcoming Episodes

Sun 2/24, 11:00am

Could a massive volcanic eruption devastate a major Italian city? The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is the ancient world's most celebrated and haunting catastrophe. Within hours of its awakening on in AD 79, deadly clouds of burning ash and gas...

Wed 2/27, 9:00pm
Great Human Odyssey

Our ancient human ancestors once lived only in Africa in tiny bands of a few thousand hunter-gatherers. Then we moved out of our African cradle, spreading rapidly to every corner of the planet. How did we acquire the skills, technology and talent...