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Venom: Nature's Killer

Scientists track down and capture the planet's most deadly creatures to study their toxic venom.

Thu, Aug 25 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Mon, Sep 26 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 27 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 27 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Japan's Killer Quake

A look at the science behind the catastrophe includes eyewitness videos and on-the-spot reporting.

Thu, Sep 1 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

3d Spies of Wwii

The untold story of the Allied air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.

Mon, Sep 12 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 13 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 13 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Sep 17 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Secrets of the Sun

It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun. Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe. Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the Sun as they never have before and even re-creating what happens at the very center of the Sun in labs here on Earth. Their work will help us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades. But more critically, it may help us predict and track solar storms that have the power to zap our power grid, shut down telecommunications, and ground global air travel for days, weeks, or even longer. Such storms have happened before-but never in the modern era of satellite communication. SECRETS OF THE SUN reveals a bright new dawn in our understanding of our nearest star-one that might help keep our planet from going dark.

Mon, Aug 22 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 23 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 23 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Aug 27 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Cold Case JFK

State-of-the art forensic tools are applied to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Wed, Aug 17 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Aug 18 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Mon, Sep 19 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 20 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 20 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Sep 24 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Roman Catacomb Mystery

A forensic investigation explores an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs beneath Rome.

Wed, Aug 3 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Aug 4 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Aug 5 at 2:30 am on WTTW HD

Fri, Aug 5 at 6:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Fri, Aug 5 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Mon, Sep 5 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 6 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Sep 6 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Sep 10 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

D-Day's Sunken Secrets

Dive teams and underwater robots discover Allied crafts that sank during the invasion of Normandy.

Mon, Aug 29 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 30 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 30 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Sep 3 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Killer Landslides

Geologist investigate what triggered the deadly landslide in the Washington state community of Oso.

Wed, Sep 21 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Sep 22 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Sep 25 at 2:00 am on WTTW HD

Making North America: Origins

Discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to the continent of North America.

Mon, Aug 1 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 2 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 2 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Aug 6 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Making North America: Life

The mysteries of how life evolved in North America, including the arrival of humans, are explored.

Mon, Aug 8 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 9 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 9 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Aug 13 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Making North America: Human

Discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent.

Mon, Aug 15 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 16 at 1:30 am on WTTW Prime

Tue, Aug 16 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Sat, Aug 20 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Iceman Reborn

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth.

Wed, Sep 28 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Sep 29 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Sep 30 at 3:30 am on WTTW HD

School of the Future

Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for children.

Wed, Sep 14 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Sep 15 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Fri, Sep 16 at 3:00 am on WTTW HD

15 Years of Terror

NOVA investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines the use of modern propaganda.

Wed, Sep 7 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Thu, Sep 8 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Sep 11 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD

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