Secrets of the Dead: Season 4 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Nov 12, 2003

This PBS special documents the sequence of events resulting from the Japanese army's capture of more than 200,000 Allied POWs during 1942, specifically pertaining to the supply route needed to support its front-line troops in Burma. Under deplorable conditions, the POWs, along with thousands of Asian laborers, were ordered to complete a railway linking Thailand and Burma, which would include a bridge on the River Kwai. Nicknamed "The Death Railway" due to the extreme malnourishment and disease the bridge claimed before its completion, the bridge gained no small amount of infamy. The railway was eventually destroyed by the invention of the Azimuth Only bomb (the AZON), which served as a cornerstone in the development of high-accuracy guidable bombs that would ultimately be used in places like Afghanistan and Iraq decades later.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2004

The year was 1918 and World War I had just drawn to a close. As nations of the world began the healing process and attempted to make sense of the death and destruction that surrounded them, few would have suspected that a silent killer would soon emerge to claim a staggering 40 million victims worldwide -- four times the number of wartime casualties caused by any manmade war machine. To this day, the cause and strain of this particular flu still continues to elude virologists and epidemiologists. With the threat of the Asian Bird Flu looming large over the heads of many, this revealing look at one of history's deadliest epidemics offers a sobering meditation on the power of the virus, and the susceptibility of the human race to a microscopic killer.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2004

Is the Shroud of Turin really Jesus' burial cloth or is it a medieval fake? Carbon dating points to the latter, but some scientists interviewed here aren't so sure. They say that the problem with the carbon dating (done in 1988) is that the sample had been handled so much that it was contaminated. The shroud's image has been determined not to be a painting, and while one expert says it could be a 13th-century camera-obscura "photo," another points to stitching that she says had to have come from the 1st century. Yet another claims that the image was made during Jesus' Resurrection. But no one disputes that whoever was wrapped in that cloth suffered monstrously.

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Air date: May 19, 2004

Presented by PBS Home Video, Secrets of the Dead: D-Day - The Ultimate Conflict takes a look at the methods and techniques that the Allies used to outwit the Germans and overtake their daunting Atlantic Wall to storm the beaches of Normandy and turn the tide of the war. This documentary, narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, is sure to interest any war history buff.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2004

Originally presented on PBS, Secrets of the Dead: Amazon Warrior Women looks at the myth of Amazonian warrior women and discusses what truth there might be in the legend. Though the Amazons were long thought to be wholly a subject of myth, recent archeological discoveries of 2,500-year-old remains of female bodies buried with weapons and showing signs of having spent a lot of time on horseback were discovered in Russia, fueling speculation that these could be the fabled warrior women. Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, this documentary details the work of archeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball, who has investigated the topic for over ten years, and follows the path of evidence to remote areas of Russia and Mongolia to determine whether the Amazonian women really existed.

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Fans of CSI and The Da Vinci Code will probably be mesmerized by the science in a new PBS special on the Shroud of Turin, with its pale image of a crucified man that many believe is Jesus.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

What saves the show is the blunt and awe-inspiring testimony of survivors such as Holtham.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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