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Beneath the sunny façade of Sydney, Australia lies a dark past. Built on the backs of convicts, gold miners and outlaws, this nation forged its freedom from the depths of the underground. Explore Australia's Alcatraz, the 19th century prison that housed Sydney's most threatening criminals. Travel deep into a complex of natural caves that sheltered a gang of escaped outlaws, and the gold mines that produced both riches and the birth of the worker's movement. Host Don Wildman heads underground with surviving witnesses to uncover the location of a secret WWII chemical weapons stash and gets access to a sordid subterranean fort where soldiers en route to the battlefields of Vietnam were trained to resist torture.
Located on the coveted gateway between the East and West, Turkey has a history marked by ambitious conquerors and great empires vying for control of the trade routes. Left behind was a rich mythology of gods and men with tales of epic battles which soaked Turkey's soil in blood. We'll uncover the truth behind these mysterious legends revealing how a nation at war turned underground for its only means of survival, a maniacal king's plot to overturn consecrated ground to build one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and even an ancient healing spa of the gods!
When you think of Egypt, you think of the Pyramids, vast deserts and infamous leaders like Cleopatra. But there's more to the story. Although the city of Cairo was founded in 969 AD, the desert sands stretch back nearly four millennia. From the first ancient Egyptian pharaohs and their thirst for power, to invading Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Turks looking to conquer this mighty empire, modern Cairo's foundation is scarred by thousands of years of violent fighting, awesome feats of engineering, and crazed emperors. Journey from the Great Pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Golden Mummies, as host Don Wildman explores four thousand years of evidence hidden deep beneath the vast desert. Don enters mazes of tunnels running beneath the first pyramid ever built, examines the remains of fortresses left behind by Muslims and Romans, and encounters hundreds of mummies that lurk in the underground to uncover Egypt's past.
While most people think of San Francisco as a haven for peace-loving hippies, this city by the Bay is actually one of the biggest military defense installations in America. We'll take you beneath its picturesque hills and uncover the biggest ammunitions depot on the West Coast before plunging into a deadly arsenal that once stored nuclear missiles with more than six times the destructive power of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. From the secret Civil War fortification buried beneath Alcatraz to the human trafficking tunnels winding below Chinatown, San Francisco's underground is evidence of its sordid past.
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