What’s That About?

From Spies to Subs, Season Three of What’s That About? Presents an All-Access Pass to Little-Known Worlds, Jan. 26 on Discovery Channel

With 10 new episodes that explore the drama, science and technology of worlds few people ever get to experience first hand, Discovery Channel presents the third season of What’s That About? Premiering Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, the new season gains exclusive access to locations including a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine and a spy and security operation. A Best Documentary Series Nominee at the 2007 Gemini Awards and now seen in over 100 countries around the world, this original Canadian series was shot in High Definition in 50 locations across Canada and the U.S.

Previous seasons explored the behind-the-scenes of familiar places like rock concerts and casinos – but season three of What’s That About? uncovers locations and occupations that are more remote, even top-secret. With special permission and exclusive access, enter the secretive world of a power plant and the rough and tough haul of a commercial fishing operation and discover how these operations actually work. Also, visit a Canadian crash test site where cars are crashed up to 300 times; and the Vancouver waterfront to see how the government keeps track of the thousands of cargo ships, trucks, planes and containers coming and going through the port.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

What’s That About? – “The Brewery”

Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

How do beer giants make beer taste exactly the same in billions of bottles every year? Meanwhile, small and original brewers blaze new trails in beer making. Can chemical warfare help make better beer? Meet the builders of the latest high-tech breweries. On location in Charlottetown, PEI; Moncton, NB; and Toronto, ON, see who’s making the best – and some of the strangest – new suds on the market today.

What’s That About? – “The Crash Test Site”

Sat., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

To make sure your new car is safe, teams of specialists crash it before it reaches the show room. With film locations including Blainville, QC; and Ottawa, ON; see how cars are put through a range of crash trials, such as front, back, sideways, rollovers and even mock-pedestrian hits. In this episode, meet the most high-tech crash dummies, see how they are made, wrecked and fixed – and even meet a human dummy. Also, see how can you crash the same car 300 times and still drive it away.

What’s That About? – “Spy and Security Operations”

Sat., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

SWAT teams, top bodyguards and specialized soldiers get extreme training and some pretty cool gadgets to fulfil their dangerous duties. How do they protect diplomats under live fire and even survive roadside bombs? With Canadian locations including Kelowna and Victoria, BC, witness live explosions and go undercover to expose the secret world of Spy and Security Operations.

What’s That About? – “The Vancouver Waterfront”

Sat., Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

The Vancouver waterfront is getting a high-tech upgrade to keep up with today’s exploding global markets. How can robotic cranes help workers single-handedly move tons of cargo? Learn how computers turn dredging into a video game. How do they keep track of the thousands of ships, trucks, planes and containers all at once? Discover the new weapons customs agents are using to fight smugglers.

What’s That About? – “Hook, Line and Sinker”

Sat., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

How do fish get from the ocean to your dinner plate in just a few hours? Set sail on a squid boat at midnight and climb aboard a “live haul” vessel to harvest Pacific Coast salmon. Featuring Canadian locations include Port McNeill and Campbell River, BC, this episode also goes inside a shrimp-processing plant and reveals some of the fish farming inventions of the future.

What’s That About? – “Power Quest”

Sat., March 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Forget about oil wells – a new generation is drilling for steam and harnessing the wind. Even coal-fired power plants are turning green. Discover why the largest North American hydro plant underground and see why one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants getting fired up again – after 30 years. With production locations including Annapolis Royal, NS; Tiverton, ON; and Churchill Falls in Labrador, meet the innovators of tomorrow’s power sources.

What’s That About? – “Under The Sea”

Sat., March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Follow the crew in action onboard the latest U.S. Navy nuclear submarine on an emergency call. See just how efficient one of the smallest subs in the world is and discover the mission of the underwater laboratory Aquarius. Filmed in part in North Vancouver, BC, this episode also shows how robots can explore the deep ocean floor.