The documentaries tend to be informative and balanced if not necessarily provocative. That doesn't mean that the network hasn't been inventive. It recently showed a documentary in which the children of Holocaust survivors were brought together with the children of SS troops. It also showed a documentary on Canadian airmen who had escaped from the Buchenwald death camp but were unable to get anyone to listen to what they had witnessed there.
"What we hope to do is tell dramatic stories with a new slant of some kind," Raven said.
Although the network focuses on the past, it also tries to be topical. This summer, it will do shows on the history of the Olympics. Next fall, in "November Warriors," it will inaugurate a series on American presidential campaigns, starting with George Washington's.