Modern Marvels

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Season 6 (14)

18 Seasons | 185 Episodes

 46 Modern Marvels:: Engineering Disasters
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Modern Marvels:: Engineering Disasters

Aired on Dec 18, 2000
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Episode 44 Inventions of War
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Inventions of War

Aired on Dec 12, 2000

Arising from the horrible carnage, deprivation, and suffering caused by war is a countless array of everyday items–from hairbrushes to microwaves–that directly descend from wartime innovations. Wartime research and development have revolutionized communication, transportation, and medicine. From Spam to nuclear power to hairspray and cell phones, life as we know it ironically owes a lot to war. We’ll follow the day-to-day life of an ordinary woman and see the influence of war on her life.

Episode 43 Power Plants.
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Power Plants.

Aired on Jun 16, 2001

Mankind controls the environment in a variety of ways, whether by capturing the force of a river, harnessing the power in coal or oil, controlling a nuclear reaction, or transforming the light of the sun into electricity. From Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla to Enrico Fermi and Albert Einstein, the world’s greatest minds have enabled us to acquire our light, heat, and power with a simple flip of the switch. Join us for an electrifying hour as we review the foundation for all of this–power plants.

 40 Modern Marvels: 137 Death Device: Death Devices
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Modern Marvels: 137 Death Device: Death Devices

Aired on Nov 13, 2000
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 39 Remote Operated Vehicles
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Remote Operated Vehicles

Aired on Nov 08, 2000
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Episode 38 Combat Training
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Combat Training

Aired on Nov 06, 2000

Sign up at the ultimate survival school, where soldiers learn to kill or be killed, and learn how 21st-century warriors are training today for the battlefields of tomorrow. We follow combat training throughout history, reviewing survival skills and psychological tools–from ancient Rome to World Wars One and Two–and learn how modern training is enhanced by advanced technology and computer simulation.

 37 Modern Marvels:: The London Underground
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Modern Marvels:: The London Underground

Aired on Nov 02, 2000
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 36 Assembly Line
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Assembly Line

Aired on Oct 19, 2000
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Episode 36 Suez Canal
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Suez Canal

Aired on Oct 25, 2000

Since its completion in 1869, the Suez Canal has been a vital link in world trade and a point of controversy in geopolitics. Today, more than 20,000 ships transit the canal yearly.

 35 Farming Technology
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Farming Technology

Aired on Oct 18, 2000
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 34 Modern Marvels: Machine Tools: Machine Tools
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Modern Marvels: Machine Tools: Machine Tools

Aired on Oct 17, 2000
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Episode 33 The Body Shop
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The Body Shop

Aired on Oct 16, 2000

Host Ron Hazelton and two mechanics dissect a 2000 Ford Taurus to trace the evolution of the automobile’s major systems. This 2-hour nuts-and-bolt special breaks the car down into its major components (engine, body, chassis, etc.). Starting with the earliest vehicles in the 1800s, automotive historians and experts describe how cars have evolved and explain major advances. And, finally concept cars and computer animations provide a glimpse into the future.

Episode 32 Video Games: Behind The Fun
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Video Games: Behind The Fun

Aired on Oct 09, 2000

A fun-filled glimpse into the not so distant history of video games. Since inception, the gaming industry has been a driving force in computer technology and video games are one of today’s dominant entertainment mediums.

 31 Physical Fitness: Quest For Muscle
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Physical Fitness: Quest For Muscle

Aired on Sep 26, 2000
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Episode 30 The Maginot Line
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The Maginot Line

Aired on Sep 18, 2000

The Maginot Line, a defensive string of large and small forts built during the years between World War I and World War II, was intended to forestall another invasion by aggressive Germany.

 29 China's Great Dam
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China's Great Dam

Aired on Sep 13, 2000

Supporters see China’s Three Gorges Dam as key to a new China, controlling floods and bringing hydroelectric power to one of its least-developed areas. Critics voice a litany of concerns�from environmental to flooding the spectacular area for which it’s named.

Episode 28 Then And Now: Aswan Dam
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Then And Now: Aswan Dam

Aired on Sep 11, 2000

In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Arab Republic of Egypt’s first prime minister, had a plan to bring his poor country into the 20th century. To pull it off, he needed to harness the flow of the world’s longest river–the Nile.

Episode 27 Trucks
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Trucks

Aired on Aug 22, 2000

Icons of the open road, trucks form the backbone of the construction and transportation industries. The facility to handle nearly any load and the ability to deliver goods almost anywhere make trucks integral to modern life. From 18th-century steam-powered carriages to tomorrow’s computerized trucks, it’s a long haul you’ll enjoy!

Episode 26 The Erie Canal
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The Erie Canal

Aired on Aug 14, 2000

The Erie Canal was America’s first superhighway�a narrow ribbon of water carved through sheer rock and untamed wilderness. Discover how this engineering marvel carried the dreams of countless immigrants hoping to find their fortunes in the bountiful west.

Episode 25 Banks
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Banks

Aired on Aug 02, 2000

Backbones of worldwide economics, for centuries banks enabled the creation of wealth, and industry leaders became icons. But modern technology revolutionized the way banks do business, and the Internet insures they must adapt or disappear. From banking’s early European origins to “e-banking”, this is an hour you can’t afford to miss!

Episode 24 Gold Mines
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Gold Mines

Aired on Jul 31, 2000

Around the world and across the eons, gold stands as a symbol of power, wealth, and love. The quest for the yellow metal took men across oceans, into the depths of the Alaskan winter, and miles beneath South African earth. This is the story of the hunters of the precious metal and their methods for extracting it.

 23 Buses
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Buses

Aired on Jul 27, 2000
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Episode 21 Traffic
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Traffic

Aired on Jun 22, 2000

In less than a century, the world went from dirt tracks to highways, from propeller planes to space travel, from sailboats to supertankers. And in the process, we have created a glut of traffic on roadways, railways, airways, and seaways–traffic that must be controlled, managed, and regulated. We’ll see how it’s done.

 19 Race Cars
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Race Cars

Aired on Jun 19, 2000
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 18 Private Planes
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Private Planes

Aired on Jun 12, 2000
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 17 Camping Technology
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Camping Technology

Aired on Jun 06, 2000
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 16 Modern Marvels: Concrete: Concrete
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Modern Marvels: Concrete: Concrete

Aired on May 31, 2000
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Episode 15 Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge

Aired on May 25, 2000

Join us as we span the history of one of the world’s most famous bridges, London’s Tower Bridge. The world’s largest bascule bridge (a counterweighted drawbridge), when it was erected in 1892, it became a postcard image of London. The famed gothic towers of this pioneering steel structure, sheathed in stone, are purely decorative.

 14 Disaster Technology
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Disaster Technology

Aired on May 08, 2000

An examination of the historical development of technological tools that help science mitigate nature’s fury. It’s a survival story that begins with comprehending the force of disaster. As environmental calamities unfold, viewers witness the urgency for change that each crisis compelled and innovations designed to lower death tolls.

 12 War Planes of World War II
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War Planes of World War II

Aired on Apr 10, 2000

Flight was born in America at the turn of the 20th century. But WWII saw more planes built in a single year–300,000–than had been built in the previous 40. Footage of restored aircraft, historic film ranging from factory floors to dogfights, and interviews with pilots and designers recapture the aviation industry’s finest hour.

 11 Great Inventions
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Great Inventions

Aired on Mar 16, 2000

Join us for a survey of the world’s greatest inventions in which we examine the wheel, steam engine, railroad, automobile, airplane, printing press, electric light, wireless telegraph, telephone, TV, and computer. Then, travel back in time to the labs, candle-lit offices, and garages to see how these marvels were created.

 10 Office Wonders
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Office Wonders

Aired on Mar 15, 2000

Don’t look now, but your office is a technological marvel. From the humble paper clip to the revolutionary personal computer, your desk is a museum of miracles designed to make you more productive and efficient. Then why are you still at work? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about your workplace, but were afraid to ask!

 9 Modern Marvels: Gadgets: Gadgets
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Modern Marvels: Gadgets: Gadgets

Aired on Mar 13, 2000
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 8 Modern Marvels: 120 Prisons: Prisons
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Modern Marvels: 120 Prisons: Prisons

Aired on Mar 06, 2000
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Episode 7 Bridges
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Bridges

Aired on Feb 29, 2000

Bridges play a key role in the human quest to connect and unify.

 4 Space Stations
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Space Stations

Aired on Feb 03, 2000
Join us on an out-of-this-world exploration of the history of long-duration life in space--from the first Soviet station to Skylab to Mir to the International Space Station. Experience what it is like to live in space, as well as the monumental obstacles engineers and astronauts overcame to make it possible.

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