Season 8 (13)

20 Seasons | 178 Episodes

Episode 2 James Bond Gadgets
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James Bond Gadgets

Aired on Dec 02, 2002

His movies are legend, his women beautiful, and his toys the best in the world. Whether James Bond is foiling villains in space-age flying machines or eavesdropping on his enemies with ultra-sophisticated spy gear, British Secret Agent 007 is always guaranteed to have the most outrageous and wonderfully creative gadgets ever to grace the silver screen. Bond had it all. But as we see in this exclusive look at his gadgets, it takes a lot to save the world!

 3 The Remote Control
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The Remote Control

Aired on Jan 30, 2002

It put power in the hands of the couch potato and made channel surfing a national pastime. Find out how the remote control became as important as the TV itself.

Episode 4 Million Dollar Tech
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Million Dollar Tech

Aired on Jan 31, 2002

For millennia, luxury toys have functioned as flashy instruments of affluence, authority, and identity and driven many kingly consumers to covet, create, and purchase these status symbols. From the Roman Emperor Caligula’s special barges to Carl Faberge’s impossibly intricate eggs, from plasma screen TVs to $600,000 Bentleys and Rolex watches, we examine spectacular personal possessions–paeans to the lords of a consumer culture that grows richer and technologically more sophisticated daily.

 8 Bulletproof
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Aired on Feb 19, 2002

Experts design materials that can catch gunfire.

Episode 9 Siege Machines
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Siege Machines

Aired on Feb 26, 2002
Siege machines convert energy into mechanical force to breach barriers.
Episode 10 The Junkyard
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The Junkyard

Aired on Mar 05, 2002

It’s the place where one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure. Enter the strange and mysterious world of the junkyard, where many pieces actually do add up to a whole. Uncover how junkyard operators create order out of seemingly random piles of junk.

 12 The F-14
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The F-14

Aired on Mar 12, 2002
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 14 The Wheel
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The Wheel

Aired on Mar 26, 2002
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 14 Engines
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Aired on Mar 19, 2002
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 15 Then and Now: Star City
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Then and Now: Star City

Aired on Apr 09, 2002

Star City, the Gagarin Center for Training Cosmonauts, was established by the former Soviet Union in the 1960s as a school for the future conquerors of space. Today, it’s where Russian cosmonauts and international guests train on Soyuz rocket simulators and the MIR complex simulator. We join cosmonauts as they undergo grueling ground training in survival courses and parachuting, and face some of Star City’s toughest challenges–G-Force simulators, space orientation, and rescue training.

 16 Ice Breakers
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Ice Breakers

Aired on Apr 16, 2002
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Episode 18 Fire And Ice
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Fire And Ice

Aired on Apr 18, 2002

Who could imagine life without our “man-made weather”? On cold winter nights and hot summer days, we are forever grateful to the visionaries who took two basic elements–fire and ice–and turned them into true modern marvels.

 19 Muscle Cars
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Muscle Cars

Aired on Apr 30, 2002
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Episode 20 Axes, Swords and Knives.
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Axes, Swords and Knives.

Aired on May 07, 2002

Blade implements have been a part of civilized man’s arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools were chipped off of flint or obsidian. But with the discovery of metallurgy, people were able to forge stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an introduction to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then we visit a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work in traditional methods from ancient sources, and review the history of knives.

 23 Drag Racing
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Drag Racing

Aired on May 21, 2002
Legendary drivers lead us on a record-breaking race through a century-long search for sheer acceleration that began before World War One, when hot-rodders modified Model-T Fords to see how fast they could go. Today's dragsters can cover a quarter-mile from a standing start in 4.5 seconds, hitting top speeds above 330 m.p.h. Top driver Gary Clapshaw shows us how to put together a modern dragster and revolutionary designer Bob Norwood unveils his newest car.
Episode 25 The Manhattan Project
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The Manhattan Project

Aired on Jun 04, 2002

At 5:30 a.m., July 16, 1945, scientists and dignitaries awaited the detonation of the first atomic bomb in a desolate area of the New Mexico desert aptly known as Jornada del Muerto–Journey of Death.

Episode 27 Hunting Gear
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Hunting Gear

Aired on Jun 12, 2002

Hunting technology evolves from the primitive to the digital.

Episode 32 Physical Fitness - Quest for Health
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Physical Fitness - Quest for Health

Aired on Jun 27, 2002

From Ancient Greek gymnasiums where pupils pumped up their bodies as well as their minds, to today’s high-tech facilities and science-based fitness regimens, find out how people have stayed in shape throughout history.

Episode 34 Strategic Air Command
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Strategic Air Command

Aired on Jul 16, 2002

At the height of the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command controls thousands of nuclear weapons, planes and missiles.

Episode 35 Gasoline
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Aired on Jul 23, 2002

Traces the history and evolution of the world’s most important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could not function without gas, very few understand what it really is, how it is made, what all those different octane numbers really mean, and how researchers developed cleaner-burning gasoline. All these questions will be answered as we look at the history of this “supreme” fuel.

 39 The Chrysler Building
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The Chrysler Building

Aired on Sep 10, 2002

The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in New York City, erected between 1928 and 1930, was the world’s tallest edifice–until the Empire State Building eclipsed it in 1931! Since then, this Art Deco masterpiece has become one of the most beloved skyscrapers on the city skyline. Financed by auto tycoon Walter P. Chrysler and designed by architect William Van Alen, the private office building was constructed by more than 2,000 men. Find out why it was the first–and last–skyscraper Van Alen designed.

 43 High Tech Sex
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High Tech Sex

Aired on Oct 30, 2002
Join us for a walk on the wild side of the history of sexual enhancement and contraception--from Cleopatra's box of buzzing bees to 17th-century condoms to Internet sex and 21st-century holographic pornography!
 44 More Bond Gadgets
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More Bond Gadgets

Aired on Dec 02, 2002

He’s everyone’s favorite spy, the man with a woman in every port and a gadget in every pocket! No villain is too strong, no situation too tough for His Majesty’s Secret Agent, thanks to his wits, cunning, and the best toys on the silver screen. History Channel cameras travel from the Arizona desert to the British countryside to find the best Bond gadgets–including amazing footage from inside the cockpit of the world’s smallest jet and rare home movies taken on the underwater set of Thunderball.

Episode 45 Motorcycles
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Aired on Dec 03, 2002

Set the sedan’s safety brake and hop on your “hog” for a 2-hour high-speed history of the motorcycle–from the 1868 “steam velocipede” to the early 20th century, when they were a low-cost alternative to automobiles; from Harley-Davidsons preferred by Hell’s Angels and police to motocross riders who take bikes into the air and onto the dirt. We also look to the motorcycle’s future, featuring Jay Leno’s jet-propelled Y2K sportbike and Erik Buell’s bike-without-a-gas-tank creation.

 46 Limousines
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Aired on Dec 04, 2002

Limousines have been stretched to greater and greater lengths–as has the notion of what can be done inside them! You can have a rolling disco in a stretched SUV, go for a rumble off-road in a monster truck limousine, or take a direct hit in an armored limo and still make your meeting. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride of your life as we review the history of chauffeured limousines–from weddings, proms, and funerals to the ultimate adult playpen and the president’s “Cadillac One”.

Episode 48 Digi-Tech
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Aired on Dec 05, 2002

Trace digital technology back to the early 1940s and the first high-speed electronic computer used to calculate cannon trajectory charts for new artillery in WWII, and look at the rapidly approaching future in places such as MIT’s Media Lab, where tomorrow’s technologies are being developed today.

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