Modern Marvels

About the show

Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination on a grand scale, "Modern Marvels" tells the amazing stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who create everyday items, technological advancements and manmade wonders.

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Upcoming episodes

Jun 18th
600p

Amazing Job Countdown

The variety of jobs in America is endless--but some have to be seen to be believed. Our countdown of the top ten most fascinating jobs from our archives proves how daring and innovative the American worker can be. A nationwide quest finds amazing jobholders in the wild blue yonder and the depths of a secret underworld...in occupations ranging from the daffy to the dangerous to the downright creepy. And at the end of our journey, we find two business partners performing a job so perilous that one misstep can be deadly.
Jun 18th
700p

Super Strong Countdown

America has always prided itself on its technological strength--and this countdown embarks on an odyssey featuring the strongest of the strong. Whether they lift, pull, hold or haul, every heavy-duty titan among our top ten choices has the muscle to reshape our world. Our contenders take our cameras on land, sea and air as they push the limits of power and endurance beyond the imaginable. And our choice at number 1 pulses with so much strength it could destroy our other nine finalists with one push of a button.
Jun 18th
800p

Mega Snack Countdown

The only thing harder than resisting our favorite snacks is ranking them. But this special episode of Modern Marvels counts down the top ten lip-smacking treats Americans love most. We raid the pantry--and our rich archives--showcasing the indulgently decadent, the heart-healthy, and the wildly delicious spectrum of grab-and-go delights in between. It's a nationwide culinary journey leading to our number 1 choice--a snack so irresistible that Americans consume almost half the world's supply.
Jun 19th
900a

Mega Food Countdown

Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition, the top ten guilty pleasures you just can't resist... America's Favorite Foods.
Jun 19th
1000a

Mega Weapon Countdown

Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Amazing Weapons. They're every arsenal's best asset and every enemy's worst nightmare and we're counting them down to the most amazing weapon of all.
Jun 19th
1100a

Mega Machine Countdown

Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Awe-Inspiring Machines--featuring the top ten mightiest, strangest, and most unique innovations from our archives.
Jun 19th
600p

Amazing Job Countdown

The variety of jobs in America is endless--but some have to be seen to be believed. Our countdown of the top ten most fascinating jobs from our archives proves how daring and innovative the American worker can be. A nationwide quest finds amazing jobholders in the wild blue yonder and the depths of a secret underworld...in occupations ranging from the daffy to the dangerous to the downright creepy. And at the end of our journey, we find two business partners performing a job so perilous that one misstep can be deadly.
Jun 19th
700p

More Snackfood Tech

They crunch; they ooze; they crackle; they pop - mmmmm yeah! Soft drinks, donuts, meat snacks, popcorn and gum. What's your weakness? From the hand-made treats of the earliest civilizations to hi-tech mass production, these snacks are borne of man's need to feed his cravings. Americans consume a whopping 10 billion cases of carbonated soft drinks annually - over $60 billion worth. That's about 50 gallons per person per year! We'll visit the World of Coca-Cola for a soda history lesson, and the Cadbury Schweppes production facility to get a demonstration of how they make Dr Pepper. We'll see just what goes into flavor development and the production of syrups, and how it's all combined and carbonated on a mass scale, bottled and shipped worldwide for all to enjoy.
Jun 19th
800p

Brewing

It's one of the world's oldest and most beloved beverages--revered by Pharaohs and brewed by America's Founding Fathers. Today, brewing the bitter elixir is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Join us for an invigorating look at brewing's history from prehistoric times to today's cutting-edge craft breweries, focusing on its gradually evolving technologies and breakthroughs. We'll find the earliest known traces of brewing, which sprang up independently in such far-flung places as ancient Sumeria, China, and Finland; examine the surprising importance that beer held in the daily and ceremonial life of ancient Egypt; and at Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, an adventurous anthropologist and a cutting-edge brewer show us the beer they've concocted based on 2,700-year-old DNA found in drinking vessels from the funerary of the legendary King Midas.
Jun 20th
900a

Coffee

“Modern Marvels: Coffee” also takes viewers into the technological world of coffee giants like Starbucks, showing how billions of coffee beans make their journey from coffee farms and plantations, and are processed in gigantic roasting and packaging plants, before showing up in coffee cups all over the world.