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.


Upcoming episodes

May 20th


Fast and powerful, they come in a hundred shapes and a thousand colors. To some, motorcycles symbolize freedom; to others, they simply stand for trouble! We race back in time and see how, for over a hundred years, motorcycles have tantilized riders with a promise of unparalleled speed and endless adventure!
May 20th


DYNAMITE had been responsible for blasting out the natural resources that have built our world. DYNAMITE is also credited with building the roads, tunnels, and dams that have provided us with energy and transportation.
May 20th

Scuba & Deep Sea Diving

In antiquity, a hollow reed served as an underwater link to oxygen. As in days of old, humans still need self-contained breathing equipment for a variety of reasons - food gathering, commercial, recreational, military and scientific. Dive with the best as we test scuba diving's past, and look to a future fo mechanical gills.
May 20th

Keep Out

KEEP OUT! Either someone has something to protect, or it's dangerous in there. Challenge the world's best safecracker to defeat a bank vault, and see the methods a bank uses to protect its money and tellers. Travel to New Mexico to find out how the government plans to keep people away from a nuclear waste site for the next 10,000 years. Tour Master Lock to see how padlocks and combination locks are made. See how facial recognition, irises, and even vein structure "unlock" biometric locks. With Customs and Border Protection, see how officers stop illegal aliens and contraband from entering the U.S. Finally, see how cages and other deterrents tell sharks to KEEP OUT!
May 20th


It's the only rock we eat, and we need it to live. Throughout history, those who had salt ruled the world - and today, this versatile substance has 14,000 known uses. Our cameras travel to a salt mine 1,800 feet below Lake Erie where workers blast salt from a massive deposit spanning four states...then to an evaporation facility near San Francisco where machines harvest salt from the briny sea. We'll travel to a Florida restaurant that offers 40 different varieties of salt...and to New York to explore salt's surprising number one application: de-icing snowy winter roads. We'll also see how a hi-tech desalination plant removes salt from ocean water, producing 25 million gallons of drinkable water every day. And if it's speed you're after, come with us to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.
May 20th

Secret Underground

Just below the surface, there's a whole different America hidden from public view. Take a revealing look at the America under our feet, from secret military installations, and experimental farms to tunnel networks and neutron lasers.
May 20th

The Horse

Celebrate the animal that helped man change the world--the horse. Take a look behind-the-scenes at the thoroughbred racing industry in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit state-of-the-art veterinary clinics and breeding farms that provide everything from arthroscopic surgery to "bachelor-padded" breeding sheds. See how a Colorado prison proves that both wild horses and inmates change for the better when paired up as part of a Mustang protection program. Learn the different ways that cultures have used horses throughout the ages and finally, see why French Canadian connoisseurs think horse tenderloin means fine dining.
May 20th

Top Ten

People can't live without them and yet they didn't even exist a couple of decades ago. MODERN MARVELS counts down its list of the top ten technological innovations of the last generation. Have they made human existence exponentially better, or more fragmented and precarious? Tune in to find out what they are, and how they've impacted us.
May 20th


It's the most popular fish in the American diet. From the school lunch box -- to the high end sushi bar -- to the outdoor barbecue, tuna crosses all demographic lines. In Modern Marvels: Tuna, we'll head out to sea with the fishermen who risk their lives to bring in a haul, visit the world's largest fish market in Tokyo, and stop in at the Bumble Bee cannery in Los Angeles. We'll also explore efforts to save the giant blue fin tuna, which has been "over-fished" to a point of peril. And we'll check out a tuna farm, which may be the future for this powerful and highly evolved master of the sea.
May 21st


Glass may be our most versatile material. It sheathes skyscrapers, contains liquids, aids vision, allows communication at unimaginable speeds, and yet remains a medium for artistic expression. We see how, when man learned that heating certain rocks and minerals together could produce glass, this remarkably transparent yet strong material began working its way into our culture and everyday life. As we look to its future, we learn that the only limit to what glass may do is our ability to imagine it!