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

Apr 20th
700p

The Computer

From colossal devices designed to save the world to mind-expanding, world-shrinking machines, we trace the evolution of mice and menus. Learn about the world's most powerful computer, IBM's ASCI White, that operates at 12-trillion calculations a second. See how the first room-sized computers such as ENIAC, changed the world. Bite into Apple's history, the machine that made computers a household appliance. And peer through a microscope to see the molecular computers of the future.
Apr 20th
800p

The Pentagon

The Pentagon - the name alone conjurs up an imposing image of American power. Completed in 1943, this five-sided nerve center for the nation's armed services is the largest office building in the world - yet it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building because of its unique shape. Walk along its more than 17 miles of corridors with the 24,000 men and women who come here every day to work on the vital and often top-secret business of national defense. After three years of hard work, wedge one was five days from completion when it took a direct hit from the terrorist hijacked airliner on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon's remarkable resilence is directly attributable to improvements made during the renovation.
Apr 21st
300a

The Computer

From colossal devices designed to save the world to mind-expanding, world-shrinking machines, we trace the evolution of mice and menus. Learn about the world's most powerful computer, IBM's ASCI White, that operates at 12-trillion calculations a second. See how the first room-sized computers such as ENIAC, changed the world. Bite into Apple's history, the machine that made computers a household appliance. And peer through a microscope to see the molecular computers of the future.
Apr 21st
400a

The Pentagon

The Pentagon - the name alone conjurs up an imposing image of American power. Completed in 1943, this five-sided nerve center for the nation's armed services is the largest office building in the world - yet it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building because of its unique shape. Walk along its more than 17 miles of corridors with the 24,000 men and women who come here every day to work on the vital and often top-secret business of national defense. After three years of hard work, wedge one was five days from completion when it took a direct hit from the terrorist hijacked airliner on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon's remarkable resilence is directly attributable to improvements made during the renovation.
Apr 23rd
1100a

Monster Trucks

Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the monster truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob Chandler, whose "Bigfoot" gave birth to the sport in a cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes, rattles and rolls drivers experience; and meet the men who race the mechanical mammoths in one the world's fastest-growing motorsports.
Apr 23rd
1200p

Apollo 13

The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine" trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded, the spacecraft was crippled and its 3-man crew placed in mortal danger. The Lunar Module, intended for deployment on the moon's surface became a "lifeboat". Scientists and engineers on earth fought a race against time to save the crew. We'll examine the the mission which nearly ended in tragedy, but instead was a resounding success and in some ways became NASA's finest hour.
Apr 23rd
700p

Monster Trucks

Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the monster truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob Chandler, whose "Bigfoot" gave birth to the sport in a cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes, rattles and rolls drivers experience; and meet the men who race the mechanical mammoths in one the world's fastest-growing motorsports.
Apr 23rd
800p

Apollo 13

The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine" trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded, the spacecraft was crippled and its 3-man crew placed in mortal danger. The Lunar Module, intended for deployment on the moon's surface became a "lifeboat". Scientists and engineers on earth fought a race against time to save the crew. We'll examine the the mission which nearly ended in tragedy, but instead was a resounding success and in some ways became NASA's finest hour.
Apr 24th
300a

Monster Trucks

Ride shotgun in our rollicking history of the monster truck, and meet the father of the mythic beast, Bob Chandler, whose "Bigfoot" gave birth to the sport in a cornfield years ago! Weighing 10,000 pounds, the behemoths entertain using brute force. Thrill to breathtaking stunts in California, Indiana, and Florida, as mounted cameras demonstrate the shakes, rattles and rolls drivers experience; and meet the men who race the mechanical mammoths in one the world's fastest-growing motorsports.
Apr 24th
400a

Apollo 13

The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine" trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded, the spacecraft was crippled and its 3-man crew placed in mortal danger. The Lunar Module, intended for deployment on the moon's surface became a "lifeboat". Scientists and engineers on earth fought a race against time to save the crew. We'll examine the the mission which nearly ended in tragedy, but instead was a resounding success and in some ways became NASA's finest hour.