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

Mar 6th


Examines the history of radar, focusing on its role in the Allies' victory in World War II. From the Chain Home Network, rudimentary radar towers that ringed England's eastern coast, to the role of Boston's MIT in developing a smuggled English secret - the cavity of magnetron.
Mar 6th

Radio: Out Of Thin Air

Though now considered a country cousin when compared to the sophisticated television, merely a century ago, the radio galvanized communications as it linked the world without wires. The program examines the long life of the radio.
Mar 6th

Railroads That Tamed The West, The

In one of the greatest building achievements in history, east joined west connected by a thin ribbon of steel and wood. But would the railroad conquer the wild, open country.
Mar 6th

Rescue Equipment

Avalanches, earthquakes, hurricanes, bombings--all mean human tragedy unless rescuers respond within a moment's notice of disaster. Here are the latest advances in rescue technology, including: a Searchcam system that locates buried victims, and the Jaws of Life that can extricate a person from a crushed car in seconds.
Mar 8th


Operating in space's harsh environment, these eyes-in-the-sky remain the world's most precious cargo. From futuristic visions of a British sci-fi writer to the creations of a German rocket designer for the Nazi war machine, we review the history of these marvels of the technological age.
Mar 8th

Space Shuttle

Considered by many to be the most astounding machine ever built, the reusable spaceship is the apex of flight technology. Program recounts the challenges and the critical issues that led to NASA's decision to create an "airplane" to navigate space.
Mar 8th

Star City (Moscow)

Star City, the Gagarin Center for Training Cosmonauts, was established by the former Soviet Union in 1968 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.
Mar 8th

Statue Of Liberty

It started as an idea at a French dinner party and became the very symbol of the free world. The story of France's gift to the US reveals a 20-year struggle to design and build the world's largest monument--using paper-thin copper sheets.
Mar 8th

Suez Canal

Since the ancient pharaohs' time, the Isthmus of Suez has been the gateway to trade between East and West. It's thought that the pharaohs could connect the Red Sea with the Mediterranean using a system of small canals; but the desert sands buried them. Not until mid-19th century did mankind readdress the problem. 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.
Mar 8th

Atlantic Wall

Join us for an exploration of the Nazi construction called the Atlantic Wall - 3,000 miles of shore fortifications along occupied European coastline. We'll highlight the logistics of construction, types of fortifications, weapons and obstacles in the walled used by the Germans. We also detail the Allied D-Day invasion.