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

Jul 11th
500a

Combat Training

Sign up at the ultimate survival school, where soldiers learn to kill or be killed, and learn how the 21st century warriors are training today for the battlefields of tomorrow. We follow combat training throughout history, reviewing survival skills and psychological tools - from ancient Rome to World War One and Two - and learn how modern training is enhanced by advanced technology and computer simulation.
Jul 13th
300a

Video Games: Behind The Fun

A fun-filled glimpse into the not so distant history of video games. Since inception, the gaming industry has been a driving force in computer technology and video games are one of today's dominant entertainment mediums. We'll talk to creators of many of the most popular games in an hour packed with thrilling visuals from the virtual world of video games.
Jul 13th
400a

Physical Fitness: Quest For Muscle

Meet the Strong Men and Women who go beyond mere fitness to pursue major muscle mass - from ancient Greeks, to performers in the 1800s astounding audiences with feats of strength, the body builders of California's Muscle Beach! Lou Ferrigno and other star share stories of the pursuit of muscle. Also looks at the effect of steroids.
Jul 13th
500a

Banks

Backbones of worldwide economics, for centuries banks enabled the creation of wealth, and industry leaders became icons. But modern technology revolutionized the way banks do business, and the Internet assures that they must adapt or disappear. From banking's early European origins to e-banking, this is an hour you can't afford to miss!
Jul 13th
1000a

Gold Mines

Around the world and across the eons, gold stands as a symbol of power, wealth and love. The quest for the yellow metal took men across oceans, into the depths of the Alaskan winter, and miles beneath the South African earth. This is the story of the hunters of the precious metal and methods for extracting it.
Jul 13th
1100a

Traffic

In less than a century, the world went from dirt tracks to highways, from propeller planes to space travel, from sailboats to supertankers. And in the process, we have created a glut of traffic on roadways, railways, airways, and seaways--traffic that must be controlled, managed, and regulated. We'll see how it's done.
Jul 14th
500a

Space Station

Join us on an out-of-this-world exploration of the history of long-duration life in space--from the first Soviet station to Skylab to Mir to the International Space Station. Experience what it is like to live in space, as well as the monumental obstacles engineers and astronauts overcame to make it possible.
Jul 14th
1000a

Tool Bench, The: Hand Tools

Well over 2 million years before modern man evolved, his primitive ancestors were making tools. The ability to extend the hand and strengthen the arm is considered one of the keys to human evolution. Join us as we nail down the history of hand tools, and look at a new generation of computer-designed, high-tech hand tools.
Jul 14th
1100a

Motorcycles

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!
Jul 15th
500a

Dynamite

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.