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

Jan 28th
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Start To Finish

What does it take to turn twenty tons of steel into top-notch vehicles in less than a day? How does a pile of lumber become a million dollar home in a mere week? From start to finish, every process is a unique and incredible adventure. Whether it's the fiery birth of high tech golf clubs or the cataclysmic collapse of old buildings, history races from Start to Finish to capture each Modern Marvel.
Jan 28th
1100a

Dirt

You know the old saying "dull as dirt"...wrong! In Las Vegas, see how thousands of tons of dirt transform a stadium into a Supercross course. Then, join in the down and dirty fun of mud wrestling at a state fair in Hawaii. In Tucson, see how modern adobe and stunning rammed-earth homes are made. To farmers, "dirt" is "soil" and in a teaspoon of healthy soil there are more living organisms than people on our planet. Find out where they came from at a sprawling potting soil facility in central California where huge earth moving equipment adds tons of dried kelp, bat guano and other ingredients to dirt. At exclusive spas, watch patrons submerge their bodies in mud. Finally, visit the Tide detergent factory. Why? To get the dirt out, of course.
Jan 29th
600a

Dangerous Roads

From Bolivia's "Death Road," to California's fog shrouded Highway 99 we visit some of the world's most dangerous roads. Whether dodging IED's on the road to Baghdad Airport or ducking avalanches on Colorado's Million Dollar Highway we'll find the danger that waits behind every blind curve. We'll ride down to the Federal Highway Administration's test laboratory to see what's being done to make roads safer in the US, and see how driving in some countries can be a chaotic nightmare. Finally, we'll ride along in extreme four-wheel drive trucks with some adrenaline junkies that drive boulder strewn trails for sport.
Jan 29th
700a

Deliver It

Got something strange to deliver? We'll head down the highway carrying gigantic wind turbine blades. We'll see how UPS got China's invaluable terra cotta warriors to a Los Angeles art museum. We'll deliver luxury yachts aboard a submersible carrier ship. And we'll ride to the track with prized thoroughbreds on their own special jet. Want dinner and a movie? Sounds like a visit to Netflix headquarters and Papa Johns Pizza. We'll ride radical with bike messengers in New York City, and deliver a donor kidney to a waiting hospital. And we'll anchor it all with a visit to the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky. The mammoth center has delivery docks for 100 jets, and handles 1.2 million packages a day.
Jan 29th
800a

Driver's Seat

Get behind the wheel and take control of the some of the largest, fastest, most powerful machines on the planet. These aren't your average vehicles and handling one of these rides is unlike anything else. But you need more than just a learner's permit to take control of these vehicles - you need training, experience, and above all, guts. You're in The Driver's Seat on Modern Marvels.
Jan 29th
900a

Gadgets 3

Explore the hottest trends in gadgets, how they've evolved and where they're going. See how the latest miniaturized, mobile gadgetry can fit all the technology that once filled an entire office into a single briefcase. Visit Brookstone, the ultimate gadget store. We'll meet a gadget collector who's turned his home into a gadget museum. And we'll visit basement inventors who have developed everything from an iron you slip over your hand to smart appliances that talk back. Revisit some of the original gadgets like the corkscrew and zipper and see how some gadgets evolve into new forms. Discover which gadget inventors may hold tomorrow's hottest new trends and learn why some gadgets succeed while others crash and burn.
Jan 29th
1000a

Hot & Spicy

Chili head alert! It's time to get hot and spicy. Modern Marvels takes you to the home of sizzling Tabasco sauce --The McIlhenny Company of Louisiana, and to McCormick's in Baltimore, Maryland -- the leading spice manufacturing in the world. We'll head down south to see who likes it hot at the Southern Mississippi Chili Cook Off.
Jan 29th
1100a

Rice

You can fry it up, eat it for breakfast, or quaff it down on a hot summer day. In this episode of Modern Marvels, it's the world's most versatile grain: RICE. At last count, there were over 140,000 types - white, brown, long-grain, wild, short-grain, jasmine, Arborio, Basmati, black Thai, sweet, sticky - enough to satisfy any discerning palette. It's no wonder RICE in all its forms feeds more people worldwide than any other food product.
Jan 30th
600a

Secrets Of Oil

Even if we stopped driving our cars tomorrow, America would still need five million barrels of oil a day - more than all of Southern Europe combined. Imagine it: Rubber, Plastic, Nylon, Aerosols, Resins, Solvents, and Lubricants - none can exist without Oil, still hailed as Black Gold. From the shirt on your back to the waxy sheen of a beautiful apple, the first secret of Oil is that it's everywhere you look. Then follow the resulting 'fractions' as they journey to the ordinary - like make-up or candles or plastic bags - to the extraordinary, including chemical weapons suits. We'll visit Vulcan Materials, where oil tanks are emptied into massive double-barrel mixers to make asphalt, and then continue to the Rolls Royce Aerospace Facility where complex Jet Fuels are blended. We'll journey back into time to see how an unemployed whale oil salesman in the 1870's turned a greasy oil-drilling by-product into a household staple: Vaseline.
Jan 30th
700a

Super Human

In this episode of Modern Marvels we'll see how technology can give any of us super powers. In Utah, we'll see a researcher strap on an exoskeleton and lift hundreds of pounds with virtually no effort. In England, we'll visit "Mr. Cyborg," a man with the ability to control machines with the power of his mind. In California, we'll see wing-suited experts glide through the sky like Superman; then it's off to Georgia to see how engineers have invented a device to help us glide through the water like Aquaman. We'll see scientists at the University of Texas building artificial muscles that are 400 times stronger than our own, and in Las Vegas we'll strap on "velocity motion stilts" for a little bionic high jumping and high speed running.