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

May 25th
300a

Mt. Rushmore

The incredible story of how Gutzon Borglum created the world's largest sculpture by carving the faces of four US Presidents into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Chronicles the "swiveled pointer" that Borglum put in each President's "head," and how workmen hung like spiders 6,000 feet above the ground to blast away 450,000 tons of rock.
May 25th
400a

Pacific Coast Highway

For 25 years, construction crews dug, blasted, tunneled, and bridged their way up America's West Coast along the California, Oregon, and Washington shoreline to build the Pacific Coast Highway. Historians, road and bridge engineers, and experts relate this story of perseverance, primal machines, convict labor, and engineering brilliance as we tour its scenic route. And we look at the latest technologies used to keeping it running despite floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.
May 25th
500a

Panama Canal

Chronicles one of the most incredible engineering feats of all time--the construction of the 51-mile canal that took 10 years to build and employed over 40,000 workers--6,000 of whom died of yellow fever, malaria, and other horrors. An earlier, nine-year French attempt to build the canal ended in failure and cost 20,000 lives.
May 25th
900a

Paving America

The story of the construction of our grand national highway system, from its beginnings in 1912 (it was conceived by auto and headlight tycoons) to its completion in 1984 (when the last stoplight was removed--and buried).
May 25th
1000a

Roller Coasters

They are the centerpiece of all great amusement parks, heart-stopping rides with names like 'The Cyclone' and 'The Beast'.
May 26th
500a

Time Machine

Ever wonder how today's technology works? Modern Marvels goes behind the world's most fascinating innovations to see how they came to be.
May 26th
900a

Aqueducts: Man Made Rivers Of Life

The Romans were famous for their aqueducts, and without them some of the world's largest cities would turn to gigantic ghost towns. Though the technology has existed for over 2,000 years, today these engineering marvels cost billions of dollars to build. We'll focus on Los Angeles' and San Francisco's systems.
May 26th
1000a

Firefighting! The Arson Detectives

Meet crime fighters who take on fiery killers. In Houston, visit the site of a suspicious fire with Fire Marshall Lalo Torres as he turns ashes into evidence. Former A.T.F. head Richard Garner explains motives behind the recent church fires. And at the California Criminalists Institute, John DeHaan trains special arson dogs.
May 27th
500a

Assembly Line

This program will focus primarily on the industries responsible for it's development as well as significant inventions and world events influential in its growth. We will hear from four generations of assembly line workers who will provide some perspective, heart and soul for this revolutionary production technique.
May 27th
900a

Aswan Dam

July, 2004 is the 35th anniversary of the completion of the Aswan Dam. In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Arab Republic of Egypt's first prime minister, had a plan to bring his poor country into the 20th century. To pull it off, he needed to harness the flow of the world's longest river - the Nile. The ambitious plan called for the construction of a high dam in southern Egypt at Aswan. Bu the builders of the pyramids and the Suez Canal were no strangers to large undertakings. We'll see how the Aswan High Dam socially, politically, culturally, and agriculturally affected Egypt.