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 13th
900a

Battlefield Engineering

Meet some of the most important, yet least-recognized, warriors--the battlefield engineers who lay the groundwork for the battles to come. We'll cover combat engineering from ancient Rome to Desert Storm, and take a look at the "Next Big Thing."
Apr 13th
1000a

Brooklyn Bridge

It was an engineering feat of almost miraculous proportions and a design of spectacular elegance. Rare photographs and behind-the-scenes stories recall the politics, the struggles and the tragedies that made possible "the Eighth Wonder of the World."
Apr 13th
1100a

Cemeteries

More than 2-million people die in the U.S. each year. That works out to about 5,500 burials a day, with roughly 80 per cent taking the long goodbye in a casket, and the remaining 20 per cent electing to be cremated or finding some alternative method of crossing eternity's threshold. We take a look at dealing with the dead throughout the centuries, and at today's $20-billion funeral industry. Anyway you look at it, it's a healthy business, with new generations of customers year after year!
Apr 14th
900a

Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel

Named one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern age, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel connects Virginia proper with its easternmost land mass. Stretching 17 miles across the historic Chesapeake Bay, the structure represents a man-made boundrey between the Bay and the Atlantic. The structure includes two two-lane highways supported mostly by trestles, four man-made and one natural island, two truss bridges, and two revolutionary sunken tube tunnels.
Apr 14th
1000a

Command Central

Centcom in Doha, Qatar represents everything a modern military command post can be with the most sophisticated military information systems--from video-conferencing to real-time frontline satellite communication. From this forward command in the heart of the Middle East, the U.S. ran the Iraq War. But command posts have not always been so technologically advanced as we see when we delve into the history of military communication--from tattooed messenger to satellite technology.
Apr 14th
1100a

Crash Testing

Delves into the little-known, hugely important, multi-billion-dollar industry of product testing - where wrinkles get ironed out, and goods are stripped of marketing and hype to see if they work. Meet product testers who serve as truth squads in an eccentric world of machines devised to "sneeze" at tissue paper and "sleep" on mattresses.
Apr 15th
600a

Eiffel Tower

It was meant to be a temporary exhibit, a demonstration of French engineering acumen at the Paris World's Fair. But to Parisians, the tower, designed by the brash, young Gustave Eiffel, came to stand for much more--revolution, innovation and a soaring spirit.
Apr 15th
700a

Electric Light, The

The race began when an already-famous Edison announced a grand plan for central lighting in New York--without a light or an electrical system to run it! Would the cigar-chomping alcoholic and his band of "muckers" triumph again?
Apr 15th
800a

Firefighting! Extreme Conditions

Any fire raging out of control is a hazard, but when compounded with obstacles of extreme conditions, such as an oil well blowout or acres of forest ablaze, firefighters face new elements of danger. Meet a W.W.II London firefighter, "Hell Fighters" who squelch oil well infernos, and smokejumpers who parachute into forest fires.
Apr 15th
900a

Gasoline

Traces the history and evolution of the world's most important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could not function without gas, very few understand what it really is, how it is made, what all those different octane numbers really mean, and how researchers developed cleaner burning gasoline. All these questions will be answered as we look at the history of this "supreme" fuel.