Archive for June, 2001

More Gadgets

Wednesday, June 27th, 2001

A salute to the tools and toys that have stood the test of time–from the Zippo lighter to the Palm Pilot, the 21st century’s first great gadget. As we focus on the technology behind familiar gadgets, we see the subtle ways they have changed our lives. Other items include the flashlight, transistor radio, safety razor, and the metronome. We also go behind the scenes at Herbst-Lazar-Bell, a cutting-edge industrial design firm, and Gadget Universe, a fledgling retailer trying to topple the Sharper Image.

Babyface, Missy Elliott, Papa Roach

Wednesday, June 27th, 2001


Cribs takes a look inside the homes of Babyface, Missy Elliott, and Papa Roach.

World Trade Center

Monday, June 25th, 2001


Airing before 911 Modern Marvels looks at the wonder of the World Trade Center and the Twin Towers

Hardware Stores

Monday, June 25th, 2001


Join us for a nuts-and-bolts look at the history and evolution of those places that hold our world together. From the local blacksmith to Home Depot, it’s the story of nails, screws, mollybolts, duct tape, and superglue. We visit one of the oldest hardware stores in America, Placerville True Value, and wander the aisles of the mega-giants. As we chronicle the rise of the hardware “Big Box” superstores, we also see how the mom-and-pop local hardware stores still manage to survive.

Battle Gear

Tuesday, June 19th, 2001



From battle armor to bubble gum, you might be surprised by what soldiers have carried into battle–and what they’ll carry in future wars. In this look at the development of weapons–from the Roman soldier’s gladius to the M16 assault rifle to infrared scopes and biological weapons protection–we also discover the evolution of body armor–from knights to Kevlar-protected “Land Warriors”. And we’ll also find out what the “Future Warrior” will look like.

The Colosseum

Monday, June 11th, 2001



Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity of its construction, the beauty of its architecture, and the functionality of its design made it the perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the bloody spectacles it contained.