Archive for May, 2002

Drag Racing

Tuesday, May 21st, 2002


Dragsters hit top speeds above 330 miles per hour. MODERN MARVELS heads to the drag strip and back in time to tell the complete story of these amazing machines. Even before World War I, speed demons were modifying Model T Fords to see how quick they could make them. From these humble beginnings, a new type of racing developed. DRAG RACING goes inside the shop with top driver Gary Clapshaw to see how a modern dragster is put together, from the aerodynamic package to the 7000 horsepower engine. Legendary designer Bob Norwood reveals his latest design, which may revolutionize the sport. And watch as dragsters compete over the quickest quarter-mile on earth.

The World’s Biggest Machines

Tuesday, May 14th, 2002


Join us for a look at the biggest, heaviest, tallest, longest, meanest machines on the planet! We’ll see what these monsters do and how they operate, and how they’re designed and assembled. Machines investigated include the largest draglines, excavators used in mining; the biggest dump truck; port cranes; a front-end loader with an 80-ton bucket and the largest tires of any vehicle; the cruise ship, the Voyager of the Seas; a 240-foot tall wind generator; and a fusion reaction machine the size of a football field.

Hugh Grant

Sunday, May 12th, 2002

British actor Hugh Grant is interviewed about his career.

Axes, Swords and Knives

Tuesday, May 7th, 2002


Blade implements have been a part of civilized man’s arsenal since the Paleolithic Age, when sharp tools were chipped off of flint or obsidian. But with the discovery of metallurgy, people were able to forge stronger, more versatile blade implements. We visit an axe-throwing contest in Wisconsin for an introduction to the least subtle of the blade tools. Then we visit a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work in traditional methods from ancient sources, and review the history of knives.

Richard Gere

Sunday, May 5th, 2002

Actor Richard Gere is interviewed about his career.