From Pilgrim brew masters to early commercial ventures to today’s monolithic corporations, we’ll imbibe American beer’s long history, focusing on the commercial brewing industry that developed in the 19th century and continues to today. We’ll also taste social experiments from the past, like the Temperance Movement and Prohibition, to see how they left scars on the industry and continue to influence sobriety today
Archive for August, 2002
We played with them as children, but the world of magnets isn’t kid’s stuff! The pervasive magnet serves as the underpinning for much of modern technology. They can be found in computers, cars, phones, VCRs, TVs, vacuum cleaners, the washer and dryer, the ubiquitous refrigerator magnet, and even in an electric guitar! On the cutting edge of technology, scientists experiment with a variety of magnets. Magnets’ amazing forces of attraction and repulsion may some day take us to the far reaches of outer space.
It’s known as the most powerful handgun in the world, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies. But its origins stretch back more than a century to the Indian Wars of the American West and African safaris, where hunters stalked big game. Join us for a review of the history of the biggest, baddest gun available today–unlimited firepower at the pull of a trigger!
Focusing on a brief but glorious period of American ingenuity, we’ll study shipbuilders’ response to the demands of WWII. Combining rare National Archive footage with photography shot on vintage ships, we’ll see how industrialists transformed the nation’s shipyards into mass production facilities in a matter of months.
It was the world’s largest underground factory–seven miles of tunnels built to manufacture Hitler’s secret weapons, primarily the V-2 rocket. But Nordhausen kept more than one secret. Technology and torture went hand-in-hand–25,000 concentration camp workers died there–and some of those associated with Nordhausen later helped take America to the moon.
Strap on a parachute and soar through the saga of jet propulsion, which radically transformed our world since inception in WWII–from the Nazi’s first jet-powered aircraft to the US F-22 jet fighter, from the Concorde to tomorrow’s scram-jet, a hypersonic transport plane that switches to rocket power outside earth’s atmosphere!
Tugboats; roller-coasters; funicular railroads; flat-bed truck; 747. With its trademark look at the past, present and future, MODERN MARVELS climbs mountains, heads to the highways and guides vessels to dock in this examination of the many aspects of TOWING. Go into the factories where $400,000 tow trucks are made and see how these sophisticated machines evolved from the earliest examples of their breed, which were cobbled together from spare parts. See how today’s tug boats deploy omni-directional propeller systems to “rustle” their massive charges to port, and take a ride with the “mules” that tow ships through the Panama Canal.