Archive for June, 2003
NGC chronicles the critical first three weeks of military action in the Iraq war. From the launch point through to the end where the American forces takes Baghdad, the campaign is charted in combat footage never before seen by the public and interviews with ground forces, military experts and journalists.
During America’s western expansion, a new breed of man arose–the gunslinger. Sometimes he wore a badge, sometimes he was an outlaw. But he always had a gun at his side, and the urge to step to the edge and pull the trigger. Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp–see how, the weapons these men carried, etched the gunmen’s existence into American history.
Toxic traffic is everywhere! An average of 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials hit our highways and railways daily. From Wild West wooden crates filled with explosives to HAZMAT containers of nuclear waste, we shadow dangerous cargo. We ride shotgun on a hazardous material shipment that’s tracked by satellites; hunt down the hush-hush “ghost fleet”–trucks carrying classified government materials; and board a Con-Air flight moving another kind of nasty stuff–dangerous felons!
Look closely at those tall metal towers that span the country and you might see tiny specks climbing up the soaring steel like spiders on an enormous web. Meet the courageous linemen who erect, string, and repair 250-foot high electrical transmission towers, working with energized power lines that can carry up to 765,000 volts!
They have been here for longer than us, and there are many, many more of them. They buzz, skitter and fly, chew, gnaw and occasionally draw blood. Lumped under the broad category of pests and vermin, they are one of the constant enemies in man’s battle to maintain dominion over house and home. And the strongest weapon we have is THE EXTERMINATOR. MODERN MARVELS® traces the evolution from the simple pest-control measures employed by ancient farmers to the high-tech arsenal of poisons, baits and traps deployed by the “Orkin Man” and his colleagues today. This inside look at the multi-billion dollar pest-control industry includes flights with mosquito exterminators in Florida, ride-alongs with cockroach killers in Los Angeles (the city where these prehistoric survival specialists pose the greatest problem), and an inside look at how the New York City Department of Health attempts to contain the rats that outnumber the city’s 8 million human residents. The weapons in this war have become increasingly high tech, and the foot soldier–the exterminator–has become ever more sophisticated and ecologically aware.