Archive for August, 2003

Wolf Pack

Sunday, August 31st, 2003

Yellowstone Park
After being hunted to near extinction, the gray wolf is reintroduced to Yellowstone Park in the mid 1990s. Filmaker Bob Landis documents the wolf pack known as the Druid Peak pack and their effects on the wildlife population.

Island Castaway

Sunday, August 31st, 2003
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Clipperton Island
Lance Milbrand documents his April 2003 isolation on the Clipperton Island off the coast of Acapulco. For 41 days, with the exception of a camera man who stayed briefly at the beginning and end of his trip, Milbrand lived as a castaway with only the thousands of bright orange crabs and millions of seabirds for company.

Space Shuttle Columbia

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003


Combination rocket, spacecraft, and airplane, the space shuttle is the most complex vehicle ever built. Long before it ever flew, the shuttle was nearly scuttled due to political pressures, technological challenges, and cost overruns. The program not only overcame these challenges, but opened space to an international community of scientists, explorers, and dreamers. This is the story of the Columbia, the first shuttle to fly outer space, from inception to tragic demise in January 2003.

Snake Hunter: Costa Rica

Sunday, August 24th, 2003
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Costa Rica
Reknown snake hunter, Rom Whitaker, and his team tracks through the jungles and forest of Costa Rica, home to 130 different species of snakes, in pursuit of some of the world’s most extraordinary snakes.

Landmines

Thursday, August 21st, 2003


A major battlefield weapon since the American Civil War and the stuff of nightmares ever since, the civilian toll from landmines remains immense. Inflicted by an enemy that can’t be seen, landmines are littered throughout 64 countries, making life a game of Russian roulette for two-thirds of the world’s poorest nations. Featuring an interview with Jerry White, co-founder of Landmine Survivor’s Network, who lost a leg due to a landmine in Israel.

Metal

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

They constitute the very essence of the modern world; the cadence of our progress sounds in the measured ring of the blacksmith’s hammer. From soaring skyscrapers and sturdy bridges to jet planes and rockets, metals play a key role. Our journey begins before the Bronze Age and takes us into the shiny future when new metal structures–engineered at a molecular level to be stronger, lighter, and cheaper–shape human progress, as they have since man first thrust copper into a fire and forged a tool.

Aircraft Carrier

Friday, August 15th, 2003


U.S. aircraft carriers did not sink under the barrage of kamikaze assaults.

Bullets

Wednesday, August 13th, 2003


From “safe” bullets that stop hijackers but leave aircraft unscathed to bullets that chain-saw through steel and “smart” bullets computer-programmed to hit a target, this explosive hour examines the evolution of bullets from origin in the 1300s–stones and round lead balls shot from iron and bamboo tubes. Lead balls ruled until 1841 when a conical-shaped bullet changed ammo forever. We learn how to construct a modern cartridge, and at pistol and rifle ranges view demonstrations of modern firepower.

Defending the Highrise

Tuesday, August 12th, 2003


New technology counters the threat of terrorism.

Martin Sheen

Monday, August 11th, 2003


Actor Martin Sheen is interviewed about his career.