Archive for September, 2003

Smart Bombs

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Precision-guided munitions, smart bombs were the media buzz of the first Gulf War and a major military and political driving force of the second. But their apparent sudden celebrity is deceptive. The history of smart bombs goes back to World War I and includes an ingenious, if eccentric, group of inventions and a cast of characters that boasts a Kennedy and a president of General Motors. Join us for the underground history of smart bombs, and a glimpse into the future of precision weapons.

Miracle Doctors

Sunday, September 28th, 2003

Lisa Ling journeys to Nepal with two eye specialist of the Hamalayan Cataract Project to witness these doctors restore sight to tens of thousands of Nepalis from the country’s most remote villages.

Machu Picchu

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

The engineering marvel Machu Picchu sits perched on a ridge in the Peruvian Andes. Originally built by the Incas, this magnificent structure remains a mystery. Was it an observatory? Pleasure retreat? Fortress? This program presents the most current theories.

Wild Vet: Extreme Challenge

Sunday, September 14th, 2003

NGC correspondent Mireya Mayor travels to Namibia, to profile the efforts of Ulf Tubbesing, a pioneering veterinarian, in his fight to save a family of leopards battling a deadly brain disorder.

John Goodman

Sunday, September 14th, 2003

Actor John Goodman is interviewed about his career.

Terror Tech: Civilian

Monday, September 8th, 2003

Inventors create cutting-edge technology to keep civilians safe.

Overseas Highway

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003

A spectacular roadway nearly 120 miles long, the Overseas Highway links mainland Florida with the Florida Keys, and contains 51 bridges, including the Seven-Mile Bridge. A boat was the only mode of travel from Miami to Key West until oil tycoon Henry Flagler completed his railroad line in 1912. After a 1935 hurricane destroyed 40 miles of track, the scenic highway was built using Flagler’s bridges. A $175-million refurbishment that ended in 1982 resulted in today’s remarkable Overseas Highway.