Archive for June, 2004

On Thin Ice

Monday, June 28th, 2004
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Bowhead Whales
Guest correspondent, Adam Ravetch, one of only a handful of filmmakers who dives under the Artic sea ice, chronicles his efforts to track down the elusive bowhead whales. He faces his greatest challenge on the ice rather than under it.

China’s Lost Girls

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Lisa Ling examines China’s controversial one-child policy, that has left the country’s population in crisis. Due to Chinese cultural and social traditions, boys are more desirable than girls which leads to thousands of female babies aborted, abandoned or put up for adoption.

Greatest Movies Gadgets

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Cars that fly and drive themselves. Spiffy spy tools that see under doors and through walls. Water “Harleys” that fly above and below the surface. Only in the movies, right? Hollywood may have dreamt these things up, but regular guys are making them for real as we see in a 2-hour special combining clips of recent blockbusters and hilarious old movie serials, along with a look at real-life creations, including intelligence-gathering “insects” and undersea robots. Gadgets lovers beware your bank accounts!

City Water

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

When you tap your faucet does clean, pure water flow? Can your city supply enough water for industry, firefighting, and street cleaning? U.S. public water-supply systems serve nearly 99 percent of the population, yet few users know how the system of aqueducts, pipes, and pumps work. Learn the colorful history of the water systems in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles when we scour the past and look to the future, including desalination plants that turn seawater into drinking water.


Thursday, June 10th, 2004

The story of rubber is more than tires, toys, gloves, and gum–it’s imbedded in modern life, from the controversial Challenger O-rings to seals on hydrogen fuel cells. A gigantic worldwide synthetic rubber industry creates exotic elastomers for high-tech applications, while China’s rapid industrialization plays havoc with the world’s natural rubber supply. From the ancient Olmecs of Yucat√°n, who knew the secret of vulcanization, to modern processing plants, we trace rubber’s history and future.

A-10 Tankbuster

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

The most feared aircraft in the Air Force arsenal, the A-10 Tankbuster was the first aircraft in U.S. aviation history designed specifically for Close Air Support. From its first taste of battle in Desert Storm to the recent assault on Baghdad, the A-10 carries enough weaponry into battle to disable 16 main battle tanks, and with its amazing 30 millimeter 7-barrelled cannon, the “Flying Gun” dominates the skies. Features interviews with A-10 pilots, many of whom flew in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

If Hitler Had the Bomb

Monday, June 7th, 2004

The documentary follows the story of the efforts by the Norwegian resistance to impede the German Nazis from developing an atomic bomb during World War II.

Bette Midler

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Singer and actress Bette Midler is interviewed about her career.

D-Day Tech

Friday, June 4th, 2004

By the spring of 1942, Hitler had made a fortress of Europe, and the Allies began to plan the biggest invasion in military history. The history-altering success of the D-Day Invasion depended on innovative engineering and technological advances. This is the story of those scientific and mechanical breakthroughs–the overwhelming array of landing craft, specialized weapons, and ingenious electronics–used to breach Fortress Europe on June 6, 1944.