Archive for July, 2004

World War I Tech

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

The first bombing airplanes and widespread use of chemical weapons…earliest tanks…submarines. When Industrial-Age technology and war first mixed on a large scale, the end result was ruthlessly efficient destruction. World War One epitomized the dark underbelly of the Industrial Revolution. We see how technological achievements that streamlined 19th-century production, improved transportation, and expanded science were used to efficiently decimate a generation of soldiers in the early 20th century.

The Review

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

“Head On” opens, but Variety tags Vince’s performance in the film as lackluster. Talking it over with Eric, Vince doesn’t seem to see the negative review as that big of a deal, but during a visit to Ari’s office, Ari tells Eric to not bring up negative reviews in the future. The trip to Ari’s office does offer a couple of positive moments, as the boys encounter pop starlet Justine Chapin, and Eric meets Ari’s beautiful new assistant Emily.

To help fight off the cloud of the review, the boys head over to a Rolls Royce dealership, where Vince picks up a $320K Phantom-and then picks up some girls on the drive home. His business manager hits the roof over the ride, but the damage is already done. That night, Vince’s “Head On” co-star Jessica Alba invites the crew to her house for a party she’s throwing in Justine Chapin’s honor.

Jessica formally introduces Vince and Justine, who definitely have some chemistry. Ari, who’s also at the party, lays into Eric for allowing Vince to go nuts with the Phantom. But if momentum seems to be slowing down for the newly minted star, it revs up again the next morning: The New York Times declares Vince “the next Johnny Depp.”

Now Eric just has to figure out how to return the Rolls.

Africa’s Wild Eden

Sunday, July 25th, 2004
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Gabon Loango National Park
Gabon’s Loango National Park, created by Gabon’s President Omar Bongo, is a haven for hippos, whales, giant sea turtles and elephants. Biologist J. Michael Fay and photographer Michael Nichols go on a mission to safeguard this wild Eden, and NGC documents the challenges faced in preserving it.

Apollo 11

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

As mankind’s greatest achievement of the 20th century, Apollo 11 stood as the apogee of science, exploration, flight, and technological prowess. In scarcely 10 years, America went from rocketing monkeys to landing a man on the moon. Leaving Earth on July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Mike Collins pushed the limits of skill and endurance. See and experience the flight of Apollo 11 through the eyes of the astronauts, mission controllers, engineers, and designers who made it happen.


Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Directed by: David Frankel
Written by: Doug Ellin

With his latest film “Head On” about to hit screens across the country, actor Vince Chase is living the player’s life in L.A. Along for the ride are his best friends (and now employees): Eric and Turtle, who grew up with him in Queens, and Vince’s brother, Johnny Drama. The crew spends most of their time relaxing at Vince’s house in the Hollywood hills, shooting hoops, playing rooftop golf and entertaining ladies at the pool.

But to keep the lifestyle going, Vince has to keep making movies, and his superagent Ari thinks he’s found just the project–the action film “Matterhorn.” “Too busy” to read the script himself, Vince presses Eric, the only person he really trusts, for his honest appraisal, and his friend gives the “Die Hard at Disneyland” concept a thumbs down.

Ari goes ballistic when he hears that someone has gotten the ear of his client, and unleashes a torrent of abuse at the neophyte Eric over a sushi power dinner. Later, Ari calls with the capper: while Vince was dragging his feet on “Matterhorn,” Colin Farrell has taken the part, keeping everyone from a multimillion-dollar payday.

Girl Power

Sunday, July 18th, 2004
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Girl Power
Controversial issues about the homosexual activity among female dominant species is featured in Ultimate Explorer’s Girl Power. Correspondant Mireya Mayor introduces viewers to the mating rituals of the male bowbird, female Japanese macaques and the ability of female fish that can change into males.


Thursday, July 15th, 2004

From water and grain…to mash…still…vat…barrel and bottle–the distilling of alcoholic spirits is a big business and near-sacred religion. Its acolytes eye the color, swirl the glass, inhale the bouquet, sip, then ponder their ambrosia. What’s your pleasure? Bourbon, Scotch, Rum, Gin, Vodka, or Tequila? We trace the history of distilling from the one-man/one-still tradition to the Voldstead Act of 1920 that devastated American distilleries to the mega-sales and high-volume distillery of today.

Cool Quest

Monday, July 12th, 2004

Host Lisa Ling explores some of the scientific related cool trends, gadgets and skills. Lisa becomes the first guinea pig for a new system called ‘Neuromarketing’. And she looks at the ‘cool factor’ among video gamers.

Nuclear Technology

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Nuclear research ranges from well-known applications, such as bombs and reactors, to little-known uses in medicine, food preparation, and radiation detection. It’s also spawned ancillary technologies to store nuclear waste and clean up accidents. Despite the risk of use and abuse for destructive purposes, many scientists remain optimistic about what’s next for the atom. In an explosive hour, we explore the atom in war and peace, and the latest in nuclear power generation, safety, and security.


Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

The history of robotics is traced over 2,000 years; archival interview with Isaac Asimov.