Archive for September, 2005

Humpty Dumpty

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

An asthmatic man suddenly becomes unconscious and falls off of Dr. Cuddy’s roof while working on her house.

Jodie Foster

Monday, September 26th, 2005
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James Lipton interviews Jodie Foster. Taped after the making of, but before the release of, “Flightplan.”

German Small Arms of WWII

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

An evaluation of the evolution of German “small arms” from the end of WWI, when the defeated nation was denied the right to rearm by the Treaty of Versailles, to the end of WWII, after Hitler had again supplied the country with the means to wage war. See how Lugers, P-38s, and Mausers wrote an agonizing chapter in the gun’s history.


Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Dr. Wilson convinces House to take the case of one of his patients, a young girl with terminal cancer who starts suffering from hallucinations.

Secrets of the Tornado

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Explorer unravels the secrets of the tornado from results garnered through the analysis of clues left from disaster sites, use of cutting-edge technology and actual footage from inside the vortex of a giant twister.


Monday, September 19th, 2005

NGC explores the latest in building construction design and bury themselves into the history and cause behind some of the sudden building collapses from around the world including the Sampoong Department store in Seoul.

Cereal: History in a Bowl

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Move over pancakes, step aside bacon! Cereal is arguably the true breakfast king, a $9-billion industry with an indisputable place in pop-culture history. Full of surprise, nostalgia, and fascinating facts, our special celebrates the colorful–and crunchy–saga of a distinctly American breakfast. We see how a Presbyterian minister-turned-health-food-fanatic–Sylvester Graham, of “Graham cracker” fame–turned his countrymen from fried pork breakfasts to grain- and bran-heavy diets in 1824. We reveal the rivalries, tricks, and accidents that turned cereal into a breakfast sensation. And we examine the amazing feats of marketing used to promote the product–from creating iconic characters for packaging, to ingenious prizes that drove consumers to the shelves in droves.


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves toiling in Caribbean fields, and British desire to control production of sugar and its byproduct, rum. Sugar also played a surprisingly critical part in America’s battle for independence. Tour a sugar plantation on Maui, Hawaii to get an inside look at how cane sugar is produced today and learn how the sugar stalks are put through an extensive process of extraction and purification–and how a ton of harvested cane results in 200 pounds of raw sugar. Learn the technology behind creating the sweetener in all of its permutations, including corn syrup, brown sugar, powdered sugar and cube sugar, and how it’s used in candies, soda and sauces as well as more exotic uses such as in pipe tobacco and processed meat.


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Traces the origins of this tasty drink from Ethiopia over 1,000 years ago to the espresso-fueled explosion of specialty coffee stores like Starbucks today. Along the way, we’ll see how American companies like Hills Brothers, Maxwell House, Folgers and MJB grew to be giants. Discover how billions of coffee beans make their journey from coffee farms and plantations, and are processed in gigantic roasting and packaging plants before showing up in coffee cups all over the world. Details the invention and production of instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee and freeze-dried coffee, and the espresso machine. Also, we explain how coffee made shift work in factories possible, while coffeehouses provided a creative cauldron that brewed political and artistic progress in the 18th and 19th centuries. And, we also provide tips on how to make a better cup at home!


Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

A death row inmate is felled by an unknown disease and House decides to take on the case, over Cuddy and Foreman’s objections. House also has to deal with Stacy who is working closely with him, while Cameron has to cope with a dying patient.