Archive for June, 2006

The Deep

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

The last great unexplored territory on Earth lies in the depths of the planet’s oceans. The bottom of the sea is home to explosive volcanoes and massive earthquakes generating tsunamis that cause massive destruction along the coasts. These extreme depths are inhabited by large and long-lived creatures, many still unknown to science.

BBQ Tech

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

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An old-fashioned style of cooking, barbecue has evolved into a modern food craze and spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. We digest famous barbecue cook-offs and visit long-established barbecue restaurants like Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City, where the huge grills and taste thrills of true barbecue are more popular than ever. At home, three out of four US households own a grill. After WWII’s end, the phenomenon of backyard barbecuing swept the nation, thanks to inexpensive and mass-produced grills, including the kettle-shaped Weber. Our tour of Weber’s modern factories shows how they keep pace with demand by manufacturing more choices than ever, including portable mini-grills. We also examine the variety of fuels available for the savory selection of spicy sauces and rubs. Join us as we devour the mouthwatering flavors of BBQ in this episode.

Yellowstone Eruption

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

What would happen if the “mega-volcano” underneath Yellowstone National Park erupted.


Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Rob Weiss

After a night on the town celebrating Vince’s bona fide movie star status with the success of “Aquaman” and the unveiling of the new Aquaman theme park ride, the crew gets a surprise visit from Dom, a recently paroled childhood friend from Queens. Back in the day, Dom took a rap for Vince, so Vince is glad to help out his friend in any way he can. But Dom’s brash ways quickly prove to be too much for Eric, Drama and Turtle. Unfortunately for them, Vince hires “the Dominator” as his new head of security, so it looks as if he will be around for a while. Meanwhile, Ari has his hands full trying to keep his daughter away from an egocentric tween star with bad intentions.

Drowning New Orleans

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
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NGC explorer deconstructs the events that led to the flooding and destruction of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The program focuses on the breeching of the levees that was built to keep Lake Pontchartrain at bay. It features exclusive footage of the 17th street canal levee breech shot by a New Orleans firefighter on the morning that the hurricane struck, the breech which resulted in the waters flowing into the Big Easy.

Earthquake in the Heartland

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Could a killer earthquake strike America’s heartland? If history proves true, the answer is yes. The 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes (centered in southeast Missouri) rank as some of North America’s most catastrophic natural disasters. Stretching more than 160 miles, a system of earthquake faults lurks beneath the Mississippi River basin, loaded and ready to erupt. And it’s happened before. Pioneer residents of New Madrid, Missouri were thrown from their beds in the early hours of December 16, 1811 when an estimated 8-point earthquake hit. But it wasn’t just one event. Multiple shocks were experienced over the next three months–the largest caused the Mississippi to flow backwards. No earthquake sequence has lasted so long, produced so many shocks, nor created such astonishing phenomena on land and water. The New Madrid Fault remains a seismically active area and experts expect a repeat. The only question is when…


Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Dollar Bills
How does America make money–literally? We visit the United States Mint and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving to see the secretive government facilities where our legal tender is generated. With a storied past as tantalizing as the wealth they create, these mints can spit out fortunes in an hour and keep our economy flowing.

Dustin Hoffman

Monday, June 19th, 2006
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Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman, one of the world’s most respected actors, is interviewed about his career.

One Day in the Valley

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Marc Abrams & Michael Benson

It’s “Aquaman’s” opening day and the pressure is on. Initial box office projections, already “Titanic”-sized, get even higher after the first East Coast numbers stream in, giving everyone hope that the film has a chance to pass “Spider-Man” as the biggest opening weekend in history. To avoid getting recognized, Vince and the boys decide to take in a showing in the Valley, but the 100 degree heat sets off blackouts — and unsure West Coast numbers. The bouncing box office receipts and the heat push everyone to the brink, so to unwind, the crew ends up crashing a high school party, where Vince gets to live out his “Almost Famous” fantasy. When Ari finally finds them – a drunken Vince celebrating on a rooftop – he breaks the big news: “Aquaman” is back on track to break the weekend box office record.

Heavy Metals

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

They are elements that occupy a select portion of the periodic table and are so essential to America’s economic and military might that they are stored in the National Defense Stockpile in case of all-out war. We plan a riveting visit. Some of the vital heavy metals that we survey include copper, uranium, lead, zinc, and nickel. We also take a look at superalloys–consisting of steel combined with chromium, cobalt, and dozens of other heavy metals–that resist corrosion and perform increasingly elaborate functions. From Earth to space, from cosmetics to vitamins, in a million different ways, heavy metals are here to stay!