One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George Washington Carver's influence is still felt.
Travel over land and sea to find more of the biggest, baddest, most audacious feats of engineering in the world.
In a carnivorous world, butchers are a necessary link in the food chain, carving a carcass of unsavory flesh into mouthwatering cuts. Tour the infamous remains of Chicago Stockyards, witness high-speed butchering and travel to a non-stop sausage factory.
It's hot, dry and deadly—and hard to ignore with close to 40% of Earth classified as desert. But in this scorching hour, the desert turns from barren wasteland into an environment rich with hope thanks to human ingenuity.
In this fiery hour, we profile five of mankind's deadliest weapons, focusing on the inventors, battles and dark technology behind their lethality.
Explore the colorful history of America's most important aviation facility, the Edwards Air Force Base in California. Examine Airborne Laser testing, designed to focus a basketball-sized spot of intense heat that could destroy a ballistic missile.
Venture down the creaky staircase to explore the most misunderstood room in the house! From Pompeii to Pittsburgh, the dark, cool, and forlorn spaces beneath our living quarters have always contained things that helped us live comfortably.
The American Civil War was the first modern war—and the technology used was a quantum leap beyond any previous conflict, including: the machine gun, instantaneous communication, the first aircraft carrier and advanced battlefield medicine.
In June 1944, Operation Overlord springs into action, made up of thousands of ships and aircraft, tens of thousands of men, and millions of tons of steel and concrete.
In a battle against the ferocious Atlantic, it was an engineering feat that many believed impossible. This is the story of the Cape Cod Canal and the men who braved the natural elements and the Great Depression by venturing into new engineering territory.
Today's cowboy plants one boot firmly in the traditions of the Old West and the other in the world of modern technology. Beginning in the 19th century, the era in which the American cattle industry boomed, we examine cowboy technology.
Explore past, present and future equipment used to keep America connected. Includes profiles of traditional and high voltage linemen, electrical poles and copper wires. Featuring the history of the telegraph, telephone, power cables and the power grid.
Trace the origins of this tasty drink from over 1,000 years ago. Discover how billions of coffee beans make their journey from farms and plantations to cups all over the world.
The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves toiling in Caribbean fields and British desire to control the production of its byproduct, rum. Learn the technology behind creating the sweetener, plus how it's used in candies, soda & processed meat.
Trace the earliest known breweries in ancient Sumeria, China, and Finland; examine beer's surprising importance in ancient Egypt; beer concocted of 2,700-year-old DNA found in drinking vessels from the funerary of the legendary King Midas.
From the handmade treats of the earliest civilizations to hi-tech mass production, snacks are borne of man's need to feed his cravings. Join us for an hour-long look at the history of snack foods and learn how some of them are made today.