History Channel sends me emails twice a month with their schedule
Thursday, October 16, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Copper.
It transports electricity, water, and heat. Our bodies can't survive
without it, yet it can kill microbes in minutes. It brings music to
our ears and beauty to our eyes. We'll delve into all of copper's
impressive traits, history, and how it's mined. This versatile red
metal's most famous attribute is its ability to conduct
electricity--copper wires connect and energize the world. And it's
revolutionizing the electronics industry by enabling ever-shrinking
computer chips. It's also formed into plumbing pipes to convey water
and is the metal of choice for beautiful roofs and sculptures. It
doesn't only look good--it sounds great too. A visit to a bell foundry
reveals why bronze, a copper alloy, has been used to make music for
hundreds of years. In myriad shapes and for innumerable uses, copper
figures prominently in our world.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Underwear
From itchy woolen union suits to comfortable briefs and boxers learn
how our undergarments have evolved over the last 100 years. A visit to
the Jockey factory will show us how men's briefs go from the loom to
finished sewn product. Learn how fire retardant underwear can save
lives and how some materials actually enhance athletic performance.
Did you know that there are socks that can actually banish foot odor?
Next, enter the world of the fifteen-billion dollar brassiere
industry. Finally see how underwear keeps race car drivers cool in 140
9-10pm -- Modern Marvels - Truck Stops
Catering to more than twenty million truckers, truck stops are bigger
and better than ever. These mega-pit stops are essential to the trucks
and truckers that haul eight billion tons of freight annually. Tour
the world's largest truck stop that offers fuel, food, parking,
private showers, a movie theater, a dentist office, and a barbershop.
Look at how 18-wheelers can power up their rigs with a high tech
parking lot hookup called IdleAire; complete with heat, air
conditioning, a telephone line, a computer with high speed internet,
and of course satellite TV. We'll also see how 30,000 gallon
underground diesel storage tanks are manufactured. And we'll weigh and
inspect a truck while it's barely slowing down. In an interview with
Willie Nelson, we'll explore one of the most unique truck stops in the
United States and the revolutionary fuel it sells: biodiesel.
10-11pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Mob Underground
Chicago was once a playground for mobsters and corrupt politicians. It
wouldn't be the third largest city in the U.S. today if it weren't for
the shady dealings that went on just beneath its streets. From vice
dens and top-secret railroad lines to sunken shipwrecks and the spark
that created the A-Bomb, host Don Wildman unearths the true history of
the Windy City.
"A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns." - Mario Puzo