Engines of Our Ingenuity
Summary: The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.
Episode: 3130 A War of Concrete: The Mulberry Harbors and the Invasion of Normandy. Today, a portable port saves the day.
Episode: 1361 NASA's Crawler Transporter: Largest land transport vehicle. Today, we ride the world's largest land vehicle.
Episode: 1360 A brief history of bathing ourselves. Today, let's bathe.
Episode: 2596 Golf Club Grooves: How small changes in technology can cause controversy. Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters U and V.
Episode: 1359 The Windmill: A device that has come, gone, and which may come again. Today, let's tilt at windmills.
Episode: 3129 What Went Wrong on D-Day: The Paradox of the Allies' Greatest Campaign. Today, when things go terribly wrong.
Episode: 1358 William Minor helping us to understand language from an insane asylum. Today, a great dictionary and an asylum for the criminally insane.
Episode: Betting on science. It's been going on for a long time. Today, let's bet on science.
Episode: 3128 The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and Lincoln-Douglas Debating. Today, up for debate.
Episode: 1355 Major General George Squire, Muzak, and struggling to be generous. Today, a story about altruism and Muzak.
Episode: 2594 Mapping the World: Ptolemy’s Geographia. Today, a man and a map.
Episode: 1357 An airplane propeller test facility, twelve years before the Wright Brothers. Today, we test airplane propellers, 12 years before the Wright brothers flew.
Episode: 1353 In which we visit a small town. Today, let's visit a small town.
Episode: 3127 The Long and The Short Of Elevators. Today, the way to the top.
Episode: 1351 Balloonists Jean-Pierre and Marie Blanchard, the first barnstormers. Today, we join George Washington at a balloon ascent.