EVERY FRIDAY Modern Marvels

Witness the innovation, inventions, and incredible feats of mankind. See how these ideas went from dream to reality and transformed our lives.


October 7, 2022

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Modern Marvels

The Statue of Liberty

A symbol of freedom and democracy towering above the New York Harbor, she has welcomed the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses into America for more than 100 years. Authoritative and richly detailed, the Statue of Liberty explores the remarkable steps leading up to its creation from the initial struggles to find adequate funding to its celebratory centennial restoration project. Discover the engineering marvel of the statue's internal framework designed by Gustave Eiffel and see rare footage and archival photos which document the radical methods the French devised to shape the massive sculpture and transport their incredible creation to American shores. A testament to human ingenuity, freedom, and hope, Modern Marvels is proud to present the fascinating story behind the famous Mother of Exiles.




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The Pentagon

The Pentagon--the name alone conjures up an imposing image of American power. Completed in 1943, this five-sided nerve center for the nation's armed services is the largest office building in the world.




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Mt. Rushmore

The incredible tale of how Gutzon Borglum created the world's largest sculpture by carving the faces of four U.S. presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln) into the Black Hills of South Dakota. the four figures carved in stone pay tribute to the first 150 years of American history. the hour chronicles the "swiveled pointer" that Borglum put in each president's "head", and how workmen hung like spiders 6,000 feet above the ground to blast away 450,000 tons of rock.




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The Great Wall of China

Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible with the naked eye from the moon. But who called for the Great Wall's construction and how was it accomplished? Historians, engineers, and scientists explore one of the wonders of the ancient world.




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Eiffel Tower

It was meant to be a temporary exhibit, a demonstration of French engineering acumen at the Paris World's Fair. But to Parisians, the tower, designed by the brash, young Gustave Eiffel, came to stand for much more--revolution, innovation and a soaring spirit.




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The Erie Canal

Begun in 1817, the Erie Canal was an engineering wonder - 363 miles of water highway linking the western frontier to the Atlantic seaboard. It took eight years to construct and thousands of hours of brutal labor, but by the time it was done, 3,000 canal boats traveled the new corridor, making New York City a commercial capital.




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China's Great Dam

When completed, China's Three Gorges Dam will tower 607 feet in the air and weigh 40 Great Pyramids. Other than China's Great Wall, it will be the only man-made object visible from the moon. Supporters see it as key to a new China, controlling floods and bringing hydroelectric power to one of its least-developed areas. Critics voice a litany of concerns--from environmental to flooding the spectacular area for which it's named. We trace its story--from ancient flood control to current controversy.




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Grand Coulee Dam

The world's largest concrete dam--and the largest concrete structure in the world--lies on the Columbia River in the State of Washington. B uilt in 1931, it is also one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world.