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Modern Marvels

Modern Marvels

H2 1993

Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Modern Marvels

Modern Marvels - S20E6

#1 - The Future of Food


Season 20 - Episode 6

Adam Richman travels through time to uncover: the Future of Food! With special security clearance to a U.S. Army lab we get a glimpse into the cutting-edge food research that's taking a quantum leap into the future. At Impossible Foods, we make a delicious discovery and learn why it's not impossible for plants to look, taste and even bleed like meat. Plus, science fiction becomes fact when we see food grilled and served by robots, food made to last for years, and food made to be eaten in Earth's upper atmosphere. The future of food is here and it's tasty!

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Modern Marvels - S1E3

#2 - The Panama Canal


Season 1 - Episode 3

Part of Teddy Roosevelt’s dream of making America a global power was realized through the construction of the Panama Canal. The French began construction in 1880 but nine years and 20,000 lives later they realized their plans were flawed and abandoned the project. In 1904, construction resumed under American supervision. First, they controlled the diseases that had claimed so many construction workers’ lives. Then they developed an innovative design for a series of locks. Their dogged determination paid off when they united the oceans on January 7, 1914.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Modern Marvels - S20E4

#3 - Food: Chocolate


Season 20 - Episode 4

Follow Adam Richman as he visits America's oldest candy store to see how they craft decadent chocolate treats. Then, discover how internationally recognized Theo Chocolate produces up to 2.5-million pounds of chocolate per year! Find out where cacao is grown in the United States, how many famous chocolate Easter eggs get produced each day, and we visit the magical workshop of "Mr. Chocolate" himself--Jacques Torres.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Modern Marvels - S1E1

#4 - Grand Coulee Dam


Season 1 - Episode 1

One of the world's largest concrete dams and largest concrete structures lies on the Columbia River in the State of Washington. Built in 1931, the Grand Coulee Dam is also one of the largest hydroelectric power plants. We'll explore this technological wonder.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.

Modern Marvels - S21E3

#5 - Moving America


Season 21 - Episode 3

Adam Richman explores how a legendary long-hauler meticulously custom-builds each truck at Daimler.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Modern Marvels - S20E2
#6 - Food: Cheese
Season 20 - Episode 2

Things get cheesy when Adam Richman visits a central Pennsylvanian cheese maker with an award-winning mozzarella they insist on making the authentic Italian way. And you don't have to tell grocery giant Kroger that cheese is big business--we see how they slice, shred and package over 2.5-million lbs. of cheese per week. Adam learns all the history, incredible facts, and amazing processes behind one of America's most beloved foods!

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Modern Marvels - S1E4
#7 - Mount Rushmore
Season 1 - Episode 4

Towering over the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore was the vision of Gutzon Borglum, a combative and fiercely talented young sculptor. To elicit public support for his dream, Borglum whipped American patriotism into a frenzy, finally securing the financing he needed to embark on the creation of his awe-inspiring monument. Over the course of 15 years, 350 men poured their sweat into Borglum's vision, using drills and explosives to chisel Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt into the massive granite cliff. Here is the controversial history of this unorthodox masterpiece, including the remarkable design specifications, the tragedies and setbacks that marred its construction, and the awe it inspires to this day.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Modern Marvels - S21E2
#8 - Heavy Machinery
Season 21 - Episode 2

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Modern Marvels - S19E11
#9 - Panama Canal Supersized
Season 19 - Episode 11

The Panama Canal is thought to be the 7th wonder of the modern world, but now to fit the world's growing fleet of super ships, the Panama Canal is getting completely revamped; a look inside the billion dollar Panama Canal Expansion Project.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Modern Marvels - S20E3
#10 - Food: Ice Cream
Season 20 - Episode 3

We all scream for ice cream when Adam Richman visits the legendary Turkey Hill Dairy to see how they make their famous frosty treat for the masses! Then, sneak a peek into Dreyers's flavor development process. And the last bite is the best when we find out how Joy Cone bakes over 2-billion ice cream cones per year. From the cow to Carvel, from soft serve to sprinkles, discover how your favorite sweet treat comes to be, and the epic history behind it!

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

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