The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases like smallpox and typhoid. People tried everything to avoid getting the virus — from gargling with mouthwash to wearing masks — but it was not until years after the pandemic was over that scientists made any real breakthroughs.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.