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 first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
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.