A Man, A Plan, A Canal -- Panama
Ride along with author David McCullough on a journey through the engineering and human drama that produced the Panama Canal. 1 hr.
Ride along for a day of life aboard the USS Independence, a floating city of 5,000 people. 1 hr.
Delve into the untold
story of a secret U.S. Air Force-run program designed to launch military astronauts on spy missions in space during the Cold War. 1 hr.
B-29 Frozen in Time
Join an expedition with famed test pilot Darryl Greenamyer and his crew as they seek to repair and fly a B-29 bomber stranded on the Greenland icecap since 1947. 1 hr.
Battle Alert in the Gulf
Strategy makers, fighter pilots, Aegis cruiser captains, and fast-attack submarine crews contend with a hostile Iraq. 1 hr.
Battle of the X-Planes
Go behind the scenes of an intense five-year competition between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to see who will produce a single airplane design -- the Joint Strike Fighter -- to meet the needs of three branches of the U.S. military. 2 hrs.
Battle Plan Under Fire
Learn about the effectiveness of America's high-tech arsenal against Iraqi terrorists and civilian militias and find out the military's evolving strategies to fight such wars. 1 hr.
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.
IRA terrorists and British bomb disposal experts tell insider stories of a deadly cat-and-mouse game. 1 hr.
Building Big: Bridges
Traces the history of bridge building, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire to Japan's giant, all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge. 1 hr.
Building Big: Dams
Investigates the engineering challenges and social impact of big dams, including the concrete Hoover Dam and Egypt's enormous Aswan High Dam. 1 hr.
Building Big: Domes
Explores the history of domes, from Emperor Hadrian's Pantheon to the geodesic structures of Buckminster Fuller, and the science principles that support them. 1 hr.
Building Big: Skyscrapers
Examines the psychology and physics behind skyscrapers, from Italy's medieval towers to New York's forest of towering structures. 1 hr.
Building Big: Tunnels
Describes the methods and machines involved in burrowing through the solid rock of a hillside or the soft mud beneath a river. 1 hr.
Building on Ground Zero
Find out what can be learned from the World Trade Center disaster. 1 hr.
Car of the Future
Follow NPR "Car
Talk" hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi as they hit the road to examine options for cleaner, more energy-efficient vehicles. 1 hr.
Cut to the Heart
Ever since World War II, physicians have struggled to find ways to treat heart failure, the biggest killer in the modern world. 1 hr.
Danger in the Jet Stream
Ride along with three teams that, in January 1997, tried to be first to circumnavigate the planet non-stop in a balloon. 1 hr.
Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
Investigate the brave new world of assisted reproduction. 1 hr.
Pioneering surgeons test artificial hearts in the hope of saving the lives of people with coronary heart disease. 1 hr.
Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Abandon Ship
Trace hundreds of years of maritime safety engineering, including the stories behind the invention of lifejackets, life boats, breathing apparatus, and other technologies. 1 hr.
Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Car Crash
Hear about the heroes of automobile safety who have helped make today's cars safer than they have ever been. 1 hr.
Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
Learn about 2,000 years of human effort to be safe from fire, including such inventions as the automatic sprinkler. 1 hr.
Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Plane Crash
Learn about the history of aircraft and passenger safety, from early inventions like the parachute through today's ultra-modern safety systems. 1 hr.
Fall of the Leaning Tower
An international committee of engineers and architects race to prevent the toppling of Pisa's famous monument. 1 hr.
Follow champion race driver Bobby Rahal and a team of engineers as they strive to design a car that can win the checkered flag at the Indy. 1 hr.
Faster Than Sound
Top test pilots describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of being the first to fly at supersonic speed. 1 hr.
Relive the story of a group of Allied POWs who attempted World War IIís most daring and technically ingenious prison break. 1 hr.
Great Robot Race, The
Follow the race to build an autonomous vehicle that can successfully complete a rugged, 212-kilometer course across the Nevada desert in the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005. 1 hr.
Harvest of Fear
Genetically modified foods -- a wondrous advance or a new threat? Explore the growing controversy. 2 hrs.
Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
How the quest for a reliable method to find your way at sea was solved by an 18th-century English clockmaker. 1 hr.
MARS Dead or Alive
Follow NASA scientists as they build, test, check out, and launch of a pair of exploration rovers designed to serve as remote-controlled Mars field geologists. 1 hr.
Missing in MiG Alley
Learn about the world's first jet war involving the U.S. F-86 Sabre and the North Korean MiG-15 fighter planes and hear a number of stories about pilots who went missing during the Korean War. 1 hr.
Nazi Prison Escape
From 1940 to 1945, Allied prisoners of war engineered spectacular escapes from Colditz Castle, the Nazis' most impregnable prison. 1 hr.
NOVA scienceNOW: Papyrus
See how multispectral imaging allows archeologists to read an ancient Egyptian papyrus. Running time: 9:00 minutes.
NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Hany Farid
Learn about the work of Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, who analyzes how people alter digital images and by developing techniques to detect manipulated images. Running time: 13m 13s.
NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: James McLurkin
Meet MIT graduate student James McLurkin, a robotics engineer who plans his busy life so that he can "do it all." Running time: 9:45.
NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Meet Dr. Naomi Halas, a pioneering nanotechnologist doing work with gold nanoshells that may, one day, help non-invasively treat some forms of human cancer. Running time: 9:45.
NOVA scienceNOW: Saving Hubble
Hear scientists describe the risky, high-stakes repairs on the Hubble Space Telescope. Running time: 13m 01s.
Odyssey of Life, Part III -- The Photographer's Secrets
Learn about the techniques used by one of the world's top microphotographers, Lennart Nilsson. 1 hr.
Perfect Pearl, The
Once a rare gem produced by an accident of nature, the pearl is now the product of careful human engineering. 1 hr.
Explore the science of roller coasters, where physics and psychology meet. 1 hr.
Saved By the Sun
Find out what it would take for solar energy to become a real player in the energy game. 1 hr.
Saving the National Treasures
Trace the history of the nation's Charters of Freedom -- the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence -- and learn about the five-year, $5 million design and construction of the encasements that house them. 1 hr.
Search for a Safe Cigarette
The tobacco industry's quest for a "safer" cigarette is filled with promise and pitfalls. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Colosseum
Travel with a team of archaeologists and engineers to the famous Roman amphitheater to recreate the gigantic canopy that once covered it. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Inca
Investigate the secrets behind such Inca mysteries as grass suspension bridges and near perfect-fitting giant blocks. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Obelisk
Travel with scientists and others to the quarries of Aswan, the source of the original obelisks, in their quest to raise a 35 foot-long replica. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Join an Egyptologist, a stonemason, and a team of Egyptian workers as they attempt to build an 18-foot stone pyramid in three weeks on site at Giza. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Stonehenge
Watch as a team uses only Stone Age tools to move, raise, and cap a Stonehenge-like structure. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
Two teams working from opposite sides of a turbulent river attempt to build a 12th-century Chinese bridge. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
How did the ancient Easter Islanders move and erect giant stone statues? Our team tests one theory. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Two teams set out to build precise replicas of a fearsome medieval weapon -- the trebuchet. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
Experts take on the challenge of raising a 40-ton obelisk without using modern technology. 1 hr.
Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
NOVA sets out to create a working Roman bath, complete with hot tubs and underfloor heating. 1 hr.
Secrets of Making Money
With a radically redesigned bill, the U.S. Treasury fights back against a new breed of counterfeiters. 1 hr.
Secrets of the Parthenon
Explore the ambitious restoration of the Parthenon and discover a number of surprising secrets that help explain how the ancient Greeks constructed this unique architectural icon. 1 hr.
Secrets of the Samurai Sword
Learn about the ancient tradition of forging the samurai sword, and explore the legend of the renowned Japanese samurai warrior. 1 hr.
Sinking City of Venice
Examine the natural and manmade forces causing Venice to sink and the water to rise and see why a controversial plan to hold back the sea with massive floodgates has been hotly debated for more than 30 years. 1 hr.
Sinking the Supership
Relive the sinking of Japan's Battleship Yamato through historical records, archeological evidence, and eyewitness accounts. 1 hr.
Space Shuttle Disaster
Learn the story of the space shuttle program and find out what led to the 1986 Challenger and 2003 Columbia disasters. 1 hr.
Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond
NOVA goes behind the scenes in Hollywood, where the art of illusion meets the science of perception. 1 hr.
Spies That Fly
Examine 50 years of unmanned aerial vehicle development that includes flying spies the size of a CD player to fully armed pilotless jets that roam halfway around the world. 1 hr.
Discover the political and scientific story behind the 1957 launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1. 1hr
Stationed in the Stars
NOVA examines the International Space Station, the largest construction project ever undertaken in orbit. 1 hr.
Engineers solve a unique set of problems in safety, aesthetics, and cost as they build a bridge over the Mississippi River. 2 hrs.
Take a look at the world's first supersonic jet, the Concorde, and its place in aviation history. 1 hr.
The race to build the world's first supersonic passenger airliner leads to a massive Cold War espionage effort. 1 hr.
The Big Energy Gamble
Find out about California's bold initiative to combat global warming by slashing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. 1 hr.
The Spy Factory
Examine the role the National Security Agency played in tracking Al Qaeda operatives prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 1 hr.
Three Men and a Balloon
Follow one of the foremost teams in the race to be the first to circumnavigate the earth in a hot-air balloon. 1 hr.
Is time travel anything more than sci-fi fantasy? Leading physicists ponder building a time machine. 1 hr.
To the Moon
Relive the remarkable history of humankind's journeys to the moon. 2 hrs.
Underwater Dream Machine
Follow the journey of Peter Robbins, a man who staked everything he owned to build his own submarine with the world's largest acrylic dome. 1 hr.
War Machines of Tomorrow
Take a look back at the war technology employed in the Desert Storm Gulf War and explore military machines of the future. 1 hr.
Welcome to Mars
Follow the day-to-day operations of the Mars Exploration Rover team as it confronts hurdles, decisions, triumphs, and disappointments during its explorions of the Red Planet. 1 hr.
Why the Towers Fell
Forensic engineers investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center. 1 hr.
Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
Learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the first powered airplane to achieve sustained, controlled flight and see authentic replicas of their historic plane in flight. 1 hr.