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Modern Marvels is a documentary television show on the History channel that has been apart of the History Channel broadcasting lineup since 1993. It features over 660 episodes on various topics, showcasing how many everyday items are made. It features behind the scenes look at topics ranging from agriculture, science, technological innovations, industry and mass production to showing how stadiums, international landmarks and historical beacons were made.
Modern Marvels was created by television producer Bruce Nash who has created other reality television shows such as Before They Were Stars, Who Wants to Be a Superhero? with comic book legend Stan Lee for Sci-Fi Channel and Most Shocking for truTV. Currently, Don Cambou is the executive producer for Actuality Productions, the production company behind the series.
The show has been a staple on the History channel for nearly 20 years and has started to replay older episodes edited down to 30 minute blocks, as opposed to the show's normal 60 minute run time. The show has been narrated by numerous voice actors but the current and longest lasting narrator is Max Raphael, who has narrated numerous History Channel shows in the past. Past narrators include Will Lyman, Jack Perkins and Bill Ratner, who has been featured on numerous documentary television shows and as the voice of Flint from G.I. Joe.
The History Channel has taken special episodes and re-tooled them to be stand alone series. One of these was Ice Road Truckers, which originally aired in 2000 as part of the series Suicide Missions. Since then, Ice Road Truckers has been called one of the most successful repackaged shows in television history.
In addition to Modern Marvels, the shows producers have also incorporated sub-series known as Engineering Disasters, a show that focuses on when technology has harmed rather than helped. There have been 22 episodes produced have featured topics such as plane crashes, bridges collapsing and a feature on the disaster in New Orleans.
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The Panama Canal is considered the 7th wonder of the modern world. But today, it is too small. Now in order to fit the worlds' growing fleet of super ships, the Panama Canal is getting a complete overhaul. This all-new, one-hour Modern Marvels takes us inside the billion dollar Panama Canal Expansion Project. With unprecedented access, this program features exclusive footage of the building of the new canal and shows us what it takes to complete one of the greatest construction projects in history. From massive explosions at the excavation site to eighteen hour concrete pours at the lock walls... from the assembly of the largest locks gates in the world to their transport on the backs of semi-submersible ships across the Atlantic... With the help of visually stunning photography and ample use of drone and time-lapse cameras, we'll follow the building of a modernized Panama Canal and capture the impressive scale and pace of this undertaking.
Dissecting actual footage of disasters and what engineers can change to help prepare the world for these types of hardships.
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