Why are sneakers so essential to modern life? Host Daniel H. Wilson will uncover the story of a multi-billion dollar global industry that inspires music, movies and has its own subculture.
Guns and Ammo
Host Daniel H. Wilson traces the history of guns and uncovers their incredible role in our everyday lives. Gun technology is all around us, from lighters, to a simple rubber band, to the meat in our freezer!
Many of us have marveled to see a man whizzing to earth in free fall wondering how it's possible. Now, we're uncovering the physics, biology and technology behind skydiving.
They can crawl up walls, swim underwater and investigate bomb threats. Robots are making the coffee in your kitchen and keeping your office parking lot secure at night.
Bob receives a box with three items: a violin, a compass and a Bunsen Burner. Bob gets inspired by the movie Taxi Driver and decides to make an invention that helps a waiter deal with a crumby situation. Later, Bob builds a one of a kind doorbell for a new music shop.
This week Bob is given three items from America's great inventing past: the Morse code telegraph key, the phonograph, and a roll of tape. Telegraph keys were made to deliver messages, but Bob uses his to deliver beer. Then, Bob puts the phonograph and tape to good use by helping out a local tee-shirt shop.
A box of seemingly random objects arrive at Bob's shop. Now it's time for him and his team to use these items for three unique inventions. Using a print brayer Bob attempts to build something really cool for a local Brooklyn business. A pair of suspenders are used to charge an everyday item. And Bob uses a boat helm to slice pizzas at one of the most famous pizzerias in New York. But will any of these crazy contraptions work?
Paper Airplane Catapult
Bob makes an invention for a Coney Island deli inspired by the area's world famous amusement park, and Bob's love of well-sliced pickles. And later Bob builds something to launch the first plane in 40 years off of the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier that's been converted into a museum.
It's a new box with three more random objects: an electrical wall plug, an ice cream cone, and a sousaphone (which everyone mistakes for a tuba). Bob takes the sousaphone to a Bavarian Beer Hall where he builds something that channels the German traditions of good music and great beer. Thankfully he doesn't incorporate lederhosen. Next, Bob doubles efficiency at a gelato shop with an invention he makes on the spot. And with the wall plug, Bob devises a machine to keep order in his shop in a very unconventional way.
When Bob receives a box with three random items somehow related to one another, he and his team have to figure out what to do with each one. A hot dog roller machine reminds Bob of one of his favorite childhood past times, which inspires him to create something that is sure to make baseball fans very happy. Using a pair of Levi's jeans, Bob tries to invent something to help a tired concession stand worker get off of his feet when the boss isn't looking. And using a pair of scales, Bob creates something for himself that will keep him inspired for his next great invention.
A new box of objects means three new inventions. This week it's a jar of BBQ sauce, a cigar, and block and tackle. First, Bob builds a machine to help first-time cigar smokers light their stogies like a pro. Next, Bob uses the BBQ sauce in a machine for a new restaurant that needs a real BANG! to put them on the map. Finally, the team uses the block and tackle to free up some space in Bob's cramped shop.
Bob receives a box with an old-fashioned coffee grinder, a fireman's hose, and a rocking chair. Bob builds his first hypoallergenic invention for a volunteer fire chief with a peculiar food allergy. Bob helps a local carpenter to organize his tools with the fireman's hose. And finally, Bob perfects the martini, with a rocking chair.