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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

2. Transportation: Planes, Trains and Stagecoaches

02. Transportation: Planes, Trains and Stagecoaches

When Shakira (Jasmine Richards) finds herself running late due to a broken down subway and a missed bus, she realizes that even with all the rapid modes of travel in the modern world, it's still easy to get stranded. Back in the old days, it must have been next to impossible to get from one place to the next. Globetrotting historians Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) decide to put Shakira's theory to the test by challenging their friend to stick with the new modes of transportation, while they take the old... in a good, old-fashioned contest to see who will arrive at their destination first. In a dizzying trek through the ages, Sam crosses the scorching desert by foot, while Jen introduces the horse and makes the journey much more manageable; Sam navigates a rowboat across the ocean - a trip never attempted by women in 3500 BC; then he risks his life on the heavily-traveled Roman roads, as Jen flies by him on a Roman chariot; Sam gets seasick on the lower deck of a transatlantic steamer, while Jen travels in style. In the early pioneer days of North America, Jen discovers the canoe, and Sam suffers the indignities of the stagecoach. Meanwhile, Shakira is getting nowhere. Her streetcar is detoured; her cab gets stuck in traffic; she finally resorts to riding a city rickshaw, before finding a subway that's running. It dawns on Shakira that it was the advent of the rail tracks that really changed the way the world saw itself. Starting in the 1800s, people who had never left their hometowns were now able to travel to the ends of the continents. Until the invention of cars and airplanes, that was the most efficient mode of travel. By the end of this great adventure, Shakira discovers some pretty remarkable similarities between travel then and now - and realizes there really is a solid link between travel in the past and in the present. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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