Through incredible, lesser-known stories of familiar history, the PBS series Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed the World captures the secrets of today’s world through surprising accidents, colorful characters, and moments of joy and despair.
Breakthrough presents six iconic modern objects through thousands of years of historical precedents. What discoveries came first? Which inventions and ideas paved the way – and where, and why?
In the fourth episode, The Car, explore the history of the automobile, from its roots in dogsleds to scientists working on the next generation of self-driving cars.
Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed The World: The Car premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Read on to discover how 9,000 years of innovation set the stage for a machine that continues to excite and move us.
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There’s plenty to love and hate about Henry Ford.
For giving us the assembly line and the automobile, he’s hailed as the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. But he’s also notorious for being an anti-Semite, and a bully to his workers and his own son. Though I will say Ford is not widely known for being a dance instructor. This Tuesday, American Experience paints an elaborate portrait of Henry Ford’s life and career, as one newspaper headline puts it “warts and all.”
You can get a sense of Ford’s complex character in the first 12 minutes of the film, available for preview below. Watch the full presentation of Henry Ford: American Experience on-air or online 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.