Science and Nature

Power Trip: The Story of Energy

"Power Trip: The Story of Energy" uncovers the hidden energy that is embedded in our modern way of life, revealed as the underlying force behind water, food, wealth, cities, transportation and war. Filmed around the world, the six-part documentary series takes viewers on a journey through the past, present and future of energy.
Lamp Lighters and Moonlight Towers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

Lamp Lighters and Moonlight Towers

S1 E5 - 3m 33s

In most major cities before public lighting, people had to carry torches to go out at night. It was not unusual for con men to offer wayward strangers or visitors their services for a fee to light their path through a dark, unknown city after sunset, only to lead them into an alley where their colleagues would rob them. The rise of city lighting reduced those risks and made the streets safer.

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  • Lamp Lighters and Moonlight Towers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lamp Lighters and Moonlight Towers

    S1 E5 - 3m 33s

    In most major cities before public lighting, people had to carry torches to go out at night. It was not unusual for con men to offer wayward strangers or visitors their services for a fee to light their path through a dark, unknown city after sunset, only to lead them into an alley where their colleagues would rob them. The rise of city lighting reduced those risks and made the streets safer.

  • The Horrors of Surgery Before Energy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Horrors of Surgery Before Energy

    S1 E4 - 1m 42s

    Before modern energy, surgery in hospitals was a nightmare. Doctors would drip hot wax from candles into open wounds. Patients might survive the surgery but would frequently die from infection during recovery. After modern medicine gained electricity, fossil fuels for plastics and pharmaceuticals, running hot water and stainless steel, surviving surgery became more likely.

  • The New York Horse Manure Crisis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The New York Horse Manure Crisis

    S1 E3 - 2m 34s

    New York City was a crowded mess: no one could figure out what to do with all the horse manure, urine, and rotting horse carcasses on the streets spreading disease. New York had over 100,000 horses producing over 2.5 million pounds of manure every day. Fossil fuel powered trains, electric streetcars and internal combustion vehicles were seen as the clean-energy alternative.

  • Nixon vs. Khrushchev: The Kitchen Debate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nixon vs. Khrushchev: The Kitchen Debate

    S1 E2 - 1m 12s

    Capitalism and communism clashed in the middle of a model kitchen in 1959. US President Richard Nixon and the Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev engaged in an awkward, impromptu debate during an Exhibition. Khruschev decried the modern conveniences powered by modern energy that made women’s lives easier. The so-called “Kitchen Debate” was a famous episode in the cold war.

  • The Farm Woman's Dream: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Farm Woman's Dream

    S1 E1 - 1m 44s

    In "A Farm Woman's Dream", a deleted scene from the documentary series “Power Trip: the Story of Energy," marketing campaigns in the early 20th century were designed to show that rural women were the primary beneficiaries of dams and hydro-electric projects that would bring power to rural areas across the United States​.

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