In the early 90’s I was a big fan of the TV show The Secret Life of Machines . Not only was it immensely informative about the inner workings of everyday devices, it also was incredibly fun to watch. Tim Hunkin created the show and went on to produce eighteen episodes.
I have tried to find the episodes before on DVD but had no luck. I recently discovered while looking for it that instead of releasing DVDs, it is now available on the Internet apparently with the sanction of the show’s creator.
The reason why this is interesting is that these shows are still relevant today even though they were made between 1988 and 1993. The basic workings of these devices are still the same.
The production quality is not as polished as the typical show but the content makes up for this. The feeling of the show is that you have your own personal teacher that is instructing you about how the specific technology works.
Of the eighteen shows, I picked the “The Secret Life of the Radio”. I still clearly remember some of these explanations from when I first watched the show which I didn’t realize until I watched it again recently.
The show is hosted on YouTube and is broken into three pieces. This is due to YouTube policy to restrict a video to 10 minutes.
Most geeks would find this interesting since it covers a lot of ground related to radio and radio waves. Even non-geek people could find this worthwhile since the show is really targeted at the average consumer and therefore it doesn’t get too technical. Even when it does, it doesn’t stay that way for very long.
The Secret Life of The Radio on YouTube