Very interesting (old) BBC series by James Burke – tracks the thread of inventions underlying our specialized society

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=james+burke&aq=f
I’ve watched episodes 1-4 so far… 4 is a pretty good one
Simply starting at the beginning seems good too
Make sure you take advantage of the preconfigured playlists — look for “(play all)” — so they queue up and you can watch them straight through w/o having to continually find the next one — which really takes away from the enjoyment after a while
Search for “james burke episode xxx” to dial in on each bundle if you’re not seeing it from the URL I gave above… there appear to be at least up to 20 episodes
(btw: My buddy Joel turned me on to it… he’s full of nifty idears… here’s a gratuitous plug for his vlog site: http://joelart.blip.tv/)