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NOVA; Trapped in an Elevator

08/05/2010

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Series
NOVA
Program
Trapped in an Elevator
Program Number

3713

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

Across North America elevators move 325 million passengers every day, and most of the time, people don't give them a second thought. In "Trapped in an Elevator," NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines. How do elevators work? Are they safe? (Yes.) Why are so many people afraid of them? (We'll find out.) NOVA's cameras ride the world's fastest elevator to the top of the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, and test whether the Burj's elevator system is ready for the task of moving people to unprecedented heights. On the other side of the world, NOVA follows one of the thousands of elevator maintenance crews in Manhattan that keep New Yorkers moving up and down every day. Then, at the Otis Test Tower -- a 28-story high-rise that's the most over-elevatored building in the world -- we experience pure elevator terror as a test elevator is sent into free fall. Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover. Computer controls, like the ones that run the elevators at the Marriot Marquis in Time Square, are getting passengers to their destinations faster and more safely than ever before. But will the elevator-wary be comfortable handing over the reins to computers? Everybody has an elevator story. What's yours?

Working Title: Secret Life of Elevators from New Wrinkle Productions

A NOVA Production by New Wrinkle, Inc. for WGBH Boston

© 2010 WGBH Educational Foundation All Rights Reserved

Duration

00:56:40

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Trapped in an Elevator,” 08/05/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E36038452CBB40B78BB8B4D0971C17E5.
MLA: “NOVA; Trapped in an Elevator.” 08/05/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E36038452CBB40B78BB8B4D0971C17E5>.
APA: NOVA; Trapped in an Elevator. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E36038452CBB40B78BB8B4D0971C17E5
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