Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 52


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 14, 2005 on The History Channel
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The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves toiling in Caribbean fields, and British desire to control production of sugar and its byproduct, rum. Sugar also played a surprisingly critical part in America's battle for independence. Tour a sugar plantation on Maui, Hawaii to get an inside look at how cane sugar is produced today and learn how the sugar stalks are put through an extensive process of extraction and purification--and how a ton of harvested cane results in 200 pounds of raw sugar. Learn the technology behind creating the sweetener in all of its permutations, including corn syrup, brown sugar, powdered sugar and cube sugar, and how it's used in candies, soda and sauces as well as more exotic uses such as in pipe tobacco and processed meat.moreless
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      • Narrator: It was so valued it helped turn the tide in the American Revolution. Napoleon knew his fortunes would sour without it. From fields of cane to acres of beets, it's processed into a multi-billion dollar wonder. It no only satisfies the world's sweet tooth but one day might even replace our dependence on oil. Now: Sugar, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Steve Kaffka
        Agronomist, Univ. of Cal, Davis

        G. Stephen Holaday
        HC & S Plantation General Manager

        Felix Hubinger
        VP, Factory & Power Plant Operations

        Randy Tamaye
        HC & S Chemist

        David Farmer
        David Farmer Ranches

        Bob Strafford
        Spreckels Technical Services Manager

        Stephanie Whalen
        Dir., Hawaii Agricultiral Research Ctr

        Paul Case
        Owner, Kolani Distillers

        Andy Briscoe
        Pres. & CEO, The Sugar Association

        Alexandre Aidar, Jr.
        Cosan, Chief Commercial Officer

        Monica Albers
        Cosan, Chemical Engineer

        Henrique Pereira
        GM do Brazil, Product Engineer

        Stan Kiyonaga
        Manager, Maui Electric

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Martin Kent
        Producer: Martin Kent
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Jeff Mercer
        Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Lisa Casella
        Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Post Assistant: Kevin McCartney
        Camera: Kenneth Day
        Camera: Kevin Harrington
        Camera: Norm Johnston
        Camera: John Kraus
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Julio Luzquinos
        Camera: Mauricio Jose Da Silva
        Field Audio: Rodrigo Freitas
        Field Audio: Matthew Pinson
        Field Audio: Thom Staton
        Field Audio: Tim Wolfe
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Randall Rickert
        Animation Maps: Red Gypsy Animation
        Historical Consultant: Charles Baker
        Historical Consultant: Andy Briscoe
        Historical Consultant: Mae Nakahata

        Special Thanks:
        Bath By Bettijo
        C&H Sugar Company, INC
        California Beet Growers Association
        Coconut Spa
        Dublin Dr. Pepper
        Ilona Gerbakher
        Marianna Gerbakher
        Get Fresh
        Cida Goncalves
        Ben Goodwin
        Linda Howe
        Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
        Mae Nakahata
        Bianca Rossini
        The Sugar Association

        Supervising Producer: Doug Gordon
        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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