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August 14th, 2014
Episode 33 of 452 episodes
It’s the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. It took 34 years to complete and cost over 27,000 lives. To this day, this passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is a key short cut for international trade. Find out how the right people, the right machines and the right methods all came together to build an engineering project of unprecedented scope and challenges.