Based on Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this film reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.
Host Eric Gorges visits with Lorelei Sims. Lorelei is a talented blacksmith in a mostly male dominated trade. Eric learns how to make a dagger. Over the course of the conversation, the life of a blacksmith is revealed.
Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today. The Gun Maker Mike Brooks builds long rifles based on designs over 100 years old.
When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By 1918, the fighter had become an efficient killing machine with a growing strategic impact on the outcome of the war.