Mystyrica’s husband pointed out that James Burke: Connections (all 30 episodes) are now available online for free. Though I haven’t seen them, the way Mystyrica explained it, it’s rather like the Kevin Bacon game of History. Here’s a description of one of the episodes:
3. Something for Nothing & Echoes of the Past – How do shuttle landings start with the vacuum which was forbidden by the Church? Burke takes us on an adventure with barometers, weather forecasting, muddy and blacktop roads, rain runoff, sewage, a cholera epidemic, hygiene, plumbing, ceramics, vacuum pumps, compressed air drills, tunnels in the Alps, train air brakes, Tesla hydroelectric power, electric motor, Galvani’s muscle-electricity connection, Volta’s battery, and gyroscopes.