Wild West Tech
(new episodes produced from 2003–2005) was a program that aired on The History Channel
in the United States. The show was originally hosted by Keith Carradine
(2003–2004), but his brother, David Carradine
took over hosting duties for season 2 and subsequent seasons. The show illustrated a variety of technologies used in the Wild West
, and featured interviews with numerous Western historians, as well as re-created versions of important events in Western history.
Each episode is dedicated to some broader aspect of Wild West life. Once the context is established in brief by the host, more specific elements are developed. Throughout the program, professors, writers, and other experts explain finer points while historical reenactments
and dramatizations portray just how key 19th century events may have transpired. The production aims to put the viewer into the spirit of the Old West with its host inhabiting an unnamed frontier town delivering (sometimes ironic) commentary.
A new spin on the typical technology fact program, this program often covers subjects from the American Old West
that are not generally discussed in more traditional settings. For example, one episode takes a look at the brothel
, focusing on the inventions and technological innovations used to make the institution of prostitution less harsh on the lives of the women involved.
Another explains that Morphine was first isolated in 1803 by the German pharmacist Friedrich Wilhelm Adam......