節目介紹 Introduction

由當鋪雙星之一瑞克哈瑞森主持,本節目藉一共件物品來介紹美國歷史──一如《當鋪雙星》,只不過反向進行。故事將由三位好辯的專家學者來訴說,過程中他們也會爭論哪些物品該保留和其原因,專家群包括武器專家尚恩瑞奇、文物專家馬克霍爾帕頓等。其中,馬克被瑞克認為是「認識的人中最聰明的一個」。我們已累積了數量龐大的有趣物品、準備好上鏡的專家們和許多驚人的史實。本節目以主題式進行,他們將訴說的美國歷史故事無所不包又生動有趣,例如某一系列的物件訴說的是內戰士兵的故事,還有戰後大蕭條和禁酒令期間酒品走私的故事等。每集節目在開始說故事前會先到訪一個不太尋常的地點,例如某集關於美國大工程的節目將到訪一間位於拉斯維加斯的倉庫地下室,尋找一條工程垂降員的腰帶;他們也會到博物館的地下室和收藏者的家中搜尋,尋找像是炸藥盒和工作日誌等的物件。這些物品訴說的正是當初建造胡佛水壩的工人的故事,並揭曉胡佛水壩為什麼是美國史上唯一一個提早完工且未超出預算的偉大工程。我們也會在節目中插入其他專業人士的訪問──例如歷史頻道和H2頻道的專家──為故事背景填入更多色彩。

artifact expert Mark Hall Patton - who Rick Harrison calls 'the smartest man he knows'.Leftfield has compiled a massive network of fascinating objects, camera-ready experts and surprising facts. By curating these assets in thematic ways, what they begin to reveal are vivid, comprehensive stories of what it was really like to experience different moments in American history. For example, a series of objects begins to paint a picture of what it was like for a man to fight in the Civil War ... endure the Great Depression ... or smuggle booze during Prohibition.In every episode, a visit to an unusual location launches the story: For example, an episode about American Mega-Engineering, they'll travel to the basement of a Las Vegas warehouse to find a high scaler's belt. They'll rummage through a museum basement and the home of a collector to reveal other objects like a dynamite box and a daily work log. What they reveal is what it was really like for a man to help build the Hoover Dam - and why the building of the Dam remains the only massive public works project in American history to deliver both ahead of schedule and under budget. We'll intercut interviews with other contributors, including talent from other History and H2 series, adding passion and context to these stories.