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‘Garbage’ traces all that we dump

It’s easy enough to put on a pair of sneakers for a run, do a little repair work around the house and then reward yourself with a beer. But understanding the history and intricacies of everyday items like athletic shoes, power tools and a tall, cold one takes more – it takes “The Works,” a new History series.

The channel promises the kind of fascinating “Did you know?” facts that will provoke serious amazement and headscratching. Robotics expert Daniel H. Wilson guides viewers through the maze of knowledge, starting with the debut episode on “Garbage” airing 9 p.m. Thursday.

He tracks the average 102 tons of trash tossed by each person in his or her lifetime, where it ends up, and where it might go in the future. Beer is the star of the July 17 episode, with power tools up July 31 and sneakers on Aug. 7.

– The Associated Press

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