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Full List of NOVA Episodes

This is an interactive, complete Nova episode list. You can even click on the episode numbers for more information in this list of Nova episodes. List is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column. Episodes list includes links with episode synopses, when possible. Photos from the individual Nova eps are listed along with the Nova episode names when the information is available. Nova episodes from every season can be seen below along with information on the directors, stars and sometimes even fun facts about the Nova episodes, like shooting locations and original air dates. Items on this list include {X} and {Y}. You may want to copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you're on. (729 items)

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    Ape Genius Feb 19 2008 Ape Genius is an episode of the TV program NOVA.

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    Making Stuff: Smarter Feb 09 2011 "Making Stuff: Smarter" looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature in

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    Secrets Beneath the Ice Dec 28 2010 Almost three miles of ice buries most of Antarctica, cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month

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    Making Stuff: Stronger Jan 19 2011 What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series "Making Stuff" with a quest for the world's

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    Making Stuff: Smaller Jan 26 2011 How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age:

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    Making Stuff: Cleaner Feb 02 2011 Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? In "Making Stuff: Cleaner," David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines

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    The Hidden City Oct 03 1989 Actor Judd Hirsch narrates this behind-the scenes look at what makes New York City tick. Water, power and waste are the critical systems that usually work, but sometimes break down with disastrous

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    Wanted: Butch and Sundance Oct 12 1993 Forensic sleuth Clyde Snow and a posse of experts travel to Bolivia in search of the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They find Hollywood and legend got a few things wrong.

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    To the Moon Jul 13 1999 The mission seemed impossible, the odds astronomical, but the results were spectacular. NOVA presents the fascinating story behind the Apollo space program, including the historic walk on the moon in

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    Strange Sleep Apr 07 1974 Medicine was transformed in the 19th century by the discovery of anesthesia; surgery, until then hasty, bloody and completely unable to deal with internal disorders, subsequently took its place in the

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    Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation Apr 21 1974 Birds migrate in search of perpetual summer, sometimes traveling as much as 20,000 miles every year. NOVA uses radar to track and identify migrating birds that travel at night, focusing on how they

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    Fusion: The Energy of Promise May 19 1974 Nuclear fusion offers the promises of an unlimited, clean source of energy. But achieving fusion has proved one of the most difficult and elusive goals of the physicist. NOVA tells the story of the

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    Last of the Cuiva Mar 31 1974 How does a primitive nomadic tribe of the Amazon basin cope with the encroachment of Western settlers? NOVA looks at both sides of the story, revealing the misunderstandings between the two cultures.

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    Are You Doing This for Me, Doctor? Apr 28 1974 The advance of medicine depends inevitably on the testing of experimental procedures on human volunteers from either the healthy or the sick. Yet such procedures are often dangerous, and may not be of

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    First Signs of Washoe (The) May 05 1974 Washoe is a chimp more like a person: she talks with her hands. NOVA visits with Washoe and her teachers—Professor Allen Gardner and Dr. Trixie Gardner—to learn more about this unusual animal.

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    Case of the Midwife Toad (The) May 12 1974 When Paul Kammerer committed suicide in 1926, it was taken by most of his fellow biologists as a tacit admission of guilt that he had faked his experiments purporting to show the inheritance of

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    Search for Life (The) Mar 24 1974 Does life exist outside this planet? The Viking lander will set down on Mars in July 1976 to try to find out just that. NOVA explores how life started on Earth and examines the Viking Lander being

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    Whales, Dolphins, and Men Mar 17 1974 NOVA explores the impact of whaling and the goods it produces for the industry, verses the grace and beatury of this intelligent mammal of the sea.

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    Making of a Natural History Film (The) Mar 03 1974 NOVA premieres on public television with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a nature film. Oxford Scientific Films Unit shows how it tackles such problems as filming a wood-wasp laying its egg

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    Where Did the Colorado Go? Mar 10 1974 NOVA explores the mighty Colorado River which today has become the life-blood of the Southwest, providing water and electricity to the farms and cities of California, Nevada, and Arizona. The program

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    Crab Nebula (The) Apr 14 1974 In 1054 AD, the Chinese recorded the explosion of a star so bright that it lit the sky for three weeks, even during the day. It was the explosion of a dying star that was bigger than our sun. NOVA

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    Mystery of the Anasazi (The) May 26 1974 Who were the people that built the first cities -- complete with apartment blocks -- in North America? They were the Anasazi Indians, who lived in the Southwest for some eight or nine thousand years

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    Lassa Fever Feb 08 1983 A gripping docudrama about a mysterious, highly lethal disease which struck a village in Nigeria in 1969, and the frustrating, seesaw battle against it. NOVA recounts how public health workers came

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    The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Jan 25 1983 Seattle dentist Barney Clark received the first complete artificial heart implant in 1982 and lived on for three post-operative months. NOVA investigates the risk, costs and controversies surrounding

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    City of Coral Mar 08 1983 NOVA takes a spellbinding voyage through one of the world's most fascinating and colorful ecosystems: a coral reef, where the line between plants and animals is blurred, "rocks" move, eat

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    Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales Oct 11 1983 The dream of talking with animals has been with us for centuries. NOVA explores the latest research, from language experiments with dolphins and apes to studies of animal calls in the wild.

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    The Artificial Heart Oct 18 1983 Seattle dentist Barney Clark received the first complete artificial heart implant in 1982 and lived on for three post-operative months. NOVA investigates the risk, costs and controversies surrounding

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    Sixty Minutes to Meltdown Mar 29 1983 Patients at an Australian institution for the severely handicapped rebel against a pair of over-zealous custodians. This astonishing true story was filmed as a docudrama, written and performed by the

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    Talking Turtle Oct 25 1983 Efforts to control the population explosion are among the burning controversies of our time. NOVA looks at the one-child policy of the People's Republic of China, a revolutionary decree with profound

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    A Magic Way of Going: The Story of Thoroughbreds Nov 15 1983 Agriculture is America's biggest industry. This productivity, envied around the world, is also depleting the most essential ingredients in farming: water and soil. NOVA looks at the agricultural

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    Eyes Over China Dec 27 1983 NOVA documents a dramatic encounter in international medicine when an American plane lands in China—equipped with a state-of-the-art eye-operating theater—and two very different medical systems meet

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    Fat Chance in a Thin World Mar 22 1983 "Why can't I lose weight?" It's a question many Americans ask themselves everyday. NOVA comes up with some surprising answers about weight and dieting that could have significant impact on

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    Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy Mar 01 1983 Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has become a legend in her lifetime for her work with the dying. For the first time on American television, her explorations with patients are captured in film, as NOVA

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    Hawaii: Crucible of Life Jan 18 1983 This land of fire and beauty is the most isolated island chain in the world. NOVA cameras uncover an extraordinary world far from the teeming tourist hotels, one filled with unique life forms, but

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    Alcoholism: Life Under The Influence Jan 10 1984 In a culture laced with alcohol, the search for a scientific understanding of alcoholism is as complex as the disease. In an interdisciplinary report, NOVA looks at the many faces of

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    Nuclear Strategy for Beginners Dec 13 1983 Will nuclear weapons deter World War III or only make it more likely? NOVA explores the military strategies of the nuclear age, now that the challenge may no longer be to win global war but to prevent

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    Papua New Guinea: Anthropology on Trial Nov 01 1983 Remote tribes and exotic islanders have been made known to the world through the lens of anthropology. But in recent years, some of these people have begun to object. NOVA travels to Margaret Mead's

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    Twenty-Five Years in Space Dec 06 1983 As the American space program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, NOVA chronicles the effects of the space age on earth, drawing on popular music, film and television archives from the last

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    The Miracle of Life Feb 15 1983 "The Miracle of Life" was an episode produced by Nova about the human reproductive process. The episode won multiple awards including a Peabody and an Emmy. Photographed by Lennart Nilsson,

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    A Normal Face: The Wonders of Plastic Surgery Nov 22 1983 When plastic surgeons repair the shattered face of a soldier or rescue a child from a disfiguring disease, the victory is more than skin-deep. NOVA looks at the history, heroes and miracles of plastic

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    The Climate Crisis Dec 20 1983 NOVA explores the billion-dollar-plus Mahaweli Irrigation Project in Sri Lanka. Will this high-risk project prove to be a great leap forward or an industrial and sociological disaster?

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    To Live Until You Die: The Work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Nov 08 1983 Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has become a legend in her lifetime for her work with the dying. For the first time on American television, her explorations with patients are captured in film, as NOVA

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    Captives of Care Nov 29 1983 Patients at an Australian institution for the severely handicapped rebel against a pair of over-zealous custodians. This astonishing true story was filmed as a docudrama, written and performed by the

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    Down on the Farm Mar 20 1984 Agriculture is America's biggest industry. This productivity, envied around the world, is also depleting the most essential ingredients in farming: water and soil. NOVA looks at the agricultural

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    Acid Rain: New Bad News Dec 11 1984 NOVA explores the breeding, migration and survival patterns of the Rocky Mountain elk in a unique film, made totally under natural conditions. Telephoto lenses were used so as not to disturb the

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    Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health Care Mar 27 1984 What are America's obligations to its native population? As an important Indian health act comes up for renewal in Congress this Spring (1984), NOVA explores the state of medical care for a proud but

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    Fountains of Paradise Oct 23 1984 NOVA explores the billion-dollar-plus Mahaweli Irrigation Project in Sri Lanka. Will this high-risk project prove to be a great leap forward or an industrial and sociological disaster?

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    Jaws: The True Story Dec 04 1984 Acclaimed underwater cameraman Al Giddings takes NOVA viewers beneath the waves to explore the fact and fiction surrounding the Great White Shark.

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    The World According to Weisskopf Apr 03 1984 Victor Weisskoff: physicist, lover of music and citizen of the world. NOVA profiles the international statesman of science and learns that one of the giants of 20th century physics is also one of the

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    Frontiers of Plastic Surgery Nov 20 1984 NOVA's sequel to "A Normal Face" examines the merging of technology and art in modern reconstruction and cosmetic surgical techniques.

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