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NOVA

Season 16 1989
TV-PG

  • 1989-01-18T09:00:00+07:00 on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 1 day, 4 hours, 25 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

31 episodes

16x01 Hot Enough for You?

  • Season Premiere

    1989-01-18T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Was the searing summer of 1988 a taste of things to come? NOVA looks at the greenhouse effect, which portends higher temperatures, rising sea levels and other environmental disasters.

16x02 The Last Journey of a Genius

  • 1989-01-25T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA looks at the bongo-playing scientist, adventurer, safecracker and yarn-spinner Richard Feynman, most recently famous for his role as gadfly of the Presidential Commission investigating the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

16x03 The Strange New Science of Chaos

  • 1989-02-01T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA explains "chaos," a new science that is making surprising sense out of chaotic phenomena in nature, from the weather to brain waves.

16x04 Back to Chernobyl

  • 1989-02-15T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA goes to the Soviet Union for an inside investigation of the world's most catastrophic nuclear power accident with correspondent Bill Kurtis.

16x05 God, Darwin and the Dinosaurs

  • 1989-02-22T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In an Idaho classroom, teacher Phil Gerrish puts an unorthodox interpretation on the day's biology lesson. As students take notes, he explains that creationism is a valid scientific explanation for the origin on life. Once relying solely on the literal word of the Bible to make their case, creationists now argue that the scientific evidence is on their side. NOVA reports on this new twist in the long-running battle between creationism and evolution.

16x06 Adrift on the Gulf Stream

  • 1989-03-01T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA explores the importance of the Gulf Stream to ocean life, climate and human history.

16x07 Secrets of Easter Island (1)

  • 1989-03-08T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In this two-part series, NOVA investigates the mystery of Easter Island in the South Pacific. Who built its celebrated statues and why?

16x08 Legends of Easter Island (2)

  • 1989-03-08T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In the second part of this two-part series, NOVA explores ancient legends hold the clues to the violent history of the South Pacific's Easter Island.

16x09 The World Is Full of Oil!

  • 1989-03-22T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Scientific detectives test their ingenuity in the effort to find underground oil deposits.

16x10 Confronting the Killer Gene

  • 1989-03-29T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Arlo, Nancy and Janice each have a 50/50 chance of developing a devastating nerve disorder. A laboratory test can tell them if in fact they will fall victim. In their shoes, would you take the test? Thousands of others face a similar choice: to know, or not know, if they will carry the genetic time bomb of Huntington's disease. NOVA looks at this incurable disease which affects 20,000 people in the US and threatens tens of thousands of others.

16x11 The Hidden City

  • 1989-10-04T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Four of the major systems forming the infrastructure of an urban center are examined. Judd Hirsch narrates as Nova looks at the distribution and disposal of electricity, water, sewage and garbage in New York City.

16x12 The Controversial Dr. Koop

  • 1989-10-11T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

The Controversial Dr. Koop is an episode from the PBS documentary series NOVA that aired on October 10, 1989. The episode features C. Everett Koop, the former Surgeon General of the United States, who rattled the country with his distinct views on AIDS, tobacco, and abortion while in his position from 1982 to 1989

16x13 Design Wars!

  • 1989-10-18T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA examines the entries put forward by five architects and their teams, in a tough competition to choose a design for the new Chicago Public Library. The show gives viewers a chance to see the variation between the designs, as well as taking a closer look at the winning plan.

16x14 Echoes of War

  • 1989-10-25T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Echoes of War is a 1989 episode from the PBS science series NOVA. World War II may have ended with the atomic bomb, but it was the radar which provided the key to winning the battles leading to Hiroshima. The NOVA team recounts the importance and history of the radar in modern warfare.

16x15 Decoding the Book of Life

  • 1989-11-01T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In 1966, the city of Venice faced the beginnings of a large-scale crisis when the main square began to sink underwater. Since then, the government has been trying to find a solution to this potentially devastating problem. In 1989, a team from NOVA traveled to the city to explore the possible answers, as well as the possible challenges.

16x16 Hurricane!

  • 1989-11-08T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Hurricane! from the show NOVA takes the viewer inside the violent, cyclonic storms that can reach speeds of 72 miles per hour and threaten coastal areas throughout the North Atlantic region. This 1989 episode demonstrates how scientists are studying these killer storms and gathering data in hopes of better predicting their paths

16x17 Will Venice Survive Its Rescue?

  • 1989-11-15T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In 1966, the city of Venice faced the beginnings of a large-scale crisis when the main square began to sink underwater. Since then, the government has been trying to find a solution to this potentially devastating problem. In 1989, a team from NOVA traveled to the city to explore the possible answers, as well as the possible challenges.

16x18 What Is Music?

  • 1989-11-22T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Humans have traditionally enjoyed a complex relationship with music. Originally aired in 1989, this NOVA episode takes a closer look at the science behind the everyday phenomenon that affects so many lives. Scientists explore the human brain's ability to perceive music. Researchers also examine the impact of various instruments, from classic violins to human voices

16x19 Yellowstone's Burning Question

  • 1989-12-06T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park became the site of raging forest fires. The park officials did not step in to quell the blaze, instead adopting the policy that the park would recover from the devastation naturally. The NOVA team heads to Yellowstone soon after the fires to examine the impact of the blaze on the local ecology.

The Schoolboys Who Cracked the Soviet Secret recreates the story of a British schoolteacher and his students who discovered secrets of the Soviet space program. In the 1960s, Geoffrey Perry at the Kettering Grammar School gave his students used short wave radios for a science project, but the school project had international reach when the group connected with Soviet transmissions.

16x21 Confronting the Killer Gene

  • 1989-03-29T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Arlo, Nancy and Janice each have a 50/50 chance of developing a devastating nerve disorder. A laboratory test can tell them if in fact they will fall victim. In their shoes, would you take the test? Thousands of others face a similar choice: to know, or not know, if they will carry the genetic time bomb of Huntington's disease. NOVA looks at this incurable disease which affects 20,000 people in the US and threatens tens of thousands of others.

16x22 The Hidden City

  • 1989-10-04T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

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 consequences.

16x23 The Controversial Dr. Koop

  • 1989-10-11T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

In this profile of the former Surgeon General, NOVA follows events as they unfold in a unique behind-the-scenes account of a man who speaks his mind on AIDS, smoking and abortion.

16x24 Design Wars!

  • 1989-10-18T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Five architects compete for the approval of architecture-obsessed Chicagoans in the contest to build the city's new public library. NOVA looks at the strengths and weakness of each of the suprisingly varied entries.

16x25 Echoes of War

  • 1989-10-25T08:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

The atomic bomb might have ended World War II, but radar was the quiet miracle that won battles. NOVA tells the little-known wartime history of radar.

16x26 Decoding the Book of Life

  • 1989-11-01T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Biologists around the world gear up to decode the three-billion-letter genetic message that describes how humans are made. Ethicists warn that it may not be such a good idea.

16x27 Hurricane!

  • 1989-11-08T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

NOVA studies hurricanes—the lurking giants waiting to destroy many coastal areas—by flying straight into one. Scientists hope that such close-up studies will supply the data to make better predictions.

16x28 Will Venice Survive Its Rescue?

  • 1989-11-15T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Increasingly awash in high water, the romantic city of Venice is counting on high-tech floodgates to save it from drowning. Environmentalists worry that the gates may destroy the fragile lagoon that surrounds the city.

16x29 What Is Music?

  • 1989-11-22T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

Increasingly awash in high water, the romantic city of Venice is counting on high-tech floodgates to save it from drowning. Environmentalists worry that the gates may destroy the fragile lagoon that surrounds the city.

16x30 Yellowstone's Burning Question

  • 1989-12-06T09:00:00+07:00 — 55 mins

The 1988 Yellowstone fire may have been one of the worst in human memory, but nature has had eons of experience with such events. NOVA accompanies scientists who are studying the suprisingly rapid recovery from the blaze.

NOVA re-enacts a classic case of classroom detection when English schoolboys track down a secret Soviet launch site. Docudrama.

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