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The Nature of Things

Season 18 1977 - 1978

  • 1977-12-15T01:00:00Z on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 10 hours, 30 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist, David Suzuki, the program is in its 57th season, a landmark by any standard.

Every week, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. Our programs entertain and inspire audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science.

From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

14 episodes

18x01 The People You Never See

  • Season Premiere

    1977-12-15T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

The series' 18th season starts with "The People You Never See," a report on victims of cerebral palsy. The program looks at a wheelchair-bound 12-year-old girl who continues to attend school, using a symbol board to communicate; and three disabled adults who have achieved a certain amount of independence despite the disease.

18x02 The Evolution of Flight

  • 1977-12-22T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Pedestrian malls, car-free zones and multipurpose subway systems are examined in a study of urban planning and urban renewal.

18x03 The Geese of Wascana

  • 1977-12-29T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Visit to the marshes of Regina where Canada Geese spend the winter on open water.

18x05 Radiation (2): Nuclear Power

  • 1978-01-12T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

A look at the advantages and dangers of nuclear energy, focusing special attention on the problem of waste disposal.

18x06 Infertility / Puppets

  • 1978-02-02T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Infertility and medical techniques designed to overcome it are examined. Couples who have fertility problems are interviewed, and one of the couples is followed through a treatment program at the Toronto General Hospital. Among the specialists interviewed is gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, who helped bring about the birth of the first test-tube baby. Also: a report from a hospital where doctors use puppets to allay children's fears about surgery.

The Cry of the Gull examines the effect of chemical pollutants on Lake Ontario wildlife.[203][204] Island of Monkeys studies individual development and group dynamics in a troop of rhesus monkeys in the natural observable environment of Cayo Santiago near Puerto Rico.

18x08 Space Shuttle

  • 1978-01-26T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

A look at the next development in space research: establishing a space colony supporting 10,000 people in an Earth-like environment.

18x09 Twins (1): and then There Were Two

  • 1978-02-02T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

This is the first of a two-part report which looks at both the scientific and human side of twins. The possibility of telepathy between twins is discussed.

18x10 Twins (2): Matching Genes

  • 1978-02-09T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Part two of a two-part study of twins and the research being conducted. This program shows how scientists use the phenomenon of twins to discover more about mankind in general, particularly in the field of genetics.

18x12 When Men Play Gods

  • 1978-02-23T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

The creation of new organisms using a technique called recombinant DNA.

Two films featured: Patterns of Pain explores the perception of pain in our nervous systems; The Gannets of Bonaventure looks at the largest breeding colony of gannets in North America, on Bonaventure Island; and informs of threats to the colony from pollution and tourist traffic.