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The Nature of Things

Season 30 1989

  • 1989-09-28T00:00:00Z on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 15 hours, 0 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.

22 episodes

30x01 History of Rubber

  • Season Premiere

    1989-09-28T00:00:00Z — 45 mins

Season premiere: History of rubber. Includes its cultivation from wild trees.

30x02 Balancing Act / Kids Go Wild

  • 1989-10-05T00:00:00Z — 45 mins

A look at the human sense of balance; the Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School.

30x05 A Sky Full of Planes

  • 1989-11-16T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Report on the problems of air traffic at airports in Toronto and Atlanta and about the fixes that require it.

30x06 Falcons by the Sea / Milkweed

  • 1989-11-23T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Researchers struggle to protect a reserve for peregrine falcons; the milkweed plant is part of a complex living network.

30x07 Rare Breeds

  • 1989-12-07T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

The conservation of rare breeds of farm animals, and the feeding behaviour of the phalarope, an unusual shorebird.

30x08 Howe Sound: Poisoned Waters

  • 1989-12-14T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Folder on two paper mills in British Columbia that pollute with impunity Howe Sound a few kilometers north of Vancouver.

30x11 Little Wars

  • 1990-01-04T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

The human invests a lot in the war games, such as poker or other more elaborate games. Mathematical analysis of these games allowed the discovery of elements that could help resolve quickly armed conflict.

30x15 Turning to Dust

  • 1990-03-15T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Host David Suzuki and narrator Angela Fusco present this program on the deterioration of paper in old books around the world. At least one-third of the world's books are turning into particles and dust as they become embrittled. This program describes various methods of book preservation, including re-binding, photocopying, de-acidification and creating micro-fiche copies.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a wilderness against the Canada/U.S. border that is the calving grounds of caribou, is threatened by the U.S. Department of the Interior's plans to develop the land for oil

30x19 Extinction of the Black Rhino

  • 1990-08-02T00:00:00Z — 45 mins

The reasons behind the impending extinction of the black rhino are explored

30x20 Through the Looking Glass

  • 1990-09-06T00:00:00Z — 45 mins

Film clips from three decades reflect changing views of the world.

A two-hour special, Amazonia: The Road to the End of the Forest, looks at a World Bank project that was committed to financing 110 dams that would have flooded a huge area of rainforest. The promised loans were withdrawn due to local and global opposition.

A two-hour special, Amazonia: The Road to the End of the Forest, looks at a World Bank project that was committed to financing 110 dams that would have flooded a huge area of rainforest. The promised loans were withdrawn due to local and global opposition.

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