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The Nature of Things

Season 31 1990 - 1991

  • 1990-10-04T01:00:00+01:00 on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 12 hours, 45 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.

17 episodes

31x01 The Green Quiz

  • Season Premiere

    1990-10-04T01:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Season premiere: This special quiz from The Nature of Things tests viewer's knowledge of the environment, touching on topics ranging from global warming and the population explosion to compost boxes and toxic chemicals in the home.

31x02 Crying Wolf

  • 1990-10-11T01:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

The controversial issue of wolf control in Canada.

Ghana prospers by recycling car parts, and Herschel Island, off the Yukon coast, shelters life during the brief Arctic summer.

31x04 You Must Have Been a Bilingual Baby

  • 1990-11-01T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

The acquisition of a second long in young children and adults.

31x05 The Bug Man of Ithaca

  • 1990-11-08T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

A look at Cornell University's Professor Tom Eisner and his study of the insect world.

31x06 A Change of Heart

  • 1990-11-15T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Documentary about the operation of the heart transplant is not as uncommon before, but that remains a difficult step for both the patient and the doctor. We can follow two patients and their doctors teams for a period of 7 months at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.

31x07 Chaos, science and the unexpected

  • 1990-11-22T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Examines what is predictable and what is random in nature, and the state of chaos which is between the two, including fractal geometry.

31x08 Vietnam - After the Fire

  • 1990-11-29T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

The efforts of the Vietnamese to restore their environment greatly poisoned by the use of various toxic products, such Agent Orange, a high content of dioxin herbicide used during the war with the Americans.

31x09 Haida Gwai: Islands of the People

  • 1990-12-13T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Documentary about the Haida people of British Columbia who is desperately trying to preserve its environment against encroachment forestry companies.

31x10 The Sisterhood

  • 1991-01-03T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Observation of the social organization of the hyena, in which the female predominates.

31x11 Salt of the Earth

  • 1991-01-10T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Reportage on the place of salt in the world.

31x12 The Day of Reckoning

  • 1991-01-17T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

The importance increasingly great for IT as a tool for dissemination of knowledge.

31x13 The Cholesterol Factor

  • 1991-01-31T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Folder on the cholesterol produced Biochemical which, when ingested in large quantities , is a factor binds to coronary heart disease.

31x14 Second Wind

  • 1991-02-21T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Susan McKellor profile who suffers from cystic fibrosis, hereditary disease whose gene was recently discovered. Mother of two children and career woman, energy and enthusiasm she has is a source of inspiration for the people around her.

31x15 Here be Dragons

  • 1991-03-07T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Documentary about the crocodile that lives in the Serengeti plain on the banks of the Grumeti River, Africa.

31x16 Revolution Down on the Farm

  • 1991-03-21T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

Documentary about the degradation North-America's Grasslands.

31x17 Putting You in the Pictures / Marmots

  • 1991-03-28T01:00:00+00:00 — 45 mins

PUTTING YOU IN THE PICTURES The story of four Canadian inventors who have developed the IMAX system and its successor, the OMNIMAX. MARMOTS Short documentary on the marmot, an endangered species.