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The Nature of Things

Season 44 2003 - 2004

  • 2003-10-23T00:00:00Z on CBC (CA)
  • 45 mins
  • 14 hours, 15 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.

19 episodes

44x01 The Ghosts of Lomako

  • Season Premiere

    2003-10-23T00:00:00Z — 45 mins

The Ghosts Of Lomako follows Belgian primatologist Jef Dupain as he returns to his research camp in Upper Congo, to observe the conditions affecting the bonobo, a great ape and endangered species.

44x02 The Shark Tracker

  • 2003-10-30T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Richard Fitzpatrick embarks on an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in order to capture a tiger shark and insert a tracking device.

44x03 The Man Who Studies Murder Part I

  • 2003-11-06T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Elliot Leyton reveals the motivations that drive many killers.

Elliot Leyton describes the motivations that drive many killers.

44x05 The Crossing

  • 2003-11-20T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

The lives of east African animals converge at a single point on the Mara River.

Canoe trips through the forests showcase the magnificent Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories and the more industrialized Athabasca River in Northern Alberta.

44x07 The Weight of the World

  • 2003-12-04T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

Exams obesity from a sociological perspective, rather than focusing on individuals who battle with excess fat.

Certain companies dominate food production and distribution in North America.

This film is a follow-up to the award-winning Race Against Time in 2001, which covered Lewis on one of his first fact-finding missions in Africa. Kofi Annan had declared a war on AIDS and, at a special session of the U.N., established a Global Fund so richer countries could help poorer ones fight the disease. With the world focused on AIDS, Lewis believed the pandemic could be stopped in its tracks. But then came September 11, and the world's attention turned to homeland security and fighting terrorism. With promises of financial aid to Africa broken, Lewis's optimism turned to disbelief.

44x19 When is Enough, Enough?

  • 2004-04-01T01:00:00Z — 45 mins

At the centre of Canada's vast northern watershed that drains into the Arctic Ocean is one of the greatest freshwater deltas on Earth - the Peace-Athabasca Delta. Upstream, along the Athabasca River, hidden underneath the boreal forest and muskeg wetlands, is one of the richest oil deposits in the world. The United States government recently declared Alberta's oil sands to be 'proven oil reserves.' Consequently, the U.S. upgraded its global oil estimates for Canada from five billion to 175 billion barrels.