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The Nature of Things

Season 45 2004 - 2007

  • 2004-09-16T19:00:00-05:00 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.

20 episodes

45x01 Sex, Lies and Secrecy: Dissecting Hysterectomy

  • Season Premiere

    2004-09-16T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Three-quarters of a million hysterectomies are performed annually in North America. In close to 80% of these the ovaries are removed at the time of surgery, which robs women of a natural and healthy hormonal balance, and which can result in subsequent problems. This documentary looks at the choices being made and possible less-invasive alternatives.

45x03 Selling Sickness

  • 2004-09-30T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Selling Sickness explores the unhealthy relationships between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry as they promote their new miracle cures - selling not just drugs but also the latest diseases that go with them. It looks at the growing global controversy around SSRI antidepressants and follows British Psychiatrist, Dr David Healy, patients and their families as they rock the scientific establishment with accusations that aggressive drug marketing is blurring the boundaries between medical conditions and ordinary life with potentially deadly consequences.

45x04 ARKTIKA: The Russian Dream That Failed

  • 2004-10-07T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

ARKTIKA: The Russian Dream That Failed traces the ambitious and disasterous Soviet attempt to conquer a vast arctic region spanning half of the top of the world. A veil of secrecy that enveloped the Russian Arctic during the Soviet era has lifted. As hundreds of thousands of Russians evacuate the north, leaving behind a legacy of environmental destruction and nuclear waste, the story of the Soviet dream of conquering the Arctic-and its cost-can be told.

45x05 Shipbreakers

  • 2004-10-14T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Shipbreakers takes audiences to a remote stretch of beach on the Arabian Sea where obsolete ships are disassembled into smouldering scrap metal and toxic waste.

45x07 Killed By Care: Making Medicine Safe

  • 2004-10-28T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

In Canada alone it's estimated that between 9,000 and 24,000 people die every year as a result of medical error. The Nature of Things presents Killed By Care: Making Medicine Safe a one hour documentary that explores the tragic consequences of medical error and the devastating impact it can have on patients, their families and on health care workers as well.

45x08 Tale of a Tiny Bird

  • 2004-11-04T19:00:00-06:00 — 45 mins

Magic and understanding blossom when an imaginative young girl meets the King of the Songbirds. Travelling with him, to his kingdom among the dunes of Courland on the Baltic, she is granted unprecedented access to the private lives of tiny birds. She also gets a chance to observe scientists, who have devoted their lives to studying birds and their epic migratory journeys. A film rich in wonder, compassion and quiet humour.

APOCALYPSE COW is a two-part story about Mad Cow Disease - a rare brain disorder of cattle that has the ability to jump species. The Mad Cow epidemic started in the United Kingdom and has spread to more than 20 countries around the world. It is also a story about cover-up and greed. APOCALYPSE COW examines new information on the tangled history and origins of the outbreak, exploring its potential impact on human health.

45x11 Bhopal: The Search for Justice

  • 2004-12-09T19:00:00-06:00 — 45 mins

Bhopal: The Search for Justice looks at the 1984 chemical leak in Bhopal, India, which killed fifteen thousand people at the time and continues to have severe health effects on people who were in contact with the chemical cloud when the leak occurred.

45x12 Forbidden Forest

  • 2005-01-06T19:00:00-06:00 — 45 mins

Two men concerned about forestry policies on New Brunswick lands urge company officials and the New Brunswick government to practice responsible forestry, and they propose a new, community-based forestry policy — one that is environmentally sustainable and that produces more jobs than the highly capital-intensive, mechanized techniques being used.

45x13 Fighting Fire with Fire

  • 2005-05-26T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Two men concerned about forestry policies on New Brunswick lands urge company officials and the New Brunswick government to practice responsible forestry, and they propose a new, community-based forestry policy — one that is environmentally sustainable and that produces more jobs than the highly capital-intensive, mechanized techniques being used.

45x14 Being Caribou: Part 1

  • 2005-06-02T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Hoping to raise awareness of the threat to the survival of the Porcupine caribou herd presented by the proposed exploitation of the oil and gas reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a husband-and-wife-team follow the herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1,500 kilometers of rugged Arctic tundra.

45x16 Whale Mission: The Last Giants

  • 2005-06-23T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Climb aboard the sailboat Sedna IV with Jean Lemire, and navigate due north in the waters of the perilous Atlantic Ocean to reach the distant Cape Farewell, where the captain and his crew hope to find the whales.

Examines the complex factors that affect the socialization of aggressive behavior among humans. Biological, environmental and psychological components are addressed, and guidelines for the prevention of human violence are provided.

45x19 Five Seasons

  • 2005-07-14T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

The Numurindi people from Australia's South East Arnemland have developed a culture where all things past and present, including the weather, are interrelated. This relationship extends to the animal kingdom and plant life, as well as previous generations. Five Sea sons explores this delicate relationship through the eyes of the Numurindi people who enjoy the benefits of the modern world, yet are still guided by the seasons and the traditions of the past.

45x20 Earth Energy

  • 2007-09-02T19:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Sculptor, aviator, inventor, and filmmaker Bill Lishman documents his journey around the globe in search of earth's renewable energy.

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