NOVA - Season 14

Wednesday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Mar 03, 1974 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Rocky Road to Jupiter
    Not much scientific data exists for Jupiter. The launch of Galileo, the spacecraft that NASA specifically built to study the planet, has been repeatedly delayed. Now, a year after the mission was supposed to begin, Galileo is still on Earth. NOVA uncovers the reasons why Galileo and its program have stalled so many times.moreless
  • The Desert Doesn't Bloom Here Anymore
    The Desert Doesn't Bloom Here Anymore from the science program Nova explores the issue of once-productive farmland turning into wasteland, a growing problem across the world. Scientists and agricultural experts discuss how improved management of water resources and new approaches to farming in this 1987 episode from the award-winning PBS series.moreless
  • Will the World Starve?
    Will the World Starve? is a 1987 episode from the PBS show that explores the potential for a worldwide farming crisis. Every year, farmers deplete the soil of important minerals and nutrients with their crops without replenishing its resources. These agricultural practices could lead to food shortages and famine around the globe.moreless
  • Great Moments from NOVA
    This two-hour special episode recaps some of NOVA's most-interesting science reports from its fourteen-season run on public television. Some of the clips that appear during the episode include a talking chimp, an erupting volcano, and some videos from deep space. TV personality, Richard Kelly, hosts the episode and narrates each clip while it plays.moreless
  • Confessions of a Weaponeer
    NOVA discovers an archive interview between American scientist, Carl Sagan, and World War I soldier George Kistiakowsky, who later became a chemist from Harvard University. Kistiakowsky defected from Russia, was an atomic bomb scientist, became presidential advisor and was an advocate of arms control. NOVA replays what the doctor had to say about how he lived his life.moreless
  • The Hole in the Sky
    The Hole in the Sky
    Episode 16
    The Hole in the Sky from the show NOVA explains why there is a large hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer over Antarctica. The episode follows a team of scientists and researchers who travel down to the South Pole to conduct experiments and examine how harmful the sun is without the ozone layer protecting the Earth.moreless
  • Freud Under Analysis
    Sigmund Freud is a household name, even decades after his death. The "father of psychoanalysis" gets some analysis of his own during this NOVA episode. While some people embrace Freud's ideas, his theories have also met with stringent criticism. Guests such as Jerome Kagan and Francis Grick explain why Freudian theories are fascinating, but ultimately full of flaws.moreless
  • Orangutans of the Rain Forest
    Oragutans of the Rain Forest from the show Nova examines the lives of orangutans living in the jungles of Borneo. The show, which premiered on PBS, explains why Borneo's orangutans are becoming endangered. Cameras visit a rehabilition that helps to care for orphaned orangutans and prepares them for a return to life in the wild.moreless
  • Why Planes Crash
    Why Planes Crash
    Episode 13
    Why Planes Crash is a disturbing 1987 investigation from the science series NOVA. The episode explores the issue of pilot errors, which cause approximately 70 percent of all commercial airline crashes. This documentary reports on the types of negligence that lead to accidents and how airlines are working to correct the problem.moreless
  • Children of Eve
    Children of Eve
    Episode 12
    Children of Eve from the PBS science series NOVA explores a radical new theory that defines our shared human origins. In this 1987 episode, the NOVA team looks at the questions and evidence concerning the idea that human ancestry can be traced back 300,000 years to a small tribe of women living in Africa.moreless
  • Countdown to the Invisible Universe
    Unseen universes take a center stage when NOVA investigates the far reaches of space through the use of an Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). The machine's seeing device allows NOVA investigators to get a first glimpse of comets, stars and galaxies that humans have never seen before. IRAS is the latest technology that astronomers have at their disposal to help them discover the origins of space.moreless
  • How Babies Get Made
    How Babies Get Made
    Episode 10
    The creation of new human life goes far beyond the birds and the bees. Scientists have always been fascinated by the question of how each human being arises from a single cell. New scientific breakthroughs offer more insight into the process of conception at a molecular level. The episode originally aired in 1987.moreless
  • Leprosy Can Be Cured!
    Leprosy Can Be Cured! is a disturbing 1987 medical documentary from the science program NOVA about the still widespread disease Leprosy, a debilitating combination of lesions, nerve damage and muscle weakness. Although the cure has been available for over 40 years, this tragic disease continues to affect 12 million people around the world.moreless
  • Sail Wars!
    Sail Wars!
    Episode 8
    Sail Wars! from the show NOVA goes into detail on how America's Cup boats are created. Engineers are paid huge sums to come up with the next best thing in boat design, and the little details can make all the difference when a race is being decided by tenths of a second.moreless
  • Are You Swimming in a Sewer?
    Are You Swimming in a Sewer? is a 1986 episode from the PBS science series NOVA. America's coastal waters have become a dumping ground. NOVA reports on the current state of our coastlines, where dangerous chemicals, raw sewage and disease-carrying microbes mix with the ocean waters. Ecologists and marine biologists speak to the existing dangers and possible solutions to protecting these precious resources.moreless
  • The Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders
    The Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders from the show NOVA highlights animals which migrate at different times of the year. Some of these animals, such as birds and butterflies, migrate thousands of miles each year. NOVA goes in-depth to discover why these animals migrate and how they get their sense of direction.moreless
  • Is Anybody Out There?
    Lily Tomlin narrates NOVA's exploration of one of humanity's most famous unanswered questions. Is there life on other planets? The episode looks at the most compelling arguments for and against the existence of alien life, including the likelihood of extraterrestrial contact with Earth. Guests include astronomy experts such as Carl Sagan.moreless
  • Can AIDS Be Stopped?
    The competition among nations in finding a cure for the AIDS virus takes a center stage when NOVA examines the challenges governments and doctors face in controlling the disease. Investigators travel to France and Canada to interview some hematologists and to check out the modern advances in medicine in fighting the AIDS epidemic.moreless
  • High-Tech Babies
    High-Tech Babies
    Episode 3
    Originally airing in 1986, this episode of NOVA studies the changing landscape of human reproduction. New technology has opened up the possibilities of reproduction that go far beyond the traditional methods. With new benefits and promises, however, these techniques also create serious questions about the moral and legal issues underlying the creation of life.moreless
  • The Planet that Got Knocked on its Side
    The Planet that Got Knocked on its Side from the show NOVA is an episode about the planet Uranus's distinctive axial tilt of 97.77 degrees. It explores the theory that a violent impact early in our solar system's history was responsible for both Uranus's unique axial tilt and the formation of its moons, using observations collected by Voyager 2 as the probe passed by.moreless
  • The Search for the Disappeared
    Up until the early 1980s, thousands of victims vanished in Argentina, left in unmarked graves. During the most terrifying days of Argentina's junta, such executions were commonplace. Decades later, Dr. Clyde Snow and other forensic specialists work together to identify the anonymous victims, based solely on their bones. Their hope is to bring peace to the families left behind and justice to the killers.moreless