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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Making of a Natural History Film

3 March 1974

Season 1, Episode 2: Where Did the Colorado Go?

10 March 1974

Season 1, Episode 3: Whales, Dolphins, and Men

17 March 1974

Season 1, Episode 4: The Search for Life

24 March 1974

Season 1, Episode 5: Last of the Cuiva

31 March 1974

Season 1, Episode 6: Strange Sleep

7 April 1974

Season 1, Episode 7: Crab Nebula

14 April 1974

Season 1, Episode 8: Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation

21 April 1974

Season 1, Episode 9: Are You Doing This for Me, Doctor?

28 April 1974

Season 1, Episode 10: The First Signs of Washoe

5 May 1974

Season 1, Episode 11: The Case of the Midwife Toad

12 May 1974

Season 1, Episode 12: Fusion: The Energy of Promise

19 May 1974

Season 1, Episode 13: The Mystery of the Anasazi

26 May 1974


Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Why Do Birds Sing?

3 November 1974

Season 2, Episode 2: How Much Do You Smell?

10 November 1974

Season 2, Episode 3: The Hunting of the Quark

17 November 1974

Season 2, Episode 4: The Secrets of Sleep

24 November 1974

Season 2, Episode 5: Inside the Golden Gate

1 December 1974

Season 2, Episode 6: The Men Who Painted Caves

8 December 1974

Season 2, Episode 7: Red Sea Coral

15 December 1974

Season 2, Episode 8: War from the Air

5 January 1975

Season 2, Episode 9: What Time Is Your Body?

12 January 1975

Season 2, Episode 10: The Rise and Fall of DDT

19 January 1975

Season 2, Episode 11: Take the World from Another Point of View

2 February 1975

Season 2, Episode 12: The Lysenko Affair

9 February 1975

Season 2, Episode 13: The Tuaregs

16 February 1975

Season 2, Episode 14: The Plutonium Connection

9 March 1975

Season 2, Episode 15: The Other Way

16 March 1975

Season 2, Episode 16: The Lost World of the Maya

30 March 1975

Season 2, Episode 17: Will the Fishing Have to Stop?

6 April 1975


Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Predictable Disaster

4 January 1976

Season 3, Episode 2: Joey

11 January 1976

Season 3, Episode 3: Meditation and the Mind

18 January 1976

Season 3, Episode 4: The Planets

25 January 1976

Season 3, Episode 5: A Desert Place

1 February 1976

Season 3, Episode 6: A Small Imperfection

8 February 1976

Season 3, Episode 7: Ninety Degrees Below

15 February 1976

Season 3, Episode 8: The Race for the Double Helix

7 March 1976

Season 3, Episode 9: The Renewable Tree

7 March 1976

Season 3, Episode 10: The Williamsburgh File

14 March 1976

Season 3, Episode 11: The Overworked Miracle

21 March 1976

Season 3, Episode 12: The Transplant Experiment

11 April 1976

Season 3, Episode 13: The Underground Movement

18 April 1976

Season 3, Episode 14: Hunters of the Seal

2 May 1976

Season 3, Episode 15: Benjamin

9 May 1976

Season 3, Episode 16: The Women Rebel

23 May 1976

Season 3, Episode 17: Death of a Disease

6 June 1976

Season 3, Episode 18: Inside the Shark

13 June 1976

Season 3, Episode 19: The Genetic Chance

20 June 1976

Season 3, Episode 20: The Case of the Bermuda Triangle

27 June 1976


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Hitler's Secret Weapon

5 January 1977


Richard Kiley ... Narrator

Wernher von Braun ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 2: The Hot Blooded Dinosaurs

12 January 1977

Season 4, Episode 3: What Price Coal?

19 January 1977

Season 4, Episode 4: The Sunspot Mystery

2 February 1977
Is the sun static or does it vary, and if it varies how does that affect the Earth and its climate? Studying sunspots and other solar phenomena may provide the answers.

Season 4, Episode 5: The Plastic Prison

9 February 1977

Season 4, Episode 6: Incident at Brown's Ferry

23 February 1977

Season 4, Episode 7: Bye Bye Blackbird

2 March 1977

Season 4, Episode 8: The Pill for the People

9 March 1977

Season 4, Episode 9: The Gene Engineers

16 March 1977

Season 4, Episode 10: The Human Animal

23 March 1977

Season 4, Episode 11: The Wolf Equation

30 March 1977


Robert Redford ... Narrator

Season 4, Episode 12: The Dawn of the Solar Age

20 April 1977

Season 4, Episode 13: The Business of Extinction

20 April 1977

Season 4, Episode 14: The Red Planet

27 April 1977

Season 4, Episode 15: Tongues of Men: Part 1

11 May 1977

Season 4, Episode 16: Tongues of Man: Part 2

18 May 1977

Season 4, Episode 17: Linus Pauling: Crusading Scientist

1 June 1977

Season 4, Episode 18: Across the Silent Barrier

22 June 1977

Season 4, Episode 19: The New Healers

29 June 1977


Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: In the Event of Catastrophe

4 January 1978

Season 5, Episode 2: The Green Machine

11 January 1978

Season 5, Episode 3: Blueprints in the Bloodstream

18 January 1978

Season 5, Episode 4: One Small Step

25 January 1978

Season 5, Episode 5: The Final Frontier

1 February 1978

Season 5, Episode 6: BaMiki BaNdula: Children of the Forest

15 February 1978

Season 5, Episode 7: Trial of Denton Cooley

22 February 1978

Season 5, Episode 8: The Great Wine Revolution

1 March 1978

Season 5, Episode 9: The Case of the Ancient Astronauts

8 March 1978

Season 5, Episode 10: The Mind Machines

22 March 1978

Season 5, Episode 11: Icarus' Children

29 March 1978

Season 5, Episode 12: Still Waters

12 April 1978

Season 5, Episode 13: Battle for the Acropolis

19 April 1978

Season 5, Episode 14: Road to Happiness

3 May 1978
Documentary about the life of American industrialist Henry Ford. Using Newsreels, dramatic films and documentaries to tell the story of his life from boyhood until his death in 1947.

Season 5, Episode 15: Light of the 21st Century

10 May 1978

Season 5, Episode 16: The Insect Alternative

24 May 1978

Season 5, Episode 17: The Desert's Edge

31 May 1978

Season 5, Episode 18: The Tse Tse Trap

7 June 1978

Season 5, Episode 19: Memories from Eden

14 June 1978

Season 5, Episode 20: A Whisper from Space

21 June 1978

Season 5, Episode 21: Alaska: The Closing Frontier

28 June 1978


Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Black Tide

4 January 1979

Season 6, Episode 2: Long Walk of Fred Young

11 January 1979

Season 6, Episode 3: A World of Difference

18 January 1979

Season 6, Episode 4: Cashing in on the Ocean

1 February 1979

Season 6, Episode 5: Patterns from the Past

8 February 1979

Season 6, Episode 6: The Invisible Flame

22 February 1979

Season 6, Episode 7: The End of the Rainbow

1 March 1979

Season 6, Episode 8: The Beersheva Experiment

8 March 1979

Season 6, Episode 9: Einstein

15 March 1979

Season 6, Episode 10: The Keys of Paradise

29 March 1979


Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: A Plague on Our Children

2 October 1979

Season 7, Episode 2: Life on a Silken Thread

9 October 1979

Season 7, Episode 3: Sweet Solutions

16 October 1979

Season 7, Episode 4: Race for the Gold

30 October 1979

Season 7, Episode 5: All Part of the Game

6 November 1979
Nova examines sports injuries and the science of sports medicine.
Bobby Orr ... Himself

Season 7, Episode 6: India: Machinery of Hope

20 November 1979

Season 7, Episode 7: The Bridge That Spanned the World

4 December 1979

Season 7, Episode 8: Termites to Telescopes

11 December 1979

Season 7, Episode 9: Blindness: Five Points of Views

18 December 1979

Season 7, Episode 10: The Elusive Illness

15 January 1980

Season 7, Episode 11: A Is for Atom, B Is for Bomb

22 January 1980

Season 7, Episode 12: Living Machines

5 February 1980

Season 7, Episode 13: Portrait of a Killer

19 February 1980

Season 7, Episode 14: Umealit: The Whale Hunters

4 March 1980

Season 7, Episode 15: The Safety Factor

11 March 1980

Season 7, Episode 16: A Mediterranean Prospect

18 March 1980

Season 7, Episode 17: Mr. Ludwig's Tropical Dreamland

25 March 1980


Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: The Pinks and the Blues

30 September 1980

Season 8, Episode 2: The Cancer Detectives of Lin Xian

7 October 1980

Season 8, Episode 3: The Sea Behind the Dunes

14 October 1980

Season 8, Episode 4: Do We Really Need the Rockies?

28 October 1980

Season 8, Episode 5: The Big If

4 November 1980

Season 8, Episode 6: Voyager: Jupiter & Beyond

11 November 1980

Season 8, Episode 7: The Wizard Who Spat on the Floor

18 November 1980

Season 8, Episode 8: The Water Crisis

25 November 1980

Season 8, Episode 9: Moving Still

2 December 1980

Season 8, Episode 10: A Touch of Sensitivity

9 December 1980

Season 8, Episode 11: The Red Deer of Rhum

23 December 1980

Season 8, Episode 12: It's About Time

30 December 1980


Dudley Moore ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 13: The Doctors of Nigeria

6 January 1981

Season 8, Episode 14: Message in the Rocks

20 January 1981

Season 8, Episode 15: The Dead Sea Lives

27 January 1981

Season 8, Episode 16: Anatomy of a Volcano

10 February 1981

Season 8, Episode 17: The Science of Murder

17 February 1981

Season 8, Episode 18: The Malady of Health Care

24 February 1981

Season 8, Episode 19: Beyond the Milky Way

3 March 1981

Marc Aaronson ... Himself
George H. Bell ... Himself
Alec Boksenberg ... Himself
John Gatenby Bolton ... Himself (as John Bolton)
Andrew Carnegie ... Himself (archive footage)
Owen Gingerich ... Himself (as Professor Owen Gingrich)
George Ellery Hale ... Himself (archive footage)
Edwin Hubble ... Himself (archive footage)
Milton Lasell Humason ... Himself (archive footage) (as Milton L. Humason)
Henrietta Swan Leavitt ... Herself (archive footage) (as Henrietta Leavitt)
Ted O'Brien ... Narrator
Brendan Parsons ... Himself (as Brendan Parsons 7th Earl of Rosse)
Maarten Schmidt ... Himself (archive footage)
Harlow Shapley ... Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Walsh ... Himself
James Adolf Westphal ... Himself (as Jim Westphal)
Peter Young ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 20: The Asteroid and the Dinosaur

10 March 1981

Season 8, Episode 21: Animal Olympians

17 March 1981

Season 8, Episode 22: Resolution on Saturn

25 August 1981


Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: Computers, Spies & Private Lives

27 September 1981

Season 9, Episode 2: Why America Burns

4 October 1981

Season 9, Episode 3: The Great Violin Mystery

11 October 1981

Season 9, Episode 4: Cosmic Fire

18 October 1981

Season 9, Episode 5: Locusts: War Without End

25 October 1981

Season 9, Episode 6: Did Darwin Get It Wrong?

1 November 1981

Season 9, Episode 7: Artists in the Lab

15 November 1981

Season 9, Episode 8: Notes of a Biology Watcher: A Film with Lewis Thomas

22 November 1981

Season 9, Episode 9: City Spaces, Human Places

29 November 1981

Season 9, Episode 10: Twins

6 December 1981

Season 9, Episode 11: Salmon on the Run

10 January 1982

Season 9, Episode 12: Test-Tube Babies: A Daughter for Judy

17 January 1982

Elizabeth Jordan Carr ... Herself
Judith Carr ... Herself
Roger Carr ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 13: A Field Guide to Roger Tory Peterson

24 January 1982

Season 9, Episode 14: The Hunt for the Legion Killer

31 January 1982

Season 9, Episode 15: Finding a Voice

7 February 1982

Season 9, Episode 16: The Television Explosion

14 February 1982

Season 9, Episode 17: Life: Patent Pending

28 February 1982
Supreme Court ruling on the patentability of life in the context of the recombinant DNA controversies, and possible ramifications.
Alen Pol Kobryn ... Supreme Court Justice (voice)

Season 9, Episode 18: Palace of Delights

7 March 1982

Season 9, Episode 19: Animal Impostors

14 March 1982

Season 9, Episode 20: Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome

28 March 1982


Season 10


Season 10, Episode 1: The Case of the UFOs

12 October 1982

Season 10, Episode 2: The Fragile Mountain

19 October 1982

Season 10, Episode 3: Here's Looking at You Kid

9 November 1982

Season 10, Episode 4: Adventures of Teenage Scientists

16 November 1982

Season 10, Episode 5: The Cobalt Blues

23 November 1982

Season 10, Episode 6: Goodbye Louisiana

30 November 1982
Documents the loss of Louisiana coastlines.

Season 10, Episode 7: Whale Watch

7 December 1982

Season 10, Episode 8: Tracking the Supertrains

14 December 1982

Season 10, Episode 9: Hawaii: Crucible of Life

18 January 1983

Season 10, Episode 10: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

25 January 1983

Richard Feynman ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 11: Lassa Fever

8 February 1983

Season 10, Episode 12: The Miracle of Life

15 February 1983

Season 10, Episode 13: Asbestos: A Lethal Legacy

1 March 1983

Season 10, Episode 14: City of Coral

8 March 1983

Season 10, Episode 15: Fat Chance in a Thin World

22 March 1983

Season 10, Episode 16: Sixty Minutes to Meltdown

29 March 1983


Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales

11 October 1983

Season 11, Episode 2: The Artificial Heart

18 October 1983

Season 11, Episode 3: Talking Turtle

25 October 1983

Season 11, Episode 4: Papua New Guinea: Anthropology on Trial

1 November 1983

Season 11, Episode 5: To Live Until You Die: The Work of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

8 November 1983

Season 11, Episode 6: A Magic Way of Going: The Story of Thoroughbreds

15 November 1983

Season 11, Episode 7: A Normal Face: The Wonders of Plastic Surgery

22 November 1983

Season 11, Episode 8: Captives of Care

29 November 1983

Season 11, Episode 9: Twenty-Five Years in Space

6 December 1983

Season 11, Episode 10: Nuclear Strategy for Beginners

13 December 1983

Season 11, Episode 11: The Climate Crisis

20 December 1983

Season 11, Episode 12: Eyes Over China

27 December 1983

Season 11, Episode 13: Alcoholism: Life Under the Influence

10 January 1984

Season 11, Episode 14: The Case of ESP

17 January 1984

Season 11, Episode 15: Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier

31 January 1984

Season 11, Episode 16: China's Only Child

14 February 1984

Season 11, Episode 17: Will I Walk Again?

28 February 1984

Season 11, Episode 18: Visions of the Deep: The Underwater World of Al Giddings

6 March 1984

Season 11, Episode 19: Down on the Farm

20 March 1984

Season 11, Episode 20: Make My People Live: The Crisis in Indian Health Care

27 March 1984

Season 11, Episode 21: The World According to Weisskopf

3 April 1984


Season 12


Season 12, Episode 1: Space Bridge to Moscow

2 October 1984

Season 12, Episode 2: The National Science Test I

16 October 1984

Season 12, Episode 3: Fountains of Paradise

23 October 1984

Season 12, Episode 4: The Mystery of Yellow Rain

30 October 1984

Season 12, Episode 5: The Nomads of the Rain Forest

6 November 1984

Season 12, Episode 6: Farmers of the Sea

13 November 1984

Season 12, Episode 7: Frontiers of Plastic Surgery

20 November 1984

Season 12, Episode 8: Space Women

27 November 1984

Season 12, Episode 9: Jaws: The True Story

4 December 1984

Season 12, Episode 10: Acid Rain: New Bad News

11 December 1984

Season 12, Episode 11: Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life

18 December 1984

Season 12, Episode 12: The Garden of Inheritance

8 January 1985

Season 12, Episode 13: Edgerton and His Incredible Seeing Machines

15 January 1985

Season 12, Episode 14: Global Village

22 January 1985

Season 12, Episode 15: Conquest of the Parasites

29 January 1985

Season 12, Episode 16: In the Land of the Polar Bears

5 February 1985

Season 12, Episode 17: AIDS: Chapter One

12 February 1985

Season 12, Episode 18: The Shape of Things

19 February 1985

William Mason ... Himself (narrator)

Season 12, Episode 19: Baby Talk

26 February 1985

Season 12, Episode 20: The Mathematical Mystery Tour

5 March 1985

Season 12, Episode 21: Child's Play: Prodigies and Possibilities

12 March 1985

Season 12, Episode 22: Monarch of the Mountains

19 March 1985


Season 13


Season 13, Episode 1: The National Science Test II

8 October 1985

Season 13, Episode 2: Seeds of Tomorrow

15 October 1985

Season 13, Episode 3: What Einstein Never Knew

22 October 1985

Season 13, Episode 4: The Robot Revolution?

29 October 1985

Season 13, Episode 5: The Magic of Special Effects

5 November 1985

Season 13, Episode 6: Child Survival: The Silent Emergency

12 November 1985

Season 13, Episode 7: Tornado!

19 November 1985

Howard Bluestein ... Himself
Donald Burgess ... Himself
Robert Davies-Jones ... Himself
Joseph Klemp ... Himself
Lans Rothfusz ... Himself
Don Wescott ... Narrator
Lou Wicker ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 8: The Genetic Gamble

26 November 1985

Season 13, Episode 9: Animal Architects

3 December 1985

Season 13, Episode 10: The Plane that Changed the World

17 December 1985

Season 13, Episode 11: Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime

21 January 1986

Season 13, Episode 12: Goddess of the Earth: Gaia

28 January 1986

Stephen Schneider ... Himself

Season 13, Episode 13: Horsemen of China

4 February 1986

Season 13, Episode 14: Life's First Feelings

11 February 1986

Season 13, Episode 15: The Case of the Frozen Addict

18 February 1986

Season 13, Episode 16: Toxic Trials

25 February 1986

Season 13, Episode 17: Skydive to the Rain Forest

4 March 1986

Season 13, Episode 18: Return of the Osprey

11 March 1986

Season 13, Episode 19: The Rise of a Wonder Drug

18 March 1986

Season 13, Episode 20: When Wonder Drugs Don't Work

25 March 1986

Season 13, Episode 21: Visions of Star Wars

22 April 1986


Season 14


Season 14, Episode 1: The Search for the Disappeared

14 October 1986
Shows the exhumation and study of the frozen remains of expedition members found in arctic graves. Speculates on lead poisoning as the cause of the expedition's tragic failure. Plays the Stan Rogers tune "Northwest Passage" during the opening sequence.

Season 14, Episode 2: The Planet that Got Knocked on its Side

21 October 1986

Season 14, Episode 3: High-Tech Babies

4 November 1986

Season 14, Episode 4: Can AIDS Be Stopped?

11 November 1986

Season 14, Episode 5: Is Anybody Out There?

18 November 1986

Season 14, Episode 6: The Mystery of the Animal Pathfinders

25 November 1986

Season 14, Episode 7: Are You Swimming in a Sewer?

2 December 1986

Season 14, Episode 8: Sail Wars!

9 December 1986

Season 14, Episode 9: Leprosy Can Be Cured!

16 December 1986

Season 14, Episode 10: How Babies Get Made

13 January 1987

Season 14, Episode 11: Countdown to the Invisible Universe

20 January 1987

Season 14, Episode 12: Children of Eve

27 January 1987

Season 14, Episode 13: Why Planes Crash

3 February 1987
Commercial airplanes have become much more reliable, but since 1975 the fatality rate has stopped falling and has leveled off. From 60 to 80 percent of all plane crashes are now blamed on cockpit (pilot) error. This NOVA episode examines the causes and possible solutions for flight crew miscommunication and procedural errors. One factor may be the 'macho' or 'go-it-alone' attitudes of pilots originally trained to fly single-seat military fighter jets. Another factor is "automation complacency", where a highly-automated cockpit environment leads to reduced piloting skills and a false sense of security. One promising program being developed by aviation psychologists is Cockpit Resource Management (CRM), which trains crew members to work and communicate as a team. To illustrate the deadly results of human-factors failures, three recent airline crashes are reviewed in detail: the 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crash into the 14th Street Potomac River Bridge; the 1972 Eastern Flight 401 crash into the Florida Everglades; and the 1985 Delta Flight 191 crash near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Berton Beach ... Himself - Manager, Flight Training, Eastern Airlines (as Captain Berton Beach)
Roger Brooks ... Himself - Frontier Airlines (as Captain Roger Brooks)
Jerry Chandler ... Himself - Journalist
Jim Damron ... Himself - Airline Pilots Association (as Captain Jim Damron)
Harold Donner ... Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.
James Ewing ... Himself - Director, Delta Airlines National Media Relations
Del Fadden ... Himself - Manager, Flight Deck Integration, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company
Charlie Finch ... Himself - Delta Airlines (as First Officer Charlie Finch)
Clay Foushee ... Himself - Manager, NASA Aerospace Human Factors Division (as Dr. Clay Foushee)
Rudolf Kapustin ... Himself - Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board (as Rudy Kapustin)
John Lauber ... Himself - Member, National Transportation Safety Board (as Dr. John Lauber)
John McCarthy ... Himself - Scientist, Nat'l Center for Atmospheric Research (as Dr. John McCarthy)
Mike McMullen ... Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.
John Nance ... Himself - Author and Pilot
Joe Oliver ... Himself - Delta Airlines (as Captain Joe Oliver)
Bill Reynaud ... Himself - Director, NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System
Gregory Salottolo ... Himself - Air Safety Investigator, N.T.S.B.
Richard Stone ... Himself - Safety Investigator, Delta Airlines (as Captain Richard Stone)
Frank Tullo ... Himself - Training Instructor, Continental Airlines (as Captain Frank Tullo)
Paul Turner ... Himself - Laboratory Technician, National Transportation Safety Board
Mel Volz ... Himself - Senior Safety Consultant, United Airlines (as Captain Mel Volz)
Earl Wiener ... Himself - Professor, Human Engineering, University of Miami (as Dr. Earl Wiener)

Season 14, Episode 14: Orangutans of the Rain Forest

10 February 1987

Season 14, Episode 15: Freud Under Analysis

17 February 1987

Franz Alexander ... Himself
Jacob Arlow ... Himself
A.A. Brill ... Himself
Francis Crick ... Himself
Siegmund Freud ... Himself
Peter Gay ... Himself
Ernest Jones ... Himself
Jerome Kagan ... Himself
Jeffrey Masson ... Himself
Frank Sulloway ... Himself
Thomas Szasz ... Himself

Sam Waterston ... Himself (narrator)
Joseph Wortis ... Himself

Season 14, Episode 16: The Hole in the Sky

24 February 1987

Season 14, Episode 17: Confessions of a Weaponeer

3 March 1987

Season 14, Episode 18: Great Moments from NOVA

10 March 1987

Season 14, Episode 19: Will the World Starve?

24 March 1987

Season 14, Episode 20: The Desert Doesn't Bloom Here Anymore

31 March 1987

Season 14, Episode 21: Rocky Road to Jupiter

7 April 1987


Season 15


Season 15, Episode 1: Death of a Star

6 October 1987

Season 15, Episode 2: Spy Machines

13 October 1987

Season 15, Episode 3: The Hidden Power of Plants

20 October 1987

Season 15, Episode 4: Japan's American Genius

27 October 1987

Season 15, Episode 5: A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama

3 November 1987

Season 15, Episode 6: Volcano!

10 November 1987

Season 15, Episode 7: How Good Is Soviet Science?

17 November 1987

Season 15, Episode 8: Ancient Treasures from the Deep

1 December 1987

Season 15, Episode 9: Riddle of the Joints

8 December 1987

Season 15, Episode 10: Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People

15 December 1987

Season 15, Episode 11: Top Gun and Beyond

19 January 1988

Season 15, Episode 12: How to Create a Junk Food

26 January 1988

Season 15, Episode 13: Buried in Ice

2 February 1988

Season 15, Episode 14: Why Planes Burn

9 February 1988

Season 15, Episode 15: Battles in the War on Cancer: A Wonder Drug on Trial

23 February 1988

Season 15, Episode 16: Battles in the War on Cancer: Breast Cancer - Turning the Tide

1 March 1988

Season 15, Episode 17: The Mystery of the Master Builders

8 March 1988

Season 15, Episode 18: Whale Rescue

15 March 1988

Season 15, Episode 19: The Man Who Loved Numbers

22 March 1988

Season 15, Episode 20: Race for the Superconductor

29 March 1988

Season 15, Episode 21: Can You Still Get Polio?

5 April 1988


Season 16


Season 16, Episode 1: Pioneers of Surgery: The Brutal Craft (1)

6 September 1988

Season 16, Episode 2: Pioneers of Surgery: Into the Heart (2)

13 September 1988

Season 16, Episode 3: Pioneers of Surgery: New Organs for Old (3)

20 September 1988

Season 16, Episode 4: Pioneers of Surgery: Beyond the Knife (4)

27 September 1988

Season 16, Episode 5: Can the Vatican Save the Sistine Chapel?

4 October 1988

Season 16, Episode 6: Can the Next President Win the Space Race?

11 October 1988

Season 16, Episode 7: Do Scientists Cheat?

25 October 1988

Season 16, Episode 8: Who Shot President Kennedy?

15 November 1988


Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Narrator

Season 16, Episode 9: The Light Stuff

22 November 1988

Season 16, Episode 10: The All-American Bear

6 December 1988

Season 16, Episode 11: Can We Make a Better Doctor?

13 December 1988

Season 16, Episode 12: Hot Enough for You?

17 January 1989

Season 16, Episode 13: The Last Journey of a Genius

24 January 1989

Season 16, Episode 14: The Strange New Science of Chaos

31 January 1989

Don Wescott ... Himself (narrator)

Season 16, Episode 15: Back to Chernobyl

14 February 1989

Season 16, Episode 16: God, Darwin and the Dinosaurs

21 February 1989

Season 16, Episode 17: Adrift on the Gulf Stream

28 February 1989

Season 16, Episode 18: Secrets of Easter Island: Part 1

7 March 1989

Season 16, Episode 19: Legends of Easter Island: Part 2

7 March 1989

Don Wescott ... Himself (narrator)

Season 16, Episode 20: The World Is Full of Oil!

21 March 1989

Season 16, Episode 21: Confronting the Killer Gene

28 March 1989


Season 17


Season 17, Episode 1: The Hidden City

3 October 1989


Judd Hirsch ... Host

Season 17, Episode 2: The Controversial Dr. Koop

10 October 1989

Season 17, Episode 3: Design Wars!

17 October 1989

Season 17, Episode 4: Echoes of War

24 October 1989

Season 17, Episode 5: Decoding the Book of Life

31 October 1989

Season 17, Episode 6: Hurricane!

7 November 1989

Season 17, Episode 7: Will Venice Survive Its Rescue?

14 November 1989

Season 17, Episode 8: What Is Music?

21 November 1989

Season 17, Episode 9: Yellowstone's Burning Question

5 December 1989

Season 17, Episode 10: The Schoolboys Who Cracked the Soviet Secret

12 December 1989

Season 17, Episode 11: Poison in the Rockies

9 January 1990

Season 17, Episode 12: Race for the Top

23 January 1990

Season 17, Episode 13: Disguises of War

6 February 1990

Season 17, Episode 14: The Bomb's Lethal Legacy

13 February 1990

Season 17, Episode 15: The Big Spill

27 February 1990

Season 17, Episode 16: The Genius That Was China: Rise of the Dragon

20 March 1990

Season 17, Episode 17: The Genius That Was China: Empires in Collision

27 March 1990

Season 17, Episode 18: The Genius That Was China: The Threat from Japan

3 April 1990

Season 17, Episode 19: The Genius That Was China: Will the Dragon Rise Again?

10 April 1990


Season 18


Season 18, Episode 1: The KGB, the Computer and Me

2 October 1990

Season 18, Episode 2: Neptune's Cold Fury

9 October 1990

Season 18, Episode 3: To Boldly Go...

16 October 1990

Season 18, Episode 4: Poisoned Winds of War

23 October 1990

Season 18, Episode 5: The Blimp Is Back!

30 October 1990

Season 18, Episode 6: Earthquake!

6 November 1990

Season 18, Episode 7: Killing Machines

13 November 1990

Don Wescott ... Himself (narrator)

Season 18, Episode 8: Can the Elephant Be Saved?

20 November 1990

Season 18, Episode 9: We Know Where You Live

27 November 1990

Season 18, Episode 10: In the Land of the Llamas

4 December 1990

Season 18, Episode 11: What's Killing the Children?

18 December 1990

Season 18, Episode 12: Return to Mt. St. Helens

8 January 1991

Season 18, Episode 13: Con-Fusion in a Jar

15 January 1991

Season 18, Episode 14: The Hunt for China's Dinosaurs (1)

5 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 15: Case of the Flying Dinosaur (2)

12 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 16: T. Rex Exposed

19 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 17: Russian Right Stuff: The Invisible Spaceman

26 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 18: Russian Right Stuff: The Dark Side of the Moon

27 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 19: Russian Right Stuff: The Mission

28 February 1991

Season 18, Episode 20: Swimming with Whales

5 March 1991

Season 18, Episode 21: The Chip vs. the Chessmaster

26 March 1991


Season 19


Season 19, Episode 1: Sex, Lies and Toupee Tape

1 October 1991

Season 19, Episode 2: So You Want to Be a Doctor?

8 October 1991

Season 19, Episode 3: Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls

15 October 1991

Season 19, Episode 4: Suicide Mission to Chernobyl

22 October 1991

Season 19, Episode 5: Taller Than Everest?

5 November 1991

Season 19, Episode 6: Fastest Planes in the Sky

12 November 1991

Season 19, Episode 7: Avoiding the Surgeon's Knife

3 December 1991

Season 19, Episode 8: Skyscraper!

10 December 1991

Season 19, Episode 9: The Fine Art of Faking It

17 December 1991

Season 19, Episode 10: Hell Fighters of Kuwait

14 January 1992

Season 19, Episode 11: Submarine!

21 January 1992

Season 19, Episode 12: Saddam's War on Wildlife

28 January 1992

Season 19, Episode 13: What Smells?

11 February 1992

Season 19, Episode 14: Can You Believe TV Ratings?

18 February 1992

Season 19, Episode 15: Making a Dishonest Buck

3 March 1992

Season 19, Episode 16: Rescuing Baby Whales

10 March 1992

Season 19, Episode 17: An Astronaut's View of the Earth

17 March 1992

Season 19, Episode 18: Episode #19.18

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Season 19, Episode 19: Eclipse of the Century

24 March 1992


Season 20


Season 20, Episode 1: Animal Olympians II

25 August 1992

Season 20, Episode 2: The Genius Behind the Bomb

29 September 1992

Season 20, Episode 3: Mind of a Serial Killer

13 October 1992

Season 20, Episode 4: Search for the First Americans

20 October 1992

Season 20, Episode 5: Rafting Through the Grand Canyon

27 October 1992

Season 20, Episode 6: This Old Pyramid

4 November 1992

Season 20, Episode 7: Iceman

10 November 1992

Season 20, Episode 8: Private Lives of Dolphins

17 November 1992

Season 20, Episode 9: Brain Transplant

1 December 1992

Season 20, Episode 10: Can You Stop People from Drinking?

22 December 1992

David Musto ... Host and Narrator

Season 20, Episode 11: Sex and the Single Rhino

29 December 1992

Season 20, Episode 12: The Hunt for Saddam's Secret Weapons

12 January 1993

Season 20, Episode 13: Can Bombing Win a War?

19 January 1993

Season 20, Episode 14: The Deadly Deception

26 January 1993

Season 20, Episode 15: Nazis and the Russian Bomb

2 February 1993

Season 20, Episode 16: In the Path of a Killer Volcano

9 February 1993

Season 20, Episode 17: Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?

16 February 1992
Higher Further Faster - What are the limits of human performance and can science help us push them?

Season 20, Episode 18: Diving for Pirate Gold

23 February 1993

Season 20, Episode 19: Murder, Rape and DNA

2 March 1993

Season 20, Episode 20: The Lost Tribe

30 March 1993

Don Wescott ... Himself (narrator)

Season 21


Season 21, Episode 1: The Nova Quiz

5 October 1993

Season 21, Episode 2: Wanted: Butch and Sundance

12 October 1993

Season 21, Episode 3: Secrets of the Psychics

19 October 1993


James Randi ... Himself

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mike Douglas ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Uri Geller ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ray Hyman ... Himself (uncredited)
Nina Kulagina ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ricardo Montalban ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Popoff ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom Snyder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jamy Ian Swiss ... Himself (uncredited)

Season 21, Episode 4: Dying to Breathe

26 October 1993

Season 21, Episode 5: Shadow of the Condor

2 November 1993

Season 21, Episode 6: The Real Jurassic Park

9 November 1993

Season 21, Episode 7: Roller Coaster!

16 November 1993

Season 21, Episode 8: Mysterious Crash of Flight 201

30 November 1993

Season 21, Episode 9: Great Moments from Nova

7 December 1993

Season 21, Episode 10: The Best Mind Since Einstein

21 December 1993

Season 21, Episode 11: Stranger in the Mirror

28 December 1993

Season 21, Episode 12: Codebreakers

18 January 1994

Season 21, Episode 13: Dinosaurs of the Gobi

25 January 1994

Season 21, Episode 14: Daredevils of the Sky

1 February 1994

Season 21, Episode 15: Journey to Kilimanjaro

8 February 1994

Season 21, Episode 16: Can Chimps Talk?

15 February 1994

Season 21, Episode 17: In Search of Human Origins: Part I

28 February 1994

Season 21, Episode 18: In Search of Human Origins: Part II

1 March 1994

Season 21, Episode 19: In Search of Human Origins: Part III

2 March 1994

Season 21, Episode 20: Can China Kick the Habit?

12 April 1994

Season 21, Episode 21: Aircraft Carrier!

19 April 1994


Season 22


Season 22, Episode 1: The Great Wildlife Heist

11 October 1994

Season 22, Episode 2: The Secret of the Wild Child

18 October 1994

Season 22, Episode 3: Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird

25 October 1994

Season 22, Episode 4: What's New About Menopause

1 November 1994

Season 22, Episode 5: The Tribe That Time Forgot

8 November 1994


Stacy Keach ... Narrator (voice)

Season 22, Episode 6: Killer Quake!

15 November 1994

Season 22, Episode 7: Buried in Ash

29 November 1994

Season 22, Episode 8: Rescue Mission in Space

6 December 1994

Season 22, Episode 9: Journey to the Sacred Sea

20 December 1994

Season 22, Episode 10: In Search of the First Language

27 December 1994

Season 22, Episode 11: Mammoths of the Ice Age

10 January 1995

Season 22, Episode 12: Vikings in America

24 January 1995

Season 22, Episode 13: Little Creatures Who Run the World

31 January 1995

E.O. Wilson ... Himself (as Edward O. Wilson)

Season 22, Episode 14: Nazi Designers of Death

7 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 15: Siamese Twins

14 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 16: Mystery of the Senses: Hearing

19 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 17: Mystery of the Senses: Smell

20 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 18: Mystery of the Senses: Taste

21 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 19: Mystery of the Senses: Touch

22 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 20: Mystery of the Senses: Vision

23 February 1995

Season 22, Episode 21: The Universe Within

7 March 1995

Season 22, Episode 22: Making a Doctor

3 May 1995

Season 22, Episode 23: Fast Cars

23 May 1995


Season 23


Season 23, Episode 1: Anastasia: Dead or Alive?

10 October 1995


Stacy Keach ... Narrator

Season 23, Episode 2: Venus Unveiled

17 October 1995
Venus is a world of innumerable secrets that it only reluctantly reveals. Nova reviews the many decades of frustrating exploration that finally revealed a world that is beyond belief.

Season 23, Episode 3: Hawaii Born of Fire

24 October 1995

Season 23, Episode 4: The Doomsday Asteroid

31 October 1995

Season 23, Episode 5: Lightning!

7 November 1995

Season 23, Episode 6: Hunt for the Serial Arsonist

14 November 1995

Season 23, Episode 7: Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef

28 November 1995

Season 23, Episode 8: Race to Catch a Buckyball

19 December 1995

Season 23, Episode 9: Can Buildings Make You Sick?

26 December 1995

Season 23, Episode 10: Terror in the Mine Field

9 January 1996

Season 23, Episode 11: The Day the Earth Shook

16 January 1996

Season 23, Episode 12: B-29 Frozen in Time

30 January 1996


Richard Crenna ... Himself / Narrator
Darryl Greenamyer ... Himself
Matt Jackson ... Himself
Vernon Rich ... Himself

Season 23, Episode 13: Plague Fighters

6 February 1996

Season 23, Episode 14: War Machines of Tomorrow

20 February 1996

Season 23, Episode 15: Kidnapped by UFOs? The True Story of Alien Abductions

27 February 1996
Debunking the alien abduction concepts and practices for more earth bound common sense explanations in a format of critical analysis that in the end lets you decided. Are alien abduction's plausible in light of these new findings?
Budd Hopkins ... Himself
Carl Sagan ... Himself

Season 23, Episode 16: Flood!

26 March 1996

Season 23, Episode 17: Dr. Spock the Baby Doc

2 April 1996

Season 23, Episode 18: Warriors of the Amazon

9 April 1996

Graham Townsley ... Narrator

Season 23, Episode 19: Bombing of America

16 April 1996


Season 24


Season 24, Episode 1: Einstein Revealed

1 October 1996

Season 24, Episode 2: Lost City of Arabia

8 October 1996

Season 24, Episode 3: Three Men and a Balloon

15 October 1996

Season 24, Episode 4: Secrets of Making Money

22 October 1996

Season 24, Episode 5: Top Gun Over Moscow

12 November 1996
Nova contrasts the philosophies of Russian and American fighter commands and how they influence aircraft design, operation and tactics.

Season 24, Episode 6: Shark Attack!

19 November 1996

Season 24, Episode 7: Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey (1)

24 November 1996

Season 24, Episode 8: Odyssey of Life: The Unknown World (2)

25 November 1996

Season 24, Episode 9: Odyssey of Life: The Photographer's Secrets (3)

26 November 1996

Season 24, Episode 10: Cracking the Ice Age

31 December 1996

Season 24, Episode 11: Kaboom!

14 January 1997
This program traces the history of the development of explosives focusing on gunpowder, nitroglycerin and efforts, particularly by Alfred Nobel, to make them safe to handle. Commentary examines the fascination with explosives, the guilt of explosives developers and the fallacy of the doomsday weapon that would put an end to wars.

Season 24, Episode 12: Titanic's Lost Sister

28 January 1997

Season 24, Episode 13: Secrets of Lost Empires: Stonehenge (1)

11 February 1997

Season 24, Episode 14: Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca (2)

11 February 1997
Nova examines how the Inca could construct magnificently engineered citadels and an extensive system of roads at the top of the rugged Andes Mountains without metal tools, wheels, mathematics or writing.

Season 24, Episode 15: Secrets of Lost Empires: Obelisk (3)

12 February 1997

Season 24, Episode 16: Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum (4)

12 February 1997

Season 24, Episode 17: Hunt for Alien Worlds

18 February 1997

Season 24, Episode 18: Curse of T.rex

25 February 1997

Season 24, Episode 19: Cut to the Heart

8 April 1997

Season 24, Episode 20: Kingdom of the Seahorse

15 April 1997


Season 25


Season 25, Episode 1: Coma

7 October 1997

Mary Civiello ... (voice)
Andrew Glassman ... (voice)
Paul Moniz ... (voice)
Alice Stockton Rossini ... (voice)
Chuck Scarborough ... (voice)

Roy Scheider ... Narrator
Sue Simmons ... (voice)

Season 25, Episode 2: Faster Than Sound

14 October 1997


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 3: Bomb Squad

21 October 1997


Hal Linden ... Himself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 4: The Proof

28 October 1997


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 5: Wild Wolves with David Attenborough

11 November 1997


David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator

Season 25, Episode 6: Super Bridge

12 November 1997
The problems and challenges in building a new highway bridge, of innovative cable-stayed design, across the mighty Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois.

Hal Holbrook ... Narrator (voice)

Season 25, Episode 7: Treasures of the Sunken City

18 November 1997

Jean-Pierre Corteggiani ... Himself
Jean-Yves Empereur ... Himself
Honor Frost ... Herself

Hal Linden ... Narrator
Abdel Halim Nur-el-Din ... Himself

Season 25, Episode 8: Avalanche!

25 November 1997


Stacy Keach ... Narrator
Mark Lerdall ... Himself - USAF Pararescueman

Season 25, Episode 9: Danger in the Jet Stream

2 December 1997


Cliff Robertson ... Narrator

Season 25, Episode 10: Night Creatures of the Kalahari

6 January 1998


Sherry Stringfield ... Herself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 11: Mysterious Mummies of China

20 January 1998

Season 25, Episode 12: Supersonic Spies

27 January 1998

Season 25, Episode 13: Animal Hospital

3 February 1998


Hal Linden ... Narrator

Season 25, Episode 14: The Brain Eater

10 February 1998


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 15: Everest: The Death Zone

24 February 1998


Jodie Foster ... Herself / Narrator

Season 25, Episode 16: Search for the Lost Cave People

31 March 1998

Season 25, Episode 17: Warnings from the Ice

21 April 1998
Scientists study the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Season 25, Episode 18: Crocodiles! With David Attenborough

28 April 1998

Season 25, Episode 19: The Truth About Impotence

12 May 1998


Season 26


Season 26, Episode 1: Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude

6 October 1998

Season 26, Episode 2: Chasing 'El Niño'

13 October 1998

Season 26, Episode 3: Terror in Space

27 October 1998

Season 26, Episode 4: Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond

3 November 1997


Philip Edward Alexy ... Himself
Tom Bertino ... Himself
Sandra Ford Karpman ... Herself

Ian O'Connor ... Himself - Interviewee

Season 26, Episode 5: Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius

10 November 1998

Season 26, Episode 6: Ice Mummies: Frozen in Heaven (1)

24 November 1998

Rena Baskin ... (voice)
Doug Griffin ... (voice)

Peter Haydu ... (voice)
Stephen Lyons ... Himself / Narrator
Phillip Patrone ... (voice)

Season 26, Episode 7: Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden 2

24 November 1998

Tanya Balueva ... Herself
Rena Baskin ... (voice)
Judy Braha ... (voice)
Pat Dougan ... (voice)
Rima Eriknova ... Herself

Stacy Keach ... Himself - Narrator
J. Scott MacLellan ... (voice)
Vyacheslav Molodin ... Himself (as archaeologist Vyacheslav Molodin)
Natalia Polosmak ... Herself (as archaeologist Natalia Polosmak)
Jeanne Smoot ... Herself

Season 26, Episode 8: Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman (3)

24 November 1998

Judy Braha ... (voice)
Pat Dougan ... (voice)
Doug Griffin ... (voice)

Peter Haydu ... (voice)
Paul Horn ... (voice)

Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator
J. Scott MacLellan ... (voice)
Phillip Patrone ... (voice)

Season 26, Episode 9: Leopards of the Night with David Attenborough

1 December 1998


David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator

Season 26, Episode 10: The Perfect Pearl

29 December 1998

Season 26, Episode 11: The Beast of Loch Ness

27 April 1998
An account of Dr. Robert Rines' expedition during the Summer of 1997 to find the elusive Loch Ness Monster and his attempt to counter the scepticism surrounding his famous "Flipper" and "Gargoyle Head" photographs taken in 1972 and 1975. Meanwhile, photographic experts set out to investigate the credibility of the "Surgeon's Photograph" of April 1934, the most famous picture ever taken of the Monster.
Robert Rines ... Expedition Leader
Sean Barrett ... Narrator

Edward Herrmann ... Narrator

Season 26, Episode 12: Submarines, Secrets, and Spies

19 January 1999


Edward Herrmann ... Himself / Narrator

Season 26, Episode 13: Surviving AIDS

2 February 1999


Edward Herrmann ... Himself / Narrator

Season 26, Episode 14: Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire (1)

16 February 1999

Season 26, Episode 15: Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash (2)

16 February 1999

Season 26, Episode 16: Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash (3)

17 February 1999

Season 26, Episode 17: Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Abandon Ship (4)

17 February 1999

Season 26, Episode 18: Battle Alert in the Gulf

23 February 1999

Season 26, Episode 19: Volcanoes of the Deep

30 March 1999

Season 26, Episode 20: To the Moon

13 July 1999


Season 27


Season 27, Episode 1: Fall of the Leaning Tower

5 October 1999

Season 27, Episode 2: Time Travel

12 October 1999

Season 27, Episode 3: The Killer's Trail: The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard

19 October 1999
The real case what inspired one of the more famous TV series of all times, "The Fugitive".

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Sam Reese Sheppard ... Himself
Samuel Sheppard ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Sam Sheppard)
Terry Gilbert ... Himself
William Mason ... Himself
Bart Epstein ... Himself
Barry Scheck ... Himself
Keith Inman ... Himself
Mohammad Asfar Tahir ... Himself
Marilyn Sheppard ... Herself (archive footage)

Season 27, Episode 4: Island of the Spirits

2 November 1999

Season 27, Episode 5: Decoding Nazi Secrets

9 November 1999


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 27, Episode 6: Voyage of Doom

23 November 1999

Season 27, Episode 7: Electric Heart

21 December 1999

Season 27, Episode 8: Tales from the Hive

4 January 2000

Season 27, Episode 9: Lost on Everest

18 January 2000


Rebecca De Mornay ... Narrator (voice)
David Breashears ... Himself

Season 27, Episode 10: Secrets of Lost Empires: Medieval Siege

1 February 2000

Season 27, Episode 11: The Diamond Deception

1 February 2000

Season 27, Episode 12: Secrets of Lost Empires: Pharaoh's Obelisk

8 February 2000


Stacy Keach ... Himself - Narrator

Season 27, Episode 13: Trillion Dollar Bet

8 February 2000
For over a hundred years economists had dreamed of a way of reducing risk in the stock market. Two Nobel Prize winning economists found a formula which it seemed did exactly that- only for a roiling crisis to sweep through the markets, leaving their new hedge fund almost broke
Robert C. Merton ... Nobel Prize Winner
Merton Miller ... Nobel Prize Winner
Paul Samuelson ... Nobel Prize Winner (as Prof. Paul Samuelson)
Myron Scholes ... Nobel Prize Winner

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Season 27, Episode 14: Secrets of Lost Empires: Easter Island

15 February 2000

Season 27, Episode 15: Mystery of the First Americans

15 February 2000

Season 27, Episode 16: Secrets of Lost Empires: Roman Bath

22 February 2000

Peter Aicher ... Himself
Tristan Couch ... Himself
Garrett Fagan ... Himself
Max Fordham ... Himself
Tony Rook ... Himself
Bryan Scott ... Himself
Teoman Yalcinkaya ... Himself
Fikret Yegul ... Himself

Season 27, Episode 17: Lost Tribes of Israel

22 February 2000

Season 27, Episode 18: Secrets of Lost Empires: China Bridge

29 February 2000

Bashar Altabba ... Himself
Marcus Brandt ... Himself
Fu Xiang Chen ... Himself
Tom Peters ... Himself
Huang Cheng Tang ... Himself (as Professor Huang Cheng Tang)
Robin Yates ... Himself

Season 27, Episode 19: What's Up with the Weather?

18 April 2000

Season 27, Episode 20: Stationed in the Stars

25 April 2000

Season 27, Episode 21: The Vikings

9 May 2000


Season 28


Season 28, Episode 1: Lincoln's Secret Weapon

24 October 2000
This is the story of an armored combat vessel that opened up an entirely new chapter in naval warfare. At a critical moment of the American Civil War in 1861, the Navy commissioned the USS Monitor to test a daring idea-that a mechanical fighting machine could inflict a crushing defeat on Confederate forces. Not long after its legendary confrontation with the ironclad Merrimack, the Monitor sank in stormy seas off Cape Hatteras. Almost a century and a half after these stirring events, NOVA's cameras follow the Navy's risky efforts to salvage the secrets of the Monitor as it lies rusting on the ocean bottom.
Pat McNeely ... Herself

Roy Scheider ... Narrator

Season 28, Episode 2: Holocaust on Trial

31 October 2000


Michael Byrne ... Richard Hampton

John Castle ... David Irving
Jeremy Clyde ... he Hon.

Ian Holm ... Himself / Narrator
Lex van Delden ... Prof. Robert Jan Van Pelt

Season 28, Episode 3: Hitler's Lost Sub

14 November 2000

Bernard Cavalcante ... Himself
John Chatterton ... Himself
Dieter Kohl ... Himself
Richard Kohler ... Himself

Roy Scheider ... Narrator
Erich Topp ... Himself
J. Gordon Vaeth ... Himself
Horst von Schroeter ... Himself

Season 28, Episode 4: Runaway Universe

21 November 2000
Nova follows cosmologists as they make the inconceivable discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This new reality forces the astronomical community to deal with the likelihood that the universe is composed primarily of dark energy.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 28, Episode 5: Garden of Eden

28 November 2000

Peter Thomas ... Himself / Narrator

Season 28, Episode 6: Dying to Be Thin

12 December 2000


Susan Sarandon ... Herself / Narrator

Season 28, Episode 7: Japan's Secret Garden

19 December 2000


David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator

Season 28, Episode 8: Sultan's Lost Treasure

16 January 2001


David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator

Season 28, Episode 9: Vanished!

30 January 2001

Jorge Drosten ... (voice)
Tony Molina ... (voice)

David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator
Nicolas Villamizar ... (voice)

Season 28, Episode 10: Nazi Prison Escape

6 February 2001


Roy Scheider ... Narrator

Season 28, Episode 11: Lost King of the Maya

13 February 2001
A group of archaeologists explore the early history of the Maya by examining excavations and hieroglyphs at the Mayan city of Copán.
Ricardo Agurcia ... Himself - Copan Association (as Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle)
Anthony F. Aveni ... Himself - Colgate University (as Dr. Anthony F. Aveni)

Hector Elizondo ... Himself / Narrator
William L. Fash ... Himself - Harvard University
Mary Miller ... Herself - Yale University
Robert J. Sharer ... Himself - University of Pennsylvania
David Stuart ... Himself - Harvard University

Season 28, Episode 12: Cancer Warrior

27 February 2001

Bart Barlogie ... Himself
Noël Bouck ... Herself
Robert D'Amato ... Himself
Judah Folkman ... Himself
Duane Gay ... Himself
Don Ingber ... Himself
Michael Klagsbrun ... Himself
C. Everett Koop ... Himself (as Dr. C. Everett Koop)
Robert Langer ... Himself
Michael O'Reilly ... Himself

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator
James P. Thomas ... Himself
Bruce Zetter ... Himself

Season 28, Episode 13: Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor

27 March 2001

John Hockenberry ... Himself / Narrator

Season 28, Episode 14: Survivor M.D.: Second Opinions

3 April 2001

Elliott Bennett-Guerrero ... Himself
Jay Bonner ... Himself
Cheryl Dorsey ... Herself
David Friedman ... Himself
Luanda Grazette ... Herself
John Hockenberry ... Himself / Narrator
Jane Liebschutz ... Herself
Tom Tarter ... Himself

Season 28, Episode 15: Survivor M.D.: Hearts & Minds

10 April 2001

Elliott Bennett-Guerrero ... Himself
Jay Bonner ... Himself
Cheryl Dorsey ... Herself
David Friedman ... Himself
Luanda Grazette ... Herself
John Hockenberry ... Himself / Narrator
Jane Liebschutz ... Herself
Tom Tarter ... Himself

Season 28, Episode 16: Cracking the Code of Life

17 April 2001


Paul G. Allen ... Presenter
Robert Krulwich ... Himself

Season 28, Episode 17: Harvest of Fear

24 April 2001


Peter Haydu ... (voice)

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Wendie Sakakeeny ... (voice)

Season 29


Season 29, Episode 1: Search for a Safe Cigarette

2 October 2001

Greg Connolly ... Himself
Jack Henningfield ... Himself
Philip J. Hilts ... Himself
Bennett Lebow ... Himself
Paul Perito ... Himself

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
David Townsend ... Himself
Jonnie Williams ... Herself
Mitch Zeller ... Himself

Season 29, Episode 2: 18 Ways to Make a Baby

9 October 2001


David Ogden Stiers ... Himself / Narrator

Season 29, Episode 3: Secrets of the Mind

23 October 2001
A man who can "see" without seeing; amputees who feel pain in limbs that are gone; a man who believes his parents are impostors; and an epileptic who believes he is God: a neuroscientist gives the viewer insight into these strange cases.
Rena Baskin ... Herself - Narrator
Graham Young ... Himself - Man with Blindsight
Derek Steen ... Himself - Victim of Phantom Limb Syndrome
John Sharon ... Himself - Epileptic
David Silvera ... Himself - Victim of Capgras Delusion
Vilayanur Ramachandran ... Himself - Neuroscientist (as Dr. Vilanyur Ramachandran)
James Peacock ... Himself - Victim of Phantom Limb Syndrome
Colin Blakemore ... Himself - Oxford University
Peggy Palmer ... Herself - Stroke Victim
Peter Halligan ... Himself - University of Wales

Season 29, Episode 4: Sex: Unknown

30 October 2001


Will Lyman ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 29, Episode 5: Russia's Nuclear Warriors

6 November 2001

Season 29, Episode 6: Bioterror

11 November 2001
Three New York Times reporters studying biological weapons before, during and after 9/11, end up being the target of an actual anthrax attack.
Steve Engelberg ... Himself

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Judy Miller ... Herself

Season 29, Episode 7: Life's Greatest Miracle

20 November 2001

Lea Boysen
Henrik Dahl

John Lithgow ... Himself / Narrator

Season 29, Episode 8: Methuselah Tree

11 December 2001


William Hootkins ... Voice of Methuselah
Roger McGough ... Himself / Narrator

Joe Morton ... Additional narration

Season 29, Episode 9: Flying Casanovas

25 December 2001


David Attenborough ... Himself - Presenter

Season 29, Episode 10: Death Star

8 January 2002
Astronomers struggle for decades to determine where gamma ray bursts are coming from unsure whether they are nearby or half way across the universe. Once that is pinned down an even bigger question arises, what could possibly produce them.

Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 29, Episode 11: Neanderthals on Trial

8 January 2002

Elisabeth Daynès ... Herself - Reconstruction Artist (as Elisabeth Daynes)
Harold Dibble ... Himself - Archaeologist, University of Pennsylvania
Chloe Leamon ... (voice)
Daniel Lieberman ... Himself - Paleoanthropologist, Harvard University

Joe Morton ... Himself - Narrator
Svante Pääbo ... Himself - Geneticist, Max Planck Institute
Ian Tattersall ... Himself - Paleoanthropologist AMNH
Erik Trinkaus ... Himself - Anthropologist, Washington University
Milford Wolpoff ... Himself - Paleoanthropologist, University of Michigan

Season 29, Episode 12: Fireworks!

29 January 2002


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 29, Episode 13: Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies

5 February 2002

Season 29, Episode 14: The Missing Link

26 February 2002

Peter Thomas ... Himself / Narrator

Season 29, Episode 15: Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance

26 March 2002
In late 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set forth for Antarctica with 27 men, determined to be the first man to cross the continent from coast to coast. His ship, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice just short of the continent. When the ice crushed their ship to splinters, they were left stranded on the ice floes. Shackleton resolved to rescue each and every man, and turned disaster into one of the greatest survival stories of all time.

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (voice)

Derek Jacobi ... Sir Ernest Shackleton (voice)

Michael Maloney ... Thomas Orde-Lees / George Marston (voice)
Michael Morrissey ... Frank Worsley / Lionel Greenstreet (voice)

Philip Jackson ... Frank Wild (voice)

Ron Donachie ... Chippy McNeish (voice)

Cal Macaninch ... Alexander Macklin / James Wordie (voice)
Tiriel Mora ... Frank Hurley (voice)
Doug Griffin ... William Bakewell (voice)
Emma Fielding ... Emily Shackleton (voice)
Paul Goodwin ... Roald Amundsen (voice)

Season 29, Episode 16: Why the Towers Fell

April 2002
Film on the mechanism of collapse of the World Trade Center.
W. Gene Corley ... Himself (as Gene Corley)
Bill Forney ... Himself
Matthys Levy ... Himself

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Mike Meldrum ... Himself
Jake Pauls ... Himself
Leslie Robertson ... Himself
Charles Thornton ... Himself

Season 29, Episode 17: Fire Wars

7 May 2002


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 30


Season 30, Episode 1: Killer Disease on Campus

3 September 2002


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 30, Episode 2: Mysterious Life of Caves

1 October 2002
Two scientists studying the legendary Carlsbad Caverns come to question the conventional wisdom of how the massive caves system formed. They propose a new theory that extremophile bacteria producing hydrogen sulfide, a precursor to sulfuric acid, are the main cause of the caves formation rather than geological processes.
Edd Gasper ... Narrator

Season 30, Episode 3: Lost Roman Treasure

8 October 2002


Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 30, Episode 4: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

29 October 2002
In this two-hour special, NOVA celebrates the story of the father of modern science and his struggle to get Church authorities to accept the truth of his astonishing discoveries. The program is based on Dava Sobel's bestselling book, Galileo's Daughter, which reveals a new side to the famously stubborn scientist-that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun.

Simon Callow ... Galileo
John Fraser ... Inquistor
Cornelius Garrett ... Ambassador (voice)

Alexa Jago ... Maria Celeste (voice)
Laura Nardi ... Maria Celeste

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 30, Episode 5: Volcano's Deadly Warning

12 November 2002

Gene Galusha ... Narrator

Season 30, Episode 6: Sinking City of Venice

December 2001

Tony Kahn ... Narrator

Season 30, Episode 7: The Orchid Hunter

26 November 2002

Season 30, Episode 8: Spies That Fly

7 January 2003


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 30, Episode 9: Last Flight of Bomber 31

14 January 2003

Season 30, Episode 10: Ancient Creature of the Deep

21 January 2003

Gene Galusha ... Narrator

Season 30, Episode 11: Battle of the X-Planes

4 February 2003
Nova takes an inside look at a competition between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to develop the next generation of American fighter aircraft.
Edward C. Aldridge Jr. ... Himself - Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Rick Baker ... Himself - Vice President, Tactical Aircraft, Lockheed Martin
Andy Balough ... Himself - Boeing
Ed Beurer ... Himself - Assembly Manager, Lockheed Martin
George Bible ... Himself - Manufacturing Engineer, The Boeing Company
John Brotemarkle ... Himself - Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Dick Burton ... Himself - Flight Test Director, Lockheed Martin
Walt Cannon ... Himself - Flight Test Engineer, The Boeing Company
Gerry Clausier ... Himself
Phil Condit ... Himself - Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company
Eric Didominico ... Himself - Joint Strike Fighter Program Office
Barb Gleich ... Herself - Mechanic, The Boeing Company
Howard Gofus ... Himself - Flight Test Conductor, The Boeing Company
Simon Hargreaves ... Himself - B.A.E. Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin
Michael Hough ... Himself - Major General, Joint Strike Fighter Program Director, 1999-2001
Paul Kaminski ... Himself - Department of Defense
Fred Knox ... Himself - Chief Test Pilot, The Boeing Company
Mark Magnussen ... Himself
Jay Miller ... Himself - Aviation Writer / Historian
Tom Morgenfeld ... Himself - Chief Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin
George Muellner ... Himself - Major General, Joint Strike Force Program Director, 1993-1995
Dennis Muilenburg ... Himself - Engineer, The Boeing Company
Dan Nielson ... Himself - Contracts Director, Joint Strike Fighter
Dennis O'Donoghue ... Himself - Test Pilot, The Boeing Company
Nancylew O'Donoghue ... Herself
Curtis Peebles ... Himself - Aviation Writer / Historian
Ralph Pelikan ... Himself - Engineer, The Boeing Company
Dorian Racey ... Himself - Machinist, Lockheed Martin
Rick Rezabek ... Himself - Chief Engineer, Lockheed Martin
James G. Roche ... Himself - Secretary of the United States Air Force

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator
Paul Smith ... Himself - Lieutenant Colonel, JSF Chief Test Pilot, U.S. Air Force
Frank Statkus ... Himself - Program Manager, The Boeing Company
Craig Steidle ... Himself - Rear Admiral, Joint Strike Fighter Program Director, 1995-1997
Bill Sweetman ... Himself - Aerospace Writer
Graham Warwick ... Himself - Writer, Flight International
Sam Wilson ... Himself - Joint Strike Fighter Engineer, NASA
Scott Winship ... Himself - Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Phil Yates ... Himself - Commander, Test Pilot, U.S. Navy

Season 30, Episode 12: Mountain of Ice

11 February 2003


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 30, Episode 13: Lost Treasures of Tibet

18 February 2003
Nova follows a group of art conservationists to the ancient Buddhist Temples of the Mustang. There they attempt to restore artwork that has been slowly deteriorating with time.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Ian Alsop ... Himself - AsianArt.com
Jigme Parwar Bista ... Himself - King of Mustang (as Raja Jigme Palbar Bista)
Luigi Fieni ... Himself - Art Conservator
Lama Guru Gyaltsen ... Himself - Former Member of Parliament, Tibet
Rodolfo Lujan ... Himself - King Mahendra Trust
John Sanday ... Himself - American Himalayan Foundation
H.H. 41st Sakya Trizin ... Himself - Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism (as His Holiness Sakya Trizin)

Season 30, Episode 14: Dirty Bomb

25 February 2003


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Season 30, Episode 15: Deep Sea Invasion

1 April 2003


Emmanuel Bonami ... Translator (voice)
Olivier Deslandes ... Translator (voice)

Jeremiah Kissel ... Narrator
Pierre Maubouche ... Translator (voice)
Peter Newman ... Translator (voice)
John Pierre Steck ... Translator (voice)

Season 30, Episode 16: Secret of Photo 51

14 April 2003

Manya Branham Glassman ... Young Rosalind Franklin
Walter Cotter ... J.T. Randall
Ryan Culligan ... Raymond Gosling
Patrick Dougherty ... Maurice Wilkins
Daniel Kirby ... James Watson
Thomas Norton ... Lawrence Bragg
Leah Serinsky ... Rosalind Franklin
Sophie Tezenas ... Rosalind Franklin
Christopher Wall ... Francis Crick

Sigourney Weaver ... Narrator

Season 31


Season 31, Episode 1: Infinite Secrets

30 September 2003


Jeremiah Kissel ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 2: Who Killed the Red Baron?

7 October 2003

Oswald Boelcke
Roy Brown ... Himself (photo)
Suzanne Fischer
Roland Garros

Jeremiah Kissel ... Himself / Narrator
Denny May
Eddie Rickenbacker ... Himself (archive footage)
Philip Sabin
Manfred von Richthofen ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 31, Episode 3: The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream (1)

28 October 2003
Einstein's dream was to find a Theory of Everything that unites general relativity (the world of the large, involving the force of gravity) and quantum mechanics (the world of the small, involving the forces of strong nuclear force, electromagnetism, and weak nuclear force). Re-tracing the history of string theory, which posits that the smallest particle is a string that vibrates at a specific frequency. String theory predicts six extra dimensions, whose function may be to define the numerical constants in nature.

Season 31, Episode 4: The Elegant Universe: String's the Thing (2)

28 October 2003

Brian Greene ... Himself / Narrator

Season 31, Episode 5: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension (3)

4 November 2003

Brian Greene ... Himself / Narrator

Season 31, Episode 6: Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

11 November 2003
Nova looks at how the Wright brothers made their first powered flight through the efforts of enthusiasts to replicate the Wright's early gliders and airplanes.

Neil Ross ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
John Anderson ... Himself - National Air and Space Museum
Greg Cone ... Himself - The Wright Experience
Tom Crouch ... Himself - National Air and Space Museum
Jacquelyn Grattan ... Herself - Glider Pilot (as Jay Grattan)
Ken Hyde ... Himself - The Wright Experience
Rick Young ... Himself - Aircraft Builder

Season 31, Episode 7: Magnetic Storm

18 November 2003

Gene Galusha ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 8: Volcano Above the Clouds

25 November 2003


Jeremiah Kissel ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 9: Mars Dead or Alive

4 January 2004
NOVA goes behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to offer a look at the construction and launch of two Martian exploratory rovers: "Spirit" and "Opportunity".
Mark Adler ... Himself - Deputy Mission Manager, MER
Jim Colvin ... Himself - Rover Engineer
Juan R. Cruz ... Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, MER
George H. Diller ... Himself - NASA Countdown Voice, Kennedy Space Center (voice)
Ho-Jin Huang ... Himself - Test Engineer
Joel Krajewski ... Himself - Rover Engineer
Gentry Lee ... Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Wayne Lee ... Himself - Entry, Descent and Landing Systems Engineer, MER
Dan Limonadi ... Himself - Rover Engineer
Randel Lindemann ... Himself - Rover Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rob Manning ... Himself - Systems Engineering Manager, MER
Dan McCleese ... Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Greg Miehall ... Himself - Engineer
James Newell ... Himself - Test Engineer
Tom Rivellini ... Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Neil Ross ... Narrator
Steve Silverman ... Himself - Technical Director, Planetary Systems, Raytheon
Steve Squyres ... Himself - Lead Science Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers
Adam Steltzner ... Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pete Theisinger ... Himself - Mars Exploration Rovers Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Art Thompson ... Himself - Rover Engineer
Ed Weiler ... Himself - Associate Administrator, NASA

Season 31, Episode 10: Secrets of the Crocodile Caves

20 January 2004

Lance Lewman ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 11: Dogs and More Dogs

3 February 2004
Nova explores ideas, many of them speculative, about how dogs became domesticated from wolves and how, under human influence, their great diversity of 600 breeds arose. Finally, the challenges many dogs face fitting into modern human society are examined.

John Lithgow ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 12: Descent Into the Ice

10 February 2004
A scientist scuba dives a flooded ice cave searching for a hidden lake under the Mount Blanc glacier. Such a lake burst its ice dam in 1892 causing a flash flood that killed hundreds.

Jeremiah Kissel ... Narrator
Peter Newman ... (voice)
Jack Ryland ... (voice)

Season 31, Episode 13: Crash of Flight 111

17 February 2004
Can the lessons of one air disaster help prevent another? What caused Swissair Flight 111 to plunge into waters off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998, killing all 229 people aboard? After four years and almost $40 million, investigators revealed that the accident was caused by factors that, alarmingly, still exist on many planes today. NOVA was given unprecedented access to this intricate investigation, involving a seemingly hopeless search for evidence among two million pieces of debris scattered across the ocean floor. The recovery of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder raised hopes until both were found to have failed during the last six minutes of the flight. Despite these daunting challenges, crash detectives methodically collected, sifted, and sorted through the wreckage to reassemble a large portion of the plane in a giant hangar, building a detailed picture of Flight 111's last moments. After years of painstaking recovery, reconstruction, and testing, the investigators submitted their conclusions and recommended new safety measures. But some experts still believe that another disaster like this one could be just a matter of time.
Ken Adams ... Himself
Armin Bruning ... Himself
Patricia Cahill ... Herself
Mark Clitsome ... Himself
Don Enns ... Himself
David Evans ... Himself
Jim Foot ... Himself
John Garstang ... Himself
Vic Gerden ... Himself
Miles Gerety ... Himself
Peter Goelz ... Himself
Louis Landriault ... Himself

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Mike Mathieu ... Himself
Larry Vance ... Himself

Season 31, Episode 14: Life and Death in the War Zone

2 March 2004
Nova examines the practice of wartime medicine by taking an inside look into the medical care offered to injured US troops during the Iraq War.
Beverly Beavers ... Herself - Major, Operations Officer, 21st Combat Support Hospital
James Bruckart ... Himself - Colonel, Commander, 21st Combat Support Hospital

George Bush ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Joseph Endrizzi ... Himself - Major, Urologist, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Ari Fleischer ... Himself - White House Press Secretary (archive footage)
Torin Howling Wolf ... Himself - Private First Class, Medic, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Dave Lounsbury ... Himself - Colonel, Deputy Commander, 10th Combat Support Hospital

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Bob Lyons ... Himself - Colonel, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services
David Mason ... Himself - Private First Class
Nhat Nguyen-Minh ... Himself - Major, General Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Christopher Niles ... Himself - Major, Anesthesiologist, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Glenn Paulino ... Himself - Sergeant First Class
John Powell ... Himself - Colonel, Commander, 10th Combat Support Hospital
Douglas Prevost ... Himself - Major, Orthopedic Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Suki Quattlebaum ... Herself - Captain, Ward Nurse, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Christian Ramirez ... Himself - Sergeant, Chemical Protection Specialist
Christina Ramirez ... Herself - Specialist, Preventative Medicine Specialist
Clark Searle ... Himself - Colonel, Orthopedic Surgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Renaldi Toledo ... Himself - Sergeant First Class, Senior Medical Noncommissioned Officer, 21st Combat Support Hospital
Dallas Walker ... Himself - Captain
Andrew Wiesen ... Himself - Major, Civil-Military Affairs, 62nd Brigade
Angela Winn ... Herself - Captain, Emergency Room Nurse, 21st Combat Support Hospital

Stan Taylor ... Himself - Laboratory NCOIC (uncredited)

Season 31, Episode 15: Hunt for the Supertwister

30 March 2004
Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting risk their lives to plumb the secrets of nature's most terrifying killer.
Howard Bluestein ... Himself
Kelvin Droegenmeier ... Himself
Gary England ... Himself
Gene Galusha ... Narrator
Roger Hill ... Himself
Tim Marshall ... Himself
Herb Stein ... Himself
Barbara Watson ... Herself
Lou Wicker ... Himself
Joshua Wurman ... Himself

Season 31, Episode 16: World in the Balance: The People Paradox

20 April 2004

Linda Amendola ... Translation voice
Rena Baskin ... Translation voice
Will Le Bow ... Translation voice

Celeste Oliva ... Translation voice

Oliver Platt ... Narrator

Season 31, Episode 17: World in the Balance: China Revs Up

15 April 2004

Season 31, Episode 18: Battle Plan Under Fire

4 May 2004


Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Calvin Sims ... Reporter
Scott Willis ... Reporter

Season 32


Season 32, Episode 1: Origins: Earth Is Born

28 September 2004


Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself / Narrator

Season 32, Episode 2: Origins: How Life Began

28 September 2004


Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself / Narrator

Season 32, Episode 3: Origins: Where Are the Aliens?

29 September 2004


Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Host / narrator

Season 32, Episode 4: Origins: Back to the Beginning

29 September 2004

Season 32, Episode 5: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

12 October 2004


Anthony Bourdain ... Himself
Kevin Cahill ... Himself (as Kevin Cahill M.D.)
Hasia Diner ... Herself
Richard Donat ... Himself / Narrator

Marian Tomas Griffin ... Mary Mallon
Judith Walzer Leavitt ... Herself
Barron Lerner ... Himself (as Barron Lerner M.D.)
Natalie Rose ... Josephine Baker
David Rosner ... Himself

Jere Shea ... George Soper

Season 32, Episode 6: America's Stone Age Explorers

9 November 2004
More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.
Robert Krulwich ... Himself
Peter Thomas ... Narrator

Season 32, Episode 7: Great Escape

16 November 2004

Richard Donat ... Narrator
Robert Krulwich ... Himself - Reporter

Season 32, Episode 8: Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land

23 November 2004
Nova follows an archaeological expedition into the Cave of Letters and examines the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire.
Elisabetta Boaretto ... Herself - Weizmann Institute of Science
Hannah Cotton ... Herself - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Keith David ... Narrator
Hanan Eshel ... Himself - Bar-Ilan University
Richard Freund ... Himself - University of Hartford
Harry Jol ... Himself - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Baruch Levine ... Himself - New York University
Gordon Moshman ... Himself - Physician
Pinhas Porat ... Himself - 1960 Excavation Team Member
Adolfo Roitman ... Himself - Head of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Carl Savage ... Himself - Drew University
Lawrence Schiffman ... Himself - New York University
Jack Shroder ... Himself - University of Nebraska at Omaha
Fred Strickert ... Himself - Wartburg College
Al Wolters ... Himself - Redeemer University College
Joe Zias ... Himself - Paleopathologist

Season 32, Episode 9: Welcome to Mars

4 January 2005
NOVA follows a team of scientists as the monitor the Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit runs into some problems, but Opportunity takes a photograph that may confirm the existence of water on Mars.
Mark Adler ... Himself - MER Mission Manager
Leo Bister ... Himself - Flight Director
Kevin Burke ... Himself - Mechanical Systems Engineer
Nathalie Cabrol ... Herself - NASA Ames Research Center
George Chen ... Himself
Philip R. Christensen ... Himself - Arizona State University (as Philip Christensen)
Jessica Collisson ... Herself - Flight Director
William Currie ... Himself
James Garvin ... Himself - Mars Program, Chief Scientist, NASA (as Jim Garvin)
Steve Gorevan ... Himself - Honeybee Robotics
John Grotzinger ... Himself - MIT
Andrew Knoll ... Himself - Harvard University (as Andy Knoll)
Joel Krajewski ... Himself - Engineer
Gentry Lee ... Himself - Mars Program Chief Engineer, Jet Propulsion Lab
Wayne Lee ... Himself
Chris Lewicki ... Himself - Flight Director
J. Scott MacLellan ... Himself
Rob Manning ... Himself - Entry Descent and Landing Manager
Dan McCleese ... Himself - Mars Program, Chief Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Hap McSween ... Himself - University of Tennessee
Tom Myrick ... Himself - Honeybee Robotics
Tracy Neilson ... Herself - Fault Protection Manager
Ed O'Dell ... Himself - Engineer
Sean O'Keefe ... Himself - NASA Administrator
Cindy Oda ... Herself - MER
Glenn Reeves ... Himself - Flight Software Architect

Neil Ross ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Smith ... Himself - University of Arizona
Steve Squyres ... Himself - Lead Science Investigator, MER
Adam Steltzner ... Himself - Mechanical Systems Lead
Pete Theisinger ... Himself - MER Project Manager
Jennifer Trosper ... Herself - Spirit Mission Manager
Matt Wallace ... Himself - Mission Manager
Ed Weiler ... Himself - NASA Associate Administrator
Reg Willson ... Himself
Serjik Zadourian ... Himself

Season 32, Episode 10: The Boldest Hoax

11 January 2005

Richard Donat ... Narrator

Season 32, Episode 11: Supersonic Dream

18 January 2005

Richard Donat ... Narrator

Season 32, Episode 12: The Viking Deception

8 February 2005
There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map. A faded, yellowing scrap of parchment bearing a faint tracery of lines, the map apparently shows the eastern seaboard of North America-yet it was drawn at least half a century before Columbus reached the New World. It seems to present unshakeable proof that the Vikings were the real discoverers of the Americas. But for 40 years, a bitter debate over its authenticity has raged among cartographers, historians, and scientists. Despite chemical analysis and radiocarbon tests, the case remained unresolved. Now, in an exclusive investigation, NOVA presents fresh evidence confirming that the map was probably one of the cleverest forgeries of all time, and probes who might have wanted to carry out the deception. In this enthralling cartographic detective story, NOVA pursues a trail from Scandinavia to Austria, Switzerland, London, and the U.S.
Gene Galusha ... Narrator

Season 32, Episode 13: Saving the National Treasures

15 February 2005


Eriq La Salle ... Voice

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 32, Episode 14: A Daring Flight

22 February 2005
In 1909, French aviation pioneer Louis Blériot becomes the first man to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine, Blériot's own Type XI monoplane. Nearly a century later, his grandson and namesake attempts a re-enactment of the historic flight that made his grandfather famous and catapulted France to the forefront of aviation technology.
Tom Crouch ... Himself - Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Sebastian Roché ... Louis Blériot

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 32, Episode 15: Wave That Shook the World

29 March 2005
Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami.
Richard Anthony ... Himself - Restaurant Owner
Simon Boxall ... Himself
Dan Cox ... Himself - Civil Engineer
Phil Cummins ... Himself
Ian Dick ... Himself - Lifeguard
Gene Galusha ... Narrator (voice)
Chris Goldfinger ... Himself
Richard Gross ... Himself
Thomas Heaton ... Himself - Engineering Seismologist
Barry Hirshhorn ... Himself (as Barry Hirshorn)
Geoff Mackley ... Himself - Cameraman
Charles McCreery ... Himself
Bill McGuire ... Himself - Volcanologist
Shenth Ravindra ... Himself - Train Passenger
Tom Travers ... Himself - Restaurant Owner
Stuart Weinstein ... Himself

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 33


Season 33, Episode 1: Mystery of the Megaflood

20 September 2005
The Channeled Scablands in Washington state defied conventional explanations for their formation for decades. Little by little evidence mounted for an old theory that was rejected by the scientific establishment. It involved glaciers, volcanoes, a relatively minor river and a prodigious amount of water.
Richard Donat ... Narrator

Season 33, Episode 2: Sinking the Supership

4 October 2005
A modern team of divers sets out to learn the secrets of the super battleship Yamato, the greatest ship of the Second World War.
Gerald Chew ... Voice over
Kay Tong Lim ... Voice over

Yu Beng Lim ... Voice over
Timothy Nga ... Voice over

Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 33, Episode 3: E=mc²: Einstein's Big Idea

11 October 2005
E = mc2 is not about an old Einstein, it's about a young, energetic, dynamic, even a sexy Einstein.

Season 33, Episode 4: Volcano Under the City

1 November 2005
Volcanologists climb into the caldera of Mount Nyiragongo, an active and unstable volcano, to collect samples the will help determine when, where and how it is likely to erupt next. Two million souls in the nearby city of Goma depend on the results.

Season 33, Episode 5: Hitler's Sunken Secret

8 November 2005


Neil Ross ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Season 33, Episode 6: Newton's Dark Secrets

15 November 2005
The auction of some of Newton's papers early in the 20th century uncovers the fact that he had a side other than the genius mathematician and visionary the world knew him as.

F. Murray Abraham ... Himself - Narrator

Roger Braban ... Historical Reenactment
Jed Buchwald ... Himself - California Institute of Technology
Gale Christianson ... Himself - Author, Isaac Newton
Morderchai Feingold ... Himself - California Institute of Technology
Johnston Forbes-Robertson ... Historical Reenactment
James Force ... Himself - University of Kentucky
Peter Galison ... Himself - Harvard University

Scott Handy ... Isaac Newton
Rob Iliffe ... Himself - Imperial College London
Walter Lewin ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Euan Macnaughton ... Historical Reenactment
Bill Newman ... Himself - Indiana University
Simon Schaffer ... Himself - University of Cambridge
Jamie Scholes ... Historical Reenactment
George Smith ... Himself - Dibner Institute
Pamela Smith ... Herself - Columbia University
Stephen Snobelen ... Himself - University of King's College
James Tovell ... Historical Reenactment

Season 33, Episode 7: Storm That Drowned a City

22 November 2005

Simon Boxall ... Himself
Billy Gomillion ... Himself
Walter Maestri ... Himself
Hassan Mashriqui ... Himself
Max Mayfield ... Himself
Ray Nagin ... Himself

Neil Ross ... Narrator
Stacey Stewart ... Himself
Ivor Van Heerden ... Himself
Richard Wagenaar ... Himself

Season 33, Episode 8: The Mummy Who Would Be King

3 January 2006


Stacy Keach ... Himself / Narrator

Season 33, Episode 9: Deadly Ascent

17 January 2006


Neil Ross ... Narrator

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator

Season 33, Episode 10: The Perfect Corpse

7 February 2006


Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 33, Episode 11: Jewel of the Earth

14 February 2006
This program examines and the many subtle secrets that scientists have teased out of insects trapped in amber.

David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator

Season 33, Episode 12: The Ghost Particle

21 February 2006
New theories explain the beginnings of creation.

Kathryn Walker ... Herself / Narrator

Season 33, Episode 13: Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice

28 February 2006

Maureen Bennett ... Lady Franklin
Richard Betts ... Joe
Kåre Conradi ... Roald Amundsen (as Corey Conradi)

Thom Fell ... James Fitzjames
Anthony Garner ... Sir John Franklin

Darri Ingolfsson ... Godfred Hansen
Bohdan Poraj ... Francis Crozier

Neil Ross ... Narrator

Christian Rubeck ... Gustav Wiik

Season 33, Episode 14: The Great Robot Race

27 March 2006
Nova follows a group of teams as they construct driverless vehicles for a 130-mile race across the Mojave Desert.

John Lithgow ... Himself - Narrator
Wayt Gibbs ... Himself - Senior Writer, Scientific American
Bruce Hall ... Himself - Team Digital Auto Drive
Dave Hall ... Himself - Team Digital Auto Drive
Ron Kurjanowicz ... Himself - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Anthony Levandowski ... Himself - Blue Team
Nick Miller ... Himself - Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Montemerlo ... Himself - Red Team
Kevin Peterson ... Himself - Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Gary Schmiedel ... Himself - Oshkosh Trucks
Tony Tether ... Himself - DARPA
Sebastian Thrun ... Himself - Stanford University
William Whittaker ... Himself - Carnegie Mellon University (as William 'Red' Whittaker)

Season 33, Episode 15: Voyage to the Mystery Moon

4 April 2006
Nova follows the Cassini probe on it's voyage to Saturn's moon Titan. Along the way it examines a variety of other wonders of the solar system before attempting to land and photograph the surface of Titan.

Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 33, Episode 16: Dimming the Sun

18 April 2006
The scientific community took some time to accept the evidence that the level of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface had declined in recent decades because, from a narrow minded perspective, it seemed to contradict the phenomenon of global warming. Nova follows the scientists working to find the cause of global dimming but the emphasis of the program is a stern warning about global worming.

Kathryn Walker ... Narrator

Season 34


Season 34, Episode 1: Building on Ground Zero

5 September 2006


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 34, Episode 2: Mystery of the Megavolcano

26 September 2006
An eruption of a megavolcano may be the most likely cataclysmic event the earth faces in the present day. Four scientists independently uncover evidence of such an eruption just 75,000 years ago that radically altered the global climate for a millennium and probably disrupted human colonization of the earth.

Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 34, Episode 3: The Deadliest Plane Crash

17 October 2006


Paul Bandey ... Co-Pilot Robert Bragg
Barry Davis ... Himself - Consultant
Mike Dineen ... Flight Engineer George Warns
Gérard Feldzer ... Himself - Aviation Consultant
Michael Hofland ... Captain Van Zanten

Randall Holden ... Captain Victor Grubbs
Nicholas Mead ... Flight Engineer Willem Schreuder
Grégory Reznik ... Joe Rezwin

Neil Ross ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Bruce Van Barthold ... Co-Pilot Klaas Meurs

Season 34, Episode 4: Monster of the Milky Way

31 October 2006

Eric Becklin ... Himself
Gregory Benford ... Himself
Tiziana Di Matteo ... Herself
Reinhard Genzel ... Himself
Andrea Ghez ... Herself
Andrew Hamilton ... Himself
Brian McNamara ... Himself

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator
Antony A. Stark ... Himself

Kip Thorne ... Himself

Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself

Season 34, Episode 5: Wings of Madness

7 November 2006
Nova reviews the contribution of Alberto Santos Dumont in the early days of aircraft development and his uncanny ability to abandon one line of endeavor for a technology with better long term potential.

Kathryn Walker ... Narrator (voice)
Paul Hoffman ... Himself - Author of Wings of Madness
Richard P. Hallion ... Himself - Author of Taking Flight
Stéphane Nicolau ... Himself - Aviation Historian
Tom Crouch ... Himself - Curator of Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Alan Calassa ... Himself - Aviation Enthusiast
Alini Calassa ... Herself - Daughter of Alan Calassa
Gérard Feldzer ... Himself - Director of Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Dan Taylor ... Himself - Historian and Aviator
Guy Wardovoir ... Himself - Aviator
Marcel Miranda ... Young Santos-Dumont
Pascal Gauthier ... Alberto Santos-Dumont
Bernard Bourgery ... Henry Deitsch de la Meurthe

Season 34, Episode 6: Family That Walks on All Fours

14 November 2006

Sean B. Carroll ... Himself
Aslan Chopoorian ... (voice)
Wolfgang Enard ... Himself
Nicholas Humphrey ... Himself
Svante Pääbo ... Himself

Kathryn Walker ... Herself / Narrator

Season 34, Episode 7: Underwater Dream Machine

26 December 2006


Neil Ross ... Narrator

Season 34, Episode 8: Forgotten Genius

6 February 2007

Shawn Agard ... Lynching Victim
Ray Almeida ... Young Percy Julian
Ceoria Coats ... Grandmother
Carmen Dillon ... Great Grandmother
Frank Harrison ... Senate Chairman O'Mahoney
Pamela Lambert ... Anna Julian
Raymond Lambert ... Percy Julian 10 yrs Old
Edward Logan ... Grandfather
Sean McGuirk ... Counsel Hollabaugh
Jonathan Niles ... Josef Pikl
Bobbie Patrick ... Percy's Mother

Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Percy Julian
Langston Toxey ... Percy Julian Jr.

Courtney B. Vance ... Narrator
Gregory Velez ... James Julian

Donald Watson ... Prof. Blanchard

Season 34, Episode 9: The Last Great Ape

13 February 2007

Lance Lewman ... Narrator

Season 34, Episode 10: Kings of Camouflage

3 April 2007

Jean Geary Boal ... Herself, Millersville University
Roger Hanlon ... Himself - Marine Biological Laboratory
Lance Lewman ... Narrator
Mark Norman ... Himself - Museum Victoria
Jesse E. Purdy ... Himself - comparative biologist, Southwestern University
Ronald Sarante ... Himself - Australian reef guide

Season 34, Episode 11: First Flower

1 April 2007


Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 34, Episode 12: Saved by the Sun

24 April 2007

Lance Lewman ... Narrator

Season 34, Episode 13: Pocahontas Revealed

8 May 2007

Season 34, Episode 14: Bone Diggers

10 June 2007
Nova follows the excavation of a paleontologist's gold mine, an Australian cave containing fossils of eight new species of kangaroo, and the ultimate prize, a complete skeleton of the marsupial lion, thylacoleo carnifex, previously know only from fragments. The complete skeleton enables scientists to predict the animals appearance, method of locomotion and hunting behavior.

Neil Ross ... Himself / Narrator

Season 34, Episode 15: The Great Inca Rebellion

26 June 2007
Recent archaeological research begins to reveal how a small number of Spanish fortune hunters could conquer the mighty Inca Empira. The evidences calls into question the accepted story of the conquest recorded by Spanish scribes. More likely, the Spanish were aided by native allies rebelling against Inca rule.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 35


Season 35, Episode 1: Secrets of the Samurai Sword

9 October 2007
Nova follows the creation of a katana from raw iron ore to finished masterpiece, through the hands of fifteen master artisans as scientists explain the chemistry and physics at each step that makes it a superb piece of engineering.
Takako Hayashi ... (voice)
Rob Tinworth ... Himself / Narrator

Season 35, Episode 2: Ghost in Your Genes

17 October 2007
Following the mapping of the human genome scientists discovered there is a huge new chapter in the genetics story. Dubbed epigenetics, it involves the chemical markers on DNA that effectively turn genes on or off dramatically influencing growth and development. The markers vary widely from person to person and tissue to tissue and are influenced not just by the environment but by experiences. Most remarkably the markers can be inherited generation after generation.

Neil Ross ... Himself / Narrator

Season 35, Episode 3: Marathon Challenge

30 October 2007
What does it take for the average person to run one of the world's toughest races? NOVA finds out in a program that's both a human story and an intriguing scientific exploration of the way our bodies respond to intense exercise demands. Filmed in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association, NOVA has been granted unprecedented access to the Boston Marathon course and will take viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body. Every year thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run the city's marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test of stamina and endurance. In the summer of 2006, NOVA began following 13 novices as they took the first step toward completing the 26.2-mile race in April 2007. The group of participants includes a variety of people from diverse backgrounds - a young woman running in memory of her mother, who died in a tragic car accident; a working single mom; even a former NFL linebacker - the unifying element is that not one of them is currently a runner. Over the nine-month training period, exercise and nutrition scientists and doctors at Tufts University use sophisticated technology to monitor the physical transformations that the participants undergo. Intimate interviews reveal the highs and lows along the way. The experience will demand a transformation of mind and body; NOVA cameras will be there, following every step.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 35, Episode 4: Sputnik Declassified

6 November 2007
Nova examines the goals of the highly secretive American space program prior to Sputnik. The Eisenhower Administration's covert objectives in space gave the impression that the Soviets had a commanding lead in space technology.

Neil Ross ... Himself / Narrator

Season 35, Episode 5: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

13 November 2007
When the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania votes to require science teachers to read a statement touting Intelligent Design as a scientific alternative to Darwin's Theory of Evolution parents sue the district, leading to a trial in which the judge must decide if Intelligent Design is merely a new name for creationism, already banned in public schools as being religious in nature.
Jay Benedict ... Judge John Jones

Anthony Edridge ... Robert Muise
Michael Fitzpatrick ... Scott Minnich
Paul Haley ... Richard Thompson
Lewis Hancock ... Michael Behe
Jeff Harding ... Kenneth R. Miller
James Jordan ... Bill Buckingham
Richard Laing ... Alan Bonsell
Jamie Lennox ... Matt - AV Assistant
Eric Lorin ... Eric Rothschild
Ryan McCluskey ... Vic Walczak

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Paul Venables ... Kevin Padian
Debora Weston ... Barbara Forrest
Nigel Whitney ... Stephen Harvey
Glenn Wrage ... Patrick Gillen

Season 35, Episode 6: Master of the Killer Ants

20 November 2007

E.O. Wilson ... Himself (as Edward O. Wilson)

Neil Ross ... Himself / Narrator

Season 35, Episode 7: Missing in MiG Alley

18 December 2007
Nova reviews the air war between Russian Mig 15s and American F86 Sabres over Korea. With the Russians anxious for information about American aerial combat tactics and the F86, many people speculate that some American pilots who are still MIA were taken to Russia for interrogation. Their families hope they may still be alive.

Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Cope ... Himself
Michael Dearmond
Tom Foley ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard P. Hallion ... Himself

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
Yevgeny Pepeliayev ... Himself
Dan Quayle ... Himself (archive footage)

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)

Chuck Yeager ... Himself (archive footage)
Boris Yeltsin ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 35, Episode 8: Absolute Zero: The Conquest of Cold

8 January 2008
Our mastery of cold is something we take for granted, whether it s air conditioning and frozen food or the liquefied gases and superconductivity at the heart of cutting-edge technology. But what is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?
Marsha Ackerman ... Herself - Author, 'Cool Comfort'
Raymond Arsenault ... Himself - University of Southern Florida
Hasok Chang ... Himself - University College London
Robert Fox ... Himself - University of Oxford
Alan Griffin ... Himself - University of Toronto
Dennis Picard ... Himself - Storrowton Museum

Neil Ross ... Narrator (voice)
Simon Schaffer ... Himself - University of Cambridge
Tom Shachtman ... Himself - Author - 'Absolute Zero'
Andrew Szydlo ... Himself - Chemistry Historian

Season 35, Episode 9: Absolute Zero: The Race for Absolute Zero

15 January 2008
Nova examines scientific efforts to produce colder and colder temperatures.
Iain Agnew ... James Dewar
Eric Cornell ... Himself - University of Colorado
Kostas Gavroglu ... Himself - University of Athens
Alan Griffin ... Himself - University of Toronto
Lene Vestergaard Hau ... Herself - Harvard University
Heike Kammerlingh ... Henk Van Rooyen
Wolfgang Ketterle ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics
Daniel Kleppner ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics
Seth Lloyd ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Neil Ross ... Narrator (voice)
Simon Schaffer ... Himself - University of Cambridge
Tom Shachtman ... Himself - Author, 'Absolute Zero'
Peter Shor ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Applied Mathematics
Dirk Van Delft ... Himself - Boerhaave Museum
Johannes Van Der Waals ... Marinus Smit
Carl Weiman ... Himself - University of Colorado

Season 35, Episode 10: Secrets of the Parthenon

29 January 2008
Nova checks in to see how the multi-decade restoration of the Parthenon is going. They find the restorers dealing with a massive jigsaw puzzle with pieces that are only slightly different, many of which are broken or missing, and the remaining pieces were reassembled wrong by the last restoration team. Even modern methods are not up to the challenge of reconstructing the missing pieces with the necessary precision so it is necessary to rediscover the ancient methods.

Season 35, Episode 11: Astrospies

12 February 2008
This documentary investigates the background of a secret 1960s USAF space project named MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) and its Russian counterpart ALMAZ.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 35, Episode 12: Ape Genius

19 February 2008

Josep Call ... Himself

Jane Goodall ... Herself (archive footage)
Brian Hare ... Himself
Victoria Horner ... Herself
Tetsuro Matsuzawa ... Himself
Judy Preuzt ... Herself
Rebecca Saxe ... Herself
David Slavin ... Himself / Narrator
Michael Tomasell ... Himself
Andrew Whiten ... Himself

Season 35, Episode 13: The Four-Winged Dinosaur

26 February 2008
A Chinese paleontologist flies into controversy when he discovers a four winged dinosaur and claims it is the missing link between dinosaurs and birds rather than evolving from reptiles. Opposing sides in the controversy prepare skeletal reproductions to demonstrate their position but neither can figure out how the creature could possibly fly, leading to the creation of a detailed, poseable scale model for wind tunnel testing.
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator

Season 35, Episode 14: Cracking the Maya Code

8 April 2008
Nova examines the fascinating history behind the scientific effort to decode the Mayan writing system.
Michael D. Coe ... Himself - Author, 'Breaking the Maya Code' (as Dr. Michael D. Coe)
William L. Fash ... Himself - Archeologist, Harvard University
Gillett Griffin ... Himself - Art Historian, Princeton University
Nicholas Hopkins ... Himself - Linguist, Florida State University
Stephen D. Houston ... Himself - Archeologist, Brown University
Kathryn Josserand ... Herself - Linguist, Florida State University
Barbara MacLeod ... Herself - Linguist and Anthropologist
Simon Martin ... Himself - Epigrapher - University of Pennsylvania Museum
Peter Mathews ... Himself - Epigrapher, La Trobe University
Lolmay Garcia Matzar ... Himself - Linguist, OKMA Language Center

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Linda Schele ... Herself - Epigrapher, University of Texas, Austin
David Stuart ... Himself - Epigrapher, University of Texas at Austin
George Stuart ... Himself - Historian

Season 35, Episode 15: Car of the Future

22 April 2008
Click and Clack from NPR's Car Talk look at the future of motor vehicle transportation. New designs, new construction materials and new fuel sources are all discussed. Social and Political issues are also touched on lightly.

John Lithgow ... Narrator
Ray Magliozzi ... Himself
Tom Magliozzi ... Himself

Season 35, Episode 16: A Walk to Beautiful

13 May 2008
A difficult journey that begins in loneliness and shame for thousands of Ethiopian women ends in a productive new life and hope for the future in this award-winning film. Shot against a starkly beautiful landscape, A Walk to Beautiful shares the inspiring stories of three women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of treatment for obstetric fistula. In a courageous attempt to reclaim their lives, these women embark on a remarkable journey.

Season 35, Episode 17: Lord of the Ants

20 May 2008
Narrated by Harrison Ford. At age 78, E.O. Wilson is still going through his 'little savage' phase of boyhood exploration of the natural world. NOVA profiles this soft-spoken Southerner and Professor Emeritus at Harvard, who is an acclaimed advocate for ants, biological diversity, and the controversial extension of Darwinian ideas to human society.
Stuart Altmann ... Himself

Harrison Ford ... Himself / Narrator
Bert Hölldobler ... Himself
Richard Lewontin ... Himself
Dan Simberloff ... Himself
Steve Tendrich ... Himself
E.O. Wilson ... Himself

Season 36


Season 36, Episode 1: Arctic Dinosaurs

17 October 2008
Dinosaurs are generally considered tropical animals. So what are their fossils doing north of the arctic circle? Paleontologists battle the fierce climate to find out if the arctic was warmer then than it is now, or the arctic was farther from the North Pole, or the dinosaurs were migratory animals, or if they warm blooded.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 36, Episode 2: Space Shuttle Disaster

14 October 2008
A look at the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003. It includes interviews with shuttle astronauts, family members, flight control personnel, administrators and investigators. Also included is a brief history of the space shuttle program.

Buzz Aldrin ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Michael P. Anderson ... Himself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)

Neil Armstrong ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
LeRoy Cain ... Himself - Columbia Flight Manager
Kalpana Chawla ... Herself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)
Jon Clark ... Himself - Husband of Astronaut Laurel Clark
Laurel Clark ... Herself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)
Eileen Collins ... Herself - Astronaut (voice)
Michael Collins ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Richard O. Covey ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Hal Gehman ... Himself - Admiral and Head of Columbia Accident Investigation Board (archive footage)
Michael Griffin ... Himself - Nasa Administrator
Bill Harwood ... Himself - Cbs News Space Analyst
Jeffrey Hoffman ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Scott Hubbard ... Himself - Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Rick Husband ... Himself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)
Gregory Jarvis ... Himself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage)
Roger Launius ... Himself - National Air and Space Museum
John M. Logsdon ... Himself - Space Policy Institute
Christa McAuliffe ... Herself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage)
Willie McCool ... Himself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)
Howard McCurdy ... Himself - American University
Ron McNair ... Himself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage)
Story Musgrave ... Himself - Astronaut
Don A. Nelson ... Himself - Nasa Engineer

Richard Nixon ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Sean O'Keefe ... Himself - Nasa Administrator
Ellison Onizuka ... Himself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage)
Douglas Osheroff ... Himself - Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Ilan Ramon ... Himself - Columbia Astronaut (archive footage)
Judith A. Resnik ... Herself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage)
Allen Richardson ... Himself - Boeing Engineer
Rodney Rocha ... Himself - Columbia Division Chief Engineer
Harrison Schmitt ... Himself - Astronaut
John Schwartz ... Himself - New York Times
Michael J. Smith ... Himself - Challenger Astronaut (archive footage) (as Michael John J. Smith)

Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself / Narrator

Season 36, Episode 3: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

21 October 2008

Niels Bohr ... Himself, Physicist (archive footage)
David Deutsch ... Himself, Physicist

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)

Mark Everett ... Himself
Richard Feynman ... Himself, Physicist (archive footage)

Stefanie E. Frame ... Herself / Narrator
Max Tegmark ... Himself, Astrophysicist, Massachussets Institute of Technology
John Wheeler ... Himself, Princeton University (archive footage)

Season 36, Episode 4: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

28 October 2008
A look at fractal geometry, and how it is found just about everywhere in everything, and how the mathematics of fractals can be used to model and measure such things as mountains, coastlines, telephone line noise and heart rhythm. It also shows how they are used in animation, communications and textile design.
Ralph Abraham ... Himself - University of California - Santa Cruz
Loren Carpenter ... Himself, Pixar Animation Studio
Dana Cartwright ... Himself - Designer Software - LLC

Hayden Christensen ... Anakin Skywalker from 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith' (archive footage)
Keith Devlin ... Himself, Stanford University
Willi Geiger ... Himself - Industrial Light & Magic

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (archive footage)
Benoît B. Mandelbrot ... Himself - physicist - Yale University (as Benoit Mandelbrot)

Ewan McGregor ... Obi-Wan Kenobi from 'Revenge Of The Sith' (archive footage)

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock from 'Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan' (archive footage)
Jennifer Ouellette ... Herself - Science writer

Neil Ross ... Himself / Narrator

William Shatner ... Captain Kirk (archive footage)
Geoffrey West ... Himself - Santa Fe Institute

Season 36, Episode 5: Alien from Earth

11 November 2008
NOVA investigates the furious scientific debate raging over what "Hobbit" bones represent.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 36, Episode 6: The Bible's Buried Secrets

18 November 2008
A powerful partnership between science and scholarship breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, their faith in a single, omnipotent God and the creation of the Bible.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

Stockard Channing ... (voice)
Gabriel Barkay ... Himself - Bar-Ilan University
Amnon Ben Tor ... Himself - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Manfred Bietak ... Himself - Austrian Academy of Sciences
Joan R. Branham ... Herself - Providence College
Thomas Cahill ... Himself - Author
Itshak Cohen
Michael Coogan ... Himself - Stonehill College
Gila Cook ... Herself - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
William G. Dever ... Himself - University of Arizona
Abu Elias
Rani Espanioly
Israel Finkelstein ... Himself - Tel Aviv University
Ali Gamal
Ayelet Gayego
Daniel Gayego
Itanow Gayego
Yehonatan Gayego
Daniel Halevi
Meni Behyamin M. Harbi
Shmaryahu Hillel
David Ilan ... Himself - Hebrew Union College - Jerusalem
Dior Isaban
Romy Knebd
Yael Yanil Laktoosh
Ehod Lederman
Natanel Levi
Joseph Magen
Jodi Magness ... Herself - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Ethan Matoof
Eilat Mazar ... Herself - Shalem Center
P. Kyle McCarter ... Himself - Johns Hopkins University
Ram Mizrahi
Monder Mohlastr
Ohad Naharin
Yoseph Peled
Johan Portnoi
Marcelo Portnoi
Donald Redford ... Himself - Pennsylvania State University (as Dr. Donald Redford)
Sugi Rehevi
Daiit Shoshar
Shayna Silverman
Evone Simaan
Sharon Zuckerman ... Herself - Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Not Sure If This Is Same Zuckerman Already in Your Database)

Season 36, Episode 7: Ocean Animal Emergency

25 November 2008
San Francisco veterinarian Dr. Frances Gulland is committed to saving sick marine mammals, but she's also desperately trying to figure out what's killing them.

John Benjamin Hickey ... Himself / Narrator

Season 36, Episode 8: Is There Life on Mars?

30 December 2008


Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 36, Episode 9: The Big Energy Gamble

20 January 2009
Nova investigates California's aggressive pro-environment energy policies and examines whether such policies will be good or bad for business.
Tom Austin ... Himself - Sierra Research, Inc.

Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself - Actor
Steven Chu ... Himself - United States Secretary of Energy
Carolyn Coquillette ... Herself - Luscious Garage
Chuck DeVore ... Himself - California State Assembly Member
Van Jones ... Himself - Green for All
Daniel Kammen ... Himself - University of California, Berkeley
Rodney Lee ... Himself - Solar Richmond Graduate
Marlo Lewis Jr. ... Himself - Competitive Enterprise Institute
Jim Malkiewicz ... Himself - Wickline Bedding Company
Myra Malkiewicz ... Herself - Wickline Bedding Company

Bill Nye ... Himself - Science Educator
Willie Mae Payne ... Himself - Richmond
Martin Roscheisen ... Himself - Nanosolar, Inc.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself - Governor of California
Vijay Vaitheeswaran ... Himself - The Economist
Bill Weihl ... Himself - Google, Inc.
Jacob Woodruff ... Himself - Nanosolar, Inc.
Cal Worthington ... Himself - The Worthington Dealership Group

Season 36, Episode 10: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

27 January 2009
NOVA flies along with the monarch butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.
Homero Aridjis ... Himself - Author
Lincoln Brower ... Himself - Sweet Briar College
Bill Calvert ... Himself - Zoologist

Stockard Channing ... Herself - Narrator
David Gibo ... Himself - University of Toronto
Chip Taylor ... Himself - University of Kansas

Season 36, Episode 11: The Spy Factory

3 February 2009
Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.
James Bamford ... Himself - Author, 'The Shadow Factory'
Frank Blanco ... Himself - NSA Executive Director, 1999-2001
David Murfee Faulk ... Himself - Former NSA Voice Interceptor
Eric Haseltine ... Himself - NSA Director of Research, 2002-2005
Michael Hayden ... Himself - Nsa Director, 1999-2005 (archive footage)
Eleanor Hill ... Herself - Staff Director, Congressional 9 / 11 Committee
Adrienne Kinne ... Herself - Former NSA Voice Interceptor
Mark Klein ... Himself - Former AT&T Technician
Robert L. Popp ... Himself
Brian Reid ... Himself - Internet Systems Consortium
Mark Rossini ... Himself - Former FBI Supervisory Agent
Tim Sample ... Himself - Former Staff Director, House Intelligence Committee

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Michael Scheuer ... Himself - Former CIA Analyst

Season 36, Episode 12: Rat Attack

24 February 2009
Every 48 years, swarms of rodents invade homes and attack crops in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. Nova follows investigators as they try to determine why.

Jamie Effros ... Narrator (voice)
Ken Aplin ... Himself - Australian National Wildlife Collection
Daniel Janzen ... Himself - University of Pennsylvania (as Dr. Daniel Janzen)
James Lalsiamliana ... Himself - Biologist
I.V. Ramanuja Rao ... Himself - International Network for Bamboo and Rattan

Season 36, Episode 13: Extreme Ice

24 March 2009
Nova offers a glimpse at the breathtaking wonders of the extreme North. The time-lapsed images collected by photojournalist James Balog show the alarming effects of climate change.
Richard Alley ... Himself - Penn State University

James Balog ... Himself - Extreme Ice Survey
Jason Box ... Himself - The Ohio State University
Sarah Das ... Herself - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ian Howat ... Himself - The Ohio State University
Ian Joughin ... Himself - University of Washington
Adam LeWinter ... Himself - Extreme Ice Survey
Shad O'Neal ... Himself - U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center
Tad Pfeffer ... Himself - University of Colorado at Boulder

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Mark Serreze ... Himself - National Snow & Ice Data Center
James White ... Himself - University of Colorado at Boulder

Season 36, Episode 14: Megabeasts' Sudden Death

31 March 2009
Thirteen thousand years ago a great tragedy in North American history caused the extinction of 35 species of large mammals. Scientists are divided on whether the cause was climate change or human predation. Nova follows the investigation of the evidence supporting a third controversial hypothesis; comet impact.

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator

Season 36, Episode 15: Doctors' Diaries: Part One

7 April 2009
NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987.

Season 36, Episode 16: Doctors' Diaries: Part Two

14 April 2009

Season 36, Episode 17: Musical Minds

30 June 2009

Alan Yentob ... Himself / Narrator

Season 37


Season 37, Episode 1: Darwin's Darkest Hour

6 October 2009
Charles Darwin is taken aback when he receives a manuscript from a colleague, Alfred Wallace, which contains many of the same conclusions as he on evolution and the development of various species. Darwin's theory was developed over a great many years and in flashbacks, the manner in which it developed is shown. He had many supporters and likely more critics. He knew that his ideas were radical and that they would conflict with religious thought on the subject of creation. In reviewing his thoughts however, he realizes that he can without much difficulty claim to have been the first to develop the theory. These events spur him on to publish his findings in his now famous book.

Henry Ian Cusick ... Charles Darwin

Frances O'Connor ... Emma Darwin

Nigel Bennett ... Sir Charles Lyell
Richard Donat ... Dr. Robert Darwin
Vanessa Walton-Bone ... Elizabeth Wedgwood

Jeremy Akerman ... Parslow
Daniel Lillford ... Dr. Engleheart
John O'Keefe ... Postman

Rhys Bevan-John ... Alfred Wallace
Mike MacPhee ... William Fitzroy (as Mike McPhee)
Jacob Robertson ... Frank Darwin
Simon Pattison ... Horace Darwin
Owen Pattison ... Lenny Darwin
Rosin Boyle ... Etty Darwin (as Roisin Boyle)
Jeff Schwager ... John Gould

Andrea Lee Norwood ... Jane
Lee J. Campbell ... John Bennett
David Hughes ... Reverend Innes

Andrew Gillies ... Uncle Jos Wedgwood
Emily Power ... Annie Darwin
Gordon Gammie ... Dr. Robert Grant (as Gordan Gammie)

Gary Levert ... Joseph Dalton Hooker
Andre Davey ... Society Member (uncredited)

Joe the Dog ... Darwin's Dog (uncredited)

Kevin Kumar-Misir ... Andes Companion (uncredited)

Season 37, Episode 2: Hubble's Amazing Rescue

13 October 2009
Nova takes an inside look at space shuttle mission STS-125 and the efforts to service the almost two decade old Hubble Space telescope.
Scott D. Altman ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
Matt Ashmore ... Himself - Hubble Tool Engineer
Mark Behnke ... Himself - Hubble Tool Engineer
Rushmore DeNooyer ... Himself / Narrator
Drew Feustel ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
Eric Foster ... Himself - Goddard Space Flight Center
Tomas Gonzalez-Torres ... Himself - Lead Spacewalk Instructor
Mike Good ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
Michael Griffin ... Himself - NASA Administrator, Retired
John Mace Grunsfeld ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
Christy Hansen ... Herself - NASA Astronaut Trainer
Mark Jarosz ... Himself - Goddard Space Flight Center
Greg Johnson ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
David Leckrone ... Himself
Michael J. Massimino ... Himself - NASA Astronaut
Megan McArthur ... Herself - NASA Astronaut
Charles Mattias 'Matt' Mountain ... Himself - Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
Story Musgrave ... Himself - NASA Astronaut, Retired
Ed Rezac ... Himself - Goddard Space Flight Center
Ken Sembach ... Himself - Hubble Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Chuck Shaw ... Himself - Director, Hubble Servicing Mission
Ed Weiler ... Himself - NASA Science Mission Directorate

Season 37, Episode 3: Lizard Kings

20 October 2009
This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as the most evolutionarily advanced of the lizards. Dr. Eric Pianka, who studied lizards for forty years in Australia, serves as guide. Program concludes with the customary, trite comment on human impact on climate change and the environment.
Gordon Burghardt ... Himself - Biopsychologist
Eric Pianka ... Himself - Ecologist
Christian Rutz ... Himself - Oxford University
Ian Stephen ... Himself - London Zoo

Season 37, Episode 4: Becoming Human: First Steps

3 November 2009
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.
Zeresenay Alemseged ... Himself - California Academy of Sciences
Michel Brunet ... Himself - College de France
Peter de Menocal ... Himself - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Yannick Garcin ... Himself - University of Potsdam
Ralph Holloway ... Himself - Columbia University
Donald Carl Johanson ... Himself - Institute of Human Origins
Annett Junginger ... Herself - University of Potsdam
John Kingston ... Himself - Emory University
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
Daniel Lieberman ... Himself - Harvard University
Mark Maslin ... Himself - University College London
Daniel Melnick ... Himself - University of Potsdam
Rick Potts ... Himself - Smithsonian Institution
Todd Preuss ... Himself - Emory University
Brian Richmond ... Himself - The George Washington University
Mark Stoneking ... Himself - Max Planck Institute

Season 37, Episode 5: Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity

10 November 2009
Nova examines the ancestors of man by attempting to to reconstruct what they look like, what tools they used, and how they lived. Special focus is given to Homo erectus.
Jordi Agusti ... Himself - Catalan Institute of Paleoecology
Susan Antón ... Herself - New York University
Viktor Deak ... Himself - Paleoartist
Christopher Dean ... Himself - University College London
Ralph Holloway ... Himself - Columbia University
Donald Carl Johanson ... Himself - Institute of Human Origins
Susan Larson ... Herself - Stony Brook University
Meave Leakey ... Herself - National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Richard Leakey ... Himself - National Geographic Grantee
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
Daniel Lieberman ... Himself - Harvard University
David Lordkipanidze ... Himself - Georgian National Museum
Rick Potts ... Himself - Smithsonian Institution
John Shea ... Himself - Stony Brook University
Mark Stoneking ... Himself - Max Planck Institute
Richard Wrangham ... Himself - Harvard University

Season 37, Episode 6: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing

17 November 2009
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.
Juan Luis Arsuaga ... Himself - Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Dominique Bonjean ... Himself - Archeologie Andennaise
Stu Chase ... Neanderthal
Viktor Deak ... Himself - Paleoartist

Teo Halm ... Neanderthal Boy
Katerina Harvati ... Herself - University of Tübingen
Chris Henshilwood ... Himself - University of Bergen
Ralph Holloway ... Himself - Columbia University
Jean-Jacques Hublin ... Himself - Max Planck Institute
Donald Carl Johanson ... Himself - Institute of Human Origins
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
Daniel Lieberman ... Himself - Harvard University
Curtis Marean ... Himself - Institute of Human Origins
Svante Pääbo ... Himself - Max Planck Institute
Michael Richards ... Himself - Max Planck Institute
John Shea ... Himself - Stony Brook University
Michel Toussaint ... Himself - University of Liege
Spencer Wells ... Himself - National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Season 37, Episode 7: What Are Dreams?

24 November 2009
Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them.
Deirdre Barrett ... Herself - Harvard Medical School
Tina Cursley ... Herself - Wife of Research Subject
Tom Cursley ... Himself - Research Subject
G. William Domhoff ... Himself - University of California, Santa Cruz
Erica Harris ... Herself - Boston University
Jamie Heffron ... Himself / Narrator
Heather Jones ... Herself - Research Subject
Howard Katz ... Himself - Boston Psychoanalytic Institute
Patrick Mcnamara ... Himself - Boston University
Sara Mednick ... Herself - University of California, San Diego
Antti Revonsuo ... Himself - University of Turku
John Shneerson ... Himself - Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, England
Mark Solms ... Himself - University of Cape Town
Robert Stickgold ... Himself - Harvard Medical School
Matthew Wilson ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Antonio Zadra ... Himself - University of Montreal

Season 37, Episode 8: What Darwin Never Knew

29 December 2009
A look at Charles Darwin, his book On The Origin of Species, and how his theory of evolution is explained. It includes Darwin's observations through work on the Human Genome Project.
Ellen Becker-Gray ... Opthamologist

Jerry Chu
Kandace C. Cummings (as Kandace Cummings)
Olivia Judson ... Herself
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
Neil Shubin ... Himself

Karl Steudel ... Charles Darwin

Season 37, Episode 9: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor

5 January 2010
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor included five midget submarines. Four of the submarines failed in their mission being destroyed or captured. Nova follows the investigation of a mysterious ship wreck to determine if it is the fifth submarine, if it successfully launched its torpedoes and if so did it succeed in in attacking any ships.
Masanori Andou ... Himself (as Cdr. Masanori Andou)
Arnold Bauer ... Himself
Burl Burlingame ... Himself
John Chatterton ... Himself
Kichija Dewa ... Himself
Peter Hsu ... Himself
Akira Iriye ... Himself
Lori Johnston ... Herself
Terry Kerby ... Himself, Director of Operations, NOAA / Hurl
Roger Long ... Himself
David Loring ... Himself
Daniel Martinez ... Himself
Chester W. Nimitz ... Himself, U.S. Naval Adminiral (archive footage)
Go Okumoto ... Himself
John Rodgaard ... Himself (as Captain John Rodgaard)
Matt Russell ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Parks Stephenson ... Himself
Donald Stratton ... Himself (as Donald G. Stratton)
Tom Taylor ... Himself
Kazuo Ueda ... Himself (as Vice Admiral Kazuo Ueda)

Season 37, Episode 10: Building Pharaoh's Ship

12 January 2010
Nova explores ancient Egyptian techniques of ship building by following a team of archaeologist as they construct a ship based on ancient designs.

Adam Alexi-Malle ... Mahroos (voice)
Kathryn Bard ... Herself - Boston University
Mosaad El-Hedek ... Himself - Shipwright
Mohamed Abd El-Maguid ... Himself - Underwater Archaeologist

Ramsey Faragallah ... (voice)
Rodolfo Fattovich ... Himself - Archeologist
Hamdy Lahma ... Himself - Shipwright
Mahrous Lahma ... Himself - Shipwright
Reda Lahma ... Himself - Shipwright
Yosry Lahma ... Himself - Shipwright
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
David Vann ... Himself - Author, 'A Mile Down'
Tom Vosmer ... Himself - Maritime Archaeologist
Cheryl Ward ... Herself - Coastal Carolina University

Season 37, Episode 11: Riddles of the Sphinx

19 January 2010
Nova investigates the Great Sphinx of Egypt in an attempt to understand its origin, creation, and purpose.
Laura Brown ... Himself - Handshouse Studio
Rick Brown ... Himself - Handshouse Studio
Gunter Dreyer ... Himself - German Archaeological Institute

Ramsey Faragallah ... (voice)

Zahi Hawass ... Himself - Supreme Council of Antiquities
Mark Lehner ... Himself - Ancient Egypt Research Associates
Fathi Mohamed ... Himself - Sculptor

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Rainer Stadelmann ... Himself - German Archaeological Institute
Kasia Szpakowska ... Herself - Swansea University

Season 37, Episode 12: Ghosts of Machu Picchu

2 February 2010
Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.
Valerie Andrushko ... Herself - Southern Connecticut State University
Fernando Astete ... Himself - Machu Picchu Archeological Park
Stella Nair ... Herself - University of California, Riverside
Elva Torres Pino ... Herself - Peruvian Culture Institute
Johan Reinhard ... Himself - National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
John Verano ... Himself - Tulane University
Kenneth Wright ... Himself - Paleohydrologist

Season 37, Episode 13: Extreme Cave Diving

9 February 2010
A team of scientists and divers explore blue holes, submerged caves in the Bahamas to uncover the history of the islands and clues to the Earth's climate changes. In the process they experience many perils.
Nancy Albury ... Herself - National Museum of the Bahamas
Kenny Broad ... Himself - University of Miami
Jill Heinerth ... Herself - Technical Diving Specialist
Brian Kakuk ... Himself - Science Diver, Bahamas Caves Research Foundation
Michael P. Pateman ... Himself - National Museum of the Bahamas
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
Wes Skiles ... Himself - Director of Photography, Karst Productions
David Steadman ... Himself - University of Florida
Peter K. Swart ... Himself - University of Miami

Season 37, Episode 14: The Pluto Files

2 March 2010
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.
Mike Brown ... Himself - California Institute of Technology
Kenneth Chang ... Himself - The New York Times

Stephen Colbert ... Himself - The Colbert Report (archive footage)
Gary G. Dahl ... Himself - Senator, Republican, 28th District, Illinois
Roy P. Disney ... Himself - Walt Disney's Great Nephew
Owen Gingerich ... Himself - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Norm Golden ... Performer
Joel Hotchkiss ... Performer
David Jewitt ... Himself - University of California, Los Angeles
Jane Luu ... Herself - Researcher

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Brian G. Marsden ... Himself - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Laurie Marvald ... Performer

Quinn McColgan ... Performer
Jack Metzger ... Performer
Michael Novacek ... Himself - American Museum of Natural History

Soledad O'Brien ... Herself - NBC News Anchor (archive footage)

Diane Sawyer ... Herself - ABC News Anchor (archive footage)
Alan Stern ... Himself - Southwest Research Institute

Jon Stewart ... Himself - The Daily Show (archive footage)
Mark Sykes ... Himself - Planetary Science Institute
Alden Tombaugh ... Himself - Clyde Tombaugh's Son
Annette Tombaugh ... Herself - Clyde Tombaugh's Daughter
Patsy Tombaugh ... Herself - Clyde Tombaugh's Widow

Neil deGrasse Tyson ... Himself - American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium / Host

Brian Williams ... Himself - NBC News Anchor (archive footage)

Paris Yates ... Venetia Burney

Season 37, Episode 15: Mind Over Money

30 March 2010
Nova examines the science behind making financial decisions and investigates why economists did not anticipate the 2008 financial crisis.
Lance Lewman ... Narrator (voice)
Gary Becker ... Himself - University of Chicago
Ben Bernanke ... Himself - Chair, Federal Reserve System (archive footage)
Zach Burns ... Himself - University of Chicago
John Cochrane ... Himself - University of Chicago
Eugene Fama ... Himself - University of Chicago
Justin Fox ... Himself - Harvard Business Review
Jeremy Grantham ... Himself - GMO, LLC
Alan Greenspan ... Himself - Former Chair, Federal Reserve System (archive footage)
John Maynard Keynes ... Himself - Economist (archive footage)
Brian Knutson ... Himself - Stanford University
Jennifer Lerner ... Herself - Harvard University
Dan Mathisson ... Himself - Credit Suisse
Joe Mazzella ... Himself - Knight Capital Group
Leo Melamed ... Himself - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Harry Pankau ... Himself - Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trader
Richard Rosenblatt ... Himself - New York Stock Exchange
Robert Shiller ... Himself - Yale University
Vernon Smith ... Himself - Chapman University School of Law, 2002 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
Richard Thaler ... Himself - University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Mark Whitehouse ... Himself - The Wall Street Journal

Season 37, Episode 16: Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way

6 April 2010
Nova examines the physics of telescope design. Following the development of the telescope over several centuries the program explains the challenges that the major design innovations solved and the inevitable major discoveries they produced.
Louise Alexander
Jim Bennett ... Himself - Director: Museum of the History of Science
Ronald H. Bissinger ... Himself - Amateur Astronomer (as Ron Bissinger)
Duncan Bonner
David Charbonneau ... Himself - Associate Professor of Astronomy (as David Charbonneau Ph.D.)
Steven Deproost
Alexei Vladimir Filippenko ... Himself - Astrophysicist (as Alex Filippenko)
Wendy L. Freedman ... Herself - Director: Carnegie Institution Observatories (as Wendy Freedman)
Alexandra Hall ... Herself - Amateur Astronomer
Michael A. Hoskin ... Himself - Cambridge University (as Michael Hoskin)
William B. Latter ... Himself - NASA Scientist (as Bill Latter)
Chloe Lucas
Geoff Marcy ... Himself - Professor of Astronomy
Dan Maxwell
Massimo Mazzotti ... Himself - Assistant Professor
Andrew Morris
Charles Mattias 'Matt' Mountain ... Himself - Director: Space Telescope Science Institute (as Matt Mountain)
Robert T. Pappalardo ... Himself - Senior Research Scientist (as Bob Pappalardo)

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Linda J. Spilker ... Herself - NASA Scientist (as Linda Spilker)
Sam Spurgeon
Michael S. Turner ... Himself - Professor: University of Chicago
Albert van Helden ... Himself - Professor: University of Utrecht (as Albert Van Helden)
Kimberly Ann Weaver ... Herself - Astrophysicist (as Kim Weaver)
Martin Whatley
Dan Winter

Season 37, Episode 17: Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever-Expanding Universe

13 April 2010
This program describes the most remarkable, perspective changing discoveries in the field of cosmology in the last 100 years. Each discovery was made by scientists working with a radically new telescope.
Charles Bennett ... Himself
Jim Bennett ... Himself
Steven Deproost
Alex Filippenko ... Himself
Wendy L. Freedman ... Herself (as Wendy Freedman)
George Ellery Hale ... Himself (archive footage)
Edwin Hubble ... Himself (archive footage)
Mario Livio ... Himself
Geoff Marcy ... Himself
Dan Maxwell
Charles Mattias 'Matt' Mountain ... Himself (as Matt Mountain)
Arno Penzias ... Himself
Jason Rhodes ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Robert Smith ... Himself
Stephanie Snedden ... Herself
Michael S. Turner ... Himself
Kimberly Ann Weaver ... Herself (as Kim Weaver)

Season 37, Episode 18: Mt. St. Helens Back from the Dead

4 May 2010
Nova examines the Mount St. Helens volcano and investigates whether it is soon due for another eruption.
Charlie M. Crisafulli ... Himself - Ecologist, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Daniel Dzurisin ... Himself - Geologist, United States Geological Survey
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
Jon J. Major ... Himself - Geologist, United States Geological Survey
John Pallister ... Himself - Geologist, United States Geological Survey

Season 38


Season 38, Episode 1: Building the Great Cathedrals

19 October 2010
Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, NOVA reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.
Joan R. Branham ... Herself

Mario Brassard ... (voice)
Michael Davis ... Himself
Thibaut Desjardins ... Himself
Frank Helmholz ... Himself
Jacqueline Jung ... Herself
Maryline Martin ... Herself
Stephen Murray ... Himself
Rory O'Neill ... Himself
Danny O'Shea ... Himself
Sarah Preston ... Herself
Tanya Pushkine ... (voice)

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Andrew Tallon ... Himself
Stefaan Van Liefferinge ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 2: Emergency Mine Rescue

26 October 2010

René Aguilar ... Himself
Carola Narvaez Bustos ... Herself
Raúl Dagnino ... Himself

Brandon Fisher ... Himself
Miguel Fortt ... Himself
Laurence Golborne ... Himself
Greg Hall ... Himself
Al Holland ... Himself
Alberto Iturra ... Himself
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator
J.D. Polk ... Himself
Shaun Robstad ... Himself
José Vega ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 3: Trapped in an Elevator

2 November 2010
In TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR, NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines. Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover.

John Lithgow ... Himself / Narrator

Season 38, Episode 4: Dogs Decoded

9 November 2010
Nova examines the special relationship that exists between human beings and dogs.

Season 38, Episode 5: Secrets of Stonehenge

16 November 2010
A look at new attempts by archaeologists to understand Stonehenge by excavating in the area around the site. Included is an explanation of previous excavations at the site as well as how the site compares to other stone and timber circles around the British Isles. Also, experiments are conducted to show how various components may have been brought together.
Bruce Bradley ... Himself
Bill Lord
John Lord
Valerie Lord
Jacqueline McKinley ... Herself
Mike Parker Pearson ... Himself
Mike Pitts ... Himself
Ramilsonina ... Himself
Colin Richards ... Himself
Clive Ruggles ... Himself
Jim Rylatt ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Christie Willis ... Herself (as Christie Cox)

Season 38, Episode 6: Quest for Solomon's Mines

23 November 2010
This documentary, part of the "Nova" (1974) television series, focuses on two archaeological expeditions that may shed light on the origin and nature of King Solomon's fabled mines. There is little in the historical record and while there are several Biblical references to Solomon's wealth, the mines themselves are never mentioned. In the ancient Kingdom of the Edomites, in what is now Jordan, ancient copper mines and the remnants of massive smelting have been found. Copper was an expensive commodity at the time and was used initially as a metal for ornaments and jewelry. In Israel, what is believed to be an early Israelite city has been found. Could it have been the city of David? An ancient piece of pottery with writing indicates Canaanite community and has been dated to the same period as the mines in ancient Edom.
Shmuel Ahituv ... Himself
Fadel Al-Awadi
Henry Allen
Erez Ben-Yosef ... Himself
David Berkenbilt
Greg Boardman ... Himself
Israel Finkelstein ... Himself
Yosef Garfinkel ... Himself
John Grattan ... Himself
Tom Higham ... Himself (as Dr. Thomas Higham)
Sara Krieger
Thomas Levy ... Himself
Haggai Misgav ... Himself
Mohammad Najjar ... Himself
Ghadeer Odeh
William Schniedewind ... Himself
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
Ahmad Srour
Oded Yair ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 7: Secrets Beneath the Ice

28 December 2010
What happens when the ice melts and the sea levels rise? Scientists study Antarctica in an effort to understand possible climate change through geologists looking at ancient landscapes, paleobotany, drilling, and diving.
Allan Ashworth ... Himself
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator

Season 38, Episode 8: Deadliest Earthquakes

11 January 2011

Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator

Season 38, Episode 9: Making Stuff: Stronger

11 January 2011
David Pogue hosts this examination of what makes material strong. He looks at the underlying material science behind steel, Kevlar, glass, chalk, carbon nanotubes, and spiderwebs.
C. Lewis Azad ... Herself - University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute
Jim Bales ... Himself - Edgerton Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ray Baughman ... Himself - Chemist, University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute
Mark Eberhart ... Himself - Metallurgist, Author, Why Things Break
Joan Embery ... Herself - Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation
Nicholas Godley ... Himself - Fashion Designer
Randy Lewis ... Himself - Molecular Biologist, University of Wyoming
Marcio Dias Lima ... Himself - University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute
Mark Meyers ... Himself - Materials Scientist, University of California, San Diego
Tucker Norton ... Himself - Ballistics Scientist, Dupont
John Paules ... Himself - General Manager, Ellwood Technologies
David Pogue ... Himself - Technology Reporter, New York Times
Scot Vannorman ... Himself - United States Navy
Danny Womack ... Himself - Owner, Outlaw Motor Speedway

Season 38, Episode 10: Making Stuff: Smaller

19 January 2011
David Pogue hosts this examination of miniaturization. He looks at what it takes to make things smaller focusing nanotechnology and micro-robots that one day may be used to save lives.
David Albers ... Himself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant
Christos Bergeles ... Himself - Student, Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich
Adam Cohen ... Himself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant
Courtney DeSisto ... Herself - Patient
Summer Douglass ... Herself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant
Pierre Gygax ... Himself - Chief Operating Officer, Ulysse Nardin
Ted Jansen ... Himself - Beekeeper
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero ... Himself - Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amy Koppmann ... Herself - Consumer Electronics Show Participant
Jean Lopategui ... Himself - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Molecular Pathology
Chad Mirkin ... Himself - Chemist, Northwestern University
Daniel S. Mishkin ... Himself - Gastroenterologist, Boston University
Bradley Nelson ... Himself - Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich
David Pogue ... Himself - Technology Reporter, New York Times
Roy Pritchard ... Himself - Technician
Chris Riley-Portugues ... Himself - Technician
Frances Ross ... Herself - IBM Research Division
Leonie Seliger ... Herself - Head of Cathedral Studios
Stephen L. Smith ... Himself - Vice President, Intel Corporation
Tram Truong ... Himself - Technician
Mike Tuffey ... Himself - Owner, English Antique Glass
Samuel Wickline ... Himself - Cardiologist, Washington University

Season 38, Episode 11: Making Stuff: Cleaner

2 February 2011
This program looks at cleaner ways to generate power principally in our cars and electrical power plants. It reviews alternatives for all the steps in the fuel generation, storage and distribution processes with a particular emphasis on how unwanted waste products can play a significant role.
Bill Dube ... Himself
Eva Hakansson ... Herself
Jay Keasling ... Himself (as Dr. Jay Keasling)
Peter Kendrigan ... Himself
Sam Kwa ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself
Nate Lewis ... Himself
Deborah F. Mielewski ... Herself
David Pogue ... Himself
Vilas Pol ... Himself
Don Sadoway ... Himself
K.R. Sridhar ... Himself
Stephanie White ... Herself
Richard Wool ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 12: Making Stuff: Smarter

12 February 2011
Making stuff smarter isn't about artificial intelligence. It's more about engineering materials at the microscopic level to behave in specific ways. Today is it possible to create materials with clever designs or micro structures that permit control of a material's ability to self-heal, stick and release, self-clean, prevent disease, alter their shape and other properties. This program explains where several of these materials came from, how they work and how they are put to practical use.
Kellar Autumn ... Himself - Biologist, Lewis & Clark College
Tony Brennan ... Himself - Biomaterials Engineer
Mark R. Cutkosky ... Himself - Mechanical Engineer, Stanford University (as Mark Cutkosky)
Dan Inman ... Himself - Materials Scientist, Virginia Tech
Chad Knowles ... Himself - Iraq War Veteran
Robert Langer ... Himself - Chemical Engineer, MIT (as Bob Langer)
Russ Monk ... Himself - Dir. of Operations, H.I.T.
Tom Ohnstad ... Himself - Dir. of Engineering, H.I.T.
John Pendry ... Himself - Theoretical Physicist, Imperial College London
David Pogue ... Himself - New York Times Tech Columnist
Shravanthi Reddy ... Himself
David Smith ... Himself - Electrical Engineer, Duke University
Lynn Yanyo ... Herself - Polymer Engineer, Lord Corporation
Cristina Zenato ... Herself - Shark Expert

Season 38, Episode 13: Smartest Machine on Earth

9 February 2011


Rodney Brooks ... Himself
Eric Brown ... Himself
Todd Crain ... Himself
David Ferrucci ... Himself
Harry Friedman ... Himself
David Gondek ... Himself

Ken Jennings ... Himself
Doug Lenat ... Himself
Charles Lickel ... Himself
Jonathan MacKenzie ... Himself / Narrator
Marvin Minsky ... Himself
Sajit Rao ... Himself
Sebastian Thrun ... Himself

Alex Trebek ... Himself
Luis Von Ahn ... Himself
Alex Waibel ... Himself
Terry Winograd ... Himself
Patrick Winston ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 14: Crash of Flight 447

16 February 2011
Forensic investigators reconstruct the final moments of the Air France disaster.
Martin Alder ... Himself
Tony Cable ... Himself
John Cox ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Jim Wildey ... Himself

Season 38, Episode 15: Venom: Nature's Killer

23 February 2011
Nova and National Geographic follow researchers collecting venom from the world's most dangerous snakes, spiders, lizards and other creatures. The program explains why the researchers do it and what is known about how venom works and why some animals are especially dangerous.
Greta Binford ... Himself
Sean Bush ... Himself

Jamie Effros ... Himself / Narrator
Bryan Grieg Fry ... Himself (as Bryan Fry)
John Paul ... Himself
Atman Shah ... Himself
Zoltan Takacs ... Himself
Angel Yanagihara ... Herself

Season 38, Episode 16: Japan's Killer Quake

30 March 2011

Roger Bilham ... Himself - Seismologist - University of Colorado
Simon Boxall ... Himself - National Oceanography Center - Southampton
Chris Goldfinger ... Himself - Marine Geologist - Oregon State University
Corey Johnson ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Charles McCreery ... Himself - Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Bill McGuire ... Himself - University College London
Costas Emmanuel Synolakis ... Himself - Coastal Engineer - University of Southern California
Jim Walsh ... Himself - Nuclear Security Expert - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Season 38, Episode 17: Power Surge

20 April 2011


Richard Branson ... Himself
Steven Chu ... Himself

Al Gore ... Himself
John Holdren ... Himself
Daniel Kammen ... Himself
Jay Keasling ... Himself (as Dr. Jay Keasling)
Klaus Lackner ... Himself
Ted Marcoux ... Himself / Narrator
John Mark Midgley ... Himself
Huang Ming ... Himself
Stephen Pacala ... Himself
Jim Rogers ... Himself
Orville Schell ... Himself
Zhengrong Shi ... Herself

Season 39


Season 39, Episode 1: Engineering Ground Zero

6 September 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit.
Lance Lewman ... Himself - Narrator

Season 39, Episode 2: Surviving the Tsunami

28 September 2011

Season 39, Episode 3: Finding Life Beyond Earth

19 October 2011
Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Finding Life Beyond Earth immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Season 39, Episode 5: The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?

2 November 2011
Simple, obvious, ever-present aspects of our daily lives give scientists fits trying to understand them. One of these aspects is space which physicists are convinced is something more than nothing. This program explains the experiments that are giving scientists hints about what space is.
Christopher Berger
Raphael Bousso ... Himself
Robert Cannon ... Himself

Anne DeAcetis
Danny Dennis
Ken Driesslein
Alex Filippenko ... Himself
S. James Gates ... Himself (as S. James Gates Jr.)
Brian Greene ... Himself - Host
Frederic Heringes
Peter Higgs ... Himself
Craig Hogan ... Himself
Clifford Johnson ... Himself

Glenn Kalison
Rocky Kolb ... Himself

Chris Lerude ... Leonard Schiff
Janna Levin ... Herself
Joseph Lykken ... Himself

Erik Parillo
Brad Parkinson ... Himself
Saul Perlmutter ... Himself
Adam Riess ... Himself
Steven Rishard
Paul Romero

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Leonard Susskind ... Himself

Season 39, Episode 6: The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time

9 November 2011
This program challenges our traditional questions about time such as; does it flow in one direction or does it flow at all? Does everyone experience the same now? Is time travel possible? Will time come to an end?
David Albert ... Himself
Kelly Calabrese ... Spaceport Attendant

Sean Carroll ... Himself

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Galison ... Himself
S. James Gates ... Himself
Brian Greene ... Himself
Alan Guth ... Himself
Steven Jefferts ... Himself
David Kaiser ... Himself
Janna Levin ... Herself
Joseph Lykken ... Himself
William D. Phillips ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Max Tegmark ... Himself

Season 39, Episode 7: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap

16 November 2011
This program explains some of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics; uncertainty and entanglement. Despite the absurdity of these behaviors they have been confirmed time and again and have never been refuted. Lastly the theory that suggests the possibility that teleportation and quantum computers may be possible are examined.
Allan Adams ... Himself
Christopher Mark Chan
Palaiseau John Clauser ... Himself
Frank Cuervo

Lela Edgar
Edward Farhi ... Himself

Hannah Fierman
Peter Galison ... Himself
S. James Gates ... Himself

Susan Graham
Brian Greene ... Himself - Host
Husna Hasan
Walter Lewin ... Himself
Sean Martin

Shauna Pinkett

Pete Punito
Thom Rachford

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator

Patrick Stoffer ... Young John Clauser
Leonard Susskind ... Himself

Migina Tsai
Steven Weinberg ... Himself

Joseph Will
Seth Lloyd ... Himself (uncredited)
Max Tegmark ... Himself (uncredited)
Anton Zeilinger ... Himself (uncredited)

Season 39, Episode 8: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse?

23 November 2011
Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. In this show, Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it's true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like.
Andreas Albrecht ... Himself - UC Davis
Raphael Bousso ... Himself - UC Berkeley
Brian Greene ... Himself - Host, Columbia University
David Gross ... Himself - UC Santa Barbara
Alan Guth ... Himself - MIT
Clifford Johnson ... Himself - Univ. of Southern California
Shamit Kachru ... Himself - Stanford University
Andrei Linde ... Himself - Stanford University
Joseph Polchinski ... Himself - UC Santa Barbara

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
Delia Schwartz-Perlov ... Herself - Tufts University
Victor Shopov ... Himself
Paul Steinhardt ... Himself - Princeton University
Leonard Susskind ... Himself - Stanford University
Alex Vilenkin ... Himself - Tufts University

Heather Warren ... Multiverse Motel Desk Clerk
Steven Weinberg ... Himself - The Univesity of Texas at Austin

Lewis D. Wheeler ... Young Alan Guth

Season 39, Episode 9: Deadliest Volcanoes

4 January 2012
Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these sleeping giants. From Japan's Mount Fuji to the "Sleeping Giant" submerged beneath Naples to the Yellowstone "supervolcano" in the United States, we will travel with scientists from around the world who are at work on these sites, attempting to discover how likely these volcanoes are to erupt, when it might happen, and exactly how deadly they could prove to be.
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
Henry Heasler ... Himself - Yellowstone National Park
Robert Smith ... Himself - University of Utah
Geoff Mackley ... Himself - Explorer
Sigrun Hreinsdottir ... Himself - University of Iceland
Hiroyuki Tanaka ... Himself - University of Tokyo
Christopher Kilburn ... Himself - University College London
Giuseppe De Natale ... Himself - Scientist
Alessandro Aiuppa ... Himself - University of Palermo
Jody Woodcock ... Herself - Pierce County Emergency Management
Steven Ingebritsen ... Himself - U.S. Geological Survey

Season 39, Episode 10: Bombing Hitler's Dams

11 January 2012
The physics and design of the World War II Dambuster attack are examined and recreated.

Demetri Goritsas ... Himself - Narrator
Hugh Hunt ... Himself - Lead Engineer
Rick Donnelly ... Himself - Dam Designer
Tod Todeschini ... Himself - Launcher Designer
Arnie Schreder ... Himself - Buffalo Airways
Chuck Adams ... Himself - Buffalo Airways
Jim Bellavance ... Himself - Dam Contractor
Colin Herriett ... Himself - Gunnery Expert
Sidney Alford ... Himself - (Explosives Engineer
George 'Johnny' Johnson ... Himself - 617 Squadron Veteran (as Johnny Johnson)
Guy Gibson ... Himself - Squadron 617 Commanding Officer (archive footage)
Alex Wagner ... Himself - Buffalo Airways

Mikey McBryan ... Himself - Buffalo Airways
Ryan Beaubien ... Himself - Aeronautics Engineer
Les Munro ... Himself - 617 Squadron Pilot
Karl Heinz Wilmes ... Himself - Möhne Dam Bombing Witness

Season 39, Episode 11: 3D Spies of WWII

18 January 2012
The story of British aerial military photographic reconnaissance and analysis using stereoscopic viewing techniques during World War II.
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
John S. Blyth ... Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot
Mike Mockford ... Himself - Royal Air Force Wing Commander, Retired
Dino A. Brugioni ... Himself - Senior C.I.A. Analyst, Retired
Joseph Maiolo ... Himself - Historian, King's College London
Robert S. Ehlers ... Himself - Historian, Angelo State University (as Col. Robert S. Ehlers)
Jimmy Taylor ... Himself - Reconnaissance Pilot
Geoffrey Stone ... Himself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Chris Halsall ... Himself - Intelligence Corps Officer, Retired (as Major Chris Halsall)
Elizabeth Hick ... Herself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham

Xavier Atencio ... Himself - Photo Interpreter, Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Margaret Hurley ... Herself - Photo Interpreter Royal Air Force, Medmenham
Roy M. Stanley ... Himself - United States Air Force Intelligence, Retired (as Col. Roy M. Stanley)
Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt ... Himself - Historian, Peenemünde Museum (as Christian Muhldorfer-Vogt)
Eugene Black ... Himself - Mittelbau-Dora Inmate

Season 39, Episode 12: Mystery of a Masterpiece

25 January 2012
NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Silverman ... Himself - Art Collector
David Ekserdjian ... Himself - University of Leicester
Martin Kemp ... Himself - Oxford University
Giammarco Cappuzzo ... Himself - Art Specialist
Leo Stevenson ... Himself - Artist & Historian of Forgery
James P. Wynne ... Himself - Special Agent, FBI
Pascal Cotte ... Himself - Scientific Director, Lumiere Technology
Cristina Geddo ... Herself - Art Historian
Christophe Champod ... Himself - Université de Lausanne
Sarah Simblett ... Herself - Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University