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Episode List


Season 36

27 Jan. 2009
The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
NOVA flies along with the monarch butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.
3 Feb. 2009
The Spy Factory
Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.
24 Feb. 2009
Rat Attack
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.
24 Mar. 2009
Extreme Ice
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.
31 Mar. 2009
Megabeasts' Sudden Death
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.
7 Apr. 2009
Doctors' Diaries: Part One
NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987.
30 Jun. 2009
Musical Minds
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6 Oct. 2009
Darwin's Darkest Hour
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 ...
13 Oct. 2009
Hubble's Amazing Rescue
Nova takes an inside look at space shuttle mission STS-125 and the efforts to service the almost two decade old Hubble Space telescope.
20 Oct. 2009
Lizard Kings
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.
3 Nov. 2009
Becoming Human: First Steps
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.
10 Nov. 2009
Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity
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.
17 Nov. 2009
Becoming Human: Last Human Standing
Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.
24 Nov. 2009
What Are Dreams?
Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them.
29 Dec. 2009
What Darwin Never Knew
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.

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