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Season 42

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Season 42

768 :42x01 - Vaccines — Calling the Shots

Sep/10/2014
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago — whooping cough, measles, mumps — are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. "Vaccines – Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations and shed light on the risks of opting out. The program features scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists and parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Sharon Washington as Narrator
Director: Sonya Pemberton

769 :42x02 - Rise of the Hackers

Sep/24/2014
Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious -- and cybercriminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator
Director: Kate Dart

770 :42x03 - Why Planes Vanish

Oct/08/2014
NOVA tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane. How easy is it to make a plane disappear? Or can new technology guarantee that in the future, nothing will ever be "lost" again?

Source: PBS
Director: Miles O'Brien

771 :42x04 - Surviving Ebola

Oct/08/2014
As the Ebola epidemic threatens to spiral out of control, NOVA reports from the hot zone, where courageous medical teams struggle to cope with a flood of victims, to labs where scientists are racing to test vaccines and find a cure. "Surviving Ebola" includes chilling first-hand interviews of what it's like to contract — and survive — this terrible affliction.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator
Director: Guy Smith

772 :42x05 - Ben Franklin's Balloons

Oct/22/2014
NOVA re-creates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, whose exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, will join a team to build an accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th-century tools and materials.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Lance Lewman as Narrator

773 :42x06 - First Air War

Oct/29/2014
When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By 1918, the fighter had become an efficient killing machine with a growing strategic impact on the outcome of the war. With the help of a unique collection of meticulously recreated flying replicas, NOVA traces the story of the designers, engineers, and brave pilots caught up in the race to dominate the skies over the western front.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator
Director: Nick Green (1)

774 :42x07 - Bigger Than T. rex

Nov/05/2014
Follow the paleontologists who are reconstructing this terrifying carnivore, a 53-foot-long behemoth with a huge dorsal sail, scimitar-like claws and superjaws. Bringing together experts in paleontology, geology, climatology and paleobotany, this special brings to life the lost world over which Spinosaurus reigned more than 65 million years ago.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator
Director: Chad Cohen

775 :42x08 - Emperor’s Ghost Army

Nov/12/2014
To defend himself in the afterlife, the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, was buried in a vast mausoleum accompanied by around 9,000 life-sized terracotta statues. With exclusive access to groundbreaking new research, NOVA investigates the secrets of how and why the astonishing figures were made and the technology behind the still lethal and highly-advanced crossbows, spears, and swords carried by the clay warriors.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Eric Meyers as Narrator
Director: Ian Bremner

776 :42x09 - Killer Landslides

Nov/19/2014
In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analysis of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Craig Sechler as Narrator
Director: Liesl Clark
Writer: Liesl Clark

777 :42x10 - First Man on the Moon

Dec/03/2014
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11. NOVA presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews with Armstrong’s family and friends.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Corey Johnson as Narrator

778 :42x11 - Big Bang Machine

Jan/14/2015
On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: in finding it they validate the "standard model" that underlies all of modern physics and open the door to new discoveries when CERN's giant collider switches on at higher power in 2015.

Source: PBS

779 :42x12 - Sunken Ship Rescue

Jan/21/2015
Follow the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people. The massive wreck—with a 160-foot-long hole in its hull—stretches the length of three football fields, weighs 45,000 tons, and was half submerged on the site of a protected reef. Moving it from its precarious perch on the edge of an underwater cliff turned into a technical and logistical challenge of staggering proportions.

Source: PBS

780 :42x13 - Sinkholes—Buried Alive

Jan/28/2015
These geological hazards have swallowed highways, apartment buildings, horses, camels, even golfers, with monster-size holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of dramatic collapses, and following scientists as they explore the underlying forces behind these natural disasters, NOVA travels the globe to investigate what it's like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.

Source: PBS

781 :42x14 - Building Wonders of the World: Mysterious Miracle Building

Feb/11/2015
"Mysterious Miracle Building" studies Istanbul's resilient architectural symbol, Hagia Sophia.

Source: PBS

782 :42x15 - Building Wonders of the World: Petra — Lost City of Stone

Feb/18/2015
"Petra - Lost City of Stone" recounts the daring experiment now underway to uncover how the ancient metropolis was built.

Source: PBS

783 :42x16 - Building Wonders of the World: Secrets of the Colosseum

Feb/25/2015
"Secrets of the Colosseum" features a journey into one of the ancient world's most iconic structures.

Source: PBS

784 :42x17 - The Great Math Mystery

Apr/15/2015
"The Great Math Mystery" poses the riddle of math's extraordinary power to penetrate the secrets of our universe.

Source: PBS
Warning: NOVA guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Discovery/Science | Educational
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 03, 1974
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