• The First Canadians

    On July 1st, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. But in reality, our country has been inhabited for much longer… close to 15,000 years. Where did the first Canadians come from? How did they get here? And how did they use their ingenuity to adapt to this cold and unknown land? This documentary takes us across the country, tracing the extraordinary adventure of the first humans to inhabit this vast region.

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  • True North Calling

    True North Calling is a documentary series that follows the lives of several compelling, resourceful Canadians living across the North, showing what it takes to make it and achieve their dreams, in Canada's toughest terrain. From the Northwest Territories, to the Yukon to Nunavut, we'll watch as these characters deal with unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather and unexpected challenges to earn a living and make a life for themselves, their families and in some cases, their communities. Each of them has to figure out how to combine the traditional knowledge that has kept people alive for millennia in the North with the increasing demands of the modern world.

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  • Snapshots

    Snapshots is an unscripted live-action photography competition series where kids compete to take the best photo ever! In each episode, three kids go head-to-head, putting their speed, skills and creativity to the test in two epic picture-snapping challenges. Expert photographers judge their photos, but only one of them can be named the winner of Snapshots!

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  • The Great Wild Indoors

    Within the quiet confines of your home, wild things are afoot. The great struggle to survive, the drama of life and death, the cold calculation of the hunter and the anxiety of the hunted — it goes on all around you. In the Great Indoors, every corner is a potential lair, every carpet a dense forest, and the wide spaces of your kitchen, an open savannah where the food is abundant, but so is the danger. Welcome to the indoor biome: a world of insects and arachnids as rich, as surprising and as beautiful as any other ecosystem. No matter how clean or tidy it may be, your home teems with wild life.

    A number of creatures fly in and get trapped; others may enter to dine and dash, but some will be found nowhere else but safe and sound at home in your home. So when you trap that house spider and decide to set it free outside, you may in fact be dooming it to death in a world it's never known.

    The Great Wild Indoors is a wildlife documentary that never goes outside. It’s a fascinating and humorous trip that will change the way you look at your life at home. Or rather, the life at home you share along with so many other amazing little critters.

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  • Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story

    A dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

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  • What were the top science stories of 2016?

    In The Year in ScienceThe National's science correspondent Bob McDonald reviews the scientific highlights of 2016. Stories include Donald Trump's controversial statements about climate change, Elon Musk's vision for life on Mars, efforts to cover Chernobyl 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, the discovery of a new planet in our solar system, using Star Trek-style technology for data encryption, nano machines and more!

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  • Running on Empty

    Forget Disneyland, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Get ready to see a very different California. A drought of historic proportions and the hottest year ever recorded have compelled California to impose unprecedented water consumption reductions. Where did all the water go? Who's fault is it? And what needs to change to save California from itself?

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  • Conversations with Dolphins

    Dolphins have been a source of curiosity and have appeared in our stories and myths for thousands of years. We know they are intelligent animals, but just how intelligent are they, and how is dolphin intelligence expressed?

    Adam Walker, an open ocean endurance swimmer, set out on an eight-hour swim to cross the Cook Strait off the coast of New Zealand. Exhausted after several hours in the cold water, he suddenly found himself surrounded by a group of dusky dolphins. Little did he know he was also being closely followed by a great white shark. The dolphins appeared to be protecting him from the predator, which left an indelible impression on Adam. What is the link between our two species? Why do we seem to be so interested and curious about each other? How far might this fascination between humans and dolphins bring us? Will we one day be able to communicate with one another?

    Scientists around the world are asking themselves the same questions. Over the decades the focus on dolphin research has changed from asking “how intelligent are dolphins?” to “how are dolphins intelligent?”

    Conversations with Dolphins brings us to the research sites of some of the most internationally renowned dolphin specialists and alongside experts studying dolphins in the wild. Do dolphins think the way we do or are their brains wired in a very different way from ours?

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  • New kids' series: The Moblees

    The Moblees is designed to promote healthy active living among Canadian children. The series provides early intervention strategies to reduce childhood obesity and to inspire a foundational change in the way children move through their daily lives. Set in the whimsical world of Terra Mova, the series invites children to join in the action with fun, humour and above all, movement!

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  • Canada's Smartest Person

    CANADA'S SMARTEST PERSON is an interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart, shattering the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff. Every week six new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale five finalists will go head to head to earn the title of Canada's Smartest Person. It's a whole new way of looking at smarts!

    CANADA'S SMARTEST PERSON is igniting a national conversation about what it means to be smart. Join us as we find out who will earn the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person!

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