The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. The Nature of Things entertains and inspires audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

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Running on Empty
  • 2016
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Running on Empty New

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?
  • Added on: 01/16/2017
Conversations with Dolphins
  • 2016
  • 00:43:41
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Conversations with Dolphins New

What kind of intelligence is behind dolphin communication, and will humans one day be able to have a conversation with them? 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?”
  • Added on: 01/04/2017
Pompeii's People
  • 2016
  • 00:43:37
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Pompeii's People New

Buried under the ash of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, then forgotten for more than 1,500 years, ancient Pompeii’s new life began with its discovery in the 18th century. Since then, this vast city has been a subject of fascination for historians and archaeologists alike, a unique and fascinating window into Roman life, unlike anywhere else on earth. The fascination ...
  • Added on: 11/04/2016
My Brain Made Me Do It
  • 2016
  • 00:44:06
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
My Brain Made Me Do It

When a brutal crime is committed who is ultimately to blame – the perpetrator or their brain? Neuroscientists are generating ground breaking research that sheds light on why some people can’t stop themselves from committing harmful or criminal acts. This is creating new challenges for the justice system and making us re-evaluate the way we sentence, punish and rehabilitate people ...
  • Added on: 05/04/2016
While You Were Sleeping
  • 2016
  • 00:44:06
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
While You Were Sleeping

Why do we sleep? Contrary to what we have long believed, the sleeping brain is emerging as an energetic and purposeful machine. “In parts of sleep, the brain is at least as active and maybe more active than it is during waking,” says Dr. Robert Stickgold, one of the world’s leading sleep researchers. From regulating our weight to consolidating our ...
  • Added on: 05/04/2016
The Equalizer
  • 2015
  • 00:43:56
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
The Equalizer Classroom Favourites

Every year, athletes keep going higher, farther and faster, shattering previous world records and setting new ones. But are today’s record holders really better than those of the past? Or do modern athletes get their edge from their high-tech gear? Top sports scientist Steve Haake sets off on a journey to investigate.
  • Added on: 04/25/2016
Trapped in a Human Zoo
  • 2015
  • 00:44:18
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Trapped in a Human Zoo Classroom Favourites

A forgotten diary tells the misadventures of Abraham and seven Inuit from Labrador, caught in the world of human zoos in Europe of the 19th century. Thirty-five thousand indigenous people from around the world were recruited for these zoos. 130 years later, two anthropological sleuths, team up to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of these Inuit. A new chapter is ...
  • Added on: 03/10/2016
SongbirdSOS
  • 2015
  • 00:44:40
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
SongbirdSOS

Birdsong that has graced the Earth for millions of years – and for all of human history – could soon be stilled in a human-made perfect-storm of negligence and unintended consequences. SongbirdSOS is the artfully-shot story of the mass depletion of songbirds in the Americas, an alarming thinning of populations brought on by glass-enclosed high-rise buildings, light pollution, lost breeding and wintering ...
  • Added on: 03/10/2016
Puffin Patrol
  • 2015
  • 00:44:18
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Puffin Patrol

Travel from Newfoundland’s rocky shores to Maine and Wales to meet the colourful and intriguing Atlantic puffin. Purpose-built burrow cameras witness every tender moment of life in the burrows, from incubation of the egg to hatching and the busy feeding schedule that follows. With this close-up, learn what these intriguing little birds can teach us about the dangers of climate ...
  • Added on: 02/15/2016
Manufacturing the Wild
  • 2015
  • 00:43:52
  • 13-14

The Nature of Things
Manufacturing the Wild

What if we could make new wilderness? Even new wild creatures? For generations, we've tried to preserve wilderness, and the amazing creatures that live there. But what if we could bring back the wild of the ancient past? A radical new movement called Rewilding aims to do just that.
  • Added on: 02/15/2016