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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Episodes

The Nature of Things Weather: Dragons of Chaos

The Nature of Things takes a look at weather's chaotic character and how modern society is coping. We hear firsthand accounts from people who have survived some of the most ruthless weather conditions. Bob Howard and Ken Osborne describe how the cottage they were in was suddenly lifted from its foundations and deposited in a lake by a tornado. Documentary ...
  • 2000
  • 00:53:43
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Downside of High

Teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. That's the startling conclusion of some of the world's top schizophrenia experts, whose research is featured in this documentary. Groundbreaking work on the connection between marijuana and mental illness also reveals that, for all young adults, smoking marijuana nearly doubles the risk ...
  • 2010
  • 00:43:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things To Bee or Not to Bee

Could bees be an early warning sign of human impact on our ecosystems? When the news broke in recent years that global honeybee populations were declining at an alarming rate, scientists took notice. The role bees play in nature simply cannot be overstated. A world without them would be unrecognizable since they pollinate many of the food crops we depend ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Return of the Prairie Bandit

The black-footed ferret lives on a single diet: prairie dogs. But when the ubiquitous prairie dog was hunted and poisoned into near extinction, black-footed ferrets disappeared from prairie grasslands. For years, they survived in zoos only. The Nature of Things follows a painstaking and precarious project that attempts to re-introduce ferrets to their Saskatchewan home. The tiny population of returnees faces constant ...
  • 2011
  • 00:51:33
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Planet Hunters

For millennia humans studying the stars had no idea if there were any other planets outside our solar system, let alone ones similar enough to ours to sustain life. The first extra-solar planet – or exoplanet – was only discovered in 1995.  Now, a new space-based telescope has discovered thousands more, and some of them may be just like Earth. ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The Nature of Things Investigation of Swissair 111

When a Swissair flight crashed into the ocean on September 2, 1998 on its way from New York to Geneva, it left little evidence of what happened. The plane, carrying 229 people, shattered into two million pieces. This documentary follows one of the most complex air crash investigations in history. It took four and a half years to unravel what ...
  • 2003
  • 01:55:19
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Burgess Shale: Impressions of Life

They were the first animals on earth. All animals today, including the human species, go back in a direct line of descent to those first ancestors. Traces of these first animals have been beautifully preserved in fossils from a deposit in British Columbia, high in the Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park. It's known as the Burgess Shale.
  • 1992
  • 00:46:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Man Who Tweeted Earth Classroom Favourites

Most of us can only imagine what the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have experienced. The distance has made it seem unknowable. But December 2012 that all began to change. From the moment Hadfield arrived at the ISS for a five-month mission, he transformed the way we connect to space. Millions followed his every move. His YouTube videos were ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:34
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]