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 Under Thin Ice New

Under Thin Ice follows Canadian extreme divers and cinematographers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr on a journey to investigate how Arctic wildlife is adjusting to global warming. The Arctic is a majestic world, home to wildlife rarely seen further south: bowhead whales, polar bears, narwhals and walruses. Life thrives on and under a legendary blanket of snow and ice, covering millions ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2019

The Nature of Things Stay-at-Home Animal Dads

There are some unsung heroes in the animal kingdom: fathers who fly solo after moms leave them behind with the kids. Why do these devoted dads raise their young all by themselves? Scientists are just beginning to uncover the answers to this evolutionary mystery.
  • 2018
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/15/2019

The Nature of Things Food for Thought

We’re fed a lot of advice about our diets and what we shouldn't eat, but half the calories we consume come from ultra-processed starch, sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, preservatives and additives. These processed foods are tasty and manufactured to make us crave them — but they’re killing us.
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2019

The Nature of Things The Wonder of the Northern Lights

The northern lights are one of the greatest natural wonders of our world. They have dazzled people for thousands of years and intrigued scientists for centuries. Now, an international team of scientists are uncovering the mysteries of the lights, and what they can teach us.
  • 2018
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2019

The Nature of Things The Power of Play

From youngsters fooling around to adults having a laugh, playing is a fact of human life. But new findings in animal behaviour show us that play is no laughing matter — in fact, it's key to survival. And it’s not just people and pets that play, but reptiles, amphibians and insects, too.
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2019

The Nature of Things The Nature of Invention

Behind every great invention is an inventor with a fascinating story. Broadcaster and author Britt Wray meets some of these creative minds to find out what inspires them and what makes them tick.
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2019

The Nature of Things Something in the Air

For a Canadian family living in Beijing, putting on face-masks to guard against smog is part of the morning routine. In China, air pollution causes more than 3,000 premature deaths every day. And cities across Asia and Europe — including London and Paris — now have to ban downtown traffic to manage their “Airpocalypse” days. But what about here at ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2019

The Nature of Things Laughing and Crying

“Ha ha,” “hee hee,” “boo hoo,” “waaa, waaa”... the unmistakable sounds of laughing and crying are recognizable all over the world. They’re pillars of human communication, yet some researchers say that when it comes to studying human behaviour, there’s nothing as poorly understood as laughs and tears. Why did we develop these unusual vocal communication techniques? How uniquely human are ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2019

The Nature of Things Aging in the Wild

Are the keys to healthy aging hiding in the DNA of animals? Go on a journey around the globe to meet the world's animal elders and discover their secrets to longevity.
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2019

The Nature of Things Turtle Beach

Every year hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come to lay eggs on a single beach in Costa Rica. Scientists are exploring the extraordinary mass nesting behaviour of the olive ridley sea turtle, revealing the hidden world inside the turtle nest.
  • 2019
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2019