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 Amanda's Choice

As the story unfolds, Amanda witnesses the rapid decline of her mother, Susan, who is only 39 years of age. Fearing she could meet the same fate within 15 to 20 years, Amanda faces the wrenching dilemma when offered a gene test that can conclusively determine her own destiny. New treatments and preventative measures are explored offering hope for Alzheimer's ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Intuition

But Einstein may have been wrong. This fascinating program investigates the historical, cultural and modern scientific approach to confirming the existence of our precognitive abilities. Researchers are pushing forward the science of parapsychology. Through collective research scientists are proving that a correlation exists between physical science and parapsychology. One new theory called the "quantum hologram" tries to prove that the ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:29
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Me, My Brain and I

The program looks at general theories that explain how the brain works and, in particular, how the frontal lobes are involved in processing and interpreting information from the world around us. Previously, scientists believed that the frontal lobes served no real purpose. Now, a whole new picture is emerging. We see examples of how the frontal lobes are involved in ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:44
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Morphine on Trial

Morphine has been a salve for war-weary soldiers, a pain reliever for new mothers and a fuel for writers and poets. The analgesic qualities of the drug are still considered supreme, but so are its addictive properties. The clash over its utility as an effective pain reliever and its identity as an addictive narcotic puts morphine at the centre of ...
  • 2001
  • 00:54:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Race Against Time: The AIDS Crisis in Africa

More than 21 million people have died of AIDS, nearly 17 million in Africa alone. This film is about the greatest challenge of the 21st century and the work of Canadian Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa. After years of denial, there is now a new willingness on the part of African leaders to confront ...
  • 2001
  • 00:54:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Hospital At the End of the Earth

The town of Muynak on the Aral Sea was once a popular Soviet tourist destination with a thriving fishery. In the 1960s, the Soviets decided to turn Central Asia into the world's greatest cotton-growing region by diverting water for irrigation from two rivers that fed the sea. Since then, the Aral Sea has been silently evaporating in the desert sun, ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Salmon Forest

Discover 400 kilometres of spectacular remote wilderness, stretching from Vancouver Island to Alaska. It is the largest intact temperate rainforest on earth – more than twice the size of Switzerland. This is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet and much of life here still remains secret and unknown. Millions of spawning salmon that support dense concentrations ...
  • 2001
  • 00:53:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013