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 A Disease Called Pain

For a long time, it was misread as merely a symptom. It's only recently that chronic pain has been considered a complicated multi-dimensional illness. A Disease Called Pain examines four case studies that shows that chronic pain is a disease caused by abnormal changes in the brain and spinal cord and, if not properly treated at an early stage, can ...
  • 2002
  • 00:45:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Biomimicry: Learning From Nature

The two-part series Biomimicry: Learning From Nature is based on the acclaimed book Biomimicry, Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus. The biomimics’ goal is to find benign and sustainable ways to meet our needs for food, materials, medicine and energy. By beginning to learn from nature, biomimics are finding out that, in all her activities, nature creates conditions conducive to life. In answer ...
  • 2002
  • 01:46:50
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/13/2015

The Nature of Things Recovering Krystal

This emotionally-charged, spiritual journey follows the tortuous steps of a teenager struggling to escape a life of misery and degradation. Krystal is a 14-year-old drug addict and runaway who is ordered by the courts to attend an alcohol and drug treatment program. What makes Krystal's story distinctive is that her rehabilitation requires that her parents attend counseling as well. Based ...
  • 2002
  • 00:45:17
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Up Close and Toxic

Up Close & Toxic reveals that the great indoors is not as safe as we've been lulled into thinking. A relatively new area of scientific research is investigating our interior lifestyles and making a number of surprising discoveries. The study of indoor pollutants indicates that we are very much exposed to toxic agents in places where we would least expect ...
  • 2002
  • 00:53:29
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Years from Here

This sequel to the documentary Changing Ground profiles the journey of members of the Maisin tribe of Papua New Guinea to B.C, where they visit the Stó:lo Nation. Both films reveal the moral, political and spiritual sophistication of the two communities, qualities lacking in Western society. The Maisin see in the Stó:lo a people who have risen above their losses, ...
  • 2002
  • 00:44:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/18/2013