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 Apocalypse Cow: The Mad Cow Story

A cautionary two-part tale about mad cow disease from how it began as a brain disorder of cattle to how it jumped to humans. The show maps the origin of the disease from when it first appeared in cattle in Britain in the 1980s to becoming an epidemic that has reached 80 countries and infected hundreds of people. Part One, ...
  • 2004
  • 01:30:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Farm Inc: Corporate Agriculture, The Hollow Man (Part 1 of 2)

Part One of this two-part special series examines the growth of corporate factory agriculture — an industry that generates severe environmental, social and cultural problems. There is a growing backlash against a form of agriculture that many believe is unsustainable. Farming in North America has become a "cash cow" for a handful of multi-national corporations. Agri-business has taken the principles ...
  • 2004
  • 00:45:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Killed by Care: Making Medicine Safe

It's a chilling statistic: up to 24,000 Canadians die every year from medical errors. This program probes the heart of the problem — how hospital processes can contribute to fatal errors. By examining four real-life scenarios and speaking with patients, families of patients, doctors and medical experts, this unflinching investigation comes up with some surprising answers. How does medical culture ...
  • 2004
  • 00:45:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Fear (Part 2 of 4)

Our most primitive emotion is mined in this probing examination of terror, anxiety and phobias. What triggers fear, our physiological reactions, and what purpose it serves are studied. Scientists investigate how our brain assesses the need for fight or flight. How does environment affect our fear centre? What about the way we are raised? Unlock the mystery of this primal ...
  • 2004
  • 00:52:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/06/2013

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Happiness (Part 3 of 4)

Go on a journey of joy as this program unveils the secrets of contentment. Learn how this emotion contributes to obesity and yet is the one sentiment that motivates us to live. This program reveals the results of a World Happiness Report: are poor people happier than rich ones? Behavioural experts explain how we can be trained to experience happiness. ...
  • 2004
  • 00:53:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Sex, Lies and Secrecy: Dissecting Hysterectomy

Some medical experts claim that a shocking 98% of hysterectomies are unnecessary. Yet half the women in North America will have had their ovaries removed by the time they are 65. After surgery, almost half of the women experience digestive problems, incontinence, depression, memory loss and decreased sexual drive. Yet there are less invasive — but pricier — procedures available.
  • 2004
  • 00:44:57
  • 18+
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Walking with Ghosts

Predator biologist Elizabeth Hofer has been tracking the relationship between the elusive lynx and its prey, the snowshoe hare, for 18 years in the Yukon. Learn about the animals and the Kluane region of the boreal forest as the filmmakers traverse swamps and dense forests to record Hofer's endeavours to study the two animals. Lugging 28 kg of equipment through ...
  • 2004
  • 00:45:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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