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 Beetalker: The Secret World of Bees

This fascinating documentary explores the perfectly constructed, architecturally complex structure that has remained virtually unchanged for all of known time, the beehive. With the help of a high definition camera, viewers get up-close and personal with these industrious insects. Dr. Mark Winston of Simon Fraser University is attempting to solve the mystery of bee communication and behaviour by studying the ...
  • 2006
  • 00:44:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Cuba: The Accidental Revolution – Health Care (Part 2 of 2)

Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubans were able to maintain the backbone of their society — an elevated standard of social programs. The Cuban government believes universal access to education and health care are fundamental to their economic success. Keeping pace with doctors who make regular house calls and visiting a rural school with solar-powered computers, this is ...
  • 2006
  • 00:45:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Cuba: The Accidental Revolution – Sustainable Agriculture (Part 1 of 2)

Since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989, Cuba has revolutionized agriculture to produce more food on less land with very little environmental impact. With no fuel available to transport food, they’ve transformed traditional practices and brought farming into the cities. Many nations are now turning to this iconic island nation for guidance in making their own agricultural practices ...
  • 2006
  • 00:44:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Everyday Einstein

Explore the life of one of the world’s most prolific inventors and perhaps the greatest thinker of the 20th century. The theory of relativity is his most famous legacy, but Albert Einstein revolutionized the scientific world in many other ways. Discover how this Nobel Prize winner is connected to everything from cameras and television to electricity and nuclear power. Scientifically ...
  • 2006
  • 00:44:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Ghosts of Futures Past: Tom Berger in the North

The Canadian Arctic, one of the world’s last great wilderness regions is facing new pressures: natural gas exploration. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, the largest construction project in Canada in more than a century, will bring natural gas from the Far North to Alberta’s Tar Sands, a hot spot for oil extraction and refining. Is there anywhere on Earth where we ...
  • 2006
  • 00:45:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Stephen Lewis, the Man Who Couldn't Sleep

On December 31st, 2006, Stephen Lewis's tenure as UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa came to an end. For five and a half years, he crisscrossed Africa and the world at breakneck speed. His crammed schedule has included endless speeches and high-level meetings with presidents, UN officials and anyone who will listen to his impassioned please for Africa. He's ...
  • 2006
  • 00:45:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things When Less Is More: Alberta Tar Sands Exploration

In a poignant look at the Alberta Tar Sands project and the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, David Suzuki investigates the development of the largest oil deposit outside of Saudi Arabia, the environmental impact, and effects on the local Mikisew Cree First Nations population. This program explores the effects of oil sands development on local and global environments, and on ...
  • 2006
  • 00:41:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013