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 Billion Dollar Caribou

Everyone has seen a woodland caribou on a quarter but very few of us have ever seen one in the wild. They’re known as the grey ghosts of the boreal forest. They move around in small groups and are notoriously hard to find. It’s even more difficult since their numbers are declining across the country, especially in Alberta, where prime ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/26/2013

The Nature of Things Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo Classroom Favourites

For centuries placebos have been thought of as fake medicine involving trickery and deceit, but Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo pulls back the curtains on the proof that placebos can have powerful – and real – effects on our mind and body. Neuroscience is revealing how our bodies’ response to treatment is heavily influenced by our expectations, prior experiences, our beliefs ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The Nature of Things Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale Classroom Favourites

North America is under attack by a relentless aquatic invader. Accidentally released into the Mississippi River 30 years ago, the Asian Carp have been heading north ever since. Famous for their insatiable hunger and their Olympic high jumping, Asian Carp are now only 100 kilometers south of Lake Michigan. Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale will take viewers on an enlightening ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:24
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/03/2014

The Nature of Things David Suzuki's Andean Adventure

Should nature have rights, just like humans? David Suzuki sets off on an "Andean Adventure", to see first-hand the places that just may represent the cutting edge when it comes to taking on the world’s energy, climate and economic crises. From Ecuador comes a revolutionary proposal to not dig for oil. Below what may be the most biodiverse place on ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2013

The Nature of Things Invasion of the Brain Snatchers

Parasites brainwashing their hosts — it sounds like something straight out of science fiction. But this is no zombie movie, this is a fascinating new field of study. Scientists have collected hundreds of examples of brain-manipulating parasites. Researchers are starting to untangle how these parasites have evolved to control their victims, whether caterpillars, fish, birds, rats, cats — or humans! And at ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The Nature of Things Meet the Coywolf

A new carnivore can be found in cities across the Eastern seaboard, from Toronto to Montreal to Boston and even New York. A versatile predator that feasts on everything from rabbits to deer to moose. Scientists say it is one of the most adaptable mammals on the planet, but what surprises them most is how this remarkable creature manages to ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:29
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/26/2013

The Nature of Things The Man Who Tweeted Earth Classroom Favourites

Most of us can only imagine what the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have experienced. The distance has made it seem unknowable. But December 2012 that all began to change. From the moment Hadfield arrived at the ISS for a five-month mission, he transformed the way we connect to space. Millions followed his every move. His YouTube videos were ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:34
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, a mysterious tick-borne illness, is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the United States, and over the past decade, the tick that carries Lyme has been spreading across Canada with alarming speed. From the micro world of the tick and its disease-causing bacteria, to the macro world of human suffering and medical science, this eye-opening documentary explores a ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/22/2014

The Nature of Things Where Am I?

Where Am I? is a new documentary about the skills we use to find our way around. Whether you are an Inuit hunter, a foraging insect, or just someone out for a stroll, your brain is performing one of its most fundamental services – it’s navigating. Why are some of us good at finding our way, while others are not? ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/29/2014