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 Franklin's Lost Ships Classroom Favourites

In 1845 Sir John Franklin set off to find the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. Franklin, his two ships and 129 men were never heard from again. And the fate of the expedition has become one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. But does the discovery last summer of Franklin’s flagship Erebus mean the mystery has ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/04/2015

The Nature of Things Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants

What many people do not realize about giraffes is that these iconic creatures of wild Africa, with their long necks, cinnamon spotted coats, flirty lashes and loping gait are disappearing at an alarming rate. Two hundred years ago there were a million giraffes, in 2000 there were 140,000 roaming Africa’s plains. Now, 15 years later, their numbers have plummeted to ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2015

The Nature of Things It Takes Guts

Eat less, move more. That’s the simple solution to losing weight – or so we’ve been told. But what if there was another hidden reason behind our obesity epidemic? Inside our intestines, there’s an entire ecosystem – our own “inner rainforest” – made up of microorganisms so small that millions could fit into the eye of a needle. But these tiny ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/09/2015

The Nature of Things Jellyfish Rule!

No brains, no backbone, no problem! 600 million years ago jellyfish ruled the oceans. Now these mysterious and magnificent creatures may be taking over the oceans once again. Only this time, they’re doing it with our help. Discover how overfishing and other man made changes — like global warming, pollution and coastal development — are transforming our oceans in ways ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/08/2015

The Nature of Things Manufacturing the Wild

What if we could make new wilderness? Even new wild creatures? For generations, we've tried to preserve wilderness, and the amazing creatures that live there. But what if we could bring back the wild of the ancient past? A radical new movement called Rewilding aims to do just that.
  • 2015
  • 00:43:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2016

The Nature of Things Moose: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater

At the best of times, the odds are stacked against the leggy 16-kilo moose calf surviving its first year, as normally less than 50 percent do, but now that number is sinking even lower. Moose populations across many parts of North America are in steep decline and scientists believe one big reason is that fewer moose calves are surviving their ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/29/2015

The Nature of Things Puffin Patrol

Travel from Newfoundland’s rocky shores to Maine and Wales to meet the colourful and intriguing Atlantic puffin. Purpose-built burrow cameras witness every tender moment of life in the burrows, from incubation of the egg to hatching and the busy feeding schedule that follows. With this close-up, learn what these intriguing little birds can teach us about the dangers of climate ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2016

The Nature of Things Safe Haven for Chimps

Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, it’s a well-known fact. But what does that really mean? For many decades, it meant that chimpanzees were used as substitutes for humans in labs. Despite everything we've learned about their social intelligence, wide-ranging emotions, non-verbal communication and tool use, we've continued to subject chimps to medical research. This is the touching story of ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

The Nature of Things SongbirdSOS

Birdsong that has graced the Earth for millions of years – and for all of human history – could soon be stilled in a human-made perfect-storm of negligence and unintended consequences. SongbirdSOS is the artfully-shot story of the mass depletion of songbirds in the Americas, an alarming thinning of populations brought on by glass-enclosed high-rise buildings, light pollution, lost breeding and wintering ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/10/2016

The Nature of Things Sonic Magic: The Wonder and Science of Sound Classroom Favourites

Sound surrounds us. Whether it's sound we choose to hear, like the music we play in our headphones, or sound we'd rather do without, like the noise of the city, we live in a sonic world that we seldom think twice about. Sonic Magic takes us behind the scenes in cutting-edge hospitals and research labs where sound is eliminating cancer ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/23/2015