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 Adventurers: A Story Told in Stone

The French Polynesian islands once housed thriving native populations that were tragically wiped out by European disease. The vines and trees of the jungles consumed huge stone cities that sprawled across the interiors of Tahiti, Raivavae and the Marquesas Islands. The structures remained forgotten until archeologist Edmundo Edwards rediscovered them. Now, with each swipe of his machete, Edmundo is bringing ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Adventurers: The Lost People of the Baja

Canadian paleo-pathologist Eldon Molto is leading the search for clues of the mysterious Pericu people of Baja California, Mexico — a fierce, independent tribe that disappeared over a century ago, after being exposed to European disease. They left virtually nothing behind but their bones. By using DNA, Molto is piecing together the story of the Pericu and along the way ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Bald Eagle: Searching for Home

On the Pacific Coast, the arrival of salmon sparks the return of thousands of bald eagles from across half a continent. But in many places they are returning to find their habitat occupied and their food supply gone. This program explains how commercial fishing, logging and urban sprawl have destroyed salmon stocks, which in turn affects bald eagles who feed ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Designing for Dignity: Engineering for Body Parts

The body is nature's work of art. It is no surprise then that providing replacement pieces for it requires both the talents of an artist and the skills of a surgeon. Ears made to order. Knee joints from an assembly line. Replacement heart valves grown from human cells in the laboratory. For people with damaged or missing body parts, new ...
  • 1999
  • 00:53:43
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Weather: Dragons of Chaos

The Nature of Things takes a look at weather's chaotic character and how modern society is coping. We hear firsthand accounts from people who have survived some of the most ruthless weather conditions. Bob Howard and Ken Osborne describe how the cottage they were in was suddenly lifted from its foundations and deposited in a lake by a tornado. Documentary ...
  • 2000
  • 00:53:43
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Downside of High

Teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. That's the startling conclusion of some of the world's top schizophrenia experts, whose research is featured in this documentary. Groundbreaking work on the connection between marijuana and mental illness also reveals that, for all young adults, smoking marijuana nearly doubles the risk ...
  • 2010
  • 00:43:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things To Bee or Not to Bee

Could bees be an early warning sign of human impact on our ecosystems? When the news broke in recent years that global honeybee populations were declining at an alarming rate, scientists took notice. The role bees play in nature simply cannot be overstated. A world without them would be unrecognizable since they pollinate many of the food crops we depend ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Return of the Prairie Bandit

The black-footed ferret lives on a single diet: prairie dogs. But when the ubiquitous prairie dog was hunted and poisoned into near extinction, black-footed ferrets disappeared from prairie grasslands. For years, they survived in zoos only. The Nature of Things follows a painstaking and precarious project that attempts to re-introduce ferrets to their Saskatchewan home. The tiny population of returnees faces constant ...
  • 2011
  • 00:51:33
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Changing Ground

Members of the Stó:lo nation, a First Nations group in British Columbia, make an extraordinary journey into a remote corner of Papua New Guinea. They are invited by the Maisin, a tribe of about 2,000 living as their ancestors did at the edge of the rainforest. In the Maisin, these Stó:lo people will encounter a traditional culture, intact and thriving ...
  • 2000
  • 00:51:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Planet Hunters

For millennia humans studying the stars had no idea if there were any other planets outside our solar system, let alone ones similar enough to ours to sustain life. The first extra-solar planet – or exoplanet – was only discovered in 1995.  Now, a new space-based telescope has discovered thousands more, and some of them may be just like Earth. ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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