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 Pompeii's People

Buried under the ash of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, then forgotten for more than 1,500 years, ancient Pompeii’s new life began with its discovery in the 18th century. Since then, this vast city has been a subject of fascination for historians and archaeologists alike, a unique and fascinating window into Roman life, unlike anywhere else on earth. The fascination ...
  • 2016
  • 00:43:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/04/2016

The Nature of Things My Brain Made Me Do It

When a brutal crime is committed who is ultimately to blame – the perpetrator or their brain? Neuroscientists are generating ground breaking research that sheds light on why some people can’t stop themselves from committing harmful or criminal acts. This is creating new challenges for the justice system and making us re-evaluate the way we sentence, punish and rehabilitate people ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/04/2016

The Nature of Things While You Were Sleeping

Why do we sleep? Contrary to what we have long believed, the sleeping brain is emerging as an energetic and purposeful machine. “In parts of sleep, the brain is at least as active and maybe more active than it is during waking,” says Dr. Robert Stickgold, one of the world’s leading sleep researchers. From regulating our weight to consolidating our ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/04/2016

The Nature of Things The Equalizer Classroom Favourites

Every year, athletes keep going higher, farther and faster, shattering previous world records and setting new ones. But are today’s record holders really better than those of the past? Or do modern athletes get their edge from their high-tech gear? Top sports scientist Steve Haake sets off on a journey to investigate.
  • 2015
  • 00:43:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/25/2016

The Nature of Things Trapped in a Human Zoo Classroom Favourites

A forgotten diary tells the misadventures of Abraham and seven Inuit from Labrador, caught in the world of human zoos in Europe of the 19th century. Thirty-five thousand indigenous people from around the world were recruited for these zoos. 130 years later, two anthropological sleuths, team up to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of these Inuit. A new chapter is ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/10/2016

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 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 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 Call of the Baby Beluga

A journey through the amazing world of the endangered St. Lawrence beluga whales and the scientists who have worked for decades against long odds to help them. Although the days of intentionally killing St. Lawrence belugas is past, toxins and other unknown causes make the future of these survivors uncertain. The film describes new patterns of deaths among beluga mothers, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:43:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2016

The Nature of Things Wasted

We are riding a wave of enormous change in addiction research and treatment, yet most Canadians don’t know it and – what’s worse – neither do their doctors. In the documentary Wasted, therapist and alcoholic in recovery Mike Pond, along with his life partner filmmaker Maureen Palmer, take viewers on a very personal journey of discovery. They reveal clues to what ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/01/2016