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 PTSD: Beyond Trauma

The image of the tormented veteran unable to transition from war zone to home front is well-known. But the focus on the military’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) obscures a simple reality: PTSD hits more civilians than soldiers, and more women than men. But when so many people experience sudden loss, near-death, violence and abuse, why are only some ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/27/2017

The Nature of Things The Brain's Way of Healing

Seven years ago Dr. Norman Doidge introduced neuroplasticity to the world – the idea that our brains aren’t rigidly hardwired as was once believed, but that they can change, and can be rewired. Indeed, what is unique about the brain is that its circuits can, through mental experience and activity, form, unform and reform in new ways. In The Brain's Way ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2017

The Nature of Things Vital Bonds

Take a fascinating journey inside the evolving science of transplants, where breakthrough discoveries are tackling the organ shortage and transforming the future of medicine. We’ve all heard about the crisis in organ donation. In Canada, for example, one in four on the lung waitlist die waiting. But there is hope: transplant medicine is in the midst of a quiet revolution. ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2017

The Nature of Things Running on Empty

Forget Disneyland, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Get ready to see a very different California. A drought of historic proportions and the hottest year ever recorded have compelled California to impose unprecedented water consumption reductions. Where did all the water go? Who's fault is it? And what needs to change to save California from itself?
  • 2016
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2017

The Nature of Things Conversations with Dolphins Classroom Favourites

What kind of intelligence is behind dolphin communication, and will humans one day be able to have a conversation with them? Scientists around the world are asking themselves the same questions. Over the decades the focus on dolphin research has changed from asking “how intelligent are dolphins?” to “how are dolphins intelligent?”
  • 2016
  • 00:43:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/04/2017

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