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 Stonehenge Uncovered

With exclusive access to the work of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, the most extensive archaeological study ever made of the wider area around Britain's famous monument, Stonehenge Uncovered reveals fascinating new information about the surprisingly advanced and sophisticated civilization that built the Stone Circle. This fascinating documentary takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BCE to 2500 ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/18/2014

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

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 Trek of the Titans Classroom Favourites

The leatherback sea turtle is a magnificent creature that can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. This ancient species swims faster, travels further and dives deeper than any other reptile on the planet. In the Atlantic, the turtles migrate every year from their nesting grounds in the Caribbean to the chilly waters off the east coast of ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/05/2014

The Nature of Things On a Wing and a Song

A look at songbird populations. Long Point Provincial Park attracts songbirds. John McCracken of the Long Point bird observatory talks about all these species spotted there. Ornithologist Sidney Gauthreaux monitors migration in High Island, Texas. Bob Currie and Kathleen Gardner participate in a songbird census. Dan Welsh of the Canadian Wildlife Service is directing a study of the boreal songbirds, ...
  • 1994
  • 00:45:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/10/2014

The Nature of Things Alternative Medicine: Teaching New Doctors Old Tricks

A look at alternative medicine. Interviews with Dr. Bruce Pomeranz of the University of Toronto, Dr. Jock Murray (former dean of the Dalhousie Medical School), Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind-Body Institute of Harvard, Margaret Naeser of the VA Hospital in Boston, Eileen Stewart of a cardiac rehabilitation program, Dr. Bala Manyam (professor of neurology in Illinois), Dr. David Taylor-Reilly ...
  • 1995
  • 00:46:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/10/2014

The Nature of Things The Allergy Fix

If you’ve been to a children’s birthday party lately, chances are at least one of the little guests had an EpiPen, a portable needle loaded with epinephrine. It’s standard equipment for a growing generation of highly allergic North American kids: more than three times as many children have food allergies now than 20 years ago. And one out of every ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/12/2014

The Nature of Things The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

Dr. Pat Sutherland has been working on the archeology of the Arctic for more than 30 years. Her expertise is the ancient native people who lived there. But along the way she started finding artifacts that didn’t fit —  pieces that weren’t made by indigenous hands, but by Norse traders, possibly as far back as a thousand years ago. Is ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: Ice Edge (Part 4 of 4)

Canada’s arctic wildlife is finely adapted to a life on and around ice and yet this frozen landscape is undergoing a massive shift due to humans. A landscape inhabited by wildlife and people who have found an amazing variety of ways to survive. From polar bear cubs making their first discovery of ice to a caribou calf “dancing” in the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: The Heartland (Part 3 of 4)

Central Canada has both native grassland and boreal forest teeming with wildlife, and yet here too the hands of early humans have shaped the land. From the prairies to Canada's vast boreal forest that stretches almost from coast to coast, we reveal a huge wilderness of extremes that has been shaped over millennia by both humans and wildfires. Here pronghorn ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:16
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide