NOVA: Season 7 (1980)

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Air date: Oct 2, 1979

Jason Robards narrates a probe of the controversy surrounding the use and disposal of toxic chemicals. This report focuses on dioxins and PCBs, substances currently banned in the U.S. Included: interviews with scientists and people exposed to the chemicals.

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Air date: Oct 9, 1979

A report on spiders uses time-lapse, slow-motion and microscopic photography to observe the arachnids. Included is a look at some of the more than 35,000 species, such as the poisonous black widow, the jumping spider and the spitting spider. Also examined are intricate and varied webs.

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Air date: Oct 16, 1979

Sugar is "The Sweet Solution" to some energy problems, according to this report. Included are examinations of gasohol, a mixture of gasoline and alcohol fermented from sugar; the demand for sugar in developing countries; sugar-related health problems; and sugar substitutes.

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Air date: Oct 30, 1979

How training and technology prime Olympic athletes. In East Germany, the women's swimming team is seen during a scientifically organized and controlled practice. In the U.S., computers are used to analyze marathoner Bill Rodgers' physique and running style and discus thrower Mac Wilkins' technique. Also: the effects of anabolic steroids on athletic performance.

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Air date: Nov 6, 1979

Surveying sports injuries and their treatment. Profiled: pitcher Tommy John and hockey player Bobby Orr. The report also examines injuries among children and high-school football players; the importance of proper running shoes; and tests that may "predict" sports-related injuries. Hal Douglas is the program narrator.

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Air date: Nov 20, 1979

"India: Machinery of Hope" examines the negative impact of industrialization on Indian society and efforts to remedy the problem. Included: a look at businesses building factories that favor humanpower over automation; a visit to a sugar plant; an interview with former Prime Minister Moraji Desai. Renee Poussaint narrates the program.

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Air date: Dec 4, 1979

"The Bridge That Spanned the World" traces the erection of England's 200-year-old Iron Bridge, the first all-iron span. The report also examines the bridge's technology, including innovations at the Coalbrookdale foundry in the 18th century.

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Air date: Dec 11, 1979

MIT physicist Philip Morrison comments on Jacob Bronowski's theory that animals adapt to their environments while humans shape environments to suit themselves, in an edited version of a May 1979 lecture honoring the late British scientist.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1980

"The Pinks and the Blues," a look at sex-stereotyping. Experts interviewed say boys and girls are subtly conditioned from birth to assume traditional roles in life. They cite differences in the handling of male and female newborns, toys children are given and the attention they receive from teachers. How this role playing manifests itself in everyday situations is demonstrated by members of a Maryland family. Narrator: Gene Galusha.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1980

"The Cancer Detectives of Lin Xian" are a team of Peking scientists seeking to stem the unusually high incidence of esophageal cancer in one Chinese country. About one out of four residents of Lin Xian dies from the disease, and one reason, according to this report, may be the carcinogens found in their diet. Richard Prevost is the narrator.

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