NOVA: Season 8 (1981)


Season 8

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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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Air date: Oct 14, 1980

"The Sea Behind the Dunes" studies the denizens of a Massachusetts coastal lagoon. Included: a hermit crab; a male pipefish whose parental duties include carrying its mate's eggs until they hatch; and seagulls who display a hearty appetite for all kinds of fish.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1980

Exploring potential ecological problems of mining shale oil in the Rockies. The report surveys a region of western Colorado that's believed to contain a reserve of 1.8 trillion barrels. A plant could produce 50,000 gallons of oil a day, but it could also leave 20 million tons of waste rock each year.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1980

"The Big IF"---interferon---a body-produced substance that's a promising cancer drug. Previously expensive and in short supply, manufactured interferon is now being tested and administered to patients in advanced stages of cancer.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1980

"Voyager: Jupiter and Beyond" samples some of the 33,000 pictures beamed back in 1979 by the two Voyager spacecraft as they swung past Jupiter. Subjects include the discovery of a ring around the gas giant and evidence of volcanic activity on Io, one of its 16 moons.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1980

A look at Thomas Alva Edison, whose inventions are surveyed. Also: interviews with Edison's daughter, employees and critics, and the research lab he built.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1980

This report involves mountain lakes in New York, where "acid rain" is killing fish and vegetation; California farmlands faced with inadequate irrigation; Boston's antiquated plumbing system; and polluted drinking water in Bedford, Mass.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1980

The development of the camera. The program explains time-lapse and slow-motion photography, and examines microscope and laser photography. Narrator: Ted O'Brien.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1980

How touch affects other senses is traced in a report that also considers the use of tactile contact in marriage counseling, as therapy for depressed children and to relieve nervous tension.

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