NOVA: Season 17 (1990)

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Air date: Oct 3, 1989

A 1989 tour of "The Hidden City," New York's infrastructure that's "invisible and ignored" except when it breaks down. Included: power plants in Queens and Westchester; and a garbage landfill on Staten Island.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1989

A profile of the 13th Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, who resigned from the post in May 1989. The hour recalls his battles with the tobacco industry; and with conservative groups over his AIDS-prevention strategies.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1989

Reporting on the competition in Chicago among architects and developers for the contract to build a new public library that's slated to become the Nation's largest.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1989

Nova pinpoints the beginnings of radar in Nova: Echoes of War. Though eclipsed by bigger inventions like the atomic bomb, radar helped secure victory after victory in World War II. Originally offering only a warning, the technology soon evolved into a complex device capable of guiding bombs to specific targets. In the water, air, and on land, electronic machinery advanced the art of warfare. Nova neatly encapsulates the history of radar.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1989

Observing efforts to decipher human genetics. Included: scientists Leroy Hood, Walter Gilbert, Charles Cantor and James Watson.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1989

In this video, Nova travels into the eye of a hurricane to witness the awesome power of nature.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1989

Venice floods so regularly that it now goes unnoticed. After all, the city is built on canals. But, since 1966, when the main square sank under four feet of water, the government has been trying to stop the submergence. Nova goes to Italy to document the search for a solution. Heavy storms completely incapacitate the romantic city and for many years officials were at a loss as to what to do. Now, a program has been proposed that will create a billion-dollar floodgate system. The only problem is that the already faltering Venetian Lagoon could be destroyed. Nova sails through the narrow streets of Venice where politicians and environmentalists collide.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1989

"What Is Music?" includes violin making; how an organ produces sound; how the brain synthesizes tones; and computers that can duplicate the sounds of instruments and voices. Narrator: Don Wescott.

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Air date: Dec 5, 1989

"The flames of the summer of 1988 did not destroy Yellowstone Park, for within the fires were cast the seeds of a new beginning." So thought many park officials when the tourist hotspot went up in flames. Nova documents the controversial let burn policy that affected over a million acres in Nova: Yellowstone's Burning Question. After the widespread fire, many thought the park would never recover. Surprisingly, nature has rebounded full force, leaving little doubt as to its regenerative power. Historically, fires have swept across the land frequently. The path they leave is rich in nutrients and energy. Many scientists think it is imperative to the ecological process. Nova visits the barren landscape of Yellowstone just as life begins again.

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Air date: Oct 2, 1990

This episode of the PBS award-winning science show Nova takes the viewer sleuthing in a maze of computer connections and Internet sites. Clifford Stoll, an astrophysicist and one-time Berkeley hippie, investigates a computer crime. He tracks down a data thief who has been stealing material from military and research computers. His detective work takes him inside CIA and KGB systems, and into an international spy ring involved in passing sensitive information to the KGB. The strange saga is both exciting and humorous.

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