NOVA: Season 21 (1994)

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Air date: Oct 5, 1993

"The Nova Quiz," a game show in which contestants answer science questions. Included: comments from Candice Bergen, Ted Koppel, Gregory Hines and Lynn Redgrave. Marc Summers hosts.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1993

"Wanted: Butch and Sundance" follows a team of experts investigating the outlaws' final days. The search leads to a Bolivian cemetery, where a skeleton is exhumed and tested.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1993

Nova and magician James Randi set out to determine if those claiming paranormal powers are legitimate in Nova: Secrets of the Psychics. They travel to Russia, long rumored to be populated with its fair share of persons with special gifts. An early stop is the Institute of the Brain in Moscow, where Randi tests the scientists' findings of a psychic's ability to change the brain activity and blood pressure of a subject. He feels that magicians are better able to detect fraud than scientists due to their sensitivity to the "for show" aspects of paranormal demonstrations.

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Air date: Oct 26, 1993

Focusing on the experiences of patients awaiting lung transplants at Toronto General Hospital. Included: case updates; support groups for patients' families. Narrator: Henry Ramer.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1993

The near-extinction of "one of the largest of all flying birds"---the condor. Included: efforts to save the California condor; the Incan "condor god" festival, which celebrates the Andean condor.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1993

Jeff Goldblum narrates a report on the possibility of cloning extinct species. Included: comments from director Steven Spielberg; author Michael Crichton; DNA experts.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1993

Observing how amusement-park rides are constructed, and tracks their evolution from 17th-century "flying mountains" in Russia to contemporary theme-park attractions. Included: Ohio's Magnum, which is more than 200 feet high.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1993

When flight 201 crashed in Panama, US federal investigators arrived to figure out why the plane went down. This television documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the methods used during a difficult plane crash investigation. Produced by Nova, the program takes viewers along on a real-life mystery as more and more clues are discovered and the details unfold.

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Air date: Dec 7, 1993

Highlights from the series' first 20 years include excerpts from "The Case of the Bermuda Triangle" (1976); "The Miracle of Life" (1982); "So You Want to Be a Doctor?" (1991); "Hellfighters of Kuwait" (1992). Host: Bill Cosby.

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Air date: Dec 21, 1993

Nova documents the life of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in its program Nova: The Best Mind Since Einstein. Like his German predecessor, Feynman achieved great fame for his work with atoms. His theory on quantum electrodynamics won him the aforementioned award. But, Feynman is best known as an original member of the Manhattan Project. His stint at Los Alamos was legendary, peppered with high-witted pranks and boisterous spirit. Feynman was never one to shy from an honest platform. While working on an investigative committee probing the Challenger disaster, the physicist discovered a problem with the O-Rings. He publicly blasted NASA for "playing Russian roulette" with astronaut's lives. Nova's profile celebrates the clever scientist's life in this one-hour episode.

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