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NOVA; Ground Zero Supertower


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Ground Zero Supertower
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Portions of this program were originally seen in Nova's Engineering Ground Zero and Building on Ground Zero. Check those titles for additional assets.

NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center, the skyscraper rising up 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. In this update of NOVA's "Engineering Ground Zero," which featured behind-the-scenes access to the struggles of the engineers and architects working at 1 WTC and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NOVA goes inside the construction of the new tower's final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon. But 1 WTC isn't the only engineering marvel taking shape here: NOVA goes underground to see the construction of a multi-billion dollar transit center whose sweeping, sinuous design is said to be inspired by the shape of a bird being released from a child's hand. Will the buildings be completed on time under competing business, environmental, and safety demands? And will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?

A NOVA production by Terri Randall Productions for WGBH Boston.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Ground Zero Supertower,” 08/29/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_04DE08D6394F463C841EF84DFE2ADB09.
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