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NOVA; Plague on Our Children, A


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Plague on Our Children, A
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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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The study of Love Canal in NY proved only the beginning in unearthing the effects on humans of the inadequate disposal of toxic wastes. The EPA estimates there are 50,000 toxic waste dump sites throughout the US. Contradictory studies, claims of safety by industry, charges of harm by citizens, and official delay are examined. Preliminary chromosome findings show we may be doing fundamental and irreversible harm not only to ourselves -- but also to our children.



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