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NOVA; Dogs and More Dogs


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Dogs and More Dogs
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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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This program searches for the secrets of dog variation and behavior and visits state-of-the-art dog labs where the latest developments in genetic mapping and even cloning are in the air. Along the way, breeders and dog experts as well as scientists will help explore the bond we share with these remarkable animals, seeking insights into the future of our oldest and closest relationship with another animal species. Where do dogs in all their amazing diversity come from? Tradition says that thousands of years ago someone tamed a wolf pup, thus creating the first of our best friends. But many scientists disagree. On "Dogs and More Dogs," NOVA goes to the dogs—and to leading researchers—to find out the truth. Narrated by John Lithgow, the program ranges from a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to the Westminster Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden. NOVA makes a fascinating detour to the city dump in Tijuana, Mexico, where viewers get surprising insight into the origin and evolutionary strategy of our canine companions. The program also investigates dog genetic diseases—how they reflect misguided breeding practices and, surprisingly, what they tell us about our own genetic disorders. Along the way, viewers will learn about the biological mechanisms behind floppy ears, curved tails, spotted coats, short legs, long snouts, and the countless other traits that make dogs so doggone different.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Dogs and More Dogs,” 12/16/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2A6E796B55A24D1C947FA9E2D852A5CF.
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