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NOVA; Perfect Pearl, The


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Perfect Pearl, The
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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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For thousands of years, humans have speculated about the mystery of the pearl, a jewel that requires no mining, extraction, cutting or polishing to reveal its beauty. NOVA travels around the world to exotic locations where rare pearls are harvested by divers and to farms where huge numbers of pearls are grown. Will cultured pearls ruin the value of those grown in the wild? From the depths of the ocean to the riches of Fifth Avenue, NOVA revels in the luster of these desirable gems.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Perfect Pearl, The,” 11/06/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 29, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2A9F32A611D8464FBF22C0DFA56F94FF.
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