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NOVA; Are You Swimming in a Sewer


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Are You Swimming in a Sewer
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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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NOVA dips into the sad plight of our coastal waters, where toxic chemicals, raw sewage and disease-carrying microbes are routinely dumped. Examines Boston Harbor, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Bay, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware River, San Diego.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Are You Swimming in a Sewer,” 08/29/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_32327E5E87E244AEAD0129AE24E15ABF.
MLA: “NOVA; Are You Swimming in a Sewer.” 08/29/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_32327E5E87E244AEAD0129AE24E15ABF>.
APA: NOVA; Are You Swimming in a Sewer. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_32327E5E87E244AEAD0129AE24E15ABF
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