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Orchid Hunter
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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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In 2000, orchid enthusiast Tom Hart Dyke, then 24, was looking for orchids in South America when he was kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas. Nine months in captivity in the jungle gave Tom plenty of experience of tropical orchids, and on his release, he was even more passionate about the flowers than before. Now, he's determined to find a new species of orchid to name after his inspirational grandmother, and is convinced that Papua New Guinea offers the best chance. It's part of the second largest island in the world, and only 5% of it has ever been explored by botanists. Most scientists are reluctant to work there because of the ever-present threat of kidnapping and the extremely hostile working environment, inhabited to this day by groups of cannibals and head-hunters.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Orchid Hunter,” 11/15/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EE1DE14C3AB4604ABA2E3DD2210BEA9.
MLA: “NOVA; Orchid Hunter.” 11/15/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EE1DE14C3AB4604ABA2E3DD2210BEA9>.
APA: NOVA; Orchid Hunter. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3EE1DE14C3AB4604ABA2E3DD2210BEA9
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