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NOVA; Portrait of a Killer


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Portrait of a Killer
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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 illustrates the process and progress of cardiovascular disease in "Portrait of a Killer". Photographed by Lennart Nilsson, the Swedish photographer best know to Americans for his embryo photographs that appeared in Life magazine in 1965, Nilsson and his collaborator, pathologist Jan Lindberg, teamed up with Swedish television to produce an incredible document -- filmed inside the human body -- the progress of cardiovascular disease.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Portrait of a Killer,” 11/20/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4CF281E61AE643D18FC9E90829DC9FFE.
MLA: “NOVA; Portrait of a Killer.” 11/20/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4CF281E61AE643D18FC9E90829DC9FFE>.
APA: NOVA; Portrait of a Killer. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4CF281E61AE643D18FC9E90829DC9FFE
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