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NOVA; Spy Machines



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Spy Machines
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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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Descends into the secret world of espionage to probe the pivotal role that science and technology have played in providing information about the nation's political adversaries on the 25th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. The U-2 was one of the earliest and most celebrated of high-flying machines, becoming known to the world when one was shot down deep inside the Soviet Union in 1960. By then planes had penetrated Russian air space many times to photograph top military targets.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Spy Machines,” 06/15/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_65085BFAE3E84650B529F31715CF86E4.
MLA: “NOVA; Spy Machines.” 06/15/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_65085BFAE3E84650B529F31715CF86E4>.
APA: NOVA; Spy Machines. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_65085BFAE3E84650B529F31715CF86E4
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