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NOVA; World in the Balance: The People Paradox


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World in the Balance: The People Paradox
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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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Through the use of dramatic scenarios, these programs will present crucial population and environmental issues to viewers in a fresh and accessible style. Scenarios are stories about the future, grounded in good science but told with the creativity of a feature film. They will give viewers a way to imagine the world -- to project from present trends while revealing decision points that will shape the future for our children and grandchildren. The scenarios interweave with worldwide investigative reports on reproductive health, population, biodiversity and the future of the world's food supply. Each report will explore the trends that are driving each scenario, and the options we have for achieving -- or avoiding -- the outcome.



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Chicago: “NOVA; World in the Balance: The People Paradox,” 04/05/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6705AD5B68424CFE9F200F9118F1BE4E.
MLA: “NOVA; World in the Balance: The People Paradox.” 04/05/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6705AD5B68424CFE9F200F9118F1BE4E>.
APA: NOVA; World in the Balance: The People Paradox. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6705AD5B68424CFE9F200F9118F1BE4E
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