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NOVA; Alive on Everest



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Alive on Everest
Series Description

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

Program Description

The recent tragedy on Mt. Everest has put NOVA/PBS Online in the unique position of having a direct link to a breaking news story. This program will cover the breaking news in an interview with David Breashears via satellite phone direct from Mt. Everest. Breashears is the leader of the expedition NOVA/PBS Online has been following. His interview will be combined with a documentary that gives a firsthand look at what it takes to climb the world's highest peak.

This program reveals Mt. Everest at its deadliest. In the last week the mountain has taken eight lives from four different expeditions. NOVA/PBS Online was in the midst of "Everest Quest," a cyber-science expedition, and has been following the climb of filmmaker David Breashears of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Everest IMAX/IWERKS Large Format Science Expedition. As the news began to break that there was a storm on Everest and lives were being lost, the filmmaking expedition became a rescue operation and the recently launched NOVA/PBS Online has found itself in a news maker's hot seat.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Alive on Everest,” 05/16/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_735678CF56CB4EDA9A81142CDD01DC3C.
MLA: “NOVA; Alive on Everest.” 05/16/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_735678CF56CB4EDA9A81142CDD01DC3C>.
APA: NOVA; Alive on Everest. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_735678CF56CB4EDA9A81142CDD01DC3C
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