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NOVA; Roller Coaster


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Roller Coaster
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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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The opening of Disneyland in 1955 revived a flagging entertainment industry and inspired many imitators. Nearly 40 years later, theme parks and ride designers, from Euro Disney to Universal Studios, are engaged in a high-tech battle to fulfill people's dreams and create the ultimate leisure experience. The program takes a ride as experts battle to build bigger and bigger roller coasters.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Roller Coaster,” 09/01/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850580B961FC4E3F96CB9C3FF4AC2B66.
MLA: “NOVA; Roller Coaster.” 09/01/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850580B961FC4E3F96CB9C3FF4AC2B66>.
APA: NOVA; Roller Coaster. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850580B961FC4E3F96CB9C3FF4AC2B66
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