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NOVA; Race for the Gold


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Race for the Gold
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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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At the 1976 Olympics, East German athletes walked off with 40 of the coveted gold medals, though their country is only the size of New Jersey. NOVA investigates whether a drug responsible for their incredible success--or is American athletic training and commitment falling behind that of the Communist world?

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Chicago: “NOVA; Race for the Gold,” 09/16/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87D01EB0FAE94D0E862E568D0CBA7861.
MLA: “NOVA; Race for the Gold.” 09/16/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87D01EB0FAE94D0E862E568D0CBA7861>.
APA: NOVA; Race for the Gold. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87D01EB0FAE94D0E862E568D0CBA7861
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