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NOVA; Secrets Of The Samurai Sword


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Secrets Of The Samurai Sword
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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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For over a thousand years the Samurai sword has dominated the battlefields of Japan, instilled fear and terror into every enemy it faced, and evoked a spiritual way of life that continues even today. With unparalleled access, NOVA travels deep into Japan’s ancient foundries, follows the craft of the traditional sword-smiths and attends Samurai fighting school to reveal the art and science behind making what many call the perfect sword.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Secrets Of The Samurai Sword,” 06/24/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 30, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B73A4A8C4BAC419CBD6E07D27455A3F2.
MLA: “NOVA; Secrets Of The Samurai Sword.” 06/24/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 30, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B73A4A8C4BAC419CBD6E07D27455A3F2>.
APA: NOVA; Secrets Of The Samurai Sword. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B73A4A8C4BAC419CBD6E07D27455A3F2
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