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NOVA; Vikings in America

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Vikings in America
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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 Vikings were legendary warriors, seafarers and traders whose traditions suggest that they discovered North America 500 years before Columbus. Icelandic sagas speak vividly of a land called Vineland the Good, with a number of features corresponding to present-day Labrador and Newfoundland. But can science confirm the Norse legends? And what of the native North Americans they encountered? NOVA investigates the myth and reality of this first historic clash between the Old and the New Worlds.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Vikings in America,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 13, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4A18A4612C5486A8CA5D3C87D7677EC.
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