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NOVA; Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama, A


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Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama, A
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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 Panama Canal opened in 1914 after a 30 year effort that dwarfed the building of the pyramids. Historian David McCullough navigates through the canal and tells the story of the human drama behind that engineering feat.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama, A,” 09/17/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DE5832DABB4E44B2A6A817CB8F77BF63.
MLA: “NOVA; Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama, A.” 09/17/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DE5832DABB4E44B2A6A817CB8F77BF63>.
APA: NOVA; Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DE5832DABB4E44B2A6A817CB8F77BF63
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