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NOVA; Electric Heart


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Electric Heart
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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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This episode tells the dramatic story of a handful of brilliant surgeons and researchers who have pursued the target of a practical artificial heart for more than three decades. The program dramatizes their intense rivalries and frequent battles against the skepticism of the medical establishment. Among the many colorful characters are the legendary Doctors Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, and Robert Jarvik, who is about to implant his new device, the Jarvik 2000, for the first time. NOVA records the operation and its outcome.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Electric Heart,” 12/08/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E0D416170C604E038BB0F2A4E067F5BF.
MLA: “NOVA; Electric Heart.” 12/08/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E0D416170C604E038BB0F2A4E067F5BF>.
APA: NOVA; Electric Heart. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E0D416170C604E038BB0F2A4E067F5BF
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