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NOVA; Bioterror


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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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A two-year investigation, is reported by The New York Times team behind the bestseller Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War – Judith Miller, a specialist in Middle Eastern terrorism; Stephen Engelberg, an investigations editor and intelligence reporter; and Bill Broad, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist. Ironically, their book was published on the day of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks; they have since found themselves at the forefront of the bioterror story. Miller herself received a letter at her Times office purporting to contain powdered anthrax. \The reporters educate viewers on the secret biological revolution that was pioneered by the United States in the ’40s, subsequently refined by the Soviet Union, and then adopted by Iraq and terrorist cells around the world. NOVA “Bioterror” offers the first-ever look into the remains of the Anti-Plague Institute and the Scientific Research Agricultural Institute in Kazakhstan (part of the former Soviet Union) as well as interviews with the scientists whose job it was to create the perfect weapon. The program also features an inspection of the Nevada test site where the U.S. Defense Department recently demonstrated how a germ factory could be created with off-the-shelf equipment available from medical suppliers. Experts include: U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays; bio-warriors Bill Patrick, Richard Spetzel, Riley Housewright, and defecting Soviets Ken Ailbek and Sergei Popov; former U.S. government officials Jack McGeorge and Richard Danzig; National War College professor Robert Kadlec; and Sandia Laboratory scientist Al Zelicoff.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Bioterror,” 12/27/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F9F389A41DDF4526A7C17E7B4C2F2B19.
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