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NOVA; Hunt For The Serial Arsonist


Mono. Repaired full mix w/ new narration on 5/15/96

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Hunt For The Serial Arsonist
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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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In the spring of 1991, a rash of suspicious store fires in Los Angeles set fire investigators on the trail of a serial arsonist. Using ingenious techniques to "read" burn patterns and reconstruct the chain of events at each fire, the team uncovered a crucial clue -- a fingerprint on a crude incendiary device. Eight months later, the team closed in on their chief suspect and revealed the shocking truth behind his identity. The program is a true classic scientific detective story with a plot twist that will keep viewers guessing until the end.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Hunt For The Serial Arsonist,” 11/17/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEE2938B6677447CB0DBE8A110910326.
MLA: “NOVA; Hunt For The Serial Arsonist.” 11/17/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEE2938B6677447CB0DBE8A110910326>.
APA: NOVA; Hunt For The Serial Arsonist. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEE2938B6677447CB0DBE8A110910326
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