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NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire


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Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire
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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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Fire! shows how safety features we take for granted today -- such as sprinklers, fire hydrants, and evacuation drills -- were all introduced in the wake of horrific tragedies. Sometimes the lessons learned from fire disasters such as New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911, Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub in 1942, and London's King's Cross subway station in 1987 trigger new safety codes, but all too often these lessons are soon forgotten.



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