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NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash


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Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash
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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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Car Crash! covers 100 years of carnage on our highways and examines the rocky road to safer cars. From the invention of safety glass in the early part of this century to seatbelts, roll bars to airbags and other safety devices, engineers and inventors have worked hard to lessen the losses -- but not without problems.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash,” 12/09/1998, GBH Archives, accessed January 22, 2021,
MLA: “NOVA; Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash.” 12/09/1998. GBH Archives. Web. January 22, 2021. <>.
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