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  • Premiered: Mar 1974
  • Episodes: 966
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Season 20
20x1
The Hunt for Saddam's Secret Weapons
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 05, 1993
After an agreement was made by members of the United Nations, which mandated Iraq to end its pursuit in creating weapons of mass destruction, an international group of advisors and .. show full overview
20x2
Can Bombing Win a War?
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Air date
Jan 19, 1993
The Gulf War was fought in 38 days of non-stop bombing and four days of swift ground action. Did bombing win it? NOVA looks at the history of strategic bombing and asks whether bombing has now achieved preeminence in warfare.
20x3
The Deadly Deception
Episode overview
Air date
Jan 26, 1993
For four decades, 400 African American men from Macon, Alabama were unwitting participants in a government study of untreated syphilis. NOVA tells the story of this notorious human experiment. George Strait, ABC News Medical Correspondent, hosts.
20x4
Nazis and the Russian Bomb
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 02, 1993
NOVA tells the story of the German scientists abducted to the Soviet Union after World War II to help build an atomic bomb. The success of the crash program in 1949, with the explosion of the first Soviet nuclear weapon, shocked the world.
20x5
In the Path of a Killer Volcano
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 09, 1993
NOVA covers scientists on the brink of a sputtering, shaking, impatient volcano, trying to forecast when it will go off. When it does, Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines goes big time, producing the largest volcanic eruption in 80 years.
20x6
Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?
Episode overview
Air date
Feb 16, 1993
Athletes are training smarter, running faster, jumping higher and generally outperforming their predecessors—thanks to high technology. NOVA covers the record-setting trend for improving sports performance with science.
20x7
Diving for Pirate Gold
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Air date
Feb 23, 1993
These days, piracy on the high seas often involves sonar, magnometers, metal detectors and other high-tech equipment for finding and plundering sunken ships. NOVA explores the swashbuckling seafaring pirates of old and their present-day successors.
20x8
Murder, Rape and DNA
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Air date
Mar 02, 1993
Wherever we shed our body cells, we leave an indisputable identity card: our DNA. NOVA investigates the new science of DNA typing which is putting increasing numbers of murderers and rapists behind bars.
20x9
The Lost Tribe
Episode overview
Air date
Mar 30, 1993
NOVA covers both sides of the stormy controversy over the Tasaday tribe. When these isolated cave dwellers were discovered in the Philippines in 1971, they were hailed as a Stone Age relic. Now, many anthropologists denounce them as fakes.
20x10
The NOVA Quiz
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 05, 1993
NOVA fans from around the country match wits in a fast-paced contest of general science knowledge celebrating NOVA's 20th anniversary. Famous guests pose questions for the viewers at home. Marc Summers hosts.
20x11
Wanted: Butch and Sundance
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 12, 1993
Forensic sleuth Clyde Snow and a posse of experts travel to Bolivia in search of the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They find Hollywood and legend got a few things wrong.
20x12
Secrets of the Psychics
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Air date
Oct 19, 1993
Magician James "The Amazing" Randi tests the claims of mind readers, fortune tellers, faith healers and others with purported paranormal powers. As a magician, "I know how people are deceived," Randi says.
20x13
Dying to Breathe
Episode overview
Air date
Oct 26, 1993
NOVA covers the tense vigil of three people with terminal lung disease as they await the most complex of all organ transplants—a new lung. Months of waiting end in a few frenzied hours of intricate surgery.
20x14
Shadow of the Condor
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Air date
Nov 02, 1993
NOVA soars with the condor, an extraordinary bird that lives a tenuous existence in the California mountains and the Andes of South America. Footage includes never-before-photographed nesting sites in the cliffs of Patagonia.
20x15
The Real Jurassic Park
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Air date
Nov 09, 1993
With help from director Steven Spielberg, author Michael Crichton and a host of scientific experts , NOVA investigates what it would take to recreate the dinosaur theme park in Jurassic Park. It won't be as easy as it was for Hollywood.
20x16
Roller Coaster!
Episode overview
Air date
Nov 16, 1993
NOVA takes viewers on the ride of their lives as it explores the science of roller coasters, where physics and psychology meet. New rides of the future may take place entirely in the mind—with virtual reality.
20x17
Mysterious Crash of Flight 201
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Air date
Nov 30, 1993
US federal investigators are called in to determine the cause of a mysterious jetliner crash in Panama. Nothing about the accident makes sense, until a key clue emerges.
20x18
Great Moments from NOVA
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Air date
Dec 07, 1993
Bill Cosby guides viewers through the most exciting footage from two decades of NOVA in a 20th anniversary salute. Real-life action, adventure, mystery, drama and non-stop discovery fill this 90-minute special.
20x19
The Best Mind Since Einstein
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 21, 1993
A profile of the late Richard Feynman—atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist, acclaimed teacher and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
20x20 Season finale
Stranger in the Mirror
Episode overview
Air date
Dec 28, 1993
NOVA explores the nature of human perception through the puzzling condition called visual agnosia, the inability to recognize faces and familiar objects, made famous in Oliver Sacks' book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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