Nova Poster

(1974– )

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Next Episode (airs 27 Nov. 2019)

Animal Espionage

Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals such as whales, tigers, and giant armadillos.

Current Episode (aired 20 Nov. 2019)

The Violence Paradox

A journey through history and the human mind to explore violence, and how a more peaceful world can be achieved.


10 Jan. 2018
Black Hole Apocalypse
A Two part documentary sharing detailed information on Black holes.
31 Jan. 2018
The Impossible Flight
Two pilots fly a solar-powered airplane around the world.
7 Feb. 2018
First Face of America
The remains of a 13,000-year-old skeleton of a prehistoric teenager are located in an underwater cave in Mexico.
14 Feb. 2018
Great Escape at Dunkirk
Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes that were lost in Dunkirk, France during World War II.
28 Feb. 2018
Prediction by the Numbers
A look at why some predictions fail while others succeed at forecasting the future.
18 Apr. 2018
Decoding the Weather Machine
Scientists around the world strive for a better understanding of the workings of the weather and climate machine known as Earth.
27 Jun. 2018
Rise of the Superstorms
In summer 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?
3 Oct. 2018
Operation Bridge Rescue
Follow the race to rebuild the Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State, an icon of 19th century American engineering, destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Watch a team of elite craftsmen faithfully reproduce the massive, intricate wooden structure under grueling time pressure as flooding threatens their worksite. In China, witness craftsmen restoring thousand-year-old covered bridges based on ingenious frameworks of woven timber beams. Discover how Chinese artisans are keeping traditional skills alive to ensure the survival of these stunning ancient structures.
10 Oct. 2018
Volcano on Fire
Climb with volcano experts to the summit of Nyiragongo, a highly active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twice in recent memory it has erupted, devastating Goma, a neighboring city of 1 million people. To investigate when it might erupt next, scientists climb into its crater toward a bubbling lava lake to deploy sensors and monitor the volcano's activity.
10 Oct. 2018
Volcano on the Brink
Explore Nyamuragira, one of the world's most active and mysterious volcanoes in Africa. Decades of civil strife have prevented scientists from investigating the volcano, but a brief pause allows an international team of experts to fly by helicopter to the summit to investigate.
17 Oct. 2018
Discover how opioid addiction affects the brain and how evidence-based treatments are saving lives.
24 Oct. 2018
Flying Supersonic
Archival and 3-D imagery of the supersonic aircraft and its structure reveal how the dream of building the airliner became reality.
7 Nov. 2018
The Last B-24
Underwater archaeologists and technical divers excavate the wreckage of the B-24 Liberator bomber Tulsamerican in hopes of finding out what happened to the three airmen who went missing when the plane crashed off the coast of Croatia in 1944.
14 Nov. 2018
Thai Cave Rescue
Rescue workers race against the clock to save twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave system in Thailand.
21 Nov. 2018
World's Fastest Animal
The peregrine falcon reaches high speeds to become the world's fastest animal; bird trainer Lloyd Buck attempts to get his peregrine, Moses, to go faster.
26 Dec. 2018
Apollo's Daring Mission
Astronauts and engineers of Apollo 8 explain the inside story of the first mission to circumnavigate the moon.

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