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PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)

Premiered: March 3, 1974

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Season 13, Episode 19 The Rise of a Wonder Drug

First Aired: March 18, 1986

The development of penicillin is chronicled, beginning with Alexander Fleming's observation in 1928 that mold growing in a dish killed surrounding bacteria. Included: use of the antibiotic during World War II; and interviews with researchers involved in its development.

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The Return of the Osprey

Season 13, Episode 18

March 11, 1986

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When Wonder Drugs Don't Work

Season 13, Episode 20

March 25, 1986