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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 30, Episode 7 The Orchid Hunter

First Aired: November 26, 2002

“Orchid Hunter” explores the appeal of the world's largest plant family by following a young Englishman as he risks life and limb in Indonesian jungles to find a new species to name after his grandmother. “You have to go someplace dangerous, because no one else goes there,” says Tom Hart Dyke, the hunter, who was held hostage by Colombian guerrillas on an earlier hunt. The hour also examines the orchid business in a visit to a Florida “factory.” Hart Dyke could buy for $25 a flower he rappels to find in the jungle, but he suffers from what New Yorker writer Susan Orlean calls “a love sickness.” “Orchids,” she says, “are the sexiest flowers on earth.”