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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 36, Episode 9 The Big Energy Gamble

First Aired: January 20, 2009

The environmental pros and possible economic cons of California's green initiative, which seeks to return carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, are examined. Included: remarks from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who supports the 2006 law, and Marlo Lewis Jr. (Competitive Enterprise Institute), who fears it will cause businesses to flee the state. Also: Ed Begley Jr. and Bill Nye "the Science Guy" engage in a competition to have the smallest carbon footprint.