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Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe (more…)

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Season 15, Episode 1 Surgical Slimmers

First Aired: January 19, 2005

Host Alan Alda surveys various weight-loss surgeries and their impact on patients' lives. One woman is seen undergoing a gastric bypass (shown in graphic detail). Her “new stomach” can hold just one ounce (her old one's capacity was a half gallon), and she has lost 150 pounds. Alda also explores the less invasive (and safer) lap band.

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