Season 14, Episode 13 Spy Machines

First Aired: October 13, 1987

A history of U.S. surveillance techniques from the Civil War to today. Included: the use of hot-air balloons in the 1800s; Francis Gary Powers' U-2 mission in 1960; the use of surveillance during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: 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)

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