• 1974
  • 46 Seasons

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 and present---and doesn't neglect the human aspect of the story. Its many memorable shows include 1983's...

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Season 32, Episode 12 Sinking the Supership

First Aired: October 4, 2005

“Sinking the Supership” charts the short life of Japan's Yamato, the largest battleship ever built. It was sunk in April 1945 while defending Okinawa. The hour, which features comments from several of its 260 survivors (more than 3000 died) and follows submersibles as they view its wreckage, explores reasons why battleships became vulnerable in the years following WWI. The chief one: air power. The Yamato, says one of the 400 U.S. pilots who attacked it, “was a perfect target.”

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