• 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 28, Episode 18 Methuselah Tree

First Aired: December 11, 2001

“The Methuselah Tree,” a lyrical profile of a 4600-year-old bristlecone pine located in California's arid White Mountains, not far from Las Vegas. Poet Roger McGough narrates the hour, which traces Methuselah back to the death of the pyramid builder Cheops (Methuselah was 77) and was “discovered” by scientist Edward Schulman in 1957. “[I] have no eyes but have seen it all,” says Methuselah (actor William Hootkin, reading McGough's poetry). “Methuselah could live forever,” adds Leroy Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service. “There's no indication that it can't.”

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