September NOVA Episodes

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science
behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science
and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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Finding Life Beyond Earth

We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring—mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments—atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans.

Are We Alone episode
Thursday, September 4 at 11:00pm.

Moons and Beyond episode
Sunday, September 7 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, September 11 at 11:00pm.

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Why Sharks Attack

Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people—and sharks.

Sunday, September 14 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, September 18 at 11:00pm.


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Ghosts of Machu Picchu

NOVA joins a new generation of archaeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site. The program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on a fateful day in 1911 and continues to the present.

Sunday, September 21 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, September 25 at 11:00pm.


NOVA Feature

Vaccines: Calling The Shots

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. The new NOVA special takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. Featuring scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions.

Sunday, September 28 at 7:00pm.
Thursday, October 2 at 11:00pm.

NOVA is underwritten by The Rock Island Post of Society of American Military Engineers.