The Nature of Things with David Suzuki premieres its 50th season on CBC-TV

CBC-TV’s longest-running documentary program, THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI, returns Sept. 23 with an exciting lineup of episodes to mark its 50th season—beginning with an ode to the octopus and a look at the latest research into neuroplasticity.

The multi-award-winning show—which remains the only prime-time science program on network television in Canada—dives into its 2010-2011 season with a documentary that takes viewers to the depths of the ocean.

Aliens of the Deep Sea, Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, follows scientists from Coruna, Spain to Vancouver Island and finally to Capri, Italy, as they strive to understand how intelligent the octopus truly is.

Underwater experiments in the lab and in the wild reveal astonishing results that suggest these graceful, boneless creatures, from some of the smallest to the giants of the North Pacific, hold a multitude of secrets that have yet to be unraveled.

The following week, THE NATURE OF THINGS turns its focus to humans with Changing Your Mind, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), which follows the earlier eye-opening documentary The Brain That Changes Itself, based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge. This time, Dr. Doidge takes viewers through compelling cases to illustrate how the plastic brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders, and how research offers new hope to people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and even schizophrenia.

Other highlights of THE NATURE OF THINGS’ 50th season include: Geologic Journey II, a sequel to the highly acclaimed series that explored the geologic history of North America—this new five-part series takes on the rest of the world; Tipping Point: The End of Dirty Oil?, a two-hour special on the oil sands controversy; Save My Lake, which investigates what’s happening to Lake Winnipeg; The Last Grizzly of Paradise Valley, a search for the last great bears of southern British Columbia; Raccoon Nation, a look at the urban masked bandit; The Burrowers, which follows the once nearly extinct black-footed ferret on its return to the prairies; For the Love of Elephants, which explores the emotional rehabilitation of orphaned elephants; In Search of the G Spot, where science and sexology meet; Code Breakers, where new DNA finds reveal just who the first North Americans were; and Ayahuasca, which asks whether a strange brew can help cure addiction. All this, and a one-hour 50th anniversary special airing on March 31, 2011.

THE NATURE OF THINGS airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV; Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET and Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on CBC News Network. For complete program information, please visit www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/.

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