Episode Guide - Here Come the Seventies (Series) (1970-1973)

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Season 1 - 26 episodes:

Sep 17, 1970 - "Communications: The Wired World." In this episode intricate communication networks of tomorrow are examined including an international police grid that will include all of North America and Europe, robot, manufacturing plants run from a central planning theatre and television networks that will allow shopping from the home. Henry Ramer narrates.

Sep 24, 1970 - "Fashion in the 70's." A provocative and entertaining look at the future of fashion.

Oct 1, 1970 - "Genetics: Man The Creator." The Genetic engineering methods of tomorrow are examined including Cloning, the method of reproduction whereby it will be possible to make identical people — Negative Eugenics, program to prevent the birth of genetically defective children and Positive Eugenics, a method of engineering a superior human being. Emphasized are how soon these revolutionary changes are to take place and what these changes imply for the future of mankind.

Oct 15, 1970 - "Space: Lab In The Sky." Space vehicles and the experiments to be conducted in the future, orbiting space labs are shown. Also Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad describes life on a space station and how space stations will benefit mankind.

Oct 22, 1970 - "Youth: The Search for Relevance." Paul Goodman, philosopher and author of "Growing Up Absurd" and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead talk on youth's alienation.

Oct 29, 1970 - "Geopolitics: Shape of Things to Come." The kind of world that awaits man in the future if he can survive is studied.

Nov 5, 1970 - "Cities: Living In A Machine." Life in tomorrow's computer-run cities is examined. Planner's visions for the future include mile-high cities where there will be no poverty, no slums, no pollution; where waste will not be waste and land will be available for everyone.

Nov 12, 1970 - "Penology: The Keeper of the Keys." The merging of technology with penology in the 70's to reform North America's half million prison inmates is examined.

Nov 19, 1970 - "Medicine: Living To Be A Hundred." The role of automation and computerization in medicine in the seventies is explored as well as the devices being developed to remedy such diseases such as cancer, and heart disease.

Nov 26, 1970 - "Mass Transit: Up, Up and Away." The vehicles of the future that will move commuters at incredible speeds, change the structure of our cities and signal the death of the automobile by the year 2000 are examined.

Dec 3, 1970 - "Art In The Seventies: Search For Inner Self." The new involved art forms of tomorrow are explored including electronic music, sleep-in movies and light murals.

Dec 10, 1970 - "Education: No More Teachers, No More Books." The radical new learning methods to be used in the seventies are examined.

Dec 17, 1970 - "Air Pollution: Sweetening the Air." Renowned ecologist Barry Commoner maintains that man must reuse his waste materials in the coming decade if the problem of air pollution is to be controlled.

Jan 14, 1971 - "Technology: Catastrophe or Commitment?" Man is creating technological systems and processes that can lead him into the almost legendary Utopia. Man through Technology can create a bountiful and purposeful future or one polluted with despair and anxiety.

Jan 21, 1971 - "Crime: Dye Guns, Lasers, Justice?" Former New York police specialist Ralph Salerno discusses the frightening new arsenal of dye guns, and lasers that police will use to fight crime in the seventies.

Jan 28, 1971 - "Brother, Can You Spare $1,000,000,000?" This will be the decade we use money for small change and exchange our bulky dollar bills for our own personal universal credit card. Although the 70's will mark the first trillion dollar year in economic history, inflation and poverty will still be with us.

Feb 4, 1971 - "Arctic: The Last Chance." In the seventies the Arctic will be grounds for war between those who would exploit its resources and those who would conserve them.

Feb 11, 1971 - "The Biochemedical Revolution: Moods of the Future." Featured is a look at western society's trend to greater drug dependency in the coming decade.

Feb 18, 1971 - "Woman: The Hand That Cradles the Rock." The growing popularity of such women's groups as the Women's Liberation Movement, and the New Feminists is highlighted. Psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis, a leader in the fight for women's rights, is interviewed as well as a married couple who have solved the liberation question by staying together but living in separate apartments.

Feb 25, 1971 - "Water: The Effluent Society." The state of man's water supply and the various methods that will be employed in the coming decade to recycle water after its uses are examined.

Mar 4, 1971 - "Sports: The Programmed Gladiators." Featured is a look at the growing incidence of drug use in the world of competitive sports. Dave Steen, Canada's shot putter who won a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and who is one of the few athletes to admit to using drugs to improve his performance discusses the adverse effects caused when athletes take drugs such as steroids, amphetamines and pain killers.

Mar 11, 1971 - "Race Relations: Getting It Together." Featured is a look at the trend in race relations to come in the seventies: Black men will make a choice between black power at the ballot box, green dollar power at the market place or the power that comes from the end of the gun.

Mar 18, 1971 - "Sex: Breaking Down the Barriers." In the '70s the human biological function known as sex will be more researched, more exhibited, and will probably undergo more attitudinal changes than ever before. Featured are interviews with Masters and Johnson, Dr. Martin Shepard, a psychiatrist, a homosexual and a lesbian who explain the reasons for their preference.

Mar 25, 1971 - "Leisure: Living With the Twenty Hour Week." The age of leisure, so long promised, will bring on a revolution in how we spend our time in the 70's. The choice in the next two decades will include the 22 hour week, 25 weeks vacation every year and retirement by age 28.

Apr 1, 1971 - "Mental Health: New Frontiers of Sanity." The most serious health problems in North America concern disorders of the mind. Mental patients fill more than half the hospital beds and one person in four has emotional disturbances that cripple his attempts to carry on a normal life.

Apr 15, 1971 - "Let The Seller Beware." Featured is a look at the growing consumer organizations designed to protect tho buyer from unscrupulous sellers. Consumer movement leader Ralph Nader is featured.

Season 2 - 26 episodes:
(one unknown episode missing below)

Sep 16, 1971 - "The Brain: Creating a Mental Elite" reports on current research, including environmental influences; how memory is stored and retrieved; and the possibility of by-passing normal learning procedures by imprinting knowledge directly onto the brain. Narrator: Henry Ramer.

Sep 23, 1971 - "Flying Here to Infinity." The future innovations in flying from today's subsonic jumbo to the craft that might take man to the stars are examined.

Sep 30, 1971 - "Family: Lifestyles of the Future." A fast growing tendancy to experiment with different family life styles than the two-parent, two to four children type of family will be highlighted. Dr. Margaret Mead, noted anthropologist, is guest.

Oct 7, 1971 - "Weather: Who Votes For Rain?" The program talks to prominent weatherman Dr Walter Orr Roberts and engineers Dr. Lewis Grant and Terry McClorg who are working to take the guesswork out of weather forecasting. Also interviewed is a "weather maker" who can make or suppress weather conditions by flying his plane into a promising cloud and bombing it with rain-producing chemicals. Henry Ramer narrates.

Oct 14, 1971 - "Oceans: Breathing Liquid Air." The uncharted depths of the oceans are examined as a new environment for man.

Oct 21, 1971 - "Music: The Electronic Edge." Music is now diverging from the traditional mainstream and going in a multiplicity of directions. One of the major influences of this movement is rock music. Numerous possibilities, such as controlling Alpha waves from brain waves to make brain wave music in concert and do-it-yourself synthesizers are examined and discussed.

Oct 28, 1971 - "Armaments: The War Game." With the over Increasing development of technology man is capable of building more sophisticated weaponry than he has ever before possessed.

Nov 4, 1971 - "Universities: Tearing Down the Ivy." This week's show looks at the changes and possible future developments of the universities.

Nov 11, 1971 - "Food: Surviving the Chemical Feast." Due to the ever-increasing rate of population growth, the problem of supply versus demand will necessitate the gradual phasing out of such products as meat and milk in all but the highest economic regions.

Nov 18, 1971 - "Poverty: Closing the Gap." Michael Harrington, author of The Other America, discusses various aspects of poverty, which today is the rule more than the exception.

Nov 25, 1971 - "Waste: Re-Cycling the World." This week's topic is the re-cycling of waste to overcome the pollution problem.

Dec 2, 1971 - "Physicists: Playing Dice With The Universe." Physics more than any other science has changed our lives in this century. Experts in this field are on hand to discuss these advancements, many of which defy the imagination of the average person.

Dec 9, 1971 - "Ecology: The Silent Bomb." In mid-1971 the U.S. and Canada agreed to spend $12 billion to save the Great Lakes from death by pollution. Program examines this endeavor and talks with experts on the subject.

Dec 16, 1971 - "Religion: Making the Scene." Religious groups have recently become popular. Tonight's pro-gram examines this fad that could come to signal the most profound changes in western religion in 300 years.

Jan 6, 1972 - "Work: Coping With the Twenty Hour Week." There is a distinct possibility that by the year 2000 all structured work will be performed by computers. Emphasis will then be shifted in development of the individual.

Jan 13, 1972 - "The Sexes: Breaking the Barrier." In the future, relationships between the sexes may change a good deal, but if there is a little less romance, nobody expects there will be less marrying.

Jan 20, 1972 - "Mass Media: Massaging the Mind." Media, satellites, lasers and-holograms will be the hardware in what Isaac Asimov calls the Fourth Revolution.

Jan 27, 1972 - "Computers — Challenging Man's Supremacy." We are now entering our fourth generation of computers. These machines have become so sophisticated that they seem to present a threat to man's supremacy. Tonight's program examines this phenomenon.

Feb 3, 1972 - "Aging." The program explores the possibility that we may be able to control and even reverse the aging process within the next century.

Feb 17, 1972 - "Cinema: Films of the Future Will be Different." Our view of the world is changing through a new sense cf art, life and technology which will expand man's senses.

Mar 2, 1972 - "The World of Future Shock: Crisis in 800th Lifetime." This week the program takes a look at the world of Future Shock with author Alvin Toffler.

Mar 9, 1972 - "Occult: X-Factor or Fraud?" Author-philosopher Colin Wilson talks about the growing interest in occult, magic and witchcraft. Well-known witch, Sybil Leek and author Owen S. Rachless are among those interviewed.

Mar 16, 1972 - "Energy." By the year 2500 we will no longer be able to rely upon such energy sources as natural gas, coal, oil and nuclear fission. It will be necessary for man to find new sources of power which he needs for his world to function.

Mar 30, 1972 - "Privacy." Privacy is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Super-snoopers, garbagologists and even plants seem to be keeping an eye on everything that goes on in our lives.

Apr 20, 1972 - "Winter Sports: Leisure's Newest Dimension." The growth of leisure time has meant a phenomenal growth of winter sports, affecting resort owners, airlines, manufacturers of equipment and international trade. Here Come The Seventies examines the new winter sports and their varying effects and looks ahead at the future shape of winter sports.

Season 3 - 26 episodes:

Sep 21, 1972 - "Bio-Feedback: Listening to Your Head." Program investigates the possible control and manipulation of brain waves for the purposes of medicine and meditation.

Sep 28, 1972 - "Arcology: City in the Image of Man." In the next three decades 90 per cent of the people on this continent will live in an urban environment, and the planning of new concepts for our cities may well result in designing the future for our entire culture.

Oct 5, 1972 - "Fusion: The Electric and Infinite Future." The fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) have stored sunshine for billions of years, and man has used the energy. In the next decades, critical shortages of these fuels will force man to develop other sources of energy.

Oct 12, 1972 - "Organic Farming: Can It Feed The Multitudes?" The program looks at the North American farm in the year 2000 asking whether food production in the future will be a monopoly of the agri-business complex.

Oct 19, 1972 - "Wankels, Jets & Jems: Vehicles of the Future." The program examines how today's concerns of pollution and safety and tomorrow's technology will affect transportation in the future.

Oct 26, 1972 - "Think Tanks: Profits of the Future." An examination of how government and industry prepare for the future by anticipating the results of today's actions. Predictions in the areas of war and military defense, welfare, pollution, drugs and productivity are discussed with U.S. government advisor Herman Kahn.

Nov 2, 1972 - "Sound/Noise: Towards A Quieter Environment." Experts tell us that our lives are so full of sound that we may never hear the end of it... we may be going deaf. Authorities discuss the effects of noise on the ear, hope for a quieter environment, communication studies, and the synthetic substitutes for "natural" sounds.

Nov 16, 1972 - "Chili Con Cardin: Morality + Design - Elegance." Our lives have already been influenced and our future may be even more influenced by Pierre Cardin, the grand couturier of Paris who first manufactured ready to wear fashions for the masses.

Nov 23, 1972 - "Earth, No Vacancy: Limits To Growth." Dennis Meadows, a young M.I.T. researcher with the help of computer modelling projects that the world economy is headed for collapse by the year 2040, unless uncontrolled economic, growth is stopped soon.

Nov 30, 1972 - "Paris: The Belly and The Heart." Paris has been in the making for two thousand years, but some fear it can be destroyed in the next few as the traditional Paris is challenged by this century.

Dec 7, 1972 - "The Sculpture: Kitsch Catch or Creative Space?" Sculpture has always been a means of personal expression and philosophy serving as landmarks, memorials and ornamentation. Today's sculpture is struggling for new expressions and new meanings.

Dec 14, 1972 - "A Dream of Europe: Blueprint for Unity." Many believe the future of each country in Europe depends upon a United Europe. But with 2,000 years of almost uninterrupted wars... nationalism, flags and memories can stop the dream.

Jan 4, 1973 - "Mega-Building: Giants Cast Long Shadows." The program looks at some of the world's tallest buildings. To some they represent the ultimate in modem urbanization. To others, the ultimate in unthinking giantism. As people begin to lose their sense of wonder and awe for these structures, these titanic mega-buildings continue to change the look of the city and their roots reach far beyond tenacles of wire, pipes and freeways, casting long shadows.

Jan 11, 1973 - "Criminology: Lead Us Not Into Temptation." The rise of crime has made past attitudes of crime obsolete. It is no longer sufficient to solve crimes and punish criminals lest we find ourselves the certain victims, or even guilty, of major and minor crimes

Jan 18, 1973 - "Robolics: Isaac Asimov's (Clank! Clank!) Artificial Man." Can man, who designed simple mechanical toys, design a complete artificial man that may one day surpass its creator?

Jan 25, 1973 - "Violence: Will It Ever End?" Electrode Implants in the brain to repress violent impulses - this remote-control behaviour theory is discussed with Dr. Jose Delgado at the Yale School of Medicine.

Feb 1, 1973 - "Mobility: Life As A New Nomad." 40 million... 1 in 5 North Americans, change their addresses every year, We are a society of Nomads. Here Comes The Seventies examines the results of this constant change.

Feb 15, 1973 - "Evolution by DNA." Test-tube babies and being able to choose the physical and mental characteristics of a child before birth are two of the possibilities probed in this evening's program. Dr. David Suzuki of the University of British Columbia discusses the advancements in genetic science and voices his fears on the possible mutations that could result from genetic interference.

Feb 22, 1973 - "Primal Therapy." In Search Of The Real You - the program looks at Primal Therapy considered by some to be a revolutionary method for curing neuroses. Founder Arthur Janov says the cure is to feel feelings and relive old pains and with this we can be real. Janov, even according to his critics represents the most important new direction in psychology since Freud and dream interpretation.

Mar 1, 1973 - "Computology: Preventing ECL Collapse."

Mar 8, 1973 - "Habitat 2000: Human Scale Cities." Designers and planners are admitting now that something is wrong with the buildings going up for living purposes, there's loss of human scale, dignity, and privacy, and these will be the features of future cities, unless we can change them for the better.

Mar 22, 1973 - "Jerusalem In the Year 2000: The Future of the Past." How can the city planners provide underground parking when each time they dig, they uncover an ancient city? The demands of urban redevelopment set against the need to preserve a cultural and physical inheritance handed down from centuries define a crucial dilemma for modern man.

Apr 5, 1973 - "Hong Kong: The Edge of the West." Hong Kong is the last free city in the Far East and may well decide the future of Asia. In this particular episode we look at a girl refugee from communist China interview a journalist and a young girl in a Hong Kong bar who wants to return to Shanghai.

Apr 12, 1973 - "Life Force: You're It." Philosopher Alan Walls discusses his lifestyle and concepts of growth. There is also an interview with Al Wang an exponent of Tai-Chi, a stylised system of movement and dance from the Chinese Opera. Also a look at Yoga with Marie Paulyn.

Apr 19, 1973 - "Human Potential." We are entering an age in which the full potential of humanity may be reached. The dream of democracy could become a reality. Special impetus would be given to research into the noblest, most fully human aspects of behaviour and experience.

Apr 26, 1973 - "Socio-biology." What is man's relationship to himself and society? Are there universal laws that govern all living creatures? Irven Devore, a Harvard University anthropologist, explores both these questions and suggests there is evidence that both men and primates are programmed to behave the way they do.

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