The Amazing Human Body

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Your body is the most sophisticated organism on earth. It is a scientific marvel and much about it remains a mystery. "The Amazing Human Body" uses cutting-edge graphics to reveal the surprisingly beautiful biological processes that keeps you alive.

When to watch:

Wednesday, September 19, 7–10 p.m. on PBS North (3-Part Series)

Discover the ingenious ways your body develops, adapts and endures. How does your brain communicate with your body in order to help you learn new skills? What is the connection between a teenager’s craving for fatty foods and sudden growth spurts? And how does cell regeneration allow an octogenarian to compete in a grueling triathlon and live to tell the tale?

Case studies from across the globe showcase the dazzling secret science of the human body. A child prodigy in Phoenix demonstrates the brain’s ability to prioritize mental development over physical growth, a chilling dip in an icy lake reveals how shivering might just save our lives, and low-level torture in a London laboratory highlights the way our bodies block pain.

Witness the fascinating and finely tuned systems that keep your body motoring – and the scientists guessing.



Episode 1: Grow - Sept. 19, 7pm

Learn how humans begin life as a single cell and, over the course of a lifetime, grow into beings of more than 37 trillion cells. Plus, explore new discoveries that can help humans live longer, healthier lives.

Episode 2: Survive - Sept. 19, 8pm

Discover the miracles the human body goes through every day to stay alive and healthy. From fighting infections to repairing damage, human bodies have remarkable arsenals that allow survival against all kinds of outside threats.

Episode 3: Learn - Sept. 19, 9pm

See how experiences shape the brain and body together, allowing them to adapt to the outside environment and develop new skills. Plus, learn how the brain forms memories by storing and processing billions of pieces of information every second.