Nova: Making Stuff with David Pogue | on PBS

January 10, 2011

PBS | Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? 

In Nova’s four-hour series, Making Stuff, popular New York Times tech reporter David Pogue takes viewers on a fun-filled tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than anything we’ve ever seen. 

Beginning January 19, 2011, Nova will premiere the new four-hour series on consecutive Wednesday nights at 9 pm ET/PT on PBS (check local listings): Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter.

From the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age to more recent periods dominated by plastics and silicon, materials have defined the progression of humankind. Now, we are once again poised on the verge of a materials revolution, as researchers around the globe push the boundaries further than ever before, using biology and chemistry to imbue materials with new qualities that are expanding our technological frontiers. 

“Few people realize it, but materials are the basis of our civilization — the Stone Age, the Iron Age — and materials are what will take us into the future,” says Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer for Nova. “David Pogue is a highly entertaining and tech-savvy guide during a fascinating four hours full of potential breakthroughs that will shape our future.” 

To download the press release with more detailed descriptions of each program as well as photos, visit our press site


Making Stuff is produced in cooperation with the Materials Research Society (MRS), an international organization of nearly 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry, and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.

Link: Making Stuff website