Brave New World

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Brave New World was an eight-part television mini-series airing on the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) network during the summer/fall of 1999. The show was anchored by Ted Koppel and reported by Robert Krulwich. The overall theme of the show was an exploration of how science, technology, and new thoughts challenging our social systems are changing the world before our eyes.

The name of the series, like that of the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, was taken from Shakespeare's play The Tempest:

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

—Miranda, Act V

They Might Be Giants composed the title theme, as well as some music video performances used to underscore the subject matter of the show.

Episode Air date Song performed by TMBG
"Wired for Speed" July 29 Older (video)
"Man and Machine" August 5 Dan Vs. Cog (video)
"Why Not Clone a Human" August 19 none
"The Sixth Extinction?" August 26 King Weed (video)
"Looking for Life" September 2 All Alone (video)
"Hope: A Case Study" September 9 none
"Beyond Atoms" September 16 Cut The Strings (video)

Copies of music video segments for "Older", "Dan Vs. Cog"', and "King Weed" can also be found on the Gigantic DVD.

A portion of the television series was able to be purchased on ABC's website for a time, but has since been taken down.

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