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Watch the First Episode of Nat Geo’s BREAKTHROUGH, Win a Subscription to the Magazine

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 7 years ago

Watch the First Episode of Nat Geo's BREAKTHROUGH, Win a Subscription to the Magazine

Breakthrough is a new series from National Geographic Channel and GE, directed by Hollywood visionaries including Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner.

As the title suggests, the series will set out to explore cutting-edge innovations and scientific advancements that are changing the way we live today, including scientific discoveries in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology.

Lifesaving, mind-boggling innovation is a part of everyday life, so we sometimes take it for granted. It happens in the blink of an eye — on battlefields and playgrounds, in supercolliders and the International Space Station, in smart homes and smart cars. These are modern-day revolutions in how we live. Breakthrough will explore the courage, imagination, passion and self-sacrifice of the scientists bringing these innovations to life.

Starting at midnight ET on November 1, ScreenSpy readers can view an advance screening of the premiere episode, FIGHTING PANDEMICS, in its entirety, before its network debut that night, Sunday, Nov. 1 at 9/8c.

Simply bookmark this page and return anytime after midnight Nov. 1 for an exclusive screening of the full episode in advance, when our YouTube video goes live.

What’s more, to celebrate Breakthrough’s premiere, ScreenSpy is partnering with Nat Geo to give away 10 1 year subscriptions to National Geographic Magazine. Simply follow @ScreenSpy on Twitter and Tweet us with the hashtag #Breakthrough. The first 10 names we pull from the hat will win a 1 year subscription to National Geographic Magazine. (The giveaway is open to residents of the US, with one entry per household.)

Interested? Check out more on Breakthrough’s premiere episode below.

Fighting Pandemics (Directed and Narrated by Peter Berg)
Premieres Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

Berg will take viewers into the dramatic, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking world of pioneers scrambling to stop an outbreak and save the world from future plagues. The recent Ebola outbreak forced medical science to evolve as quickly as the virus it is fighting, provoking breakthroughs that may give birth to a world virtually free of pathogens. From antibiotics and vaccines to computer programs that predict how viruses will spread, new lifesaving tools will be used to fight a wide range of viruses in the near future, including HIV, influenza, dengue fever, malaria and a host of other killer diseases. Follow Dr. Maria Croyle, who has developed a revolutionary way to introduce a vaccine into a common cold virus; Erica Ollman Saphire, who organized a world-wide consortium to find an antibody treatment for viral hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola; and Dr. Ian Crozier, a World Health Organization (WHO) virologist who fought Ebola in Sierra Leone until he contracted the disease himself and spent 40 agonizing days locked in an isolation ward at Emory University Hospital. Crozier recovered — only to find the virus was still multiplying in his eye.

This video will go live at midnight Nov. 1 2015.

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