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The Origins of ‘Big Bug’ Science Fiction

Season 3 Episode 14 | 11m 43s | Video has closed captioning.

Insects make up 80 percent of the world’s species, so it's not all that surprising we’ve occasionally made them into monsters in science fiction and horror. What is staggering is why the “big bug” subgenre took off in the 1950s. Find out how nuclear weapons, the suburbs, the Cold War, and the pest control industry all contributed to a beloved film subgenre in this episode.

Aired: 11/23/21

Rating: NR

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