Scientific American Frontiers TV Show

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Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe (more…)

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Season 11, Episode 8 Chimps R Us

First Aired: April 3, 2001

This episode explores “how chimpanzees see the world,” says host Alan Alda, who interviews primatologist Jane Goodall and observes tests measuring chimp behavior and intelligence. One, in Florida, shows that their moral code is similar to humans'. Another, at Ohio State University, shows that they can handle abstract concepts. And in Africa, chimp behavior varies from place to place. Also: Kenyan writer-photographer Karl Amann chronicles the devastating trade in bushmeat---including chimp meat.

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Season 11, Episode 7

March 27, 2001

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Season 11, Episode 9

April 10, 2001