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What Makes Us Human? (Episode #601H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool-making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants - and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Where Did We Come from? (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Where did the very first living thing on Earth come from? Can a simple injection erase a painful memory?

What Makes Us Human? (Episode #601H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions of other animals who have evolved on this planet. David Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours - language, tool-making, even laughter - to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants - and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Where Did We Come from? (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Where did the very first living thing on Earth come from? Can a simple injection erase a painful memory?

How Smart Are Animals? (Episode #504H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

How well can we understand what's going on in the brains of non-human animals? Do our pets - like dogs - have the same feelings we do? How smart are animals really?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 4:00 AM
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