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How Smart Can We Get? (Episode #603H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone's brain has untapped genius - just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who suddenly acquired an extraordinary musical gift after a freak head injury to a "memory athlete" who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do. Then, Pogue puts himself to the test: After high-res scanning, he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up against the greatest mind of the century - Albert Einstein.

What Are Animals Thinking? (Episode #605H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 25, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what's going on inside an Animal's head? How do they see the world -- and us? Is your dog really feeling guilty when it gives you that famous "guilty look?" Do pigeon brains possess "superpowers" that allow them to find their way home across hundreds of unfamiliar miles? David Pogue meets -- and competes -- with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes "us" different from "them" expanding our understanding of how animals really think.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

What Makes Us Human? (Episode #601H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 -- 11:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 21, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 19, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
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