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Web-Exclusive Video: You + Me = We

All our shared values that allow us to cooperate and collaborate lend a “we-ness” to the human species that is certainly lacking in our primate relatives.

Dec 30th, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Neanderthal Burial?

Alan Alda learns that what had been believed to be a purposeful burial of a Neanderthal child now isn’t looking like such solid proof of ritualistic behavior.

Dec 29th, 2009 | Comments

Program One: Becoming Us: Video Excerpt: Wearing Grandma’s Teeth

Alan Alda vists the rock shelter of Abri Castanet in Southwest France where he is shocked to learn about some of our ancestors’ early behaviors.

Dec 28th, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Human Spark = Spite?

Scientist Keith Jensen plays the Ultimatum Game with Alan Alda and shows him the differences between how humans and chimps react to various offers.

Dec 28th, 2009 | Comments

Program One: Becoming Us: Video Excerpt: Stone-Age Throwing Spears

Alan Alda joins John Shea for a lesson on Primitive Technology. Alan makes hand axes like a Neanderthal, but throws a pretty mean spear at an unsuspecting doe.

Dec 24th, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Less Spark, More Smolder?

Alan Alda travels to a French cave called Roc de Marsal, where archaeologists are becoming experts on Neanderthal life.

Dec 23rd, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: The Human Spark and Man’s Best Friend

Alan Alda meets with scientist Juliane Kaminski and a very smart dog named C.J. Dogs have some talents that even chimpanzees don't.

Dec 22nd, 2009 | Comments

Spark Blog: Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Natural History

Director or Photography Larry Engel explains some of the work that went into lighting a scene at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Dec 21st, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: A Conversation with Alan Alda and the Producers

Alan Alda, Series Producer Graham Chedd, and Executve Producer Jared Lipworth participated in a live webcast this week, hosted by the National Science Foundation.

Dec 19th, 2009 | Comments

Web-Exclusive Video: How to Groom Relationships

If you’re a chimp, making friends is straightforward – put in some time grooming your buddy and hopefully you’ll stay on his good side. Not so for humans.

Dec 18th, 2009 | Comments

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