“For 11 years, I was the host of the public television series Scientific American Frontiers.â€ Thatâ€™s the familiar voice of Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science. Now Alda is hosting a three-part public TV series about you. And me, and all of us. â€œWeâ€™ll be trying to get to the bottom of what makes us human. Trying to find that thing weâ€™re calling the â€˜human sparkâ€™.â€
One way to examine us is by looking at whatâ€™s almost us. â€œWeâ€™ll be checking in with our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, to find out how the tiny difference in our genes, just 1 percent, makes such a huge difference to who we are and what we can do. Chimps are smart as a whip, but theyâ€™re not us. Why arenâ€™t they?â€
The Human Spark debuts on PBS Wednesday, January 6th, with episodes two and three on the following Wednesdays, the 13th and 20th. â€œWe canâ€™t promise weâ€™ll find the human spark, but we can promise that looking for it will be fascinating. And it may change the way you think about who you are.â€
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I really like Scientific American, both the shows and the magazine. It’s one of the better ones for non-science people and Alan Alda has fun with it (he’s been the host for many of their series). I’m hoping this one will be worth it also.