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The Human Spark

Alan Alda with a model Neanderthal

What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where and when did the human spark ignite, and why? In "The Human Spark," a three-part series to be broadcast Jan. 6, 13 and 20, 2010, on PBS, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents and participating directly in many experiments--including a detailed examination of his own brain. Alda brings his trademark humor and curiosity to face-to-face conversations with leading researchers seeking the human spark, from archeologists finding clues in the fossilized bones and tools of our ancestors, to primatologists studying our nearest living relatives to explore what we have in common and what sets us apart, to neuroscientists peering into his mind with the latest brain scanning technologies. Produced by Chedd-Angier-Lewis production company for Thirteen/WNET New York.

For more information, including videos and a blog, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/humanspark/



Credit: © Larry Engel 2008