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NHK Special: Jared Diamond's Rise of the Third Chimpanzee

The NHK SPECIAL: JARED DIAMOND'S RISE OF THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE is a series of lectures featuring Jared Diamond - a UCLA professor and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Socieities- who traces the footsteps of humanity, from the apes to the challenges of today. Presented from the Los Angeles Zoo, the first episode explores how we share 98.4 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees. What's in the extra 1.6 percent that gave us music, art, culture and an advantage over other animals? A master storyteller, Dr. Diamond looks to evolution for clues and dives into the origins of human language, revealing that the "third chimpanzee" is man. In subsequent episodes, Diamond unravels the mysterious mechanisms that determine how humans and animals choose their mates, with a fresh take on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection. He also explores the unique features of the human lifecycle, examining the evolutionary process for evidence as to how we became what we are. In part four, Diamond reveals agriculture's influence on our development over the last 11,000 years and its contribution to the inequality between nations that exist to this day. Additionally, he investigates our own species' shocking capacity for murder, war and genocide, and the "us vs. them" mentality we share with other animals, including our cousins, the chimpanzees. Finally, in the sixth installment, Diamond examines the dangers of the growing wealth gap within societies and between nations, and leaves us with an urgent warning that now is the time to pursue solutions.

  • The Science of Monogamy and Our Mysterious Lifespan
    Monday, January 21
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why do humans live in monogamous couples, sharing parenting responsibilities? What does the difference in size between men and women have to do with marital infidelity? Why do females of our species stop having children in midlife and continue living so long? In part three of this special lecture series, Jared Diamond explores the unique features of the human lifecycle, looking to evolution for clues as to how we became what we are.
  • The Science of Monogamy and Our Mysterious Lifespan
    Saturday, January 26
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why do humans live in monogamous couples, sharing parenting responsibilities? What does the difference in size between men and women have to do with marital infidelity? Why do females of our species stop having children in midlife and continue living so long? In part three of this special lecture series, Jared Diamond explores the unique features of the human lifecycle, looking to evolution for clues as to how we became what we are.
  • Agriculture's Mixed Blessings and How Agriculture Differentiated Us
    Monday, January 28
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Agriculture's Mixed Blessings and How Agriculture Differentiated Us
    Saturday, February 2
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Will We Be Visited by Aliens? and Can We Eradicate Genocide?
    Monday, February 4
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jared Diamond looks to evolution for clues to the big questions of our era. This time he discusses space exploration and the discovery of habitable extrasolar planets, which hold the possibility of life. If aliens visited, would they come with friendly intentions? Then he explores our own species' shocking capacity for murder, war and genocide, and the "us vs them" mentality we share with other animals, including our cousins the chimpanzees.
  • Will We Be Visited by Aliens? and Can We Eradicate Genocide?
    Saturday, February 9
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jared Diamond looks to evolution for clues to the big questions of our era. This time he discusses space exploration and the discovery of habitable extrasolar planets, which hold the possibility of life. If aliens visited, would they come with friendly intentions? Then he explores our own species' shocking capacity for murder, war and genocide, and the "us vs them" mentality we share with other animals, including our cousins the chimpanzees.
  • Why Do We Destroy Nature? and Tackling Inequality
    Monday, February 11
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jared Diamond looks deep into history for clues to help us overcome today's major threats: environmental destruction and global inequality. He explores how mass extinctions of the past and the collapse of civilizations foreshadowed our role in climate change and mismanagement of natural resources. Examining the dangers of the growing wealth gap within societies and between nations, Jared Diamond leaves us with an urgent warning that now is the time to pursue solutions, as well as a message of hope.
  • Why Do We Destroy Nature? and Tackling Inequality
    Saturday, February 16
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jared Diamond looks deep into history for clues to help us overcome today's major threats: environmental destruction and global inequality. He explores how mass extinctions of the past and the collapse of civilizations foreshadowed our role in climate change and mismanagement of natural resources. Examining the dangers of the growing wealth gap within societies and between nations, Jared Diamond leaves us with an urgent warning that now is the time to pursue solutions, as well as a message of hope.

 

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  • The Animal Origins of Art and How We Choose Our Mates
    Saturday, January 19
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    What makes us human? In this episode Jared Diamond reveals the biological origins of human art, by looking at breathtaking examples of "art" made by animals and early humans. He unravels the mysterious mechanisms that determine how humans and animals choose their mates, with a fresh take on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection.
  • The Animal Origins of Art and How We Choose Our Mates
    Monday, January 14
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What makes us human? In this episode Jared Diamond reveals the biological origins of human art, by looking at breathtaking examples of "art" made by animals and early humans. He unravels the mysterious mechanisms that determine how humans and animals choose their mates, with a fresh take on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection.
  • What Separates Humans from Animals?
    Saturday, January 12
    2:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Presented from the Los Angeles Zoo, the first episode explores how we share 98.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees. What's in the extra 1.6 percent that gave us music, art, culture, and an advantage over other animals? A master storyteller, Dr. Diamond looks to evolution for clues and dives into the origins of human language.
  • What Separates Humans from Animals?
    Monday, January 7
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Presented from the Los Angeles Zoo, the first episode explores how we share 98.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees. What's in the extra 1.6 percent that gave us music, art, culture, and an advantage over other animals? A master storyteller, Dr. Diamond looks to evolution for clues and dives into the origins of human language.