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NOVA; Can Chimps Talk


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Can Chimps Talk
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Chimpanzees (monkeys) are our closest animal relatives - as judged by similarities in DNA - and have shown impressive powers of intelligence, including acquiring elements of language, concepts of shape and color, and the ability to manipulate numbers. This program covers the exciting and controversial research with chimps who have been trained to express themselves through the use of computers and other human symbols. Original film “Kanzi” produced by NHK; acquired by BBC, who added footage, acquired by WGBH just for broadcast.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Can Chimps Talk,” 10/25/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8A4A7A9E7FA40F99F442F6108BE3F9F.
MLA: “NOVA; Can Chimps Talk.” 10/25/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8A4A7A9E7FA40F99F442F6108BE3F9F>.
APA: NOVA; Can Chimps Talk. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8A4A7A9E7FA40F99F442F6108BE3F9F
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