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NOVA; First Signs of Washoe, The

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In this clip, viewers are introduced to Washoe, a chimpanzee that communicates with sign language.

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First Signs of Washoe, The
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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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Washoe is a chimp more like a person: she talks with her hands. NOVA visits with Washoe and her teachers -- Professor Allen Gardner and Dr. Trixie Gardner -- to learn more about this unusual animal.

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