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.

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Will We Be Visited by Aliens? and Can We Eradicate Genocide?

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.

  • 2019-02-01T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Why Do We Destroy Nature? and Tackling Inequality

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.

  • 2019-02-08T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD