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This edition: Season 3, Episode 7: William Harcourt-Smith - "Tarzan"

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 20, 2016.

First aired: January 27, 2017.

In episode #307 of Science Goes to the Movies, paleoanthropologist William Harcourt-Smith, a researcher at the American Museum of Natural History and Lehman College professor, joins host Faith Salie to talk about David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan and its scientific implications. The history of the franchise, The Planet of the Apes, and the scientific validity of the basic plot, serves as the basis for a discussion of evolution and how apes differ from humans while sharing ancestry. Essential questions of human existence are carefully considered: Are humans apes? What are the defining characteristics of a human? And how can people learn to separate religion from science?

Guest List

William Harcourt-Smith Researcher, American Museum of Natural History

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