Many of us dream about talking to other animals - but what if we already can? A deep dive into Koko the Gorilla, one of the most hotly contested stories in American science - and what it all says about us humans. From VICE World News.
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32:41Penny Patterson focuses on Koko’s future, including trying to find her a mate. But former foundation staffers say behind the earnest headlines and cheery videos coming out of The Gorilla Foundation, Koko’s world is way more complicated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3. Uptown Chimp
31:55A rival ape language experiment takes shape. Herbert Terrace, a psychology professor at Columbia University, moves a chimp into a brownstone, names him Nim Chimpsky, and hires an entire team to teach him sign language. Can a chimp create a sentence? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2. A Gorilla Who Lied
34:22Koko is learning signs at lightning speed, and Penny’s getting all kinds of attention for her work. But defining language isn’t exactly straightforward. And now, the San Francisco Zoo wants Koko back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. A Talking Gorilla
39:19It’s the early 1970s, and grad student Penny Patterson sets out to investigate a big question: is language a uniquely human skill? So she begins an ambitious experiment -- with the help of a young gorilla named Koko. Pretty soon, Penny says Koko is learning sign language. But some doubt Penny’s version of events. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3:32In 1972 a Stanford graduate student named Penny Patterson meets a young gorilla named Koko at the San Francisco Zoo, sets out to teach her sign language, and proceeds to turn the world on its head. This is the first season of our new podcast A Show About Animals. Drops November 3rd, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices