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NOVA : Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest?

What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to -- and differences from -- the human mind. What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures - including humans - seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.

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Loupe

LOUPE Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas New episode includes: LeeNora Parlor Producer: Hop Litzwire Synopsis: LeeNora Parlor is a self taught African-American folk artist from Arkansas. Her paintings are inspired by her ancestors and other beings that reflect glimpses into their lives and depict ?who I really am.? Memories of her childhood spent on the outskirts of Camden, Arkansas drew her back as an adult to once again live in the country. Her decision to return to the South has enhanced her ability to produce the quality of work she desired and art that is healing. Jerry Phillips Producer: Hop Litzwire Synopsis: Jerry Phillips, an Arkansas-based contemporary artist whose work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, describes his unique method of graphite drawing and discusses how his abstract work comes from a variety of inspirations including found objects, photographs, and his own scribbles. Using a variety of technologies in the process, from the newest image-editing software to old, barely-working photocopiers, he extracts the essence of existing images and his own drawings and discovers something new and profound. Carousel Producer: Mark Wilcken Synopsis: Little Rock artist Becky Witsell has become an expert in historic restoration over the past thirty years and her work can be seen all around Arkansas, including the State Capitol, Lakeport plantation in Lake Village and the Old State House Museum. In this piece, Becky explains the process of restoring the horses on the historic carousel at the Little Rock Zoo to their original colors and design.