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Friday, September 25, 2009

Frans de Waal discusses the nature of empathy and whether animals other than humans possess it. Then, a Kurdish woman tells her daring story of escape from Iraq. And Audrey Tautou talks about starring in the new film "Coco Before Chanel." Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about sharks.

The Age of Empathy

Do humans have an instinct for compassion, or do we only serve our own survival and interests? Renowned primatologist Frans de Waal describes his studies of social behaviors and how they reveal that animals–and humans–are naturally empathic in his book The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder ...

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Betrayed: Escape from Iraq

Latifa Ali talks about being betrayed by her mother and kept prisoner by her father in Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, facing a forced marriage. She tells her story in Betrayed: Escape from Iraq, written with Richard Shears.

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Audrey Tautou

The French actress Audrey Tautou discusses her role in the film "Coco Before Chanel," about the life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who began her life as an orphan, and became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman. "Coco Before Chanel" opens in New York Friday, September 25th, ...

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Please Explain: Sharks

There are some 440 species of sharks, and the fish have been swimming in the oceans for 420 million years, before dinosaurs existed. On today's Please Explain we'll find out about sharks, from hammerheads to great whites, and look at how they are becoming threatened. We're joined ...

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