The Leonard Lopate Show Published by The Leonard Lopate Show The Age of Empathy Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/59225/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend 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 Society.