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What Makes Us Human?

He's not just M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce. Alan Alda has hosted PBS's Scientific American Frontiers and starting tonight, Alda will be hosting a three-part series on PBS called The Human Spark. In it, Alda will explore "the nature of human uniqueness," according to the show's website, as he looks at cave wall paintings, visits primate researchers, and undergoes an MRI.

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