Genre: Documentary, Science
Premise: What is it that makes us human? That's the question that sends Alan Alda on a quest across three continents in search of what he calls the human spark -- one thing that, for whatever reason, caused mankind to become what it is. From caves in France to rock shelters in South Africa, Alda and a team of producers seek out scientists who have thoughts on what separates us from the rest of the planet's inhabitants. ``Chimps are smart as a whip, but they're not us,'' Alda says. ``Why aren't they?'' The hunt for the answer to that question, he promises, ``will be fascinating.''