For a lot of us at Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS programming is best enjoyed with a pet. Whether it’s discovering ancestral history on Finding Your Roots or a new favorite recipe on America’s Test Kitchen, our four-legged, furry friends are our source of comfort, support, joy, and love.
Now, it’s time to give dogs and cats the spotlight! This month on NOVA, the history, behavior, genetics, and more of our animal companions will be featured on two consecutive Wednesday nights. From explaining the evolution of the human-dog relationship and the varied history of cats, find out more about this special duo of documentaries and when you and your pet can tune in.
In “Dog Tales,” NOVA takes viewers into the history of domesticating “humanity’s perfect partners” and a cutting-edge study examining if dogs truly love their owners or if they’re just in it for the food. And besides finding new insight about our canine companions, this research has a Georgia connection! At Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Gregory Berns is running a special project focused on examining the brains of unrestrained dogs in an MRI machine, looking to see if dogs are more motivated by praise or food by examining the levels of dopamine released in their brains. Tune in Wednesday, February 12 at 9 p.m. to discover his incredible findings or stream “Dog Tales” online or through GPB Passport.