What We Can Learn from Our Primate Kin: A Conversation with Roger and Debbi Fouts

Groundbreaking primate researchers Roger and Debbi Fouts founded Project Washoe as the first successful initiative in which a non- human being acquired a human language (American Sign Language). They conducted 40 years of research with a family of sign language-speaking chimpanzees, studying their conversations and cultural transmission (a story documented in their extraordinary 1996 bestseller Next of Kin).

Their son Joshua Fouts, Executive Director of Bioneers, will explore with them the insights they’ve derived from this astonishing interspecies journey, including surprising perspectives on female leadership, the rights of all species, and more.

Recorded Friday, October 16, 2015 at the National Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California.

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