WBEZ's Clever Apes

Series produced by WBEZ

Caption: www.wbez.org/cleverapes
www.wbez.org/cleverapes 

WBEZ’s science experiment, “Clever Apes” is a nano-sized show with a cosmic scope. It tells the stories of the rich scientific community of the Chicago area, its quirky characters and the fascinating, often mind-bending questions they’re out to answer. But it is not so Chicago-centric that it won't work for your town.

"Clever Apes" is a self-contained 9 minute module organized around a theme and containing multiple elements including two-ways and feature stories. It is designed to fit into the "D segment" of NPR's "Morning Edition," but has the flexibility to float elsewhere as well.

While there is a focus on the work of Chicago-area science, the themes of the show are broad and would likely work for all stations looking to add some science reporting to their broadcast.

In 2011, Clever Apes won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for radio.


30 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Bill Stanley holds the skull of an African rat he discovered. It's being cleaned by carrion beetles.
In this episode, host Gabriel Spitzer explores the dirty work of science, from flesh-eating beetles working at a museum to creepy crawlers that fin...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Apr 13, 2011
  • Length: 08:42
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Paleontologist Paul Sereno
Why do dinosaurs ignite our imaginations and why do we have so many misconceptions about them? In this episode, Gabriel Spitzer tackles those quest...

Bought by KUT and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Mar 30, 2011
  • Length: 08:47
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: www.wbez.org/cleverapes
In this episode, host Gabriel Spitzer explores the realm of the senses, finding out how cochlear implants are opening up a world of sound for the h...

Bought by KUT, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 25, 2011
  • Length: 08:47
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Ham, the first chimp in space, Credit: NASA
In this episode, host Gabriel Spitzer considers what science has to learn from flying saucers, what it might take for humans to colonize space in o...

Bought by WTJU, KBGA 89.9 FM, WRST-FM Oshkosh, PRX Remix, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 28, 2011
  • Length: 12:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Over this hour, we'll bring you highlights from the show's first half-year. We’ll learn about why kids play with fire, how vibrations let us peer ...

Bought by KUT and KZYX


  • Added: Dec 16, 2010
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mike Wong using mirror therapy., Credit: Spitzer/WBEZ
Mirrors treat phantom limb pain, chronic pain changes your brain, and one scientist's colorful guide to insect bites.

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 01, 2010
  • Length: 12:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Gordon's pez: an image of tensor glyphs baffles a spouse., Credit: Courtesy of Gordon Kindlmann
Some tough science threatens an otherwise happy marriage, and some gifted students try to unravel relativity.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 26, 2010
  • Length: 13:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Alexander Karczmar, at 93, is an authority on the brain and a student of the self.
How our brains age, and why some people manage to cheat death and stay sharp.

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 20, 2010
  • Length: 13:00
  • Purchases: 2
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What better symbol of human mastery over the power of nature than fire? Countless years of evolution have written fire into our DNA…No wonder kids ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 05, 2010
  • Length: 13:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: La Chaire Trepidante: the 19th century vibrating chair invented to relieve Parkinsons's symptoms., Credit: Christopher Goetz
Treating Parkinson's with a vibrating chair; reading the rumblings of the earth; and a hip-hop battle of cosmic proportions.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 05, 2010
  • Length: 13:00
  • Purchases: 1