March 13, 2001
With guest host Charity Nebbe.

More than anything, a young Robert Sapolsky wanted to be a gorilla and live in Africa when he grew up. Sadly, he only achieved ONE of those goals. Making it to Kenya at age 21, he settled for joining a baboon troop INSTEAD of the gorillas.

Kevin Warwick conducted an experiment -- in which he implanted a computer chip in his own arm.  A professor of cybernetics at England's University of Reading, Warwick added the first chip to track his movements. The first chip now removed, he will soon insert another device which will be connected to nerve endings in his arm. He hopes the technology will help disabled persons whose handicaps affect their nervous systems.

Charity talks with Michael Kaufmann, Director of Education for the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, about the therapeutic affects of horseback riding. He describes how riding can benefit the mental health of someone with mental disabilities, and the types of programs he leads.

Joann Benjamin, physical therapist and hippotherapy clinical specialist, helps people with physical disabilities by taking them horseback riding. She defines "Hippotherapy", which is the manner in which the horse's body movements challenge the rider. She discusses how riding can help someone with physical handicaps, and how the benefits come from how the horse's body interact with the rider's.

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