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Hot Type: Jane Goodall's twin autobiographies

Hot Type hosts literary giants, first-time writers and authors of all stripes as it explores issues and ideas in the print world and beyond. As host since the show's 1998 debut, Evan Solomon interviews literary heavyweights like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Roddy Doyle and Margaret Atwood, as well as a puppeteer, a female wrestler and an Apollo astronaut. This Gemini Award-winning show has been a mainstay on CBC Newsworld for more than a decade. The CBC Digital Archives features fascinating and engaging interviews from Hot Type's second season (1999-2000).

A former English debutante with no formal university education, Jane Goodall was sent into Tanzania's Gombe forest to study chimpanzees in 1960. Now, decades later, she's evolved into a crusader for endangered species and ecological conservation while also revolutionizing the field of primatology. As her autobiographies Reason For Hope and Africa In My Blood hit bookshelves, Goodall discusses finding human qualities in chimpanzees. 
• Goodall's interest in Africa and chimpanzees began in childhood. Her father bought her a stuffed chimp for her second birthday. It was one of her favourite toys, and still sits on a chair in her home in England. Her favourite books included The Jungle Book and The Story of Dr. Dolittle.
• Dr. Goodall is also Dame Goodall: she was named a Dame of the British Empire — the female equivalent of a knighthood — in 2003.
Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: April 28, 2000
Guest(s): Jane Goodall
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 17:46
Documentary footage and photographs courtesy The Jane Goodall Institute

Last updated: March 21, 2012

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