The Messages of Koko, Zika and the Colorado

On Wednesday, PBS offers an examination of viruses that “spill over” from animals to humans.

Three television documentaries are vying for your attention over the next two days, serendipitously stacked in order of accessibility. Start off by revisiting a famous talking gorilla, then get serious with everybody’s favorite modern nightmare, devastating viruses. If you make it through those two (which are on Wednesday night on PBS) on Thursday, Discovery has a graduate-level offering about the never sexy but crucial issue of water rights.

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