Talking with Fido

Jul 11, 2013

A Border Collie named Chaser understands far more words than the usual “sit,” “stay” and “down” that most of us teach our dogs. Trained by retired psychology Professor, Dr. John Pilley, Chaser has demonstrated comprehension of over 1,000 words.  Whether your dog is a latent genius or not remains to be seen, but the subject of language acquisition in canines has sparked the curiosity of a number of people including Dr. Kirsten Peters, the Roc Doc.

Border Collies are consistently named the most intelligent of all dogs. Is their intelligence simply a matter of nature, or is there some nurture involved as well? Dr. Kirsten Peters wonders about the answer.

Photo by Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

It’s no secret that interest groups influence state lawmakers. But it’s not often clear how that actually happens. Much of the action occurs behind-the-scenes. So we’re going to give you a rare glimpse inside the influence game -- to see how lobbyists help shape public policies that affect our everyday lives. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reconstructs how a lobbyist and his iPad changed the course of a $1 billion piece of legislation.