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Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Faith, parenting is a full-time job for bonobo chimp mothers, who, we learned this week, are heavily involved in finding their sons what?

FAITH SALIE: Well, we know that bonobos are super randy...

SAGAL: That's true.

SALIE: ...Right? So I would think they're involved in finding their sons mates, right?

SAGAL: That's exactly right.


SALIE: So bonobos are also Jewish.

SAGAL: Apparently.


SAGAL: They - yeah, they shortened the name from Bonobowitz (ph) when they made partner.


SAGAL: Bonobos, yes - bonobo moms aggressively help their sons find mates.

SALIE: (Laughter).

SAGAL: They chase away competition, lead their sons straight to potential partners and then explain to the female bonobos how wonderful their son is once you get to bo-know (ph) him.


SAGAL: Classic helicopter parents - so who else is going to be at the party? And are they ovulating?


SAGAL: And then - this is true - once the kids actually hook up with a fertile female, the mother will stand guard, since nothing enhances sexual performance...


SAGAL: ...Like mom.

ALONZO BODDEN: So this behavior is actually more proof that we have descended...

SAGAL: Oh, yeah.

BODDEN: ...From...

SAGAL: From...

BODDEN: ...Chimps - I mean, this is...

SAGAL: Well, we have this common ancestor, and...

BODDEN: Human mothers do that all the time.

SAGAL: Absolutely.

BODDEN: That one's not good enough. My mother was more, like, take him off my hands.


SAGAL: Really?

BODDEN: But it never - no. She - my mother never got involved in who I would date. People would even ask her, like, does it bother you that he's not married or this or that? And she was, like, I don't have to live with him.


BODDEN: She's, like, I'm rid of him. I don't care who takes him from here.


TOM PAPA: Would you ever marry an aardvark?


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