When We Talk About Animals podcast

When We Talk About Animals

Yale Podcast Network

When We Talk About Animals is a series of in-depth conversations with leading thinkers about the big questions animals raise about what it means to be human. Supported by the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School, Yale University’s Human Nature Lab, and the Yale Broadcast Studio.

41 Episoden

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    Ep. 44 – Rick McIntyre on the stories of Yellowstone’s greatest wolves

    1:25:32

    In 1995, the U.S. government took unprecedented actions to restore the wolf population of Yellowstone National Park, which it had brutally destroyed seventy years prior. More than thirty wolves from multiple packs were captured in Canada, transported to the park, and released in a grand experiment that would become the most successful wildlife reintroduction effort … Continue reading Ep. 44 – Rick McIntyre on the stories of Yellowstone’s greatest wolves →
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    Ep. 43 – Cynthia Barnett on our world of seashells

    1:03:33

    From tiny cowries to giant clams, seashells have gripped human imaginations since time immemorial. In her magnificent new book, The Sound of the Sea, journalist Cynthia Barnett tells the epic history of humanity’s interactions with shells and the soft-bodied animals who make them. These stories of how we have treasured, traded, plundered, and coveted shells … Continue reading Ep. 43 – Cynthia Barnett on our world of seashells →
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    Ep. 42 – Edie Widder on the ocean’s spectacular light

    50:32

    Most of us land-lubbers assume that light-making among ocean creatures is an exotic and rare phenomenon. But that’s wrong. The majority of animals in the ocean, which means the majority of animals on the planet, are capable of making light. From top to bottom, the ocean is teeming with unforgettably beautiful and extraordinarily diverse light … Continue reading Ep. 42 – Edie Widder on the ocean’s spectacular light →
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    Ep. 41 – Ecologist Hugh Warwick on Loving Your Hedgehogs

    57:53

    Hedgehogs, despite being consistently voted the most beloved mammal in the United Kingdom, have suffered great population losses as industrial agriculture and other human impacts destroy their hedgerow habitats. Our latest guest, Hugh Warwick, has studied, celebrated, written about, and fought to protect hedgehogs for more than 30 years, leading a groundswell of local and … Continue reading Ep. 41 – Ecologist Hugh Warwick on Loving Your Hedgehogs →
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    Ep. 40 – Michelle Nijhuis on the history of the wildlife conservation movement

    53:42

    In “Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction,” science journalist Michelle Nijhuis chronicles the history of the wildlife conservation movement through the stories of the extraordinary people — both legendary experts and passionate amateurs — who shaped its evolution and expanding ambitions. Nijhuis introduces us to the Swedish scientists who devised the … Continue reading Ep. 40 – Michelle Nijhuis on the history of the wildlife conservation movement →
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    Ep. 39 – Bernie Krause on saving the music of the wild

    1:05:35

    In 1968, Dr. Bernie Krause was leading a booming music career. A prodigiously talented musician and early master of the electronic synthesizer, Krause was busy working with artists like the Doors and the Beach Boys and performing iconic effects for blockbuster films. Then Warner Brothers commissioned him to create an album incorporating the sounds of … Continue reading Ep. 39 – Bernie Krause on saving the music of the wild →
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    Ep. 38 – Margaret Renkl on discovering wonder, grief, and inspiration in backyard nature

    51:59

    In the long months we’ve all been confined to our homes, many people have become reacquainted with the vibrant life just outside their doors, finding unexpected joy, companionship, and hope through partaking in the cycles of love and loss that happen in the skies and yards around us. It is this wonder to be found … Continue reading Ep. 38 – Margaret Renkl on discovering wonder, grief, and inspiration in backyard nature →
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    Ep. 37 – Monica Gagliano on plant intelligence and human imagination

    53:46

    Are plants intelligent? Can they think? Can they hear, see, feel, smell and taste? Throughout history, most Western philosophers and scientists answered those questions with a resounding “no.” Plants have long been treated as passive, inanimate objects that form the backdrop to our active lives, rather than highly sensitive organisms with intelligence and agency of … Continue reading Ep. 37 – Monica Gagliano on plant intelligence and human imagination →
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    Ep. 36 – Rebecca Giggs on the world in the whale

    1:05:51

    In 2013, a sperm whale washed up dead on Spain’s southern coast. In its ruptured digestive tract, scientists found an entire flattened greenhouse that once grew wintertime tomatoes, complete with plastic tarps, hoses, two flower pots, and a spray canister. The whale also contained an ice cream tub, mattress parts, a carafe, and a coat … Continue reading Ep. 36 – Rebecca Giggs on the world in the whale →
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    Ep. 35 – J. Drew Lanham on finding ourselves magnified in nature’s colored hues

    59:51

    As Dr. Joseph Drew Lanham writes in his beautiful and deeply moving memoir, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, from his earliest days growing up in the piedmont forests and fields of Edgefield, South Carolina, he dreamed of flight. This fascination with the aerial journeys of the blue jays … Continue reading Ep. 35 – J. Drew Lanham on finding ourselves magnified in nature’s colored hues →

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