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Producer of documentary on Florida Wildlife Corridor discusses threats and measures to protect it

Tori Linder—a producer of “Saving The Florida Wildlife Corridor,” a documentary that travels through the titular Corridor, the 18 million-acre, statewide network of public preserves and private working lands, while examining the ongoing conflict between...

Singer-writer-advocate Nellie McKay Discusses New Vegan Meal Element For NYC School Kids, Her Feelings About Doris Day, Her Project With Ethan Coen, And More

Nellie McKay—the singer-writer-actor-animal advocate who first appeared on “Talking Animals” in April of 2004, when her debut album, “Get Away From Me,” was generating rave reviews and buzz galore, partly propelled by “The Dog Song,”...

“Bizarro” Creator Dan Piraro Discusses Array of Changes–Moving To Mexico, Semi-Retiring From The Strip, Creating A Graphic Novel

Dan Piraro—creator of the innovative, acclaimed, and much-beloved comic strip, “Bizarro,” which he’s drawn for more than 35 years, and in which animals (talking, and otherwise) often play a central role—surveys in a new "Talking...

Professor Discusses Research Gauging Effectiveness Of Using Owls, Versus Rodenticides, In Napa Valley Vineyards

Dr. Matt Johnson—a professor at Humboldt State University, in the school’s Department of Wildlife, who’s overseeing an extended research study gauging the effectiveness of using owls, versus rodenticides, to remove rodents from nearby Napa Valley...

Filmmakers Discuss Their Doc About People Saying Goodbye To Their Seriously-Ill Pets

Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen and Ross Taylor—founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, and one of two filmmakers who created the documentary “The Hardest Day,” respectively—discuss in a “Talking Animals” interview how the film was conceived,...

Founder of Nonhuman Rights Project Discusses what The Atlantic calls “the most important animal-rights case of the 21st century.”

Steven M. Wise—founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP); an attorney, author, and legal scholar, Wise is leading NhRP’s pioneering effort to free an elephant named Happy from the Bronx Zoo through a...

FAU Professor Discusses Study Finding That Robotic Cats Can Improve Health of Patients With Alzheimer’s

Dr. Lisa Wiese—associate professor of Nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and co-author of a study conducted recently at FAU, which found that interacting with a robotic...

Talking Animals Presents Annual Holiday Animal Song Special

On the morning of Dec. 15, I once again set aside the customary “Talking Animals” format to deliver the Annual Christmas Animal Song special—that is, a show almost entirely devoted to Holiday-oriented animal tunes. As...

“The Jane Goodall of Penguins” Discusses Fifty Years Of Studying Them

Dee Boersma—a biologist and professor at the University of Washington who’s been studying penguins for decades, including Galapagos penguins for 50 years; in a piece some years ago examining her research and extensive field work,...

Leader of Pets for the Elderly Foundation Explains Program By This National Org That Covers Adoption Fee For Seniors

Susan Kurowski—executive director of the Pets for the Elderly Foundation (PFE), which covers a portion of the adoption fee for seniors, 60-years-old or older, adopting a shelter dog or cat from one of PFE’s participating...

Veterinarian Discusses The Horrors of Declawing Cats, and Growing Legislative Efforts To Outlaw It

Dr. Jennifer Conrad—a veterinarian, founder of The Paw Project, and a tireless crusader against declawing cats for many years; I first interviewed her about it on “Talking Animals” in 2005, and she’d already been working...

CEO of Humane Society of the United States Discusses Organization’s #MeToo Moment, HSUS’ Future, The Arc of Her Career

Kitty Block—President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), as well as CEO of Humane Society International, HSUS’ global division—in an interview this week on “Talking Animals” discussed getting a precocious...

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