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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 Yale University’s Human Nature Lab and produced by the Yale Broadcast Studio.

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 Yale University’s Human Nature Lab and produced by the Yale Broadcast Studio.
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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 Yale University’s Human Nature Lab and produced by the Yale Broadcast Studio.

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English


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Ep. 16 – Thomas Seeley on the Lives of Bees

5/13/2019
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In the spring of 1963, when our guest Dr. Thomas Seeley was not quite 11 years old, he lived — as he still does today — in a wooded stream valley just east of Ithaca, New York. One day, he heard a loud buzzing sound and saw a bread-truck-sized cloud of honey bees swarming an … Continue reading Ep. 16 – Thomas Seeley on the Lives of Bees →

Duration:00:48:26

Ep. 15 – Gay Bradshaw on Charlie Russell, grizzly bears, and the search for truth

4/29/2019
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Bears, like other carnivores, are typically cast as unthinking, emotionless killers. But the late naturalist Charlie Russell believed this tragic misperception hides the truth about who bears really are. Charlie’s life story changed how humans perceive grizzly bears. While other scientists and naturalists were studying bears from a distance, tranquilizing them and tagging them with … Continue reading Ep. 15 – Gay Bradshaw on Charlie Russell, grizzly bears, and the search for truth →

Duration:01:00:01

Ep. 14 – David Wolfson on pioneering the field of farm animal law

4/15/2019
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In the United States today, 10 billion land animals are raised and killed for food annually. That’s over 19,000 animals per minute. About 1.1 million animals during the length of this podcast. Yet as far as federal law is concerned, farmed animals do not exist. They are not counted as “animals” under the country’s primary … Continue reading Ep. 14 – David Wolfson on pioneering the field of farm animal law →

Duration:01:04:15

Ep. 11 – Diana Reiss on recognizing the dolphins in the mirror

3/11/2019
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In mountainous regions of the world, there are human societies that use whistled languages to transmit and understand a potentially unlimited number of meanings over great distances. While in graduate school, Dr. Diana Reiss began to wonder: If humans can encode great amounts of information in whistles, perhaps much more is going on with the … Continue reading Ep. 11 – Diana Reiss on recognizing the dolphins in the mirror →

Duration:00:59:16

Ep. 10 – Dale Jamieson on love and meaning in the age of humans

2/25/2019
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In their book, Love in the Anthropocene, our guest, the environmental philosopher Dale Jamieson, and his co-author Bonnie Nadzam invite us to imagine a not-too-distant-future in which our technologies have continued to transform the face of the planet. In this world, the “sixth extinction” is long underway. Like the cities of today, rivers, lakes, forests, … Continue reading Ep. 10 – Dale Jamieson on love and meaning in the age of humans →

Duration:00:53:40

Ep. 8 – Charles Siebert on translating nature’s symphony

1/28/2019
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During his travels in South America at the close of the 18th century, the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt came upon a parrot speaking the words of a lost Indian tribe. The encounter inspired our guest, acclaimed author and New York Times Magazine writer Charles Siebert, to imagine the echoes of human language that might … Continue reading Ep. 8 – Charles Siebert on translating nature’s symphony →

Duration:00:58:08

Ep. 7 – “Eating Animals” film director Christopher Quinn on the hidden costs of factory farming

1/14/2019
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Award-winning film director, writer, and producer Christopher Quinn’s new film, “Eating Animals,” based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed nonfiction book, traces the environmental, economic and personal consequences — on human and nonhuman animals — of the rise of industrialized animal agriculture and of our country’s departure from local, sustainable farming. With bracing intelligence, empathy and imagination, the … Continue reading Ep. 7 – “Eating Animals” film director Christopher Quinn...

Duration:00:59:28

Ep. 6 – Gale Ridge on bringing peace to humans’ befuddling relationships with bugs

1/7/2019
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A concert pianist-turned-entomologist and bedbug expert, Dr. Gale Ridge is an insect detective. She solves mysteries and helps thousands of perplexed, struggling people with all varieties of bug problems — from bedbugs to agricultural pests to imaginary bugs that infest our consciousness. Dr. Ridge speaks about her sleuthing and how she brokers peace between the humans that walk in her … Continue reading Ep. 6 – Gale Ridge on bringing peace to humans’ befuddling relationships with bugs →

Duration:00:52:53

Ep. 5 – Lisa Margonelli on the big ideas termites raise about science, technology, and morality

12/17/2018
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Termites outweigh humans ten to one. If they went on strike, ecological chaos would ensue. We speak with science writer Lisa Margonelli, author of the new book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, about the questions these small creatures raise about technology, power, morality, and the nature of scientific progress.

Duration:00:53:51

Ep. 4 – Dr. Irene Pepperberg on revolutionizing what humans think of bird brains

12/10/2018
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In 2007, Dr. Irene Pepperberg said goodnight to her avian research subject, Alex, an African Grey Parrot. “You be good,” he replied. “I love you.” “I love you, too,” Dr. Pepperberg said, to which Alex asked, “You’ll be in tomorrow?” “Yes, I’ll be in tomorrow.” Alex died the next morning, prompting an international outpouring of … Continue reading Ep. 4 – Dr. Irene Pepperberg on revolutionizing what humans think of bird brains →

Duration:00:57:10

Ep. 3 – Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on learning from humanity’s closest living relatives

12/3/2018
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Twenty minutes southeast of Des Moines, Iowa, you’ll find a large, unassuming cement complex with fenced in grounds. You’d never know it, but inside are five bonobos—including the world-famous Kanzi—thought to be the only remaining nonhuman apes capable of communicating verbally with humans. We speak with Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh about what she’s learned from and … Continue reading Ep. 3 – Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on learning from humanity’s closest living relatives →

Duration:01:05:24

Ep. 2 – Peter Godfrey-Smith asks: what can the octopus teach us about consciousness?

11/26/2018
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Dr. Peter Godfrey-Smith is professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney and the author of Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness. We discuss how our distant evolutionary cousins, cephalopods, are challenging ancient assumptions about the nature of consciousness. For more information about the episode … Continue reading Ep. 2 – Peter Godfrey-Smith asks: what can the octopus teach us about consciousness? →

Duration:01:00:29

Ep. 1 – Natalie Kofler asks: What role should humans play in editing nature?

11/19/2018
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A few years ago, our guest, Dr. Natalie Kofler, was completing her postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Yale University. She was actively using CRISPR gene-editing technology to study the mammalian cardiovascular system to try to develop better tools to treat human vascular diseases. While attending talks on conservation biology at the Yale School of … Continue reading Ep. 1 – Natalie Kofler asks: What role should humans play in editing nature? →

Duration:00:52:46

Ep. 0 – Coming soon: When We Talk About Animals

11/9/2018
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Conversations with thinkers whose work has challenged us to rethink our place in the animal kingdom. Subscribe on iTunes or Soundcloud.

Duration:00:02:09