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Welcome to Bestiary--that's Beast-ee-air-y--the bi-weekly podcast about humans interacting with other animals today, throughout history, and as far back as no one can remember.

Welcome to Bestiary--that's Beast-ee-air-y--the bi-weekly podcast about humans interacting with other animals today, throughout history, and as far back as no one can remember.
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Welcome to Bestiary--that's Beast-ee-air-y--the bi-weekly podcast about humans interacting with other animals today, throughout history, and as far back as no one can remember.

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@Eric_Botts

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English

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Episodes

2.04 - The Island Wolves

12/13/2017
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Writer and environmentalist Kim Todd joins us to talk about her essay, published in July of 2017 by Orion Magazine, "The Island Wolves." In the mid-twentieth century, scientists began a study on Lake Michigan's Isle Royale, believing it to be a perfectly isolated, natural laboratory, in which they could study predator-prey relationships between wolves and moose, untainted by outside human influence. What they found would throw decades of scientific assumptions into disarray.

Duration: 00:41:33


2.03 - Simple Coyote Math, Part 3

11/28/2017
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In the final installment of Simple Coyote Math, we take you into rural Idaho, where a coyote trap poisons a fourteen-year-old boy and his dog. And we round out the miniseries with two stories from Native American folklore.

Duration: 00:30:03


Simple Coyote Math, Part 2

11/14/2017
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Part 2 of our series on the North American coyote comes in three act, based on the rules that cartoonist Chuck Jones laid out for himself in his writing of the Coyote and Road Runner cartoons. Act 1 tells the story of a girl's death in 1970s Los Angeles and the madness that followed. In act 2, we revisit Mark Twain's coyote, that "living, breathing allegory of want." And act 3 takes us back to Eric's hometown, Erie, Pennsylvania, for a story about a coyote living among the city's dead.

Duration: 00:35:07


2.01 - Simple Coyote Math, Part 1

11/1/2017
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In 1999, Chuck Jones, creator of the Coyote and Road Runner, published his autobiography Chuck Amuck, in which he details, at one point, the nine rules that governed his writing of the cartoons. This miniseries on our relationship with the coyote takes its structure from those rules. Part 1 begins with Jones' first 3 rules. Rule #1: "The Coyote cannot harm the Road Runner except by going, 'Beep beep!'" Our greatest effects on coyotes come from the ways in which we alternately demonize and...

Duration: 00:25:14


Season 2 Teaser

10/23/2017
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Season 2 launches November 1. Subscribe now!

Duration: 00:03:19


Fall for the Book and a Twainean Bonus-Master

10/1/2017
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In which we announce our upcoming live episode and read from Mark Twain on the "cayote." Come see us perform live at George Mason University for the Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Saturday, October 14.

Duration: 00:13:59


Subject #037

3/6/2017
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In 1973, a chimpanzee was born and tattooed with the research number 037. Columbia University psycholinguist Herbert Terrace immediately adopted that chimp and placed him in the home of his former student, Stephanie LaFarge, who would be the chimp's first teacher of American Sign Language. In this new study, Terrace intended to push beyond what Allen and Beatrice Gardner had accomplished with Project Washoe, whose work played a significant role in this new project's inspiration. But this...

Duration: 01:08:09


1.02 - In A Name

11/19/2016
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In 1965, a chimpanzee was taken from the jungles of Africa and placed in NASA's space program, where her handlers dubbed her "Kathy." She went through just one year of "chimponaut" training before Allen and Beatrix Gardner, scientists at the University of Nevada, adopted her for an experiment in which they would teach her American Sign Language and raise her as a deaf human child. The Gardners, concerned first and foremost with scientific objectivity, stripped Kathy of a name that they...

Duration: 01:00:55


Mama, Papa, Cup

9/18/2016
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In episode one of our Bestiary of the Ape-Language Studies, we tell the story of Viki, the first non-human ape whose intelligence, including her capacity for language, was studied in a structured, scientific way and compared to those of humans. Cathy and Keith Hayes attempted to raise her as they would a human child--if said child were also a research subject trained to speak and solve problems through operant conditioning and had her progress constantly monitored and compared to that of...

Duration: 00:51:03


The Flesh and the Sprout

7/5/2016
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Welcome to Bestiary, the podcast about humans and other animals. I'm your host, Eric Botts, and since you've probably never heard of me, we've decided that I should use this episode to introduce myself and show you where I'm coming from with this podcast. So our first two episodes are about my ongoing decision, the one that I make on multiple occasions every day, of whether to eat animals. I promise, future episodes will not feature me preaching vegetarian morals. Rather, I hope to come...

Duration: 00:18:29