In 1936, a widowed young socialite took on her late husband’s planned expedition to China in search of a live panda. Diane and her guest talk about the panda-monium set off when she returned with a baby panda cradled in her arms.


  • Vicki Constantine Croke "Animal Beat" columnist for the Boston Globe, contributing reporter for NPR's "Living on Earth," and author of "The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos - Past Present, and Future."

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