Animals

Rebecca Frankel: "War Dogs"

Rebecca Frankel: "War Dogs"

October 20, 2014

Canines have been serving in the military for generations, but one journalist says they are undervalued. Why dogs are still our best defense against improvised explosive devices, and provide vital support to our troops.

Environmental Outlook: Michele Raffin's "The Birds Of Pandemonium: Life Among The Exotic & The Endangered"

Environmental Outlook: Michele Raffin's "The Birds Of Pandemonium: Life Among The Exotic & The Endangered"

October 7, 2014

The act of saving an injured dove nearly 20 years ago put Michele Raffin on a path from naive bird rescuer to accomplished breeder and conservationist. In a new book, she describes how that journey resulted in a backyard aviary that houses more than 350 exotic birds, representing 40 species.

How Technology is Transforming Conservation Efforts Worldwide

August 21, 2014

Conservationists are using drones, remote sensors and new mapping software to monitor deforestation and illegal poaching in real time. But in the wrong hands, some of these new technologies tools could have devastating effects on wildlife. A discussion on how new technology is transforming conservation efforts.

Alan Rabinowitz:  "An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey Of The Jaguar"

Alan Rabinowitz: "An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey Of The Jaguar"

August 18, 2014

One of the world's leading big cat experts has been enchanted by jaguars since he had an encounter with one as a child. Alan Rabinowitz on the history and habits of jaguars and his efforts to save the species.

Joshua Horwitz: "War Of The Whales: A True Story"

Joshua Horwitz: "War Of The Whales: A True Story"

July 8, 2014

The story of a marine researcher and an environmental lawyer who set out to prove what's behind many mass strandings of whales. Their fight to limit Navy sonar in whale habitats.

The Fight For Legal Rights For Animals

The Fight For Legal Rights For Animals

April 28, 2014

New research shows that animals like chimps, orcas and elephants have self-awareness, language and emotions. Now lawyers are using this evidence to fight for legal rights for animals. Diane and guests discuss granting personhood status to non-humans.

New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

April 10, 2014

Scientists are attempting to bring extinct species back to life. Through recent breakthroughs in genetics, researchers hope to revive the passenger pigeon, woolly mammoth and others. But conservationists warn that "de-extinction" is no panacea to the current extinction crisis.

Environmental Outlook: New Strategies For Stopping The Elephant Ivory Trade

Environmental Outlook: New Strategies For Stopping The Elephant Ivory Trade

March 4, 2014

African elephants continue to be slaughtered for their tusks at an alarming rate - as many as 35,000 a year. For this month's Environmental Outlook, new strategies for stopping the illegal ivory trade and whether they can save the African elephant.

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

February 26, 2014

For our February Readers’ Review: "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward. It's the story of a poor family from a down-and-out Bayou town in the days before and after Hurricane Katrina. Diane and her guests discuss this National Book Award winner.

Environmental Outlook: "A Feathered River Across The Sky" By Joel Greenberg

January 7, 2014

For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the passenger pigeon’s flight to extinction and what it teaches us about the importance of conservation.

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