Animals

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.

Environmental Outlook: The Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population

October 1, 2013

As Monarch butterflies head south for the winter, scientists fear their numbers might have dropped to new lows. In this month’s Environmental Outlook we discuss the mystery of Monarch migration and what’s causing the population to decline.

Environmental Outlook: Combating Light Pollution

September 3, 2013

America is losing its dark sky. Artificial light at night is harming sea turtles and other animals and has been linked to health problems in humans. For this month's Environmental Outlook, fighting light pollution.

Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

July 17, 2013

The latest novel by the bestselling author of the "Jane Austen Book Club." The book explores what happens to a family in Indiana after it decides to participate in a scientific experiment and raise a chimpanzee along with their two other children.

David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" (Rebroadcast)

July 5, 2013

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.

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