Animals

Frans de Waal: "The Age of Empathy" (Harmony Books)

September 22, 2009

Greed is out, empathy is in, says an internationally renowned zoologist. His studies of primates are changing the scientific community's understanding of human nature and offer lessons for a kinder society.

[Frans de Waal answered...

Jane Goodall: "Hope for Animals and Their World" (Grand Central)

September 9, 2009

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall tells stories of animals and plants brought back from the brink of extinction, and why she believes there's hope for saving even more.

Jon Katz: "A Good Dog" (Villard)

October 3, 2006

Author Jon Katz talks about his loving yet stormy relationship with a border collie named Orson, and the tough decisions he faced when the dog's behavior became increasingly troubled.

Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2005

A small, mysterious bird has been flying along the Pacific coast since well before Captain Cook mapped those shores. A nature writer reveals why it took 185 years to find its secret nesting place and how it's now endangered.

Jon Katz: "Katz on Dogs" (Villard)

October 10, 2005

The relationship between man and dog has always been complicated. A leading authority on the human-canine bond offers a commonsense philosophy for training and living with dogs.

Holley Bishop: "Robbing the Bees" (Free Press) (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2005

Six years ago, writer Holley Bishop bought a Connecticut farmhouse and got a couple of beehives for her back yard. What started as a hobby soon led to a consuming fascination with the biology of bees, the history of beekeeping, and the...

Vicki Constantine Croke: "The Lady and the Panda" (Random House)

August 8, 2005

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.

Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale)

July 18, 2005

A small, mysterious bird has been flying along the Pacific coast since well before Captain Cook mapped those shores. A nature writer reveals why it took 185 years to find its secret nesting place and how it's now endangered.

Kathy Santo: "Dog Sense" (Knopf)

June 10, 2005

A canine behaviorist explains how to customize a training method to meet your dog's specific needs, motivations, and confidence level.

David Rothenberg: "Why Birds Sing" (Basic Books)

May 11, 2005

Birds make some of the most beautiful sounds in nature. But scientists don't really know why birds sing. Diane and author/musician David Rothenberg talk about the mystery of bird song. We'll also hear about the reappearance of the...

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