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Talking Animals

By Duncan Strauss

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"Talking Animals" is a 30-minute radio show about animals and animal issues broadcast each month on WMNF (88.5 FM), a 70,000-watt, community-oriented NPR station in Tampa, Florida. Hosted by Duncan Strauss, "Talking Animals" ( is a fast-paced program that features animal songs, animal comedy, animal news & announcements, a quick quiz, "Name That Animal Tune"--but the chief element of each show is the interview we conduct with some notable figure in the animal world, or someone prominent in another field who holds legitimate ties to animal welfare. Which means guests ranging from PETA honcho INGRID NEWKIRK and pioneering horse trainer MONTY ROBERTS to TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG and Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON, from JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU and "Animal Liberation" author/philosopher PETER SINGER to actress/big cat benefactor TIPPI HEDREN and "Simpsons" co-creator SAM SIMON--roaming across the conversational landscape from animal rights to zoos and the environmental impact of carnivore/omnivore diets (relative to vegetarian/vegan ones) ocean inhabitants and aquatic lions, tigers and other big animal adoption and spay/neuter. Other guests of national or international prominence--discussing animal rescue, pets, farm animals, factory farming, animal behavior, human behavior (including autism), elephants, animal neglect and abuse, pet trusts, dogs, the plight of circus animals, and much more--include PAT DERBY, GENE BAUR (nee BAUSTON), PAUL WATSON, TEMPLE GRANDIN, JANEANE GAROFALO, JOHN DOE, CAROL BUCKLEY, KINKY FRIEDMAN, ALISON GIANOTTO, JOHN GROGAN, NELLIE MCKAY, DAN MATHEWS, MERRILL MARKOE, GREG GINN, CHUCK TRAISI, MARGARET CHO, MICHAEL MOUNTAIN, DAN PIRARO, et al.

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  • Category: Hobbies
  • Language: English

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