Story-driven, science-based examination of the weird and wonderful relationship between humans and all types of wildlife. If you love the planet, you'll love Anthropomania.
Who Run The World? (Fungi)
Next time you take a sip of your favourite microbrew and tear off a chunk of baguette piled with cheese you might wanna toast to fungi. Fungus really are among us. From high-priced morels to mold to the medicinal promise of magic mushrooms, fungi were here before us and they'll be here long after we're dust. They could live without us, but could we live without them? Would we want to? Listen to the story of a college kid who ran up against a shotgun wielding morel hunter on his quest to find the best patch of mushrooms, find out what pricey mushroom smells like sweat and semen, and a mycologist who things we have a lot to learn from the lowly mushroom.
Resurrection: Bringing Back Extinct Animals
Imagine if Jurassic Park came to life...REAL LIFE. It wouldn't be the first time science fiction became reality. But, this time, instead of T-Rex and Velociraptors, you've got long-extinct woolly mammoths roaming the arctic tundra, and the more recently extinct passenger pigeons filling the skies. This is the ambitious dream of scientists George Church (Harvard, MIT) and Ben Novak (Revive & Restore)... but is it even remotely possible? Thirty years ago, when the original Jurassic Park movie came out, genome sequencing and CRISPR CAS 9 - the gene editing technology - didn't exist. Now that they do, does it mean we'll get to see ancient beasts again? We discuss the why's and how's with our brilliant guests. And, hear about a secret connection George Church has to his one time student, Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park.
Do cockroaches CREEP YOU OUT? Do spiders make you squeamish? Humans have a complicated relationship with the six and eight-legged animals we share the planet with. And yet, they need our help. We are living in what some have called the Insect Apocalypse, an alarming decline of insect species across the globe. It could mean big changes to the food we eat, and the health of the environment around us. Niki Wilson and Jay Ingram examine whether our “ICK” or “EEEEWWWW” responses to insects prevent us from helping them out, and get advice as to how we stop shuddering when we see a house spider.
Have you ever tried birdwatching at a landfill? In a world where we produce more than 2 Billion tons of garbage each year, it's hardly surprising that those mountains of waste have developed a life of their own. From landfills to small town dumps to scraps of food left behind by tourists in the Galapagos Islands, animals are evolving in big and small ways because of their proximity to our waste. Whether it's Darwin's finches or Edmonton's coyotes, animals that live near humans have a Disneyland of potential food sources. It's also full of potential risks. Join Niki Wilson and Jay Ingram as they explore Trash Animals and how our perceptions of these creators are impacting how we treat them.
Formidable Fowl: from the jungle to the backyard
The extraordinary saga of the world’s most common bird: combatant, experimental subject, entrée and friend (not necessarily in this order). The chicken is far more meaningful to our lives than you ever imagined. They can count, recognize faces and are capable of deception. We trace the history of the humble chicken from its wild beginnings as the Red Jungle Fowl in Southeast Asia all the way to the broiler chicken of today, and finally to the modern backyard chicken craze.
Bingeworthy: Are Nature Documentaries Good For Nature?
From My Octopus teacher to BBC's latest hit The Green Planet, wildlife documentaries continue to draw millions of viewers. But are they good for wildlife? We discuss with top doc makers, and get the inside scoop on working with Sir David Attenborough. We also uncover one the biggest wildlife myths of all time (thanks Disney), and ask, is Tik Tok really where it's at for wildlife media?
I think I need to see Jay dressed up as the Hamster King.
Always interesting, great hosts. My extended family did the animal personality quiz and I am happy to report there was not an alien among us. However we did have enough diversity to start an interesting private zoo, not that we would (maybe because we are not crazy rich?). Loved the “Alien Among Us” episode - a must listen. Very fascinating and somewhat troubling at the same time. More please!
Clever AND funny
Never dry: great topics; great interaction among the hosts; excellent topics—from taxidermy to biting snakes with personality. Science at its best!!!!!