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Storytelling Animals is a green new podcast where we use books to help make sense of the ecological crisis – and think about what comes next. For most episodes, host Dayton Martindale will interview authors about their new or recent fiction and nonfiction, and talk about how we might build better relations with each other and our fellow creatures. Sometimes, he'll review books or talk with academics and activists, too.
Patreon subscribers at all tiers get early access to locked episodes, and Patreon subscribers above $7/month can also join a subscribers-only book club hosted by Dayton to dig deeper into these ideas and discuss how they might inform political action.

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Storytelling Animals is a green new podcast where we use books to help make sense of the ecological crisis – and think about what comes next. For most episodes, host Dayton Martindale will interview authors about their new or recent fiction and nonfiction, and talk about how we might build better relations with each other and our fellow creatures. Sometimes, he'll review books or talk with academics and activists, too.
Patreon subscribers at all tiers get early access to locked episodes, and Patreon subscribers above $7/month can also join a subscribers-only book club hosted by Dayton to dig deeper into these ideas and discuss how they might inform political action.

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    Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf: Animals, Nature, and Modernist Fiction with Bonnie Kime Scott

    Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf: Animals, Nature, and Modernist Fiction with Bonnie Kime Scott

    January 25, 2023, is acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf's 141st birthday! To celebrate, I invited scholar of modernist literature Bonnie Kime Scott to talk about how animals and nature show up in Woolf's work, and how novels can represent other consciousnesses.
    To read Woolf's "The Death of a Moth": https://www.sanjuan.edu/cms/lib8/CA01902727/Centricity/Domain/3981/Death%20of%20A%20Moth-Virginia%20Woolf%20copy.pdf
    For Kime's book: https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4499/
    For more on Kime: https://kimescott.sdsu.edu/publications.html
    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind

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    • 47 min
    Justice for Animals: Martha C. Nussbaum on Law, Ethics, and Our Collective Responsibility

    Justice for Animals: Martha C. Nussbaum on Law, Ethics, and Our Collective Responsibility

    Martha C. Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, and the author most recently of Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility. On this episode we discuss animal capabilities, the ethics of killing, and how the law can better protect other species.
    For more on the book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Justice-for-Animals/Martha-C-Nussbaum/9781982102500
    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17, followed by Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind
    Like this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395

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    • 54 min
    The 2022 Storytelling Animals Book Awards

    The 2022 Storytelling Animals Book Awards

    I read 78 books this year, the most in my adult life, and I want to share some of my favorites, especially some that I didn't get a chance to cover on the podcast! I pick my favorites in the following categories: best overall; 2022 release (fiction); 2022 release (nonfiction); older release (nonfiction); older release (novel); older release (short stories). Plus I list some honorable mentions and share some recommendations from my Patreon subscribers.
    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17, followed by Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind
    Like this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395

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    • 49 min
    As Gods: Matthew Cobb on the Perils and Promise of CRISPR

    As Gods: Matthew Cobb on the Perils and Promise of CRISPR

    With CRISPR technology, it is easier than ever for geneticists to alter human DNA, make deadlier pathogens, render mosquitoes infertile, and make other dramatic interventions into organisms and ecosystems. But the science and the ethics of all this is far from straightforward. Biologist Matthew Cobb, author of As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age, guides us through decades of genetic engineering, the strengths and weaknesses of CRISPR technology, and why he doesn't think we should bring back the wooly mammoth.
    For more on the book: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/matthew-cobb/as-gods/9781541602854/
    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind
    Like this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395

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    From Duck Vaginas to the Human Egg, an Anatomical Voyage with Rachel E. Gross

    From Duck Vaginas to the Human Egg, an Anatomical Voyage with Rachel E. Gross

    Rachel E. Gross is the author of Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, depicting how a new generation of (mostly) women scientists are changing how we understand female (and other) bodies. For more on the book: https://wwnorton.com/books/vagina-obscura
    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward on November 29: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind
    Like this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395

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    • 51 min
    The Wonderful, Tragic Worlds of Hawai’i's Endangered Snails, with Thom van Dooren

    The Wonderful, Tragic Worlds of Hawai’i's Endangered Snails, with Thom van Dooren

    Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpod
    This week's guest is Thom van Dooren, author of A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinction. We talk about the beauty, wonder, and mystery of snails, and how their worlds are threatened. For more on the book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262047029/a-world-in-a-shell/
    Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7d
    Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective on October 25: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/
    Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind
    Like this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395
    Learn more about the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts, of which this podcast is a member: https://iroarpod.com/

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Ecological issues made approachable

These books and interviews are making sometimes terrifying concepts (climate change, extinction, inequality, inaction) feel more approachable to an ordinary listener and provide little rays of hope and action for these diverse topics.

TeenersFriend ,

Refreshing change of pace!

I usually listen to true crime podcasts all day every day and this was a really thoughtful, thought-provoking change of pace! I learned a lot and didn’t leave feeling discouraged or guilty, which I sometimes worry about when discussing the environment, nature, or the non-human world.

Can’t wait for more episodes!

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