6 episodes

In a broken world, what can we gain by looking another animal in the eye? Join the writer Sam Anderson on a six-part, round-the-world journey in search of an answer.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 425 Ratings

In a broken world, what can we gain by looking another animal in the eye? Join the writer Sam Anderson on a six-part, round-the-world journey in search of an answer.

    Episode 1: Walnut

    Episode 1: Walnut

    A hole in Sam’s floor sparks a crisis.

    • 13 min
    Episode 2: Puffins

    Episode 2: Puffins

    As his daughter prepares to leave for college, Sam visits a remote island.

    • 44 min
    Episode 3: Manatees

    Episode 3: Manatees

    Sam makes his underwater dreams a reality.

    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Ferrets

    Episode 4: Ferrets

    Sam soothes his anxiety by visiting a convention center in Ohio.

    • 35 min
    Episode 5: Wolves

    Episode 5: Wolves

    On a taxi ride, Sam meets a Chihuahua.

    • 34 min
    Episode 6: Bats

    Episode 6: Bats

    Sam stares into another hole.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
425 Ratings

425 Ratings

Sarah's LaoLao ,

It’s about Walnut

I only heard the Walnut podcast yesterday but am queuing up the rest to listen to on our trip—leaving in 48 hours. I hate to write a review based on one podcast but I loved it so much.
I have entered that period of my life where any pet outside of a guppy will undoubtedly outlive me-but after your tale of ‘almost loss’ I have added my name to a few rescues around me for Senior goldens or doodles. I was struck too by your old home—my first home was built in 1903 and had two sets of sliding doors in living room—one set to foyer and another set to dining room. I am looking forward to your experience with puffins. . .your voice will start out my trip to Ohio and New York.

AntKristi ,

So good! Make it a weekly podcast!

So so good! I was afraid to listen at first because anything to do with dogs dying, I run away from, it’s too painful. But Sam’s storytelling was enthralling & emotional & heartfelt so I plunged in - and I’m glad I did. There’s a whole animal kingdom out there Sam, make this into a weekly regular series! Just a quirky side story: this morning I was listening to the Bats episode while getting ready for work & I kept hearing this fluttering noise, which I thought were flapping bat wings sound effects they’d put on the episode. Wow I thought, they’re really making this realistic for us. Except the fluttering was then happening over the talking so I paused the podcast: and up above me I could hear the fluttering coming from inside my bathroom, in the exhaust fan in the ceiling. I stand on a chair to look closer and listen: yes something is in there, some creature, fluttering away. If this is a bat, I swear, what are the chances. (I do live in Austin, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world, so they are here.) I shine a flashlight into the slats of the fan cover: and then I see it, one of those humongous fat furry black bumblebees, buzzing around in there, the maker of the separate soundtrack to the Bats episode. He somehow crawled in from the outside vent and all the way through inside the fan to the indoors vent cover. And now he’s stuck, poor guy. So even though I have a severe bug phobia, I’m inspired by Sam confronting his fear of bats & my job now today is to figure out how to take this exhaust fan apart to free this little guy and get him back outdoors so he can go pollinate and be free. Thanks Sam & team.

S.Easaw ,

How is this so good

I've loved Sam’s work since I read and listened to his NYT essay on losing weight. I read the “walnut” essay and then listened to it, with tears in my eyes at the end. So good!

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