The signature program of the nonprofit, Advancing the Interests of Animals (AIA), is its weekly, one-hour nationally syndicated radio show, Animals Today. Currently in its seventh continuous year, this show provides a worldwide platform where individuals and organizations concerned about the welfare of animals can present their viewpoints and promote their causes. It is a communication hub where listeners learn about a wide variety of animal welfare issues as well as the actions they can take to help animals locally and around the globe. Hosted by Dr. Lori Kirshner and co-host/producer Dr. Peter Spiegel, Animals Today airs in multiple markets with a potential audience of millions of listeners. Listeners worldwide may enjoy live shows via internet streaming, and past shows are archived on the Animals Today website and YouTube for free access anytime. Shows can also be accessed as podcasts on iTunes, on Spreaker, on Tune in radio, and on i heart radio.
Different than other radio programs whose focus is merely on pets, Animals Today delves deeper by also promoting increased respect, compassion and kindness toward animals in the wild and farmed animals. Via analysis and commentary, it provides the latest thinking and news about animal rights with the goal of educating listeners of all ages about the current status of animals in society and how people can treat them more humanely. The show’s hosts conduct interviews on a wide variety of animal-related topics with news items from around the globe. Programs have focused on such diverse subjects as the dangers wind farms pose to eagles, shark conservation efforts and language and communication research in non-human animals.
Guests on the show have included celebrities, filmmakers, politicians and government officials, lawyers, authors, scientists, ecologists, food producers, naturalists and activists working in the field. They all share a desire to improve the lives of animals around the world. A few of Animals Today’s noteworthy guests have included Bob Barker, Author Dean Koontz, Actress Tippi Hedren, US Representative Tom Marino, CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom, CT State Representative Fred Camillo, award-winning independent journalist Will Potter, and President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard. Lori and Peter have gone on site to cover The Best Friends National Conference, the FARM animal rights conference, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, and other events and locations of interest.
Animals Today December 4, 2022. NYC Squirrel alert! Hitchcock’s birds. Toxoplasmosis update. Hazards of pet foods. Koalas rock!
Lori begins the show with news about some aggressive urban squirrels in Queens, NYC, who are reportedly jumping onto people and attacking them. Authorities advise against hand feeding, which probably contributed to the bold behaviors these animals are displaying. Fortunately squirrels rarely harbor rabies, and no documented case of transmission of rabies to humans has […]
Animals Today November 11, 2022. Helping Orangutans and the problems with palm oil. Good company: Paul and Cindy Rodgers’ impressive work as animal advocates. What’s a zoologist, anyway?
In recognition of International Orangutan Day, Lori and Peter kick off discussing some of the fascinating facts about these great apes. These gentle creatures are the largest tree-dwelling animals on earth. Indeed they even sleep in the trees, fashioning leafy nests each evening for that purpose. Orangutans are native to only 2 island on earth, […]
Animals Today – October 15, 2022: Green energy is killing eagles. Is the term “crazy cat lady” fair? The working dogs of WW I. Keeping track of people convicted of animal cruelty.
Lori begins with a monologue about the state of the contemporary wind turbine industry, and their negative effects on animals. There is a lot of evidence that eagles are killed by wind turbines despite efforts of the companies to avoid being transparent. Lori favors efforts to move toward green energy but argues that animal protection […]
Animals Today September 27, 2022. Ethical and practical considerations of breeding dogs. This AP level animal quiz has teachers crying.
Lori begins with a detailed exploration into the ethics of dog breeding. The purebred dog industry not only creates innumerable animals with genetic defects, causing dogs to have a lifetime of medical problems and diseases, but also interferes with the adoption of healthy dogs confined in shelters by enticing people to buy from breeders instead […]
Animals Today August 25, 2022. It’s a tough road for owners in possible veterinary malpractice cases. Are you afraid of sharks quiz?
If you believe your pet was harmed by the actions of your veterinarian, what are your legal options for recourse? In this episode, Lori explores many aspects of veterinary malpractice with attorney Bob Ferber, former Los Angeles animal cruelty prosecutor. Although there are some parallels between the law as it relates to medical malpractice issues […]
Animals Today August 3, 2022. How to rescue a pet trapped in a hot car. Risks of blue-green algae. Rhinoceros protection and facts.
During the summer heat, you may come across a situation where an animal, typically a dog, has been left alone in a car that is too warm for comfort or safety. Even though it’s no secret that leaving dogs in hot cars is dangerous and often illegal, it continues to happen too frequently. So, we […]
They talk about the same issues ad nauseam, and repeat segments multiple times that were previously aired.