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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

    Parents of the Year Awards

    Parents of the Year Awards

    The animal kingdom is full of devoted parents, whose child rearing skills are incredible, shocking, and gross! Some parents, like our guest Steph Williams, would give you the shirts off their backs, and others would give you the skin off their backs... literally.

    Footnotes:

    Horned marsupial frog

    Horned marsupial frog with eggs (warning, yucky)

    Blue poison dart frog with tadpole on his back

    Suriname toads (warning, trypophobia trigger)

    Killdeer mating

    Killdeer faking injury

    Rhea dad with babies

    Octopus mothers

    Cotton topped tamarin

    Barbary macaque

    Elephant showing off her baby to rescuers


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Hybrid Hijinks!

    Hybrid Hijinks!

    What happens when you stick two different animals together and let nature take its course? Some whacky evolutionary mixups! We’re talking scientists who accidentally created a hybrid, how hybridization works in the first place, and the mysteries of animals like the narulga and pizzly. Discover this and more as we and guest Kayla Maria answer the age-old question: how come scientists tried to make a Jesus fish? 

    Footnotes:

    Sturddlefish!!!


    Geep! 

    The Narluga

    The Leopon


    Pizzly!! 


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Dank Animal Memes

    Dank Animal Memes

    Today on the show we’re talking about D-D-D-DANK ANIMAL MEMES, KIDS with Alex Schmidt! Did you know humans aren’t the only ones spreading sweet memes? That’s right, we’re talking about viral birdsong that’s getting retweeted like crazy, otter tupperware parties, and dolphins engaging in the hottest new trend, “shelling.”

    Footnotes: 

    Otter tupperware parties


    Dolphins shelling! 

    Tandem recruitment in ants

    Viral birdsong

    Sperm whale dialects

    Baby meerkat eating scorpion

    Orangutan building nests


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Stop Using Dogs as Weapons

    Stop Using Dogs as Weapons

    Summary:  This week we're talking about something very important. We’re going to cover the use of dogs in cases of police brutality, the history of how dogs have been used as weapons, and the harm this does to people as well as to the dogs themselves. And at the end, we'll cover some of the positive jobs that dogs can do that are better for people and better for dogs.
    Guests: Pallavi Gunalan, Joelle Monique
    Footnotes:

    Police dog bite study

    Cancer sniffing dogs

    Little "fairy" penguin

    Oddball the sheepdog giving a fairy penguin a kiss

    Supporting Black Lives mailing list

    Supporting Black Lives Google Drive link


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Leaf Me Alone!

    Leaf Me Alone!

    Catch some Z’s with nap-time transformers, contortionists, animals who barely need a wink, and animals who slept in past their alarm by a few years. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: how do you sleep floating in the middle of the sea? You’ll be otter-ly surprised with guest Alexis Torres! 

    Footnotes:
    Dead leaf butterfly
    More of the dead leaf butterfly
    Malachite sunbird
    Malachite sunbird asleep
    Sea otter use kelp to babysit
    Giraffe sleeping with its head on its butt
    Sperm whales sleep VERTICALLY
    Viral "drunk" owl
    Snowy owl chicks sleeping
    Burrowing owl striking an Instagram pose
    Desert snail forgot to set its alarm
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    A Brief History of Birds!

    A Brief History of Birds!

    Today on the show, we’ll be talking about a BRIEF HISTORY OF BIRDS. Are there secretly still dinosaurs still lurking among us? How did birds learn how to fly? Why did some birds decide to be so small? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question, is birds dinosaurs? 

    Footnotes:


    Birds is dinosaurs?

    Archaeopteryx

    WONDERCHICKEN

    Sandhill crane

    Baby blue heron

    Baby southern ground hornbill

    Adult southern ground hornbill

    The hoatzin

    Inca tern mustache!

    Inca tern calls

    Indohyus (whale ancestor) 

    Bee hummingbird


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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
662 Ratings

662 Ratings

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Undeniably Unique! Delightfully Disturbing!

This podcast informs, entertains, and has kept me listening for well over a year. Guests add the occasional flare but I would still listen to this show if it was just Katie. Although getting producer Joelle a mic was a grand decision. What a weird and wonderful experience. Hurrah!

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Definition of Infotainment

If you like your science with a side of quirky humor, look no further. Make sure you’re available to follow along in show notes for citations or you’ll miss half the fun- seeing all the critters being discussed. A truly unique podcast I look forward to weekly.

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