Saturday, August 16, 2014

Through A Lens, Deeply

Through A Lens, Deeply

August 16, 2014

We know less about what’s in our oceans than we do about outer space; only about 5 percent of the ocean floor—and about a half a percent of the ocean itself—has been explored. Much of the knowledge we have about the pelagic universe can be found with oceanographer Sylvia Earle, affectionately known as “Her Deepness." Earle shares more than 60 years of unlocking the mysteries of the sea in a new documentary, Mission Blue. We have a preview of the film with a little help from Ms. Earle and celebrated director Robert Nixon.

Saving Chesapeake Oysters From Impending DOOM: The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States but the future for the bay’s ancient mollusks is dim; one estimate puts their population at less than 1 percent of historical levels. One of the suspected causes is a rapid depletion of oxygen, referred to as Dissolved Oxygen Oyster Mortality. The laboratory where researchers are working to understand the problem is known as The Room of DOOM. We sent WAMU reporter Jonathan Wilson to have a look at the groundbreaking science that takes place there.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 16, 2014

Diet Plan For a Python: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society asks reptile expert Dr. Scot Stahl to join the conversation with a man who needs a feeding regime for his ball python.

A Canine With An Aversion To Children? A Maryland dog named Cinnamon shows signs of anxiety whenever kids are near.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

August 16, 2014

Science historian Laurel Braitman describes herself as someone who “spends a lot of time thinking about humans thinking about other animals thinking about us.” Dr. Braitman’s extensive study of and personal experiences with pets and wildlife has revealed a singular perspective on the subject of animals and mental illness. And her new book, "Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves" is a best seller. Braitman tells us how to identify psychological disorders in non-human species and she suggests several therapeutic options.

The Animal House Dateline: We learn how a Turkish city uses a bottle recycling program to feed homeless dogs; how a stray cat transformed a homeless man living on the streets of London into a best-selling author; and the activism of a group of third graders paves the way for a new anti-puppy mill law in the state of Illinois.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 16, 2014

Reluctant Cat Referee: A Virginia woman is desperate for a solution to a series of mismatched altercations between two felines, one weighing in at 15 pounds. The other? Just 6 pounds.

Surgery As a Preventative Measure? The caretaker of Captain Bentley, a 9-month-old mini poodle in Virginia, has concerns about using a surgical procedure to address the possibility of canine cancer.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Shark in the Water” by V.V. Brown

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.