The Animal House is a weekly journal that connects you with everything that concerns animals; science, the environment, politics, pet husbandry, literature, entertainment and wildlife conservation are among the multitude of topics we explore.
The Animal House covers the globe for the latest in animal-related news and information and we offer expert advice on matters of pet care and behavior.
Sam has been the co-host of The Animal House since its inception in 2009. He is also an anchor and reporter on the CBS Radio Network where he occasionally fills in for Charles Osgood on The Osgood File. He also hosts This Just in!, a series of radio shows on major issues in journalism. He was host and producer of Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways, audio explorations of the Folkways archives. Among his most recent honors: a national Edward R. Murrow award for best radio network newscast. Sam is the personal assistant to an Afghan rescue cat named Nimruz, whom he adores. .
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
Each week, co-host Gary Weitzman uses his two decades of veterinary experience to aid listeners who call in from around the world with questions about pets and wildlife. Dr. Weitzman is president of the San Diego Humane Society and the former CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League. During Dr. Weitzman's tenure at WARL, it became a recognized leader in physical and behavioral rehabilitation and a national resource for helping animals after natural disasters and puppy mill rescues. Dr. Weitzman is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and an expert in non-profit sector work and international public health. Weitzman is the author of several books including "How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language." Find out more about the book.
Mark McDonald, Executive Producer
Mark McDonald is WAMU 88.5's Program Director and a golden retriever fanatic. Originally from Liverpool, UK, Mark got his start on the local radio station there before moving into BBC Television in London, where he produced stories for the main evening news. He moved to New York in 1995, where he was BBC's news producer, and became managing editor for news at New York public radio station WNYC in 1999. Mark is delighted to be a part of the team producing the only public radio program in America devoted to animals.
Steven Williams, Managing Producer
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Steven is a veteran radio broadcaster who has worked as a program director, announcer, writer and producer for stations in New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit San Francisco and Washington, DC. He has also worked as a producer and announcer at Sirius Satellite Radio and United Nations Radio and joined WAMU in 2009. Steven's work in The Animal House includes writing, editing, reporting and maintaining the flow of information on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Over the years, Steven has been the proud companion of a wide variety of pets, among them several dogs and cats, freshwater and salt water tropical fish and various species of reptiles. Steven welcomes listener suggestions and story ideas – please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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