There is a new website which promises to make you smarter about your dog’s intelligence. Dognition is the brainchild of Brian Hare, a Duke University professor and director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center who speaks to us about his work and his new book, "The Genius of Dogs."
Future Farming: Sam Litzinger visits the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, which introduces elementary and middle school students to stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland. Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti;
The increased attention given to traumatic brain injuries suffered by American professional football players has exposed a controversial relationship to animals used in research sponsored by the National Football League. We learn more from Justin Goodman of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and neurologist and author Dr. Aysha Akhtar.
Billy Bush is using his considerable clout as a nationally syndicated TV and radio host and family member of two former presidents to take a bite out of the crime of wildlife poaching in Nepal. Bush documented his efforts for a new National Geographic documentary, "Chasing Rhinos," and he gives us a special preview.
They are among the world’s most popular companion animals, but there is discouraging evidence of serious problems resulting from keeping parrots as pets. Those who choose to do so may be contributing to a global wildlife crisis. Elizabeth Weinstein’s report examines this polarizing issue.
Lab Dogs: Although much of the controversy surrounding the issue of animals in laboratory experiments has been focused on chimpanzees and mice, every year, thousands of dogs are also used for bio-medical research. The practice has many detractors, including Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States, who offers his perspective. Music: “Va Pensiero” by Uakti
Plastic Bag Phobia: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society hears the story of an adopted cat in Virginia, named Ms. Kitty, that is afraid of plastic bags to the point of refusing to be in the same room with one.
“Are You Looking At Me?”: A Virginia woman wonders why her rescue dog stares at her for long periods of time and why he doesn't play with toys, even ones with food.
Mystery Skin: A dog suffers from a skin condition that has stumped a veterinary examination. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit
Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary explains the mission behind the organization’s Someone, Not Something Project, which uses compelling evidence of greater intellectual and emotional complexity among farm animals as a basis for recalibrating our understanding of them.
Understanding the New Feline Science: Most people have no idea what an anthrozoologist does but many have read the work of John Bradshaw, one of the leading figures in that field of study. Bradshaw shares insights from his latest best seller, "Cat Sense," which describes human-cat relations in a fresh and thoughtful way that is steeped in historical perspective and modern scientific research.
For years scientists have been studying how best to reintroduce Atlantic salmon to its native habitat in New York’s Salmon River. Their efforts are showing signs of success. David Chanatry of the New York Reporting Project of Utica College has the details.
Using Fish To Grow Food In Africa: Aquaponics is a revolutionary method of agriculture that doesn't use soil. In addition to water, the key ingredients are fish and the super-nutrients contained in what they leave behind. The process isn’t new, but it's been slow to catch on in Africa. However, an aqua-farmer in Uganda thinks he has a formula for success. Jon Miller from PRI’s The World traveled to the East African nation to learn more about this promising development.
Separating a Cat from its Anxiety: A woman in West Virginia seeks advice for helping a stricken feline named Max. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society works with her to find a solution.
Special Delivery: A 2-year-old rescue dog in Washington, D.C., gets very excited (to the point of body slamming the front door) when the mailman comes to the house. Dr. Debra Horwitz, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, joins the conversation and offers her insight.
A Difficult Adjustment: A family that has recently moved to D.C. from more rural area discovers their 3 to 4-year-old English coon hound has become neurotic and very problematic on walks in her state.