WAMU News Reporter Lauren Landau takes us behind the scenes of "Odysseo," the $30 million equestrian circus presentation by Cavalia.
Documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite discusses her film "Blackfish," which concerns the story of Tilikum, a 12,000 pound, 22-foot orca living in captivity at Sea World Orlando. The marine mammal has been involved in the deaths of three people, including Dawn Brancheau, a trainer who was drowned while working with Tilikum in 2010.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Horse with No Name” by America; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
Georg Wilhelm Steller was a German explorer, botanist, zoologist, physician and pioneer of Alaskan natural history. Among the six animals he discovered during a visit there in 1741 are the Steller’s Jay and Steller Sea Lion. The latter, the largest of five extant species of sea lion in the world today, is in serious decline and scientists are at a loss to explain why. Several efforts are under way to find a cause and solution, and producer Natalie Yuravlivker traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to observe the program. Music: “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
Rabbit Population Explosion:The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is thriving in and around the nation’s capital and we find out why. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” by Gene Autry
They are among the world’s most popular companion animals, but there is discouraging evidence of serious problems resulting from keeping parrots as pets. And 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.
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 re-calibrating our understanding of them.
China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s The World.