The Children Of Dr. Dolittle
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John Dolittle was a fictional character with a slightly unbelievable ability to talk with animals in Hugh Lofting’s series of children’s books of the 1920s. In 2013, scientists are discovering real world evidence of sophisticated communication and even language among a vast array of wildlife species, which greatly expands the possibilities of actual human to non-human discourse. We have a conversation with an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Daniel Wesson, who recently discovered that rodents talk to each other via sniffing. Also, Dr. Con Slobodchikoff tells what he knows about animals using grammatical language, a discovery that was inspired by his pioneering study of prairie dogs, which is the subject of his new book Chasing Dr. Dolittle.
Music: “If We Could Talk to the Animals” – Louis Armstrong