Animals Among Us

December 1, 2002

Did you ever notice your dog gets depressed when you do?  That your cat seems to make you feel more relaxed?  Every wonder why?  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the connection between people and animals.  Primatologist Frans de Waal says it may not be opera and abstract art, but animals have culture too.  And we hear new stories and relive old tales with the son of the world’s most famous veterinarian, James Herriot.

  1. Frans de Waal on Animal Culture

    Frans de Waal talks with Steve Paulson about the evidence demonstrating that animals have culture.

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  2. Dave Soldier on Elephant Musicians

    Neurologist Dave Soldier collaborated with scientist Richard Lair to teach elephants to play music. They’ve released the results of the Thai Elephant Orchestra.

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  3. Allen Schoen on "Kindred Spirits"

    Veterinarian Allen Schoen is the author of “Kindred Spirits.”  He talks with Jim Fleming and makes the case for animal consciousness. 

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  4. Jim Wight on His Father, James Herriot

    Jim Fleming talks with Jim Wight, a vet himself, and the son of the man known to the world as James Herriot. Like his father, Jim Wight’s turned to writing.

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  5. AL Kennedy on Bullfighting

    AL Kennedy is the author of “On Bullfighting.” She tells Steve Paulson what happens in the ring and tries to explain bullfighting’s primal power and beauty. 

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