In Baltimore, Maryland, there's an octopus that likes
to play with toys. In Vienna, Austria, there's a border collie with a
vocabulary of 340 words - more than many toddlers. Southeast Asia is home
to dozens of elephants who like to paint. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge, re-thinking animal intelligence. Not only are they
smarter than we thought in some cases they're smarter than us.
Virginia Morell wrote a cover story for National
Geographic Magazine on the latest research going on in the field of
animal intelligence. She tells Steve Paulson about some of the amazing
animals she met, from parrots to dolphins, and explains what they can
David Ferriss is the director of the Asian Elephant
Art ans Conservation Project. He tells Anne Strainchamps the project
began as a conceptual art project that provided gainful employment to
the animals put out of work by the collapse of Thailand's timber industry.
You can see some of the elephants' work at The Elephant Art Foundation
We also visit an elephant art program at the
Milwaukee County Zoo where some children watch the elephants create.
Also, this summer's sleeper hit is a book by David Wroblewski
called "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." Wroblewski reads from
his novel and talks with Jim Fleming about his life in Wisconsin as
the child of a family who raised dogs.
Craig Childs is a naturalist and nature writer
whose latest book is "The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters
in the Wild." He talks with Steve Paulson about some of his life-threatening
encounters with wild creatures and why he's not especially worried in
the wild. Also, Graeme Gibson talks with Jim Fleming about his
collection of bird literature and lore called "The Bedside Book
of Birds." Gibson is the former President of PEN Canada, the author
of several novels, and the husband of writer Margaret Atwood.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-07-13-A.
|Craig Childs, The Animal Dialogues:
Uncommon Encounters in the Wild (Little Brown)
|David Wroblewski, The Story
of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (Ecco)
| Graeme Gibson, The Bedside
Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany (Nan A. Talese)
- -Talk to the Animals,
by Roger Williams, on his album, Pop Go the Ivories.
- Talk to the Animals, (instrumental)
by The Hit Crew, on the CD King of the Jungle.
- -Camille Saint-Saens, The Elephant, from
Carnival of the Animals. Performed by the London Double
- -Jane Siberry, Everything Reminds Me of My
Dog, from the album Bound By the Beauty.
- -Leo Kottke, instrumental bit from Running
up the Stairs, on his CD Great Big Boy.
- -Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Teddy Bears
Picnic, on the CD collection 100% Handmade Music,
- -Brad Mehldau, Blackbird, on his
CD The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1.
week of 07/05/2009 - hour 1
week of 07/13/2008 - hour 1
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