To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Dan Janzen is one of the world's leading tropical
biologists. He's spent forty years working in the Cost Rican jungle,
and there's one creature that fascinates him above all others -
the moth. Janzen has found nine-thousand different species of moth
in Cost Rica. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
science in the tropics. Also, a look at the world's scariest animals
- giant man-eaters.
Nature writer David Quammen has written a
book called "Monster of God." It's about man-eating
predators. Quammen tells Steve Paulson that such beasts have often
been worshiped but the habitats are being encroached on by development.
One day they may exist only in myths, zoos and sperm banks. Also,
Charles Siebert provides a version of an essay he wrote for
the New York Times Magazine about the ironies of the human longing
to keep wild creatures close to us.
Poet Robert Wrigley is sometimes called a
nature poet. His books include "Reign of Snakes" and
"Lives of the Animals." Wrigley tells Anne Strainchamps
he considers the wild to be his church and most deeply trusts
his animal self. And he reads several of his poems.
Writer Elizabeth Royte spent some time on
Panama's Barro Colorado Island, the best-studied rainforest in
the world. She describes some of the naturalists she met and their
work in her book "The Tapir's Morning Bath" and in this
conversation with Jim Fleming. Also, Dan Janzen is one
of the world's leading tropical biologists. He's discovered some
9,000 species of caterpillars in Costa Rica. He talks about some
of them with Steve Paulson and explains why he's trying to develop
a new kind of nature preserve.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-11-02-B.
- David Quammen, Monster
of God (Norton)
- Elizabeth Royte, The Tapir's Morning Bath
- Robert Wrigley, Lives of the Animals: poems
- Robert Wrigley, Reign of Snakes: poems (Penguin)
- After Return:
Hall & Oates w/ "Maneater"
- After Quammen:
John Wesley Harding w/ "Darwin" on "Swings and
Way Out Wes
- After Siebert:
NRBQ w/ "Down at the Zoo"
- Music Option:
Dexter Gordon w/ "Ernie's Tune" on "Ballads"
- Under Robert Wrigley's poem "Kissing a Horse":
Red City Ramblers w/ "Montana Underscoring"
on "A Life of the Mind" Suger Hill Records
- After Royte:
Bernie Krause's "Rhythms of Change" on "Rhythms
of Africa" NorthSound
- After Janzen:
Bernie Krause's "The Gathering" on "Rhythms of
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