Reinsurance In Wisconsin, Cyber Weapons, Finding Middle Ground In Respecting Animals

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The animal rights debate tends to be a polarized one with extreme sides, but the author of a new book suggests it doesn’t have to be. We talk the law professor about making ethical decisions that balance the interests of animals and the interests of humans. We also look at the threats posed by autonomous cyber weapons. Plus, we find out what the federal government’s approval of a reinsurance wavier in Wisconsin means for health care.

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  • Finding A Middleground In Respecting Animals

    There are many intersections where animal meets human– zoos, family farms, dinner plates, clothing fibers, parks, hunting land and more. There are many ethical choices we make about animals and animal products in our daily lives. We talk to the author of a new book who says our relationship with pets, food, and wildlife can be one of respect with balance.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Philip Rocco Guest
  • Paul Scharre Guest
  • David S. Favre Guest