animals

animals

By Megan Bender October 20, 2013

On the first Sunday of October, pet owners flock to an unlikely place: their local churches. Across the U.S., dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds gather to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, otherwise known as “the blessing of the animals.”

October 05, 2011

Smithsonian magazine features stunning images of jaguars in Brazil’s Pantal wetlands.

January 21, 2010

Compelling video of elephants mourning the death of a calf, and a magnificent segment on the secret language of elephants.

September 08, 2008
July 15, 2008

So we’ve been trying to finally find someone to interview about the human animal bond, a show topic that’s been in the works for quite a while now. I was shocked to learn in my research just how much the relationship between humans and animals had changed over time. About 100 years ago, dogs in this country were primarily used for work on the farm, and rarely allowed inside the home. Today, 60-80% of dogs sleep with their owners at night in the bedroom, either in or on the bed.

Why have we gotten so much closer to these creatures? Is it our growing sense of displacement from nature that makes us want to form a bond with something non-human? Is it the same longing many people for natural places that a recent guest talked about in our show Pagans Ancient and Modern?

March 09, 2008

Our producer explores the bond she shares with her dog, Oban.

February 21, 2008

What happens when you transition from a listener who hears Katy Payne's voice through the radio to a producer who has to contact her by phone?