animals

The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Misophonia, The Death of Common Sense, and Carl Zimmer on Animal Friendships

Mike Goren/flickr creative commons

We'll look at whether animals have friendships with one another the way humans do. And discover why some people become full of rage after hearing normal sounds, like clearing your throat. Plus: why laws can sometimes mean The Death of Common Sense.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Rats!

Chion Wolf

Rats are political. Yes, I know all the jokes. But what I really mean is that the decisions about where there will be rats and where there won't be are all snarled up in politics.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Backyard Chickens

Chion Wolf

Today's show is already breaking some kind of record for communications from the outside world received in advance of the actual episode. As soon as the promo started airing, we started getting emails, and what those emails told us was:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Wolves In The World

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Pledge, Powerball, Political Drama, Siri, & Horse Meat

Chion Wolf, respres, smiely, mike licht, wikimedia

The Pledge of Allegiance is a 20th century creature. It was written at the end of the 19th century by a Christian socialist minister as part of a general push toward American nationalism, with special regard for the flag. I find people all the time who think  it dates back to the founding of the United States. The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s. There are all kinds of stores about how and why that happened. I think it's fair to sum it up as kind of a Cold War thing. The Soviets were godless. We weren't.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:36 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Human & Animal: An Ever-Changing Coexistence

Flickr Creative Commons, Chi King

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."

So said Ralph Waldo Emerson who saw, even in the 19th century, the way civilization puts artificial spaces in the natural order of things. Nature is wild. Wild animals are savage. The livestock business is brutal. Pigs are sentient. All of these things are true, but we prefer to have them orbit around, flung as far into space as possible.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:00 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

A Conversation With Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan

ktylerconk, Flickr Creative Commons

Cesar Millan is a professional dog trainer and will be at the Bushnell in Hartford on December 4th. We spoke with him to get a few insights before his trip.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:21 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Farmland Preservation; East Hampton Veterinarian Jonathan Turetsky; The Dirty

Markles55

Faith meets a man trying to save farmland in a place where developers are hungry -- the exclusive Hamptons. And, meet one of the kindest vets on earth, a man who believes the last breath an animal takes should be as beautiful as possible. Plus, a memoir of farming, food and, love.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

A Mountain Lion's Unlikely Cross-Country Journey

Flickr Creative Commons, jitze

Yesterday, The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced its preliminary findings on the origin of the now-famous Mountain Lion that was struck and killed by a Hyundai SUV in Milford last month. 

We spoke with Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette today to hear the details.

Listen to our previous show that aired shortly after the news of the Mountain Lion's death here.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:57 am
Wed July 27, 2011

The Misunderstood World Of Chronic Migraines

Flickr Creative Commons, eviltomthai

All of us know migraine sufferers.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:09 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Soul Of A Dog; Start-Up Nation: The Story Of Israel's Economic Miracle

Graham Smith

Soul of a Dog

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Where We Live
11:19 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Animal Rights

Mike Baird

Michael Vick is once again a star in the Nike universe - only a few years after serving time for his role in a dog-fighting ring.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:40 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Whistlin' Dixie; Demon Fish; And Exercise While You Work;

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Faith Middleton does an interview about health while walking on a moving treadmill. She dives into the subject of sharks. And, the film about gay activist musicians in the deep South, Whistlin' Dixie.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:56 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

A Visit To The Animal Rescue Fund Of The Hamptons

Kevin Dooley

A visit to the Animal Rescue Fund's home for adorable dogs and cats who need homes, and often find them thanks to the group's amazing work. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Are Wild Mountain Lions Back In Connecticut?

Wikimedia Commons

Most people want to believe there's a breeding population of mountain lions spreading through parts of Connecticut and into New York's Hudson Valley.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Beautiful Roadkill

Flickr Creative Commons, Hitchster

It starts with two raccoons "sprawled still as stones in the road." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:31 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Dogs With A Mission

Animal adoption activist and author Elise Lufkin has always been enthralled by the bond between humans and dogs.  During her volunteer work at animal shelters over the years, she has witnessed many special relationships that blossom when dogs are adopted.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:50 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless (Snail) Mind

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:38 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Mystic Aquarium

Chion Wolf

We’re On the Road again! Today we take you to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. We’ll explore the fascinating lives of whales, penguins, sharks, seals, sea lions—all the wonders of the undersea world. We’ll talk to scientists, trainers, educators, and explorers—and a few marine mammals will talk to us (and you)! And don't miss Chion Wolf's amazing photographs of our day at the Aquarium!

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Wildlife
8:38 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Looking For The Elusive Mountain Lion

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Forests across much of the Northeast are still home to bobcats, and Canada Lynx can still be found in Maine. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared the region’s biggest wild cat – the eastern mountain lion -- is officially extinct. That might sound like the end of the story, but a growing number of biologists think mountain lions could return to reclaim their territory in the Northeast. As part of a collaboration with Northeastern Public Radio stations, Brian Mann has our story.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:12 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Pets on Wheels of Connecticut

Jason Sussberg/flickr creative commons

Pets on Wheels of Connecticut believes that no one should be denied their own pet. They make a difference one pet and one person at a time. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:59 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Dog, Inc.

kitty.green66/flickr creative commons

What Stiff did for the dead and Fast Food Nation did for the burger, Dog, Inc. does for the stranger-than-fiction world of commercial dog cloning. 

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Host's diary
2:15 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Does Anyone Want a Cat Named Bill Curry?

Animal rights activists have named this cat William Curry, after Connecticut's beloved former comptroller and gubernatorial candidate.

Here is what we know about it, via Julie Lewin of the National Institute For Animal Advocacy:

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White Nose Syndrome
4:57 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

DEP Asks Public to Report Odd Bat Behavior

CT Department of Environmental Protection

Five years ago this winter, a caver in New York photographed bats with a white fungus on their faces -- and found a few dead bats. Since then, more than one million bats have died in at least 12 states, including Connecticut, from a condition now known as “white nose” syndrome. Connecticut’s environmental agency is asking the public to keep an eye out for odd behavior in bats.

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