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The Leonard Lopate Show

Understanding Our Powerful Bond With Our Pets

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Daisy Yuhas explores why half of American households have a pet, why we are drawn to cute animals, and the science behind human-animal bonds. 

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Studio 360

Charles Mingus Toilet Trained His Cat. We Put His Method to the Test.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crazy or brilliant? Jazz legend Charles Mingus came up with a method for toilet training his cat, so we tried it out on a kitty named Dizzy.

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WNYC News

Stringer: City Shelters Harming Animals

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Although some long-term management problems have been fixed, the City Comptroller finds municipal shelters still rife with poor record-keeping — and ripe with odors.

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The Takeaway

Giant Snakes Have Taken Over The Everglades

Monday, April 06, 2015

Exotic pets no more, pythons and boa constrictors—growing up to 20 feet long and weighing hundreds of pounds—have taken over the Florida Everglades, destroying native species.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

He Made A Cat Video And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next...

Friday, April 03, 2015

In the world of cat videos, Henri Le Chat Noir is a superstar.  Filmmaker Will Braden talks about the glory that is Henri and the embarrassment of telling strangers what he does for a living. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Case For Cat Citizenship

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cats have convinced some of their owners that cats deserve legal citizenship.  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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WNYC Digital

8 Adorable Animals New Yorkers Aren't Allowed to Own as Pets

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

On January 21, the Board of Health will hold a hearing on whether to allow New Yorkers to keep ferrets as pets. So we checked the rule book, and found other cuties currently off limits.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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Studio 360

Charles Mingus Toilet Trained His Cat. We Put His Method to the Test.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crazy or brilliant? Jazz legend Charles Mingus came up with a method for toilet training his cat, so we tried it out on a kitty named Dizzy.

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WNYC News

Cats vs. Dogs at The New Yorker Festival

Friday, October 10, 2014

The ultimate smackdown: Jill Abramson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Joyce Carol Oates are among those debating cats versus dogs at the New Yorker Festival.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Dogs, Dates, and Dilemmas

Friday, July 04, 2014

John Lithgow walks the dog; Rick Moody tweets for love.

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Selected Shorts

Sir Henry

Friday, July 04, 2014

This reading by John Lithgow of Lydia Millet’s “Sir Henry” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Dogs, Dates, and Dilemmas” hosted by Parker Posey.

 

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Transportation Nation

Animals on Amtrak: It's Happening. (Sort of.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Got a cat or (smallish) dog? Want to take that four-footed companion on a trip within Illinois? All aboard!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Pets to Persons?

Friday, April 11, 2014

David H. Grimm, deputy news editor at Science and the author of Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs (PublicAffairs, 2014), talks about how our attitudes toward cats and dogs have changed over time and what their status as surrogate family members could mean for us and for other animals.

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Radiolab

Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Living with a pet is usually a pleasure, but now and again, it isn't. Fate hands you the wrong animal, but it's your animal, so what can you do? You try to love it. This tale of a boy and his parrot is a hard case. Even on its way to parrot heaven, it creates trouble.

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WNYC News

Cat Abandons Fish Truck for Brooklyn Public Library

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Turns out a Long Island cat who went missing for months was just catching up on some reading.

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WNYC News

ASPCA Hopes to Boost Adoptions with 'Cat Friday'

Friday, November 29, 2013

Looking for a furry friend?

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Soundcheck

Roll Over Beethoven: Music To Calm Your Dog

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Inspired by Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop's tale of canine separation anxiety woe, today on the show we attempt to get to the bottom of the question -- can music help a dog in distress? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Galanes on Social Etiquette and Pets

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Love your friends but hate their dog? Should you warn guests with allergies that you have a cat? Philip Galanes offers advice for dealing with pets in social situations. He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you have questions about social etiquette and pets? Or do you have a story to share? Let us know—leave a comment!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Secrets of Lost Cats

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For every lost cat poster, there’s a story of heartbreak and loss and, one hopes, reunion and relief. When her orange tabby, Zak, disappeared, Nancy Davidson did made a lost cat poster, and, after days of frantic searching, she found him. The experience made her acutely aware of lost cat posters, and she writes about them and the stories behind them in The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love.

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