Michael Mountain of Best Friends Animal Society–Special, Show 2

This represents a special one-hour edition of “Talking Animals” that aired on July 9 at 1pm, in addition to the regularly-scheduled half-hour edition that aired earlier in the day at 11:30am…

GUEST: Michael Mountain–president and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, which operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals–discusses the history and evolution of the organization (located in southern Utah), touches on the number and types of animals living there, outlines the situation with the Michael Vick dogs (Best Friends took in more than 20 of the most abused of those fighting dogs) and their progress, briefly explains the logistics and protocol of the Rapid Response Team’s forays into such disaster-devastated areas as Iowa after the flooding and New Orleans after Katrina, offers information and observations about the “No More Homeless Pets” movement (which Mountain and Best Friends largely spearheaded) including sharp philosophical differences on this issue between Best Friends and other notable organizations like People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) and The Humane Society Of The U.S., and more. [www.BestFriends.org]

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COMEDY CORNER: Eddie Izzard’s “Talk To The Animals” (www.EddieIzzard.com)
MUSIC: The Eels’ “I Like Birds,” Joel Malizia’s “I Love My Dog,” Erin McKeown’s “Blackbirds,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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