Dr. Temple Grandin–Internationally-renowned expert on animals and autism

Dr. Temple Grandin–an internationally-renowned expert on both animals and autism; she herself is autistic, and much of her work is rooted in her thesis that animals and autistic people share some fundamental traits, including that they’re considerably more sensory-based, visual thinkers than verbal ones— discusses various aspects of her new, best-selling book “Animals Make Us Human: Creating The Best Life For Animals,” including: her view of the unintended consequences that often result when animal rights organizations try to change things by passing laws and filing lawsuits; her assessment of the virtues and downsides of Cesar Millan’s approach and techniques; the implications of cats being less neotenized than other domestic animals; what to look for in adopting a dog or cat; the way some plants have started to embrace her proposal of setting up cameras to continuously monitor livestock handling; and more, as well as responding to a handful of listener calls & e-mails. [www.TempleGrandin.com, www.Grandin.com]

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COMEDY CORNER: Paul F. Tompkins’ “Alternative Pets” (www.PaulFTompkins.com)

MUSIC: Miles Davis’ version of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Loudon Wainwright III’s “Animal Song” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Beatles’ “Leave My Kitten Alone”

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