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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About the author
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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