Charles Siebert–Writer-reporter-poet essayist

Writer-reporter-poet essayist Charles Siebert, the author, most recently, of “The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward A New Understanding Of Animals”–which chronicles his extended encounter with a retired circus chimp named Roger at The Center For Great Apes, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Wauchula, FL and widens out considerably from the personal reportage of that encounter, including incorporating reporting and impressions featured in some of The New York Times Magazine cover stories he’s written about animals and animal issues–discusses his history and how he began writing about animals, the experiences that led to writing the new book, the current landscape when it comes to captive chimps, how even wild chimps may well be on the path toward experiencing the profound behavioral disturbances that have afflicted elephants (both captive and wild) which have exhibited something akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, how captive dolphins (including ones used in therapeutic settings) are now also reflecting signs of having been traumatized, and more.

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MUSIC: Combustible Edison’s “One Eyed Monkey,” Barenaked Ladies’ “Another Postcard (Chimp Song),” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Stray Cats’ “Stray Cat Strut”

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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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