Nellie McKay – Singer-Songwriter-Animal Welfare Advocate

Nellie McKay–the singer-songwriter-animal welfare advocate, who, the day before this interview, released her new album, “Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day” — returned to “Talking Animals” (this marks her fourth visit), discussing the rescue pitbulls, Hank and Bessie, that share her home (and the “Blueberry Pie” album cover).

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McKay discusses the details of how she first became enchanted with Doris Day as a pre-adolescent, while protesting an aquarium in Baltimore; re-explaining why, in her 2007 New York Times Book Review critique of a Doris Day biography, she took the author to task for his repeated use of the phrase “animal lover”; the animal welfare issues she currently considers the most urgently important, and more. []

ALSO: Coverage of our talk with Nellie at here!

COMEDY CORNER: Todd Glass’ “Biting A Puppy” (

MUSIC: The Bad Plus’ “Frog & Toad,” Nellie McKay’s version of “The Very Thought Of You,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass’ “Spanish Flea”

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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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