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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