Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall, the primatologist and anthropologist whose study in the 1960s of chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania yielded pioneering findings, has since increasingly been viewed as a highly influential, heroic figure.

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Goodall discusses her latest book, “Hope For Animals And Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued From The Brink,” (which chronicles, among other things, a few dozen success stories of folks across the globe rescuing a wide array of species from extinction); offers a short list of the people who’ve had the same type of profound impact on her life that she’s had on so many lives across the globe; addresses her view of zoos, some of which played a pivotal role in the book’s extinction-rescue success stories; talks about chimps, ranging from her annual visits to Gombe, to some chimp sanctuaries, to captive chimps’ attacks on humans; discusses the potent feelings of Hope that have fueled her outlook and work for decades; explains what constitutes an ideal day on the road (she travels about 300 days a year) and an ideal day at home, and more. [www.JaneGoodall.org, www.RootsAndShoots.org]

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

MUSIC: Davy Graham’s “Buffalo,” Neko Case’s “I Am An Animal,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Maria Muldaur’s version of “Animal Crackers”

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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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