Geralyn Pezanoski- Filmmaker, “MINE”

Geralyn Pezanoski–a filmmaker whose documentary, “MINE,” a powerful and poignant movie (airing Feb. 16 on PBS’ “Independent Lens)) that unfolds with both precision and scope as it tracks New Orleans residents who attempt to reunite with their pets after being separated amidst Hurricane Katrina’s devastation 

and with some of the animals being adopted into new homes–discusses the impetus for making the film, how she came to zero in on the people central to “MINE” (including 86-year-old Malvin Cavalier, pictured to the right with his companion, Bandit), the dispute over custody that erupted between the original companions of these animals and the new adoptive families, how those disputes were partly rooted in the larger problematic issue of animals legally being considered property, how she herself fostered and then adopted a dog as a byproduct of this experience, and more. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Paul Varghese’s “Pets” (

MUSIC: Mary Flower’s “Black Dog Rag,” Patty Griffin’s “I Smell A Rat,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog”

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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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