Gordon Grice–journalist and author

Gordon Grice–the journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and author, most recently, of “Deadly Kingdom: The Book Of Dangerous Animals”–discusses how a boyhood fascination with snakes and spiders (influenced at least partly by where he was living) didn’t recede as he reached adulthood but rather grew stronger (ditto);

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explains how the observation he offers early on, “to consider animal behavior without history is to misunderstand it,” serves as something of a credo of the book; addresses some specific portions “Deadly Kingdom,” including the underreported dangers of dogs and some of the more surprising revelations, among them how deadly certain butterflies/caterpillars can be; talks about the sweeping scope of the book and the process that yielded it; reveals how the nifty book jacket blurb from David Sedaris came to be, and more. [www.DeadlyKingdom.com]

COMEDY CORNER: Bill Engvall’s “Whale Watching” (snippet) (www.BillEngvall.com)

MUSIC: Medeski, Martin & Wood’s “Midnight Poppies/Crooked Birds,” M. Ward, Jordan Hudson & Mike Coykendall’s “Howlin’ For My Baby,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: John Williams’ “Jaws: Main Title And First Victim”

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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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