Nelly McKay–Singer-Songwriter-Activist

Nelly McKay–Singer-Songwriter-Activist Nellie McKay, a “Talking Animals” favorite (and our most frequent guest), helps mark the show’s fifth anniversary on WMNF with a typically wide-ranging discussion.





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“Talking Animals” fave Nellie McKay–whose new album is “Home Sweet Mobile Home”– makes her fifth appearance on the program, discussing how her activism and opportunities to speak out on a given issue have shifted as her career has blossomed and she’s been operating in wider realms (theatre, film, writing, etc). She also addresses what has become a particularly pivotal animal issue for her–opposing the effort by the National Institutes of Health to press otherwise retired chimpanzees back into research at a New Mexico facility–and notes the Great Ape Protection Act, will significantly solve this problem, provided the bill passes. She also speaks about some animal welfare organizations, the importance of lobbying and legislation, how the dogs she was fostering around the time of the last visit on the show had become permanent residents of her home, and more. (

COMEDY CORNER: Matt Braunger’s “Owls I/Dalmatians” (

MUSIC: Django Reinhardt’s version of “Tiger Rag,” Nellie McKay’s “Bluebird,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rolf Harris’ “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport”

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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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