Jane Wiedlin, The Go-Go’s singer-guitarist & veteran animal advocate

Jane Wiedlin–The Go-Go’s singer-songwriter-guitarist and longtime animal advocate–discusses the forthcoming film, “Doggie Boogie,” which she stars in and for which she wrote the title song (which we heard at the top of the show). She also recounts her history as an animal activist, and how she was a lifelong animal lover who thought she was going to become a veterinarian–“but I became a Go-Go instead.”


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Jane also touches on her considerable experience with animal rescue, including two different stints operating rescue facilities, including one dealing chiefly with exotic animals, and running a smaller, more informal rescue out her current house in San Francisco. As part of outlining this history and emphasis on providing hands-on help to animals, she explains that she’s less involved these days than she once was with PETA (for whom she worked on campaigns and contributed songs to CD projects dating back to the late 80s), suggesting an important factor in her diminished involvement is a desire to affect change in animals’ lives more directly and rapidly than an elephantine organization like PETA can do. Jane also provides some details about other pursuits, including her comic book series, “Robotika,” and officiating at weddings as an ordained minister. (www.JaneWiedlin.com)

ALSO: We spoke with Barbara LaPresti, who has spearheaded the effort to get Hillsborough County to pass an anti-tethering ordinance for dogs, an effort that has spanned well over a year’s time; numerous other counties in Florida and across the county have enacted similar ordinances, usually far more swiftly.

COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “I’m A Manatee” (www.JimGaffigan.com)

MUSIC: Jane Wiedlin’s “Doggie Boogie,” Jane Wiedlin’s “Fur,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Gregory Isaacs’ version of “Puff The Magic Dragon”

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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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