Bob Barker, retired host, “The Price Is Right” & philanthropist

Bob Barker–the retired host of “The Price Is Right” who, over the years, has underwritten a huge array of animal welfare organizations, projects and programs–discusses his lifelong love of animals and how this, combined with the wealth he accumulated over some 35 years of hosting “The Price Is Right,” accounts for his large-scale philanthropy. 




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He also addressed the philosophy behind his philanthropy, and the mechanics of how organizations can apply for financial assistance (particularly from his DJ&T Foundation for support of spay/neuter programs) and how he decides whom to help and on what level. He also comments on his association with Capt. Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, confirming the anecdote about how he ended up providing the $5 million in funds for the organization to purchase a new ship (now called the Bob Barker) to more effectively combat Japanese whaling. He also outlines his work on and support of The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, a new bill aimed at banning traveling circuses like Ringling Bros that use animals like elephants and tigers in their shows; and acknowledges his efforts to establish and underwrite the teaching of animal law at several of the nation’s top law schools. (

ALSO: Libby Boosalis, part of the “Talking Animals” family–regular listeners hear her acknowledged and thanked at the end of each show as the “Broadcast/Outreach Consultant”–discusses her decision to go vegan, starting this week. She addresses what led to the decision, the reaction from family and friends, and how the first few days have gone. We hope to periodically check in with her for updates.

COMEDY CORNER: Tom Shillue’s “Animal Shows” (

MUSIC: eels’ “Little Bird,” Galactic’s “Funky Bird,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever”

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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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