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Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me!) During WMNF’s Winter Fund Drive Jan. 27

I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me–and, really, WMNF!–in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10am-11am ET–but, ideally,  BEFORE then! 

As always, we have Exclusive Thank You Gifts for those who donate on  behalf of “Talking Animals”…

For example, a weeklong stay at a HAWAIIAN CONDO–an ocean-view, one bedroom, one bathroom unit on the island of KAUAI in Poipu Beach, on the island’s sunny south shore.  The condo was recently remodeled, with a new kitchen, new bathroom, and more. Still, those who’ve stayed there–including WMNF listeners and programmers–might argue that the condo’s best feature is the balcony, on which you can sit and (depending on the time of the year) see whales, dolphin, or turtles–or a stunning sunset. Pledge now, and once the Covid situation allows people to resume traveling, you’ll have an idyllic week or so in paradise to look forward to. All while supporting WMNF!   

 Other nifty Exclusive Thank You Gifts, or “Premiums,” include:

* One SIGNED copy of “Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace”  the latest book  by ecologist and MacArthur Fellow CARL SAFINA, a recent guest on the show

* One SIGNED copy of “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets,”  the newest book by New York Times Bestselling author of  numerous books, JEFFREY MASSON, a recent guest on the show

* Ten-plus copies of  “Rock And Roll Over,” a 17-track collection of canine-saluting songs and musical- mutt memoirs by an array of Nashville singer-songwriters

* The LILLY BRUSH, what many feel is the best, most effective device for removing pet hair from clothing, carpet, cars, couches and other furniture. It’s labeled a “Pet Hair Detailer,” but whatever you call it, the Lilly Brush works great! 

 * The current TALKING ANIMALS T-SHIRT, royal blue, with a fantastic front design by artist extraordinaire Ramin Nazer. You can see the shirt, front and back, below. At this point, I’m afraid we only have Extra Large shirts left.

 That hour of our fund drive show on Jan. 27–from 10-11am ET that morning–is the only time our show will be “credited” with your donation.

If a pledge comes in afterward, it could be credited to another show, but you can give beforehand… how ’bout now? Read more…

Trish McMillan, noted animal behaviorist

Trish McMillan—an extensively educated, highly experienced behaviorist with a long, varied resume involving training and otherwise helping animals shape (or re-shape) their behavior—recalls growing up loving animals, feeling a kinship with them, both as a kid in her family and, later, training and showing horses. Read more…

Sam Anderson, author of The New York Times Magazine story, “The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth”

Sam Anderson—a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, whose latest piece (the cover story) is “The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth,” an account of the week Anderson spent in Kenya with the only two Northern white rhinos still alive: Najin, and her daughter, Fatu, though the story is about much more than that—discusses the genesis of the article, deciding to write a profile of sorts on the two remaining animals of a species nearing extinction. Read more…

Amy Kight, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Amy Kight—executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a multifaceted  operation in Jupiter, Florida serving as wildlife refuge, veterinary hospital, rehabilitation facility, and education center–recalls loving animals so much, so young, that she made an arrangement to start helping out at a veterinarian’s office at age six. Read more…

Annual Christmas Animal Song Special

This morning, I once again set aside the customary “Talking Animals” format to deliver the Annual Christmas Animal Song special—that is, a show entirely devoted to Holiday-oriented animal tunes. Read more…