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Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me!) During WMNF’s Fall Fund Drive Oct. 2

I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me, in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, Oct. 2, 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, fantastic tickets to see ELTON JOHN on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Tour,” featuring a Tampa stop at Amalie Arena on Nov. 4. We have two of the best seats in the house for this concert, which was sold-out last November, but was canceled last minute when Elton got an ear infection.

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

* Two SIGNED copies of “Pit Bull Heroes: 49 Dogs with Resilience and Heart,”  the coffee table book by photographer and pit bull advocate Greg Murray, telling inspiring stories of pit bull-type dogs, replete with gorgeous photos.   

* Two copies of “There Are Birds,” stellar, bird-centric album by singer-songwriter–and inveterate birdwatcher–Stephanie Seymour  

Special clippers that can safely trim the nails of cats & other small animals  

* Back Again By Popular Demand! The Pocket Monkey!

 * The latest TALKING ANIMALS T-SHIRT, royal blue, with a fantastic new front design by artist extraordinaire Ramin Nazer. You can see the shirt, front and back, below.

* Colorful, Animal-Shaped Smart PHONE STANDS…Phone (or tablet) stands in the shape of cats, birds, dinosaurs and gators, and in fab colors: Green bird and dinosaurs…Navy blue dinosaurs…Yellow gators. You can see these below. 

 That hour of our fund drive show on Oct. 2–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’s credited to another show, but you can give beforehand… how ’bout now? Read more…

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, scientist, professor, dog behaviorist, author of “Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond”

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz—a professor at Barnard College, where she heads the Dog Cognition Lab, a behaviorist, and bestselling author of multiple books on dogs, most recently, “Our Dog, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond”—acknowledges the homage to 1970’s “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in the title of her book, and the reasons behind it. Read more…

Dr. Valeria Vergara, marine mammal research scientist and expert on beluga whales

Dr. Valeria Vergara—a marine mammal research scientist with the Ocean Wise Conservation Association, who has spent much of her career studying beluga whales, with a particular emphasis on their acoustic communication—recalls gravitating toward animals during childhood, growing up in Buenos Aires, in a house populated with pets. Read more…

Stephanie Seymour, birdwatcher & singer-songwriter of “There Are Birds”

Stephanie Seymour—a singer-songwriter and veteran musician who was a member of The Aquanettas, which released its debut album in 1990, she just issued “There Are Birds,” a stellar solo album all about birds (literally, metaphorically, from their perspective, etc.)—explains that she’s a lifelong animal lover, growing up in house where there were plenty of pets, including birds. Read more…

Dr. Kathleen Schnaars Uvino (“Dr. Kit”), professor of biology and ecology at the University of Jamestown

Dr. Kathleen Schnaars Uvino—aka “Dr. Kit,” a professor of Biology and Ecology at the University of Jamestown, where she oversees the Tree Swallow Project, which is carried out in two countries: in Jamestown, North Dakota, and in Churchill, Manitoba—discusses her transition from toiling in the corporate world in Manhattan (rising to Director of Technology at Time Warner) before venturing into academia. Read more…