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Jacky Poon, producer-cinematographer of “Pandas: Born to be Wild”

Jacky Poon—filmmaker-producer-cinematographer of “Pandas: Born to be Wild,” a new documentary in PBS’ “Nature”—recounts that he did not have a particular passion for animals or wildlife while growing up in China, but those interests were spurred after he moved to the UK at 12 years old. Read more…

Heidi Jo Markel, founder of Stop Poaching Now!

Heidi Jo Markel—longtime film producer and founder of Stop Poaching Now! (SPN), an organization dedicated to combating poaching through conservation strategies and educational efforts—recounts her foray into producing movies, starting by trying her hand at acting before realizing she preferred being behind the camera, and working behind the scenes. Read more…

William Neal, writer-director of “Long Gone Wild”

William Neal —writer-director of “Long Gone Wild,” a documentary that focuses on captive orcas, arriving as a cinematic successor to “Blackfish”—provides an overview of his pre-doc career, a mix of all sort of television work, writing books, and, early on, coaching hockey at the college and professional levels. Read more…

Alison Eastwood, co-founder of Eastwood Ranch Foundation

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the sixth program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcasts will come together until mid-June.

Alison Eastwood—co-founder of Eastwood Ranch Foundation (ERF), a Southern California-based animal welfare and rescue organization, whose efforts extend nationally—outlines what ERF is, what it does, what its mission is. Read more…

Susan Fleming, director of “Remarkable Rabbits”

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, this was the second show I broadcast remotely from home, with in-studio help from my friend/WMNF music director Lee “Flee” Courtney, featuring live and recorded elements

Susan Fleming—a filmmaker who’s been making movies for 30 years, and specializing in nature films for 20; her latest documentary, “Remarkable Rabbits,” was to air that night on the PBS series, “Nature”—confirms that she fits the pattern of nature filmmakers: As a kid, she loved being outdoors and felt a powerful kinship with animals and other critters. Read more…