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Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me!) During WMNF’s Winter Fund Drive May 19

I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me–and, really, WMNF!–in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, May 19, 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.  Not long ago, the condo was 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 has receded further, you’ll have an idyllic week 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

* Multiple 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

* One pair of tickets to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, held this year at Withlacoochee River Park, now running on weekends thru May 23 

* 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 May 19–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…

Peter J. Wolf, Best Friends Animal Society’s cat initiatives analyst

Peter J. Wolf—who works for Best Friends Animal Society as cat initiatives analyst, which involves helping the organization shape its community cat policies, and has overseen some of its national cat programs—starts the conversation by answering the almost-inevitable question: How did he move from holding an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and a master’s degree in industrial design, to becoming a community cat expert? Read more…

Dr. Justin Perrault, Director of Research at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Dr. Justin Perrault—Director of Research at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation, education, and conservation center, located in Juno, Florida—recalls growing up a landlocked kid in Memphis, Tennessee whose first exposure to a sea turtle came during a family trip to Mexico when he was 12. Read more…

Caitlin O’Connell, author of “Wild Rituals: 10 Lessons Animals Can Teach Us about Connection, Community, and Ourselves”

Caitlin O’Connell—a noted scientist who’s spent much of her career studying elephants and their communication, and author of several books, most recently “Wild Rituals: 10 Lessons Animals Can Teach Us about Connection, Community, and Ourselves”—addresses some of her varied professional pursuits, including a NASA project that involved the Space Station, that had prompted me, tongue partly in cheek, to dub her “a Renaissance Woman.” Read more…

Elizabeth Lo, Director of (who also produced, filmed & edited) “Stray”

Elizabeth Lo—an award-winning filmmaker who directed “Stray,” a wildly-inventive documentary about the stray dogs who roam freely in Turkey (by law, no one there may hold captive or euthanize a stray dog)—discusses her lifelong love of dogs, spurred by her childhood dog, Mikey; “Stray”’s end credits note the film is “In memory of Mikey.” Read more…