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Jodie Wiederkehr, executive director of the Chicago Alliance for Animals

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the fourth program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcast will come together for the next few weeks.

Jodie Wiederkehr—who, as executive director of the Chicago Alliance for Animals (CAA), spearheaded the campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in Chicago, which mere days before this interview, succeeded—describes what CAA is and some of its other campaigns in Chicago, and ones they assisted with in other parts of the country. Read more…

William Nimmo, founder of Tigers in America, assesses “Tiger King”

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the second program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcast will be assembled for the foreseeable future.

William Nimmo—founder of  Tigers in America, a rescue network that has relocated more than 250 tigers from private owners, roadside zoos, and other nefarious operations, to top-tier sanctuaries—recalls his first expedition to pull tigers from a facility that had gone bankrupt, closed and planned to euthanize all the animals. Read more…

Jane Velez-Mitchell, host of “New Day, New Chef”

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the first program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida.

Jane Velez-Mitchell— the New York Times bestselling author and former TV anchor, whose newer ventures including hosting “New Day New Chef,” a vegan cooking show that currently streams on Amazon Prime Video—resumes the critique of the way others in the media covers animal welfare issues that began in our previous Talking Animals interview in 2012. Read more…

Jerry Bishop, director of training at F1 K9

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

Jerry Bishop—the co-founder and director of training at F1 K9, a Florida-based firm that provides training and dogs for various purposes, including the detection of drugs and agricultural disease—recalls how he moved into working with dogs some 20 years ago, when he was a union pipefitter looking for a chance, and was offered an opportunity to learn dog training. Read more…

Panel Discussion by Veterinarians: Drs. Hess, Sebzda, and Woon

For this edition of “Talking Animals,” we set aside the show’s usual format in favor of convening a panel of three veterinarians for a discussion of ethics and other topics. Read more…