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Nellie McKay, singer-songwriter-activist + Triumph The Insult Comic Dog: 15th Anniversary Show

On this program, we marked the 15th anniversary of “Talking Animals”—almost to the day! I launched the show on June 16, 2003 at KUCI, the campus-community radio station at the University of California at Irvine. At the tail end of 2005, “Talking Animals” found a home at WMNF, not long after my family and I moved our home to Florida. Read more…

Encore: Helen Macdonald, “H is for Hawk”

While away on a family vacation, I presented an encore broadcast of my interview with Helen Macdonald, the author of “H is for Hawk,” which received rapturous acclaim and major literary prizes. It’s probably my favorite book of the last year or so, and I was pleased to see that the critical acclaim translated to commercial success: the book soared to the upper reaches of The New York Times Bestseller list. It also landed on the iBooks recommended Summer Reading list. (In a slightly bit of odd timing to be away, this show effectively marked the 12th anniversary of “Talking Animals,” which I launched June 13, 2003 at KUCI in Irvine.)

Talking Animals Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Live Broadcast of Animal Songs

I marked the 10th anniversary in high style and with elephantine amounts of fun, assembling a live broadcast of animal songs performed by top musicians from the Tampa Bay music scene.

A quick bit of history. After studying and analyzing  the animal-oriented radio shows occupying the airwaves 11-12 years ago, I created “Talking Animals” and launched the program on June 13, 2003 at KUCI, the University of California at Irvine campus and community radio station.

“Talking Animals” first aired on WMNF in November of 2005—with guest Nellie McKay—and in its 10-year history I’ve managed to interviewing such illustrious guests as Jane Goodall, Alec BaldwinTemple Grandin, Captain Paul Watson, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Brian May, Chrissie Hynde and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.   Read more…