It survived a massacre by rats and 80 years clinging to a rocky outcrop in the Pacific ocean Now scientists who rescued a rare stick insect from the brink of extinction have returned it to its native habitat just off Australia’s east coast.
Temple Grandin | Animals Make Us Human Recorded 1/15/2009 Listen to MP3 audio
Diagnosed with autism as a child, Temple Grandin, who studied psychology and earned a Ph.D. in Animal Science, has become a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. A passionate voice for the humane treatment of animals, her professional and popular writing and research on animal behavior has revolutionized the treatment of farm animals. Now, with Animals Make Us Human, Dr. Grandin challenges assumptions about animal contentment and shows humans how to give their animal companions the best and happiest life on their terms, not ours.
Moove Over — Mooooove over, make way for the cows, the chickens … and other animals! Humans can learn a lot from our hairy, feathered, four-legged friends. We may wear suits and play Sudoku, but Homo sapiens are primates just the same. We’ve met the animal, and it is us. Discover the surprising similarity between our diseases and those that afflict other animals, including pigs that develop eating disorders. Plus, what the octopus can teach us about national security … how monkeying around evolved into human speech … and the origins of moral behavior in humans.
Michael Krasny talks with author and anthropologist Hugh Raffles about his book "Insectopedia," which explores the ties between human beings and insects. Raffles teaches anthropology at The New School and is also the author of "In Amazonia: A Natural History."