Creature Feature

Creature Feature

We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

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May 5, 2021 68 min

Planet’s haunted guys! From ghostly worms, to eight-armed specters, to ghost bats far scarier than any vampire, we’ve got a passion for possession when it comes to these cute hauntings! Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what are ghost dogs with Bridget Greenberg.

Footnotes: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ikmVakjOrOSpD-9Ge4oRw9s11rIQS6cYOv35SquEXt8/edit?usp=sharing

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We’re talkin' about the world’s most spectacular fliers, from the tiny and nimble hummingbird, to the bird with a wingspan longer than any basketball player. We’ll cover mammalian gliders and murmurating starlings with Anna Hossnieh!

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April 21, 2021 99 min

We're going on a deep dive on three listener questions with Kristi Yamaguccimane! From killer kangaroos to pesky parasites, to evolutionary copycats! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: Why is Australia? 


Footnotes:

Google doc with all the images for this episode https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I5PQ9z3QffxZAjwudtmSh1ENv7L9W8sl_u9LKBcGiys/edit?usp=sharing

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April 14, 2021 82 min

BROOD X has been waiting 17 years to emerge from the ground. What is Brood X? Should we panic? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: How is it fair that swarms of baby turtles are considered cute, but swarms of bugs are considered “horrifying,” with Mara Wilson. 


Footnotes:

  • Cicada
  • Cicada tymbal 
  • Cicada sounds
  • Holes left by mass cicada emergence (warning for trypophobia)
  • Lots of cicadas!
  • Mass sea turtle hatching! 
  • Giant...
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    April 7, 2021 57 min

    We’re talking all things lagomorphs, from hares to rabbits to domesticated bunnies! We’ll learn that rabbits don’t lay colorful eggs, but they DO eat their own poop! Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: could a rabbit fly on those ears with enough thrust? Find out with our special guest Joelle Monique!


    Footnotes:

  • Pika (but no pikachu)! 
  • A black-tailed jackrabbit
  • Another jackrabbit
  • Newborn HARES come out HAIRY
  • Newbo...
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    March 31, 2021 64 min

    We’ve got round-trip tickets to crustacean station, and I’m answering all your shrimpy questions. What is shrimp? How big they get? What’s up with that poop vein? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: are shrimp just tiny lobsters? Join us with guest Danl Goodman on this journey under the sea.


    Footnotes:

  • Deep sea shrimp?!
  • EYELESS deep sea shrimp?!?!
  • A pistol shrimp's big meaty claw
  • Brine shrimps is aliens
  • Beautifu...
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    March 24, 2021 62 min

    We're talking about animals who can rebuild themselves like some kind of T-1000 with Dave Schilling! Self-decapitation, magical dolphin healing, and the incredible regeneration that’s happening inside our very own bodies!


    Footnotes: 

  • Self-decapitating sea slug! 
  • Salamander limb regeneration! 
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    March 17, 2021 43 min

    I answer your questions about everything from penis bones to the origins of life

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    March 10, 2021 79 min

    From mathematical bee sex, to baby animals who are cute little calculators, to the way math can produce some of the most beautiful living works of art in the natural kingdom, these word problems are no problem at all! Join us as we explore mathanimals with Daniel Whiteson!


    Footnotes:

  • Bee sex diagram (with the help of pokemon)
  • Zebrafish!
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    March 3, 2021 73 min

    Pallavi Gunalan and I are going to check out some animals that you typically would think of as being small, but sometimes get super large and very hunky chunky! From moths to snails to frogs and pollywogs, these animals will give you a HUGE surprise!


    Footnotes:

  • Hercules moth!
  • Hercules moth caterpillar
  • Atlas moth with snake head wingtips
  • Giant African land snail 
  • Black Sea Hare
  • Goliath frog
  • Dart the bullfrog pollywog
  • Dart, a banana, and som...
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    February 24, 2021 70 min

    We’re getting to know some of the most fascinating noses in the animal kingdom with Hana Michels and Dave Bell! From a fantastical cryptid, to the real-life incredible noses that you couldn’t make up! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: why are bats? 


    Footnotes:

  • Nosewalker cryptid!
  • A very "convincing" taxidermy
  • Another interesting "rhinograde"
  • Not quite factual taxidermy!
  • Unicornfish!
  • How handsome
  • Home...
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    February 17, 2021 56 min

    We’re talking about the biggest daredevils with Alex Schmidt. When it comes to derrieres, the pop stars of posteriors, the analysts of… well, you know. How do you survive a trip through a frog? What are some unconventional uses for a sea cucumber? And do you really need a butt?


    Footnotes: 

  • Water scavenger beetles 
  • The daring Houdini act of the water scavenger beetle
  • The pearlfish at home sweet home 
  • Your close and personal friend, demo...
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    February 10, 2021 83 min


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    February 3, 2021 82 min

    Today on the show we’re gonna take a BITE out of TROGLOBITES! What happens deep in the cold, dark depths of caves? How does anything stay alive down there? What happens when you don’t need eyes? Find out with guest, Michael Swaim.


    Footnotes:

  • Mexican blind cavefish!
  • Cave wolf spider!
  • Texas blind salamander! 
  • THE OLM! Aka "Human fish..." 
  • Cave leeches, oh dear...
  • White cave velvet worm :3 
  • All Yesterdays book!
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    January 27, 2021 67 min

    From the shiny and splendiferous scale worms of the deep, to scuba diving lizards, these animals all have one thing in common: they are 100% glam. Join us as we explore these extravagant trend setters with special guest Danl Goodman.


    Footnotes: 

  • Elvis worm! 
  • Elvis worms fighting, oh no! 
  • Scale worm jaws, extra oh no! 
  • Living beetle jewelry 
  • Shiny diving lizards, oh my!
  • Shiny diving lizards caught on video! 
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    January 20, 2021 81 min

    We’re talking all things Jurassic, as we fact check Jurassic Park! Was John Hammond in over his head? Could life uuuuuuuuh find a way? And are T-Rexes eyesight REALLY based on movement? We’re digging up dinos and the truth with Kay B!


    Footnotes:

  • Baby T-Rex was a cutie pie!
  • Yutyrannus was a monstrous chicken
  • More art of yutyrannus
  • Deinocheirus: world's most terrifying muppet? 
  • Deinocheirus, like Big Bird and snuffleupagus had a baby
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    January 13, 2021 63 min

    These animals seem like hoaxes! Living tampons that walk the earth, purple blobs who walk UNDER the earth, a new animal superhero, and the weird sex-capades of horny bees! Discover this and more with guest Vanessa Guerrero, as we answer the age-old question, is that a snorkel coming out of your butt or are you just happy to see me? 


    Footnotes:

  • (Warning, icky) rat-tailed maggots look like crawling tampons
  • Purple frog (blob) 
  • Such a lit...
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    December 30, 2020 92 min

    This is the BEE MOVIE CANCELLATION SPECIAL!!! That’s right, we are TAKING ON BEE MOVIE, to HOLD IT ACCOUNTABLE for all its inaccuracies with Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante!! 

    Footnotes: 

  • Bee orchid
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    December 23, 2020 73 min

    On this holiday special, we will explore three holiday classics, Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer, Die Hard, and The Santa Clause, and recast the leading roles as even more incredible real-life animals with Joelle Monique! 

    Footnotes:

  • Rudolph the Glowing Tasmanian Devil?
  • Glowing platypus 
  • Glowing wombats
  • Glowing bilby ears 
  • Bioluminescent sea unicorns? 
  • GIANT pyrosome: 
  • Flashing pyrosome
  • Blizzard of glowing pyrosomes
  • Die Hard planarian 
  • Plana...
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