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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June 22, 2022 65 min

I'm joined by Ed Yong, science journalist for the Atlantic, Pulitzer prize winner for his coverage of COVID-19, and author of the book, An Immense World, which explores the hugely diverse way in which animals perceive our planet.

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Do animals have money? Before you shake down your local squirrel, we're not talking about dollars, buttcoin, or whatever. Could animals have a currency, make trades, and understand when they're getting grifted? I'm joined by Brett McCully, an economist, who is also my husband. What a coincidence!

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June 8, 2022 60 min

From lynxes that refuse to be the missing lynx, to extinct cats who have a cheeky surprise. Join us with guest, Jeff May, as we discover this and more answers to the age-old question: you can pick your friends, you can pick your cat's nose, but can your cat pick their friends out of a police lineup? 
Footnotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_nXTK9auiwiPJZ9UvucBFQ69KyON_hNGvObhUXANZw/edit?usp=sharing

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I've got the author of Around The World In 80 Birds, Mike Unwin, on to talk BIRDS! Why we love these little feathery dinos, and some of the most surprising birds from around the world! Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for extra sound effects!

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I'm answering your listener questions! Do owl eyes change colors? Would aliens be hot? What would a kraken look like?

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May 18, 2022 77 min

Etiquette is a manner of perspective and species, from flamingos with topsy-turvy eating habits, to the goats who have a more arboreal take on dining, you'll learn how to dine with the animals, and how to politely hold your termite-stick depending on your chimpanzee hosts's tastes. Discover this and more with Katherine Spiers as we answer the age-old question: Can Australia's version of the trash-eating racoon fly?

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May 11, 2022 58 min

From rattlesnakes to copperheads, we're talking about some of America's most dangerous cutie noodles! How does their venom work? Do they really want to bite your stinky ol' leg? And how to respect nature's most potent linguini. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, why are we injecting horses with snake venom? Featuring naturalist and snake expert Alexi Grousis!


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Physics and biology collide! This episode is from the wonderful physics podcast, Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe, on which Katie is a guest host. Discover whether the human eye can see a single photon, how eyes evolved, and check out the Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe podcast! 

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Today I'm joined by my friend and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson of Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe to talk about how the beauty of nature, from a tiger's stripes to a butterfly's wings comes down to photons bonking around your eyeballs! And are there people who can see UV light?

Footnotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n2S4DJ75HSp1jNLIzoNRyCJeO5WSdJ4z9F6csOsR6dI/edit?usp=sharing

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April 27, 2022 67 min

Roses are red, blood is blue, blood is green, and transparent too??? Join us as we discover all the colors of the blood rainbow with Seanbaby & Robert Brockway. 

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1omHDiujE1aOr7FHnkukk61Fjnd0asnlXMDh0R1Dl7P8/edit?usp=sharing

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April 20, 2022 60 min

Today on the show, we're firing the Easter Bunny and looking for a replacement with Soren Bowie! That's right E.B., you're getting benched and we're sending another animal out there to make merry with the eggs and the flowers!

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uBq4b0mnk0TsQJfe5CqOZSg3Yk8CqCZ5vG5I1CgsYM8/edit?usp=sharing

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April 13, 2022 78 min

From bird spas crawling with ants to chimpanzee pharmacology, Anna Hossnieh joins us as we learn that a millipede a day can keep the doctor away! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: should you replace your doctor with a spider?

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We have a special guest, Dr. Winifred Frick, chief scientist of Bat Conservation International. The Hill's horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus hilli, had been feared extinct, as neither hair nor wing has been seen for forty years. But after a 5 year period of survey efforts, Bat Conservation International, and the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, spotted a bat with an incredibly strange looking face... 

Hill's Horseshoe bat...

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March 30, 2022 82 min

Everything you could possibly ever want to know about camels with special guest Bridgett Greenberg! Plus: flesh balloons (romantic flesh balloons)!

Footnotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wzSqttUixtTsUlLPKKKmXWuHRQyUgko7TT9UUz6y33I/edit?usp=sharing

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March 23, 2022 44 min

We're seeing red in a whole new light, from red fur to red hair to red scales! Join Maggie Mae Fish as we discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: why are red pandas? 

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YcPaLUqp6Eunc1LYwertLbAVbOvRs2-oroN9dYbpIQQ/edit?usp=sharing

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March 16, 2022 64 min

From dangerous booties to headbutts from hell, we're looking at froggies with some devilish secrets. Discover this and more with  Chris Crofton as we answer the age-old question: Are my eyes up here, or are they down there?

 Footnotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zs_MedD7Auz3U7l_A2cGSID5IBUVIT5nRDC6Q8FC6_g/edit?usp=sharing

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March 9, 2022 57 min

Big trypophobia warning for this episode, especially if your name is Pinocchio and you're made out of wood. From hidden delicacies within rotting logs, to nutty drama, to the story of a parasite's parasite, we're looking at what happens when the Giving Tree gives you nausea with Shereen Younes.

Footnotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OZVHmrD_DNgYp5Kx3D2iZLslDd9JpvSWTXbpERFzqbU/edit?usp=sharing

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March 2, 2022 80 min

Sometimes mating isn't so straightforward! From parasites that take the scenic route to reproduction to some species boycotting normal mating altogether! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: does a nematode understand what a little freak it's being?

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From bird humping helmets to toxic toad sausage thrown out of helicopters, sometimes conservationists have to get wild to save the wild. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: how do you keep a whooping crane from catching feelings for you; with guest Anna Salinas.

Footnotes:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Pf3_5_UfDGV-m82Pm1PQULxv9lxt_AEYYWLlLNJqHd0/edit?usp=sharing

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February 16, 2022 62 min


Guest: Pallavi Gunalan 

Summary: Life is tough on these teeny tinies, so they need creative solutions to get around the world without being immediately destroyed! From the world's itty bittiest snail, to dastardly little fish, to the world's lil'est cowboys doing a giddy-up in the sea, we're looking at some cuties who are sometimes surprisingly devious. 

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c02vaTXLPLd0eMjrw...

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