Anthropomania

Anthropomania

Story-driven, science-based examination of the weird and wonderful relationship between humans and all types of wildlife. If you love the planet, you'll love Anthropomania.

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May 24, 2022 34 min

Next time you take a sip of your favourite microbrew and tear off a chunk of baguette piled with cheese you might wanna toast to fungi.  Fungus really are among us. From high-priced morels to mold to the medicinal promise of magic mushrooms, fungi were here before us and they'll be here long after we're dust.   They could live without us, but could we live without them? Would we want to?  Listen to the story of a college ki...

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Imagine if Jurassic Park came to life...ACTUAL REAL LIFE.  It wouldn't be the first time science fiction became reality. (Hello .space travel)  But, this time, instead of T-Rex and Velociraptors, you've got long-extinct woolly mammoths roaming the arctic tundra, and the more recently extinct passenger pigeons filling the skies.  This is the ambitious dream of scientists George Church (Harvard, MIT) and Ben Novak (Revive &am...

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April 26, 2022 38 min

Do cockroaches CREEP YOU OUT? Do spiders make you squeamish? Humans have a complicated relationship with the six and eight-legged animals we share the planet with. And yet, they need our help. We are living in what some have called the Insect Apocalypse, an alarming decline of insect species across the globe. It could mean big changes to the food we eat, and the health of the environment around us. Niki Wilson and Jay Ingram examin...

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April 12, 2022 34 min

Have you ever tried birdwatching at a landfill? In a world where we produce more than 2 Billion tons of garbage each year, it's hardly  surprising that  those mountains of waste  have developed a life of their own.  From landfills to small town dumps to scraps of food left behind by tourists in the Galapagos Islands, animals are evolving in big and small ways because of their proximity to our waste. Whether it's Darwin'...

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The extraordinary saga of the world’s most common bird: combatant, experimental subject, entrée and friend (not necessarily in this order).  The chicken is far more meaningful to our lives than you ever imagined. They can count, recognize faces and are capable of deception.   We trace the history of the humble chicken from its wild beginnings as the Red Jungle Fowl in Southeast Asia all the way to the broiler chicken of t...

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From My Octopus teacher to BBC's latest hit The Green Planet, wildlife documentaries continue to draw millions of viewers. But are they good for wildlife? We discuss with top doc makers, and get the inside scoop on working with Sir David Attenborough. We also uncover one the biggest wildlife myths of all time (thanks Disney), and ask, is Tik Tok really where it's at for wildlife media?

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March 7, 2022 1 min
Anthropomania is back for another season of putting our relationship with all living things under the microscope. First episode drops March 15th, featuring the rockstars of the nature documentary world. Did My Octopus Teacher blow you away? Do you love BBC's Planet Earth (and all the rest)? That's the tip of the iceberg. Join hosts Jay Ingram and Niki Wilson as they make you think about how you think about the world aroun...
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May 24, 2021 39 min

Urban wildlife - that's everything from pigeons to coyotes to possums to deer, depending where you live - can be found in every nook and cranny of our cities, but just how well do we know our neighbours? Join Niki, Jay and Erika as they explore the world just outside your window with the scientists that know urban wildlife best. Are coyotes the Batman of our cities? Do raccoons have street smarts? Are there mutant mosquitoes li...

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May 10, 2021 37 min

The most striking thing about taxidermy is that it is so far removed from what most of us think. That stuffed deer head on the wall? Entertainment. The work done by the taxidermists in this episode, like George Dante, who preserved the remains of the famous Galapagos tortoise Lonesome George, or Allis Markham, who specialises in hummingbirds? That’s art, science and imagination. That is taxidermy.

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April 26, 2021 24 min

From birds to bamboo, wild boars to Colombian hippos, invasive species are wreaking havoc on eco-systems around the world, and in your backyard. Canadian ecology rock-star Ryan Brook has been tracking wild boars for years and says it's only a matter of time before the pigs outnumber humans in Saskatchewan, Canada. Eradicating them has proven challenging, and conservationist Arian Wallach says, don't bother, it's a waste...

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April 12, 2021 29 min

If your Instagram feed is any indication, plants have blossomed into an obsession. But, is #PlantParenting a one-way relationship, or does Rob the Rubber Plant have feelings about your new #greenthumb?  

 

In this episode, Erika, Niki and Jay explore this thorny issue with pioneering plant researchers  Ian Baldwin, Jack Schultz and Monica Gagliano. Mi’kmaw narrative artist and conservation ecologist Shalan Joudry challenges us to exp...

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What's one extravagance you'd own if you had access to unlimited wealth?  Would a white tiger be on your list?  For some people in a certain tax bracket (the richest of the rich), an exotic animal is the ultimate #petgoals.

 

The question we wanna ask is: Why, tho?

 

Rich newspaper Tycoon William Randolph Hearst once owned one of the world’s largest private zoos, home to everything from sun bears to storks to elephants.

 

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March 15, 2021 32 min

Do animals have their own distinct personalities? For decades it was a taboo subject in the hallowed halls of scientific research. In the '70s Jane Goodall was chastised for giving the chimps she worked with names rather than numbers. Hal Herzog developed a snake personality test in the '80s but didn't publish his work for fear of backlash. Twenty years later, Sam Gosling was kicked out of his Anthropology Professors of...

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March 1, 2021 2 min

A snake with personality. A plant that feels. Feral boars and cocaine hippos. A world famous taxidermist who sings like Roy Orbison.  Why do we have such complex relationships with wildlife? All this and more  in our first season of Anthropomania.

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