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Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me! ) During WMNF’s Winter Fund Drive Feb. 10


I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me, in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10am-11am ET–but, ideally, BEFORE then!

As always, we have Exclusive Thank You Gifts for those who donate on behalf of “Talking Animals”…

For example, tickets to see Willie Nelson March 4 at Ruth Eckerd Hall–Willie’s shows there typically sell-out, and this one’s unlikely to be different. In fact, it’s nearly sold-out now, yet we have two of the best seats in the house for this concert!

Other pretty nifty Exclusive Thank You Gifts, or Premiums, include:

…Two copies of Carl Safina’s acclaimed latest book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think And Feel,” signed by Dr. Safina…Two copies of “Do Unto Animals,” the book by Tracey Stewart (yes, married to ex-“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart), signed by Tracey Stewart

…a pair of tickets to see comedian David Cross at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center…

…Three copies of  “My Old Dog” by Laura T. Coffey, with the foreword written by Neko Case, signed by Coffey and Case


FleeFront… the newest “Talking Animals” T-Shirt! Modeled here by the Fabulous Flee, it’s light yellow, it has Charles Darwin on the front (& a Darwin gag), a big Talking Animals logo on the back–and, well, more details about the shirt can be found below.


…Three DVD copies of Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs,” the fabulous documentary that Flee & I showed at a sold-out WMNF screening–the Florida premiere!–in July…

…A pair of tickets to see Kathy Griffin, the outspoken (outrageous?)  comedian, who’s performing April 2 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, a show that’s nearly sold-out!

…And Pocket Monkeys! As you might suspect, these aren’t animals we’re offering, but an amazing wallet-sized, 12-in-1 tool that can do anything and go anywhere, including on airplanes–it’s TSA approved! Details below.

That hour of our fund drive show on Feb. 10–from 10-11am ET that morning–is the only time our show will be “credited” with your donation.

If a pledge comes in afterward, it’s credited to another show, but you can give beforehand… how ’bout now? Read more…

Panel Discussion on Service Animals


For today’s program, I opted to set aside our regular format, in favor of convening a panel discussion about service animals, propelled largely by the growing trend of people using bogus service animals and emotional support animals. Read more…

Elias Weiss Friedman, dog photographer: The Dogist

This undated photo provided by Artisan Books shows Elias Weiss Friedman photographing a dog in New York. Photos taken for his blog, "The Dogist," have been collected in Friedman's new book of the same name. (Jeff Hodson/Artisan Books via AP)   Excerpted from The Dogist by Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by The Dogist, LLC.

Elias Weiss Friedman—the enormously popular photographer specializing in dogs known as The Dogist; at last count, he had 1.7 million followers on Instagram—discusses growing up in a family where there were always multiple dogs around, and photography was important: his Dad took pictures, so did Friedman, and there was a darkroom in the house. Read more…

Ellen Jaffe Jones, vegan author and speaker


In an unusual edition of “Talking Animals,” Ellen Jaffe Jones—the running coach, speaker and author of such books as the bestselling “Eat Vegan on $4 A Day” and “Kitchen Divided: Vegan Dishes For Semi-Vegan Households”—discusses her own kitchen divided and the ensuing unraveling of her marriage, chiefly tied to growing philosophical differences around her husband being a meat eater while Jones is a vegan, with those differences widening as she shifted from being vegan for health reasons to animal rights reasons. Read more…

Sy Montgomery, author of “The Soul of an Octopus”


Sy Montgomery—author of 20 nonfiction books for adults and children, including the memoir about life with her pig, “The Good Good Pig,” and, most recently, “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness”–recalls growing up as a military brat, moving a lot, but animals (including a terrier and a parakeet) as her companions representing a central through line of her life during those formative years. Read more…