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Dr. Laurie Hess, veterinarian for exotic pets, author of “Unlikely Companions”

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Dr. Laurie Hess—a veterinarian specializing in caring for exotic pets, and author of the new book “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures Of An Exotic Animal Doctor”—recounts growing up in a family that embraced a wide array of pets, how she herself loved animals as a child, and that’s Read more…

Mary Finelli, founder of Fish Feel

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Mary Finelli, founder and president of Fish Feel, traces her professional path working in animal welfare–including stints at PETA, the Humane Society of The United States, Animal Place (where she launched Farmed Animal Watch)—before launching Fish Feel, which describes itself as “the sole organization devoted to promoting the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and protection.” Read more…

Robert Clark, photographer extraordinaire

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Robert Clark—an award-winning photographer for National Geographic and other major magazines, who’s just published a book, “Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage”—recounts key milestones of his career, including starting to shoot as a young kid, later winding up as a staff photographer Read more…

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

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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…

Annual Christmas Animal Song Special

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This morning, I once again set aside the usual “Talking Animals” format to present my Annual Christmas Animal Song special—that is, a show entirely devoted to Christmas-oriented animal tunes. Read more…