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Yak

Yak

2020-08-0319:03

Today, we're talking about the wooly cow. Come listen and learn about their adaptations to the cold, the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna, and the potential conflict between Darwinian success and personal happiness.  SpeciesPodcast.com/donate Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17UgawNuB5dT20123jffn4Md8SKhieipGcz6OySaV4yM/edit?usp=sharing
Today I spoke with Ingrid Newkirk, one of the most influential people in the history of the animal rights movement. Ingrid has advocated for animals from the streets of New Delhi to the halls of US Congress, and her work has lead to tremendous progress on behalf of animals in laboratories, on farms, and in shelters alike. In this conversation, we spoke about animal advocacy, controversies surrounding PETA, and Ingrid's new book, Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion. Get your copy here: https://shop.peta.org/animalkind.html
Whiptail Lizard

Whiptail Lizard

2020-07-2723:25

Males are dispensable. Come learn about the costs and benefits of asexual reproduction and the all-female lizards who perform amputations on themselves on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Pelican

Pelican

2020-07-2019:25

Why do two separate cultures believe the penguin feeds their children with a blood ritual? Can a pelican's beak hold more than their belican? How many horses can you trade for a pelican mandible? Find out all this and more on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Wood Frog

Wood Frog

2020-07-1324:56

This frog survives freezing to death. Come learn about cryonics, what cold is, terminal burrowing, and more on this episode of Species. Bibliography Donate
Blue Whale

Blue Whale

2020-07-0634:25

How did blue whales evolve to be so big? What can whale earwax teach us about whale emotions? Do blue whales have long-distance relationships? Come learn about the largest animal of all time on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Starfish

Starfish

2020-06-2921:26

Do you need a brain to think? Come learn about an animal that eats inside-out and sees with their arms on this bizarre episode of Species.   Bibliography
Vampire Finch

Vampire Finch

2020-06-2226:05

Come learn about a blood-sucking bird, solve a few mysteries, and find out more about the history of evolutionary theory on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Sturgeon

Sturgeon

2020-06-1518:58

A gargantuan remnant of the Jurassic lives on in a Russian river... Come learn about a candidate for the largest freshwater fish of all time on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Hyena

Hyena

2020-06-0827:17

Why do female hyenas have penises? Are hyenas cats or dogs? Do hyenas eat humans, and what should I do if hyenas are terrorizing my city? Find out all the answers to these questions and more on this episode of Species.   Bibliography   Donate
Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

2020-06-0127:59

This animal is bolder than a shark, and tougher than your boat. Come hear a crazy story, learn everything we know about the biggest turtle in the world, and discover how you can help them on this episode of Species.   Bibliography   Donate
Roadrunner

Roadrunner

2020-05-2525:30

Do roadrunner's footprints ward off evil spirits? Does this animal have solar panels? Do they really make a "beep beep" sound? How fast can they go, and how do they do it? Who would win, a roadrunner or a rattlesnake? Get the answer to all of these questions and more on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Porcupinefish

Porcupinefish

2020-05-1722:50

Come listen and learn about the science of inflatable fish on this episode of Species. Bibliography
Camel

Camel

2020-05-1124:15

Why do camels have humps, and is there actually water in them? How do camels survive in the desert with that hairy coat? What's special about camel blood, and camel urine? Learn all about the dromedary on this episode of Species.   Bibliography
Flying Squid

Flying Squid

2020-05-0424:57

Yes, this is a real thing. No, we don't mean "gliding," or "jumping," we mean flying. Come learn about a biological rocket and the history of jet propulsion on this insane episode of Species. Bibliography  
Geoffrey Miller is among the most prominent scientists on earth. As an evolutionary psychologist, he has published over one hundred academic articles with over 14,000 citations, and he is the author of several popular books. His work has been featured everywhere from The New York Times to The Joe Rogan Experience, and he has worked as a consultant for governments, NGOs, and Fortune 500 companies alike. In this conversation, he uses evolutionary psychology as a lens with which to view a wide variety of topics, including: COVID-19, politics, free speech, polyamory, consciousness and the self.    Relevant links: - Geoffrey's website - Virtue Signaling book - Consciousness essay - Geoffrey's YouTube channel - Twitter - Geoffrey's recommended books for reading during the pandemic
Toucan

Toucan

2020-04-2721:02

Why do toucans have big beaks? Surprisingly, not because of sexual selection! Come learn about the many uses of the toucan's beak, hear about the bird that pays rent to toucans in blood, and discover how to make lighter crash-resistant cars on this episode of Species.   Bibliography
Parrotfish

Parrotfish

2020-04-2022:05

Learn about the defensive benefits of mucus, the origins of disgust, the disturbing source of tropical beaches, and the benefits of changing sex, all on this episode of Species. Bibliography Donate
In this episode, Macken sits down for a livestream with social media expert John Oberg. John gives us a tutorial on activism in the era of social distancing, before discussing a wide variety of topics relating animals and COVID-19. John and Macken discuss the humanist reasons to go vegan, wet markets, factory farms, and the ban on eating dogs in China. John Oberg is one of the most prominent characters in the modern animal rights movement. He is an animal advocate hoping to make the world a kinder place by utilizing the power of social media. He recently launched his own independent project for animals through Patreon. Prior to that, he served as Director of New Media for the international animal protection organization, The Humane League. And prior to that, John served as Director of Communications for Vegan Outreach. In both of these roles, John oversaw social media for the organizations which led to a tenfold increase in following for both, as well as over 1 billion views of content posted to these pages. You can find John on his website, Patreon, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.  
Oryx

Oryx

2020-04-1320:48

The Arabian oryx is a legendary animal that rose from the dead and (possibly) started the myth of the unicorn. Come learn everything about them and their remarkable meteorological capabilities on this episode of Species.   Bibliography  
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Comments (5)

Joyce Yu Welch

This is soooo cool! Love your podcast!!

Jun 9th
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Happy🔬Heritic

Great animal/nature podcast! I can't believe I only just now discovered it. Happy day, happy binge!

Apr 30th
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Tessa Sus

Love this episode :) It shows kind nature of these beautiful birds whose lives are brutally shorten by non humane actions of humans. Great narrative, made me feel that I am just watching close by the life of mourning dove family :) Thank u Macken ♡

Sep 21st
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Melissa Daenzer

had no idea beavers are so social! once happened upon beaver clearing =amazing! Ty 4 demonstrating the 💜 of this common critter! #love #oregon #beaver #podcast

Mar 11th
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Melissa Daenzer

the cowbirds mafia comparison was brilliant! great talk about a common bird!

Feb 11th
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