On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.
Dr. Greg Dahlem from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Biological Sciences joins Thane Maynard to discuss his unique field of study, Forensic Entomology, and his current research trying to unravel the evolutionary relationship of flesh flies and blow flies using DNA.
Ceiridwen Terrill is an associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and several years ago adopted a wolfdog (part husky, part grey wolf) to be her protector and fellow traveler. Have a pet that is torn between being a domestic pet and a wild animal made for a fascinating journey, which she has vividly captured in her book Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs. She talks with Thane Maynard about this experience and her advice for others who are considering adopting a wolfdog.
For all the giraffe lovers out there, you’ll enjoy Thane Maynard’s conversation with Dr. Ron Millard from U.C.’s Department of Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics in the Medical School. He studies circulation and physiology of animals, including the challenge of determining the circulation and blood pressure in giraffes.
Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural Historyin New York City. He is working on a project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record. He takes a few minutes away from his work to join Thane Maynard to discuss this project as well as his long-standing work on the science of what makes us human.