with: Melissa McCue-McGrath
Join Melissa every Monday as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. Let's meet the Canadian cat who solved a murder and advanced forensic technology. How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia?And, how do these animals intersect with bigger topics, like fake news, mental health, environmentalism, racism, and feminism? Curious? Good. Let's go!
A lizard has the #1 record for largest #2; the skydiving beavers of 1948 teaches kids about white colonization and urban sprawl; the monkey who killed a sitting king.
Meet LiLou, the worlds first airport therapy pig, the raven who creeped out Edgar Allan Poe, and a headless chicken lives for 18 months.
Melissa reviews all the creatures we talked about in a not-so-classic retelling of Clement Clarke Moore's, "''Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Today, Melissa dives in to explore other customs, like the "Boomers" who pull Santa's sled in Australia; how a video game about animals has given a place for practicing Muslims to find community in a pandemic, and what a confused Rooster has to do with Christmas in the Philippines.
Melissa talks about an animal who builds a house the size of a 3 year old human child out of snot, who was really to blame for the Black Plague and why bunnies are banned from Queensland.
We’re going to talk about a frisky feline who left her prints ALL over history, a mutt who was promoted to sergeant in WW1 and a snake who sent a man to a hospital hours after the snake was beheaded
This week, Melissa dives deep on the little dog who became the first recognized therapy dog after WW2, a little boy who helped solve the case of a stolen lemur, and the National Weather Service in Florida is dabbling in falling iguanas.
We cover Balto and Togo, the hero dogs who helped save the town of Nome, Alaska; a hero rat who earned a gold medal for saving thousands of people and weird animal laws still on the books around the United States.
With 6 days before the 2020 national election in America, we include kids in the process. She she talks about animals in politics, including a berserker bunny who nearly sunk President Jimmy Carter's boat, why the two parties use a donkey and an elephant for representation, and animals who became town mayors in Vermont.
A president's parrot gets kicked out of a funeral for swearing like a pirate, birds in a zoo get separated for swearing too much, and Australian birds start fires on purpose to catch prey!