BewilderBeasts

BewilderBeasts

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!

March 01, 2021
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00:25:0717.29 MB

Ep 26: The Runaway Reenacting Rooster (American Racism)

A civil war reenactment roster flew the coop, a dog inherits 5 million dollars, pigs play video games for science

February 22, 2021
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00:31:3721.75 MB

CIA's Spy Cat Program (All cat special!)

The CIA tried to turn a cat into a spy, cat islands around the world, and some cats are allergic to humans

February 14, 2021
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00:23:3416.22 MB

Ep 24: Emily Spinach (Feminism)

Explore feminism via Alice Roosevelt and her pet snake, Emily Spinach; pandas love rolling in horse poop; Melbourne's wild taxidermy museum says a final farewell,

February 08, 2021
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00:26:1118.03 MB

Ep 23: Dwarf Giraffes and Two Danny DeVitos (Rehabilitation)

Dwarf giraffes, Beave the abandoned baby beaver, honeybees are using both tools and twerking to kill giant murderous hornets

February 01, 2021
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00:24:1516.69 MB

Ep 22: The Skydiving Beavers of 1948 (Suburban sprawl)

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.

January 27, 2021
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00:23:2016.07 MB

Ep 21: Fish Fart Diplomacy (Ethics in studying animals)

Sweden nearly goes to war over fish farts, octopus are the coolest creatures on the planet, and why we use a rodent to predict the weather

January 20, 2021
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00:20:1113.9 MB

Ep 20: Quoth the Raven, "Baltimore!" (Complicated historical figures)

Meet LiLou, the worlds first airport therapy pig, the raven who creeped out Edgar Allan Poe, and a headless chicken lives for 18 months.

January 13, 2021
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00:18:4812.96 MB

Ep 19: Armadillo Justice! (Vaccines)

This week, we look at how horseshoe crabs are saving us from COVID19, platypuses glow in the dark, and an armadillo fires back against animal cruelty.

January 06, 2021
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00:18:5813.07 MB

Ep 18: Side Effects Of Toad Licking (Indigenous species)

Melissa tells you why you shouldn't lick toads, historic towns with animal ties, and New Zealand calls fowl on voter fraud.

December 22, 2020
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00:11:448.09 MB

Ep 17: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: BewilderBeasts REMIX

Melissa reviews all the creatures we talked about in a not-so-classic retelling of Clement Clarke Moore's, "''Twas the Night Before Christmas"

December 16, 2020
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00:26:4918.46 MB

Ep 16: OK, Boomer (Problematic pop culture)

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.

December 09, 2020
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00:31:2921.66 MB

Ep 15: Christmas Carol Creatures (Mythological evolution)

Yes, red-nosed reindeer exist in the wild, and all those birds in the 12 Days of Christmas would be very, very, very expensive presents.

December 02, 2020
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00:22:4615.67 MB

Ep 14: The Little Snot House That Could (Environmentalism)

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.

November 25, 2020
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00:26:1818.11 MB

Ep 13: Sergeant Stubby (Mental Health)

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

November 18, 2020
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00:19:5713.75 MB

Ep 12: The Parachuting Yorkie Saves The Day! (Therapy dogs)

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.

November 11, 2020
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00:21:0114.48 MB

Ep 11: Why Goats Want To Drink Your Pee (Invasive species)

Snail racing and goats want to drink your pee

November 04, 2020
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00:29:4020.41 MB

Ep 10: The Dogs Who Saved A Town At The End Of The World (Disease outbreaks)

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.

October 28, 2020
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00:21:3914.9 MB

Ep 9: Political Animals Special (Electoral college)

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.

October 21, 2020
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00:13:569.61 MB

Ep 8: The Profane Presidential Parrot (Native American genocide)

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!

October 14, 2020
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00:10:307.26 MB

Ep 7: The Pigeon Who Saved 194 Men (War animals)

Host Melissa McCue-McGrath introduces a pigeon who saved 194 people in WWI and goats who are fighting wildfires in an unusual way.

October 07, 2020
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00:16:3911.48 MB

Ep 6: The Exploding Whale Fail

Today we'll discuss the whale fail that lives in infamy and a cat who solved a murder