Authors on Animals™

Authors talk with Tracie about their books, which focus on creatures who share the planet with us. Some of the books are newly released, others are old favorites; some books are fiction and works of the imagination, others are non-fiction and the culmination of years of research spent studying the species of choice, whether animals of the land, sea or sky.

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Authors On Animals #110 (11-03-2014)

November 3, 2014

Authors On Animals (11-03-2014) #110: Jon Franklin’s book THE WOLF IN THE PARLOR explores where the extraordinary bond originated between people and dogs and what distinguishes it from the way we feel about other animals; Willy Vlautin’s moving novel LEAN ON PETE follows a young man left homeless by tragic events, who seeks refuge in […]

Authors On Animals #109 (10/13/2014)

October 13, 2014

Authors On Animals (10/13/2014) #109: Michele Raffin describes her life in her own endangered bird sanctuary in Birds of Pandemonium, a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes as we share her joy and wonder at her close relationships with these delightful animals she is now breeding to preserve. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #108 (10-06-2014)

October 6, 2014

Authors On Animals (10-06-2014) #108: Hugh Raffles New York Times Notable Book of the Year Insectopedia is totally unexpected, a stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world. MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #107 (9-29-2014)

September 29, 2014

Authors On Animals (9-29-2014) #107: Mark Derr talks about his book exploring the historical arc of our history with canines in the U.S. in his book A Dog’s History Of America: How Our Best Friend Explored, Conquered, and Settled a Continent. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #106 (9-22-2014)

September 22, 2014

Authors On Animals (9-22-2014) #106: Pete Nelson’s I Thought You Were Dead is about Stella, the main character’s dog — who listens compassionately to all his complaints about what is wrong with his life and gives him better counsel than any human could. MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors on Animals #5 (9-15-2014)

September 16, 2014

Authors on Animals (9-15-2014) #5: Vanessa Woods’ marvelous book BONOBO HANDSHAKE is about a little-known breed of lively, loving (and highly sexed!) monkey called the Bonobo, and it will make you laugh to discover what her title actually means. MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #4 (9-08-2014)

September 9, 2014

Authors On Animals (9-08-2014) #4: Author Melanie Joy talks about our differing relationship to various species of animals in her book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs & Wear Cows. MP3 Audio [13 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #3 (8-25-2014)

September 3, 2014

Authors On Animals (8-25-2014) #3: Tracie talked to Garth Stein soon after his book The Art of Racing in the Rain spent months on the New York Times Bestseller list — about what that experience was like and what he thought resonated for readers in his captivating book. MP3 Audio [27 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #2 (8-25-2014)

August 23, 2014

Authors On Animals (8-25-2014) #2: Martha Sherrill talks about her book DOG MAN: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain about the extraordinary gentleman in Japan who rescued the Akita breed from extinction during the war. MP3 Audio [26 MB]DownloadShow URL

Authors On Animals #1 (8-18-2014)

August 19, 2014

Authors On Animals (8-18-2014) #1: Ted Kerasote discusses his now classic book MERLE’S DOOR: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, and what this libertarian dog taught him. MP3 Audio [26 MB]DownloadShow URL