We celebrate our return from break with a retrospective, catching up on news from the first half of the season and sharing updates and related stories that have caught our eye in the weeks since. From tree-hugging Pakistanis to intrepid mollusks, a saucy young Scottish princess and a return of the blues-singing cows — not to mention, lots of feedback and stories from listeners and fans. In our Pro extension, we share more stories of solstice celebrations from all around the world, and Ali performs a reading of two of her recently published poems.
In Episode 105 – Animal Kin, we discover that animals are people, too, and some of them share a lot more in common with humans than you might think! We take a look at how biologists are reexamining the question of animal intelligence in “bird-brained” corvids, and how someday soon you might be able to use a new iPhone app to talk to apes at the zoo. Plus, we learn how man’s best friend may have helped wipe out the Neanderthals, all the while grooming us to become obedient personal servants. After covering the fascinating discoveries of conventional science, in our Pro extension we take a walk on the wilder side as we look at research into psychic animals and animal psychics.