Aired: August 18, 2017

It’s a Jungle Out There

Credit: Flickr user Dams999

  • Fragmentation in the Amazon (8 min.)

    With: Thomas Lovejoy, George Mason University

    Over the past 50 years, the Amazon rainforest has lost nearly 20% of its forest cover. The man who coined the term “biodiversity” in the 1970s and has spent the last 50 years studying the effects of fragmentation on wildlife in the Amazon.

  • What Big Teeth You Have (9 min.)

    With: Pieter deHart, Virginia Military Institute

    All of the fish in the acidic, black water of Brazil’s Rio Negro have super sharp teeth. Pieter deHart is out to discover what organisms are at the base of the food web where everything seems to be a carnivore.

  • The Dueling Songbirds of Guyana (9 min.)

    With: Laura Mentore, University of Mary Washington

    While studying the Waiwai community in Guyana, one anthropologist accidentally discovered the path of a special songbird from the rainforest to New York City.

  • Puppy Play (7 min.)

    With: Ed Gomez, Old Dominion University

    It’s no surprise that dogs make friends at the dog park, but it turns out people do too. We talk with a researcher who says dog parks build community and cut back on crime.

  • Pet Pictures (9 min.)

    With: Ann-Janine Morey, James Madison University

    What antique photos of people with their pets can teach us about class.

  • Rough Waves (8 min.)

    With: Lindsay Usher, Old Dominion University

    For coastal cities around the world, surf tourism brings huge revenue, but it can also bring conflict.

  • Songbird Duels

    The federal government recently closed an eight-year investigation into smuggling operations related to an unusual sport. A Virginia scholar studies this “Birdsport”, which came to the U.S. from Guyana, South America. Lilia Fuquen reports.



  • Brian Harkin for The New York Times
    Brian Harkin for The New York Times

    Inside Operation G-Bird

    This New York Times article details why “birdsport” is such a big business.


1 Comment on “It’s a Jungle Out There”

  1. anna

    I was looking forward to hearing about antique photos of PETS as described. It was only about dogs. Google search shows all manner of pets and that would have been far more interesting.
    Also, I find you’re show difficult to listen to, because it can be very disjointed. All kinds of topics are jammed in under your subject of the week, but many don’t really belong there. Would appreciate more effort put into consistency. Longer segments would be preferable because then the item could be better covered. Having multiple short segments creates far too much chop for this type of themed show.

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