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'Beside Ourselves' Explores Human-Animal Connections

Karen Joy Fowler's haunting novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, draws on arguments she used to have with her father, a psychology professor, over how closely connected humans and animals are. Fowler is also the author of the 2004 best-seller The Jane Austen Book Club.


Temple Grandin: The Woman Who Talks to Animals.

Temple Grandin is one of the world's greatest animal behaviorists. She is also autistic — and has put that to work for her. Grandin has written several books on animals, including Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior. This weekend, HBO will premiere a made-for-TV movie based on her life.


The Movie-Star Chimpanzee's Retirement Plan

Once performing chimpanzees grow too strong and willful to continue their acting careers and returning to the wild is no longer an option, where do they go? Journalist Charles Siebert discusses his new book, which answers the question for one such chimp.


A World In Crisis, And Only Love Can Save The Day

Straightforward and kid-friendly, Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo isn't the animation master's most complicated film. But in some ways, the film's simplicity offers a clearer look at the director's greatness. Movie critic David Edelstein explains.


'New Work of Dogs' Author Jon Katz

He's the author of The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family. It's about how attached many of us have become to our dogs, treating them more like family members and human surrogates than pets. Katz is also the author of A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me and Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure. He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. This interview first aired October 21, 2003.


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