Birdwatching: How Four Prisoners of War Survived Captivity

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 January 2023 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Derek Niemann about his book Birds in a Cage. Tells the story of four Second World War British POWs who overcame the trials and tribulations of internment through a shared passion for birdwatching. Discusses why this obsession helped them survive the POW camps, and how it drove them to become giants of post-war British wildlife conservation.

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Richard Prum on Birds, Beauty, and Finding Your Own Way

Conversations with Tyler | 30 June 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Prum about his book The Evolution of Beauty. Discusses the infidelity of Australian birds, the origins of avian flight, how the lack of a penis explains why birds are so beautiful, why albatrosses can afford to take so many years to develop before mating, the game theory in ornithology compared with economics, how modern technology is revolutionizing bird watching, how scarcity predicts territoriality in birds, how falcons and cormorants hunt and fish with humans, whether birds exhibit a G factor, why birds have regional accents, why he’s not excited about trying to bring back passenger pigeons, and more.

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