Jennifer Ackerman on ‘The Bird Way’ of Life

All Of It | 21 May 2020 | 0h 15m | Listen Later  | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Ackerman about her book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. Discusses recent discoveries about bird behaviour uncovered by ornithologists applying technology to the study of birds.

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Saving Birds With Economics

The Indicator from Planet Money | 22 July 2021 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Hallstein of The Nature Conservancy about using reverse auctions to pay rice farmers to flood their fields at the right times to provide wetland habitat for migrating birds.

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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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Erich Jarvis on Language, Birds, and People

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 14 December 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Erich Jarvis comparing vocal learning in birds and other animals with humans. Argues that there is a particular mental circuit in the brains of parrots (for example) responsible for vocal learning, and that it corresponds to similar circuits in the human brain. Discusses the implications for the development of intelligence and other important human characteristics.

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Irene Pepperberg on Revolutionizing What Humans Think of Bird Brains

When We Talk About Animals | 10 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Pepperberg about her research demonstrating the ability of parrots to communicate and understand complex ideas. Draws on her book Alex and Me, the story of her life and work with Alex, an African Grey parrot.

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Jon Day on Homing

The Book Club | 24 July 2019 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jon Day, author of Homing: On Pigeons, Dwellings and Why We Return. A fascinating look into the world of racing pigeons. Reflects on what pigeons tell us about the relationship between humans and animals and about the idea of home.

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Prehistoric Origins of Birds

Parsing Science | 10 July 2018 | 0h 33m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, from Yale University, talks about how the discovery of a 95 million-year-old Ichthyornis fossil in 2014 revealed unexpected insights into the origins of the minds and mouths of modern birds.

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Jennifer Ackermann on the Genius of Birds

The Book Club | 15 June 2016 | 0h 30m | Listen Later 
Interview with Jennifer Ackermann, author of The Genius of Birds, which documents the remarkable wits of our pea-brained feathered friends. Sprinkled with remarkable stories about the cleverness of birds.

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