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.

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.

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.

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.

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.