Frans de Waal on What Animals Teach Us About Ourselves

Reading Our Times | 9 November 2024 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Frans de Waal has died at 75 (Emory University obituary). This 2021 interview about his book Mama’s Last Hug explores the moving and fascinating world of animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. And serves nicely to showcase his work describing the rich inner life of primates and some other species.

See also other episodes with Frans de Waal. And John Hawks’ remembrance of Frans De Waal.

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Isabel Behncke – What We Can Learn from Bonobos and Chimpanzees

The Tim Ferriss Show | 1 June 2022 | 2h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Isabel Behncke about her work researching the social lives of bonobos, how bonobos play, and how play is at the root of creativity, social bonding, and healthy development – which has relevance to education, innovation, complex risk assessments, and freedom.

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Biruté Mary Galdikas – 50 Years with Orangutans

Origin Stories | 9 November 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Biruté Mary Galdikas looking back over her life and work researching orangutans in Borneo. Discusses her life-long ambition to study orangutans, Louis Leakey, her fieldwork, conservation, and orangutans’ vulnerability to climate change.

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Primatologist Frans De Waal Explores What Humans Can Learn From Animal Emotions

On Second Thought | 27 August 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Frans de Waal about his book Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves. Discusses the evidence for animal emotions, how they compare with human emotions, and how this challenges notions of animals as stimulus response machines.

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Vanessa Woods on Bonobo Handshake

Office Hours at Duke University | 19 May 2010 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vanessa Woods about her book Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo. Tells stories from her work researching bonobos at the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, a refuge for orphaned baby bonobos in the Congo. Describes problem-solving experiments designed to understand how bonobos differ to humans and chimpanzees.

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What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.

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