Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA And Other Animal Behavior Explained

NPR | July 23, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

NPR | June 28, 2014 7:52 a.m.

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.

Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

NPR | June 19, 2014 1:36 p.m.

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.

At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

NPR | June 10, 2014 5:17 a.m.

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who'd try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

NPR | May 23, 2014 3:45 p.m.

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

Scratch That: One Cat's Struggle With Internet Stardom

NPR | April 01, 2014 5:23 a.m.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity might be the year's first essential new book. NPR's Renita Jablonski picks up the book, and her cat, to see if he has what it takes to be a star on the Web.

Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams When Getting Milked?

NPR | March 06, 2014 7:14 a.m.

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)

Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

NPR | Feb. 19, 2014 5:33 a.m.

A journalist argues in a new book that Tyson treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers."

Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

NPR | Jan. 04, 2014 11:38 a.m.

Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.

In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird

NPR | Jan. 01, 2014 8:42 a.m.

For 40 years, one man has written, illustrated and published the popular French nature journal.

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