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Pets, pests and everything in between

Hi all,

Oscar here.

Has anyone been outside lately? In case you haven't, let me tell you—it is HOT hot. I'm talking hot like you can't walk more than a block without the sweat pouring out of your pores (or out of your paw pads or by panting if you're a cat or dog). And I don't know about you but I'm not a huge fan of this sort of temperature. It leaves me feeling irritable and cranky and basically, like I want to just lay on my kitty bed next to an air conditioner or fan and sleep away the day.

But, if you're looking for other activities that don't involve a lot of movement but are great ways to while away the summer heat, I have a podcast for you! It's called Hidden Brain. Narrated by  Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain is described as helping: 

"Curious people understand the world – and themselves.Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, and the biases that shape our choices."

The subject matters of the episodes are super varied, including everything from stories about how twins are more linked than we realize, to how our political landscape is leaving the country more divided than ever. But recently, I listened to a particularly fascinating episode called "Pets, Pests and Food: Our Contradictory Attitudes Towards Animals" which basically talks about how society dictates which animals we decide to think of as members of our families, which ones we're comfortable eating and which ones are just pests. To get even deeper into the topic, Shankar interviews Hal Herzog, an anthrozoologist and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, who has plenty to say on the topic.

It's a fascinating episode and while I consider myself among the lucky ones that I happen to be in the 'pet category', I learned a lot about just how I got here. I won't spoil it too much but it's definitely worth a listen!

Til' next time, 

Oscar

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