Dr. Doolittle

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Today we tackle the age-old question: what if animals could talk? Or, more precisely, what if we could actually understand what animals are saying?

Guests:
Con Slobodchikoff, professor at Northern Arizona University, CEO of Zoolingua, and author of Chasing Dr. Doolittle: Learning the Language of Animals.
Irene Pepperberg, professor of psychology Harvard University, author of Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and formed  a Deep Bond in the Process
Alexandra Horowitz, professor at Barnard, head of dog cognition lab, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Ashley Shew, professor at Virginia Tech, author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge
Keri Cronin, professor at Brock University, author of Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1875-1914

Further Reading:
The “Clever Hans Phenomenon” revisited
Lost in Translation: Koko the gorilla and language research
The Alex studies: cognitive and communicative abilities of grey parrot
Reddit AMA: I am Dr. Irene Pepperberg, research associate at Harvard in the field of avian cognition...ask me anything
Animal language studies: What happened?
Learn to sniff like a dog.
“‘Can’t You Talk?’: Voice and Visual Culture in Early Animal Welfare

(more reading at Flash Forward's main site)

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