For most pet-owners, dogs are a symbol of love and loyalty. Throughout history though, man's bestie has also held darker associations. Today, we talk about death and the dog, from Greek mythologies three-headed hell-hound named Cerberus, to the modern use of cadaver-detection dogs. Plus, we go on the trail with a blind hiker and his guide dog as they summit 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000-footers in a single winter! And a discussion about redesigning the car dashboard with the makers of the hit video game Monument Valley.
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Death & The Dog
- Cat Warren is a professor at North Carolina State University where she teaches science journalism and creative non-fiction. She is also a cadaver dog handler, and her new book is called What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Way Dogs Perceive the World.
Man's Best Trail Guide
- Arielle Zionts brings us the story of a blind man who summited all of New Hampshire's 4,000-footers in a single winter.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org
Reinventing The Dashboard
- Harsha Vardhan and Tim Smith are designers at usTwo, the company behind the hit video game Monument Valley. In this interview, they talk about their new ebook "Are We There Yet? Thoughts On In-Car HMI", and why it's time to radically reinvent the car dashboard.
- Roman Mars of the podcast 99% Invisible discovers a strange phenomenon - if you pretend to change lanes with an imaginary steering wheel, you're almost definitely doing it wrong.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.
- The AP's Jennifer Kay reports on a plan to release millions of genetically-modified mosquitoes in Florida, in hopes of fighting the spread of two viral diseases - Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.