4.30.15: Death And The Dog, Hiking Blind, & The Secret Shame Of Back Hair

Apr 30, 2015

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! 

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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

The Secret Shame of Back Hair

New York magazine’s Kat Stoeffel wrote about the world of men’s back hair removal – and discovered it’s more controversial than all the many other types of hair removal. She wrote about it in the article “Back Hair Surpasses Pubic Hair as Most Political Hair.”

Backtracking

Backtracking: it’s a little-analyzed phenomenon that’s become standard in the live-music industry – and one that occasionally grates on producer Alex Kapelman, who along with Whitney Jones examined backtracking in an episode of their music podcast, Pitch.