“Birthday suit”, “in the buff”, “wearing nothing but a smile.” Call it what you will, on today’s show we’ll strip bare the American nudism movement and we’ll explore the progressive-era origins and continuing tensions over what it means to take it all off.
Then, people love dogs - but few pay attention to the most common variety - village dogs. We're speaking with two experts who have spent their lives traveling around the world and studying the truest essence of dog.
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Brian Hoffman is the author of the book Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism which takes a look at the American nudism movement from its roots in Germany to its definition as a therapeutic health movement. Naked is now available on the Kindle.
One of the most popular subgenres in television is the police procedural - CSI, NCIS, Law & Order - you know what we’re talking about. This story, from producer Megan Molteni, takes the police procedural format in a new direction, by focusing on crimes against bees.
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Humans love dogs. A quick search on Amazon's bookstores reveals more than 31,000 entries - training books, breeding books, inspirational dog-related novels and non-fiction essays - but for everything written about canis lupus familiaris, academic or otherwise, very little attention has been paid to the planet's most common variety. We’re not talking about a particular breed – we’re talking about the street and village dogs that some say make up 75% of the estimated one billion dogs around the globe.
Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have studied these village dogs in dumps and cities all across the world. Raymond was a founding professor of biology at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and Lorna is a biologist and science writer. Their new book is called What Is A Dog?