playlist

Talks for dog lovers

These talks celebrate the special bond we form with our loyal, furry companions.

  1. 4:02
    Billy Collins Two poems about what dogs think (probably)

    What must our dogs be thinking when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner lives of two very different companions. It’s a charming short talk, perfect for taking a break and dreaming …

  2. 14:46
    Ian Dunbar Dog-friendly dog training

    Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.

  3. 19:29
    Laurel Braitman Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans

    Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.

  4. 13:45
    Nicolas Perony Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

    Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals — be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats — follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.

  5. 3:33
    Nellie McKay "The Dog Song"

    Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."

  6. 22:52
    Amy Tan Where does creativity hide?

    Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.