Our fascination with turtles almost makes them something like honorary mammals. They may not be cute and fuzzy like mammals, but they certainly have their appeal.
That appeal extends to the dinner table, though, and that's one of the reasons turtles are having an increasingly hard time surviving in the world today.
Peter Laufer, longtime journalist and teacher (at U of Oregon), looks at the fascination and the peril we bring to turtles large and small, in a book called Dreaming in Turtle.
Peter Lawfer visits the Jefferson Exchange studio.