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Going "Beyond Words" To Find Animal Feelings

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Henry Holt and Company
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We've come a long way from the days when we described the other creatures on the Earth simply as "beasts" or "dumb animals."

We certainly understand animal behavior better over time. But do we understand it well enough to have an idea of what animals think and feel?

Carl Safina is trying. Safina is an ecologist and the host of the PBS series "Saving the Ocean."

He studied wolves, killer whales, and elephants up close, and writes about his findings in Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.

He joins us with the insights he gained into animal hearts and minds.
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.