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The Minds of Animals/Income Inequality

Ralph talks to animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff about how animals think and feel and also to former heir to the Oscar Meyer fortune, Chuck Collins, about his book Born on Third Base: A One-Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

mbMarc Bekoff  is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society  and a past Guggenheim Fellow.  In 2000, he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior.  Dr. Bekoff is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program in which he works with students of all ages, senior citizens, and prisoners.  He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute.  His main areas of research include animal behavior, cognitive ethology – which is the study of animal minds – behavioral ecology, and compassionate conservation.  His latest book, scheduled for publication in April of next year written with Jessica Pierce, is entitled The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age.

ccChuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs it’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good . He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity , co-authored with Felice Yeskel. He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth , a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation.  In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. His latest book is entitled Born on Third Base A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

3 Comments

  1. R.P.. says:

    Regarding the discussion in segment one about treatment of insects, I’ve had success catching them in my home with a Bug Vacuum (see link). It’s meant to be a science toy, but you can more easily trap bugs and set them loose outside. (I use rechargeable batteries for mine, but I’ve also seen a variation of this (likely by another company) that’s purely mechanical, no batteries needed.)

    I’ve been listening to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour since it was new, but I’ve found the programs in recent weeks especially interesting. In all cases, I wished the segments could have been longer. Looking forward to future shows.

  2. drew hempel says:

    Awesome talk with Beckoff – I had a pet squirrel given to me and I let it go in our front yard. I would call his name and he would run down from the tree and then up on my shoulder. But then he stopped responding to my name – at least as far as I could tell. I would eye the squirrels, wondering which one was ignoring its name. haha. But I did see a squirrel fall – it was the first time I ever saw one fall – earlier this year. So it does happen – but it was a kind of fantastic jump between trees. Feral cats are a high problem – I live in a forest and we have feral cats that eat the birds that fly a long way every year, only to get eaten. It’s tragic. People feed their cats but don’t realize the cats are eating birds for fun, while dependent on getting food inside. Pets are a strange thing. I think it’s Stanley temple who studied cats eating birds and then Georgia put the cameras on the cats. thanks,

  3. fuad says:

    am interested in prof Beckoff being a bit more critical of the anthropocene and the coloniality of this view of history. Cant wait for the new Nader book to make it to my side of the atlantic.

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