For The Love Of All Species

At times, our furry friends bring us joy, pleasure and happiness. Their company is valued, and they too are valued members of our homes. Other times, they bring us closer to understanding why not sweating the small stuff is an important life lesson. As humans we think we have the benefit of being intelligent and rational. But are we alone in that regard? From the social sciences, humanities and art comes an episode full of love for all species. We are joined by the creator of The Species Podcast, Macken Murphy, to discuss his show, his views on veganism, and the intersection of science and the animal kingdom. We are then joined by Tracy for our first round-table discussion. It gets heated as we discuss the merits of cloning, banning certain breeds of dogs, and which species make good house pets (Hint: It’s most definitely not polar bears!).
We thank Michael Harren, a Brooklyn-based composer and performer for letting us play his music on this episode. Michael combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling, to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is also the host on The Mikey Pod. You can find that fine show at, and you can find Michael’s music at Check out his Facebook page @MichaelHarrenMusic and his Twitter @michaelharren


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Concluding thought: Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
- Anatole France


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- Intro Music: Song "Soul Challenger" appearing on "Cullahnary School" by Cullah Available at: Under CC BY SA license

- Semi-Intellectual Musings does not own any of the songs played in this episode. Follow links above for proper attribution.
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