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Prairie Dogs on Morning Edition

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 12:24 PM

Jad and Robert were on Morning Edition bright and early this morning, discussing the most sophisticated animal language ever described: a grammar of color, shapes, and sizes embedded in prairie dog chirps. Read more, and listen to some prairie dog alarm calls, here.

And if you missed our podcast "Wild Talk," take a listen. It looks to prairie dogs and Diana Monkeys to ask how well we can ever understand the language of another species.

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Comments [4]

Mllea from Chapel Hill

While I too come back running hoping for more I don't think OED realizes how much work it takes to produce these full episodes. Quality over quantity works for me.

Jan. 20 2011 05:31 AM
QED from Bronx

Perhaps RadioLab set the bar too high with their earlier shows. In recent months, I've given up on them coming up with new and interesting long episodes; the occasional shorts aren't enough to bring me back with any regularity. They made an announcement some months ago, when they revamped this website, that they were coming out with more new shows. It didn't materialize to the extent that they implied. Disappointing because when the do shows, they're pretty good.

Jan. 20 2011 04:33 AM
on from NYC

Hi RL crew,

I want to suggest a show topic: Infinity.

I read an amazing book by David Foster Wallace on the work of the mathematician George Cantor. It raised many interesting questions about infinity and the nature of our universe. The book is called "Everything and More."

Thank you! Love you! Keep up the amazing work.

Jan. 19 2011 04:56 PM
jeffrey m.

Wouldn't "the most sophisticated animal language ever recorded" be a human's? Just sayin'. Love the show guys! Keep up the great work!

Jan. 19 2011 02:43 PM

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