animal minds

Virginia Morell


Dogs have 1000-word vocabularies. Birds practice songs in their sleep. Moths remember living as caterpillars. Noted science writer Virginia Morell visited researchers in fields and laboratores around the world to unearth facts about how animals think and feel. Since this show's original broadcast, her new book ANIMAL WISE: HOW WE KNOW ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL (now out in paperback) has garnered high praise and many awards.

It's a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, an American Library Association 2014 Notable Nonfiction Book, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013. Join Cheryl and Virginia on The Studio this week for insight into the lives of pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects.


Do dogs think? Do rats laugh?

All over the world, scientists are making new discoveries about how and what animals think and feel. Acclaimed science writer Virginia Morell visited these researchers, and she reports their discoveries on animal cognition in her new book, Animal Wise: the Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.

Virginia's three previous celebrated nonfiction books are Ancestral Passions, Blue Nile, and Wildlife Wars (coauthored with Richard Leakey). Her work appears regularly in Science, National Geographic, and Conde Nast Traveler. Want to know what your dog has in mind? Tune in to this show to find out!

Photo courtesy of Michael McRae