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Jeff Hindmarsh
 Jul 6, 2019
Excellent, engaging format with entertaining and deeply factual content. A devoted listener from Australia.

 Jun 6, 2019
The best show if you're into nature, animals, and whatnot. It's hysterical, but also really informative in ways you wouldn't expect. There's lots of interesting trivia, but you also learn a ton about how evolutionary biology plays out.

 Feb 20, 2019

 Feb 16, 2019

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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

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Batty for Bats!
Happy October everyone! This week: Dunanunanunanuna BAT FACTS! Why do bats hang upside down? How did bats become associated with Dracula? What are some of the craziest bat species in the world? Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: If Batman was bitten by a radioactive bat, what powers would he have? With special guest Molly Lambert from the Night Call Podcast. <br>FOOTNOTES:<strong><br></strong><br>1. <a href="">Bats in folklore</a>2. <a href="">Common vampire bat</a>3. <a href=";mh=800">Hairy legged vampire bat</a>4. <a href="">Trumpet-nosed bat</a>5. <a href="">Lesser long-nosed bat covered in pollen</a>6. <a href=",75309,0,2.html">The effects of myth on attitudes towards bats</a>7. <a href="">Bats and Halloween</a>8. <a href="">BATS ON A TREADMILL! </a>9. <a href="">Madagascar Sucker footed bats</a>10. <a href="">Bats &amp; Rabies facts</a>11. <a href="">Flying fox bat</a>12. <a href="">Bumblebee bat</a>13. <a href="">Big-eared bat</a>14. <a href="">Hammer headed bat</a>15. <a href="">Honduran white bat</a>16. <a href="">Honduran white bats snuggling</a>17. <a href="">Wrinkle-faced bat</a>18. <a href="">Chapin's bat (punk rock bat)</a>19. <a href="">How to do bat real estate</a>20. <a href="">DANCING BATS</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Oct 09, 2019
Aliens Under The Sea!
Giant bugs, animals that clone themselves, things that come back to life after being eviscerated... if you're looking for aliens, you can find them under the sea. And later on the show, we’ll be speaking to a professor of marine biology who invited an octopus into his home! With special guests comedian Chris Crofton and Professor of Marine Biology David Scheel.<br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br>1. <a href="">Goblin Sharks (they look like MR. BURNS not MR. SMITHERS whoops)</a><br>2. <a href="">Giant isopod</a><br>3. <a href="">Atolla jellyfish</a><br>4. <a href=";t=0m53s">Proboscis worm</a><br>5. <a href="">Sand dollars are freaky</a><br>6. <a href="">Planarians regrow their bodies</a><br>7. <a href="">Octopus, Making Contact</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Oct 02, 2019
Pseudoscience Psucks
Today on the show we’re talking PSEUDOSCIENCE! Did you know that sometimes people claim things are scientific, but whoops, they’re not? We’ll be looking at some scammers, some flim-flammers, some people who claim things are scientific but they’re maaaaaaybe not really. With special guests Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston. <br><br>FOOTNOTES: <br><br>1.<a href=""> Study on redness and association with sex</a><br>2. <a href="">Snub nosed monkeys</a><br>3. <a href="">Bearded vulture makeup</a><br>4. <a href="">Baboon utopian society</a><br>5. <a href="">Testosterone not correlated with attractiveness</a><br>6. <a href="">Races do not differ genetically</a><br>7. <a href="">LET'S GIVE BIRDS TEETH</a><br>8. <a href="">Whoops, sometimes snakes have legs</a><br>9. <a href="">Horses with extra hooves</a><br>10. <a href="">Neural crest cells are what make dogs so cute</a><br>11. <a href="">Pseudoscience whistleblowers</a><br>12. <a href="">Hey, guess what? Physiognomy is still dumb!</a><br>13.<a href=""> Darwin almost thwarted by pseudoscience</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Sep 25, 2019
Animal Appetite
Today on the show we’re talking WEIRD DIETS! Animals eating other animals eating other animals! Humans eating well… some pretty freaky things. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is cannibalism good for you? With special guest Smart Mouth's Katherine Spiers. <br><br>FOOTNOTES: <br><br>1. <a href=",f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/19e1m650ehovnjpg.jpg">A lotl Axolotl</a><br>2. <a href="">Greenland sharks</a><br>3. <a href="">Horrifying Fine Dining Lovers article</a><br>4. <a href="">Vilhjalmur Stefansson</a><br>5. <a href="">Butterflies drinking turtle tears</a><br>6. <a href="">Tear drinking moths harassing birbs</a><br>7. <a href="">Vegan ortolan</a><br>8. <a href="">Marijuana-fed pigs</a><br>9. <a href="">Potato-washing macaques</a><br>10. <a href="">Red colobus monkeys detoxing</a><br>11. <a href="">Peruvian parrots eating dirt</a><br>12. <a href="">Spices as defensive weapons</a><br>13. <a href="">Blind snakes survive being eaten and escapes toad's b-hole</a><br>14. <a href="">The Honey Hunters of Nepal</a><br>15. <a href="">Bee getting punched in the face by a flower</a><br>16. <a href=";theater">Tapir "climbing" a tree</a><br>17. <a href="">GET ON THE CHEVROTAIN TRAIN</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Sep 18, 2019
Legend Smashers
We’re going to explode some myths about human and animal biology &amp; psychology, and discover that the truth really is stranger than fiction. With special guest comedian and Nerdificent co-host Ify Nwadiwe.<br><br>Footnotes:<br>1. <a href="">Komodo dragon venom</a><br>2. <a href="">Bees are angered by the color red</a><br>3. <a href="">Mathematician &amp; grandfather of the scientific method, Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham</a><br>4. <a href="">Unihemispheric slow wave sleep</a><br>5. <a href="">Lionesses synchronize their "periods" (estrus)</a><br>6.<a href=""> Immortal jellyfish</a><br>7. <a href="">Scallop eyeballs</a><br>8. <a href="">Horse mustaches!!!</a><br>9. <a href="">Bornean bearded pig</a><br>10. <a href="">The mystery of wombat cube poop, solved?</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Sep 11, 2019
Cryptids are [REDACTED]
The truth behind Mothman, The Chupacabra, and Bigfoot! Today, we’ll be looking at the facts behind cryptids, what it would mean if they actually existed, and the <em>real </em>animals that are just as crazy as the cryptids themselves. With special guest Tess Lynch of the Night Call podcast. <br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">Mothman</a><br>2. <a href="">Sandhill crane</a><br>3.<a href=""> Barred owl</a><br>4. <a href=";utm_medium=web2x">Owls or aliens?</a><br>5. <a href="">Owl without feathers (artistic rendering)</a><br>6. <a href="">Do those legs go owl the way up</a><br>7. <a href="">Vampire bats</a><br>8. <a href="">Giant Gippsland earthworm</a><br>9. <a href="">Giant Gippsland earthworm sounds</a><br>10. <a href="">Gigantopithecus blacki</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Sep 04, 2019
The Amazon Rainforest Fires
Right now, the Amazon is burning — we’re going to talk about why this is happening, what’s at stake, and what you can do to help. With special guest Miles Gray. <br><br>FOOTNOTES: <br><br>How you can help the Amazon! <br>1. <a href="">WWF 5 Ways To Help The Amazon</a><br>2.<a href=""> Donate to protect an acre of rainforest</a><br>3. <a href="">Rainforest Trust</a><br>4. <a href=" ">Defend Indigenous rights and protect the rainforest by donating</a> or <a href="">signing a pledge</a><br>5. <a href="">Signal boost the Indigenous Women's March</a><br>6.<a href=""> Learn more about Indigenous Rights</a><br><br>Images of the beautiful animals on this episode!<br>7. <a href="">The glass frog</a><br>8. <a href="">A very Kermit looking glass frog</a><br>9. <a href="">The incredible &amp; freaky decoy building spider</a><br>10. <a href="">Boto river dolphins (plus bonus picture of a boto dolphin peeing)</a><br>11. <a href="">Giant otters KILL A FREAKING CAIMAN while squeaking adorably</a><br>12. <a href="">Bald Uakari monkey looking red-headed and pink-faced</a><br>13. <a href="">Adorable hyacinth macaw interview</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Aug 28, 2019
Today we’re talking about getting bamboozled, pulling shenanigans, getting conned by caterpillars and hoaxed by horses. With special guest Laci Mosley. <br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">Chinstrap penguin stealing rocks</a><br>2. <a href="">Gelada male</a><br><br>3. <a href="">Firefly femme fatale</a><br><br>4. <a href="">Hawk moth caterpillar mimics viper</a><br><br>5. <a href="">Passion flower mimicry</a><br><br>6. <a href="">Automimicry</a><br>7. <a href="">Conformity elevator experiment</a><br><br>8. <a href=",_Mozambique.jpg">Jumping spider ant mimics</a><br><br>9. <a href="">Jumping spider mimicking one ant carrying another (this is ONE spider)</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Aug 21, 2019
Ear Bleach
Today, we’re going to talk about CUTENESS! Why do we love baby animals? Do baby animals love us? What are some of the cutest studies in science? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: yikes, what’s it like to give birth to a baby porcupine? With special guest Bridgett Greenberg. <br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">Peak-a-boo researcher</a><br><br>2. <a href="">Sea turtle swim suits</a><br><br>3. <a href="">Cutest age for a dog study</a><br><br>4. <a href=";s=d9ae4a3ca66dacbc6415840cf4ac2cddf673e00f">Sea lion puppy covered in sand</a><br><br>5. <a href=";t=7s">Prehensile Tailed Porcupine "talking"</a><br>6. <a href="">Image of Prehensile Tailed Porcupine's boopable snoot </a><br><br>7. <a href="">Daily Herald cuteness article</a><br><br>8. <a href="">Hamster wheel study</a><br><br>9. <a href="">Mosha the elephant gets a prosthetic leg</a><br><br>10. <a href="">Rampaging elephant stops to save baby</a><br><br>11. <a href="">Selfie quokkas</a><br><br>12. <a href="">Image of Quokka</a><br><br>13. <a href="">Dik Dik alarm call</a><br>14. <a href="">Shy Dumbo Octopus</a><br>15. <a href="">"Venezuelan Poodle Moth"</a><br><br>16. <a href="">Birb bounces golf ball</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Aug 14, 2019
Fant(ass)y Creatures
Join us today as we talk about the history and stories behind mythological creatures, and find out that they have real-life animal counterparts who are <em>just </em>as magical. With special guest Alex Shifman.<br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">Bombardier Beetles</a><br><br>2. <a href="">Warsaw Basilisk</a><br><br>3. <a href="">Basilisk lizard running on water</a><br><br>4. <a href="">Argentavis Magnificens</a><br><br>5. <a href="">Terror Birds</a><br><br>6. <a href="">Detachable penis</a><br><br>7. <a href="">Horrible picture of a <em>Stegodyphus lineatus </em>spider being eaten by her babies</a><br><br>8. <a href="">Atacama skeleton</a><br><br>9. <a href="">Horrible picture of a "real" Jackalope (papilloma virus infected rabbit)</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Aug 07, 2019
Go Home Nature, You're Drunk
We’re answering some of the weirdest questions about evolution and anatomy, like how do woodpeckers keep from scrambling their brains? What animals have not one, not two, but three vaginas? Why would a doctor want to sew your leg on backwards? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what are some of the most bodacious boobs in the animal kingdom. With special guests hosts of the podcast Ridiculous History, Noel Brown and Ben Bowlin. <br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">Weird woodpecker tongues</a><br><br>2. <a href="">A kangaroo's three amazing vaginas</a><br><br>3. <a href="">Elephant honkers</a><br><br>4. <a href="">The Colugo Flying Lemur (who is not a lemur)</a><br><br>5. <a href="">Woman whose organs were flipped</a><br><br>6. <a href="">The popcorn-smelling Binturong</a><br><br>7. <a href="">The dank Maned Wolf</a><br><br>8. <a href="">The beautiful Snub-nosed Monkey</a><br><br>9. <a href="">Pterosaurs were flying death machines</a><br><br>10. <a href=";v=XFjoqyVRmOU">Video of the Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper</a><br><br>11.<a href=""> Video of the Mexican Mole Lizard</a><br><br>12. <a href="">Katie's slideshow!</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jul 31, 2019
There Is No "I" In "Teamwork" But There Is An "Ewok?!"
We’re going to look at some wild animal teams, how they compare to humans, and what the robot-dominated future may hold! Discover this and more as we answer the age old riddle: what animal doesn’t feel pain and loves eating poop? With special guest comedian Blake Wexler. <br><br>FOOTNOTES: <br><br>1. <a href="">Dog frees friends from a kennel</a><br><br>2. <a href="">Dog frees tied up dog</a><br><br>3. <a href="">Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs?</a><br><br>4. <a href="">More info on nake mole rats than you even want to know</a><br>5. <a href="">Naked mole rats eat poop</a><strong><br></strong><br>6. <a href="">Zombees</a><br><br>7. <a href="">Social spider web</a><br>8. <a href="">Dogs and humans dream team defeat neanderthals</a><br><br>9. <a href="">Cattle tyrant majestically riding a capybara</a><br><br>10. <a href="">Devil's gardens</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jul 24, 2019
Adorable Animals Who Want To Murder You
Today we’re talking about some adorable animals who look so sweet and cute, and who want to murder you to death. We’re talking the most surprisingly scary animals you <em>should </em>be afraid of. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what the heck is catfish noodling? With special guest Sofiya Alexandra. <br><br>FOOTNOTES:<br><br>1. <a href="">World's Weirdest: Killer Cone Snail</a><br><br>2. <a href="">Noodling for catfish</a><br><br>3.<a href=""> Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom</a><br><br>5. <a href="">Slow Loris</a><br><br>6. <a href="">Platypus venom</a><br><br>7. <a href=";rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS853US853&amp;oq=leopard+seal+fee&amp;aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.2437j0j9&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">leopard seal feeds photographer</a><br><br>8. <a href="">Hippo's skull, showing the large canines and incisors used for fighting.</a><br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jul 17, 2019
What A Tool!
Today we’ll be talking about tools! Tools of the trade, tools of torture, and tools of, well, hehe, you know. Bow-chika-wa-wah! What’s a butcher, a tailor, and a bendy-stick maker got in common? They’re all birds! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the most humiliating thing to happen to an eel? With special guest Carmen Angelica.<br><br>FOOTNOTES:&nbsp; <br><br>1. <a href="">Bottlenose dolphins wielding sponges</a><br><br>2. <a href="">Video of a tailor bird sewing leaves together</a><br><br>3.<a href=""> New Caledonian crows create their own hooks</a><br><br>4. <a href="">The Brazen Bull torture device</a><br><br>5. <a href="">Butcher bird impaling its prey</a><br><br>6. <a href="">Macaques using human hair to floss</a><br><br>7. <a href="">Palm cockatoos drumming to get the ladies</a><br><br>8. <a href="">Elephant's big D energy</a><br><br>9. <a href="">The weird world of dragonfly wieners</a><br><br>10. <a href="">The woman who has trained herself how to run like a horse</a><br><br>Correction: Living root bridges are found in Meghalaya, Northeast India.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jul 10, 2019
David and Goliath
Today, we’re talking the classic tale of David and Goliath, unlikely matchups with even unlikelier conclusions. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the best way to round-house kick a wasp? With special guests Alex Schmidt and Dr. Greg Pauly.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jul 03, 2019
Real Life Superheroes!
Did you know there are animals out there with real comic-book super powers? And people with superhuman abilities? Today, we’ll be looking at the real life animal and human counterparts to famous superheroes, and maybe some super <em>villains </em>too. With special guest Soren Bowie.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jun 26, 2019
Aw, Rats!
Join us today as we look at some of the most mind-blowing, most important, and weirdest scientific studies that have been done on rats. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is there eternal sunshine of the spotless rat mind? With special guest comedian Pallavi Gunalan.<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jun 19, 2019
Transformers (Octopuses In Disguise)
Today we’ll be talking about SHAPE SHIFTERS, tales of terrific transformers who have some shocking before and after pics. What’s got two thumbs and started life out as a tiny donut? Can snails take laziness to a freaky new level? Humans and animals on the lam: how would you escape the heat? With special guests Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Younes of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jun 12, 2019
Weapons of ASS Destruction
Insect butts explode, spraying deadly chemicals! Hippos make poop rockets! Scorpions are willing to literally throw away their anus in deadly combat! We’re talking about some of the nastiest acts of foul-play in the animal and human kingdom. With special guest Kimia Behpoornia.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jun 05, 2019
City Slickers
Today, we’re talking about city slickers: how do animals cope with human cities?&nbsp; What are some of the ways animals have adapted to human society? And did we domesticate dogs, or did dogs domesticate us? With special guest Katie Willert.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
May 29, 2019
Seven Deadly Sins Part II: Electric Bonobo
On this nail-biting conclusion to The Seven Deadly Sins, we're covering lustful birds, greedy chimps, and gluttonous sea squirts. We'll also discuss some freaky stories of human sinners! Join us today as we excommunicate some tunicates!&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
May 22, 2019
The Seven Deadly Sins (Part 1)
Let the species who is without sin cast the first stone. Slap some scarlet letters on these sinful animals who best symbolize each of the seven deadly sins. We'll also look at the science behind human sin, referencing texts that may not be holy, but are certainly peer reviewed. Featuring Katy Stoll from Some More News.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Jan 02, 2019
The Dark Tetrad
Today we’ll be talking about the most evil killers, kidnappers, murderers and bloodthirsty lurkers walking… or crawling… among us. Then, we’ll answer the age old question: who’s the most prolific serial meow-derer? Featuring Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown of Ridiculous History.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Dec 26, 2018
Extra Sensory Pawception
We go beyond the five senses to explore the uncanny ways that animals (and people) are able to perceive the world. That kid from The Sixth Sense is a lame nerd compared to the creatures featured in this episode. Featuring Jamie Loftus of the Bechdel Cast.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Dec 19, 2018
One Flew Over
Can animals suffer from mental illness? We explore issues of mental health, imprisonment, and midlife crisis in animals and humans, while also clearing the good name of cuckoos. With special guest Hana Michels.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Dec 12, 2018
Holy mother of animals... from feasting upon mommy's flesh, to mom mafias, these creatures will make you rethink motherhood. Join us as we explore some of the scariest mom (and baby) monsters, both human and animal. Sometimes mommy <em>dearest</em> is mommy <em>deadliest</em>. With special guest Miles Gray of The Daily Zeitgeist.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Dec 05, 2018
Worst At Sex Awards
Today on Creature Feature: We visit a freaky Frankenstein of fornication, the sex zombies who roam the earth, and a murderous stalker of amorous teens. Which of our animal contenders will bring home the gold in the first annual Worst at Sex Awards? With special guest comedian Eric Lampaert of the Topical Island Podcast.&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Nov 28, 2018
Reefer Madness
Apparently "Just Say No" doesn't work on animals. We look at the most seedy vices in the human and natural world. Doped up dolphins, bats with DUIs, naughty otters, and a drunken mutiny on a Russian plane. With special guest Robert Evans from Behind The Bastards and<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Nov 21, 2018
Eat, Prey, Die
Death is just another part of life... or is it? Let's explore some of the strangest ways of coping with death in the animal and human world. We'll look at freaky funerals, real-life zombies, brains in jars, immortality, and most importantly... chicken hypnosis. With special guest Cody Johnston, host of the Some More News Podcast.<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Nov 14, 2018
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than in this episode. We'll cover pyromaniacs, fishy scams, kleptomaniac penguins, and what moral philosophy has to do with sex. With special guest Alex Schmidt (Cracked Podcast.)&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Nov 07, 2018
Weird Love
It's a kink-off between humans and animals! No type of love is too strange: Man and car? Woman and Eiffel Tower? Rat and cat? We'll find out that Cupid is one sick pervert. Featuring Alex Shifman, host of the podcast “At Least There’s This.”&nbsp;<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Oct 31, 2018
We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join host Katie Goldin as she, comedians, and science-lovers get inside the minds of animals.<br><br> Learn more about your ad-choices at <a href=''></a>
Oct 25, 2018