Teddy Bear's Picnic (Jerry Garcia and David Grisman)
Blackbird (Brad Mehldau)
07.05.2009 (was 07.13.2008)
In Baltimore, Maryland, there's an octopus that likes to play with toys. In Vienna, Austria, there's a border collie with a vocabulary of 340 words - more than many toddlers. Southeast Asia is home to dozens of elephants who like to paint. Re-thinking animal intelligence--not only are they smarter than we thought – in some cases they're smarter than us.
David Ferris is the director of the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project. He tells Anne Strainchamps the project began as a conceptual art project that provided gainful employment to the animals put out of work by the collapse of Thailand's timber industry.
Last summer's sleeper hit was a book by David Wroblewski called "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." Wroblewski reads from his novel and talks with Jim Fleming about his life in Wisconsin as the child of a family who raised dogs.
Craig Childs is a naturalist and nature writer whose latest book is "The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild." He talks with Steve Paulson about some of his life-threatening encounters with wild creatures and why he's not especially worried in the wild.