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  • American Hippopotamus | Jon Mooallem

    American Hippopotamus

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jon Mooallem
    • Narrated By Jon Mooallem
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    In 1910, the United States - its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted - was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: to import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them.

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  • How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion | Jon Mooallem

    How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion

    • ORIGINAL (14 mins)
    • By Jon Mooallem
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    In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear - and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears". Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival - and the natural world at large.

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