October 19, 2021

EP. 127 — On Animals and Humans with Susan Orlean

Bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Susan Orlean joins Adam to discuss our complex, often contradictory relationships with the animals we love (and those we eat). You can check out her new book, On Animals, at factuallypod.com/books


FACT-127-20211018-Orlean-RCv02-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:22] Hello and welcome to Factually. I’m Adam Conover, thank you for joining me once again as I dive into some of the weirdest and wildest reaches of human knowledge with an incredible expert who’s going to blow my mind, and who is going to blow your mind. We’re going to have a great time together. Today, we are going to talk about animals. We have an odd and contradictory set of relationships with animals, as humans. First, there are some animals we keep in our homes. They become members of our family and they sleep in our beds. We spend tens of thousands of dollars on surgeries for them. Even though we know that maybe doing so is not quite advisable. We can’t help it because we love these animals so much that we literally share a habitat with them. Sometimes I look at my dog and think, ‘Is she living in my house? Or am I living in her kennel?’ Because it smells more like the latter than it does

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