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A weekly Family, Education and History podcast featuring Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA
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This week, the Soviet dogs who went to space, their descendants, and one named Pushinka who had a minor role in stopping nuclear Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Resources for this week's episode:  The SmithsonianBBCWikipedia on Pushi
In Australia there is a rescue service for frogs who get trapped in produce that saves upwards of 1500 frogs every single year. We also meet Tony the Frog from Twitter who was saved from a head of lettuce in America, and why voting in America i
This week we talk about the effects of invasive species and how robotic fish employing scare tactics as invasive species birth control, another robot fish explores the deep sea floor, and a dead chipmunk on a stick may solve the mystery of an e
Let's go to Wales, a country where they are trying to put the call-and-response singing horse skull back in Christmas, where it belongs.  This is going to be fun. Let's go! More about Melissa can be found at MelissaMcCueMcGrath.comQuestions, co
How much would the 12 days of Christmas cost someone today? How many birds is the True Love gifting? And where is the recipient going to put 224 birds? Let's take a peak at the ill-gifted birds in the mathiest holiday song on holiday playlists
Julia Child was rejected from the army in WW2, so she got in on the ground-floor of the CIA, whipping up her first ever recipe: Shark Repellent Cakes. **** Resources for today's episode include: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/gfc.2005.5.3
This week, Melissa explains how we know Santa's sleigh is pulled by 8 reinDOEs who can see predators urine (that's not in the movie!), how shaman made reindeer fly, and the story of Rudolph uncovered.  Parents: Melissa is fully on Team Santa, s
This is a recording of Oné R. Pagán's book launch for "Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins" where a tipsy Melissa asks him about cocaine addiction in flatworms, "bouncer bees" who decapitate drunk bees coming back to the hive, a few side tracks int
Melissa addresses  sex changing animals who can do it all, condors who have had enough of their male cage mates, lesbian lizards, proposes a Finding Nemo #3, and the myth of the sexual binary. I got today’s information from Theresa Thorn of the
Trigger warning: Today's episode discusses genocide, the dark truth behind America's most gluttonous holiday.  Why you should be eating eel and deer instead of turkey and potatoes on Thursday,  and how writers of the 1800's completely SQUAWKED
This week, Melissa has a special announcement and revisit of three African animal stories for the History Class of RSU 40 in Waldoboro, Maine. #GoPanthers For information on Dr. One Pagan's book launch ("Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins: A Trip
In this 50th episode, we  meet Olga of Kiev, a PATRON SAINT who murdered a lot of people using earth, wind, fire, ale and homing pigeons. She inspired the character of Cersei Lannister,  a death metal band's concept album, a ballet and the US M
 Today Melissa takes a series of shallow dives into more royalty who were killed by hubris which changed the world forever, and has some fun with the worst nicknames in royal history. Let's go! Resources for today's episode include: https://en.
Today, there is a sign that says no pets allowed on the fence surrounding Elysian Heights Elementary - but the very foundation of this school's culture is built on the spirit of a cat named Room 8 who went to school every single day for 16 year
In 1783 a duck, a rooster and a sheep named Montauciel were heading straight for the sky.  How does their unlikely story change lead to three Billionaires ending up in space over 200 years later? **********  https://storytellershat.com/2016/08/
Why scientists are looking to potty train 1 billion cows to combat a growing acid rain crisis. **************Resources on  The Moo Loo:USGS.govThe GuardianChick a Pig board gameNPRBeef Market CentralAnd if you want to watch a cow open a door, g
A Smithsonian Museum exhibit depicting the skeletal remains of Dr. Grover Krantz and his beloved Irish wolfhound, Clyde. But, who was Dr. Krantz, and why is he - and his dogs - at the Smithsonian? And, why is this photo of their posthumous pose
As there is talk of suicide and class one narcotics, listener discretion is advised. How magicians, debleated goats,  LSD, a maybe murder, and a CIA holiday party are tied into the misinformation effect.  Resources:Jon Ronson: "The Men Who Star
This week is all about Michael Packard, a man who went out to catch lobster but instead got an inside view of a humpback whale. .......Resources and references on  Michael Packard and the whale The Cape Cod Times article by Doug Frasier dated J
A truck of hens heading to a slaughterhouse turns over on a California Highway, leading to the funniest trilogy in chicken-cinema. .......Resources: on the California Freeway Chickens: Terry Pratchett's book of short stories, "A Blink of the Sc
There is a place called the Diamond Coast where humanity clings to a thread, and pigeons are angels and lifelines. Let's go.Resources: Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin FrankJust the Zoo of Us - Pigeons / Varmints - Pigeons / Str
Today, a quick update and a revisit of episode 8: the naughty bird who got evicted from a President's funeral for swearing, some birds who were separated for turning the zoo into an R rated experience for school kids, and some birds who use fir
Updates on the wanderlust walrus who is now sinking boats in Spain, a bomb sniffing rat retires, and a revisit of the raven who inspired two old-timey authors, Charles Dickens & Edgar Allan Poe.  Resources: Magawa the land mine sniffing rat (or
A father's devotion to his daughter is saving the monarch butterfly; condors go all Spinal Tap on a woman's home; Melissa gets real with how local and state government officials in Massachusetts can get inspiration from wildlife overpasses befo
Melissa presents three happy stories about animals and humans - Yoriko the fish makes an unusual friend at an underwater shrine; a service dog flunk out becomes the first arson detection dog in Saginaw, TX; how scientists are using googley eyes
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