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Blue Dot: Wonderdog: a conversation with author Jules Howard on canine science

Author Jules Howard with his Pal Oz.
Author Jules Howard with his Pal Oz.

Host Dave Schlom gets to talk about one of his favorite things in life: dogs. British Author Jules Howard joins the host of Blue Dot to talk about his latest book, Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans. 

The history of canine science is filled with familiar names like Darwin and Pavlov, but there are many more fascinating and, at times, disturbing tales of how dogs have been used in scientific research. From evolution and physiology to cognition, dogs have played a central role in our understanding of them and ourselves.

Fortunately, modern science has turned to much kinder methods that have unlocked some of the mysteries of why dogs, indeed, seem to love us. While Howard is a trained scientist, he has also reached the conclusion that there is indeed, a deep and, at times, a mysterious bond of love between humans and our furry friends.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.