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Jonathan Balcombe

18 Podcast Episodes

Latest 16 Oct 2021 | Updated Daily

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It's All About Food - Jonathan Balcombe, SUPER FLY, The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects

It's All About Food

Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. He is the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals, including Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller. He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters on animal behavior and animal protection. Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Director of Animal Sentience with The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, Jonathan works as an independent author, and performs editing services for aspiring and established authors. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Animal Sentience, and he teaches a course in animal sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute. A popular speaker, Jonathan has lectured on six continents (the penguins eagerly anticipate his arrival in Antarctica). Jonathan currently lives in southern Ontario, where in his spare time he enjoys biking, baking, birding, Bach, and trying to understand the squirrels in his neighborhood.


20 Jul 2021

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Jonathan Balcombe on Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York

(7/2/21) From an expert in animal consciousness, comes a book that will turn the fly on the wall into the elephant in the room. For most of us, the only thing we know about flies is that they're annoying and our usual reaction is to try to kill them. In his new book Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects, myth-busting biologist Jonathan Balcombe shows why flies continue to reshape our understanding of evolution. Forget everything you know us about this misunderstood insect and join us for another installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.


2 Jul 2021

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Nancy's Bookshelf: Jonathan Balcombe & Eric Miller #627

Nancy's Bookshelf

In “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects” Jonathan Balcombe takes a deep dive into the world of flies. Also, a commentary by Eric Miller “Cat’s Life Was a Great Ride” to conclude the show.


23 Jun 2021

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Super Fly: Flies as Pollinators & Recyclers with author & biologist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe

In Tune to Nature Podcast

In this interview, biologist and animal advocate Dr. Balcombe helps us appreciate an ecologically beneficial group of animals who are buzzing all around us but whom we mostly ignore, malign, or swat away -- flies -- the topic of his new book “Superfly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects" (Penguin Press, 2021). For this "In Tune to Nature" show, host Carrie Freeman asks Dr. Balcombe to focus on the vital role of flies as pollinators of flowers and food crops (including chocolate!), and as waste disposers, composters, and recyclers (they literally clean up everyone's sh*t) so that we better appreciate them and don't just view them as "pests" (from fruit flies, to house flies, to blow flies, even to mosquitos and midges). We end with ways to protect the important insect population in decline by avoiding insecticide poisons. Learn more about award winning author Dr. Balcombe and his efforts to protect animals and help us understand animal sentience at www.jonathan-balcombe.com The In Tune to Nature show airs each Wednesday 6:30-7pm EST, hosted by Carrie Freeman, Sonia Swartz, or Melody Paris, on 89.3FM WRFG (Radio Free Georgia). Please support independent, noncommercial, progressive media like Radio Free Georgia www.wrfg.org 


21 Jun 2021

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Author Jonathan Balcombe highlights the ‘World’s Most Successful Insects’ in his latest book SuperFly

Steve Dale's Other World

Steve Dale speaks with Author Jonathan Balcombe about his latest book SuperFly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects. Jonathan touches on the many benefits various insects provide in the world and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3849497/3849497_2021-06-20-200237.64kmono.mp3

20 Jun 2021

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Jonathan Balcombe: What A Fish Knows

Species Unite

“…gazing up to the night sky saying, ‘are we alone?’ …well, wait a minute, look around, there's tons of fascinating life forms. We're so lucky to have all this amazing panoply of life on the planet. I get the question… are there other humanoids out there? Or, are there other conscious beings? But we ought to be pretty grateful for what we have on this planet… there's a lot of amazing creatures and phenomena that we get to enjoy living with, if we can.”  - Jonathan Balcombe Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. He is the author of four books on the inner lives of animals, including the New York Times bestseller, What a Fish Knows. He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters on animal behavior and animal protection. Jonathan has spent his life studying animals, how they think and feel and why they matter. Quite often, he focuses on the ones that most of us tend not to think about very much, like fish and in his newest book, Super Fly, flies – it comes out in May. I thought I knew a little bit about fish, but after reading Jonathan’s book and after this time spent with him, I realized that I knew very little. There are 33,000 species of fish and what many of them are capable of is absolutely mind blowing . For eons, we have categorized species by who we deem worthy and who we don’t. Fish are almost always very near or at the bottom of that list. Clearly, that is because most of us know so little about them. Jonathan knows a lot. If you haven’t read his book, read it. It will astonish you. Jonathan can most recently be seen in the Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy.


22 Apr 2021

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Jonathan Balcombe, What A Fish Knows The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins.

The Healthification Podcast

Scientist, Author and Speaker Jonathan Balcombe joins me today to discuss the genuinely fascinating yet often forgotten individuals in both animal rights activism and absolutely in human society as a whole. Balcombe reveals: Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish―more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined―we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. That was absolutely my experience ... READ MORE The post Jonathan Balcombe, What A Fish Knows The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. appeared first on Healthification.


16 Mar 2021

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Ep 26: Why Don't Humans Care About Fish? In Conversation with Jonathan Balcombe

The Disclosure Podcast

In this episode I am joined by Jonathan Balcombe, an expert in animal behaviour. We discuss his work exploring how intellectually and emotionally complex fish actually are, and dispel many of the hugely prevalent myths surrounding fish, and fish sentience. We also discuss some of their most interesting behaviours, whether or not it is ethical to eat mussels and oysters, and whether or not we should have home aquariums.Listen to find out:- Are fish self aware?- Are fish intelligent? - What does the science actually say about fish?- What about mussels and oysters, do they feel pain?- Is it ethical to eat mussels and oysters?- What about flies, and insects in terms of sentience?- What about pleasure for animals, can the world be a joyful place for them?- Can fish feel pride?- What about the pet industry,  should people have aquariums? ✺ Jonathan's website:  https://jonathan-balcombe.com/✺ To support the show & get access to exclusive monthly podcast episodes: http://www.patreon.com/earthlinged✺ Find out more about what I do & join my mailing list: http://www.earthlinged.org✺ Download my free 122 page e-book: http://www.earthlinged.org/ebook✺ Take a 22 day free vegan challenge: http://switchtovegan.co.uk✺ Become a supporter of my activism (thank you!): http://www.earthlinged.org/support 


17 Nov 2020

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Budget 2020 and the amazing world of fish with Jonathan Balcombe

Animal Matters

On today’s show, we chat with internationally renown biologist Jonathan Balcombe about fish behaviour, sentience, and the state of aquatic life in 2020. It turns out fish are pretty amazing, and there’s a lot you probably don’t know about them. And the Government is spending large to see the country through an economic crisis. There’s going to be some big cheques being cashed in the coming months, and some of those cheques are going towards animal exploiting industries.


25 May 2020

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What A Fish Knows Jonathan Balcombe FN Book Club EP 223

Fish Nerds Fishing Podcast

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Doc Martin joins us for this book discussion and we learn a little and question a lot. We were super lucky to get Jonathan on the show! -Clay

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19 Apr 2019