Jon Mooallem: How the teddy bear taught us compassion
Jon Mooallem - Writer
Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Full bio
they didn't see a single bear,
his gun down and his arm out,
the bear from the cartoon,
one to their kids to play with,
less than 100 left in the wild.
curious about in the last few years.
watches in Upstate New York,
more often than the turtle,
drivers who hit the fake animals
more dangerous than sea otters,
with animals that look like us,
how we think about animals,
Well, America was urbanizing.
majority of people lived in cities,
between us and nature.
seem this pure and adorable
change was suddenly surging.
postscript to the teddy bear story
human's evolutionary history,
unsettling about who we'd become,
happening in the environment,
stand on its own anymore,
to migrate south for the winter
nothing to do with the facts.
About the speaker:Jon Mooallem - Writer
Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America."
Why you should listen
What do we see when we look at wild animals -- do we respond to human-like traits, or thrill to the idea of their utter unfamiliarity? Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones , examines our relationship with wild animals both familiar and feral, telling stories of the North American environmental movement from its unlikely birth, and following three species who've come to symbolize our complicated relationship with whatever "nature" even means anymore.
Mooallem has written about everything from the murder of Hawaiian monk seals, to Idahoan utopians, to the world’s most famous ventriloquist, to the sad, secret history of the invention of the high five. A recent piece, "American Hippopotamus," was an Atavist story on, really, a plan in 1910 to jumpstart the hippopotamus ranching industry in America.
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