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Novel of the Apes: On T.C. Boyle's Talk To Me, Amitav Ghosh, and Animals in Fiction

Season 1, Ep. 25

In T.C.Boyle's 2021 novel Talk To Me, one of the main characters is a chimpanzee. It's a fascinating study in how humans respond to other apes, and an ambitious experiment in imagining what it might be like to be one. Using the novel as a starting point, in this solo episode I explore whether learning to love chimpanzees can help break down the human/animal divide, and how Boyle's portrayal of Sam the chimpanzee differs from other novels about animals. I also draw on Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse to argue for the importance of giving voice to nonhuman characters in fiction, and the unique role stories are able to play.


Learn more about Talk to Me here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/talk-to-me-tc-boyle

Learn more about The Nutmeg's Curse: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/N/bo125517349.html

Read an excerpt of The Nutmeg's Curse on brutes and storytelling animals (how this podcast got its name): https://orionmagazine.org/article/brutes/

Read the essay I mentioned on orangutans: http://newsocialist.org.uk/red-apes/


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On Pakistan, Permitting Reform, and Plastic Bags

Season 1, Ep. 31
On today's episode I explore three topics from recent climate and environmental headlines: the devastating flooding in Pakistan, debates over permitting reform, and how single-use plastic bags compare to reusable ones. Below are some relevant links.On Pakistan:https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-09-03/pakistan-floods-sindh-balochistan-climate-change-reparationshttps://theconversation.com/pakistan-floods-what-role-did-climate-change-play-189833https://www.climateandcommunity.org/debt-justice-for-climate-reparationsOn permitting reform:https://www.vice.com/en/article/93a39e/why-doesnt-america-build-thingshttps://medium.com/@shaygabriel/this-is-why-we-need-permitting-reform-8a1890eb24e9On grocery bags:https://www2.mst.dk/udgiv/publications/2018/02/978-87-93614-73-4.pdf (key tables+footnote on pages 17-18)https://medium.com/@parkpoomkomet/breaking-down-the-danish-study-on-the-environmental-impacts-of-grocery-carrier-bags-b8c97eb6c8fbSubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule, including how to get 50% off our October book White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Learn more about the iRoar podcast network: https://iroarpod.com/