Rebroadcast from November 30, 2009

Have you ever wondered what it means when your dog smiles? Or rushes over to give you a slobbery kiss? And what does he really think about his new tartan raincoat? Cognitive scientist Dr. Alexandra Horowitzโ€™s discoveries may surprise you! Later, donโ€™t you want those dozens of little choices we make each day to leave a positive impact on our children and earth? Former Audubon magazine editor-in-chief, Michael Robbins, shares what some of those choices might look like … along with a couple of Xmas gift ideas. Listen now.

Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. As a cognitive scientist, Horowitz studied human and animal behavior. Before that, she worked as a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and served on the staff of The New Yorker. She and her husband live in New York City with Finnegan, a dog of indeterminate parentage and determinate character. Her new book offers a fresh look at dogs and what their behavior really means … from the dog’s perspective: The Inside of a Dog.

Michael Robbins is the author of Brooklyn: A State of Mind, The Hiking Companion, and other books; he has written articles for such publications as New York, Discover, Mother Jones, Plenty, and Popular Science. Winner of a National Magazine Award, Michael Robbins is currently a magazine editor for the Weider History Group and lives in Brooklyn, New York and Leesburg, Virginia. He is the editor of Whole Green Catalog – 1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth.

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