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 Horowitz’s discoveries may surprise you! Later, don’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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