The Gist: LGBT rights in Utah with Jonathan Rauch, and animal emotions with Maria Konnikova.

Can Our Pets Emote, or Is It Just Puppy Love?

Can Our Pets Emote, or Is It Just Puppy Love?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 19 2015 6:56 PM

Puppy Love

Can animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.

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Can this puppy feel schadenfido or shaggyfreude?

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Today on The Gist, we ask Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution about the landmark LGBT-Mormon compromise in Utah. Will this become a model for other states? Plus, does your girlfriend’s hairless cat love you? Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains recent insights into animal emotions for a game we call “Is That Bulls---t?” For the Spiel, starting a necessary conversation about Caramel Macchiatos.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.