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What The Duck?!

English, Nature/Natural sciences, 1 season, 155 episodes, 2 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes
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The show with a mission to explore the mysteries of nature - especially the ones that make you go What the Duck?!
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Do worms sleep?

Birds can fly while half their brain is sleeping and some spiders sleep dangling on a silk thread, but what about worms.Do worms sleep?Featuring:Associate Professor John Lesku, La Trobe University. Dr Shauni Omond, @shauniomond.sleepsci on Instagram, La Trobe University.  Professor Niels Rattenborg, Research leader on Avian Sleep, Max Planck Institute. Dr Daniela Roessler, University of Konstanz. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Roi Huberman.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people and was originally broadcast in July 2023.
5/17/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Sage-grouse dance

Female sage-grouse birds have decided that they want to see a weird sexy dance when deciding on a mate.Ann Jones explores the creativity of female choice in the animal world in this episode of What the Duck?!Featuring:Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal.Professor Gail L Patricelli,  University of California, Davis. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  John Jacobs.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people andwas originally broadcast in July 2023.
5/10/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Hyenas and lab mice - does sex matter?

Female lab mice have been bred to be passive and breed with ease.But, in the wild they're feisty and even pugnacious.How much of our biological understanding of the world is based on misogyny?Featuring:Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal.Professor Arthur Georges, University of Canberra.Professor Catherine Dulac, Harvard University.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Carey DellThis episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people. It was originally broadcast in July 2023. 
5/3/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Shells with stories to tell

There's a whole world of mystery, and quite a bit of maths,  inside the humble sea shell.Forget ancestry searches online, shells can tell you the history of the world!Featuring:Amy Prendergast, University of Melbourne.Jann Vendetti, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Dr Paul Butler, Researcher at the University of Exeter. This episode was originally broadcast in March 2023. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Carey DellThis episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
4/26/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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The merits of menopause. End of. Period.

There's only a handful of animals on earth that go through menopause, where females get to hang up the ovaries and enjoy a change of life.So, why have we (humans, chimps and some toothed whales) established a sexual retirement of sorts? What is everyone else missing out on?Featuring:Associate Professor Kevin Langergraber, Primatologist, Arizona State University.Charli Grimes, PhD student, University of Exeter.Production:Belinda Smith, Reporter/Producer. Ann Jones, Presenter/Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Wurundjeri and Kaurna people.
4/19/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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Extreme traps in nature

We will all go to trouble to get a good meal, but some animals take it to the extreme.Some build architectural masterpieces to entrap their prey, or use body parts as lures.But what is your cat doing when it makes the 'ek ek ek ek?' Is it trying to bewitch the birds? Featuring:Professor Kris Helgen, Australian Museum.Julia Henning, PhD candidate, University of Adelaide.Associate Professor Inon Scharf, Tel Aviv University.Dr David Merritt, Entomologist.Associate Professor Ajay Narendra, Macquarie University.Extra audio: Cat Ek ek ek by @thiscatisdumpling.Ann Jones, Presenter/Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Belinda Smith, Producer. Additional mastering: Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
4/12/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Phantasmic Mr Fox

Despite spending years and millions of dollars, the Tasmanian Fox Eradication team never, not once, not ever, spotted a live fox on the Apple Isle.While their efforts yielded zero foxes, it spawned a tale of lies, alleged corruption, and more scats than you could poke a stick at. Featuring:Ian Townsend, former ABC Radio National Journalist.David Kelly, Manager of the Threatened Species Unit, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.Jonah Yick, Program leader (Carp Management) Inland Fisheries Service Tasmania.Brent Beaven, Predator Free programme lead (Senior Manager Predator Free 2050), Department of Conservation, NZ.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter/Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Nathan Turnbull.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
4/5/202425 minutes, 17 seconds
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What the [sheeping] flock?

You have a lot to thank sheep for. Yes, sheep.More than just wool and meat - sheep have played a part in the development of contraception AND reproduction of humans.It's not as dodgy as it sounds, but it is absolutely surprising and listening to this show will have you thanking every sheep you see from here on out.Featuring:Tara Farms, YouTuber, and Sheep farmer.Sally Coulthard, Historian, Smallholder, and Author of “A short history of the World according to Sheep”Dr Charles Roselli, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.Emeritus Professor Gareth Evans, University of Sydney.Dr Stephan Leu, The University of Adelaide.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Nathan Turnbull.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/29/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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What the [sheeping] flock?

You have a lot to thank sheep for. Yes, sheep.More than just wool and meat — sheep have played a part in the development of contraception and reproduction in humans.It's not as dodgy as it sounds, but it is absolutely surprising. Listening to this show will have you thanking every sheep you see from here on out.Featuring:Tara Farms, YouTuber, and sheep farmer.Sally Coulthard, historian, smallholder, and author of A Short History of the World according to Sheep.Dr Charles Roselli, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.Professor Emeritus Gareth Evans, University of Sydney.Dr Stephan Leu, The University of Adelaide.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter/Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Nathan Turnbull.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/29/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Purely for pleasure

For years we've barely even talked about the human clitoris let alone the fact that snakes have TWO. This program has adult themes.Featuring:Belinda Smith, ABC Science Online Reporter. Lucy Cooke, Author and Film maker.Megan Folwell, University of Adelaide.Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell, La Trobe University.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Angie GrantThis program was first broadcast in 2023.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/22/202425 minutes, 18 seconds
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Face your fear of snakes

Would you meet a stranger in a park with a pile of snakes? Comedian Craig Quartermaine took the risk in an attempt to overcome his fears.Featuring:Craig Quartermaine, comedian. Sandy Dickinson, Urban Reptiles.Jonathan Wright, announcer's voice. Production:Ann Jones, presenter/producer.Petria Ladgrove, producer.Joel Werner, script editor.Field recording: Dylan Prins.Additional mastering: Angie Grant.This episode was originally broadcast in 2023.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Yuggera, Turrbal and Kaurna people.
3/15/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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Animals with extreme minimalist mindsets

Could a legless lizard be 'minimalist of the year' for famous podcaster T. K. Coleman?Ann Jones leads an unlikely gang of animal experts on a tidy dance through the philosophy of minimalism. There are moths without mouths, flies without wings, and a worm-lizard that will even declutter its own tail. Move over Marie Kondo, Minimalist Mother Nature is in town. Featuring:T. K. Coleman, Co-host of the Minimalists Podcast.Dr. Bryan Lessard, aka Bry the Fly Guy, entomologist and author of 'Eyes on Flies'.Dr. George Binns,  Entomologist, Macquarie University.Dr. David Wong, Ecologist.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Russell Stapleton.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/8/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mother Nature does it better (ASMR edition)

ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a tingly sensation that can bring relaxation, and it's spawned a growing industry of videos online of whispering, tapping, mouth noises and soft speaking. But, if you wanted quiet, intimate sounds, well, Nature does it so. much. better. Ann Jones goes on an ASMR journey with vibrating caterpillars, whispering monkeys and birds who want to keep secrets. Featuring:Dr Giulia Poerio, University of Sussex.Thanh Sagris, ASMR artist, Melbourne.Associate Professor Rachel Morrison, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.Associate Professor Rindy Anderson, Florida Atlantic University.Associate Professor Mandy Ridley, University of Western Australia.Professor Jayne Yack, Carleton University.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Russell Stapleton.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/1/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why do Quolls have spots?

Imagine you've just been cancelled for a controversial opinion about Taylor Swift's musical output, and you have to go to ground.You can act like the Olsen twins, and hide behind big glasses and a big coat.Or you could take a lesson from nature and blend in, like a proverbial spotty quoll into the bush.When it comes to camouflage and animal markings, there's a lot we can learn from the animal kingdom.Featuring:Dr Belinda Wilson, The Australian National University.Associate Professor Tanya Latty, University of Sydney.Dr Quentin Fogg, University of Melbourne.Dr Kaia Tombak, Purdue University. Professor Marc Holderied, Bristol University.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Isabella Tropiano.
2/23/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Butts. What are they good for?

Right now, you’re probably sitting on one of the most unique things about humans. One thing that separates us from the apes, from the birds, from EVERYTHING on earth. The thing that allows us to walk upright, on two legs.We have big butts and I cannot lie,This sort of exceptionalism doesn’t deny,That when a bird walks in with a little bit of hasteAnd drumsticks in your face, you have to admit that bipedalism ISN’T what’s interesting.It's actually our peachy butts.Featuring:Professor Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University, US.Professor Jo Setchell, Durham University, UK. Dr Peter Bishop, Harvard University, US.Lauren Thornton, University of Sunshine Coast.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Russell Stapleton.
2/16/202425 minutes, 21 seconds
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How many animals REALLY live in your house?

How many species live around your house?In the COVID lockdown of 2020, three housemates decided to count.They thought there’d only be a handful, but the number kept rising and rising.Could their simple suburban Queenslander house be the next candidate for a new national park?What the Duck?! is back for Season 6.Featuring:Dr Matt Holden, Mathematician, University of Queensland.Dr Andrew Rogers, Ecologist, University of Melbourne.Dr Russell Yong, Taxonomist. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Nathan Turnbull.
2/9/202425 minutes
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Space race- the animal edition

Fruit flies, guinea pigs, frogs, monkeys, turtles, cats and dogs… all sorts of animals have been to space.Find out who made small steps for mankind before we could even spacewalk as Ann goes through the emotional turmoil of hearing animals in space. Featuring:James Foley, Author and Illustrator.Kerrie Dougherty OAM, Senior Heritage and Outreach Officer, Australian Space Agency.Emeritus Professor John P. Gluck, University of New Mexico and Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.Michael Coggan, News Voice. What the Duck?! Season 6 will be back next week.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Matthew Crawford.
2/2/202425 minutes, 17 seconds
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SUMMER - Daddy-long-legs

You probably have a daddy-long-legs in your house right now.But when is having a weird housemate in the corner ACTUALLY a good thing? Dr Ann Jones investigates.This episode was first published on the 9th of September 2023. Featuring:Dr Samantha Nixon, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Dr Lizzy Lowe, Invertebrates Australia.Thanks also to Dr Bernhard Huber, Arachnid Curator at Museum Koenig for helping us get the facts right.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
1/26/202425 minutes, 7 seconds
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SUMMER - Silence of the vultures

An ornithologist, a veterinarian and a religious devotee must find the serial killer before every last vulture in India is dead.The episode was first published on the 2nd of September 2023. Featuring:Dr Campbell Murn, Head of Conservation at Hawk Conservancy Trust and University of Reading, UK.Dr Kishor Rithe, Interim Director, Bombay Natural History Society.Dr Andrea Santangeli, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain.Dr Percy Avari, Mumbai Vetinarary College.Sherally Munshi, Georgetown.Vulture sounds provided by Nikita Mathur, India.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
1/19/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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SUMMER - Are Naked Mole-rats the weirdest animals on earth?

They look like… 'sabre-toothed sausages', they can barely see, they live for a really long time and have a queen who oppresses them.Find out all about the Naked Mole-rat this week and let us know your weirdest animal on earth suggestions at [email protected]:Dr Alison Barker, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.Adjunct Professor Rochelle Buffenstein, University of Illinois at Chicago.Extra information: Professor Gary R. Lewin, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Angie GrantThis episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
1/12/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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SUMMER - The ostrich-riding bushranger

He loved gold, so he robbed stagecoaches in South Australia and used an ostrich as a getaway car. OR DID HE?!This episode was first published on the 11th of February 2023.Featuring:Denice Mason, teacher and Meningie resident.Associate Professor Rohan Clarke, Monash University and co-author of the Australian Bird Guide.Jacob Fiebig, Meningie resident and composer of "The ballad of John Peggotty".Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Angie Grant.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna people.
1/5/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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SUMMER- Kneel before the eel

For thousands of years eels have made people rich and powerful, literally. Now it's time to pay it back.This episode was originally published on the 18th of March 2023.Featuring:Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee, Historian Cornell University.Erin Rose, Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.Braydon Saunders, Tour Guide Coordinator at Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism.Tyson Lovett-Murray, Budj Bim World Heritage Ranger at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.Wayne Koster, Research Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Victorian Government.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Timothy Jenkins.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Gunditjmara, Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
12/29/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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SUMMER- Birds, bees and a wang wang with a problem.

A tiny penis, a 12-hour annual fertilisation window, picky females and strawberry bubble bath – these are just a few of the issues that pop up when making a panda cub.This is a repeat of an episode first published on the 1st of April 2023. Featuring:Chad Crittle, Acting Assistant Curator for Carnivores and Ungulates at Zoos SA.Mr Li Zhang, Consul, Head of Bilateral Section at the Chinese Consulate-General in Adelaide.Dr Meghan Martin Wintle, Director, Conservation Ecologist at PDX Wildlife.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering: Carey Dell.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
12/22/202325 minutes, 6 seconds
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Who's a good girl?

Ann Jones does a DNA test to see if she is a dog!This is the final episode for Season 5 of What the Duck?! We will be back in February with new episodes.Featuring:Skyla Seltzer, What The Duck?! listener.Beanz and Henry the dog. Link Olson, Curator of Mammals, University of Alaska Museum.Dr Nicola Rivers, Monash University.Professor Paul Hebert, Scientific Director, International Barcode of Life.Dr Leo Joseph, Australian National Wildlife Collection CSIRO. Tim Low, Biologist and author. Thanks also Ying Luo for background information. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
12/15/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is the pigeon the weirdest animal on earth?

It is related to the dodo, makes milk and even played a role in the French Revolution. Surely this bird deserves some recognition?Featuring:Rosemary Mosco, Science writer and author of 'The Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching'.Nathan Finger, Host of 'Bird of the Week' podcast Dr Robin Leppitt, Ornithologist.April Broadbent, Pigeon Rehabber.Aaron and Aria, Pigeon Fanciers.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
12/8/202326 minutes, 4 seconds
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Can you speak fish?

Someone get a translator app because the fish are ready to speak. Featuring:Lauren Hawkins, Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University. Dr Aaron Rice, Research Scientist at Cornell University. Featured sounds :Thanks to Aaron and Lauren for providing sounds as well as Professor Robert Macaulay and the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University. Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
12/1/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Nature's vibrators

They make THEMSELVES scream. Featuring:Dr. Perry Beasley Hall, Adelaide University.Ernesto Caliari Pinheiro, Acoustic biologist, Brazil.Professor Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Uppsala, Sweden. Lisa Schoenberg, Ecological sound artist, New York.Professor Link Olson, University of Alaska Museum.Dr Andy Reid, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.Dr Ying Luo, Australian National Insect Collection. Featured sounds :Son of a Bee by Dusty Dubs, David Rentz and Vicki Powys.Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri.This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
11/24/202325 minutes, 46 seconds
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Mike-owl Jackson, Gorillaz and The Pussycat Dolls- are animals musical?

Can animals create, or even enjoy music? Ann rips through the animal kingdom to check out the musical talent of some likely and unlikely animals.Featuring:Dr. Stuart Watson, University of Zurich. Dr. Chiara De Gregorio, University of Torino. Assistant Professor Adena Schachner, University of California.David Teie, Musician and composer, Music for Cats. Associate Professor Cameron Webb, University of Sydney and NSW Health Pathology. Featured sounds :Musical Stimuli for Parrots by Adena Schachner, Fostog's Touch by David Teie (music for cats) and Marlene McCohen (YouTube) and her Amazon parrot Lucy.   Production:Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer.Petria Ladgrove, Producer.Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri.
11/17/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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PRESENTS - Our Changing World

A new season of What the Duck?! is just around the corner - but for now... we wanted to share an excerpt of a great episode on the sex life of spiders from our friends at Radio New Zealand. Spiders... sometimes they mate. Sometimes they get eaten. But that’s just how it goes. Spider sex can be a risky business.  Check out the full episode on Radio New Zealand here. This episode of Our Changing World was produced on the land of the Waikato Tainui iwi. 
11/2/20232 minutes, 36 seconds
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Glow your own way

Are you high, or is that a sheep glowing? Featuring: Linda Reinhold, Zoologist at James Cook University. Professor Simon Lewis, Curtin University.  Dr. Kenny Travouillon, Western Australian Museum.  Caitlin Grieve, Hillend Dorsets.
10/6/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Glow your own way

Are you high, or is that a sheep glowing? Featuring: Linda Reinhold, Zoologist at James Cook University. Professor Simon Lewis, Curtin University.  Dr. Kenny Travouillon, Western Australian Museum.  Caitlin Grieve, Hillend Dorsets.
10/6/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Killer whales vs boats

A group of Killer whales have been hassling boats around Spain over the last few years.  They've been nibbling the rudders and even sinking yachts, but why? Has anyone considered that it might be revenge?  How dangerous are Orcas anyway?  Featuring: Martin Evans, UK Sailor. Professor Peter Keegan, History and Archaeology at Macquarie University.  Dr Rebeca Wellard, Curtin University. Dr Luke Rendell, University of St Andrews, Scotland.  Anna Selbman, University of Iceland. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/29/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Petrel heads in love

They smell like a squid in a wool jumper, they sound like a duck on helium, and devoted 'Petrel Heads' travel thousands of kilometres just to hear them moan.   Featuring: Peter Vaughan, Monash University.  Stephen Totterman, Northern NSW Naturalist and seabird enthusiast. Rolenas Tavue Baereleo, Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation, Government of Vanuatu.   Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/22/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Feeling crabby

Have the crabs been lying to us? There are true crabs, false crabs, and even shame-faced crabs which implies that some of them, at least, are guilty. Featuring: Dr Rachael King, SA Museum.  Professor Judith Weis, Rutgers University, Newark.  Dr Annabel Dorrenstein, University of Western Sydney. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/15/202325 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who's your Daddy?

You probably have a daddy-long-legs in your house right now. But when is having a weird housemate in the corner ACTUALLY a good thing? Dr Ann Jones investigates.   Featuring: Dr Samantha Nixon, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Dr Lizzy Lowe, Invertebrates Australia. Thanks also to Dr Bernhard Huber, Arachnid Curator at Museum Koenig.   Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/8/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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POD EXTRA: Johnny Cash and the Condor fire

An extra special, podcast only, five-minute story for you! A bird that stands over a metre tall hardly seems like it'd bow down to a rock star, but Johnny Cash played a burning role in the near-extinction of Californian Condors. Featuring: Dr. Maggie Watson, Zoologist at Charles Sturt University  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/2/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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Silence of the vultures

An ornithologist, a veterinarian and a religious devotee must find the serial killer before every last vulture in India is dead. Featuring: Dr Campbell Murn, Head of Conservation at Hawk Conservancy Trust and University of Reading, UK. Dr Kishor Rithe, Interim Director, Bombay Natural History Society.  Dr Andrea Santangeli, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain. Dr Percy Avari, Mumbai Vetinarary College.  Sherally Munshi, Georgetown.  Vulture sounds provided by Nikita Mathur, India.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
9/1/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Do worms dream?

We get a bit philosophical and try to find out that if animals do dream, will we ever be able to know what they’re dreaming about? Featuring: Cassie, Claire and Pidgey the Parrot.  Associate Professor Nicole Lovato, Flinders University.  Associate Professor John Lesku, La Trobe University.  Professor David Pena Guzman, author of ‘Animal Dreaming’ and San Francisco State University.   Professor Sidarta Ribeiro, neuroscientist at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.  Dr Shauni Omond, @wormgirl on Instagram, La Trobe University.   Professor Niels Rattenborg, Research leader on Avian Sleep, Max Planck Institute.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/28/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Do worms dream?

We get a bit philosophical and try to find out that if animals do dream, will we ever be able to know what they’re dreaming about? Featuring: Cassie, Claire and Pidgey the Parrot.  Associate Professor Nicole Lovato, Flinders University.  Associate Professor John Lesku, La Trobe University.  Professor David Pena Guzman, author of ‘Animal Dreaming’ and San Francisco State University.   Professor Sidarta Ribeiro, neuroscientist at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.  Dr Shauni Omond, @wormgirl on Instagram, La Trobe University.   Professor Niels Rattenborg, Research leader on Avian Sleep, Max Planck Institute.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Hamish Camilleri. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/28/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Sleep like a log

Birds can fly while half their brain is sleeping and some spiders sleep dangling on a silk thread, but what about worms. Do worms sleep? Featuring: Associate Professor John Lesku, La Trobe University.  Shauni Omond, @shauniomond.sleepsci on Instagram, La Trobe University.   Professor Niels Rattenborg, Research leader on Avian Sleep, Max Planck Institute.  Dr Daniela Roessler, University of Konstanz.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/21/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Sleep like a log

Birds can fly while half their brain is sleeping and some spiders sleep dangling on a silk thread, but what about worms. Do worms sleep? Featuring: Associate Professor John Lesku, La Trobe University.  Dr Shauni Omond, @shauniomond.sleepsci on Instagram, La Trobe University.   Professor Niels Rattenborg, Research leader on Avian Sleep, Max Planck Institute.  Dr Daniela Roessler, University of Konstanz.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/21/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why don't you act like a girl?

Boob-shaping hiccups are very sexy in the sage grouse world, but whose chesticles are in charge? Featuring: Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal. Professor Gail L Patricelli,  University of California, Davis.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  John Jacobs. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/14/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why don't you act like a girl?

Boob-shaping hiccups are very sexy in the sage grouse world, but whose chesticles are in charge? Featuring: Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal. Professor Gail L Patricelli,  University of California, Davis.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  John Jacobs. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
7/14/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bitch! Who is really in charge?

Female lab mice have been bred to be passive and breed with ease. But, in the wild they're feisty and even pugnacious. How much of our biological understanding of the world is based on misogyny? Featuring: Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal. Professor Arthur Georges, University of Canberra. Professor Catherine Dulac, Harvard University. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Ann-Marie Debettencor.
7/7/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bitch! Who is really in charge?

Female lab mice have been bred to be passive and breed with ease. But, in the wild they're feisty and even pugnacious. How much of our biological understanding of the world is based on misogyny? Featuring: Lucy Cooke, Zoologist and author of Bitch A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal. Professor Arthur Georges, University of Canberra. Professor Catherine Dulac, Harvard University. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering:  Ann-Marie Debettencor.
7/7/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Birds, bees and a wang wang with a problem.

A tiny penis, a 12-hour annual fertilisation window, picky females and strawberry bubble bath – these are just a few of the issues that pop up when making a panda cub. Featuring: Chad Crittle, Acting Assistant Curator for Carnivores and Ungulates at Zoos SA. Mr Li Zhang, Consul, Head  of Bilateral Section at the Chinese Consulate-General in Adelaide. Dr Meghan Martin Wintle, Director, Conservation Ecologist at PDX Wildlife. This is the last show of season 2 of What The Duck but Season 3 is on its way! The best way to stay in touch is to follow or subscribe and turn notifications on.
3/31/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Birds, bees and a wang wang with a problem.

A tiny penis, a 12-hour annual fertilisation window, picky females and strawberry bubble bath – these are just a few of the issues that pop up when making a panda cub. Featuring: Chad Crittle, Acting Assistant Curator for Carnivores and Ungulates at Zoos SA. Mr Li Zhang, Consul, Head  of Bilateral Section at the Chinese Consulate-General in Adelaide. Dr Meghan Martin Wintle, Director, Conservation Ecologist at PDX Wildlife. This is the last show of season 2 of What The Duck but Season 3 is on its way! The best way to stay in touch is to follow or subscribe and turn notifications on.
3/31/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Shells with stories to tell

Forget ancestry searches online. Shells can tell you the history of the world. Featuring: Amy Prendergast, University of Melbourne. Jann Vendetti, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  Dr Paul Butler, Researcher at the University of Exeter. 
3/24/202330 minutes
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Shells with stories to tell

Forget ancestry searches online. Shells can tell you the history of the world. Featuring: Amy Prendergast, University of Melbourne. Jann Vendetti, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  Dr Paul Butler, Researcher at the University of Exeter. 
3/24/202330 minutes
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Kneel before the eel

For thousands of years eels have made people rich and powerful, literally. Now it's time to pay it back.  Featuring: Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee, Historian Cornell University.  Erin Rose, Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Braydon Saunders, Tour Guide Coordinator at Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism. Tyson Lovett-Murray, Budj Bim World Heritage Ranger at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Wayne Koster, Research Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Victorian Government. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Timothy Jenkins. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Gunditjmara, Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/17/202330 minutes
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Kneel before the eel

For thousands of years eels have made people rich and powerful, literally. Now it's time to pay it back.  Featuring: Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee, Historian Cornell University.  Erin Rose, Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Braydon Saunders, Tour Guide Coordinator at Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism. Tyson Lovett-Murray, Budj Bim World Heritage Ranger at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Wayne Koster, Research Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Victorian Government. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Timothy Jenkins. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Gunditjmara, Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/17/202330 minutes
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Purely for pleasure

For years we've barely even talked about the human clitoris let alone the fact that snakes have TWO.  This program has adult themes. Featuring: Belinda Smith, ABC Science Online Reporter.  Lucy Cooke, Author and Film maker. Megan Folwell, University of Adelaide. Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell, La Trobe University. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/10/202330 minutes
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Purely for pleasure

For years we've barely even talked about the human clitoris let alone the fact that snakes have TWO.  This program has adult themes. Featuring: Belinda Smith, ABC Science Online Reporter.  Lucy Cooke, Author and Film maker. Megan Folwell, University of Adelaide. Dr Jenna Crowe-Riddell, La Trobe University. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/10/202330 minutes
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Are Naked Mole-rats the weirdest animals on earth?

They look like... 'sabre-toothed sausages', they can barely see, they live for a really long time and have a queen who oppresses them. Find out all about the Naked Mole-rat this week and let us know your weirdest animal on earth suggestions at [email protected]. Featuring: Dr Alison Barker, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. Adjunct Professor Rochelle Buffenstein,  University of Illinois at Chicago. Extra information: Professor Gary R. Lewin,  Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/3/202330 minutes
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Are Naked Mole-rats the weirdest animals on earth?

They look like... 'sabre-toothed sausages', they can barely see, they live for a really long time and have a queen who oppresses them. Find out all about the Naked Mole-rat this week and let us know your weirdest animal on earth suggestions at [email protected]. Featuring: Dr Alison Barker, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. Adjunct Professor Rochelle Buffenstein,  University of Illinois at Chicago. Extra information: Professor Gary R. Lewin,  Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
3/3/202330 minutes
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Craig Vs Snakes

Would you meet a stranger in a park with a pile of snakes?  Comedian, Craig Quartermaine, took the risk in an attempt to overcome his fears! Featuring: Craig Quartermaine, Comedian.  Sandy Dickinson, Urban Reptiles. Jonathan Wright, Announcer voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Field recording: Dylan Prins Additional mastering: Angie Grant Would you meet a stranger in a park with a pile of snakes?  Comedian Craig Quartermaine, took the risk in an attempt to overcome his fears. Featuring: Craig Quartermaine, Comedian.  Sandy Dickinson, Urban Reptiles. Jonathan Wright, Announcer voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Field recording: Dylan Prins Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Yuggera, Turrbal and Kaurna people.
2/24/202330 minutes
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Craig Vs Snakes

Would you meet a stranger in a park with a pile of snakes?  Comedian, Craig Quartermaine, took the risk in an attempt to overcome his fears! Featuring: Craig Quartermaine, Comedian.  Sandy Dickinson, Urban Reptiles. Jonathan Wright, Announcer voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Field recording: Dylan Prins Additional mastering: Angie Grant Would you meet a stranger in a park with a pile of snakes?  Comedian Craig Quartermaine, took the risk in an attempt to overcome his fears. Featuring: Craig Quartermaine, Comedian.  Sandy Dickinson, Urban Reptiles. Jonathan Wright, Announcer voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Field recording: Dylan Prins Additional mastering: Angie Grant This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Yuggera, Turrbal and Kaurna people.
2/24/202330 minutes
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Animals in Space

Who made small steps for man before man could even space walk? Featuring: James Foley, Author and Illustrator. Kerrie Dougherty OAM, Senior Heritage and Outreach Officer, Australian Space Agency. Emeritus Professor John P. Gluck, University of New Mexico and Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Michael Coggan, News Voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Matthew Crawford. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
2/17/202330 minutes
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Animals in Space

Who made small steps for man before man could even space walk? Featuring: James Foley, Author and Illustrator. Kerrie Dougherty OAM, Senior Heritage and Outreach Officer, Australian Space Agency. Emeritus Professor John P. Gluck, University of New Mexico and Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Michael Coggan, News Voice.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Matthew Crawford. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and Kaurna people.
2/17/202330 minutes
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The ostrich-riding bushranger

He loved gold, so he robbed stage coaches in South Australia and used an ostrich as a getaway car. OR DID HE?!  Welcome to the first episode of 'What The Duck?!' Season 2. Featuring: Denice Mason, teacher and Meningie resident. Associate Professor Rohan Clarke, Monash University and co-author of the Australian Bird Guide. Jacob Fiebig, Meningie resident and composer of "The ballad of John Peggotty".  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angie Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna people.
2/10/202330 minutes
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The ostrich-riding bushranger

He loved gold, so he robbed stage coaches in South Australia and used an ostrich as a getaway car. OR DID HE?!  Welcome to the first episode of 'What The Duck?!' Season 2. Featuring: Denice Mason, teacher and Meningie resident. Associate Professor Rohan Clarke, Monash University and co-author of the Australian Bird Guide. Jacob Fiebig, Meningie resident and composer of "The ballad of John Peggotty".  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angie Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna people.
2/10/202330 minutes
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Spider murder methods

The show with a mission to explore the mysteries of nature.
12/16/202230 minutes
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Spider murder methods

The show with a mission to explore the mysteries of nature.
12/16/202230 minutes
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The politics of being a cow

If you think that cow politics is just about the live export business, you are wrong. Cows have politics of their own – machinations to sort out who is the leader and who will be led.  Featuring: Dr Rebecca Doyle, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne. Joe Gelonisi - the voice of cow facts.  Derek Klingenberg, cattle trombonist. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
12/9/202230 minutes
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The politics of being a cow

If you think that cow politics is just about the live export business, you are wrong. Cows have politics of their own – machinations to sort out who is the leader and who will be led.  Featuring: Dr Rebecca Doyle, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne. Joe Gelonisi - the voice of cow facts.  Derek Klingenberg, cattle trombonist. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
12/9/202230 minutes
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Inside a cow pat

Here’s a field guide you probably don’t have — “Introduced Dung Beetles in Australia".
12/2/202230 minutes
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Inside a cow pat

Here’s a field guide you probably don’t have — “Introduced Dung Beetles in Australia".
12/2/202230 minutes
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Hitchhikers guide to ecology 

Grabbing a lift can go from bad to worse when your uber drops you outside your evolutionary niche.  FEATURING Dr Matt Greenlees, Sydney University. Arthur White, NSW frog and tadpole study group. David Chapple, Monash University. Dr Maggie Watson, Charles Sturt University.  Dr Robert Streit, Reef Function Hub at James Cook University. Voice of the Internet: Nikolai Beilharz.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/25/202230 minutes
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Hitchhikers guide to ecology 

Grabbing a lift can go from bad to worse when your uber drops you outside your evolutionary niche.  FEATURING Dr Matt Greenlees, Sydney University. Arthur White, NSW frog and tadpole study group. David Chapple, Monash University. Dr Maggie Watson, Charles Sturt University.  Dr Robert Streit, Reef Function Hub at James Cook University. Voice of the Internet: Nikolai Beilharz.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/25/202230 minutes
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Field guide to car ecology

Ever wondered about the spiders in your car mirror? How they got there and ‘where the duck’ they’re going?   FEATURING Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology, Museums Victoria Research Institute.  Dr Laurent Keller, University of Lausanne Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/18/202230 minutes
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Field guide to car ecology

Ever wondered about the spiders in your car mirror? How they got there and ‘where the duck’ they’re going?   FEATURING Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology, Museums Victoria Research Institute.  Dr Laurent Keller, University of Lausanne Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editor.  Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/18/202230 minutes
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How to speak Cicada

The 'sound of summer' is actually thousands of blokes screaming 'PICK ME' at the top of their screaming cicada voices.
11/11/202230 minutes
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How to speak Cicada

The 'sound of summer' is actually thousands of blokes screaming 'PICK ME' at the top of their screaming cicada voices.
11/11/202230 minutes
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Never skip leg day

A millipede has a thousand legs right? WRONG! FEATURING Dr Juanita Rodriguez, Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO. Dr Bruno Alves Buzatto, Flinders University. Luis Villazon, Science Educator UK.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/4/202230 minutes
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Never skip leg day

A millipede has a thousand legs right? WRONG! FEATURING Dr Juanita Rodriguez, Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO. Dr Bruno Alves Buzatto, Flinders University. Luis Villazon, Science Educator UK.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Additional mastering: Angela Grant. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
11/4/202230 minutes
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Animals on acid

It turns out self medicating and herbal remedies are not exclusive to humans… FEATURING Dr Kevin Feeney, Central Washington University. Adjunct Professor Michael Huffman, University of Kyoto. Dr Sophia Daoudi-Simison, Newcastle University UK. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Nick Kilvert, Presenter/ Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/28/202230 minutes
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Animals on acid

It turns out self medicating and herbal remedies are not exclusive to humans… FEATURING Dr Kevin Feeney, Central Washington University. Adjunct Professor Michael Huffman, University of Kyoto. Dr Sophia Daoudi-Simison, Newcastle University UK. Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Nick Kilvert, Presenter/ Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/28/202230 minutes
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The big bad wolf – have we got it wrong?

How far from reality are the folk stories about wolves and dogs? We’re going right back to Aesop’s fables with zoologist and author Jo Wimpenny.  Listen to part one (Aesop’s animals) here:  FEATURING Dr Jo Wimpenny- Zoologist and Author Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/21/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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The big bad wolf – have we got it wrong?

How far from reality are the folk stories about wolves and dogs? We’re going right back to Aesop’s fables with zoologist and author Jo Wimpenny.  Listen to part one (Aesop’s animals) here:  FEATURING Dr Jo Wimpenny- Zoologist and Author Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/21/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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It DOES fart!

The world's oldest fart is frozen in amber, and it is the source of the world's oldest fart joke.  Listen to part one (Does it Fart?!) here. FEATURING Dani Rabaiotti, Author of Does it Fart? and Zoological Society of London. Dr Nick Gales, Former Head of Australian Antarctic Division. Prof Dave Watson, Charles Sturt University.  Prof Jeffrey Stillwell, Adjunct Monash Uni Dr Adam Munn, Biologist.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Jo Khan, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/14/202230 minutes
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It DOES fart!

The world's oldest fart is frozen in amber, and it is the source of the world's oldest fart joke.  Listen to part one (Does it Fart?!) here. FEATURING Dani Rabaiotti, Author of Does it Fart? and Zoological Society of London. Dr Nick Gales, Former Head of Australian Antarctic Division. Prof Dave Watson, Charles Sturt University.  Prof Jeffrey Stillwell, Adjunct Monash Uni Dr Adam Munn, Biologist.  Production: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Jo Khan, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/14/202230 minutes
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What's in your freezer?

Move the peas over to find that Australian freezers have seals, kangaroo penises and the DNA of 'the Chanel of goats.' FEATURING: Dr Natalie Warburton, Murdoch University.  Dr Jillian Garvey, La Trobe University.  Dr Nicola Rivers, Monash University. Dianne Hakof, Hospital Manger Animal Health Department Zoos SA PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/7/202230 minutes
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What's in your freezer?

Move the peas over to find that Australian freezers have seals, kangaroo penises and the DNA of 'the Chanel of goats.' FEATURING: Dr Natalie Warburton, Murdoch University.  Dr Jillian Garvey, La Trobe University.  Dr Nicola Rivers, Monash University. Dianne Hakof, Hospital Manger Animal Health Department Zoos SA PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
10/7/202230 minutes
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It's still brown and sticky!

There are so many sticky things in nature, but what's the nature of their stickiness? Ann puts on her spider-woman gloves to find out. FEATURING: Ella Tyler, wife of the late Prof Mike Tyler. Prof Andrew Smith, Biology, Ithaca College. Prof George Murrell, Director Orthopaedic Research Institute, St George Hospital, NSW. PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
9/30/202230 minutes
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It's still brown and sticky!

There are so many sticky things in nature, but what's the nature of their stickiness? Ann puts on her spider-woman gloves to find out. FEATURING: Ella Tyler, wife of the late Prof Mike Tyler. Prof Andrew Smith, Biology, Ithaca College. Prof George Murrell, Director Orthopaedic Research Institute, St George Hospital, NSW. PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
9/30/202230 minutes
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What's brown and sticky?

If you ever wanted to be able to stick to walls like spider man, then listen to this. 
9/23/202230 minutes
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What's brown and sticky?

If you ever wanted to be able to stick to walls like spider man, then listen to this. 
9/23/202230 minutes
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The flies have it

As per usual the What the Duck?! team is elbow-deep in crap looking for a way out. And the way out, is flies.  FEATURING: Dr Bryan Lessard, Entomologist, Author of Eyes on Flies.  PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editing. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
9/16/202230 minutes
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The flies have it

As per usual the What the Duck?! team is elbow-deep in crap looking for a way out. And the way out, is flies.  FEATURING: Dr Bryan Lessard, Entomologist, Author of Eyes on Flies.  PRODUCTION: Ann Jones, Presenter / Producer. Petria Ladgrove, Producer. Joel Werner, Script Editing. This episode of What the Duck?! was produced on the land of the Wadawarrung and the Kaurna people.
9/16/202230 minutes
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A short break for What the Duck?!

What the Duck?! is taking a short break so instead you'll be hearing Radio New Zealand’s 'Our Changing World' on the radio for the next three weeks.
8/26/202230 minutes
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A short break for What the Duck?!

What the Duck?! is taking a short break so instead you'll be hearing Radio New Zealand’s 'Our Changing World' on the radio for the next three weeks.
8/26/202230 minutes
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Trees call out fake news

Sawing through tree myths with Arborists Maja and Sam. No matter how good your job is, there’s always something that really cheeses you off, and Maja and Sam are SICK TO DEATH of all your misconceptions about trees.
8/19/20220
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Trees call out fake news

Sawing through tree myths with Arborists Maja and Sam. No matter how good your job is, there’s always something that really cheeses you off, and Maja and Sam are SICK TO DEATH of all your misconceptions about trees.
8/19/20220
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Why is my tree weeping?

The duckie inbox has been swamped with tree mysteries.
8/12/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why is my tree weeping?

The duckie inbox has been swamped with tree mysteries.
8/12/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Could you eat an animal that does it in the missionary position?

Ann revisits the release site of a bunch of (almost extinct) Murray Crayfish to find out the crays have been completing sexy rhythmic gymnastics in the mud on the bottom of the murray river.
8/5/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Could you eat an animal that does it in the missionary position?

Ann revisits the release site of a bunch of (almost extinct) Murray Crayfish to find out the crays have been completing sexy rhythmic gymnastics in the mud on the bottom of the murray river.
8/5/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Stinging Science

He makes things sting him on purpose. WHY.
7/29/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Stinging Science

He makes things sting him on purpose. WHY.
7/29/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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The bird-eating centipede

It’s like a serial killer movie, a classic horror film. There are huge fangs, a segmented body, a remote location, the ocean bashes against cliffs, you’re all alone and there’s no one to help. The first bodies that turn up are of the children... of petrels.
7/22/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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The bird-eating centipede

It’s like a serial killer movie, a classic horror film. There are huge fangs, a segmented body, a remote location, the ocean bashes against cliffs, you’re all alone and there’s no one to help. The first bodies that turn up are of the children... of petrels.
7/22/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Become the Cuckoo

How does a cuckoo know it's a cuckoo?
7/15/202225 minutes, 12 seconds
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Become the Cuckoo

How does a cuckoo know it's a cuckoo?
7/15/202225 minutes, 12 seconds
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Animals that mine

So... what do you do when a crocodile and a shark end up in your mine pit? AT THE SAME TIME. 
7/8/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Animals that mine

So... what do you do when a crocodile and a shark end up in your mine pit? AT THE SAME TIME. 
7/8/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Does it fart?

Farts can be a matter of life or death, but not in the way that you're thinking. This is SERIOUS. 
7/1/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Does it fart?

Farts can be a matter of life or death, but not in the way that you're thinking. This is SERIOUS. 
7/1/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Penguins

Promiscuous penguins, climate change and penguin first aid.
6/24/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Little Penguins

Promiscuous penguins, climate change and penguin first aid.
6/24/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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Koala AIDS (that’s all we need!)

How much more can the koala bear?  
6/17/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Koala AIDS (that’s all we need!)

How much more can the koala bear?  
6/17/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Blood suckers

You can run but you can't hide! Ever wondered how a mosquito manages to hit a blood vessel without fail?
6/10/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Blood suckers

You can run but you can't hide! Ever wondered how a mosquito manages to hit a blood vessel without fail?
6/10/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Roast Chook Fungi

It looks as if a roast chook had been tied to a four-poster bed. 
6/3/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Roast Chook Fungi

It looks as if a roast chook had been tied to a four-poster bed. 
6/3/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Guess who’s back?

Back again!? The thylacine has made its last appearance alive on earth. Or has it? Ann chases the elusive Tasmanian Tiger with geneticists, conservationists and a bloke who saw one while he was coming home from the shops.  
5/27/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Guess who’s back?

Back again!? The thylacine has made its last appearance alive on earth. Or has it? Ann chases the elusive Tasmanian Tiger with geneticists, conservationists and a bloke who saw one while he was coming home from the shops.  
5/27/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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True Blue  

Ann finds out that birds are not really blue. Not even bluebirds. They’re not blue. Then what the duck are they?  
5/20/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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True Blue  

Ann finds out that birds are not really blue. Not even bluebirds. They’re not blue. Then what the duck are they?  
5/20/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? The ANSWER

Dr Ann Jones has the answer to the game of 'Who the duck?!' this week. Thanks for your many guesses and emails... it is now time for the big reveal. Stay tuned for the newest episode of What the Duck?! this Saturday!
5/19/20223 minutes, 31 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? The ANSWER

Dr Ann Jones has the answer to the game of 'Who the duck?!' this week. Thanks for your many guesses and emails... it is now time for the big reveal. Stay tuned for the newest episode of What the Duck?! this Saturday!
5/19/20223 minutes, 31 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? #3

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's the final clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
5/13/20221 minute, 41 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? #3

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's the final clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
5/13/20221 minute, 41 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? #2

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's another clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
5/6/20221 minute, 47 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I? #2

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's another clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
5/6/20221 minute, 47 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I?

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's a clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
4/29/20221 minute, 55 seconds
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BONUS - Who the Duck am I?

Dr Ann Jones is out filming for ABC TV , but she hasn't forgotten the loyal subscribers. Here's a clue to a game of 'Who the duck?!' just for you! Please send your guesses to [email protected].
4/29/20221 minute, 55 seconds
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Australian native animals as pets. Yes/No  

Ann stumbles across spinifex hopping mice on gumtree and then finds herself cornered by a bloke with a crocodile (and more). 
4/22/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Australian native animals as pets. Yes/No  

Ann stumbles across spinifex hopping mice on gumtree and then finds herself cornered by a bloke with a crocodile (and more). 
4/22/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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A girl walks in the woods

After receiving a heartbreaking email, Ann goes on a mission to prove that ‘girls DO like spiders.’  
4/15/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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A girl walks in the woods

After receiving a heartbreaking email, Ann goes on a mission to prove that ‘girls DO like spiders.’  
4/15/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to catch an Emu

Taking on an Emu is 100% a mind game.  
4/8/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to catch an Emu

Taking on an Emu is 100% a mind game.  
4/8/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Man vs quoll

Between 1831 and 1916 there were 111 published reports of quolls eating human corpses. What. The. Duck?!
4/1/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Man vs quoll

Between 1831 and 1916 there were 111 published reports of quolls eating human corpses. What. The. Duck?!
4/1/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Aesop's Animals

What is the science behind the famous fables like the tortoise and the hare? 
3/25/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Aesop's Animals

What is the science behind the famous fables like the tortoise and the hare? 
3/25/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Wearing the skins of your enemies 

Sometimes it’s not enough to liquify your enemies and drink them through a straw. Sometimes you have to wear their skins as you hunt down their friends and families.
3/18/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Wearing the skins of your enemies 

Sometimes it’s not enough to liquify your enemies and drink them through a straw. Sometimes you have to wear their skins as you hunt down their friends and families.
3/18/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Salty extremophiles

This place is so extreme that NASA sends scientists to test equipment for Mars missions. And yet, Australia's salty lakes are full of life.
3/11/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Salty extremophiles

This place is so extreme that NASA sends scientists to test equipment for Mars missions. And yet, Australia's salty lakes are full of life.
3/11/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Snakes and Ladders

How does a snake climb a pole? It's not like they have a ladder... or arms.
3/4/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Snakes and Ladders

How does a snake climb a pole? It's not like they have a ladder... or arms.
3/4/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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The kookaburra that conquered Hollywood

Yes, that was a kookaburra at the start of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. But WHY?  
2/25/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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The kookaburra that conquered Hollywood

Yes, that was a kookaburra at the start of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. But WHY?  
2/25/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tits, boobies and hooters

Why is it that bird names seem so… childishly misogynistic? 
2/18/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tits, boobies and hooters

Why is it that bird names seem so… childishly misogynistic? 
2/18/202225 minutes, 17 seconds
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Are you really better than a bum-licking ant?

Humans totally were the first farmers, right?! Think again.  
2/11/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Are you really better than a bum-licking ant?

Humans totally were the first farmers, right?! Think again.  
2/11/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Eat sh*t and prosper

Evolution has resulted in a million ways that animals succeed on this earth, we just didn’t realise so many of them involved eating your own poo. 
2/4/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Eat sh*t and prosper

Evolution has resulted in a million ways that animals succeed on this earth, we just didn’t realise so many of them involved eating your own poo. 
2/4/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Duck the Ripper

Ripper the musk duck had many bad habits – chief among them was attacking the keepers and then swearing under his breath. But was Ripper really angry, or was his swearing a symptom of something much more sinister?
1/28/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Duck the Ripper

Ripper the musk duck had many bad habits – chief among them was attacking the keepers and then swearing under his breath. But was Ripper really angry, or was his swearing a symptom of something much more sinister?
1/28/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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INTRODUCING — What The Duck?!

Australia is full of weird plants and animals. And Dr Ann Jones is on speaking terms with most of them! Each week Ann explores the most unusual elements of our natural world — the ones that make you go What the Duck?! Like why do quolls have spots? Who farts (and who doesn't)? And how do snakes climb trees? Join Ann alongside experts and ordinary Aussies alike to solve mysteries, smash myths and uncover the bizarre truth about nature down under.
1/20/20222 minutes, 40 seconds
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INTRODUCING — What The Duck?!

Australia is full of weird plants and animals. And Dr Ann Jones is on speaking terms with most of them! Each week Ann explores the most unusual elements of our natural world — the ones that make you go What the Duck?! Like why do quolls have spots? Who farts (and who doesn't)? And how do snakes climb trees? Join Ann alongside experts and ordinary Aussies alike to solve mysteries, smash myths and uncover the bizarre truth about nature down under.
1/20/20222 minutes, 40 seconds