Strange Animals Podcast – Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with Strange Animals Podcast. This show has a passionate host that lays down all the quality details about a new animal from the present, past, or even fiction every episode.

PodApplaud- Strange Animals Podcast

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to observe the podcast, Strange Animals Podcast, in its natural habitat.

Strange Animals Podcast is a solo podcast in which our host, Katherine Shaw, takes us on an educational romp through the animal kingdom and into our collective imagination of animals that may be more faux than fact. At the time of recording this there are 115 total episodes with a new episode released every week. The show usually runs between 10-20 minutes long so sometimes you can fit a whole episode in while making breakfast or doing the dishes.

I came across this show via twitter on which Katherine true to form tweets and shares a lot of cool animal and biological snippets. I’ve listened to about 20 episodes at this point and feel like I have garnered new information from each and every episode. This newfound knowledge can range from physical facts that the keenest animal nerds will gush over to how humans can perceive animals from a story telling point of view. For example, my favorite snippet of knowledge came from Episode 104: Tiger Salamanders in which Katherine tells us of why we for a long time believed salamanders capable of living in fire and relate them to flame. We learn of how asbestos was once named Salamander wool for its flame resistance properties, and in nearly the same breath learn that Tiger Salamanders retract their eyes into their head to help them swallow. Pretty Awesome right? Some episodes talk about extinct species that no longer roam the earth there are episodes that cover dinosaurs, lost ice-age mega-fauna, or more recently extinct creature. There are also episode that cover creatures of myth or folklore. The majority of episodes however focus on real live species that are still with us today! No matter the subject matter I always feel like we get a lot of great information in the relatively quick and snappy episodes. Usually we start off with physicality, or the family of the species in relation to other genuses or families and before you know it you are learning all sorts of fascinating trivia about animals. The only downside of the show for me is the despite the clear quality audio, the cadence of the  presentation feels a little too bouncy for my tastes. Like how some people have claimed Aaron Mahnke’s narration in Lore can be distracting I feel similar with this show. It might just be me, either way it is a small criticism and didn’t stop me from listening.

Well here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’m going to give Strange Animals Podcast a ⅘. If you’re a huge animal buff this is going to be a 5/5 for you, the parts I liked most about the show was learning the surprising relation of asbestos and salamanders or how the practice of taxidermy spawned its own folklore creatures. These moments are not in every episode, but I’m glad the show is so encompassing. Because it can lead to moments where you feel like an episode was tailor-made for you. I’ll stay subscribed and likely catch up on the backlog. I would recommend this podcast not just to animal lovers, and trivia junkies, but also to anyone who is depicting animals in media and might want to breath more life into their art.

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