Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 3rd, 2007
I am updating this item.
Wisconsin Public Radio, who produced this program, nationally broadcast their “The Bestiary” program over the September 2nd weekend, and now have a very attractive webpage about it here.
Public Radio International (PRI) broadcast the interviews they conducted earlier this summer with various people interested in fantastic beasts and cryptozoology in the program entitled “The Bestiary.” It is a creative, entertaining production done in the PRI tradition of mixing sounds, music, voices, and other audio treats to keep the listener interested as they explore the subject. I especially liked the choice of the bumper music:
“Abominable Snowman in the Market,” by Jonathan Richman. On “23 Great Recordings by Jonathan Richman.” (Castle Communications)
“The Unicorn,” by the Irish Rovers, on “A Child’s Celebration of the World.” (Music for Little People)
“The Veldt” by Combustible Edison, on “I, Swinger.” (SubPop)
“The Whale (Mopy Dick),” by Flanders and Swann, on “The Bestiary of Flanders and Swan.” (EMI)
“Breakfast at Denny’s” by Combustible Edison, on “I, Swinger.”
Several tracks from Robert Rich’s CD, “Bestiary.” (see link)
“Beezus, Beeten, Breep,” by David Rothenberg on “Why Birds Sing.” (Terra Nova)
You can download the entire “ear trek” by clicking here and clicking at the “Listen” logo on the page there.
The (understated) description of the hour-long radio program follows:
Laurel Kendall is one of the curators of “Mythic Creatures,” a blockbuster exhibition at the American Natural History Museum. She walks through the exhibition with Anne Strainchamps and we hear visitor reaction to the dragons and their ilk. Loren Coleman considers himself a conservative cryptozoologist. He tells Jim Fleming what that means, and why he’s still looking for the next Lake Monster or Bigfoot or Thunderbird.
The exhibition, “Mythic Creatures” opened at The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City on Saturday, May 26, 2007.
I will be delivering a presentation, “Introduction to Cryptozoology,” in conjuntion with this exhibition, on December 1, 2007, at the AMNH.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.