The Soul Of A Dolphin with Brenda Peterson

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"If you have an animal so advanced that being around them creates a kind of bliss in us, instead of enslaving that animal, why not just borrow their beautiful, free sounds?" Brenda Peterson is a gifted nature writer who has spent her life observing and interacting with animals in profound ways. Her intimate lifelong relationship with dolphins has led her to seek ways for us to engage them without harm, and still benefit from their amazing capacity to heal. This sensitive and deeply compassionate woman inspires us to recognize the true nature of all animals-their intelligence, their emotions, even their souls-and to relate to them as fellow beings deserving of our utmost respect and our reverence. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Brenda Peterson is a novelist, nature writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Orion Magazine, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She’s a regular commentator for Seattle NPR and the Huffington Post.

Brenda Peterson is the author of eighteen books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What would our world be like if there were no more dolphins, no more whales
  • How we might apprentice ourselves to an animal species
  • What are the ethics of swimming with dolphins
  • Why the U.S. Navy's sonar program has a deadly effect on marine life
  • How to use animal allies to promote psychological healing
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 8/1/2003      Program Number: 3001