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Anybody Home? True facts news, the animal edition

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

Allan Gould hosts True Facts News, an assortment of completely useless but completely true facts from around the globe. Anybody Home? brings you the Animal Edition of True Facts News in this 1979 youth program. How fast can houseflies reproduce? What's a tetraodon mbu, and why is getting swallowed part of its self-defense tactic? Who has Canada's biggest beaver? Listen in and learn!
• Not every animal group is a "herd." More interesting terms include a parliament of owls, a sloth of bears, a crash of rhinoceros and a coalition of cheetahs.

• Herons rank among the most intelligent species of bird, according to an avian IQ scale developed by Canadian scientist Louis Lefebvre in 2005.

• Adult female houseflies can lay up to 2,700 eggs in a 30-day period.


Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Dec. 8, 1979
Host: Allan Gould
Duration: 3:50
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/John Pitcher

Last updated: March 29, 2012

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