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Rethinking why we villainize rats, raccoons and squirrels
Pigeons, squirrels, raccoons, and rats are all animals that many despise and would describe as "pests." But Bethany Brookshire wants us to consider why we categorize them that way. The science journalist interrogates the ways we label some animals in her book Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about how our tendency to lump such creatures together reveals less about them and more about our own human species, and our relationships with power, property, our culture and beliefs.