This week, we explore new scientific research behind: pigs! They have far more sentience and complexity than we give them credit for. Chief features writer Henry Mance joins to discuss how pigs and other animals think and feel, and the bigger questions around how we farm and eat them. Then, we look at a New York City architectural phenomenon: skinnyscrapers. Architecture critic Edwin Heathcote tells us about these new, super-thin towers that shoot up more than a quarter of a mile into the sky. How does a city’s architecture reflect its identity?

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Links and mentions from the episode:

– Henry Mance’s article: ‘What cutting-edge science tells us about pigs’:

– Henry’s book is called How To Love Animals: In A Human-Shaped World

– Edwin Heathcote on 111 W 57th and Manhattan’s skinnyscrapers:

– Henry Mance is on Twitter @henrymance, and Edwin is at @edwinheathcote.


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