I spent a fair amount of time in the car over Thanksgiving break and caught up on a few of my favorite non-Stuff podcasts -- and a couple of them tie nicely into our recent episodes on zoophilia and humanity's earliest visions of human/animal hybrid monstrosities.
First up, CBC Radio's "Ideas with Paul Kennedy" presents "Roaming Imagination: What the stories we tell about bears say about us." Ideas always does a stellar job and this episode is no exception, exploring the mythic, psychological and historic dimensions of our relationships with bears. They discuss everything from early human encounters with the animals to Marian Engel's erotic novel "Bear."
I recommend chasing this episode with the "Invisibilia" episode "Reality," which explores the subject of conflicting and unflinching world views through humanity's interactions with bears. Specifically, they visit Eagle's Nest Township in Minnesota, where one side views black bears as wild animals to be avoided, and the other sees them as gentle creatures to feed and befriend.
These episodes will certainly expand your appreciation for bear myths, legends and fictions -- as well as humanity's complex relationship with Earth's other apex omnivore.