6 Degrees of Cats

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Why were cats gods in ancient Egypt but Satan’s familiar by Europe’s Middle Ages? Why do serial killers and despots hate cats? And how the heck does all of this random cat stuff connect to us in the here and now? Cat worshipper Captain Kitty, a.k.a. Amanda B. investigates these and other hard hitting questions with a diversity of guest experts from across the globe. For more info: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Follow @6degreesofcats and subscribe now! read less
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Cool Cat: How Cats Are the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll
3d ago
Cool Cat: How Cats Are the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll
Dive into the purr-fect harmony between cats and rock 'n' roll in this episode of 6 Degrees of Cats, your favorite cat-themed culture, history and science podcast.  Follow the Captain as she explores the untold stories of how these enigmatic creatures have influenced the genre. From legendary rock icons like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie who found inspiration in their feline friends to the timeless melodies that echo the spirit of independence and liberation by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ma Rainey and - yes - Tracy Chapman, appreciate the hidden connections between cool cats and the soulful rhythms of rock 'n' roll.  We’ll be joined by not one, not two, but THREE award-winning rock stars! ‘My Cat From Hell’ star, musician and international cat advocate Jackson Galaxy shares how cats purr-fectly fit into his rock ‘n’ roll persona - and still do! Leading R&B musician and guitarist Malina Moye explains how cats have informed and inspired her artistry, and acclaimed music journalist and former Das Fürlines guitarist Holly George-Warren provides historic and cultural insights as to how, and why, cats are the rock stars of the animal kingdom. We'll talk jive about blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and hepcat slang - as well as about American history - in this fact and fret-filled episode.  Tune in for a fur-resh take on music history and cat appreciation! 🐾🎸 Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced episodes: Cats vs Cupid: Why Cats are the Better Valentine’s Day MascotDid You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse Folklore Referenced materials: Fast Car (from Tracy Chapman, Elektra Records, 1989)Chili’s Babyback Ribs Commercial BTS video (MUST WATCH) Charles Mingus Cat Toilet Training Program (1954)Cab Calloway's Hepster's Dictionary (1939)6 Degrees of Cats: Cool Cat YouTube Playlist About the experts: Jackson Galaxy is a cat behavior and wellness expert, YouTube creator, musician and the star of hit Animal Planet series, My Cat From Hell. Visit https://www.jacksongalaxyproject and follow @catdaddy on YouTube and all social media platforms.Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author of sixteen books, including Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones (Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed, 2023) co-authored with Dolly Parton, and Janis: Her Life and Music (Simon and Schuster, 2019), named best nonfiction book of 2019 by the Texas Institute of Letters. She teaches at SUNY New Paltz and New York University’s The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and can be found at https://www.hollygeorgewarren.com.Malina Moye is an award-winning blues guitarist and R&B singer and is the first African American female upside-down lefty guitarist to be endorsed by Fender USA. Her 2023 full length release, ‘Dirty’ landed at the top of the Billboard blues chart and was listed among Guitar World Magazine’s top five greatest guitar albums of 2023. Purchase her records, learn about the “Enough” campaign and when Moye will be playing your city by visiting https://www.malinamoye.com. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Amanda B. (Instagram @catsuitband) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music Captain Kitty: “Not Fast Car", all music supervision, mixes and arrangements unless otherwise notedLeathered: "Look Alive", “Break it Down” and “Nothing But Love” © 2022Samples licensed via LoopcloudAdditional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: @mtotallywired) Research used: Alan Lomax. Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. (n.d.). https://folklife.si.edu/legacy-honorees/alan-lomax/smithsonian Brooks, K. (2016, October 25). Where the hell does the word “p***y” come from, anyway? HuffPost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/where-does-pussy-come-from_n_57fc0968e4b0b6a43034e7ac DeMain, B. (2012, January 19). Jive Talkin’: The Origins of Cool Dudes, groovy chicks and hip cats. Mental Floss. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/29777/jive-talkin%E2%80%99-origins-cool-dudes-groovy-chicks-and-hip-cats Diaz-Hurtado, J. (2017, August 24). Forebears: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock “n” roll. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/544226085/forebears-sister-rosetta-tharpe-the-godmother-of-rock-n-roll Green, J. (n.d.). Green’s Dictionary of Slang. hep-cat. https://greensdictofslang.com/entry/bv7hhvq Gutoskey, E. (2022, October 27). The unlikely origins-and rapid rise-of chili’s iconic “Baby back ribs” jingle. Mental Floss. https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/chilis-baby-back-ribs-jingle-origins Hill, A. J. (2020, December 2). Flap over WAP: A brief history of “pussy” from fairy tale to hip-hop to culture-wars flashpoint. Medium. https://aninjusticemag.com/flap-over-wap-a-brief-history-of-pussy-from-fairy-tale-to-hip-hop-to-culture-wars-flashpoint-d7c13c7d9063 Larkin, C. (2002.) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th Ed.). Virgin Pub. Marlowe, G. (2023, June 11). The story behind the queen song “cool cat.” Medium. https://gmarlowe.medium.com/the-story-behind-the-queen-song-cool-cat-4f1ba85c8122 McAlpine, F. (2018, October 11). The unexpected origins of Music’s most well-used terms. BBC Music. https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/dc64e24d-c4e7-4e34-b2f7-e34a00ea16ad McWhorter, J. (2019, December 10). Slate Debates (formerly Lexicon Valley). Slate Debates. episode, Slate. Retrieved from https://slate.com/transcripts/TVMrMkp2VHRqWjdIWlQxanIrM200THl2TWkvTlJMbDRxSlYrM2xsZkJIdz0=. Mercedes, M. (2017, April 19). Hear David Bowie + Freddie Mercury’s unreleased “cool cat” outtake. Society Of Rock. https://societyofrock.com/hear-david-bowie-freddie-mercurys-unreleased-cool-cat-outtake/ Mohammad, A. (2023, July 31). Feline groovy: The cats of garden lodge. Sothebys.com. https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/feline-groovy-the-cats-of-garden-lodge Nissim, M. (2023, January 3). Freddie Mercury facts: Real name, childhood, solo songs, sexuality and tragic death of the queen icon. Gold. https://www.goldradiouk.com/hall-of-fame/freddie-mercury-queen-facts-death-family Cab Calloway’s “Hepster dictionary,” a 1939 glossary of the Lingo (the “Jive”) of the Harlem Renaissance. Open Culture. (2015, January 19). https://www.openculture.com/2015/01/cab-calloways-hepster-dictionary.html Pippins, D. A. (n.d.). The Jazz History Tree. Jazz History Tree. https://www.jazzhistorytree.com/ Rao, S. (2018, November 3). Let’s talk about Freddie Mercury’s cats, the highlight of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/11/03/lets-talk-about-freddie-mercurys-cats-highlight-bohemian-rhapsody/ Reilly, L. (2018, September 12). Jazz icon Charles Mingus wrote a manual for Toilet Training Your Cat. Mental Floss. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/556948/charles-mingus-jazz-icon-wrote-manual-toilet-training-your-cat Skinner, D. (2014). 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Beyond Taylor Swift: Who Are Cat People?
Feb 14 2024
Beyond Taylor Swift: Who Are Cat People?
Who is a cat person? Join Binky, Snuggles, and Captain Kitty as we explore the essence of feline fandom and the literal and figurative cat people among us. Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Happy Year of the Dragon) or Têt, with us in Vietnam, where we discover a unique breed of cat people. With the help of Austin-based comic Ivy Le of the FOGO: Fear of Going Outside podcast, audio producer, artist and educator TK "Keisha" Dutes and Cat Person social media manager Tracy Michelle, we debunk stereotypes and redefine what it means to be a cat person. Captain Kitty leads the charge, challenging cultural and racial assumptions, while advocating for her rightful place alongside Taylor Swift as an iconic figure of our tribe. Prepare to embrace your inner cat person of the 21st Century and join the revolution! Tune in now for a purr-fectly engaging discussion that will change the way you see feline companionship forever. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced artifacts: Cats vs Dogs map (original source: BudgetDirect) Referenced episodes: Felines & Fatherhood: Exploring Masculinity, Father’s Day, and the Unique Bond Between Men and CatsCats vs Cupid: Why Cats are the Better Valentine’s Day MascotCats Are the Consummate Domesticate: Origins and Evolution of Our Feline Friends [Pilot] About the experts: Keisha “TK” Dutes is a multimedia producer and artist whose work has been featured on NPR’s LifeKit. She serves on the board of AIR Media and has consulted for Spotify USA and Willie Mae Rock Camp as an audio educator. TK can be followed on Meta and X as @tastykeish and on TikTok as tk_creates. Ivy Le is a Vietnamese-American comedian, actress, writer and producer of Spotify’s hit podcast, FOGO Fear of Going Outside. She can be followed on social media @ivylewithonee and found at ivylewithonee.com.Tracy Michelle is a stylist, writer, gamer and content creator who serves as the social media manager of lifestyle brand Cat Person. She can be followed on social media @ohheytracy and found at ohheytracy.com. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B. - Instagram: @catsuitband) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022The Captain & Tenille 2: Snuggles: JeopartyAdditional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Booth, J. (2023, December 11). All about Taylor Swift’s cats, Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button. People Magazine. https://people.com/pets/all-about-taylor-swift-cats McGrath, M. (2023, December 20). Cats vs. dogs: Which does the world prefer?. Budget Direct. https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/pet-insurance/guides/cats-vs-dogs-which-does-the-world-prefer.html#:~:text=Key%20Findings,are%20all%20dog%2Dpeople%20countries. Megna, M. (2024, February 1). Forbes Pet ownership statistics 2024. Pet Ownership Statistics 2024. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/pet-insurance/pet-ownership-statistics/ Mitovich, M. W. (2024, January 19). Ratings: Law & order trio grow after 8-month break, SVU Tops Thursday. TVLine. https://tvline.com/ratings/law-and-order-svu-season-25-premiere-viewership-1235131925/ Rigby, S. (2023, March 16). What’s the longest a cat can live for? Here are the world’s oldest felines. BBC Science Focus Magazine. https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/whats-the-longest-a-cat-can-live-for Taylor Swift Life and Career. Taylor Swift Museum. (n.d.). https://www.theswiftmuseum.com/life-and-career With almost 1 million video choices, women 18-34 turn to classic TV. Nielsen. (2023, June 30). https://www.nielsen.com/insights/2023/with-almost-1-million-video-choices-women-18-34-turn-to-classic-tv/ Yin, S. (2019, February 5). What Lunar New Year reveals about the world’s calendars. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/chinese-new-year-lunar-calendar.html
Pizza Paws: Decoding the Internet's Obsession with Cats and Pizza
Jan 30 2024
Pizza Paws: Decoding the Internet's Obsession with Cats and Pizza
Discover the fascinating origins of internet culture in this episode of 6 Degrees of Cats, the worlds #1 (and only) cat-themed culture, science and - in this instance - tech podcast.  Did you know that pizza was the very first item ever bought and sold online? Or that approximately 1% of all internet activity revolves around adorable cat photos and videos? While some of these facts may not be independently verifiable, it's undeniable that cats and pizza have become iconic symbols of the worldwide web. Join us on an entertaining journey into the depths of host Captain Kitty (a.k.a. Amanda B.)'s psyche as she explores the intertwined relationship between felines and pizza. Alongside Roberta's Pizza alumni and renowned pizza consultant Anthony Falco, delve into the reasons behind this peculiar connection. Special guest Maria Bustillos, a prolific writer and expert on cat internet culture, sheds light on the unique charm of online communities and the pivotal role of cats within them. Prepare to immerse yourself in the quirky, captivating world of internet folklore, where pizza, cats, and eccentricity reign supreme. Together, let's celebrate the delightful weirdness that makes the internet such a vibrant and fascinating place. Tune in for a truly enjoyable and enlightening exploration of pizza, the internet, and our beloved feline companions in this wonderfully weird episode! Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced artifacts: Image of the original Geocities Hamsterdance pagePizzaNet original formThe (alleged) first cat video posted on YouTube Referenced episodes: Cats Are the Consummate Domesticate: Origins and Evolution of Our Feline Friends [Pilot]Did You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse FolkloreCats vs Cupid: Why Cats are the Better Valentine’s Day Mascot About the experts: Maria Bustillos is an American editor, journalist, information activist, and the founding editor of Flaming Hydra, Popula, and the Brick House Cooperative. She authored the viral essay, “How Cats Won the Internet” (BBC.com, via Cat is Art Spelled Wrong, Coffeehouse Press, 2015). Maria can be found at https://thebrick.house, https://mariabustillos.com/ and on Mastodon at @maria@thelife.boats.Anthony Falco is an American chef, author and pizza consultant. He is the author of Pizza Czar: Recipes and Know-How from a World-Traveling Pizza Chef and can be found at https://www.piz.za.com. Follow Anthony’s pizza travels on Instagram at @millennium_falco. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022The Captain & Tenille 2: Snuggles: "Not the Hamster Dance Original Song"Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Beaver, Gilbert (2023, January 31). Cats Overtake Dogs As America’s Most Popular Pet: Exploring The Reasons Behind This Trend. Hyaenidae. https://www.hyaenidae.org/cats-overtake-dogs-as-americas-most-popular-pet-exploring-the-reasons-behind-this-trend.Blackburn, R. (2011, November 4). 1493 by Charles C Mann – review. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/04/1493-americas-charles-mann-review Bolster (Ed.). (2020, July 10). From LiveJournal to myspace Tom: A Social Media timeline. 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The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/05/internet-white-western-google-wikipedia-skewed Hoffman, J. (2018, July 30). The first thing that ever sold online was pizza. The History of the Web. https://thehistoryoftheweb.com/postscript/pizzanet/ Kemp, S. (Ed.). (2023, October). Digital around the world - datareportal – global digital insights. DataReportal. https://datareportal.com/global-digital-overviewMarkoff, J. (2012, June 25). How many computers to identify a cat? 16,000. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/technology/in-a-big-network-of-computers-evidence-of-machine-learning.htmlMorais, B. (2013, October 15). Ada Lovelace, the first tech visionary. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/ada-lovelace-the-first-tech-visionary National Science and Media Museum, The. A short history of the internet. National Science and Media Museum. 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How the Cat Stole Christmas: Introducing the Yule Cat of Iceland
Dec 20 2023
How the Cat Stole Christmas: Introducing the Yule Cat of Iceland
Welcome to a special episode celebrating the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule! Join us as we delve into the intriguing tale of Iceland’s legendary Yulecat, or Jólakötturinn - the massive feline offspring of ogress Grýla. In this illuminating discussion, renowned Iceland folklore expert Terry Gunnell, Ph.D., revisits the captivating history of Viking settlements in Iceland. Discover why the typically cat-loving Icelanders avoid encountering this colossal cat, and gain insights from journalist Haukur S Magnússon on strategies to evade its clutches. Musician Júlía Hermannsdóttir shares her childhood experiences immersed in these captivating folktales. By the end of this episode, uncover the deeper significance behind this seasonal folklore - it’s a revelation that goes beyond mere storytelling. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of Icelandic folklore and traditions intertwined with the Winter Solstice and Christmas! Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced episodes: Did You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse FolkloreWitches, Whiskers and Whisky: Re-introducing the Original Cat Lady of Halloween!  About the experts: Terry Gunnell, Ph.D., is a professor of folkloristics at the University of Iceland. Gunnell is a leading published expert on Norse folklore and history and has served as a consultant for films such as The Northman.Júlía Hermannsdóttir is a Reykjavík, Iceland-based musician and health technologist who performs vocals and synthesizers with her indie shoegaze band, Oyama.Haukur Sigurbjörn Magnússon is an Icelandic musician and journalist. He was the editor in chief of the magazine Reykjavík Grapevine from 2012-2016 and is the guitarist of the band Reykjavík! Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022The Captain & Tenille 2: Snuggles: "(Don't) Let it Snow"Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Árnadóttir, N. (2018, February 6). From Iceland - Reykjavík Catwalk: A brief history of cats in Iceland. The Reykjavik Grapevine. https://grapevine.is/mag/articles/2018/02/07/reykjavik-catwalk-a-brief-history-of-cats-in-iceland Budrovich, N. (2023, January 3). The Wild Holiday that turned ancient Rome Upside Down. Getty. https://www.getty.edu/news/the-wild-holiday-that-turned-ancient-rome-upside-down/ Dunn, M. (2023, October 26). Bonfires, feasts, and human sacrifice: How the Vikings celebrated “Christmas.” All That’s Interesting. https://allthatsinteresting.com/yule Gunnell, T. (2001). GRÝLA, GRÝLUR, GRØLEKS AND SKEKLERS: Medieval Disguise Traditions in the North Atlantic. In ARV: Nordic Yearbook of folklore 2001 (pp. 33–54). essay, The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy. Karlsson, Á. G. (2020, December 17). The Yule Cat. Icelandic Folklore. https://icelandicfolklore.is/the-yule-cat/ Lea, R. (2021, October 26). When is the winter solstice and what happens?. Space.com. https://www.space.com/winter-solstice Magnússon, H. S. (2015, January 21). From Iceland - The Christmas Cat. The Reykjavik Grapevine. https://grapevine.is/culture/art/2008/12/10/the-christmas-cat/ McAfee, S. (2023, January 16). 2 “pagan roots of Christmas” claims you can refute. Catholic Answers. https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/refuting-the-pagan-roots-of-christmas-claim McGowan, A. (2023, December 4). How December 25 became Christmas. Biblical Archaeology Society. https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/how-december-25-became-christmas/Torres, D. (2021, January 8). Which literary genius had the biggest inner cat lady. The Best Cat Page. https://thebestcatpage.com/which-literary-genius-had-the-biggest-inner-cat-lady/
The Purr-fect Life: Cats, Kantian Ethics and Karma!
Nov 28 2023
The Purr-fect Life: Cats, Kantian Ethics and Karma!
6 Degrees of Cats, your favorite cat-themed culture, history, and science podcast, voyages into the depths of human inquiry to reflect on the life we’ve given Felis catus, our little domesticated wild cat in this episode we should have named "karma is a cat"! Dr. Abigail Levin, an animal ethics professor at Niagara University, returns to the podcast to explore our duty through deontological (say that five times fast!) ethics according to one Immanuel Kant, after a few false starts with the fathers of so-called Western philosophy: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Dr. Levin, a practicing Buddhist, is joined by fellow Buddhist and animal ethicist Janet Gyatso, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard Divinity School, whose lifelong love of cats and compassion for animals provide a focused lens on cats and Buddhism. You will be as enlightened as host Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) by the end of this playful and profound episode in which we assess the life we have chosen for our pets - and the life they might have chosen if they had their say. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced episodes: The Golden Age of Cats: The Medieval Middle East, Muezza and the Mark of Muhammad (or Mary)Community CATalysts: Kosovans Caring for Their Animal Survivors About the experts: Janet Gyatso, Ph.D., M.A., is Harvard Divinity School's first Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian cultural and intellectual history. Abigail Levin, Ph.D., J.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University in Buffalo, New York. Her primary research interests are in political philosophy, animal ethics, feminism and philosophy of race and gender. She recently published a book about celebrity animals and the ethical obligations arising from keeping animals in captivity. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles   Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: A&E Television Networks. (n.d.). Code of Hammurabi: Laws & facts. History.com. https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-middle-east/hammurabi Attending to animals. Harvard Divinity School (HDS). (2019, October 29). https://hds.harvard.edu/news/2019/10/29/attending-to-animals Burnham, D. (n.d.). Immanuel Kant: Aesthetics. https://iep.utm.edu/kantaest/ Camenzind, S. (2021, February 16). Kantian ethics and the animal turn. on the contemporary defence of Kant’s indirect duty view. Animals : an open access journal from MDPI. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7919796/ Descartes, R. (1972). Treatise on man (T. S. Hall, Trans.). Harvard University Press. Hatfield, G. (2023, October 23). René Descartes. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/descartes/ Jones, T. (2014, February 8). Two meanings of karma. The Buddhist Centre. https://thebuddhistcentre.com/westernbuddhistreview/two-meanings-karma Karlis, N. (2021, December 13). A “talking” cat is giving scientists insight into how felines think. Salon. https://www.salon.com/2021/12/12/a-talking-cat-is-giving-scientists-insight-into-how-felines-think/ Plato. (1980). The Allegory of the Cave. In The Republic of Plato. essay, Cambridge Univ. Press. Public Broadcasting Service. (n.d.). Islam: Empire of faith - profiles - Muhammad. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/profilesmuhammed.html Scharping, N. (2023, March 21). How the ancient code of Hammurabi reveals a society both similar and alien to ours. Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-the-ancient-code-of-hammurabi-reveals-a-society-both-similar-and-alien Wormald, B. (2015, April 2). Buddhists [Pew Research Center]. Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2015/04/02/buddhists/
The Golden Age of Cats: The Medieval Middle East, Muezza and the Mark of Muhammad (or Mary)
Nov 14 2023
The Golden Age of Cats: The Medieval Middle East, Muezza and the Mark of Muhammad (or Mary)
Welcome aboard SS 6 Degrees of Cats, the world's #1 (and only) cat-themed history, culture, and science. In this episode, we set sail towards the captivating kitties in Islam's Golden Age, a period marked by innovation and artistic brilliance in the Near East. Religious scholar Dr. Megan Goodwin sets us up for this historical journey by providing historical context for Europe's Dark Ages and their misguided anti-feline decrees. She is joined by Dr. Ali Olomi, our Islamic history expert, as he unpacks the significance of cats in the Middle East (or Southwest Asia and North Africa; SWANA) during that era and sheds light on why they continue to hold a special place in the Islamic world. Discover the profound connection between caring for cats, all animals, and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, as demystified by Dr. Olomi. Season 1's guest, Catholicism researcher René Ostberg, shares a delightful anecdote affirming our podcast's theme that everything is interconnected. Come for the fascinating cat facts, and stay for the enlightening exploration of Islam's Golden Age (which was also a Golden Age for Cats, at least on that side of the world.) Complete our anonymous LISTENER SURVEY and sign up for a limited edition free 6 Degrees of Cats postcard! Go to https://tinyurl.com/6Doc-postcard23 Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Photo of Binky’s “M Referenced episodes: Witches, Whiskers and Whisky: Re-introducing the Original Cat Lady of Halloween!A Mother’s Tail: Introducing St. Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats (and Her Mom) About the experts: Ali A. Olomi, Ph.D., is a writer, historian, and podcaster of Middle East and Islamic history. He is Assistant Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University,  an Affiliated Scholar with the Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Rights and the host of “Head on History”, a podcast on Islamic intellectual history. Dr. Olomi can be followed on all social media @aaolomiMegan Goodwin, Ph.D., is the host of the hit podcast “Keeping it 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion” and author of “Abusing Religion: Literary Persecution, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions” (Rutgers University Press). She can be followed on X/Twitter @mpgphd René Ostberg, M.S., is a Chicago-based writer and researcher who specializes in Catholic culture whose writing has appeared in many publications such as National Catholic Reporter and Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: A&E Television Networks. (2023, June 6). Middle ages - definition, Timeline & Facts. History.com. https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/middle-ages Arabian Peninsula, 1000–1400 A.D.: Chronology: Heilbrunn Timeline of art history: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. (n.d.). https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/07/wap.html Blakemore, E. (2023, June 6). What life in Medieval Europe was really like. History. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/what-life-in-medieval-europe-was-really-like Chism, C. (2009, March). Arabic in the Medieval World. Modern Language Association, 124(2), 624-631.Dash, M. (2013, July 22). Islam’s medieval underworld. Smithsonian.com. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/islams-medieval-underworld-15821520/ Hoh, A. (2017, October 26). A Thousand and One nights: Arabian story-telling in world literature: 4 corners of the world. A Thousand and One Nights: Arabian Story-telling in World Literature. https://blogs.loc.gov/international-collections/2017/10/a-thousand-and-one-nights-arabian-story-telling-in-world-literature/ Moritz, B. M. (2019, February 25). Tycho Brahe - “those who study the stars, have god for a teacher.” Science meets Faith. https://sciencemeetsfaith.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/tycho-brahe-those-who-study-the-stars-have-god-for-a-teacher/ Nicolaou, E. (2019, May 24). The origin story of “Aladdin” is far wilder than you know. Is Aladdin Based On True Story? Surprising Myth Origins. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/05/233443/is-aladdin-true-story-real-legend Ortega, R. (2023, October 27). National Black Cat Day 2023: Why do people struggle to trust them?. MARCA. https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/us-news/2023/10/27/653be17a46163f9c518b458c.html Prager, S. (2020, June 10). In Han Dynasty China, bisexuality was the norm. JSTOR Daily. https://daily.jstor.org/in-han-dynasty-china-bisexuality-was-the-norm/ Sheldon, N. (2021, April 17). “Thou shalt not suffer a cat to live”: Why pope Gregory IX’s Vox in Rama implicated cats in devil worship. History Collection. https://historycollection.com/thou-shalt-not-suffer-a-cat-to-live-why-pope-gregory-ixs-vox-in-rama-implicated-cats-in-devil-worship/Yale School of Medicine. (2005, September 15). From the Middle East, in the Middle Ages. 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Witches, Whiskers and Whisky: Re-introducing the Original Cat Lady of Halloween! [Season 2 Premiere]
Oct 31 2023
Witches, Whiskers and Whisky: Re-introducing the Original Cat Lady of Halloween! [Season 2 Premiere]
We are back for Season 2 of "6 Degrees of Cats," your favorite cat-themed history, culture, and science just in time for Halloween! Connect with Captain Kitty to learn about the original cat ladies, witches! Learn about weird trivia, women’s history and whisky brewing with Dr. Megan Goodwin, host of hit religion and history podcast “Keeping It 101” who gets to the heart of the witch trope; food historian and author of “Endangered Eating” Sarah Lohman who explains the origins of the witch costume; and Kings County Distillery founder and writer Colin Spoelman, who introduces us to distillery cats Carlos and Jeffy.  Celebrate the launch of season two on this special haunted holiday for an alternative history of the original crazy cat lady - the witch.  uisge beatha (Middle Irish / Scottish Gaelic)  → usquebaugh (English)  → whisky Recommended listen: Witch podcast (BBC)  Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Referenced episodes: Cats Are the Consummate Domesticate: Origins and Evolution of Our Feline Friends [Pilot]Did You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse Folklore About the experts: Colin Spoelman is the founder of award-winning Brooklyn whisky distillery, Kings County Distillery, and co-author of DEAD DISTILLERS: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits, “A spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness.” Follow Colin on Instagam @colinopolis and Kings County Distillery @kingscountydistilleryMegan Goodwin, Ph.D., is the host of hit podcast “Keeping it 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion” and author of “Abusing Religion: Literary Persecution, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions” (Rutgers University Press). She can be followed on X/Twitter @mpgphd Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and author of “Endangered Eating: America's Vanishing Foods”, one of Eater's “Best Food Books to Read This Fall”. For more information about Sarah and to access archives of her influential blog, Four Pounds Flour, visit https://sarahlohman.com. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Bennett, J. M. (1999). Ale, beer and Brewsters in England: Women’s work in a changing world, 1300-1600. Oxford University Press. Brooks, Laken. (2021, March 8). Why did women stop dominating the beer industry?. Smithsonian.com. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-used-dominate-beer-industry-until-witch-accusations-started-pouring-180977171/ Guilford, G. (2018, February 13). The Dangerous Economics of racial resentment during World War II. Quartz. https://qz.com/1201502/japanese-internment-camps-during-world-war-ii-are-a-lesson-in-the-scary-economics-of-racial-resentmentMiller, A. (1996, October 13). Why I Wrote the Crucible. The New Yorker.The explosion of Irish Whiskey Distilleries. Distiller. (2023, July 12). https://distiller.com/articles/new-irish-whiskey-distilleries The origins and history of whisky: Scotch Whisky experience. The Scotch Whisky Experience. (2023). https://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/about/about-whisky/history.Tucker, A. (2021, October 28). The Spooky History of how cats bewitched us. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/10/31/the-spooky-history-of-how-cats-bewitched-us/ Whiskey or whisky? The Water of Life Etymology. Silverback Distillery. (2021, March 25). https://www.sbdistillery.com/blog/2021/2/14/whiskey-or-whisky-the-water-of-life-etymology
Captain Kitty on Nuances Podcast: Amanda B. on 6 degrees of cats, educating in the domestic violence space, and her experience as a trans-national & trans-racial adoptee
Oct 17 2023
Captain Kitty on Nuances Podcast: Amanda B. on 6 degrees of cats, educating in the domestic violence space, and her experience as a trans-national & trans-racial adoptee
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! Save the date for Halloween, 6 Degrees of Cats Season 2 drops October 31! Turn on your notifications for 6 Degrees of Cats to be the first to listen when it drops. In the meantime, we are thrilled to share with you a fun, uplifting, and thought-provoking conversation that your favorite #1 cat-themed culture, history and science podcast host, Captain Kitty (“Amanda B.” when off-mic) had for the season finale of the Nuances Podcast.  Featuring guest experts from across the Asian diaspora on topics like comedy, religion, feminism, media and history, Nuances is one of Amanda’s favorite knowledge- and nuance-packed longform podcasts. Listen in on this dynamic discussion with Nuances’ host Lazou Lee to get to know a little more of your favorite host's backstory - and learn about topics like power-based interpersonal violence prevention*, intersectionality and Amanda’s hot take on the limits of empathy for behavior change. Listen to Nuances wherever you get your podcasts, or follow @nuancespod on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn. Show notes and transcript for this episode can be found at https://nuancespod.com/2023/09/24/amanda-b/. Thank you, Lazou! And everyone - we can’t wait to see you in a few weeks! If you love 6 Degrees of Cats, please help keep us going! You can support the podcast by signing up for The Captain’s Log and pledging your support, and subscribing and following us at these links: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. And for a limited time only, the team will send you a free limited edition postcard for listeners in the United States, Canada and Mexico who take five minutes to complete this survey: https://tinyurl.com/6Doc-postcard23. * If you, or someone you know, has been harmed by power-based interpersonal violence such as sexual, or intimate partner violence (also called "domestic violence"), please visit this link for English-language resources available to North Americans. There is never an excuse, and we can all prevent and interrupt violence in our spaces. And to consult with Amanda on pro-social bystander intervention and other ways to be an ally to survivors, please visit tinyurl.com/Ask4Amanda. Music: Leathered: "Break it Down" © 2010Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired)
Felines & Fatherhood: Exploring Masculinity, Father’s Day, and the Unique Bond Between Men and Cats
Jun 20 2023
Felines & Fatherhood: Exploring Masculinity, Father’s Day, and the Unique Bond Between Men and Cats
Welcome to the thrilling season finale of "6 Degrees of Cats," the top-rated podcast delving into cat-themed history, culture, and science. Just in time for Father's Day, host Captain Kitty explores the remarkable and often overlooked bond between men and cats. Join us as we uncover fascinating insights, starting with Niagara University professor of philosophy Abigail Levin’s commentary on the gender stereotypes applied to cats, and the remarkable hunting skills they exhibit. We're also joined by Gabe García, a DEI analyst and LGBTQ+ youth advocate, who helps us delve into the origins of gender-based stereotypes and labels that Tony Porter of “A Call to Men” collectively refers to as "The Man Box" and led to the misconception that men can't have cats. Additionally, friend of the podcast and returning TNR celebrity Sterling "TrapKing" Davis shares his experiences in educating communities about trap/neuter/return while promoting a broader understanding of masculinity and its relationship with cats. Throughout, Captain Kitty herself reminisces about her late father, who exemplified masculinity and fatherhood through his care for her and her cats during her childhood. Tune in to this special episode as we celebrate Father's Day and unravel the multifaceted connections between masculinity, cats, and personal experiences that challenge societal norms. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Abigail Levin, Ph.D., J.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University in Buffalo, New York. Her primary research interests are in political philosophy, animal ethics, feminism and philosophy of race and gender. She is currently at work on a book-length project about celebrity animals and the ethical obligations arising from keeping animals in captivity.Gabe García is a DEI analyst and marketing consultant who leverages their background in philosophy, economics and communication studies to drive diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging in all their spaces. They serve on the board of OkaySo, a free confidential text-based app for LGBTQ+ youth and young people with questions about relationships, sex, identity, mental health and more. Gabe can be followed @gabefgarcia on most social media platforms.Sterling “TrapKing” Davis is an Atlanta, GA-based trap hip hop musician, community organizer and educator on feline trap-neuter-rescue. Davis and his team consult across the continental U.S. to provide sustainable, humane solutions for feral cat population control from a positive, collaborative and community-centered approach (trapkinghumane.org). Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_Children’s voices: Arie B., Benjamin C., Ira B. and Kamron P (special thanks to the parents!)  Music: Leathered: "Look Alive" © 2022Leathered: “Indictment” © 2010Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Provided with permission: Corey Rodrigues: “Cats Are Better Than Dogs” © 2018 Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Banks, M. S., Sprague, W. W., Schmoll, J., Parnell, J. A., & Love, G. D. (2015). Why do animal eyes have pupils of different shapes? Science Advances, 1(7). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1500391. Retrieved from: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.1500391Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, November 8). What noises cause hearing loss?. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/what_noises_cause_hearing_loss.html Fair, J. (2022, May 11). Apex predators in the wild: Which mammals are the most dangerous?. Which mammals are the most dangerous? | BBC Wildlife Magazine | Discover Wildlife. Retrieved from: https://www.discoverwildlife.com/animal-facts/mammals/hunting-success-rates-how-predators-compare Nash, O. (1941). “The face is familiar: the Selected verse of Ogden Nash”, Garden City Publishing Company, Inc. Provide with the permission of the Ogden Nash estate.Porter, T. (2023). Healthy manhood. Healthy Manhood. Retrieved from: https://www.acalltomen.org/healthy-manhood
Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat, Part 2: Exploring Science Fairs, Schrodinger’s Cat, and the Fascinating Concept of Cats as Liquids
Jun 6 2023
Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat, Part 2: Exploring Science Fairs, Schrodinger’s Cat, and the Fascinating Concept of Cats as Liquids
Welcome back to 6 Degrees of Cats, the ultimate cat-themed history, culture, and science podcast. In this riveting two-part series, we delve into the captivating world of cats, exploring both theoretical and practical aspects with esteemed experts in the field. In this second episode, we continue our fascinating journey with biophysicist Kareem Elsayad, based in Vienna, as he unveils the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and demystifies the significance of Schrodinger's cat - a thought experiment that has intrigued minds for decades.  Joining Dr. Elsayad is materials scientist Titilayo Shodiya, an expert familiar with the diverse states of matter, including liquid, solid, collapsed, and more, in which cats astonishingly exist. Additionally, we are thrilled to introduce rising young researcher Kaeden Henry and co-investigator Kerry Hyde, who have employed the scientific method to conduct an innovative study that promises to ignite spirited conversations among cat owners worldwide. Check out part 1 here!  Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and more here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Kareem Elsayad, Ph.D., heads the Advanced Microscopy team at the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF) in Vienna, Austria. His research has broadly contributed to the fields of microscopy, high-resolution optical spectroscopy, and nanophotonics. Dr. Elsayad can be followed @kelsa909 on Twitter.Titilayo Shodiya, M.S., Ph.D., is the host of hit pop culture and science podcast, Dope Labs with co-host Zakiya Watson, Ph.D. Dr. Shodiya received her B.S. in Materials Science from Penn State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University. She currently works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Shodiya can be followed @dr_tsho on Instagram and Twitter.Kaeden Henry and Kerry Hyde are a Florida-based independent research team whose innovative science fair poster, “Does Your Cat’s B***hole Really Touch All The Surfaces In Your Home?”, gained worldwide attention in 2021 upon publication on social media. Reference image: Adam Ellis "Books of Adam" cat meme Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Howgego, J. (n.d.). Schrödinger’s Cat. Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment that highlights the strangeness of quantum theory. Retrieved from https://www.newscientist.com/definition/schrodingers-cat/ Humphreys, J. (2021, December 11). How Erwin Schrödinger indulged his “lolita complex” in Ireland. The Irish Times. https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/how-erwin-schr%C3%B6dinger-indulged-his-lolita-complex-in-ireland-1.4749204 Myers, M. (2021, April 27). Kid’s science project centered around if a cat’s behind touches surfaces. K 104.7. Retrieved from https://k1047.com/2021/04/27/kids-science-project-centered-around-if-a-cats-behind-touches-surfaces/ Zhu, A. (2022, July 11). The Ig Nobel Prize: Why are Cats Liquid? Retrieved from  https://stemfellowship.org/the-ig-nobel-prize-why-are- cats-liquid/
Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat, Part 1: Research and Righting Reflexes
May 23 2023
Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat, Part 1: Research and Righting Reflexes
Welcome back to 6 Degrees of Cats, the podcast that pattern-detects surprising connections between human and felinekind throughout history, culture, and beyond. In part one of a two-episode series, we take a cue from cats and let our curiosity lead us through an exploration of how science and cats go hand in hand - er, paw in paw. Join your host Captain Kitty, a.k.a. Amanda B., as she welcomes a stellar lineup of scientists - and comes to a slightly scientific conclusion of her own about cats! Materials scientist Titilayo Shodiya, host of hit pop science podcast Dope Labs and Vienna-based biophysicist Kareem Elsayad share their insights on the invaluable role curiosity plays in hypothesis-driven research and break down the basics of scientific methodology. And writer and physicist Greg Gbur of hit pop science book, “Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics” provides a fun survey of cats’ partnerships with scientists across time. Get ready to - once again - see cats in a whole new light.  Check out part 2 here! Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and more here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Reference image: Nicola Tesla’s letter about Macek the cat About the experts: Kareem Elsayad, Ph.D., heads the Advanced Microscopy team at the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF) in Vienna, Austria. His research has broadly contributed to the fields of microscopy, high-resolution optical spectroscopy, and nanophotonics. Dr. Elsayad can be followed @kelsa909 on Twitter.Greg Gbur, Ph.D., is an American author and physicist who specializes in the study of classical coherence theory in optical physics. He is a full professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Physics and Optical Science. He writes the popular science blog, Skulls in the Stars and has published several hit pop science books, including Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics and Invisibility: The History and Science of How Not to Be Seen (both Yale University Press). Dr. Gbur can be followed @drskyskull on Twitter and Mastodon.Titilayo Shodiya, M.S., Ph.D., is the host of hit pop culture and science podcast, Dope Labs with co-host Zakiya Watson, Ph.D. Dr. Shodiya received her B.S. in Materials Science from Penn State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University. She currently works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Shodiya can be followed @dr_tsho on Instagram and Twitter. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Felton, J. (2022, September 22). The cat flap is surprisingly ancient, and not the work of Isaac Newton. IFLScience. Retrieved from  https://www.iflscience.com/the-cat-flap-is-surprisingly-ancient-and-not-the-work-of-isaac-newton-65443 Gbur, G. (2019). Falling felines and fundamental physics. Yale University Press. Gbur, G. (2022, July 22). The oldest falling cat explanation. Retrieved from https://skullsinthestars.com/2022/07/02/the-oldest-falling-cat-explanation/. George, S. C. (2022, September 23). 5 cats who owned famous scientists. Discover Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/5-cats-who-owned-famous-scientists Tearle, O. (2023, March 16). The interesting meaning and history of the phrase “curiosity killed the cat.” Interesting Literature. https://interestingliterature.com/2019/12/meaning-and-history-phrase-curiosity-killed-the-cat/
A Mother’s Tail: Introducing St. Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats (and Her Mom)
May 9 2023
A Mother’s Tail: Introducing St. Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats (and Her Mom)
Welcome (back) to 6 Degrees of Cats, the podcast that takes you on a fascinating journey into the world of cats and their intriguing connections to history, culture, and more. In this episode, we delve into the topic of motherhood through the captivating story of St. Gertrude of Nivelles, the Belgian abbess and (alleged) patron saint of cats. Joining our host Amanda B. is Catholic culture researcher René Ostberg, who guides us through the life of St. Gertrude, her relationship with cats, and the pivotal role of motherhood in her story. Alongside René, we have returning guest and doula Jade Hillery, and media professional and working mom, Alem Tedeneke, who share their unique perspectives on motherhood, from the physical to the spiritual and emotional dimensions of mothering. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and more here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Reference image: Cat meme on St. Gertrude (source: unknown) About the experts: Jade F. Hillery, MPH, CD (DTI), is a reproductive and sexual health trainer and educator, full spectrum doula, and sensual movement instructor. She works to support other trainers and educators in creating intentional learning spaces; promote healing through sensual movement; and help people tap into their own power. She is also a board member for Aaliyah in Action and a co-host of The Good Black Podcast.Rene Ostberg is a Chicago-based writer and researcher who specializes in Catholic culture whose writing has appeared in many publications such as National Catholic Reporter and Encyclopaedia Britannica. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in library and information science. Alem Tedeneke, M.A. holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and works for a large international organization in the social impact space. She can be followed on Twitter via @eyealem. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Drife, J. (2002, May 1). The start of life: A history of obstetrics. Postgraduate Medical Journal. Retrieved from https://pmj.bmj.com/content/78/919/311 Fried, J. P. (2001, March 4). Following up. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/04/nyregion/following-up.html Garner, G. (2021, July 20). Mother cat in recovery after heroically saving her kitten from Barn Fire. People.com. Retrieved from https://people.com/pets/mother-cat-recovery-after-saving-kitten-barn-fire/ Green, R. (2011, August 28). Scarlett the fire cat stray cat's devotion to kittens she carried one-by-one from fire an uplifting story of Motherly love. Spokesman.com. Retrieved from https://www.spokesman.com/stories/1997/dec/09/scarlett-the-fire-cat-stray-cats-devotion-to/ Kybele. CYBELE (Kybele) - Phrygian Goddess, Mother of the Gods. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.theoi.com/Phrygios/Kybele.html Leeson, J. (2022, September 27). Is your cat ready to give birth? here's what to expect on the Big Day. How to Tell When a Cat Is Ready to Give Birth, So You Can Support Your Little Mama on the Big Day. Retrieved from https://www.dailypaws.com/cats-kittens/health-care/cat-neutering-spaying/how-to-tell-when-a-cat-is-ready-to-give-birth Ostberg, R. M. (2021, March 17). Meet St. Gertrude, cat lady of the Catholic Church. U.S. Catholic. Retrieved from https://uscatholic.org/articles/202003/how-st-gertrude-of-nivelles-became-the-cat-lady-of-the-catholic-church/ Small, M. F. (2023, April 12). The biology of . . . morning sickness. Discover Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-biology-of-morning-sickness University of Edinburgh The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. (2019). Understanding feline social structure - ed.ac.uk. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/atoms/files/1._understanding_feline_social_structure.pdf Youens, R. (2021, February 17). 11 facts you should know about mommy cats. Petfeed - Pet Care Tips, How-to Guides, Funny Stories, Comics, and Videos. Retrieved from https://petcube.com/blog/11-fact-about-mommy-cats/
Did You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse Folklore
Apr 25 2023
Did You Know the Vikings had Cats? Magic, Freya and Norse Folklore
Welcome aboard 6 Degrees of Cats, where we explore the fascinating world of felines and their connections to history, culture, and more. In this episode, we'll be delving into the relationship between Vikings and cats, with insights from leading experts in archaeology, folklore, and historical research. Host Amanda B. is joined by archaeologist Brenda Prehal, who shares her knowledge of Viking settlements and the discovery of cat remains in their homes. Norse folklore leading expert Terry Gunnell also provides insights into the role of cats in Viking mythology and culture. And historical research and writer Molly Dowdeswell sheds light on the everyday lives of Vikings and their furry companions. Join us as we uncover the softer side of the Vikings and their love for cats, in this episode of 6 Degrees of Cats. Special thanks to Laurie Friedriksen of Scandinavia House. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and more here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Molly Dowdeswell, M.A., received her master's degree in early modern history from the University of Birmingham. Her research and writing has appeared in publications such as The Collector, Rural Historia and Ancient Origins.  Terry Gunnell, Ph.D., is a professor of folkloristics at the University of Iceland. Gunnell is a leading published expert on Norse folklore and history and has served as a consultant for films such as The Northman.Brenda Prehal, Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil, is the Head of Archaeology at Skagafjörður Heritage Museum in Iceland. She received her doctorate degree in anthropology and archaeology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, NY. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Dowdeswell, M. (2023, January 7). The story, symbols and powers of Freya, the Norse Goddess of Love. Ancient Origins Reconstructing the story of humanity's past. Retrieved from https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/freya-norse-goddess-0017280 Edda to English: Translations of the prose edda. Mimisbrunnr.info: Developments in Ancient Germanic Studies. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.mimisbrunnr.info/edda-to-english Grundy, Stephan (1998). "Freyja and Frigg". In Billington, Sandra; Green, Miranda (eds.). The Concept of the Goddess. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-19789-9.Hilson, M. (2019, February 25). The Nordic region. Aarhus University. Retrieved from https://nordics.info/show/artikel/the-nordic-region. Mark, J. J. (2023, April 23). Norse pets in the Viking Age. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1313/norse-pets-in-the-viking-age. Richards, James (1999). ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-0-8118-1929-9. Universal pictures. (2022). The Northman. Roma  Wikimedia Foundation. (2023). Friday. Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday
Community CATalysts: Kosovans Caring for Their Animal Survivors
Apr 11 2023
Community CATalysts: Kosovans Caring for Their Animal Survivors
Well done in returning to 6 Degrees of Cats, your favorite cat-themed culture, history and science podcast. Join host Amanda B. in Kosovo for a captivating episode of 6 Degrees of Cats, as she explores the remarkable ways cats have shaped our past, present, and future. In this episode, Amanda B. speaks with cultural leaders in Kosovo who are at the forefront of building inclusive communities that value not only humans, but also felines, canines, and other animals. Listen in as Ares Shporta, a cultural leader in Prizren, describes the history of Kosovo and why efforts to restore the Lumbardhi Theatre to its post-war condition has fostered a community where all neighbors – human and animal – are welcome. Filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi shares how her passion for caring for stray and abandoned animals led to the creation of Pristina’s most popular bookstore-café, Dit’ e Nat’, and its most beloved feline resident. Meanwhile, animal rights legal activist Elza Ramadani discusses the strides she and her colleagues at Animal Rights Foundation Kosovo (ARF) have made to ensure that animals are recognized as valuable members of the community in Kosovo, Europe's youngest nation. Join us for an inspiring conversation on how feline advocacy and animal welfare are making a positive impact on communities in Kosovo and beyond. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. Featured voices: Kaltrina Krasniqi is a Kosovan storyteller and director whose film, Vera Dreams of the Sea, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2021 has since received international acclaim. She co-owns Pristina’s Dit’ e Nat’ bookstore-cafe (Instagram: @ditenatcafebookshop) and founded Oral History Kosovo and Vera Films, her film production company.Elza Ramadani is the founder of Kosovo’s Fondacioni për të Drejtat e Kafshëve në Kosovë / Fondacija za prava životinja Kosovo / Animal Rights Foundation Kosovo - ARF), which was founded in 2018 to  improve animal welfare, focusing on the legislative aspects of protecting and promoting animal rights. Ares Shporta is the executive director of Prizren, Kosovo’s Lumbardhi Foundation, which oversees the historic Lumbardhi Theatre. Through its programs, it aims to create civic spaces for research, experimentation and collective learning.  Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research cited: BBC. (2023, January 23). Kosovo profile. BBC News. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-18328859 History of the ASPCA. ASPCA. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aspca.org/about-us/history-of-the-aspca Pet ownership statistics in 2023 | the zebra. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.thezebra.com/resources/research/pet-ownership-statistics/
5 Ways to Say ”I Love Mew”: Using the 5 Love Languages…With Your Cat?
Mar 28 2023
5 Ways to Say ”I Love Mew”: Using the 5 Love Languages…With Your Cat?
Another round of 6 Degrees of Cats, where we explore the fascinating world of felines and their connections to history, culture, and more. In this episode, host Amanda B. explores the fascinating world of feline affection and how cats express love. One common way humans express love is through physical touch, such as hugs and kisses. But do cats enjoy being kissed on the head? Amanda investigates this question and more with the help of two certified cat behaviorists and a reproduction and sexuality educator. Drawing on the work of marriage counselor Dr. Gary Chapman, who cataloged five love languages for humans, Amanda and her guests consider how these love languages might translate to cats. Feline training and behavior pro Jennifer van de Kieft offers insights into how cats communicate their feelings and preferences, while reproductive and sexual health educator Jade F. Hillery provides context for the five love languages. To round out the conversation, cat cognition researcher Kristyn Vitale weighs in on what the media gets right - and wrong - about cats' affection for humans.  Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Jade F. Hillery, MPH, CD (DTI), is a reproductive and sexual health trainer and educator, full spectrum doula, and sensual movement instructor. She works to support other trainers and educators in creating intentional learning spaces; promote healing through sensual movement; and help people tap into their own power. She is also a board member for Aaliyah in Action and a co-host of The Good Black Podcast.Jennifer van de Kieft is a Certified Advanced Feline Training and Behavior Professional and Pet Nutrition Coach. She is experienced in science driven strategies and solutions to address problem behavior and is the owner of Cat Advocate LLC.Kristyn Vitale, Ph.D., is the founder of Maueyes and star of Netflix’s hit feature film, “The Mind of a Cat”. Her innovative research on cat behavior and human-animal interaction has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and been covered by such international publications as Science, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Times of London.  Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research cited: Chapman, G. D. (2010). The five love languages. Walker Large Print.Gupta, A. H., & Mazón, L. (2022, August 27). The Sixth Love Language does not exist. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/27/well/family/love-languages-author.html Peterson, E. (2013, March 29). Why do cats bring home dead animals? LiveScience. Retrieved from https://www.livescience.com/34471-cats-dead-animals.html
Cats vs Cupid: Why Cats are the Better Valentine’s Day Mascot
Mar 14 2023
Cats vs Cupid: Why Cats are the Better Valentine’s Day Mascot
Welcome back to 6 Degrees of Cats, where we explore the fascinating world of felines and their connections to history, culture, and more. We’ve always known that cats are cuter than babies, wings or not. (Well, some of us.) In this episode, host Amanda B. interviews Sterling “Trapking” Davis of Trapking Humane Cat Solutions, Amy No of Brooklyn's The 5 Kittens Rescues, and Danielle Mackay, a classics lecturer and writer at Rhodes University. Join us as we explore the question of just how fertile cats are, and take a journey back in time to ancient Egypt and Greece to discover why cats have a stronger claim to being Valentine's Day mascots than the traditional figure of Cupid - and how felis catus deserves a bigger place in our hearts and minds. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and learn about way$ to help keep this ship afloat for our next season here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Sterling "TrapKing" Davis is an Atlanta, GA-based trap hip hop musician, community organizer and educator on feline trap-neuter-rescue. Davis and his team consult across the continental U.S. to provide sustainable, humane solutions for feral cat population control from a positive, collaborative and community-centered approach (trapkinghumane.org).Danielle Mackay, M.A., of Rhodes University (South Africa) is a classics lecturer, researcher and writer.Amy No is the founder of The 5 Kittens Rescues, a trap-neuter-return activist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about her organization and their work at https://the5kittensrescues.com. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research cited:
 Felton, D. (2023, February 8). Don't underestimate Cupid – he's not the chubby cherub you associate with Valentine's day. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/dont-underestimate-cupid-hes-not-the-chubby-cherub-you-associate-with-valentines-day-197735 Krznaric, R. (2023, February 13). Love like a greek: The six types of Love. GreekReporter.com. Retrieved from https://greekreporter.com/2022/10/10/six-types-love-ancient-greece/ Mackay, D. (2022, September 2). Vengeful, virgin, huntress: The Greek goddess Artemis. TheCollector. Retrieved from http://www.thecollector.com/artemis-greek-goddess/Mackay, D. (2021, February 15). The ancient festivals of dionysus in athens: 'euhoi bacchoi'. TheCollector. Retrieved from https://www.thecollector.com/festival-of-dionysus/ Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. (1914). Ovid's Metamorphoses. Translated by Evelyn-White, H G. Loeb Classical Library Volume 57. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd.
Cats Are the Consummate Domesticate: Origins and Evolution of Our Feline Friends [Pilot]
Mar 14 2023
Cats Are the Consummate Domesticate: Origins and Evolution of Our Feline Friends [Pilot]
Welcome to 6 Degrees of Cats, where we explore the fascinating world of felines and their connections to history, culture, and more. In this episode, our host Amanda B. interviews renowned anthro archaeologist Melinda Zeder, Ph.D., and Netflix star animal cognition expert Kristyn Vitale, Ph.D. to explore the origins and evolution of domestic cats. Discover the true definition of domestication and the possible regions where domestic cats may have originated with Melinda Zeder. Kristyn Vitale corrects our misconceptions about cat behavior and intelligence, helping us understand domestication behaviors and their implications on (cat)titude! Join us as we journey across time and regions to appreciate how cats are THE consummate domesticate. Special thanks to Christina Choi, Graham Griffith, Rekha Murthy, Natalie Tulloch and Jane Zumwalt. Support the podcast, sign up for The Captain’s Log, the companion podcast newsletter and more here: linktr.ee/6degreesofcats. About the experts: Kristyn Vitale, Ph.D. is the founder of Maueyes and star of Netflix’s hit feature film, “The Mind of a Cat”. Her innovative research on cat behavior and human-animal interaction has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and been covered by such international publications as Science, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Times of London. Melinda A. Zeder, Ph.D. is an American archaeologist and Curator Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Her zooarchaeological research has revolutionized understandings of animal domestication. Producer, writer, editor, sound designer, host, basically everything* Captain Kitty (Amanda B.) * with co-executive producers Binky & Snuggles Animal voices include: Binky & Snuggles _^..^_ Opening and closing credits: Leathered: "Look Alive" (c) 2022Additional sound effects from Pixabay.com Logo design: Edward Anthony © 2022 (Instagram: mtotallywired) Research used: Nilson, S.M., Gandolfi, B., Grahn, R.A. et al. Genetics of randomly bred cats support the cradle of cat domestication being in the Near East. Heredity 129, 346–355 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41437-022-00568-4Zeder, M.A. (1982). The Domestication of Animals. Journal of Anthropological Research 9(4):321-327. DOI:10.1080/00988157.1982.9977605