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In this hour of Radi­o­lab, sto­ries of cross-species communication.

When we gaze into the eyes of a wild ani­mal, or even a beloved pet, can we ever real­ly know what they might be think­ing? Is it naïve to assume they’re expe­ri­enc­ing some­thing close to human emo­tions? Or is it ridicu­lous to assume that they AREN’T feel­ing some­thing like that? We get the sto­ry of a res­cued whale that may have found a way to say thanks, ask whether dogs feel guilt, and won­der if a suc­cess­ful preda­tor may have fall­en in love with a photographer.