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The Rossifari Podcast brings my love of zoos, aquariums, rescues, and rehab facilities to you! Each episode features an interview with someone who works at one of these facilities. We talk about different species, individual animals, conservation efforts, nutrition...all kinds of stuff. This is a podcast suitable for all ages, but we will discuss topics like mating behaviors and euthanasia. If you're a fan of zoos, or have ever wondered what exactly a zookeeper does, how aquariums manage to ...
 
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First off I would like to apologize for my (Katie) audio, my microphone has been acting a little weird, if you want better audio make sure you become a patron so we can buy better mics! Second, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERMIONE!! I hope you enjoyed our first episode on her and are not too tired of hearing our voices because we have another episode for you! I…
 
Today the Safari sits put as we go to part two of my interview with Kara McSweeney! We continue talking about conservation, learning about cool hoofstock, and take multiple tangents from the original conversation! You'll also get to learn why Kara may leave the zookeeping field to become a film double for Emma Watson! Check out Kara on Insta @karam…
 
Today, the Safari stops in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for not one, not two, but THREE keeper chats! I got to visit the brand new giraffe barn at the zoo to talk to Amy about the giraffes at the zoo, then headed to the callitrichid building to talk to Kate about those adorable new world monkeys. Finally, I got to swing by the Himalayan section to visit…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 5 of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – The Whomping Willow. We chat why this chapter’s journey is the inverse of the journey to Hogwarts in The Sorcerer’s Stone, the Malfoy’s real intent with the diary, and we have another M&B Media Hall Of Fame moment… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebo…
 
Today, the Safari heads up to Queeche, VT, to the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, better known as VINS! VINS is an awesome raptor rehab center that does amazing educational work as well! In this interview, I talk to two people who work at the center, Grae O'Toole and Anna Morris. You'll also get to hear from a few of the birds at the center,…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 4 of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – At Flourish And Blotts. We chat the vibrant and tactile scene setting that informs well established relationships, why Gilderoy Lockhart is just the best, and why Borgin and Burkes is the SEARS for the dark arts…. Connect with the show: Like Us On Faceboo…
 
This is the one you all have been asking and waiting for. In this episode we talk about Miss Hermione Granger. We are splitting this episode into two, so the second half of this episode will come out on her birthday on September 19th. If you are interested in entering our giveaway send us in a question and to get a second entry you can leave us a r…
 
Today, the Safari heads to Wheeling, West Virginia, to talk to Zoo Director Dr. Joe Greathouse. Dr. Joe is an incredibly intelligent and driven person who keeps science and conservation at the forefront of every decision he makes for his zoo. This episode not only talks about a lot of the cool animals at The Good Zoo, but also talks about some of t…
 
In this episode, we unravel the many layers of Orientalist tropes that permeate the Harry Potter world. How do some not-so-subtle visual and narrative cues--turbans, hooked noses, and mysterious powers from the "East" tell readers who to fear, dislike, and distrust in these books? How can we heighten our awareness of tropes like these and call out …
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 3 of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – The Burrow. We chat how the author alludes to many world building and character moments for this book, Harry’s hard transition from Muggle to magical worlds, and why Mary is a gnome… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Follow…
 
This week we were so honored to have Tahirah Alexander Green back in the studio with us to discuss one of the most fraught chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban! Topics include: why can’t anyone just say what needs to be said?! Everyone is bleeding! Hermione really lets us down but Crookshanks is the bestest boi! Heavy political stuff! And more! Find Tah…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 2 of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – Dobby’s Warning. We chat why Blake’s OUT on Dobby, how this chapter alludes to a much larger unsavory world, and why Blake may have to be Team Hufflepuff for life…. Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Follow Us On Twitter | F…
 
The Safari goes to a top secret location today to speak to hoofstock keeper and awesome human Kara McSweeney. Over the next two episodes, Kara will talk about her travels all around the world on her quest to learn about and participate in conservation projects, what her career as a zookeeper has been like, and why she loves hoofstock, and often les…
 
Recorded at Bonus Stage 2019 at The Fox Cabaret. Editor/Executive Producer: Chris "MooMan" Nyarady, Producer: Andrew Lynch, Production Manager: Geneviève Bolduc, Casting Director: Nick Drake, Finance Manager: Adam Duff, Promotions Manager: Lindsay Branen, Community Manager: Beni Spieler, Recording Engineer: Casey Por. The Geeks and Nerds are... Tea…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 1 of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – The Worst Birthday. We discuss Harry’s memory of Hogwarts, why this chapter says a lot more than it leads on, and why Mary goes absolute Savage-mode tonight…. Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Follow Us On Twitter | Follow …
 
Today, the Safari makes a return trip to The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere to speak to Jawnie Payne (@zookeeperjawnie)! Jawnie is an outreach specialist keeper who works closely with Jake Belair, the first guest on the podcast! We discuss her career path, some of the incredible animals she takes care of, her caracal kittens that are taking the world b…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake give a full Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone film review! We discuss if the movie can stand on it’s own from the books, if the ending of the film follows through on the books theme, and why Blake would totally be Snape’s homeboy… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Follow Us On T…
 
Happy September 1st, everyone!! Hopefully, you caught the Hogwarts Express in time before it left Platform 9 3/4. In honor of Back to Hogwarts, we kick off our subjects series with an episode on Transfiguration! We break down all the parts of Transfiguration that don't make sense as well as the limitations and classifications of this type of magic.…
 
The Safari heads to one of my favorite zoos in the country today, the Cincinnati Zoo, to talk to Colleen Adams all about the amazing ambassador animals in her collection! Colleen is an incredibly passionate and well spoken individual who fills the episode with personal stories about her interactions with the animals she loves so dearly. The Animal …
 
It’s FINALLY HERE! In honor of Hogwarts day, September 1st, we present to you the first day of class you’ve always dreamed of from your two favourite lady scholars: Witch, Please | Ep. 1, The Chosen One. Our first episode goes back to the very beginning–to the concept of origin stories themselves–to explore how and why Harry Potter fits into a long…
 
Mary and Blake provide a live-time commentary track for Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone film… In this track we discuss the various changes between the film and book, what matters most to the viewer for Harry at the end of the film, and we discover a brand new character – FauxGrid… This is a PREMIUM Mary & Blake production. We have, however, i…
 
The day is finally here! We are ending season 3 with a special wrap up episode. It’s special not just because we’ve never done a wrap up discussion before but also because we have a guest! We are joined by Vignesh Vijayakumar AKA Body, a certified Potterhead and a friend of the podcast. Listen on as we discuss The overarching themes of Prisoner of …
 
The Safari continues to visit Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut, where we talk all things Amur leopards and Amur tigers with two keepers who take care of these incredible and rare animals, Bethany Thatcher and Chris Barker! Chris and Bethany have really different personalities, but one thing they have in common is a deep love for their animals! Get read…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake give a full Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone book review and do a little mailbag from the listeners! We discuss if each of the main characters have successful arcs, the audacity of the world building, and why Snape may or may not be a fan of cruises and beer… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join …
 
If you can’t even prevent a sunburn, what is the point of being magic? In what circumstance would one ever need to turn a teapot into a tortoise? Why is Scabbers in a jug of milk??? Why, why, why is Hogwarts such a terrible school??? All this and more in today’s edition of The Gayly Prophet!Thank you to our special guest on this episode, Theo Julie…
 
First I would like to apologize for the audio in this episode. Katie had just moved and is still trying to figure out how to record in her new home. In this episode we talk all things Percy. We discuss his relationship with his family and his sorting. What house do you think Percy should have been sorted in? Let us know! Wizard Studies Podcast is o…
 
The safari heads to Beardsley Zoo, the only AZA accredited zoo in Connecticut, to talk to JT Warner about the maned wolves that live there. This episode starts a little differently, as I spend some time giving you an introduction to this incredible and beautiful species. JT then comes in to tell us more details about the species, and the specific i…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 17 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Man With Two Faces. We discuss if the book stands on it’s own as a singular work, why Harry being a passive character in the end is the right choice, and Voldemort just needs to find a Hot Topic… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Ne…
 
BIG NEWS, WITCHES! Through a brand new partnership with Not Sorry Productions (the brilliant team behind Harry Potter and the Sacred Text), we’re coming back! New and better than ever, which is to say, produced by somebody else and not actively losing money. W O W. Speaking of not losing money, if you’d like to support this reboot, check out our ne…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 16 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Through The Trapdoor. We discuss the value of bookends and symmetry, why Quirrell waits so long to get the stone, and why Dumbledore only cares about two things: cake and Kelly Clarkson… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Fol…
 
DISCOUNT CODE! When you use code 'rossifari' on Kaitlyn's website or Etsy, you'll get 20% off! The Safari heads back to San Diego to visit with graphic designer Kaitlyn Graham, an incredible artist who donates a portion of her proceeds to conservation charities. Her animal art is incredible! Kaitlyn also works in admissions at the San Diego Zoo, an…
 
In the second episode of our movie series, we discuss the Chamber of Secrets! Settle in because this is the longest movie of the whole series. We discuss everything from Katie's love of Jason Isaacs to her hatred of Gilderoy Lockhart... and much more! Wizard Studies Podcast is on Facebook as "Wizard Studies Podcast," Instagram as @wizardstudiespodc…
 
For this episode we sat down with absolute LEGEND Chuck Tingle to talk about trans advocacy, autism, fighting scoundrels, the power of kindness, what his Hogwarts house would be, and more! This episode is a gift to humanity, and we can’t wait to share it with you. You don’t need to have read Harriet Porber or listened to our episode on it to enjoy …
 
The Safari heads across the border to The Toronto Zoo to discuss what the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums looks like from a keeper's perspective. I talk to Lisa Termini, a keeper in the Eurasia Wilds section, all about the decision by the AZA to bring Ila and Suva, two red pandas, to the zoo in the hopes of breeding t…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 15 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Forbidden Forest. We discuss why McGonagal may have more up her sleeve than what appears, Harry’s choice to leave his stasis, and the Exorcism Of Emily Rose… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | Follow Us On Twitter | Follo…
 
Recorded at FanExpo Vancouver 2020. Editor/Executive Producer: Chris "MooMan" Nyarady, Producer: Andrew Lynch, Production Manager: Geneviève Bolduc, Casting Director: Nick Drake, Finance Manager: Adam Duff, Promotions Manager: Lindsay Branen, Community Manager: Beni Spieler, Recording Engineer: Casey Por. The Geeks and Nerds are... Team Baby Yoda: …
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 14 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Norbert The Norwegian Ridgeback. We discuss the narrative clunkiness of this chapter, the author growing in her story, and why Madam Pomfrey cares about one thing and one thing only: HIPPA. Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Join The Nerd Clan | …
 
DISCOUNT CODE!!!! Mieko Temple, the artist and animal nutritionist who is featured in this episode (and the last one) is proud to offer 20% off to fans of this podcast when you purchase her art! Just use promo code ROSSIFARI at checkout! This episode features a deep dive into the world of animal nutrition with Mieko Temple, a grad student who has s…
 
In today’s newspaper: Has there every been anything as satisfying as Hermione Granger and the day she was just OVER IT??? Why did we have to read EIGHT pages of Quidditch? Draco Malfoy sure is a real shithead, huh? Hagrid and Beaky had a Great Time In London, apparently?!? And, a revision of our reading of Ron Weasley!Check out EsGAYpe From Reality…
 
In this episode, we discuss Professor Sybill Trelawwwwwneeeyyy, debate her qualifications as a Seer, and decide if she's legit or a fraud. Also, stay tuned to hear our Wizarding World names (you can get your own here: https://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/fun-stuff/name-generator/). Wizard Studies Podcast is on Facebook as "Wizard Studies Podcast,"…
 
Content Warning: No, there is nothing inappropriate in this one, but I want you all to know that it is about to get REAL nerdy up in here! This episode features a deep dive into the world of animal nutrition with Mieko Temple, a grad student who has spent time doing work with the animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park! You'll le…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 13 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Nicolas Flamel. We discuss how friendship is the key to discovering Nicolas Flamel, why The Sorcerer’s Stone is immediately associated with Snape, and we have a special guest appearance from our Little Lass… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebook | Joi…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 12 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Mirror Of Erised. We discuss how much Dumbledore is in control of Harry’s fate, the author’s gift of showing and not telling us about her characters, and why Mary’s deepest desires involve Doritos and melatonin… Connect with the show: Like Us On Facebo…
 
The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 11 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Quidditch. We discuss the author somehow keeping a play-by-play accounting of a fictional sport engaging, Harry’s purpose for not celebrating his big win, and how Hermione gets away with straight up lighting a professor on fire. Connect with the show: Like…
 
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