Full episode 654: The Feather Heist Act One The Specimens Transcript The birds Edwin Rist stole were valuable and collected in the mid-1800s by one of the greatest scientific explorers of his time: a man named Alfred Russel Wallace. (6 minutes) BySean Cole More in AnimalsView all 801: Must Be Rats on the Brain June 9, 2023 Act One: Fifty First Rats Producer Elna Baker meets Todd Sklar, a man who can’t quit rats. (22 minutes) 801: Must Be Rats on the Brain June 9, 2023 Act Two: The Big Bag Theory Fifty years ago, New York City started to put garbage out in plastic bags. 801: Must Be Rats on the Brain June 9, 2023 Act Three: Alberta? More Like I’ll-Murdah…A-Lotta Rats How did Alberta, Canada pull off a feat that has eluded the rest of human civilization? Ira visits the largest rat-less land in the world. (15 minutes) More by Sean ColeView all 775: The Possum Experiment July 8, 2022 Act Three: Never Hear the End of It Producer Sean Cole tells one of his favorite stories — about the ending of the book A Clockwork Orange. 766: Well Someone Had to Do SOMETHING! Apr. 1, 2022 Act Two: Zoo Unto Others Sean Cole speaks to Washington Post reporter Siobhan O’Grady about her visit to the zoo in Kyiv. 763: The Other Mr. President Feb. 25, 2022 Act Three: Maybe Pay a Little Attention to the Man behind the Curtain Disinformation and propaganda works differently in Putin’s Russia than it did during the Soviet Union.