WUNC's "The State of Things" was broadcast live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and WUNC radio studio in the Nature Research Center October 31, 2013. Frank Stasio interviews Museum scientists Lisa Gatens, Roland Kays, Bryan Stuart and Trish Weaver about real-life vampires — including the vampire flying frog, vampire squid, vampire bat and food-based origins of monster legends.
Dr. Roland Kays presents a new species of mammal called the olinguito. The olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe) looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. It is actually the latest scientifically documented member of the family Procyonidae, which it shares with raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. (Olinguito means “little olingo.”) More information about the olinguito here.