Read. Watch. Listen. with Brock Fenton

CNN, bats and COVID-19

Screenshot from CNN episode on bats and COVID-19

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you to the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing your attention; what one movie or television show has caught your eye; and what album/song, podcast or radio show you’re lending an ear to.

Brock Fenton is a biology professor emeritus, one of the world’s foremost experts on bats and conservation. This week, he takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.



Leadership in Turbulent Times, by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. This attracted me because it provides some stark examples of what good leadership can be, even when it’s hard to see the bright side.

Book cover, Leadership in Turbulent Times


For television, it’s easy: the CNN special report about bats. This interested me because my wife and I provided them with images and talked a lot about bats.

CNN special on bats

CNN imageCNN special episode on bats


If you allow some poetry in the ‘listen’ category (even though it’s reading), it would be reading and listening to Tom Cull’s lovely collection of poems, Bad Animals.

A former student gave me the book. Tom Cull is London’s poet laureate, who views nature through an often-entertaining eye.

Bad Animals book cover

Tom Cull, Insomniac PressBad Animals book cover


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