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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A hunter attends a big game hunt on February 14, 2015 in La Chapelle-Glain, western France. With 1.3 million of hunters, France remains the first country in Europe for wildlife management. (AFP PHOTO/JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/Getty)

Can Trophy Hunting Help Endangered Species?

Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, fired the bow and arrow shot heard round the world when he maimed and illegally killed the most famous lion in Zimbabwe, Cecil. The legality of that hunt is currently being investigated in Zimbabwe, but the investigation is doing nothing to stem the tide of public outrage around the world, with many critics are asking why anyone would find pleasure in shooting an endangered animal. Dr. Jason G. Goldman, a cognitive scientist, animal behavior researcher, and science writer, says that focusing our outrage at trophy hunters may be misguided.

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Today's Takeaways: Sentencing Reform, Louis Armstrong, Literary Road Trips

The Takeaway looks at a new bipartisan movement in Congress, a new museum exhibit on legendary musician Louis Armstrong, and a new project that maps road trips from literature.