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From NPR’s Ted Radio Hour, we bring you writer Jon Mooallem who tells the story of the teddy bear, and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species’ chance of survival — and the natural world at large.

This political cartoon by Clifford Berryman’s depicts President Theodore Roosevelt’s bear hunting trip to Mississippi. The cartoon gave the ‘Teddy’ Bear it’s name. It was published in the Washington Post in 1902.

>>LISTEN to the whole episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour with Guy Raz and guest, Jon Mooallem.

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