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How the hippo almost became the answer to famine in the US




Cover of Jon Mooallem's story
Cover of Jon Mooallem's story "American Hippopotamus."
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Once upon a time, about 100 years ago, a group of men put forth the idea of ranching hippos on the Gulf Coast. Host Alex Cohen speaks with Jon Mooallem about this bizarre moment in history, which he wrote about in his latest story, "American Hippopotamus."