Chang and Eng Bunker were conjoined twins who presented themselves in freak shows in the mid 19th century. UCSC Theater Arts performs the play inspired by their lives, I Dream of Chang and Eng, from May 25, through June 3. The leading actors and director spoke to KUSP’s Rick Kleffel.
Also on this program, otters nearly went extinct on the California coast. The fur trade of the 19th century eliminated nine tenths of the original population. Since a few dozen were discovered near Big Sur in the 30′s their numbers grew to about 24 hundred in the last decade, but have declined since. Otter 501 is a new film illustrating their tenuous recovery and the role this animal plays in the relationship between humans and the ocean. The film makers spoke with KUSP’s Kelly O’Brien.