Robert Sullivan's Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants chronicles the year he spent studying alley rats in New York City. He says you'd be surprised at what picky eaters they can be.
Ratatouille, an animated film about a rat who becomes a chef in a Parisian restaurant, is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best animated feature. Director/writer Brad Bird and comedian/actor Patton Oswalt chat about making a believable fantasy film.
Robert Sullivan is the author of the book Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants (now out in paperback). It's about what he learned when he set out to observe the life of New York's rats. This interview was originally broadcast on April 5, 2004.